bathroom Posts

It’s Element-ary! How to Incorporate The Four Elements in Your Home.

By: Danielle Clockel

The four elements of earth, fire, air, and water were used by the ancient Greeks as a way to simplify life’s complexities. Nowadays, we often refer to them in terms of our personalities. For example, maybe you identify with the free-spirited nature of the wind, or are passionate and fierce like fire. Whichever one speaks to you, here are some ways to really get in your element at home.

Earth.

Photo courtesy of Femina.

Filling your home with plants is the best way to immerse yourself in earthy goodness. But what if you don’t have a green thumb? We love pressed plant art as a way for everyone to celebrate their earth element roots in a clean, modern way.

Fire.

Photo courtesy of Frerik Hylten-Cavallius.

There’s something so comfortingly primal about fire. Grand fireplaces and outdoor fire pits are amazing to gather around, but not everyone has the space for them. That’s not an issue for petite ethanol-burning stoves. These little guys are perfect for feisty spirits in any size abode, especially since they don’t produce smoke.

Air.

Photo courtesy of Studio KO.

This is an easy one: just open up! Open any doors and windows you can and get some air flowing through your home. That feel of a gentle, calm breeze — what can be better? How about standing amongst flowing sheer window panels like some sort of goddess? Yes, that.

Water.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Ceiling mounted rainwater shower heads. Floor inset soaking tubs. These are amazing ways to turn your morning (or evening) shower into a luxurious submersion, but what else? Match your floor and walls in a cool blue handmade tile to channel the experience of swimming through a beautiful lagoon every time you bathe.

Natural elements in the home, regardless of which specific one they reflect, make a space feel grounded, intentional, and authentic. And of course you can mix several elements in one room — whatever speaks to you!

Need We Say More: Steamy Shower Goodness

By Melody RichardsonThis is the steamy outdoor shower of our dreams! This outdoor oasis is a part of the aptly named Woodman’s Treehouse featured by Dwell Magazine. We could certainly imagine ourselves freshening up and getting close to nature in this gorgeous space. Couldn’t you?

Small Bathrooms on a Budget: An HGTV Feature

By: Melody Richardson

We could not be more excited to share a new post on HGTV.com about small bathrooms on a budget! Thanks to editor Lori Johnston, our design was used as the cover photo. Lori’s work has been featured in countless publications throughout the region and we hope to collaborate with her on future projects. We quoted her article below about our design. (Check out the full article here.)

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Photography by Tracy Cox for Balance Design

Keep it simple. By using a modest color palette with just a pop of color from the red chair, this bathroom demonstrates simple elegance in a small area. If possible, avoid buying window treatments to create an illusion of more space.  “A minimalist look eases the budget,” says Stephanie Andrews of Atlanta-based Balance Design.

Stone Cold Style.

By: Danielle Cornely

When you think of concrete, a warm and welcoming living space might not immediately come to mind. However, this versatile material can add both industrial edge and smooth serenity to a home.

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This baby block concrete tile pattern creates visual interest behind the simple lines of a double sink.

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A small accent piece, like this pendant light, can add just enough edge to a tame room.

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A simple concrete mantel acts like a picture frame for your fireplace.

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Concrete tubs: smooth, cool, serene. Perfect for helping turn your bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary.

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Be bold, do an entire wall. Pair with warm wood tones to keep the room from looking sparse and cold.

Looks We love: Aquatic Atmosphere

By: Danielle Cornely

We’ve got beach brain, there’s no denying it. As the temperature climbs and the humidity moves in, we’re pining for that cool ocean breeze and relaxing water. Imagine bringing that level of serenity into your home to experience every day. Might look a little something like this.

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1. Inspiration photo courtesy of Adam Pflum Photography.
2. Fish Scale tile from Inside Out. A little glamorous, but also soothing. Can we call this look Mermaid Spa?
3. Flax Ottoman by Christien Meindertsma. This ball of rope is a nautical piece that’s sophisticated, not cheesy.
4. Stained concrete by Custom Concrete Solutions. Get the beautiful hues of tropical water beneath your feet with a turquoise stained concrete floor.
5. Reclaimed Wood Side Table from Anthropologie. Reminiscent of old dock posts, this side table warms up an aquatic color palette but remains complimentary.
6. Abyss Table from Duffy London. Enjoy the rich range of colors of the deep ocean in a coffee table. You’ll swear you were flying over the Pacific, looking down at open water.