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What Our Clients Are Saying: #bdhomelove

By: real life Balance Design clients!

As part of our February home love celebration, we asked a few of our clients to send us a photo of their favorite spot in their home and let us know what they love about it. Unsurprisingly, they did not disappoint!

The Light-Filled Sitting Room

Photo courtesy of Sandra Goulding.

Warm and cozy elegance comes to mind for our family room. Here, a delightful mix of light neutrals and blues work together to lighten up and soften the darker and brighter shades of the room. When open, the drapery frames the views of the outdoor world and allows the natural light to flow into the room. When drawn, the soft and light panels provide a beautifully calm and soothing layer of privacy, accented by the striking Greek key detail where they join together and the warm glow of light from the lamps. The perfect cocoon for a solo night at home and a warm, cozy gathering spot with beautiful views no matter how warm or cold the temperature outdoors.

The Playful Art Corner

Photo courtesy of Loren Pratt.

My living room nook brings me joy — I love the playful sophistication of the artwork, mobile, and accessories. I love all of the textures, colors, and shape variations. This spot warms my heart and makes me smile. Special thanks to Balance Design for the gorgeous painting, chic floor lamp, luxe pillows, and versatile side table!

The Serene Bedroom

Photo courtesy of Jill Wasserman.

Of all of the spaces and projects Stephanie and her team have been a part of in our home, one of my favorites is my serene bed – and the stunning photograph that hangs above it. Riffing off of the luxurious silk duvet (used as an accent throw) from Turkey, the scheme of warm colors contrasting with cool and crisp ones creates an instant sense of contentment. And the whimsical glass gourd bedside lamps always make me smile. For several years, we struggled to find just the right art to hang above the bed. Then, one day when we were at Balance Design, I saw this photograph. When I was a teen, I fell in love with the famous Andrew Wyeth painting, “Christina’s World.” This photograph seemed to speak to Christina’s longing, answering as I imagine Wyeth would have, with simply the passage of time and cycle of seasons. It was a natural fit above the bed, tying the room together unexpectedly and absolutely.

The Cozy Breakfast Nook

Photo courtesy of Monica Neal.

My kitchen nook has been an empty space in various homes I’ve occupied over the last few years due to multiple re-locations for work. When I was ready to commit to furnishings and design, I contacted Balance Design, who had so graciously assisted me in my first home 16 years ago. I was looking for a stylish yet comfortable gathering spot where casual dining and conversation would be facilitated by design. Additionally, this is my go to spot for perusing the newspaper with coffee on the weekends, and where I am happy to perch in quiet contemplation. I’m inspired by the bold colors complimented by the various seating textures, and relish the coziness of the space.

This is why we do what we do! Helping our clients create the relaxing, rejuvenating, comfortable home environment they’ve always wanted is our whole purpose, and hearing from them just how much of an impact their revitalized spaces have on their lives is what our dreams are made of. What’s your #bdhomelove?

What We Love About Our Homes: #bdhomelove

By: The Balance Design Team

Throughout the month of February, we’re celebrating the love of one’s home, no matter what form it takes. To kick things off, each member of our team chose the spot (or item) in their home that fills their heart with love and appreciation. As expected, the results were as diverse as each of us!

Stephanie’s Home Love

One of the most exciting things about design is having a concept or detail you really connect with, and then working to bring it to life in the entirety of the space. This was certainly true for me when I redid my master bath shower — I saw a photo in a magazine of an all black tile shower with a curved curb, and I fell in love with the art nouveau look. The process of getting my own classic black hex tile to line up perfectly was tough, and it took a lot of time considering it’s a detail many people would probably overlook entirely, but I adore it. Along with the natural stone black mica tile walls, my shower is a completely unique and refreshing experience in my morning routine.

Danielle’s Home Love

My philosophy is this: if you don’t love it, don’t let it in your life. This goes for clothes, people, art, and especially furniture. Sometimes this means having less than you expected, but as a minimalist and anti-materialist I believe this makes the things you do have all the more meaningful. Couple this philosophy with my love of sustainability and resourcefulness and you’ve got a gal who will visit the same thrift store every weekend for six months waiting for the perfect piece to appear on the floor. Sometimes, however, that perfect piece just falls into your lap. This incredible mid century credenza was left on the sidewalk outside my building one Saturday morning. As I passed by on my morning walk with my dog, I was immediately skeptical that it had been abandoned. Surely no one would leave behind such a beauty! Certainly the rightful owners would appear shortly to load it onto some unseen moving truck. But no, this did not occur, and after 20 or so minutes of a covert stakeout from the lobby of my building, I pounced. Now this lovely lady graces my living room and proudly displays some of my favorite antique cameras, cast iron kettle, collected/gifted art, and a very tiny TV. In a home full of rescued, refurbished, and 100% secondhand furnishings, she fits right in.

Melody’s Home Love

Dubbed the “Turkish Room,” this is my absolute favorite spot in my house. It is my quiet place early in the morning to sip my coffee, and my safe space when I want to feel closer to my mother. I can feel the love in this room each time I set foot inside. Normally, I’m the person who feels like the more color the better, however the creamy color palette in here is perfectly ethereal. Each and every item has significance to my family; certain pieces my parents collected through their travels, while others have been handed down in my family since Ottoman times. They give this room an energy that is full of heritage, tranquility, and love. While a lot of people may love to celebrate the new things in their homes, in this case I celebrate the old.

Shelby’s Home Love

In the past year, we acquired an antique upright piano and it has really transformed my outlook on our home. We are limited on space, living in a mid century ranch, but I really loved the idea of creating a music area in my home. The front room off of our living room currently hosts this 1970 Emerson upright piano, which sits across from a mid century credenza that houses a small bar and my husband’s record player. (Did I mention we painted the room studio green by Farrow & Ball? Major upgrade.) This small space brings me joy and encourages me to not only cherish my space but to learn new skills — and playing the piano is on my list!

Jennifer’s Home Love

When I think of the one space in my home that brings me the most joy, I actually find myself gravitating outdoors. Our back deck has become an extension of both our living and dining areas, especially during the warmer months. I find gardening to be very therapeutic, and a collection of mix-match pots and tranquil fountains have become the perfect vessels for designing little vignettes that are easy to maintain. By pairing brightly colored annual and perennial flowers and plants together in varying heights and textures, we’ve been able to create the perfect backdrop for attracting as many butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds as possible. The addition of the fountains this past summer and the soothing element of sound they provide has only added to the tranquility we find ourselves craving after long days spent indoors.

Whether your happy place is a whole room, a special piece of furniture, or even an outside area, your home should bring you peace and happiness. We’re taking this month to celebrate all the things we love in our own spaces — what’s your favorite spot in yours?

Inspired by Nature: 5 Ways to Use Nature as Your Ultimate Design Inspiration

By: The Balance Design Team

Getting inspiration from nature and incorporating it into our designs goes beyond using natural wood and fibers. We look at it more holistically, observing patterns, shapes, and color combinations to bring the spirit of these elements into the whole space.

Photos courtesy of Pinterest and Roost.

Beauty, grace, power. Tigers are inspirational not only as their own strikingly colorful beings, but also as part of their natural habitat. These leather chairs in a subtle orange are like little tigers swimming through a pond of the blue-accented kilim rug. Wild!

Photos courtesy of Petros Koublis and Instagram.

There are few things more serene than the calm after an ocean storm. The light peeking through the darkness, the sense of refreshment — what an ideal state for a bedroom! The light-strung ceiling beam of this lofted bedroom becomes the apex of the space against a dark accent wall, like the sun coming through the clouds. The shades of gray and blue are soft waves. This is the perfect spot to release, relax, and emerge refreshed.

A simple color palette of whites, grays, and neutrals is classic and versatile, yet layering a pop of vivid color every now and then is a great way to keep your space fresh and exciting. Inspired by the unexpected beauty of a flowering cactus in the middle of an otherwise dry and barren desert, running multiple patterned and vividly colored vintage rugs up a traditional wood staircase completely brings this entry to life.

Photos courtesy of Flickr and Pinterest.

When garnering inspiration from the natural world, the tendency can be to look around — but don’t forget about up. Looking into the night sky at the vastness of the universe has captivated humanity for millennia, and incorporating the cosmos into your home can evoke a feeling of mystique and wonder. The movement and contrast of stars and comets against deep, black space is echoed in this marbled stone sink and backsplash. Surrounded by deep blue-grey walls, it’s like your very own glimpse into a galaxy.

Photos courtesy of Hiveminer and Desire to Inspire.

Nature is a great guide when determining your color ratios in interior design. Take, for example, this red-billed ox pecker grooming an impala. The warm neutrals of the impala’s coat are like the wood tones in this beautiful minimal kitchen. This warmth is balanced by the dark stone countertop and matte metal pendant lights, and the sparks of color provided by the fruit and dishes mimic the bright beak of the peppy little bird.

Whether it’s celebrating your favorite animal or taking a lesson in color palette perfection, the natural world is our number one source for unlimited inspiration. From the heart of the desert to distant stars and planets, our world (and beyond) is our ultimate teacher.

5 Ways to Transform Your Home into a Modern Cabin Retreat

By: Danielle Clockel

When you think of a cozy cabin getaway, what comes to mind? Probably wood tones, comforting textures, and maybe some wildlife elements, but sometimes the style feels a little one-note. Forget what you think you know about cabin decor, and let’s get in the mindset of something edgier and more modern.

Photo courtesy of Trendir.

Yeah. More like that. Let’s dive in!

Wood Accents

Photo courtesy of Dwell.

Log cabins can sometimes have an overabundance of wood — wood floors, wooden walls, wood beams. We love this material too, don’t get us wrong! But using it as an accent or feature instead of overwhelming the senses highlights its natural beauty and character.

Wood Burning Stove

Photo courtesy of Charnwood.

No matter what style of cabin we’re talking about, a fire is an absolute necessity. However, we’re leaning away from grand mantles and giant stone walls in favor of small-space-friendly wood burning stoves. These can go super authentically rustic or more paired down, but the result is the same — a soul-warming fire. Bonus points if you put your firewood on display!

Mixed Up Pillows

Photos courtesy of Chairish, Zibbet, and Pinterest.

Plaid and buffalo check are time honored patterns of any cabin, and we are happy to pay homage to these roots. But a fun way to liven up this look is by adding an additional, unexpected style. Maybe some rug remnant pillows? Hey, why should the boho homes have a monopoly on these kilim treasures!

Faux Taxidermy

Photo courtesy of Anthology Magazine.

Speaking of accessories, let’s address the taxidermy trope. We say skip the dead animal heads and go the more environmentally friendly (and animal friendly) route with whimsical upholstered faux taxidermy. Go from creepy to cute!

Shag Rugs

Photo courtesy of Instagram.

We know, you’re probably a little surprised at this suggestion. Shag rugs are often found in either sophisticated glam spaces or funky global abodes (a la Moroccan wedding blankets), but why not a modern cabin as well? What’s cozier and comfier than a plush shaggy rug underfoot to warm your cold toes?

Winter gets a bad rep for being cold and icy, but who says that’s a bad thing? Surround yourself in a modern cabin aesthetic and revel in the cozy warmth it brings!

2019 Interior Design Trends

By: The Balance Design Team

Looking ahead for the year, we’re excited to challenge our design sensibilities by getting out of our comfort zone. Here are some of the new directions we’re headed in — we encourage you to try them as well!

Well-Adorned Walls

Photo courtesy of Divine Savages.

Did this photo stop you in your tracks like it did for us? This is a look we can really dive into this year! Bold, colorful wallpaper layered with fun and unique art makes a space sophisticated but approachable. Try this in a dining room, bedroom, library — really pretty much anywhere!

Curved Seating

Photo courtesy of My Domaine.

In 2019 we’re looking for a little softness in design, and curved seating is like a visual hug. Nothing says “hey, hi, come sit down, relax, it’s all good” like a sofa that can gently cradle you. The best part about pieces like this? They fit in so many styles! You can go for an ornate, tete-a-tete style loveseat or a clean-lined, modern statement sofa. Either way, the sumptuous curves are soooo inviting!

Maximalist Entertaining

Photo courtesy of Girlfriend Is Better.

We’re leaning into the maximalist movement, especially in tablescapes. Bringing meaningful pieces onto your dining table is more than just utilitarian — it’s an expression of family, personality, and community. Maybe you’ll mix your grandmother’s Wedgewood china with vintage shop dessert plates, topped off with assorted fabric memos for napkins. Incorporate local foliage from your garden or farmer’s market, mix in candles wabi-sabi style, and you’re ready for a beautifully cooked meal (paella anyone?). We see this movement as a celebration of the home as a gathering place for friends and loved ones, and a way to create a beautiful night with beautiful memories.

Modern Pastels

Photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty.

Pastels seem to flit in and out of fashion, but this color palette of mint, blush, and mustard yellow is modern and refreshing. These hues are often utilized as support for darker and bolder colors, and we’re happy to give them their time to shine! Adorning a sleek, modern space with these softies will instantly transform the feel from harsh to happy. Awww!

Modern Art Deco

Photo courtesy of Dwelling Decor.

We’re talking extravagant architectural elements, mixed metals, and luxe materials. Inspiration from the 20’s has waltzed back into the design world with a modern attitude! This fresh mix creates an aura of opulence without stuffiness by allowing quirks and individuality to shine through. Giving us the freedom to be as over the top and “extra” as we want to be, modern art deco is a bold way to ring in 2019 — and years to come!

Statement Tile Layouts

Photo courtesy of Instagram.

We love a striking statement tile, but sometimes it can be scary to go all out with color. Not to worry! This doesn’t mean you’re relegated to same old, same old looks for your kitchen or bathroom. A fun way to get creative with tile is playing with the layout. Chevron or herringbone patterns are always a cool go-to, but we’re really loving multiple directions, varying sizes, and bold grout.

Deep Dark Cabinetry

Photo courtesy of Devol Kitchens.

As shades of green, navy, and warm wood stake their claim as the new “neutrals,” we see more and more people venturing out from the classic all grey or white kitchen and bath color palette. This migration towards adding a bit more depth and personality is seen on walls, built-ins, and cabinetry (and sometimes all three). We love  how this deep forest green brings continuity from the walls to the cabinets, creating the perfect backdrop for showcasing art, lighting, and collected treasures.

It’s easy to get caught up in the “new year, new me” storm that happens every January, but we think it’s important to turn some of that attention towards your environment — your home, your community, even just a single room. The space you inhabit has a profound effect on your well-being, and if you nourish it and care for it, it will return the favor indefinitely.