January 2017 Posts

Spring 2017: Runway-Inspired Interior Looks

By: The Balance Design Team

As we ponder this year’s possible interior design trends, we find it useful to look to the world of fashion for inspiration.

Stephanie’s Pick: Restructured Whites

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Photo courtesy of Elle.

This unstructured look is so flattering and evokes the feeling of summer ease and comfort. Bring that same breezy feeling into your home with light, draped linen. Proportion play is just as interesting for interiors as it is for fashion, as shown in this room by the variety of frame sizes on the art wall. The result is a look that is comfortable, modern, and livable. Yes!

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Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Elisabeth’s Pick: Pop Stripes

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Photo courtesy of Vogue.

Can we talk about EMBRACIN’ THE STRIATION? Something about these bright, non-conformist colors in various juxtapositions makes me giddy. It reminds me of this edgy article from Apartment Therapy that throws away all the rules and encourages the use of bright paint in all the wrong places….and it totally works. A refreshing and totally achievable weekend project. 

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Shelby’s Pick: Origami Pleats

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Photo courtesy of Vogue.

Tufting is a classic embellishment for furniture, but lately I’m yearning for something new and different. Origami pleats are a new take on texture, and truly embody the concept of “beauty in the details.”

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Photo courtesy of Kelly Wearstler.

Danielle’s Pick: Punk Inspired

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Photo courtesy of Vogue.

Rebellion, celebration of imperfection, and in-your-face edginess — I love punk. I love to see design embrace these ideals and throw caution to the wind in favor of unbridled self-expression. With graffiti/street art murals, unfinished flooring, and a little bit of metal, what’s not to love? Rock on!

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Photo courtesy of MyDomaine.

Melody’s Pick: Babydoll Femininity

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Photo courtesy of Vogue.

I’m just going to say it: I love this babydoll look. And it’s not limited to just girls’ rooms and nurseries. Soft femininity is perfect for creating a comfortable lounge space with details like ruffles, fringe, and dainty cutouts.

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Photo courtesy of Houzz.

Shelby and Danielle’s Market Favorites

By: Shelby Adamson and Danielle Clockel

Going to market is always a fun way to see new trends and get inspired. Last week we visited AmericasMart downtown for their spring market and found some truly unique pieces.

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As always, Palecek stunned us with their natural materials and focus on texture. Check out this table made with fossilized clamshell!

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Speaking of texture, this oversized woven wall hanging at Gold Leaf Designs is as good as it gets. The crisp white color helps keep it modern, but not stark.

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Surya really impressed us with their enormous rug selection, but one of the most surprising sections was their jute rugs. Look at that pattern!

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Finally, we’ve seen printmaker’s cabinets before, but this jewelry storage/dresser from Regina Andrew was something special. Beautiful, and so practical. Form and function!

The biggest thing we noticed at market was a focus on materials, texture, and revisiting classic pieces in a modern yet organic way. These concepts have really inspired us, especially as we begin planning our studio’s next look. What elements from this showcase might we include in our own design? You’ll have to wait and see!

Architectural Trends of 2017

By: The Balance Design Team

We’ve made our own personal resolutions for the new year, but what about for the home? This week we’re focusing on architectural trends we hope to see take off in 2017.

Stephanie’s Pick: Naked Floors

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We’re always looking for green, sustainable building solutions, and remodeling with wood floors is typically a smelly, messy process involving sanding, staining, and polyurethane. Rubio Monocoat, however, is a plant-based, 0% VOC flooring solution with a one-coat oil finish. We have been using it to achieve a more natural Scandinavian look, but there are many different finishes available.

Elisabeth’s Pick: Modern Moulding

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A recent trip to Charleston challenged my “less is more” tendencies. This geometric wall moulding satisfies a historical desire to ornament your wall without terribly faking it. This monotone moody trim and wall color doesn’t hurt either. Consider taking your walls, ceilings, and doors to a daring level of embellishment!

Shelby’s Pick: Backsplash Backlash

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My weakness is a beautiful and functional kitchen. I love the bespoke nature that kitchens are taking on recently, and an edited, clean design is always timeless. Sometimes the dominant, geometric nature of a tile backsplash can take the focus away from great custom cabinetry. Luckily, we’re seeing more and more home do away with the backsplash by either completely removing them, or pulling the countertop slab up the wall for a seamless look. Either way, the focus is on the beautiful custom work and not grout lines.

Danielle’s Pick: Cozy Conversation Pit

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Don’t get any shag-covered 1970’s flashbacks — modern sunken sitting areas (or “conversation pits“) are streamlined enough that they are comfortable without sacrificing style. This year my focus is on the comfort of design and not just the aesthetic, and sinking into a nest-like area such as this is just what I’ve got in mind.

Melody’s Pick: The Fifth Wall

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Though often forgotten, the ceiling is a great place to bring some daring personality into a room. The use of a wallpaper or mural will bring the eyes up and add interest in an otherwise overlooked space. Especially eye-catching with clean neutral colors and monochromatic palettes, the fifth wall is one to be embraced and utilized.

Color of the Year: Greenery

By: Shelby Adamson

Pantone has announced it’s Color of the Year for 2017, Greenery. Described as a refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

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While we heartily embrace Pantone’s fresh approach to this life-affirming shade, and this hue in the spring does make us swoon, let’s not forget the vast range of colors in this family.

Vintage Vogue, Benjamin Moore.

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Photo Courtesy of Scotch & Nonsense

Let’s branch out and use rich colors on cabinetry to break out of the monotony of black/white/gray paint. Rich, deep navy was the cabinetry color of choice for 2016, but in 2017 we would love to see Vintage Vogue mixed with warm woods!

Avocado, Benjamin Moore.

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If you tend to lean towards warm and organic design, this beautiful olive inspired green is for you. Plus, the best way to transform a boring space is a bold color!

Lime Sorbet, Benjamin Moore.

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Photo courtesy of Mobel Pobel

While Pantone’s pick is vibrant and energizing, Lime Sorbet is more soothing and understated.  A room with this hue feels airy and calm.  If meditating was a color, it would be this.

Green Smoke, Farrow & Ball.

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Photo courtesy of Domino

We love the mossy, nature-inspired feel of this color. It’s cool and warm at the same time, and is a great design staple as a paint color, furniture piece, or richly knit throw.

Kale Green, Sherwin Williams.

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Photo courtesy of Plain English Kitchens

Currently obsessing over this modern English kitchen with clean, simple lines, elevated by the richness of the materials and of course, the beautiful green paint.

We would love to hear your take on the color of the new year. Share your thoughts with us!