April 2018 Posts

Cafe Table Roundup!

By: Danielle Clockel

Wouldn’t we all love a nice big kitchen table to spread out and enjoy our meals at? Well sure! But let’s face it, square footage is precious, and not everyone has the space (or the need) for a full dining table. That’s where cafe tables come in — stylish little guys that provide an intimate and space-saving spot to eat in peace. Here are some of our favorites!

Photo courtesy of Pier1.

The classic French cafe table. Petite, timeless, versatile. Sip your morning coffee and nibble on a croissant at this tiny table and you’ll swear you were at a Paris pastry shop (Eiffel Tower not included).

Photo courtesy of Bernhardt.

This chairside table from Bernhardt would fit perfectly in a small breakfast nook for an elegant, slightly feminine touch.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Enoksson.

Not all cafe tables are dainty and soft. This terrazzo table is sturdy, modern, and 1,000% cool as heck.

Photo courtesy of World Market.

From warm summer to brisk autumn, if you have even the tiniest of patio or balcony space, consider nestling an outdoor cafe table in it for those mornings when the weather is just right (whatever that happens to be for you).

Whether you choose a cafe table for aesthetic reasons or spatial constraints, you have plenty of options to choose from in terms of style. From the classic French look to a modern steel and concrete assemblage, there’s a tiny table for every home!

How To Mix Patterns Like a Pro!

By: The Balance Design Team

Our upcoming spring/summer collection is chock full of color and pattern, which is a fun way to mix and match some real statement makers. But where do you start when you want multiple patterns in one space? The possibilities are practically endless, but here are a few of our favorite combos.

Stripe and fret fabrics courtesy of Schumacher. Rug courtesy of Loloi.

Play with scale. Pair a large, bold pattern (like this super funky Manuel Canovas leaf print) with a couple of smaller, tighter patterns. Ground it all with thick, white-based stripes and you’ve got a mix that’s just wild enough.

Fabrics courtesy of Norwalk, Celerie Kemble, and Schumacher. Rug courtesy of Crate and Barrel.

Limiting your color palette to a few earthy tones gives you more freedom to play with pattern and texture, and can be more approachable to those of us who prefer sepia to Day Glo. Want a smart tweed with a sparkly fabric? Heck yes you can do that!

Black and white fabrics courtesy of Schuamcher and Kravet. Lilac and bouquet fabrics courtesy of Schumacher.

There’s something about stripes and florals that complement each other perfectly. Bold, graphic, black and white lines against delicate, illustrative tendrils gives you edge with a touch of softness. It’s the visual equivalent of “I’m cute, but also don’t mess with me.”

How do you take mixing masculine and feminine patterns to the next level? Involve color! Try a hard zig zag in a lovely gem tone (Schumacher sure knows how), or a delicate hand embroidery in a tough black and blue. (Pair with a luxe berry velvet for extra va-va-voom!)

When it comes to mixing patterns, we say don’t hold back! While these are some good ideas to get you started, the rules truly were made to be broken. Be as adventurous or reserved in your pattern play as you wish — in the end, it’s all about whatever makes your space authentically yours.

Sneak Peek: Balance Design’s “Bright & Bold” Collection.

By: Danielle Clockel

It’s a color explosion! We’re in the thick of planning our 2018 spring/summer collection, and if you can’t tell, it’s all about color. Bright and bold, with influences from abroad as well as here in Atlanta, this warm weather season is going to exude ALL the positive energy at Balance Design! (Seriously, how can you frown in the presence of fuchsia embroidery?)

Stay tuned for more information about our artists, custom pieces, and open house date.