Judith Balis founded Nest Instinctual Interiors to provide her community with design services for those who love interesting finds and spaces that reflect each individual’s personality.
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Read on to learn more about Judith’s creative approach to budget decorating and what brings her to the big city twice a year.
1. Which designers influenced you?
My top contenders would have to be Barclay Butera and Erinn Valencich. I could move right into their homes with nothing but my toothbrush. I love David Hicks for his use of deliciously saturated colors and Billy Baldwin for his belief in taking the time to collect and surround yourself with things you truly love. Jonathan Adler inspires me with his brilliant use of shape, color and form while Kelly Wearstler‘s mere existence makes me smile. In addition to these big-name designers, I admire my mother-in-law, a long-time New York design veteran, who taught me that beige is not a swear word.
2. What’s your favorite design style?
My personal style is all over the map, but if I had to gather it all up and put it into a pretty little box, I would probably call it “funky traditional.” I love a classic sofa (nail-head trim, optional) paired with flea market paintings and a little hint of zebra. I’m also a sucker for a saturated color palette.
3. What’s the essential home accessory (or piece of furniture) you use in your designs?
A room is not complete without paying homage to nature. This can be a beautiful, old branch from a tree in the front yard, grass-cloth wallpaper or an apothecary jar filled with flat, black stones from a walk along the beach. It’s all about texture for me, and no one does it better than Mother Nature herself!
4.What’s your favorite vacation spot?
New York City. I’m raising my children in Idaho, but I’m a 100% city girl. I absolutely must go to New York City at least twice a year to recharge my batteries or I begin to wilt.
5. Show us a picture of the room you most enjoyed designing and tell us why you love it.
My clients were a young, hip couple from Toronto, and this sweet little bungalow was their very first home. She was the kind of girl that would ride her cruiser bike to dinner in a flirty, vintage dress and a pair of 4-inch hot pink heels, so I wanted to make sure I captured a lively, playful and vintage-inspired spirit in their home.
Like most young couples starting out, budget was a huge factor in all the decisions we made. Almost everything you see in this room came from either eBay, consignment stores, thrift shops or yard sales. Those sweet, little pink vintage chairs were a gift from the eBay gods! The true show-stopper in this room is the wall color. The combination of plentiful natural light and bright turquoise makes you smile when you walk through the front door.