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Summer Style Guide: Yachts as Holiday Homes

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Living on a yacht highlights your taste for the finer things in life. A yacht as a summer holiday home has become more accessible to many these days. And it allows you to take pleasure in all the amenities life at sea accords, while letting you express your joie de vivre. Join Balsam Hill as we take a closer look at how a luxury boat can transform into an excellent home away from home.

Fine Dining

Create a unique dining experience by anchoring your yacht in some of the world’s most scenic destinations. Enjoy your breakfast off the coast of Cape Cod. Have lunch amid the gentle waves of the French Riviera. Or savor an intimate dinner in the warm evening air of the Caribbean. The ambiance alone is enough to guarantee an exquisite fare.

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Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Summer Style Guide: Stylish Swimming Pools

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Swimming pools were once created by the ancient Romans and Greeks primarily for their athletic and military training. Today, pools serve a more leisurely purpose: you can relax in this haven after a long day. But beyond such functions, they have also become an important design element and focal point in modern abodes. Make the most out of your pool with design ideas that range from the rustic to the futuristic.

Natural Wonders: River Pools and Boulders

Taking inspiration from the rugged outdoors, the river pool mimics the free form and flow of this body of water. The name suggests a naturally elongated design, but with a few architectural innovations, this type of pool can take on a slightly more modern approach.


Swimming Pools And Spas by Penryn Pools and Spas Jim Chandler Pools

The river pool from Jim Chandler Pools features a vanishing edge, also known as a negative or infinity edge, which, when surrounded by trees and greenery, heightens that feeling of oneness with nature. But the vanishing edge design also gives the pool that sleek glass-like visage. The pool’s surface mirrors the beauty of the skies, whether during a picturesque sunset or delightful sunrise.

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Summer Style Guide:
Refreshing Cocktails for the Warm Days Ahead

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The long days of the new season can be a bit stressful. One of the means to beating the heat is by relaxing while nursing an ice-cold refreshment.  Here are four delightful beverages that will cool you down and help you unwind during those warm summer afternoons and evenings:

Blackberry and Strawberry Sangria

Invite your friends over for an intimate dinner under the stars and serve them this appetizing drink. Be sure to prepare:

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Photo by Lori L. Stalteri. CC-BY-2.0.

  • 4 cups fresh blackberries and strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2,750 ml rose wine
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cognac
  • 3 cups peaches, halved
  • Fresh basil sprigs
  1. Get a medium-sized saucepan. Over low heat, add 2 cups of berries, sugar, and water. Afterwards, sprinkle the mixture with a dash of salt. Simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Then, remove from heat and let it cool.
  2. Strain mixture and dispose of the leftover from the berries.
  3. Get a 1-gallon pitcher. Pour in the berry syrup and rose wine. Stir repeatedly. Afterwards, add the cognac, lemon juice, and the remaining fruits. Stir again. Sprinkle drink with basil leaves. Refrigerate for an entire day.
  4. Serve over ice and add more berries if necessary.

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