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My Balsam Hill Home: 5 Elements of a Cozy Reading Room

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Reading a book is a wonderful way to escape the many stresses of work. A compelling novel or an awe-inspiring memoir transports you to a different place and time, and gives you the marvelous opportunity to unwind and gain new and valuable insight into life.

More than just a pastime or simple hobby, reading requires utmost concentration in your own intimate corner of the universe. A reading room provides exactly that: a sanctuary where you can relax and delve into the pages of your stories, far from the distractions and noise of home life. Here are five elements of a tranquil reading room for your literary adventures:

1. A Comfortable Chair

Pick out a wing or club seat that gives you maximum comfort. A large chair with a soft cushion can give your back the proper support it needs and will even let you move around. You can add a footstool to prop up your legs after a long and tiring day at the office.

Choose a chair that has soft fabric in a subtle color to complement any design scheme. Don’t go for leather. While it looks bold and sleek, leather can feel uncomfortable after hours of sitting.
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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Summer Style Guide:
10 Decorating Ideas for Your Home

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Spring is ending, and now is the perfect time to update the look of your home.  Invite the joyful mood and vibrant colors of the new season with Balsam Hill’s simple but lovely summer decorating ideas.

#1: A Splash of Color on Your Walls

Never underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint. Changing the shade of your walls to a light pastel hue can invigorate the atmosphere. It perfectly matches the bright summer days ahead.

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My Balsam Hill Home: Candles as Decor

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Long before candles became a stylish source of ambient light at home, they were first seen for their functionality. But while they provide incandescence, today’s intricately designed pieces also work well as ornaments that add a touch of romance to any space. Here are some unique and novel candle ideas that will delightfully elevate the style of your home, and set the right mood for any occasion:

Make a Statement of Warmth

Make your guests feel right at home by placing candles in your foyer. Installing sconces that make use of candles instead of bulbs infuses your entryway with an old world appeal that is sophisticated and soothing to the eyes.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Spring Style Guide: Plains and Prints

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Home redecorating is a great way to showcase your personality, but it becomes more difficult when you are uncertain about using a subtle design or something bolder. Playing with colors and patterns allows you to create a sense of balance and contrast in your space. But going for the yin & yang effect may seem like a daunting task. A room can end up looking bland, or it can go overboard. The Balsam Hill blog lets you in on a few ideas on how to redecorate your space with colors and patterns but without the fear of “underdecorating” or “overdecorating”.

Solid Colors

If you are leaning towards something simple but are trying to get out of your shell, try using plains first. It won’t do well if you just buy a fancy printed couch and decide later on that it’s too flashy for you. Start small, but don’t be afraid to go a bit bold as well. For a fresh start, have your walls painted white. Then add an eyeful of color by placing a vivid red rug on your plain floors. You can also have your kitchen cabinets painted blue or a sunny shade of yellow.

                                                                 Eclectic Dining Room by Atlanta Interior Designer Habachy Designs

If you think the rug and the repainted cabinets are a bit too much, opt for something simpler. A few jewel-toned pillows on your couch will do the trick.
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