Get the Look

Joni Lay

get the look: pineapples

Have you notices pineapples popping up everywhere?  They seem to be a favorite this season, and with summer making its warm appearance, they are the perfect accent, and also pair perfectly with rattan.  Pineapples are a symbol for hospitality and are a natural fit in home decor.  Below are some ideas for incorporating this happy fruit into a baby nursery.

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Sources, from top left: (1) Macrame Pendant; (2) Fruit Prints; (3) Vintage Pineapple Sconce; (4) Vintage Hawaiian Print; (5) Pineapple Print; (6) Polaroid Beach Photo; (7) Vintage Pineapple Canister; (8) Twinfin Throw Pillows; (9) White Sparrow Crib; (10) Yellow Ceramic Lamps; (11) Basketweave Dresser; (12) Hanging Rattan Chair; (13) La Pina Print; (14) Fog Cotton Dhurrie; (15) White Pouf; (16) Gold Tray; (17) Tassel Curtain Panel; (18) Lime Dot Crib Sheet; (19) Parrot Pillow


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: Demijohn as Statement Piece

TREND: Demijohn bottles as singular statements.

The dining room above gets a boost from an interesting sconce and chandelier, but most of the focus is drawn to the spray of pink blossoms in a large, blue demijohn. Take that centerpiece away, and the room falls flat. It seems people have been drawn to these small-necked, large-bottomed glass vessels as standalone design statements with increasing frequency over the past few seasons. The oversized scale is appealing, and the transparency of glass allows them to take up a lot of space in a room without overwhelming it. If you’re drawn to the look, you can achieve it with the similar items below. And don’t forget a couple of flowering branches or long-stemmed blooms to complete the look!

  1. Claire Chandelier, Ballard Designs
  2. Multi Mirror Star Wall Sconce, Shades of Light
  3. Vintage Paper Chandelier Shade, Shades of Light
  4. Threshold Demijohn Blue Vase, Target
  5. Claire de Lune Cane Arm Chair, Wayfair
  6. Caprice Pedestal Table, Ballard Designs
  7. Dusty Miller Paint, Glidden

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Joni Lay

get the look: rattan chic

How do you feel about the rattan/wicker/macrame trend?  It’s a really fun way to add a bit of lightness and texture to a room – almost like bringing the outside in (loving it as a nightstand in my bedroom!).  Rattan is also a great accent in the nursery; it’s casual and feels friendly and when paired with a fluffy pillow or throw it becomes the perfect cozy retreat.  Here are a few favorite rattan accents that would make great additions to a nursery or child’s room (love that pendant light!! and a rattan campaign chest? so fun!):

Sources, from top: (1) Macrame Pendant Light; (2) Woven Wall Mirror; (3) Rattan Shelf Bracket; (4) Hanging Rattan Chair; (5) Aria Rattan Headboard; (6) Hennie Chair; (7) Vintage Bar Cart; (8) Vintage Basket-weave Dresser; (9) Black Elsa Stool; (10) Vintage Rattan Ottoman; (11) South Seas Side Cart; (12) Vintage Faux Bamboo Chest; (13) Vintage Rolling Cart

 


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: A Patterned Pair

TREND: Patterned chair pairs.

The living room above starts with a fairly neutral base. Natural wood, a cream sofa and Moroccan rug, a mirror and a white lamp all look fine together, but they need a little oomph. Enter a pair of fun green chairs, and accent wall that subtly picks up on the color, and a few bright accessories, and you have a lot more interest in the room! You can get a similar look with a pair of any of the chairs below.

  1. Helmes Wing Chair in Matisse Ikat Moiré, Ballard Designs
  2. Stockholm Mosta Green Chair, IKEA
  3. Helmes Wing Chair in Damask Green EasyCare, Ballard Designs
  4. Thatcher Upholstered Wingback Chair, Pottery Barn
  5. Helmes Wing Chair in Trellis Kiwi Sunbrella, Ballard Designs
  6. Study Wheatgrass Wingback Chair, CB2

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely


Joni Lay

get the look: paint it black

It seems going bright and white is a common trend these days, but I’ve been seeing a few dark rooms here and there that I find very inspiring.  I’m trying to talk my husband into painting our living room black.  I think it would be pretty amazing, but he’s not buying it quite yet, so we’ll see!  Jordan and Lesley‘s recent bedroom redos are both great examples of darker walls that make for cozy rooms that are anything but drab.  Everything pops off the dark background and it certainly makes for a calming, comforting place to sleep (always a plus with tiny ones!).  Use a light colored rug, light artwork, and metallic finishes to keep it interesting.  Here is a little inspiration:

Sources, from top left: (1) Globe Pendant Light; (2) Triangle Shelf; (3) Mountain Ridge Print; (4) Eagle Sconces; (5) Keep the Wild in You; (6) Courage Print; (7) Retro Glacier; (8) Orange Kilim Pillows; (9) Birch Sparrow Crib; (10) Yellow Ceramic Lamps; (11) California Blue Dresser; (12) Bergama Butterfly Chair; (13) Plus Side Table; (14) Kasbah Rug; (15) Paisley Sheet; (16) Linen Fringe Curtain Panels; (17) Charming Storage Basket; (18) Bug Pillow


Nicole Balch

Get the Look: New Boho

TREND: Channeling bohemian style in a new, more tailored way.

Take one part vivid colors, one part rough-hewn vintage texture, and one part pattern. Mix well and serve as the new take on bohemian style. The cozy spot above is a home office that embodies the look, and you can get a similar room with the items below. Get those dining chairs in multiples and set the table with dishes instead of books, and it would make a fantastic dining room, too!

  1. Parker Settee, Ballard Designs
  2. Solid Slate Kantha Throw, West Elm
  3. Phaleonopsis Orchid, Hooks and Lattice (this one is faux, but real ones are easy to come by at florists)
  4. Simone Wicker Dining Chairs, Ballard Designs
  5. Vintage Ladders, Treasures by Betsy
  6. Parallel Reality Rug, FLOR
  7. Wine Barrel Chandelier, Restoration Hardware

 

– Nicole Balch, Making it Lovely