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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Design Ideas from Luxury Resorts and Spas

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For people who live a fast-paced and hectic lifestyle, a stay at a world-class resort and spa is enough to rejuvenate the spirit. But aside from giving us inner peace, luxury destinations offer us something extra: the inspiration for creating a truly relaxing retreat. Here are design ideas for capturing in your own home the serene atmosphere of the best resorts and spas across the globe:

The Calming Colors of the Equinox Resort and Spa

Balsam Hill The Equinox

Colors play an important role in fashioning your home into a relaxing year-round sanctuary. A white backdrop not only allows you to use a variety of shades as accent colors, but it also provides a clean and uncluttered atmosphere. White walls help make rooms appear larger and more spacious, a design often seen in luxury hotels and resorts. Match these walls with calming earth tones, such as green and brown, to enhance the serene ambiance of your home.

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My Balsam Hill Home: 5 Marvelous Ways to Highlight Hardwood Floors

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Floors help to anchor the look of a room. Of the multitude of options available to homeowners, hardwood floors offer you timeless elegance like no other. With proper care, they may also increase the market value of your house. After examining the factors in choosing the perfect floor type, My Balsam Hill Home now gives you five elegant ways to let your beautiful hardwood floors take center stage:

1. White Oak Floors in Minimalist Spaces

Unstained white oak floors provide a clean ambiance in your indoor space because of their muted color palette. They do not compete for your attention, but simply help to ground the major pieces included in your decorative scheme. Pairing these wooden floors with minimalist home fixtures, such as simple table counters and austere light fixtures, lets your room shine with an exquisite glow, and even makes it look more spacious.
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My Balsam Hill Home: How to Choose the Perfect Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors add classic charm to almost any dwelling. Solid wood can last for more than a century and is a great way to increase the value of your home. There are more choices of hardwood floors today than ever before, and because this requires a significant investment, you will want to choose carefully. My Balsam Hill Home uncovers the factors that will help you decide the right hardwood floors for your abode.

Wood Species

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Hardwood species vary mainly in durability, grain pattern, and color.  Domestic species, such as oak and maple, are among time-honored favorites because of their hardness. Yellow birch, white ash, beech, cherry, and walnut are likewise popular. Exotic wood, such as mahogany and Brazilian cherry, may not be as durable, but are loved for their striking appearance.

Each wood species has its own unique physical character. Oak exhibits a distinct grain while maple is very subtle. Exotics are very popular because of their distinguished grain patterns and color. Your choice should depend on your taste and the effect you want to achieve. In general, finer grain evokes a more formal appearance. Conversely, dynamic grain exudes a casual look.
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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Modern Palaces: The World’s Most Beautiful Homes

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The concept of the home has changed over the years. It’s no longer a simple place where people dine, rest and live. They have become personal sanctuaries, a delightful space that provides comfort from the stress-filled environment of the outside world.

There are those who have taken this idea further. Instead of creating simple retreats, they have constructed their own paradises, grand houses that not only personify their owners, but also exude luxury and sophistication. In celebration of Landscape Architecture Month, here are five estates that have redefined our notions of what a home can be.

1.) Updown Court in England


Photo by Lord Wishanger via Wikicommons. CC BY-SA 3.0.

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