mid century modern Posts

Sophisticated Style: The Sitting Room

By: Stephanie Andrews

The interior designer/client relationship is a very special one, and we absolutely fell in love when these recent empty nesters approached us about redesigning their home. Their inspiration included pictures from the New York Times style section, their personal art collection, photos from their travels, and a cherished turn of the century family quilt.

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

This couple wanted a home that reflected their personalities and sense of humor in a beautiful and comfortable way. Our favorite space to design was this front room, featuring the framed family quilt over a show stopping emerald velvet sofa. We revamped the fireplace, found this awesome mid century chair, and pulled it all together with the perfect wool/silk rug. The cherry on top? Beautiful brass accents.

Pop Art Perfection: The Wrongwoods Console

By: Danielle Clockel

Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? That is the question. As designers, we think the latter is more fun. For example:


Roy Lichtenstein, a hugely influential artist in the 1960’s pop art movement, was heavily inspired by commercial advertising and comic book graphics. His style is instantly recognizable by his use of bold, thick lines and bright color.


First of all, how incredible is this faux bois Wrongwoods console? Designed by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong (hence the name), the graphic nature of the finish, eye-catching colors, and mid century modern shape harkens to pop art like Lichtenstein’s. It’s like one of his paintings came to life!

Incorporating art into your home is something we hold in very high regard and try to implement in all of our projects. This piece takes that concept to a whole new level, and we love it!

Our Favorite Spaces: Shelby’s Daring Dining Room

By: Shelby Adamson

I live in a 1968 ranch home and have changed my dining room a few times. I started with a white table, navy chairs, stenciled wall, and capiz chandelier (a la beachy shabby chic) but I really wanted to embrace the era of my home and give it some high contrast pop. Inspired by Jonathan Adler’s colorful, happy spaces, I have come to treat my house less like a model home, and more like an authentic space that makes myself and my husband happy.


Because my dining room acts as a passage to the patio, I needed a round table that allowed movement. With most of the room being neutrals I wanted a pop, and being obsessed with deep pinks and fuchsias led me to Benjamin Moore’s Gypsy Pink. The large mirror on the wall reflects the window and brings in more light. I chose Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue for the wall—a chalky navy that doesn’t absorb too much light. Mimicking the look of large molding with white paint, I painted the top and bottom of the wall. 

I’m a big fan of midcentury wishbone chairs, and these were a DIY project I’m pretty proud of. The seats were awful, so I dyed some white cotton to look like Shibori and recovered them. The finishing touch? A sputnik inspired light that really brings a fun modern flair to the room.  

Overall I am thrilled with the space and how it feels finished. As a designer, it can be a real challenge to complete your own home!

Meghan’s Mod, Mid Century Townhome.

By: Danielle Cornely

Some projects are just plain fun to work on. Our client Meghan had just bought her first home, a beautiful townhouse in the Inman Park neighborhood of Atlanta, and wanted to make it uniquely hers. We had a blast helping her bring her vision to life and incorporating her vibrant, bold personality into the design. More than being just a great client, Meghan is the perfect example of the Design Pulp philosophy. Fearless and fun, she wanted to express her diverse interests through her home’s style and didn’t shy away from taking risks and thinking outside the box. As soon as the last piece of furniture came in, we knew we had to feature her and her beautiful home.

1. How would you describe your style?

“Colorful and quirky. I love bright colors and interesting, unique pieces. I want my house to be a representation of my (some would say) large and unconventional personality. The house is mid century modern inspired, so I did a lot of vintage shopping at local stores and antique markets. I love finding one of a kind vintage pieces. Now that my home is done, I’m so pleased when I look around and every piece has a story about where it came from, how I found it, and what it means to me.”

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

2. What advice can you give others who want to express themselves through their home environment?

“I would say be brave! Take chances with your home. Let your home speak for you through your art, your colors, your furniture. If you are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, like I was, find a great designer who can help you figure out what your style is and how to express it.”

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

3. What is your favorite piece in your home?

“I have a strong emotional attachment to everything in the house (watch for me on Hoarders in 2054). I suppose I would have to pick Banjo, my wood carved bear/house mascot. I grew up in Avery County, NC, in the Appalachian Mountains and woodcarving is an art form up there. One visit home I found a wood carver who had combined my two favorite things about my hometown: bluegrass music and bears. Thus, Banjo was born.”

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

4. How does your home feel different after working with a designer to enhance your personal style?

“I think my home feels like me, but makes much more design sense after working with a designer. Each piece works together to make the home feel cohesive and not scatterbrained. Working with a designer helped me stay on path to achieve my style while still making bold and unusual choices.”

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design