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Runway Inspired Looks From NY Fashion Week

By: The Balance Design Team

Designers in this season’s New York Fashion Week pulled out all the stops with their collections, presenting daring looks that have inspired us to rethink the status quo. If you’re looking to break away from the same old home designs, keep reading — we got you.

Artisan Graphics

The miner uniform inspired pieces in Gabriella Hearst’s ready to wear collection have so much life and story behind them that they are anything but drab. Many of these are hand-stitched in her home country of Uruguay, and focus on form and pattern. We are reminded of one of our constant sources of inspiration: interior designer Justina Blakeney. Both women celebrate strength through bold, graphic patterns, and have a global influence in their work that translates to unique and meaningful pieces.

Modern Swan

The Modern Swan, as Blue Carreon coined this season’s trend, is polished and grown up without being boring. We connected with Brandon Maxwell’s ready to wear collection, designed during a time where he “creatively, clear-headedly blossomed.” Smart lines, radiant hues, tailored but feminine with a touch of retro. We love this concept in the home as well, with uncomplicated silhouettes, plush fabrics, and saturated colors. So so fashionable.

Pretty Masculine

Several designers went for a feminine take on masculine style this fashion week, giving menswear a sexy, womanly edge. In interior design, we see this in the move away from mid century modern lines and towards more romantic and curvy shapes. The hourglass figure of this petite bench, for example, softens the masculinity of the wood grain and tweed upholstery.

Neutral Textures

An absence of color doesn’t have to mean a lack of interest. Neutral, monochromatic color palettes bring focus to materials and textures whether you’re layering a massive scarf over a sweater or a throw blanket over a duvet. Mixing stonewashed linen with sumptuous velvet and topping it off with unfinished natural wood creates a sensory experience that just begs to be caressed.

Wild Animal

Sometimes animal print can be a little much, but we are LOVING the use of animal motifs! Incorporating the animal, versus just its print, brings the drama with a level of whimsy we don’t often see in high fashion and modern design. Paired with bold color, this is a look that brings personality out of any piece.

Historical influence. Focus on the senses. Challenging gender. Celebration of nature. All this and more was on parade during fashion week, and we are here with an enthusiastic “YES!” Bringing dramatic fashion statements into your home isn’t as intimidating as it might seem. Find your favorite style and make it your own!

A Blogger’s List: 4 Interior Design Blogs You Can’t Miss

By: Stephanie Andrews

As bloggers, we are constantly searching for new inspiration, fresh looks, and unique experiences. The best approach to this search is to turn to other blogs and examine their voice, style, and message. When I find a blog I like, it’s almost like making a friend — I feel a connection to what inspires and motivates the blogger. Below are some of my current blog obsessions.

sweetpeach

http://www.sweetpeachblog.com/

Sweet Peach: As an Atlanta blogger, Sweet Peach is a blog that is near and dear to our hearts. Pamela Berger is everywhere around town, and she features local artists that we have personally fallen in love with. Her spotlight on artists is unique in that it doesn’t just feature beautiful art, but the actual person and what makes them tick. We are crazy about her quarterly newspaper that usually includes a delightfully illustrated map of Atlanta.

sfbayblog

http://www.sfgirlbybay.com

San Francisco Girl by Bay: A modern bohemian lifestyle blog that is run by women (like us!). We especially love the topics of discussion: art on walls, ink on paper, textile and wall coverings, style and fashion, etc. Victoria, the founder, is positive, fresh, and we feel a kinship to her authentic artistic style.

myscandihome

http://www.myscandinavianhome.com

My Scandinavian Home: This London girl in Sweden features the most elegantly airy Scandinavian interiors in shades of white and grey. (Reading her blog reminds me of our own Elisabeth Paulson, who might just be her twin separated at birth.) Reading her blog makes us want to paint our hardwoods white, our chairs blue, and sweep the floor a little better.

thejungalowblog

http://www.thejungalow.com

The Jungalow: A different kind of bohemian, Justina Blakeney’s blog leans more vintage and eclectic. Her rooms are edgy, colorful, and multi-cultural, yet still comfy and full of plants. Her carefree vibe empowers us to experiment with our boldest ideas, and that’s what makes her so relatable.