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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Homes Inspired by Icons: Audrey Hepburn’s Timeless Sophistication

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No one in popular culture embodies elegance the way Audrey Hepburn did. She exuded class, sophistication, and confidence that were manifested on the silver screen. Bring the iconic style and grace of Audrey’s most unforgettable characters into your home with design ideas from the Balsam Hill blog:

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Homes Inspired by Icons: Marilyn Monroe’s Unmatched Flair

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After all these years, Marilyn Monroe remains one of the most influential personalities in Hollywood. She continues to be a muse for stylists and dressmakers, and her carefree yet sophisticated style has become a constant source of inspiration for home and interior decorators. You can bring the flair of Marilyn Monroe into your living spaces with these design ideas:

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Photo by agirregabiria via flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0.

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

A Sunporch for All Seasons

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More than just an extension of your living room, the sunporch or season room is a versatile area that ties together the look you’ve chosen for your home for a particular season. Here are four of our favorite design ideas for a year-round sunporch.

1. The Sunporch as a Comfortable Family Room

When it comes to smart home concepts, a well-designed sunporch can double as another stylish family room. It has the same comfortable seats, throws, and rugs, but doesn’t sacrifice the elegance seen in other areas of the home. And because sunporches are typically enclosed by screened or glass windows, they offer a breathtaking view of the outdoors no matter the time of year.

For a shabby chic look, consider using different textures in neutral tones, such as the ones used for these elegant seats and rug. Neutral  tones absorb sunlight better than brighter shades.

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My Balsam Hill Home: That French Bistro Flair

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When it comes to arts and culture, the French have an insatiable appetite for design perfection as well as culinary creations. But while the Louvre and Le Meurice are still the most popular venues for these two masteries, the unassuming bistro is perhaps the one place where you can find a blend of both. It is where Parisian chic meets French bucolic charm.

Balsam Hill presents tips on how to infuse your dining space with the flair of the legendary French bistro.

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Interestingly, the bistro’s most recognizable feature, the woven cafe chair, is not French in origin. This popular and sought-after rattan seat came from the Nile region of Egypt. Through French colonization, it found its way to the busy streets of Paris where it has become very much part of the great city’s cultural landscape. You can instill the same Parisian elegance in your kitchen and dining room by simply adding this timeless piece to your set.

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