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Color Palette: Bamboo Green

By: Danielle Clockel

Photo courtesy of Flickr.

In honor of founder Stephanie’s birthday this week, it’s an all-green color scheme! A monochrome color palette can be more diverse than you might think, and for this one we drew inspiration from the many hues of the bamboo plant.

1. Benjamin Moore Hunter Green 2041-10
2. Farrow & Ball Arsenic No. 214
3. Benjamin Moore Lime Green 2026-10
4. Benjamin Moore Chic Lime 396
5. Benjamin Moore Yellow Green 2033-10
6. Sherwin Williams Tame Teal SW 6757
7. Sherwin Williams Mint Condition SW 6743
8. Sherwin Williams Shamrock SW 6454
9. Benjamin Moore Timson Green CW-470

5 Ways to Use Neon in Your Home

By: Danielle Clockel

Neon — brighter than bright, boldest of all hues. How can you harness such a powerful color spectrum in your space? Behold:

Photo courtesy of Lonny.

As dreamy, soft mood lighting. Go for pinks and cyans shrouded by gauzy panels.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

As a way to completely transform vintage furniture. A simple-yet-impactful paint job will do, but bonus points if you can use actual lighting!

Photo courtesy of wallpaper.com.

As standout grout. This frames your gorgeous tile choice and creates a vibrant modern grid pattern.

Photo courtesy of Curated Interior.

As a surprise interior accent color. Paint your built-in shelving, your closets, the inside of your cabinets — whatever, go crazy!

Photo courtesy of SF Girl.

As a way to make the smallest, simplest elements suddenly very cool. Boring knobs? Better now.

Whether you incorporate just a little or whole lot, neon colors add life and cheer to a space. And who couldn’t use a little of that each day, right?

Before and After: A Grant Park Transformation

By: Shelby Adamson

A recent renovation project of ours in the historic Grant Park neighborhood has us beaming with pride. The owners brought us in to update their home’s basic “quick flip” builder look into something clean, modern, and perfect for displaying art as well as entertaining guests. To achieve this, we focused on the kitchen and living room.

Before…

After!

We refreshed the walls and cabinets in Benjamin Moore White Dove, which allowed the backsplash tile to really steal the show (more on that in a bit). For the all important countertops, we chose a quartz with a cement look, which allows our clients to cook and entertain without the worry of staining. As an added bonus, we extended the peninsula to accommodate more seating.

Before…

After!

Okay. About this tile. It’s definitely one of our favorite aspects of this project. We accentuated the geometric form with a navy grout to really make each piece pop off the wall. We’re obsessed! The deep sink with industrial stainless black faucet completes the modernization of the space, creating a beautiful kitchen that’s a thrill to cook in.

Before…

After!

While we loved the idea of a living room mantle for this home, the existing one was a bit ill-fitting and didn’t really add any warmth or wow-factor. Our client loved the look of walnut wood cladding, so we chose a similarly beautiful poplar wood and stained it walnut for cost efficiency (with no sacrifice on style). We worked with the asymmetry of the room by adding a cozy reading nook to the left of the fireplace, and storage to the right.

Before…

After!

The rest of the living room is layered with geometric rugs, a rich, warm cognac leather sofa, latticed coffee table, and modern arc reading lamp. It’s updated, inviting, and super comfy — a welcoming sight when you walk through the front door.

Our clients now have a space that is perfect for their guests, whether they’re congregating in the kitchen to cook a delicious meal or lounging in the living room with a craft cocktail. And those clean, soft white walls are the perfect base to showcase their art collection.

5 Surprising Book Storage Solutions

By: The Balance Design Team

Summer reading materials getting a little out of control? Yearning for a way to celebrate your impressive collection of classic literature AND Marvel comics? Well why go the normal route when a storage solution can be part of the presentation? Observe:

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

We wouldn’t ordinarily tell you to keep your books on a staircase, but there’s no danger of tripping over them in this design that uses the protruding edges as shelves. This staircase/bookshelf is clean, modern, space saving, and honestly pretty genius.

Photo courtesy of Did Ya See?

This one reads right out of a Disney movie (pun intended). A ceiling bookcase is whimsical and orderly all at once, keeping the daily workspace free of clutter while creating a magnificent focal point.

Photo courtesy of Behance.

Minimalists, do you struggle to find a way to store your books that doesn’t make your head want to explode? These floating shelves are symmetrical and geometric, and don’t involve stacks and stacks of visual clutter.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Then again, maybe you like a little non-linear fun! This mandala bookcase is part storage solution, part full wall art, and all awesome.

Photo courtesy of HGTV.

It’s a lounge chair, it’s a bookcase, it’s the perfect all-inclusive reading nook! Don’t let the small footprint fool ya — this guy packs 27 square feet of storage space (plus a hidden compartment).

Whether you’ve got enough space to build your own custom library, or need something a little more compact, your bookshelves don’t have to be boring. What are some other non-traditional storage solutions for your reading collection?

5 Magnificent Modern Rugs

By: Danielle Clockel

In design, the word “modern” refers to a wide range of attributes. And for rugs, these qualities tend to be pretty bold, distinctly separating themselves from other styles. So what makes a rug modern?

Photo courtesy of Loloi Rugs.

Monochrome grid. Paired with similarly angular pieces or contrasting curved furnishings, this is a minimalist combination that’s always on the cutting edge of style.

Photo courtesy of 1st Dibs.

Bright, saturated color. Coincidentally, such hues are often found in vintage rugs — isn’t it interesting when something old still feels super modern?

Photo courtesy of Kyle Bunting.

Textural optical illusion. Combining different materials (or alternating shades of the same iridescent material) and arranging them in just the right way can play the most delightful trick on the eyes. Look closer…

Photo courtesy of The Rug Company.

Geometric shapes. The bigger and more askew, the better for a totally abstract, totally modern look.

Photo courtesy of Elsebeth Studio.

Irregular shape. Don’t be a square (or rectangle) — an unconventionally shaped rug is a surefire way to bring your space into the future, where there’s plenty of different shapes to adorn your floors.

While we love our oushaks and flatweaves, a truly unique modern rug is always inspirational. Sometimes you gotta ditch the well-traveled path and go your own way — and if that way includes funky, fearless rugs, we say all the better!