Shelby Adamson Posts

Cherished Treasures + Custom Creations = Happy Place!

By: Shelby Adamson Pawlak

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Our clients’ vision is the most important factor in our designs. While we want to fill their home with beautiful furnishings, we find the best way to keep the space true to their personality is by combining new pieces with their own cherished items. Books, art, keepsakes from travels, and family heirlooms are always considered as part of the final design. This client has an incredible collection of vintage kilim rugs, handwoven textiles, and even a plague doctor’s mask. With these curated pieces as a starting point, we selected a vintage over-dyed rug under a saddle leather lounge and created custom graphic window panels to pull the look together. We love to inspire our clients with art and furnishings, but we love it even more when they inspire us!

Wanderlust: San Diego

By: Shelby Adamson Pawlak

My husband and I recently had the chance to jaunt to the west coast, where I was a bridesmaid in a good friend’s wedding in San Diego.

Photo courtesy of San Diego Eater.

Photo courtesy of NBC.

Upon arrival we made our first stop at Liberty Public Market. Old navy barricades were transformed into eateries, bars, and craft vendors. What I loved about the space, besides the food and unique artful gifts, were the farmers market booths on the lawn and the vegetable garden growing out front. Spanish style architecture and bright paint helped us to appreciate not only the food but the detail in the structure as well. We loved it so much we went our first and last day in California.

Photo courtesy of California Beaches.

Photo courtesy of Traveldigg.com.

The next place on our list was Balboa Park. Rich in history, the park is home to multiple museums, performing arts venues, beautifully lush gardens, greenhouses, trails, and of course the San Diego Zoo. San Diego has the perfect climate for vegetation and it’s easy to lose yourself in the vast rose and cactus gardens. Our personal favorite was the greenhouse, which had an abundance of every plant you can think of. We even saw a staghorn fern that was close to 6 feet tall! Spectacular!

Photo courtesy of La Jolla Mom.

Photo courtesy of Hipmunk.

Our last leg of the trip was the wedding in La Jolla. The drive up was incredibly stunning with bright yellow and orange wild flowers climbing their way up the cliffs along the highway. We were lucky to have the venue directly on the beach, and allowed ourselves to get lost staring into the vast turquoise of the ocean and the beautiful topography of southern California. We treated ourselves to a night at La Valencia hotel, a Spanish style establishment built in 1926 that boasts original hand painted murals from the 1940s and is set right on the ocean. We did not want to leave!

We loved our visit to southern California and the only regret we had was not staying longer!

Design Challenge: And the Winner Is…

By: Shelby Adamson Pawlak

This week we conclude our design challenge of my bedroom. I have chosen a design from one of our amazing designers and let me tell you, this was one of the HARDEST choices I have ever had to make!

First, I wanted to share the winner of our voters on Facebook and Instagram, and it was a close one! The design challenge winner from all of your popular votes was…Danielle!

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My overall winner along with my husband’s input (it is our room, after all) was a really tough choice. Our two favorites were Stephanie and Danielle, but after careful consideration and much deliberation our pick is…Stephanie!

SA Shelby

I honestly loved so many pieces from each of our designers here, so here is my compilation of everyone’s choices to create the perfect respite for my husband and myself:

It was so enlightening to be on the client side of things, to have my input reviewed and put through the Balance Design “filter.” It made me realize how important communication is, and the questions that I, as a designer, need to ask my clients. There were suggestions made that matched my Pinterest board that I loved, and it made me feel like my voice was really heard, but there were also things that I would never think of implementing that I ended up loving. I believe that as a team, our collaboration at Balance Design makes us strong designers, and as a client I am incredibly happy with the outcome. Now just stay tuned for the implementation! Thank you for all of your input!

Design Challenge: Shelby’s Bedroom

By: Shelby Adamson Pawlak

As interior designers, it’s our job to take our client’s needs, incorporate our design knowledge, and create beautiful spaces. But we are not perfect, and often have trouble applying this expertise to our own homes. Meet my bedroom:

Shelby Room 1

Shelby Room 3

Living in town has its perks but bedroom space is limited. My small ranch home’s bedroom accommodates a queen bed, two small nightstands, and a dresser and/or vanity. My wish list for my bedroom would be to have a headboard, mounted nightstands (the bed has drawer storage below that pulls out), pendant lights, and an organized vanity area with a mirror.

Shelby Room 2

As you can see, this dated dresser is a bit of an eyesore and does not allow for much jewelry storage. I would like this space to be at a vanity height with a mirror and alternative storage options for my jewelry and my husband’s items (wedding ring, watch, keys).

The challenge is for each of our designers here at Balance Design to review my Pinterest boards and wish list, and create a full design concept for me. It will be interesting to see them incorporate my style and request for a functional and sleek bedroom, but also put their own creative spin on it.

Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion in next week’s blog!

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!