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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!).

Back to Black: 5 Shades We Love

By: Danielle Clockel

When you think of neutrals, do you only think of greys, whites, and tans? Let’s change that! Moving to the darker end of the spectrum, there’s a plethora of charcoals, off-blacks, and deep tones that are incredibly versatile no matter your style.

Sherwin Williams’ Witching Hour

Photo courtesy of One Kings Lane.

Cooler than the other side of the pillow! This deep dark hue looks ultra sharp against crisp white trim on interior walls. If the thought of painting your home black makes you nervous, this is more of a jeweled blue — fancy!

Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green

Photo courtesy of Chalkboard Living.

By now you know we love this neutral; it changes color throughout the day as light hits it and is a great way to neutralize green and evoke a classic look. Great paint option for built-ins, cabinets, libraries, or a dramatic dining room.

Benjamin Moore’s Mopboard

Photo courtesy of The Kitchn.

A true black that looks velvety and soft, not stark and scary. Live your Victorian gothic dream with this brooding-yet-comfortable black.

Farrow & Ball’s Mahogany

Photo courtesy of Farrow & Ball.

As the name implies, this is a black so warm it almost goes brown. Perfect as a grounding contrast with golden yellows, soft taupes, and even wispy blushes.

Farrow & Ball’s Paean Black

Photo courtesy of Farrow & Ball.

A passionate purple-black. It’s deep, romantic, and inviting in an unexpected, non-Valentine’s Day way. Ooh la la!

October is a unique month that automatically shifts us into a darker, more dramatic aesthetic. Maybe it’s Halloween’s approach. Maybe it’s the anticipation of shorter days and colder temperatures. Whatever the reason, we embrace it!

Sneak Peek! Candler Park Tour of Homes

By: Danielle Clockel

The Candler Park Tour of Homes is next weekend, and we are so excited about people coming to our neighborhood to see its charm and personality, especially since our very own Stephanie Andrews’s home is featured! Let us give you a special sneak peek into her curated abode.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

A deep purple velvet sofa (refurbished from a vintage find) rests atop a lush Moroccan rug in the light-filled living room.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

A striking staircase with glossy black trim frames a boldly wallpapered curved wall.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

It doesn’t get more dramatic than all black. We’re especially gushing over the mosaic floor tile hugging that curb. (Swoon!)

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

This petite breakfast setting is softly bathed in window light — the perfect spot for morning coffee.

Want to see this and many other amazing, enigmatic homes on the tour next weekend? We know you do! You can purchase tickets here — get ’em before they’re all snatched up!

Elements of a Photoshoot

By: Shelby Adamson

Many of us find ourselves opening up a magazine to peruse the beautiful photos and think, “why doesn’t my home look like this?” Well, coming from a team of designers that do this on a daily basis, there is a lot of work that goes into these productions to get the perfect shot!

When scheduling a photoshoot, there are a few key aspects to consider. First is the time of day. The ideal time to photograph is when the sun is overhead, allowing for good lighting and avoiding harsh sun rays that tend to hit in the later afternoon.

Courtesy of Tracy Cox for Balance Design.

Then we scout the room — take a few test shots to review later and determine what needs to be added and removed from the space. (We typically pull out anything that feels too large or doesn’t compliment or enhance the space). Sometimes a beloved piece of furniture is incredibly comfortable, but appears too visually bulky through the lens of the camera. Finally, a color scheme is determined with pillows, accessories, textural pieces, and most importantly plants! Flowers and foliage are a designer’s best friend, whether we’re going for leafy, tall, full, soft, or angular — the greenery really amps up the attitude of the room.

Courtesy of Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

On the day of the photo shoot, the initial shot is reviewed on a computer screen to see how different factors affect the image: shallow vs deep depth of field, varying levels of lighting, vertical vs horizontal orientation, etc. The hardest part of this process is removing yourself from the physical environment and focusing solely on the image onscreen to determine what visually works, what does not, and what needs to be rearranged. Many pieces that appear “perfect” in a photograph have actually been maneuvered into strange positions to have the correct proportions (thanks, lens distortion!). Multiple shots are taken in various angles and orientations, as well as full room and vignettes to spotlight the designer’s favorite details.

Courtesy of Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

After the photoshoot is over, the photographer processes the many (many) files and layers multiple photos of the same room to optimize exposures, which ensures that certain areas are highlighted, others are complimented, and the rest fall away. Once the editing process is complete, the designer and photographer review the finished photos to determine any additional tweaks and edits.

Courtesy of Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

Finally, favorite shots are chosen and the final product is a beautiful, layered, and labor intensive work of love!

 

Need We Say More? Crescent Chandelier

By: Danielle Clockel

Just the right amount of asymmetry adds a touch of whimsy to this modern pendant cluster. We love the visual movement, and the unexpected take on a simple and classic shape!