September 2014 Posts

Fashion Your Home: Fall 2014 Edition

By: Danielle Cornely

Imposing silhouettes, trendsetting details, and crave-worthy colors — the aftermath of fashion week can leave you yearning for a complete wardrobe makeover. We say, why not your home too?


This look from J. Mendel is a little feminine, a little edgy. Meet its furniture counterpart: a graffiti sofa by Alexandra Fredrichs. The sweetness of the simple, curved lines against the brash, graffiti print upholstery creates a statement piece for the bravest and boldest.


Canadian born Erdem is looking at botanical prints in an elegant new way. The designer’s ready-to-wear collection features delicate yet striking plant silhouettes. Take a page out of his book by ditching trendy floral prints and opting for items that have sophisticated leaves and stems with a hint of metallic glamour, like this Surya rug.


Sometimes fashion can get a little too serious. Not so with Phillipe and David Blond, aka The Blonds. Consider them your go-to guys for fun, funky, rockin’ glam. Do you love the spherical hairdo and gold motorcycle jacket/bodysuit as much as we do? This Arteriors light is just the thing to bring that over-the-top awesomeness to your home.


Oscar de la Renta’s new collection showcases rich colors, classy textures, and flapper-inspired fringe. Have fun with this concept! These Anthropologie curtains have tiers of deep blue pom-poms for a playful take on a formal look.


Donna Karen throws caution to the wind with her creative collection, favoring free form, organic shapes over rigid patterns. Showcase your own appreciation of abstract painting with pillows like these from Crate and Barrel.

Primetime Style

By: Kate Donnelly

The arrival of fall means the much-awaited return of our favorite TV shows. While you might be watching the drama unfold, we have our eyes on the background. Set design is a fascinating field for designers to draw inspiration from. The spaces our favorite characters occupy can tell us a lot about their personalities, and it’s easy to implement some of these styles into your own home.


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The award-winning set designs of Mad Men reflect the modern mid-century style, which was all the rage circa 1969 (and still is in 2014!). This style is defined by wood veneers, warm colors, and clean modern lines. The penthouse Don shares with his wife Megan reflects this perfectly. Here are some pieces to help you channel your inner Don Draper:Madmen


a. Classic Eames Lounge Chair by Herman Miller b. St. Claire Wood Mid- Century Lamp by LampsPlus c. Nixon Ottoman by Thrive Furniture







We can’t get enough of  The Mindy Project, and especially Dr. Mindy Lahiri’s bold, flirty, and feminine style. Her personality is perfectly reflected in the style of her apartment: cheerful and light with pops of bright happy colors. From colorful chandeliers to boldly printed chairs, Mindy’s style is as fun to watch as her character. Bring some Mindy into your world with the following looks:



a. Yellow Floral Scoop-Back Chair by Target b. Odessa Drawer Cabinet by Bernhardt c. Cerise Pink Mini-Chandelier by We Got Lites



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On Scandal, the style of Olivia Pope’s wardrobe is directly reflected in her apartment. She prefers subtle neutral tones, rich textures, and understated elegance. The beautiful muted tones in her living room are accentuated with the occasional pop of blue. Want to bring some of Miss Pope’s decor into your own home? Consider it handled. Here are our top picks:

Scandala. Elliot Wingback Chair by World Market   b. Racquel Iron & Glass Console by Interior Homescapes  c. Brooke Sofa by Bernhardt


Color Obsession: Tangerine

By: Kate Donnelly

This week we are touting tangerine. This juicy color is showing up in everything from purses to pillows, and we can’t get enough! The richness of this orange tone can add both warmth and freshness to any decor. Here are some ways to use this vibrant hue and add some zest into your world: Orange Blog (1) 1. Bathers Giclee Print by Lou Taylor 2. Orange Lacquered Campaign Desk by Milo Baugman 3. Martini Side Table by West Elm 4. Cozy Owl Pillow by Dot & Bo 5. Palm Springs Lounge Chair by Dot & Bo 6. Bakery Street Orb Light by Red

France! An Afternoon at Musee d’Orsay.

By: Elisabeth Paulson

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

It started with the best croissant of my life, across from the Louvre.

This sort of sentence had not been in my lexicon up until last month when I spent a divine 2 1/2 weeks in France (yes, I also say “divine” now, thank you very much). That croissant, espresso, and the kick-ass company of my mother, Judy, began the voyage to the Musee d’Orsay. Such a day prompts my first post in the series “France!”

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

Musee d’Orsay, along the left bank of the Seine in Paris, is now one of my favorite international art museums. Set in the former Beaux-arts Gare d’Orsay railway station, the building itself is a work of art. No longer suitable as a rail yard in 1939, it became a mailing center during World War II. In 1981, Gae Aulenti, an Italian female architect and lighting/industrial/interior designer, designed the space to house the museum. The true hidden gem is the layout of the space. Gae Aulenti believed that “people make a room a room and not to overpower it.” This philosophy is evident as hundreds of people move about from space to space and are still able to pause and reflect on each work of art.

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

“Ours Blanc” by Francois Pompon

This stone statue, “Ours Blanc” (or “Polar Bear”) by Francois Pompon, stands over eight feet wide and displays a magnificent yet serene presence in the central sculpture alley.

"Jeanne Lanvin" by Edouard Vuillard

“Jeanne Lanvin” by Edouard Vuillard

Musee d’Orsay is known for their French art, mostly from 1848-1915. Surrounded by visions of surreal landscapes and religious persecutions, I found relief in a spattering of paintings that portrayed the inner workspaces of French poets, artists, and diplomats. This painting, “Jeanne Lanvin” by Edouard Vuillard, seemed to be the only depiction of a working woman – a fashion designer and perfume house founder. After seeing dozens of men at work, it was about time.

Painting by Odilon Redon

Painting by Odilon Redon

One of 15 large commissions, this painting by Odilon Redon was created for a dining room wall in the chateau of Baron Robert de Domecy. Redon subscribed to the theory that art should be part of everyday life and “there are no paintings, there are only decorations.” Usually a foe to “decoration,” I was surprised at my attraction to these images and the theory behind them. At nearly nine feet high, this painting kept me marveling.

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

If I have learned one thing in France, it is the importance of taking a mid-day break to drink wine and eat foie gras. Thanks to the recommendation of a friend, my mother and I spoiled ourselves in the in-museum gilded dining room filled with dazzling chandeliers and painted ceilings. The multi-colored modern resin chairs at each table were a risk-taking contrast to the historic relevance of this landmark. As I researched more, it appears the chairs change every few years.

I will come back for you, Musee d’Orsay. I will return to bask in the glory of your historical architecture, indulge my visual senses in your curated halls, and have a glass of wine in whatever chair you provide at the time.

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