Melody Richardson Posts

Wanderlust: Architectural Wonderment

By: The Balance Design Team

It’s travel season, folks, and that means different things to different people. Some are looking for rest and relaxation on a picturesque beach. Others take to the mountains for hiking and outdoor adventures. And then there are the architecture fans: those of us who choose our destination based on the location’s unique, historic, and beautiful buildings and structures. Here’s a few on our list.

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, should be on everyone’s travel list. Built in 1609, this still-practicing mosque has five main domes and is stunning both inside and out.  The colors of the tile, the arched ceilings, and of course the red rug stir our hearts.

While you’re in Turkey, don’t miss the Grand Bazaar. This is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, so yeah, you could spend days here.

Photo Courtesy of Pinterest

Barcelona’s incredible architecture is something out of a fantasy. Casa Milà at sunset provides an unforgettable view.

Photo Courtesy of City Wonders

Park Güell is another of architect Anton Gaudi’s nature-inspired masterpieces. Fun fact: Gaudi lived in one of the residences here! The color and curves are childhood dreams come to life.

Photo Courtesy of Koamas Travel

The Maldives off the coast of India are the epitome of a dreamy island getaway. So what kind of amazing architecture could you encounter there? Envision a tranquil villa with a calm aesthetic, peaceful color palette, and a glass floor — enough said.

Photo Courtesy of Maldives Finest

Or what about a cozy minimalist interior with an open-access deck that lends itself to a perfect sunset view? Home away from home BLISS.

Hopefully we’ve been able to add to your bucket list and inspire you to venture to new places. Happy travels — and please share your photos with us!

Need We Say More: Stunning Wet Room Tile

By Melody Richardson

We have all been fawning over this gorgeous wet room, featured by Domino Magazine, from the moment we laid eyes on it. The way the designer pulled the tile from the floor onto the accent wall, and even brought it up to create a feature on the ceiling, is such an inspiration. We are so looking forward to trying out this technique in a powder room, laundry, or perhaps even a mud room!

Facebook Marketplace Is Open For Business!

By: Melody Richardson

With the increasing ease of online marketplaces, we noticed an opportunity to share more of our designs with the world. Enter the Balance Design Marketplace on Facebook. You can now browse our available studio items online and purchase them for local pickup. All items have been featured in our studio gallery, so you know how much pride we have in them!

This mahogany frame sofa is valued at over $10,000, but we’ve got it on the marketplace for a steal. It was a real privilege to restore this weathered vintage find to its full potential utilizing designer fabric and glossy paint.

This lovely art deco vase can brighten any space.

This custom lamp shade is one our favorite pieces — the copper accents in the fabric complement the resin of the base so beautifully. And it was hand made by one of our team members!

A custom velvet pillow and blanket ups the luxe factor immensely.

Since pairing this black fringe and smooth yellow velvet, we have fallen in love with using tapes in new and interesting ways!

These are just some of the items you can find on our Facebook Marketplace place. Check back often for updated pricing and new items! 

Need We Say More: The Vertical Garden of Patrick Blanc

By Melody Richardson

Through all of this gloomy weather we’d like nothing more than to bask in the natural beauty of this vertical garden by the incredible Patrick Blanc. If only we had a space to create one of our own!

Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen for New York Botanical Gardens


Need We Say More? The Le Cob Bath by Omvivo

By: Melody Richardson

In the past our “Need We Say More” posts have included pieces we were all in awe of. This time around, we thought we’d stir things up a bit. The Le Cob bathtub by Omvivo exudes modern luxury with its glass sides and waterfall drain. However, some of our team finds the impracticality of the sloped base less than ideal. Can we say, cold feet? Therefore, we are bringing the decision to you! Do you think this piece is the future of bath design? Or is it simply underwhelming?

Photos courtesy of Omvivo.