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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!

Shelby and Danielle’s Market Favorites

By: Shelby Adamson and Danielle Clockel

Going to market is always a fun way to see new trends and get inspired. Last week we visited AmericasMart downtown for their spring market and found some truly unique pieces.

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As always, Palecek stunned us with their natural materials and focus on texture. Check out this table made with fossilized clamshell!

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Speaking of texture, this oversized woven wall hanging at Gold Leaf Designs is as good as it gets. The crisp white color helps keep it modern, but not stark.

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Surya really impressed us with their enormous rug selection, but one of the most surprising sections was their jute rugs. Look at that pattern!

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Finally, we’ve seen printmaker’s cabinets before, but this jewelry storage/dresser from Regina Andrew was something special. Beautiful, and so practical. Form and function!

The biggest thing we noticed at market was a focus on materials, texture, and revisiting classic pieces in a modern yet organic way. These concepts have really inspired us, especially as we begin planning our studio’s next look. What elements from this showcase might we include in our own design? You’ll have to wait and see!

The Perfect Porch

By: Kate Donnelly

Soon the days will be shorter, the weather cooler, and the air crisper. To us, this means optimum porch-sitting weather! With so many great summer clearance deals to be found, there is no better time to give your porch a fresh new look. Here are some fun ways to maximize your outdoor living space:

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1.  Durable and beautiful, this floor lamp is designed to be used outdoors.

2.  A porch is a great place to play with fun, bold colors. Try bringing it all together with a beautiful indoor/outdoor Surya rug .

3.  Prop your feet up! An outdoor ottoman can double as extra seating.

4.  These Elaine Smith pillows add a fun punch of color, and are covered in an outdoor-friendly fabric.

5.  This Morovian Star Pendant can add both light and drama to an outdoor dining area.

6.  Doesn’t a hanging bed sound dreamy? We think so!

7.  You’re going to need a place to set that glass of lemonade (or glass of wine, in our case!). Try a fun and funky carved wood table like the one we found at West Elm.