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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.

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.

Spring 2017: Runway-Inspired Interior Looks

By: The Balance Design Team

As we ponder this year’s possible interior design trends, we find it useful to look to the world of fashion for inspiration.

Stephanie’s Pick: Restructured Whites

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Photo courtesy of Elle.

This unstructured look is so flattering and evokes the feeling of summer ease and comfort. Bring that same breezy feeling into your home with light, draped linen. Proportion play is just as interesting for interiors as it is for fashion, as shown in this room by the variety of frame sizes on the art wall. The result is a look that is comfortable, modern, and livable. Yes!

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Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Elisabeth’s Pick: Pop Stripes

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Photo courtesy of Vogue.

Can we talk about EMBRACIN’ THE STRIATION? Something about these bright, non-conformist colors in various juxtapositions makes me giddy. It reminds me of this edgy article from Apartment Therapy that throws away all the rules and encourages the use of bright paint in all the wrong places….and it totally works. A refreshing and totally achievable weekend project. 

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Shelby’s Pick: Origami Pleats

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Photo courtesy of Vogue.

Tufting is a classic embellishment for furniture, but lately I’m yearning for something new and different. Origami pleats are a new take on texture, and truly embody the concept of “beauty in the details.”

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Photo courtesy of Kelly Wearstler.

Danielle’s Pick: Punk Inspired

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Photo courtesy of Vogue.

Rebellion, celebration of imperfection, and in-your-face edginess — I love punk. I love to see design embrace these ideals and throw caution to the wind in favor of unbridled self-expression. With graffiti/street art murals, unfinished flooring, and a little bit of metal, what’s not to love? Rock on!

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Photo courtesy of MyDomaine.

Melody’s Pick: Babydoll Femininity

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Photo courtesy of Vogue.

I’m just going to say it: I love this babydoll look. And it’s not limited to just girls’ rooms and nurseries. Soft femininity is perfect for creating a comfortable lounge space with details like ruffles, fringe, and dainty cutouts.

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Photo courtesy of Houzz.

Balance Design’s Summer Sample Sale

By: Stephanie Andrews

At the Balance Design studio we’re gearing up for a brand new collection of custom furniture, accessories, and local art, but there are still incredible pieces available in our current collection before we unveil these new treasures.

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This statement-making velvet tufted sofa in rich eggplant is just waiting to become the show piece of your sitting room.

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We can personally vouch for the comfort of this vintage reupholstered wingback chair. (But come in and try it out for yourself!) Plus, this guy has a lovely button-tufted counterpart, making the pair a perfect his-and-hers set.

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With locally made pillows of every color of the rainbow, you’re sure to find the perfect accessory for any room in your house.

 Curious yet? Come by the studio Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm, and stay tuned as we curate our new collection!

Need We Say More? Grand Piano Sofa

By: Danielle Cornely

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Luxurious velvet. Sumptuous curves. The grand piano sofa by Gubi Olsen is drop dead gorgeous. (Please excuse our blatant staring.)