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Design Inspiration: Paris Fashion Week

By: The Balance Design Team

The runways of Paris are an inspiration to many in terms of fashion, but to us they’re so much more. The stunning looks at the recent Paris Fashion Week have motivated us to step up our interior design styles in so many ways! Let’s dive in.

Casual Sophistication

Photos courtesy of Vogue and Nate Berkus.

Rich texture, bright colors, global vibe, slouchy yet sophisticated style — don’t you just love it when things look effortless? Get your home in the same spirit by incorporating bold upholstery, natural materials like wood or leather, and comfy-casual-classic pieces like a cozy throw. So easygoing and unpretentious, yet speaks volumes.

Darkly Sheer Embroidery

Photos courtesy of Vogue, The Jungalow, and Pinterest.

We love sheers, and we love embroidery, but something about too much of either one can feel like overkill. Pair them together, however, and you have an ultra sophisticated yet eclectic look for your outfit or your home. Sheer tiered panels alongside funky embroidered pillows are the household equivalent of gauzy ruffled skirts with a structured, embroidered jacket. We’re especially loving this concept in a dark ground with vivid accents — it adds that bit of edge to an otherwise soft look.

Basics Reinvented

Photos courtesy of Elle and Coroflot.

A chair is a chair, a shirt is a shirt…how many different ways can you alter the fundamentals? Fashion week always gets us inspired to rethink the basics, like solid clothing or the humble chair.  The tone on tone compliments, rich texture, soft fabric made crisp with pleats, and reimagined silhouette of this Valentino look makes it a work of art. Similarly, the gorgeous wood tone, visual movement, and unprecedented silhouette of this chair elevates a common item to a sculptural level.

Mixed Metallics

Photos courtesy of Vogue and Our Fifth House.

Keeping different metallic finishes separated is officially a thing of the past. This look from Miu Miu expertly mixes a gorgeous, sparkling white gown (with contrasting black sheers) with gold AND silver pieces — not to mention denim shoes (gasp!). Similarly, the possibilities are limitless when accessorizing your home. Check out these mixed gold/glossy black frames decorating a plain white wall. When it comes to taking standalone elements and arranging them into a stunning ensemble, sometimes it’s best to mix it all up.

Warm Industrial

Photos courtesy of Vogue and N. Beckstedt Studios.

In Jonathan Anderson’s ready-to-wear collection, we see rich leathers used as both surface and adornment, creating a look that is stunning yet practical. This warm, modernist style carries over into contemporary interiors through modern industrial architecture infused with warmth. A sense of ease is created by integrating organic materials and vintage pieces, resulting in a timeless yet approachable living space.

Glitter Goals

Photos courtesy of Vogue and KC Homes & Style.

Glitter is making a comeback! And no, we don’t mean the awful Mariah Carey movie circa 2001. Gone are the slinky, barely-there mini dresses — make way for long-lined elegance and glamour. The same goes for interior design; what was once almost solely associated with childhood arts and crafts has blossomed into the refined older sister. Sparkle accents done right can bring glamour and sophistication to spaces big and small.

As you can see, you don’t always have to commit to a complete overhaul to change things up. Sometimes getting creative and playing with your accessories and accent pieces can alter the mood and style of a room (or an outfit!).

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.

cementlight

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

cementmantel

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.

Color Obsession: Copper

By: Verena Dalati Salmé

Some people like silver, some prefer gold. But then there’s copper. Offering a refreshing third option to the world of metallic finishes, copper has functional and aesthetic benefits. Lightweight, recyclable, and antimicrobial, it develops a natural patina over time that only makes it more intriguing. 

copperlight

Like the industrial look but also want to feature a bit of color? This Metal Bell Pendant from Pottery Barn totally gets you. Pairing copper with rope makes it beautiful with a little bit of edge.

copperchair

The Real Good Chair from Blue Dot is pure genius, with laser cut fold lines that allow you to set your own perfect angles. It’s a sleek, chic statement piece that’s sure to impress.

copperfaucet

Copper and marble: a match made in heaven. The appropriately named Zen Collection from Watermark uses classic materials in a modern yet elegant fashion.

copperstool

The edgy Cole Stool from Madegoods can be used indoors or outdoors. We suggest both.

copperwall

Think a single statement piece isn’t enough? How about a statement wall? We love this copper paneled wall featured in the 25 Hours Bikini Berlin Hotel.

copperhooks

Little details can make a big impact. These copper elbow pipe hooks are easy to DIY and will instantly add energy and style to any space.

A little bit industrial, a little bit glamorous, copper accents are an unexpected way to dress up any space.

Days of Our Lives: My Kitchen Renovation, Episode 2

By: Stephanie Andrews

It’s time for another episode! Before the holidays got started, I began the preliminary stages of my own personal kitchen and bath remodel. Now it’s a brand new year, and I’m diving head first into design decisions for the kitchen. I was inspired by both the Remodelista blog and their new book. They really helped me crystalize my craftsman, industrial, and artisan tastes into a defined look that suits my family. Here’s the idea:

Andrews Kitchen Selection Blog FINAL

Inspiration for kitchen design: Amsterdam Loft

1. Dining Wall Accent Sconces. Rensselaer Sconce. Brass & Twisted Red Cord
2. Kitchen Island Barstools. Industrial Metal Adjustable Stool. Raw Legs with Red Seat
3. Kitchen Island Pendants. Factory Light No. 6. Factory Black Steel
4. Kitchen Counter Top. Honed Black Granite
5. Kitchen Cabinet Color. Sherwin Williams. Dover White SW6385
6. Kitchen Island Counter Top. Walnut Butcher Block
7. Kitchen Island Cabinet Color. Sherwin Williams. Rock Bottom SW7062
8. Drawer Knobs. Modern Knob. Chrome
9. Cabinet Pulls. Modern Pull. Chrome

The next step will be drafting the architectural renderings of the cabinetry, including an island with a walnut wood top. Stay tuned for the next installment of “Days of Our Lives: My Kitchen Renovation” to see if I can stay in budget and get the whole family on board with these decisions!