Color Obsession

Color Palette: Summer in the City

By: Danielle Clockel

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Beaches are great, and lakes are cool, and tropical getaways are chill and everything, but can we take a moment to appreciate city summers? Sherbet tones in the late evening sky and blue shadows on the ground framed by the silhouettes of trees and buildings create a dreamy color palette that often goes overlooked.

From top to bottom:
1. Sherwin Williams Soar 6799
2. Farrow & Ball Railings No. 31
3. Sherwin Williams Romance 6323
4. Farrow & Ball Babouche No. 223
5. Sherwin Williams Inspired Lilac 6820
6. Benjamin Moore Adriatic Sea CSP-660

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Need We Say More? Lobmeyr Metropolitan Chandelier

By: Danielle Clockel

Photo courtesy of Atelier Courbet.

Looking just like a firework in mid burst, this chandelier has us in the spirit of the Fourth of July. We hope everyone has a great holiday!

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Intuitive Design

By: Shelby Adamson

Many people ask us how we design such individually authentic interiors. In addition to asking lots of questions and creating idea books, there is also the process of intuitive design. Each design, like each client, is unique. At the first meeting, we assess the client’s habits as well as goals for the space. How will it flow? What feelings do they want it to evoke? Should it be bright and warm? Dark and moody? Modern with a curated collection from personal travels? Or a nod to traditional filled with family heirlooms, yet updated with some key pieces?

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

After this initial meeting we get the nitty gritty details. We sit in the room to see how the light filters in and determine how often the space will be utilized (and by how many people/pets). We note any existing pieces in the home that can help to build a collection, and let the bones of the building speak to us.

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

Then it’s time to review the client’s wishlist, and have them explain what they love about each item on there. This is where we really listen and pay attention, because if we truly hear what they have to say, we are better able to intuitively create a functional space that they love. It’s what we call our “design filter”: creating something with our personal touch, but that still says something about the client. In this part of the process we really develop that “sixth sense,” and live inside clients’ heads to create the perfect space for them.

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

It is honestly the most rewarding experience to create a beautiful showpiece of a room for a client, and at the end of the day feel their absolute joy for the new life breathed into their home. Nothing pleases us more than to know we’ve helped them cherish their space.

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The Wonderful World of Smeg

By: Danielle Clockel

Oh Smeg, how we adore you. Your 50’s-inspired curved edges and fun and unconventional color options turn kitchen appliances from eyesores into eye candy.

A. Breakfast prepared with this toaster will be anything but basic.
B. What’s more Italian than sipping espresso from an espresso coffee machine actually manufactured in Italy?
C. How sweet is this cute little kettle? Tea parties await!
D. Somehow this blender manages to look modern and retro at the same time. We love it!
E. Your dishwasher doesn’t have to be a big robotic square amongst your cabinetry. Check out this lovely pink lady.
F. Last but not least, the iconic Smeg fridge. Perfection.

Color Obsession

Color Obsession: Whites That Aren’t White

By: Danielle Clockel

As much as we love a bold statement color, there’s still something to be said for clean white walls. The lightness creates a calm, open atmosphere and lets art/furnishings/plants/etc. be the focal point of the space. But that doesn’t mean all white tones are the same! Let’s dig into the subtle array…

Photo courtesy of Farrow & Ball.

Pointing (Farrow & Ball). Now this is how you do a warm, golden white without it looking sickly.

Photo courtesy of Tag and Tibby.

Intimate White (Sherwin Williams). The lightest blush, shown here in a nursery, but sophisticated enough for any room that wants a touch of whimsy.

Photo courtesy of Sherwin Williams.

Spinach White (Sherwin Williams). Who knew a touch of pale green could create such a soothing tone? (You do, now.)

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

Feathered Violet (Benjamin Moore). White with the faintest breath of purple undertone that pulls out cool tones without looking blue.

Whether you’re into monochromatic neutrals or just want to add your color elsewhere, there’s an almost endless variety of subtly hued white tones available for your walls.