Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence: Christina Wedge

By: Danielle Clockel

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Thursday night is our open house and our featured artist, Christina Wedge, will be in attendance as we reveal her latest work. We can’t wait for you to see it all in person, but as a little teaser we sat down with Christina and talked to her about this incredible series.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

1. What type of subject do you most enjoy shooting?   

Interior photography has always been a passion for me. The act of creating images, framing them, and telling a story. The process itself provides the essential inspiration in what I do. My personal work includes a lot of landscape shooting. I am obsessed with getting lost in areas without a GPS, discovering new cities and countries, and just enjoying the moment.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

2. What inspired your trip to Iceland and Greenland?

Growing up in Europe, I have always had a bad case of the Iceland bug and desperately wanted to visit this small island in the north Atlantic. I am fascinated by the volcanoes, the wild horses, and the hot springs in the middle of ice and snow. I have always loved the Scandinavian design style which is defined by clean lines, simplicity, minimalism, and functionality. I also wanted to see the culture and extreme environment of Greenland and was so excited when I had the opportunity to tag along with designer and producer Brian Patrick Flynn.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

3. As far as the natural landscape/ environment, what was your favorite aspect of the trip and why?

Truly memorable to me was hiking in the endless lava fields in Iceland. Experiencing the different colors and shapes of lava, some of which were heavily covered with vivid green moss. Getting lost and ending up in fishing villages where I stayed in hostels (and had probably the best breakfast in my life). Seeing the floating ice pieces on Glacier Lagoon being washed up on the black sand beaches. And of course the Northern lights. They were spectacular and I wished I would have seen more of them.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

4. Did anything surprise you about either country?

I could not get over the sheep head dish in Iceland! It is a traditional dish consisting of a sheep’s head cut in half on your plate served with vegetables. After taking so many pictures of the sheep on my trip, I just could not believe people were eating them. In Greenland the buildings emphasize functionality over form. Greenlandic homes are typically constructed of stone, sod, or wood, and many Inuit live in single-story, prefabricated wooden houses. Most are heated with oil-burning stoves. These colorful houses make picture perfect opportunities, but I learned from the tour guide that the colors were actually practical and indicated the purpose of each building: commercial houses are red, hospitals are yellow, police stations are black, and fish factories are blue. I am already thinking about going back there and staying there a little longer…in the summer!

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

  

5. What was the biggest challenge you faced on your trip?

I learned not to underestimate the Icelandic weather. It is highly volatile, no matter where you are. If you see a gas station, stop and fill up because you don’t know where you’ll find the next one.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

6. If you could bring back one piece of Iceland/Greenland, what would it be?

The little husky puppy that followed me around Greenland, and the most amazing silica face mask found at the bottom of the Blue Lagoon.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

7. What other places are on your bucket list to photograph?

I am traveling to Tuscany Italy this June to teach a workshop and after that I will fly to Norway. The other places on my list: Australia, Israel, Patagonia, Tokyo, and the Faroe Islands.

On our Turf

Ethereal Grit: Balance Design’s Spring/Summer Open House

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Announcing Ethereal Grit: Balance Design’s spring/summer open house! Join us Thursday, April 27th from 7-9pm as we reveal our new collection, including photography by Christina Wedge. Come check out her newest work from her recent trip to Iceland and Greenland. Light fare, cold cocktails, and friendly chit-chat will be served. Hope to see you there!

Artist in Residence, Curate My Life, Need We Say More?

Pop Art Perfection: The Wrongwoods Console

By: Danielle Clockel

Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? That is the question. As designers, we think the latter is more fun. For example:

Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein, a hugely influential artist in the 1960’s pop art movement, was heavily inspired by commercial advertising and comic book graphics. His style is instantly recognizable by his use of bold, thick lines and bright color.

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First of all, how incredible is this faux bois Wrongwoods console? Designed by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong (hence the name), the graphic nature of the finish, eye-catching colors, and mid century modern shape harkens to pop art like Lichtenstein’s. It’s like one of his paintings came to life!

Incorporating art into your home is something we hold in very high regard and try to implement in all of our projects. This piece takes that concept to a whole new level, and we love it!

Curate My Life

Sweet Dreams Are Made of…These Beds!

By: Danielle Clockel and Melody Richardson

A good night’s rest is an important aspect of health that often gets sacrificed in our busy lives. Let’s start changing that! Get excited about getting to sleep by choosing a bed you love.

Vanguardbed

The Anderkit bed from Vanguard is beautiful in its simplicity. Featuring an upholstered headboard as well as a canopy, the simple shape keeps this piece current and fresh.

canopybed

Talk about sweet dreams! Joseph Walsh’s Enignum canopy bed is a sculptural, ethereal cocoon sure to lull you into a perfectly serene slumber.

Resourcedecorbed

All of us went a little gaga over this bed from Resource Decor. The Duke poster bed is the sleek, modern canopy bed of your dreams.

Anthropologiebed

Maybe your home is a little too petite for a grand four poster bed. No problem! Get the drama of a canopy without sacrificing space with this curved rattan bed from Anthropologie.

CB2bed

A bed doesn’t have to be extravagant to be a knockout. Take the Jarvis bed from CB2. With a mid century spindle headboard and 100% leather pad, it has a unique masculine flair that makes us swoon.

Think about it — the more you love your bed, the more you’ll want to dive in and drift off to sleep to recharge. Set aside some time to relax, you deserve it!

Color Obsession

Color Palette: Lavender Field

By: Danielle Clockel

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Sherwin Williams Plum Brown 6272
Benjamin Moore Yellow Lotus 2021-50
Sherwin Williams Electric Lime 6921
Farrow and Ball Plummett No. 272
Farrow and Ball Calke Green No. 34

As we began preparing for our next open house, we were continuously inspired by the colors of France’s lavender fields. The purples of course grabbed our attention, but there are so many other hues within this striking environment that create a truly unique and beautiful color scheme. You’re sure to see these fresh, springtime colors in the studio at our next open house in April!