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Abstraction and Color: Stonewashed Indigo Linens

By: Danielle Clockel

Abstract expressionism divides people like no other art genre — you either love it or you hate it. I personally love any art that moves me when I see it, and makes an impact on the space it inhabits. Let’s consider Mark Rothko’s color field paintings.

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Mark Rothko “Green on Blue.

A key player in the abstract expressionist movement (right alongside Jackson Pollack), Mark Rothko’s massive canvases of color are meant to be viewed up close and personal. They are so big that they surround you and engulf your peripheral vision, transforming the act of viewing into a complete experience. I can only imagine immersing myself in the cool blue and distressed texture of “Green on Blue” here.

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Photo courtesy of House of Baltic Linen.

The beauty of abstraction is that it’s up to the viewer to decide what they see. For me, Rothko’s painting evokes soft, stonewashed linen bedding. The deep indigo hues intermeshed with worn-yet-bright whites make me want to float off into a cool, calming dreamland.

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!

Flower Power: Modern Floral Print

By: Danielle Cornely

When you think of floral print, do images of stuffy, dull, outdated patterns come to mind? Let’s fix that.

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This piece by London artist Camilla Frances is part photograph, part graphic manipulation. Intense colors and high contrast take this far from the realm of antique store sofas.

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Holly Sharpe’s interpretation of a simple rose print elevates the pattern into a fresh, bold look.

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This John Lewis wallpaper has it all. A sturdy tree, lively foliage, and punchy blossoms create a fun mural that’s still chic.

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Some of us like a little edge with our flowers. Etsy seller Anewall gets it. This wallpaper is big time dramatic in the best way.

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Get ready to have your mind blown, because this stunning, larger than life creation by Sicis is a mosaic made of glass tiles. BOOM.

Ditch your frumpy florals. There’s no shortage of fresh, modern prints out there.

Five Throws to Warm You Through Winter

By: Danielle Cornely

The groundhog has spoken: we’re looking at six more weeks of winter. If this news makes you want to crawl under the covers and hibernate for the next couple of months, let us at least recommend some quality throws for you to use.

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Classic and cozy, this faux fur throw from Pottery Barn is one versatile blanket. Whether your look is rustic, glam, or anywhere in between, this throw will keep the cold at bay in style.

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Maybe a little bit of Southwestern influence will help warm you up. The Spine Quilt by designer Meg Callahan is a modern take on traditional Navajo patterns.

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Wishing your favorite sweater was about ten times bigger so you could wrap your whole body in it? Try this knitted throw. It’s your dream come true.

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If you want a throw that makes a statement in a room, the bold, Art Nouveau pattern of the Beautiful Machine Throw is for you. Don’t worry, it’s 100% fleece so there’s no sacrificing comfort here.

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What’s the best thing about this banded throw from Alicia Adams? The unexpected color combinations? The clean lines? How about that it’s made from absurdly soft alpaca fur? Yeah, that last one.

Bundle up!

Top Five Calendars to Start Your Year Off Right

By: Danielle Cornely

For some, a calendar is more than a list of days of the year; it’s like a personal assistant that keeps all of your schedules, plans, and goals organized in one place. While many have made the move from hard copy to digital, we’ve collected our top five calendars to convince you that print is not dead.

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Arina Pozdnyak puts a modern, emotive twist on the classic landscape with the Perpetual Calendar. Each month is a beautiful, meditative photograph that makes the calendar feel like an art collection.

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Simple and whimsical, this watercolor calendar by Flora Douville is handmade by the artist in France and is available in English and French.

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Graphic shapes and a soft pink hue combine to make this calendar by SNUG.TOYBLOCKS chic and versatile.

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We love this unique calendar by Stuart Greer for Fedrigoni! Created with designers in mind, this little guy won’t hog precious desk or wall space.

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to be more environmentally conscious, the Isometric Risograph Calendar by Paper Pusher is for you. Printed on 100% recycled Oatmeal-Kraft paper with soy-based inks, its beautiful geometric designs are a feast for the eyes all year long.