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8 Tips From Seasoned Interior Designers.

By: The Balance Design Team

As designers, we find so much joy in spreading our knowledge of how to make your home more comfortable and authentic. In fact, that’s part of how Design Pulp got started! We put our heads together to come up with 8 tips from our team of interior designers that you may not have heard before.

Photography by Tracy Cox for Balance Design.

1. Start with the rug, and make it a good one. If you begin with a well made wool (preferably hand-knotted) rug, you can build the room around it. It’s a lot harder to find a rug that works in your color palette than it is to base your color choices on the rug you love. Plus, a quality rug will withstand guests, pets, and life in general.

2. When selecting lighting, make sure to take notice of electrical outlet access. You don’t want to fall in love with the perfect lamp only to realize you have nowhere to plug it in!

Photography by Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

3. Choose art that you feel connected to. Meet the artist, research the piece, shop local — whatever makes a piece of art near and dear to you. It’s going to give personality to your space and tell a story through you.

4. Invest in what matters. Like rugs, a sofa should be something you pay close attention to the quality of. A good sofa should last 15 years, so make sure it’s one you love and feel comfortable in.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

5. Forget what you may have heard about bold color. Often times using bright/bold/dark colors will make your space look bigger, not smaller, and it’s always a good way to bring some vitality to a room.

6. Measure your space before making purchases. This will help you determine the scale of furniture you need, which is usually the biggest issue people run into: buying too big.

Photography by Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

7. Good window treatments finish a room, but they’re more complicated than you think! Hire a professional to take measurements, suggest hardware, and install them.

8. Stay true to yourself. What do you want from your home? What is your lifestyle like? Make sure that your space is visually pleasing to you but also functions in the way you need it to.

How To Mix Patterns Like a Pro!

By: The Balance Design Team

Our upcoming spring/summer collection is chock full of color and pattern, which is a fun way to mix and match some real statement makers. But where do you start when you want multiple patterns in one space? The possibilities are practically endless, but here are a few of our favorite combos.

Stripe and fret fabrics courtesy of Schumacher. Rug courtesy of Loloi.

Play with scale. Pair a large, bold pattern (like this super funky Manuel Canovas leaf print) with a couple of smaller, tighter patterns. Ground it all with thick, white-based stripes and you’ve got a mix that’s just wild enough.

Fabrics courtesy of Norwalk, Celerie Kemble, and Schumacher. Rug courtesy of Crate and Barrel.

Limiting your color palette to a few earthy tones gives you more freedom to play with pattern and texture, and can be more approachable to those of us who prefer sepia to Day Glo. Want a smart tweed with a sparkly fabric? Heck yes you can do that!

Black and white fabrics courtesy of Schuamcher and Kravet. Lilac and bouquet fabrics courtesy of Schumacher.

There’s something about stripes and florals that complement each other perfectly. Bold, graphic, black and white lines against delicate, illustrative tendrils gives you edge with a touch of softness. It’s the visual equivalent of “I’m cute, but also don’t mess with me.”

How do you take mixing masculine and feminine patterns to the next level? Involve color! Try a hard zig zag in a lovely gem tone (Schumacher sure knows how), or a delicate hand embroidery in a tough black and blue. (Pair with a luxe berry velvet for extra va-va-voom!)

When it comes to mixing patterns, we say don’t hold back! While these are some good ideas to get you started, the rules truly were made to be broken. Be as adventurous or reserved in your pattern play as you wish — in the end, it’s all about whatever makes your space authentically yours.

Scout Pop Up Shop: Vintage Rugs Galore!

By: Scout Vintage Rugs

Stephanie, Mia, and Lailee — we are Scout Vintage Rugs! Our business started when we realized we shared an obsession for Persian and Turkish rugs. We also happened to share a “problem”; between the three of us, we’d accumulated (some might say, hoarded!) way more vintage rugs than we could actually use. So we decided to start sharing our love for these beautiful pieces with others and showing people how to use them in their own homes.

No longer consigned to the formal living room, Persian and Turkish rugs are finally being used the way they were intended — to ground family life. We put them in our kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms, and hallways. We let our kids play on them. Scout rugs are beautifully timeworn, retaining traces of the artists that weaved them and the families that lived on them. They are a connection to the past, a soulful addition to our modern homes. And they are just plain ol’ gorgeous.

We’d love to see you at our pop-up at the Balance Design Studio, Oct 21-22. Come by to shop or say hi! And if you’d like to see our rugs another time or try them out in your home, let us know.

Fall 2017: Runway-Inspired Interior Style

By: The Balance Design Team

We’re heading into seasonal closet-cleaning time where we take stock of what we have and note what’s needed to freshen up existing pieces. And if we’re doing this for our clothes, why not our homes as well? Here are some trends we’re loving from New York Fashion Week that can inspire both areas of your life.

Stephanie’s Pick: Pink and Silver Statement

Photo courtesy of Vogue.

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor.

At this season’s fashion week, pink knits paired with metallic silver accents were comfortable yet dynamic. In this sitting room, the splashes of pink in the pillows and armchairs keep you on your toes, while the shimmering rug and soft greys make you want to slip into a nap on that cozy long sofa. This combination is strong and vivid, layered and colorful, and even—dare I say—timeless? We shall see.

Elisabeth’s Pick: Lingerie All Day

Photo courtesy of Vogue.

Photo courtesy of Designer Rugs.

This season presents a multitude of sensual black garments: fur, leather, and lace layered in sophisticated swaths of ooh-la-la. Lorenzo Serafini’s collection makes wearing undergarments all day totally possible…right?! Let’s just put that gorgeous model right in this gothic veranda with costume designer Catherine Martin’s new black lace rug, shall we?

Shelby’s Pick: Red Red Red

Photo courtesy of Now Fashion.

Photo courtesy of Maison Valentina.

Red alert! Unsurprisingly, red is a favorite color for statement pieces, real show stoppers. Whether it’s a head-to-toe monochromatic outfit or a floor-to-ceiling built-in, red is an instant focal point. With the right hue, it’s a timeless classic (red lipstick, anyone?) that adds a splash of brightness to any look or space.

Danielle’s Pick: Oversized Natural Accessories

Photo courtesy of Vogue.

Photo courtesy of Remodelista.

There’s so much to love about Delpozo’s fashion week collection: the modern silhouettes, the airy sherbet tones, and of course the BIG OL’ BOWS. Contrasting the crisp colors and sleek shapes of their clothing, Delpozo topped off each look with a big ol’ honkin’ rattan headpiece. And what’s the home equivalent of this natural woven cherry-on-top? African wall baskets! Accenting a modern, neutral room with these warm tones creates a current but cozy look and adds character to an otherwise sterile environment.

Melody’s Pick: Patchwork Party

Photo courtesy of Vogue.

Photo courtesy of Rose Lawn.

Bold and intriguing. As we see in fashion week and in the rug world, patchwork is back! Curating pattern and heritage from a variety of sources, patchwork rugs comprised of antique kilim remnants give life to otherwise forgotten works of art.

Any of these trends, whether applied to your wardrobe or your furnishings, are sure to amp up your style factor. You and your home deserve to strut your stuff!

Kidspiration! For the Young and Young At Heart.

By: Melody Richardson

Room Envy

Having one of our kids’ room designs featured in Atlanta Magazine this month really inspired us to take another look at these rooms. One of our favorite projects of this kind was for two young ladies in Midtown. They surprised us with the sophisticated taste they showed on their Pinterest boards, and we were able to bring their vision to life. 

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Light, airy, textural pieces give this teenage room stylistic maturity without sacrificing fun. The whole family has great taste in rugs, and for this older sister we layered a Moroccan with a sheepskin for ultimate plush comfort. She loves to read, and what better spot than in her whimsical hanging chair, layered with colorful pillows? The vanity is a great spot for dressing, playing with makeup, and feeling beautiful. The window panels add a little edge with aged brass studs, and pops of her favorite color teal are brought in through pillows and artwork. (Not shown here, her entire closet is painted the same color!) 

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

The younger sister knew exactly which shade of coral she wanted in her room: Benjamin Moore’s Summer Sun Pink channelled a fun, youthful vibe that carries over into the furnishings. Inspired by her dad’s love of kilim rugs, we chose one with a fun, feminine feel. The pops of turquoise on the turned nightstands modernize these more traditional pieces, and tie in the lovely accents on the window panels and bedding trim. The gallery wall displays her personal artwork, creating a light and playful overall effect. 

Let us know what channels your inner child, and gives you serious kidspiration!