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The Sacred Space.

By: The Balance Design Team

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

For many of us, the beginning of a new year is a time of betterment — a time to look inward and focus on self care. We believe no self improvement is complete without considering your home as an integral part of yourself. Here’s a few methods to creating a peaceful yet empowering environment for your soul.

  • Collect and curate. This is what keeps a home from feeling “too put together” and sterile. Gifts from friends, antique treasures, and family heirlooms that hold a special place in your heart are what gives your home personality. Worry less about what pieces go together perfectly and focus more on what makes you feel creative, cozy, and content.
  • Showcase what you love. Arranging a meaningful art wall can not only ground you visually, but also bring you joy throughout the day with each glimpse. Combine a child’s work of art with photographs from travels and special mementos picked up along the way. Integrate all this with a piece from a local artist you love and the result is a wall that is authentically one of a kind.
  • Pare down/clean up. On the flip side of collecting, don’t be afraid to let go of things either — donate that rug or lamp that doesn’t bring you joy, even if you haven’t found the best substitution yet. Or maybe your version of minimizing clutter is simply making sure all your treasured belongings have a dedicated space. Whatever your tidying up philosophy is, when each room is clean and functional you can enjoy every corner of your home and make it special.
  • Breathe it in. Clean indoor air is essential for creating a more energized and healthy space to enjoy, but air quality in most homes is two to five times more contaminated than outside. Limiting chemical exposure, removing mold, diffusing essential oils, and adding plants are all surefire ways to cleaner and better breathing.
  • Slow it down. Taking time to calm your mind is an important part of self care and good mental health. Create a space in your home dedicated to meditation, yoga, or just good ol’ distraction-free relaxation. A quiet corner with a few comfy pillows and a plush blanket might be all you need to settle in for a few moments of quiet each day. Small practices like this build over time, and the results can be extraordinary.

It’s easy to commit to these practices at the start of a new year, but we often get overwhelmed by too many lofty goals in a couple of months. Consider these methods small, attainable ways to make each day a little more peaceful, a little more sacred.

Curate My Life

Forecast: 2018 Interior Design Trends

By: The Balance Design Team

A brand new year means a fresh start for you and your home. We’re looking ahead to what we think (and hope) will pick up speed this year.

Oversized Florals

Big, bold blooms have long been on our radar and we love the drama that they bring to a room. The contrast of clean lines and florals in this dining room is GORGEOUS! This look can be applied to every type of room, giving a each space a touch of modern femininity that can be balanced out with more masculine finishes and furnishings.

Shadowy Paint Colors

Our designer Elisabeth has been looking at this photo every day this month as inspiration for her own home. She’s been really into all-white walls/trim/ceiling and how beautifully it adds cohesion to complex architectural geometries and celebrates art and rugs. She says, “Unbeknownst to me, however, this was not the popular opinion at our home so I had to recalibrate…I buckled and bold it is! We are considering Knoxville Gray by Benjamin Moore which despite the ‘gray’ in its name is really more of a dusty slate blue-green.” Also integral to this look is to paint the trim, or even the ceiling and floors the same vibrant color like shown here — something we have adorned in many of our client’s dining rooms and libraries. To 2018…let’s dare to bring in more saturated color!

Terra Cotta Floors

We like a floor with character: patina concrete, historic hardwoods, even cobbled stone or brick. Moving away from all sleek everything, we think things are gonna get a little rough around the edges this year in the best possible way. Not only are terra cotta brick floors rich in tradition and history, they’re also rich in color! That warm, earthy hue and textured surface gives a neutral modern room a needed cozy factor.

Natural Materials

This year we expect there to be a continued rising interest toward eco-consciousness and decorating with items that are made of sustainable materials and have an organic and minimalist feel to them. People care about where their furniture comes from and how it’s made. Wicker and rattan furniture with modern and curved edges creates a softness and a visual airiness to spaces. Plus, it’s durable enough to handle the wear and tear of family life.

A New Look at Repurposing

This doesn’t mean turning a pallet into a headboard, but instead utilizing vintage furniture in different ways for the home — a return to quality materials, thought out in new ways. This isn’t really a new idea or “trend” but we see it as a reinvigorated movement. What’s better than a beautiful textural dresser made into a functional bathroom vanity? Or a worn glass-enclosed bookcase used to store cookbooks in a kitchen? Whatever the piece or the need, we hope to see a significant move away from big box stores to pieces that tell a story.

And finally, @%# trends! Be authentic to yourself and if it happens that you love the latest color, hate floral wallpapers, or need to have terra cotta floors, then make it so! Design Pulp’s mission is to show you what we find and appreciate (or not!). Ultimately, only you will know if something appeals to you as a long lasting treasure or a one night stand. Even in our design studio we find that while some of us love one new thing, others feel less than enthusiastic about it. We can’t wait to see what you design this year!

Color Obsession

Ultra Violet: Pantone Color of the Year 2018

By: Melody Richardson

Every December Pantone gifts us all with the Color of the Year. Last year was the fresh and bright Greenery, and the year before we saw the duo of Rose Quartz and Serenity. This year Pantone took inspiration from the cosmos, as well as some truly bright stars like Prince, Jimi Hendrix, and David Bowie, and debuted Ultra Violet.

Photo courtesy of Pantone.com

While we sometimes struggle with this color reminding us of Barney, our grandmothers sweater or a child’s favorite stuffed animal – we thought we could show some designer approved uses of ultra violet.  Think sultry, moody, restrained and intriguing! We found the following inspired photography to show this color at it’s best.  From the patina finishes of dusty ultra violet to the regal front door to the high fashion use on supermodels, this color does not lack drama.

Photo courtesy of Elledecor.com

Photo courtesy of today.com

Photo courtesy of frenchbydesignblog.com

Photo courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com

This blue hued purple can be seen popping up in some fantastically moody homes as well as Vogue fashion week in Paris.

Photos courtesy of Vogue.co.uk

We can not wait to see how else this can be incorporated into our lives. Ultra Violet is sure to make a big bang in 2018!

 

FLUFF

Happy Holidays!

By: The Balance Design Team

From all of us, to all of you. Wishing you a happy holiday season and a joyous new year!

Curate My Life, On our Turf

A Balance Design Original: The Grain Console

By: Elisabeth Paulson

This has been FUN. When I joined Balance Design nearly seven years ago, I met Stephanie Andrews (founder and chieftain) who could not have been more eager to expand her interior design business with innovative and creative designs. I grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin with an artist mother and a woodworker father, so I was profoundly excited to get on board. Throughout these years, Balance Design has pridefully designed custom pieces for our clients including bars, beds, and bookcases beyond. It was time to do something for ourselves…

We started with a console. Oh, the meager console: a room divider, a platform for the perfect lamp (or the mail-plop, or a mint julep). We thought, “Let’s make this better.” We live in “Intown Atlanta” as they call it, which is a series of connective neighborhoods surrounded by parks, each with its own identity. Old homes with bountiful character but not a lot of space. These are the homes that we cherish with our beloved clients to carve out memories. They deserve a perfect console, we say! It began, as so many things do, with reducing the scale, sketching a design, and finding the ideal craftsmen.

Utilizing our current gallery motif, “Modern Gothic,” our team challenged the current modern-means-straight-lines-only trend and added some curve appeal along with DRAWERS (did I mention drawers in a narrow console?) to create this doozy of a table. Harnessing our self-coined, “City in a Forest”, we have no shortage of native and unique species to build from. In this design, we capitalized on the beauty of the Mighty Oak. Michael Scialabba from Scialabba Construction in East Atlanta (also my ‘hood, represent), helped us procure the most incredible finish: inky-black lacquer with a series of lime wax which enhances the grain and luster of natural wood. All this plus v-notched routed detail, brass footings/hardware, and an uber-shiny gem tone on the inside of the drawers ( Auric by Sherwin Williams – my current fave). We have a winner, folks.

We are proud to introduce this piece, completely customizable in size, to you and yours. This is the first piece, hopefully followed by many more, in a collection we are calling “Grain”: a celebration of materials and natural processes that provides some honest-to-goodness furniture pieces that celebrate our unique habitats. We’ve got prototype 1.1 in these photos and in our window at our studio/gallery at 1653 McLendon Avenue in Candler Park. Thank you for your support so we can make more and more. We’ve got you, Atlanta.

All photos courtesy of the infinitly-talented Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.