February 2016 Posts

Organic Modern: 5 Pieces Inspired by Nature

By: Danielle Cornely

We’ve written before about how often we, as designers, find inspiration in nature and the world around us. But this extends beyond live edge tables and botanical print fabrics. What we really get excited about is finding nature’s organic, imperfect qualities in pieces that are modern and fresh.

Organic Modern blog

1. The Swell Light’s curved form and light wood tones remind us of botanical pods.
2. The hues of this ocean current-like watercolor wall mural shift smoothly from soft to deeply intense.
3. We were blown away by the way the Cherry Bomb Fringe fixture resembles a lilting branch while still maintaining crisp, clean lines.
4. Nature is imperfect, and we love when design embraces that concept. The Mediterranean Rug by Loloi definitely does.
5. The intertwining branches of the Brazil Chair keep this piece clean and modern with their smooth, flawless finish.

Color Obsession: Mineral Greens

By: Danielle Cornely

This season’s colors pay homage to an often forgotten but pretty incredible palette: earth minerals. We’re seeing soft greens, crystal pinks, and light, earthy neutrals. Our favorite happens to be the greens, from soft mint to vibrant malachite. Here’s how to harness their power:

chrysophase necklace

A statement necklace in a subdued yet striking color, this J. Cotter design is the perfect way to always have healing stones on hand.

greensofa_5

Emerald isn’t the only kind of green that looks great on sofas. Try out a saturated mint for a fresh feel.

jadeiterug

This faded jade rug could easily be paired with other on-trend colors like blush or soft gold.

sagelinen

Soothe yourself to sleep in cool sage linen bedding.

Malachite art

This malachite wall art displays the natural beauty of green minerals, many of which are said to have healing properties.

Let nature inspire you this season with gem and mineral tones. Use soft hues for a calming environment, or amp up the energy with bolder, richer colors.

Statement Lighting We Love.

By: The Balance Design Team

We’re all in favor of a classic, timeless light fixture most of the time. But sometimes you really want to make a statement! We’re here to help with that.

curreycofen

Completely original and absolutely breathtaking. We can’t get over the Fen chandelier from Currey and Company, with its branch-like frame, delicate chains, and dewdrop inspired crystals.

 

tomdixonmelt

Like some sort of gorgeous floating molten copper orb, the Melt Mini pendant by Tom Dixon is as beautiful on as it is off.

aparatushorsehair

Have you ever seen anything like this Horsehair sconce from Apparatus Studios? The answer is no, you haven’t, but you’re completely blown away by it (just like us).

curreycomedusa

What’s the best thing about the Medusa pendant from Currey and Company? The heavily detailed dome? The delicate tendrils? The fact that it comes in three sizes? It’s hard to choose!

arteriorspayne

Rough edges, smooth waves. The Payne chandelier from Arteriors is hand-cut with hand-applied gold leaf, so each one is one-of-a-kind.

Sometimes a simple drum pendant just won’t do. Don’t be afraid to be bold with your lighting choices. There are plenty of stop-you-in-your-tracks pieces out there — take the plunge!