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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!).

Cherished Treasures + Custom Creations = Happy Place!

By: Shelby Adamson Pawlak

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Our clients’ vision is the most important factor in our designs. While we want to fill their home with beautiful furnishings, we find the best way to keep the space true to their personality is by combining new pieces with their own cherished items. Books, art, keepsakes from travels, and family heirlooms are always considered as part of the final design. This client has an incredible collection of vintage kilim rugs, handwoven textiles, and even a plague doctor’s mask. With these curated pieces as a starting point, we selected a vintage over-dyed rug under a saddle leather lounge and created custom graphic window panels to pull the look together. We love to inspire our clients with art and furnishings, but we love it even more when they inspire us!

Modern Cabin: A Step By Step Guide

By: Shelby Adamson

It’s that time of year. We’re craving the warm embrace of woodsy log cabins, roaring fires, cozy flannel blankets, and of course hot chocolate. But who says we have to sacrifice style? We’ve curated the perfect pieces to take you away to the modern cabin of your dreams.

antlerchandelier

What’s a cabin without a chandelier made out of antlers? The chrome finish on this one elevates it from drab to chic.

staghornplanter

Don’t let the colder months be completely grey. Bring in a little green to keep things lively with this live edge staghorn fern planter.

liveedgebed

Speaking of live edge, this bed is reminiscent of wood grain cabin walls, but with a simple yet sexy update.

coffeetable

And who says wooden finishes have to be dark? This reclaimed Douglas fir coffee table is coated with a layer of silver that enhances the character of the wood.

leatherchair

Oak and leather combine in this beautiful chair. Unlike grandpa’s lazy boy, this chair will age beautifully and never go out of style.

hideottoman

 

A hide rug is a hallmark of a luxury log cabin. This hair on hide ottoman not only adds texture and warmth, but also provides a great place to prop your feet up after a long hike.

hudsonbayblanket

Warm, cozy, and classic. Hudson Bay blankets are a great way to add a pop of color to wood tones.

rug

The rich red of this handwoven flatweave rug says “woodland cabin” but the contemporary pattern says “fresh and modern” in the best possible way.

Clean lines, warm colors, and updated fixtures and finishes keep the comfort of a traditional log cabin, but give it a much needed makeover.

Little Treasures: Curated Details

By: Stephanie Andrews

A lot of times we focus on the larger items when talking about making a house feel like a home, but it’s really all in the details. The little treasures you put on display are what make your home distinct and true to your personality and style. Pick up the item you’re considering and ask yourself: is this authentically me? Do I find it beautiful? Does it feel like it was designed just for me? It’s a tough litmus test, but in the long run it will ensure that everything you select for your home is meaningful.

treasure composite

1. Tasche wall pocket. We love the earthy tone of this leather.
2. Devour tea towel. The simple design combined with the sentiment behind this tea towel is perfection.
3. Serving board. You can’t go wrong with soft, curved wood.
4. Amazonian standing pot. Organic textures and materials are the ultimate inspiration.
5. Turkish bath towels. It’s good to add a little luxury here and there, like these 100% organic cotton towels from Turkey.
6. Teddy hook. Functional items don’t have to be uninspiring.