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4 Standout Statement Hardware Pieces

By: The Balance Design Team

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by Instagram and Pinterest photos of your ideal home. Where do you even start on your own home!? Sometimes a little detail can go a long way. A drawer pull, for example, isn’t just a handle — it can also be a focal point. We celebrate when function gives way to beautiful form! Here’s just a few standout pieces that have caught our eye.

Photo courtesy of Lotus Dardware.

These modern pastel leather knobs and pulls are to DYE for! This collection would easily give new life to a kitchen bar area, a dresser, or even a mudroom. And they’re so reasonably priced!

Photo courtesy of House of Antique Hardware.

We love intricate details in unexpected places. Typically, one might overlook a humble door hinge, but this one’s beautiful antique living finish highlights the circa 1880 Eastlake-style floral pattern. Topped with an architectural steeple, this hinge turns a simple door into an intentional style detail.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie.

Updating your exterior door hardware is a great way to instantly add character and curb appeal to your home (without breaking the bank). We absolutely love the clean lines and layered finishes of this art nouveau-inspired brass door knocker from Anthropologie. Door knockers are like jewelry for your front door, and this one in particular is a welcoming statement to visitors before they even set foot into your home.

 

Photo courtesy of House of Antique Hardware.

Window sashes are not necessarily a spot you’d think to put unique hardware. But adorn them with this stunning brass cast sash lift and you’re sure to elevate your windows’ style (haha see what we did there?). It’s ornate enough to catch your eye, yet classic enough to fit in more than one style of home. Fancy that!

When choosing hardware for your kitchen cabinets, your front door, or that special antique dresser, make sure to choose something that speaks to you and will be cherished for many, many uses!

 

4 Vintage Designs That Are Still Pretty Genius

By: Danielle Clockel

While some things are best left in the past (like Aquanet hair spray, or wall-to-wall brown carpet), every now and then there’s a design innovation that stands the test of time due to its form and function. Here’s a few vintage interior pieces that we think are still pretty darn cool.

Photo courtesy of Mustard Vintage.

Popular in the 1960’s, mid century modern telephone seats may seem pretty useless in the digital age, but let’s rethink that. You’ve got a nice little sitting perch with an attached side table for storage. Pop a table lamp on top instead of a rotary phone and pull over a small pouf or ottoman, and you’ve got a sweet reading area to fit almost any size abode!

Photo courtesy of Home Made Lovely.

The secretary desk’s simple yet genius design is a space saver and the precursor to modern standing desks. Plus, it’s the perfect secret weapon for cleaning procrastinators. No time to tidy up your workspace? No problem! Just close up shop — we won’t tell anyone.

Photo courtesy of One Kings Lane.

Born in the Victorian era of manners and modesty, the tete-a-tete sofa pushed the boundaries a bit. It was a way for would-be lovers to sit close together (how scandalous!) while still maintaining  proper decorum. Nowadays, it’s a sculptural and statement-making lounge piece that fosters conversation.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Who doesn’t love pocket doors? They’ve been around since the mid 1800’s, but their drama stands the test of time. Whether smooth and modern or embellished with moulding, you never have to worry about swing clearance in a room with these guys. In fact, they save an average of ten square feet of floor space!

While we love staying on the cutting edge of new design trends and innovations, we think it’s important to examine existing pieces to see their potential. Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s time to toss it! Look at function as well as form, and you might just realize you’ve got a gem on your hands.

The Wonderful World of Smeg

By: Danielle Clockel

Oh Smeg, how we adore you. Your 50’s-inspired curved edges and fun and unconventional color options turn kitchen appliances from eyesores into eye candy.

A. Breakfast prepared with this toaster will be anything but basic.
B. What’s more Italian than sipping espresso from an espresso coffee machine actually manufactured in Italy?
C. How sweet is this cute little kettle? Tea parties await!
D. Somehow this blender manages to look modern and retro at the same time. We love it!
E. Your dishwasher doesn’t have to be a big robotic square amongst your cabinetry. Check out this lovely pink lady.
F. Last but not least, the iconic Smeg fridge. Perfection.