June 2015 Posts

Need We Say More? Love Wins!

By: All of us at Design Pulp and Balance Design

We are absolutely giddy over today’s historic event! To celebrate and mark this incredible day, we’ve rounded up some bright, bold, and beautiful favorites.


Photo courtesy of Decoist.


Photo courtesy of The Coolist.


Photo courtesy of Trend Hunter.


Photo courtesy of http://roomed.nl.


Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy.


Photo courtesy of Two String Jane.

Patina: Inspiration in Italy’s Two-Wheeled Gems

By: Stephanie Andrews

Ah, patina — that beautiful combination of color, age, rust, and character. While a brand new piece of furniture does fill me with a certain excitement, I think people underestimate the power and beauty of a vintage treasure. On a recent trip to Italy with my husband Ed, I was amazed by the bounty of bikes and scooters that had definitely been around the block a few times. Luckily, Ed is an incredible amateur photographer and I have been reflecting on several of his photos in particular.


This shot of two charming scooters is one of my favorites from Ed’s collection. They look like a couple in love, gazing fondly in the same direction. The adjacent photo of a London interior exudes a similar warmth with old, worn leather, swaths of grey curtains and wallpaper, and an exquisite antique rug.


Talk about picture perfect: lush green plants against a gorgeous golden wall with the pop of a bright white bike. This is a perfect example of mixing fresh and worn elements. This curated sitting room has a pristine chair and sofa, but also features vintage art and old wooden vases. The result is a look that is both current and charming.


This cute pink bike has seen better days, but just because it’s rusty and on its last legs doesn’t mean it’s an eyesore. Sometimes there is real beauty in decay, like in this room featuring a well-worn rug. The panache of the pink velvet sofa and mesmerizing art elevate the rug to a level of timelessness.

It seems like it’s human nature to want the newest thing, but a little history brings life and character that can’t be beat. Whether you like an eclectic mix of vintage and on trend pieces, or just want to display a couple of treasured heirlooms, imperfection can be just the thing needed to make your space perfectly you.

Looks We love: Aquatic Atmosphere

By: Danielle Cornely

We’ve got beach brain, there’s no denying it. As the temperature climbs and the humidity moves in, we’re pining for that cool ocean breeze and relaxing water. Imagine bringing that level of serenity into your home to experience every day. Might look a little something like this.

Sea blog composite

1. Inspiration photo courtesy of Adam Pflum Photography.
2. Fish Scale tile from Inside Out. A little glamorous, but also soothing. Can we call this look Mermaid Spa?
3. Flax Ottoman by Christien Meindertsma. This ball of rope is a nautical piece that’s sophisticated, not cheesy.
4. Stained concrete by Custom Concrete Solutions. Get the beautiful hues of tropical water beneath your feet with a turquoise stained concrete floor.
5. Reclaimed Wood Side Table from Anthropologie. Reminiscent of old dock posts, this side table warms up an aquatic color palette but remains complimentary.
6. Abyss Table from Duffy London. Enjoy the rich range of colors of the deep ocean in a coffee table. You’ll swear you were flying over the Pacific, looking down at open water.

Party Time, Balance Design Style!

By: Stephanie Andrews

Our grand opening party was last Thursday, and it was a hit! We had an amazing turnout of friends, clients, neighbors, and colleagues. Ashley Hizer and Michael Bryant, two of our featured artists, were on the scene to mingle and talk about their artwork. We even had a raffle with special prizes to benefit our friends in Nepal, a cause very dear to my family and I.

In addition to our amazing team, comprised of myself, Elisabeth Paulson, Verena Salmé, Danielle Cornely, and Samantha Henning, we had some additional (and much appreciated) support. Guy Salmé provided music and on-site photography, and Drew Gillespie was our star bartender. Let’s not forget my daughter, Allie, and nephew from Nepal, Kush, who handmade hundreds of (delicious!) truffles for the hors d’oeuvres table.

It was wonderful to see clients from years past as well as curious neighbors and colleagues come out to support us. I feel so incredibly blessed for such an amazing network. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.


Photography by Guy Salmé for Balance Design

merch shelf

Photography by Guy Salmé for Balance Design


Photography by Guy Salmé for Balance Design

food table

Photography by Guy Salmé for Balance Design

BD team

Photography by Guy Salmé for Balance Design