Curate My Life, On our Turf

Facebook Marketplace Is Open For Business!

By: Melody Richardson

With the increasing ease of online marketplaces, we noticed an opportunity to share more of our designs with the world. Enter the Balance Design Marketplace on Facebook. You can now browse our available studio items online and purchase them for local pickup. All items have been featured in our studio gallery, so you know how much pride we have in them!

This mahogany frame sofa is valued at over $10,000, but we’ve got it on the marketplace for a steal. It was a real privilege to restore this weathered vintage find to its full potential utilizing designer fabric and glossy paint.

This lovely art deco vase can brighten any space.

This custom lamp shade is one our favorite pieces — the copper accents in the fabric complement the resin of the base so beautifully. And it was hand made by one of our team members!


A custom velvet pillow and blanket ups the luxe factor immensely.

Since pairing this black fringe and smooth yellow velvet, we have fallen in love with using tapes in new and interesting ways!

These are just some of the items you can find on our Facebook Marketplace place. Check back often for updated pricing and new items!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/BalanceDesignAtlanta/shop/?ref=page_internal 

Color Obsession

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!

Need We Say More?

Need We Say More: The Vertical Garden of Patrick Blanc

By Melody Richardson

Through all of this gloomy weather we’d like nothing more than to bask in the natural beauty of this vertical garden by the incredible Patrick Blanc. If only we had a space to create one of our own!

Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen for New York Botanical Gardens

 

On our Turf

Be Inspired! 4 Mood Boards to Spark Your Creativity

By: The Balance Design Team

Anyone who has been to our studio has seen our inspiration boards. Each member of the team has a lovingly curated board above their workspace that serves as a source of inspiration for them as they work, and gives a glimpse into who they are. Come explore!

Jennifer’s Board

Not only do I love incorporating a mix of textures, patterns, and pops of color into all of my designs, I love being surrounded by these elements on a daily basis. My board encompasses images that make me happy, especially during these cold, dreary days we’ve had in Atlanta over the past few months. I tend to pin materials and images that have some natural element, whether it be a metallic wallpaper swatch that resembles the bark of a tree, or an image of an awesome piece of architecture surrounded by an even more inspiring landscape. My board is my window to look out of from my work area and an escape from my computer every now and then.

Shelby’s Board

If my board was a haiku, it would probably go like this:

textures draw me in
coastal nod to Florida
rough feel, soft colors

Being able to look up from my work and see a combination of deep teal (my spirit color), vintage rugs and textiles, and masculine components constantly inspires me. It’s a mix of my south Florida roots, love of well-made furnishings, and sensible-yet-sophisticated style.

Melody’s Board

My board is my essence: whimsical, feminine, and global with a nod to modern. Except for a brief two years as a child, pink has always been my favorite color. I am constantly inspired by its versatility and love to find new and unexpected ways to use it. I am also drawn to fluidity — as texture, spatial orientation, or otherwise. Of course, my Turkish heritage is a powerful source of inspiration to me, and Istanbul is the city where old meets new. I try to incorporate that harmony into all of my designs.

Danielle’s Board

“Doom, gloom, and floral print” is pretty much my entire brand. Skulls, flower arrangements, and a more than a few references to my love of all things dark and dreary populate my board. (But also: eyeglasses and donuts!) I like to think of my style as Victorian meets industrial: a mix of curves and delicate details with dark metals and warehouse windows. Think of a tea party with The Sex Pistols — it’s about like that.

It’s inspiring to look up from our work and see a collection of clippings, textiles, and tiles that we love and feel connected to. You know what’s even more fun? Moseying over to a coworker’s desk to get a different perspective and see what they’re inspired by — sometimes we find just the thing we need to break that creative block!

On our Turf

What Our Clients Are Saying: #bdhomelove

By: real life Balance Design clients!

As part of our February home love celebration, we asked a few of our clients to send us a photo of their favorite spot in their home and let us know what they love about it. Unsurprisingly, they did not disappoint!

The Light-Filled Sitting Room

Photo courtesy of Sandra Goulding.

Warm and cozy elegance comes to mind for our family room. Here, a delightful mix of light neutrals and blues work together to lighten up and soften the darker and brighter shades of the room. When open, the drapery frames the views of the outdoor world and allows the natural light to flow into the room. When drawn, the soft and light panels provide a beautifully calm and soothing layer of privacy, accented by the striking Greek key detail where they join together and the warm glow of light from the lamps. The perfect cocoon for a solo night at home and a warm, cozy gathering spot with beautiful views no matter how warm or cold the temperature outdoors.

The Playful Art Corner

Photo courtesy of Loren Pratt.

My living room nook brings me joy — I love the playful sophistication of the artwork, mobile, and accessories. I love all of the textures, colors, and shape variations. This spot warms my heart and makes me smile. Special thanks to Balance Design for the gorgeous painting, chic floor lamp, luxe pillows, and versatile side table!

The Serene Bedroom

Photo courtesy of Jill Wasserman.

Of all of the spaces and projects Stephanie and her team have been a part of in our home, one of my favorites is my serene bed – and the stunning photograph that hangs above it. Riffing off of the luxurious silk duvet (used as an accent throw) from Turkey, the scheme of warm colors contrasting with cool and crisp ones creates an instant sense of contentment. And the whimsical glass gourd bedside lamps always make me smile. For several years, we struggled to find just the right art to hang above the bed. Then, one day when we were at Balance Design, I saw this photograph. When I was a teen, I fell in love with the famous Andrew Wyeth painting, “Christina’s World.” This photograph seemed to speak to Christina’s longing, answering as I imagine Wyeth would have, with simply the passage of time and cycle of seasons. It was a natural fit above the bed, tying the room together unexpectedly and absolutely.

The Cozy Breakfast Nook

Photo courtesy of Monica Neal.

My kitchen nook has been an empty space in various homes I’ve occupied over the last few years due to multiple re-locations for work. When I was ready to commit to furnishings and design, I contacted Balance Design, who had so graciously assisted me in my first home 16 years ago. I was looking for a stylish yet comfortable gathering spot where casual dining and conversation would be facilitated by design. Additionally, this is my go to spot for perusing the newspaper with coffee on the weekends, and where I am happy to perch in quiet contemplation. I’m inspired by the bold colors complimented by the various seating textures, and relish the coziness of the space.

This is why we do what we do! Helping our clients create the relaxing, rejuvenating, comfortable home environment they’ve always wanted is our whole purpose, and hearing from them just how much of an impact their revitalized spaces have on their lives is what our dreams are made of. What’s your #bdhomelove?