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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!

Top Five for the Festival of Lights

By: Danielle Cornely

source: apartment therapy

source: apartment therapy

As far as Chanukkah decorations go, there is nothing more iconic than the menorah. While the nine candles are a must, the shape and structure of the menorah can be as traditional or unusual as desired. In honor of the festival of lights beginning this week, we’ve rounded up our top five favorite non-traditional menorahs.

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Beautiful, elegant, and unexpected, the Manzanita Candelabra from West Elm is a menorah that makes a statement in any setting.

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Dog lovers rejoice! Jonathan Adler’s ceramic Dachshund menorah is a fun way to bring your personality into your holiday decor.

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If you’re looking for a menorah that breaks from tradition, you won’t find one more modern and innovative than the Molecular Menorah. Its sculptural shape is about as far from the traditional silhouette you can get.

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For kids and kids-at-heart, behold the Menorasaurus Rex! A funky and bold option for the festival of lights.

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Clean, minimal lines make this eco friendly Green Ludwig menorah an instant classic.

Carrying on the traditions of Chanukkah doesn’t have to mean forgoing style and self-expression. Modern, fun, and expressive menorahs are easier to find now than ever before. Put the “festive” back into “festival of lights” with a menorah that celebrates the holiday and your personality.

Color Obsession: Tangerine

By: Kate Donnelly

This week we are touting tangerine. This juicy color is showing up in everything from purses to pillows, and we can’t get enough! The richness of this orange tone can add both warmth and freshness to any decor. Here are some ways to use this vibrant hue and add some zest into your world: Orange Blog (1) 1. Bathers Giclee Print by Lou Taylor 2. Orange Lacquered Campaign Desk by Milo Baugman 3. Martini Side Table by West Elm 4. Cozy Owl Pillow by Dot & Bo 5. Palm Springs Lounge Chair by Dot & Bo 6. Bakery Street Orb Light by Red