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Design Challenge: Bedroom Solutions

By: The Balance Design Team

Last week Shelby outlined her wish list for her master bedroom, including a headboard for her bed, new nightstands, lighting, and a vanity area. Each of us browsed her Pinterest board and created our take on a perfectly “Shelby” bedroom.

Stephanie’s Solution

Shelby has a fun-loving, adventurous personality that I wanted to bring out in her room design. The low upholstered modern platform bed lets the organic wallpaper create a bold statement wall. The vanity (which is actually a children’s desk) has ample storage for Shelby’s collection of funky and fun jewelry. Her accessory style inspired my choices for the vanity stool, pendants, and mirror, which all have touches of gold. And of course, I had to add a hand knotted rug that can be used in Shelby’s next home too!

Elisabeth’s Solution

I was inspired by Shelby’s love of texture and the perfect shade of blue in creating this Bali-tastic Bedroom Boutique. This water-meets-print wallpaper from Eskayel is sure to motivate Shelby’s creative world while the organic linear black and white rug grounds the room (literally). The classic floating shelf is simply smart, providing a platform for this modern woven marvel of a pendant. The canopy bed is a new absolute favorite of everyone at Balance Design. Finally, a beautiful challenge for Shelby: root plants in glass by taking a cutting and growing her own piece of art in water. I hope this design inspires art, nature, and light for morning and night (intentional rhyming included).

Danielle’s Solution

Keeping in mind Shelby’s request for a clean, sleek look, I focused on things she loves (with a little inspiration from her Pinterest board). The dresser currently in the room will be removed, making room for a printmaker’s drawer desk with a rounded rectangular mirror to act as a vanity/primping area. The drawers provide stylish space for jewelry, makeup, brushes, etc. An accent wall painted in her “spirit color” will pick up the blue accents in this vintage rug, which really pops against an underlying sisal. I took a small leap with the bed — Shelby requested ideas for a headboard, but I know from her Pinterest that she loves sleek, modern canopy beds. Replacing the mirrored nightstands with these crisp marble shelves keeps the room clutter-free (and provides the perfect perch for an aloe plant or two!).

Melody’s Solution

Shelby’s love of natural wood really inspired this space. Using walnut furniture accented with metal and glass creates a natural-feeling, put together look. This desk used as a makeup vanity will provide some much needed jewelry storage and a space to sit and get ready for the day with the large round mirror. The wall mural is an homage to her favorite color, teal. This effect is more subtle than full on paint, but gives enough color and impact to still make a statement. The glass shelves are 10′ deep so she will be able to use them as nightstands without the bulk. Even a piece like this lovely wood and glass terrarium would fit (bonus: these plants require minimal attention). Finally, the pendants for either side of the bed add the little bit of sparkle for Shelby that she brings to us each day. 

Stay tuned next week when Shelby announces the winner!

Fashion Your Home: Fall 2014 Edition

By: Danielle Cornely

Imposing silhouettes, trendsetting details, and crave-worthy colors — the aftermath of fashion week can leave you yearning for a complete wardrobe makeover. We say, why not your home too?

mendelfredrichs

This look from J. Mendel is a little feminine, a little edgy. Meet its furniture counterpart: a graffiti sofa by Alexandra Fredrichs. The sweetness of the simple, curved lines against the brash, graffiti print upholstery creates a statement piece for the bravest and boldest.

erdemsurya

Canadian born Erdem is looking at botanical prints in an elegant new way. The designer’s ready-to-wear collection features delicate yet striking plant silhouettes. Take a page out of his book by ditching trendy floral prints and opting for items that have sophisticated leaves and stems with a hint of metallic glamour, like this Surya rug.

blondsarteriors

Sometimes fashion can get a little too serious. Not so with Phillipe and David Blond, aka The Blonds. Consider them your go-to guys for fun, funky, rockin’ glam. Do you love the spherical hairdo and gold motorcycle jacket/bodysuit as much as we do? This Arteriors light is just the thing to bring that over-the-top awesomeness to your home.

oscaranthro

Oscar de la Renta’s new collection showcases rich colors, classy textures, and flapper-inspired fringe. Have fun with this concept! These Anthropologie curtains have tiers of deep blue pom-poms for a playful take on a formal look.

donnacrate

Donna Karen throws caution to the wind with her creative collection, favoring free form, organic shapes over rigid patterns. Showcase your own appreciation of abstract painting with pillows like these from Crate and Barrel.