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Design Challenge: Bedroom Solutions

By: The Balance Design Team

Last week Shelby outlined her wish list for her master bedroom, including a headboard for her bed, new nightstands, lighting, and a vanity area. Each of us browsed her Pinterest board and created our take on a perfectly “Shelby” bedroom.

Stephanie’s Solution

Shelby has a fun-loving, adventurous personality that I wanted to bring out in her room design. The low upholstered modern platform bed lets the organic wallpaper create a bold statement wall. The vanity (which is actually a children’s desk) has ample storage for Shelby’s collection of funky and fun jewelry. Her accessory style inspired my choices for the vanity stool, pendants, and mirror, which all have touches of gold. And of course, I had to add a hand knotted rug that can be used in Shelby’s next home too!

Elisabeth’s Solution

I was inspired by Shelby’s love of texture and the perfect shade of blue in creating this Bali-tastic Bedroom Boutique. This water-meets-print wallpaper from Eskayel is sure to motivate Shelby’s creative world while the organic linear black and white rug grounds the room (literally). The classic floating shelf is simply smart, providing a platform for this modern woven marvel of a pendant. The canopy bed is a new absolute favorite of everyone at Balance Design. Finally, a beautiful challenge for Shelby: root plants in glass by taking a cutting and growing her own piece of art in water. I hope this design inspires art, nature, and light for morning and night (intentional rhyming included).

Danielle’s Solution

Keeping in mind Shelby’s request for a clean, sleek look, I focused on things she loves (with a little inspiration from her Pinterest board). The dresser currently in the room will be removed, making room for a printmaker’s drawer desk with a rounded rectangular mirror to act as a vanity/primping area. The drawers provide stylish space for jewelry, makeup, brushes, etc. An accent wall painted in her “spirit color” will pick up the blue accents in this vintage rug, which really pops against an underlying sisal. I took a small leap with the bed — Shelby requested ideas for a headboard, but I know from her Pinterest that she loves sleek, modern canopy beds. Replacing the mirrored nightstands with these crisp marble shelves keeps the room clutter-free (and provides the perfect perch for an aloe plant or two!).

Melody’s Solution

Shelby’s love of natural wood really inspired this space. Using walnut furniture accented with metal and glass creates a natural-feeling, put together look. This desk used as a makeup vanity will provide some much needed jewelry storage and a space to sit and get ready for the day with the large round mirror. The wall mural is an homage to her favorite color, teal. This effect is more subtle than full on paint, but gives enough color and impact to still make a statement. The glass shelves are 10′ deep so she will be able to use them as nightstands without the bulk. Even a piece like this lovely wood and glass terrarium would fit (bonus: these plants require minimal attention). Finally, the pendants for either side of the bed add the little bit of sparkle for Shelby that she brings to us each day. 

Stay tuned next week when Shelby announces the winner!

Color Obsession: Copper

By: Verena Dalati Salmé

Some people like silver, some prefer gold. But then there’s copper. Offering a refreshing third option to the world of metallic finishes, copper has functional and aesthetic benefits. Lightweight, recyclable, and antimicrobial, it develops a natural patina over time that only makes it more intriguing. 

copperlight

Like the industrial look but also want to feature a bit of color? This Metal Bell Pendant from Pottery Barn totally gets you. Pairing copper with rope makes it beautiful with a little bit of edge.

copperchair

The Real Good Chair from Blue Dot is pure genius, with laser cut fold lines that allow you to set your own perfect angles. It’s a sleek, chic statement piece that’s sure to impress.

copperfaucet

Copper and marble: a match made in heaven. The appropriately named Zen Collection from Watermark uses classic materials in a modern yet elegant fashion.

copperstool

The edgy Cole Stool from Madegoods can be used indoors or outdoors. We suggest both.

copperwall

Think a single statement piece isn’t enough? How about a statement wall? We love this copper paneled wall featured in the 25 Hours Bikini Berlin Hotel.

copperhooks

Little details can make a big impact. These copper elbow pipe hooks are easy to DIY and will instantly add energy and style to any space.

A little bit industrial, a little bit glamorous, copper accents are an unexpected way to dress up any space.

Five Throws to Warm You Through Winter

By: Danielle Cornely

The groundhog has spoken: we’re looking at six more weeks of winter. If this news makes you want to crawl under the covers and hibernate for the next couple of months, let us at least recommend some quality throws for you to use.

fauxfurthrow

Classic and cozy, this faux fur throw from Pottery Barn is one versatile blanket. Whether your look is rustic, glam, or anywhere in between, this throw will keep the cold at bay in style.

navajothrow

Maybe a little bit of Southwestern influence will help warm you up. The Spine Quilt by designer Meg Callahan is a modern take on traditional Navajo patterns.

sweaterthrow

Wishing your favorite sweater was about ten times bigger so you could wrap your whole body in it? Try this knitted throw. It’s your dream come true.

eyeprintthrow

If you want a throw that makes a statement in a room, the bold, Art Nouveau pattern of the Beautiful Machine Throw is for you. Don’t worry, it’s 100% fleece so there’s no sacrificing comfort here.

band-throw1

What’s the best thing about this banded throw from Alicia Adams? The unexpected color combinations? The clean lines? How about that it’s made from absurdly soft alpaca fur? Yeah, that last one.

Bundle up!