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The New Organics

By: The Balance Design Team

We celebrate pattern and texture, and love materials that invigorate the senses of sight, smell, and touch. Roughened jute, natural linens, rich wood grains, and soft wools create a natural palette that relaxes the mind and soul. Sometimes keeping things simple and limiting visual sensory overload allows you to fall into a design and feel the zen of the surrounding environment.

5 Uncommon and Unexpected Color Pairings

By: The Balance Design Team

Feeling uninspired by the color schemes you’ve seen over and over again? Us too. We stepped out of our comfort zones to create bold, fresh color palettes that challenged us and even changed our minds about a few hot-button colors.

Blush & Persimmon

If you think pink and orange is a juvenile combination, think again! Combining similar hues of blush and persimmon evokes feelings of old world spices and soft floral dyes, with the muted blush acting almost as a neutral. This palette feels like a soft yet energetic beginning of a new day.

Green & Black

We love the combination of deep green and black — it’s modern and current, yet grounded. Picture a gleaming grand piano with an emerald green bench. Choose a slick lacquer black to really set this pairing up for success!

Ochre & Plum

Deep purples and golden yellows create a luxurious but playful color palette, and the contrast of light and dark keeps this pairing rich, but not heavy. Utilize velvets and leathers for an ultra sumptuous experience.

Neon Yellow & Slate Blue

We know neon isn’t for everyone, and in fact there are some strong feelings about it amongst our team! But paired with a grounding, chalky navy blue, it gives the right amount of POP to an otherwise standard neutral. By embracing a difficult color, a beautiful palette was brought to our attention — and honestly, we quite like it!

Sea Green & Coral

This is the more saturated, modern version of the aqua and peach of the 80’s. When paired together with a warmer neutral, like a bronze or caramel, a once dated color scheme is revitalized. Plus, balancing brighter colors with neutral metals and textures is a great way to create harmony.

When you’re feeling burned out or uninspired by your “usuals” and “go-to’s,” try taking a second look at something you thought you didn’t like. Challenge yourself to look at it from a different point of view or in a different context — you might find a new favorite!

5 Ways to Transform Your Home into a Modern Cabin Retreat

By: Danielle Clockel

When you think of a cozy cabin getaway, what comes to mind? Probably wood tones, comforting textures, and maybe some wildlife elements, but sometimes the style feels a little one-note. Forget what you think you know about cabin decor, and let’s get in the mindset of something edgier and more modern.

Photo courtesy of Trendir.

Yeah. More like that. Let’s dive in!

Wood Accents

Photo courtesy of Dwell.

Log cabins can sometimes have an overabundance of wood — wood floors, wooden walls, wood beams. We love this material too, don’t get us wrong! But using it as an accent or feature instead of overwhelming the senses highlights its natural beauty and character.

Wood Burning Stove

Photo courtesy of Charnwood.

No matter what style of cabin we’re talking about, a fire is an absolute necessity. However, we’re leaning away from grand mantles and giant stone walls in favor of small-space-friendly wood burning stoves. These can go super authentically rustic or more paired down, but the result is the same — a soul-warming fire. Bonus points if you put your firewood on display!

Mixed Up Pillows

Photos courtesy of Chairish, Zibbet, and Pinterest.

Plaid and buffalo check are time honored patterns of any cabin, and we are happy to pay homage to these roots. But a fun way to liven up this look is by adding an additional, unexpected style. Maybe some rug remnant pillows? Hey, why should the boho homes have a monopoly on these kilim treasures!

Faux Taxidermy

Photo courtesy of Anthology Magazine.

Speaking of accessories, let’s address the taxidermy trope. We say skip the dead animal heads and go the more environmentally friendly (and animal friendly) route with whimsical upholstered faux taxidermy. Go from creepy to cute!

Shag Rugs

Photo courtesy of Instagram.

We know, you’re probably a little surprised at this suggestion. Shag rugs are often found in either sophisticated glam spaces or funky global abodes (a la Moroccan wedding blankets), but why not a modern cabin as well? What’s cozier and comfier than a plush shaggy rug underfoot to warm your cold toes?

Winter gets a bad rep for being cold and icy, but who says that’s a bad thing? Surround yourself in a modern cabin aesthetic and revel in the cozy warmth it brings!

5 Looks We Loved at High Point Market

By: Stephanie Andrews

As designers, we are constantly looking for inspiration.  We want to be able to present new ideas with a fresh and provocative point of view.  This week we made a quick jaunt to Highpoint, North Carolina for the fall market.  We wanted to share a bit of what we loved during our visit.

Vibrant Patterns

We were drawn in by the vibrant use of patten and color that Julian Chichester used in their furniture and wall coverings.  They stayed true to their point of view and yet incorporated new silhouettes in a sculptural way!

Framed Flags

Bobo Intriguing Objects displayed white framed, huge nautical flags that contrasted beautifully against a rich dark background – a graphic way to add bright modern colors!

Outdoor Statues

Giant outdoor statues for the garden were another theme that we noticed at market.  We were so moved by the serenity of this statue sleeping in nature.

Natural Dining Chairs

By far our favorite dining chair at High Point.  The woven rope paired with smooth walnut wood displayed beauty in contrasting textures.  This chair was surprisingly comfortable and added a natural touch that could work for many different personalities.

Curved Sofas

The curved sofa was a delightful example of a fresh silhouette featured at High Point, and we fell in love! Organic curves really inspired us to rethink the usual floor plan and consider floating these beauties in the middle of a room. Either on its own or paired together, a great conversation piece for any gathering space!

We hope to make this Highpoint Market visit an annual tradition. Each year’s market introduces us to interesting shapes, bold patterns and innovative designers.  As always, we promise to share with you what’s new and inspiring in the world of interior design.  Happy Fall!

Design Inspiration: Paris Fashion Week

By: The Balance Design Team

The runways of Paris are an inspiration to many in terms of fashion, but to us they’re so much more. The stunning looks at the recent Paris Fashion Week have motivated us to step up our interior design styles in so many ways! Let’s dive in.

Casual Sophistication

Photos courtesy of Vogue and Nate Berkus.

Rich texture, bright colors, global vibe, slouchy yet sophisticated style — don’t you just love it when things look effortless? Get your home in the same spirit by incorporating bold upholstery, natural materials like wood or leather, and comfy-casual-classic pieces like a cozy throw. So easygoing and unpretentious, yet speaks volumes.

Darkly Sheer Embroidery

Photos courtesy of Vogue, The Jungalow, and Pinterest.

We love sheers, and we love embroidery, but something about too much of either one can feel like overkill. Pair them together, however, and you have an ultra sophisticated yet eclectic look for your outfit or your home. Sheer tiered panels alongside funky embroidered pillows are the household equivalent of gauzy ruffled skirts with a structured, embroidered jacket. We’re especially loving this concept in a dark ground with vivid accents — it adds that bit of edge to an otherwise soft look.

Basics Reinvented

Photos courtesy of Elle and Coroflot.

A chair is a chair, a shirt is a shirt…how many different ways can you alter the fundamentals? Fashion week always gets us inspired to rethink the basics, like solid clothing or the humble chair.  The tone on tone compliments, rich texture, soft fabric made crisp with pleats, and reimagined silhouette of this Valentino look makes it a work of art. Similarly, the gorgeous wood tone, visual movement, and unprecedented silhouette of this chair elevates a common item to a sculptural level.

Mixed Metallics

Photos courtesy of Vogue and Our Fifth House.

Keeping different metallic finishes separated is officially a thing of the past. This look from Miu Miu expertly mixes a gorgeous, sparkling white gown (with contrasting black sheers) with gold AND silver pieces — not to mention denim shoes (gasp!). Similarly, the possibilities are limitless when accessorizing your home. Check out these mixed gold/glossy black frames decorating a plain white wall. When it comes to taking standalone elements and arranging them into a stunning ensemble, sometimes it’s best to mix it all up.

Warm Industrial

Photos courtesy of Vogue and N. Beckstedt Studios.

In Jonathan Anderson’s ready-to-wear collection, we see rich leathers used as both surface and adornment, creating a look that is stunning yet practical. This warm, modernist style carries over into contemporary interiors through modern industrial architecture infused with warmth. A sense of ease is created by integrating organic materials and vintage pieces, resulting in a timeless yet approachable living space.

Glitter Goals

Photos courtesy of Vogue and KC Homes & Style.

Glitter is making a comeback! And no, we don’t mean the awful Mariah Carey movie circa 2001. Gone are the slinky, barely-there mini dresses — make way for long-lined elegance and glamour. The same goes for interior design; what was once almost solely associated with childhood arts and crafts has blossomed into the refined older sister. Sparkle accents done right can bring glamour and sophistication to spaces big and small.

As you can see, you don’t always have to commit to a complete overhaul to change things up. Sometimes getting creative and playing with your accessories and accent pieces can alter the mood and style of a room (or an outfit!).