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4 Standout Statement Hardware Pieces

By: The Balance Design Team

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by Instagram and Pinterest photos of your ideal home. Where do you even start on your own home!? Sometimes a little detail can go a long way. A drawer pull, for example, isn’t just a handle — it can also be a focal point. We celebrate when function gives way to beautiful form! Here’s just a few standout pieces that have caught our eye.

Photo courtesy of Lotus Dardware.

These modern pastel leather knobs and pulls are to DYE for! This collection would easily give new life to a kitchen bar area, a dresser, or even a mudroom. And they’re so reasonably priced!

Photo courtesy of House of Antique Hardware.

We love intricate details in unexpected places. Typically, one might overlook a humble door hinge, but this one’s beautiful antique living finish highlights the circa 1880 Eastlake-style floral pattern. Topped with an architectural steeple, this hinge turns a simple door into an intentional style detail.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie.

Updating your exterior door hardware is a great way to instantly add character and curb appeal to your home (without breaking the bank). We absolutely love the clean lines and layered finishes of this art nouveau-inspired brass door knocker from Anthropologie. Door knockers are like jewelry for your front door, and this one in particular is a welcoming statement to visitors before they even set foot into your home.

 

Photo courtesy of House of Antique Hardware.

Window sashes are not necessarily a spot you’d think to put unique hardware. But adorn them with this stunning brass cast sash lift and you’re sure to elevate your windows’ style (haha see what we did there?). It’s ornate enough to catch your eye, yet classic enough to fit in more than one style of home. Fancy that!

When choosing hardware for your kitchen cabinets, your front door, or that special antique dresser, make sure to choose something that speaks to you and will be cherished for many, many uses!

 

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Best Designed Restaurants in Atlanta

By: Stephanie Andrews

Dining out is ideally a fully immersive experience: the taste of the food and drink, the smells coming from the kitchen, and the look of the restaurant itself. Here in Atlanta, we have so many amazing places to eat that deserve a shout out. Here’s just a few of our favorites, with a focus on their design (rest assured, the cocktails and food are superb as well!).

Photo courtesy of Eater Atlanta.

AIX

This French restaurant is named after Aix-en-Provence, France, where executive chef Nick Leahy spent summers with his family. The food is a fresh, almost Mediterranean take on French cuisine with lots of seafood and olive oil. Ai3 designed this incredible establishment, noting “it feels like an escape; it’s a very curated experience, so that people feel like they are somewhere different in Atlanta and not somewhere that’s very predictable.” We couldn’t agree more.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Ingram.

Golden Eagle

This place is just sexy. Soft, sumptuous materials create a moody and comfortable environment for unique cocktails and fabulous tapas. As Golden Eagle’s designer, Elizabeth Ingram, says it is “a swanky throwback to a bygone era of train travel, speakeasies, and extravagant late night parties.”

Photo courtesy of Kimball House.

Kimball House

Inspired by the Kimball House Hotel in downtown Atlanta (which no longer exists) and designed by Square Feet Studio, the Kimball House restaurant stands unique in its design and takes you on a journey to the past. As soon as you walk in, you feel the rich hotel lobby come alive from years before. Old fashioned fans that operate on a chain and richly painted wainscoting topped with embellished wallpaper make this space inspirational eye candy. Known for their delicious oyster happy hours and artisanal cocktails, it’s the perfect place to gather and enjoy the food, the company, and the interior design!

Photo courtesy of Noni’s.

Noni’s

This eclectically designed trattoria in Atlanta’s Edgewood neighborhood serves reimagined Italian comfort food with a full (and impressive) bar. The front section has a wood paneled lounge area with vintage furnishings that feels like the cooler version of your grandparents’ Queens, NY downstairs den (probably because the owner designed it after his Italian grandparents’ home!). The dining area is lined with live edge wood/tufted back booth seating, classic mosaic tile walls, and a photo shelf filled with old portraits (who are they?). These design elements, along with the cuisine, combine to create an atmosphere that is quirky and comfortable, yet elevated.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the beautiful restaurants in Atlanta, and to do justice to all the places we haven’t highlighted here requires many more blog posts — so be on the lookout for more! We’re working to show you new places as they open and develop as well as established classics that cannot go unnoticed.

Artist in Residence, Color Obsession

Color Palette: Edward Hopper

By: Danielle Clockel

“Nighthawks” by Edward Hopper is one of the most recognizable American paintings, arguably due to its strong color blocking and mysterious subjects (the people inside the restaurant). We love Hopper’s focus on architecture and interior details, such as the jade green tile snaking around the curve of the window. The color palette is at once earthy and industrial, subdued in hue yet bold in intensity.

From left to right:
Benjamin Moore Waller Green CW-510
Farrow & Ball Calke Green No. 34
Sherwin Williams Fired Brick SW 6335
Benjamin Moore Lemon Twist 394
Sherwin Williams Dark Night SW 6237
Benjamin Moore Autumn Orange 2156-10

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5 Cool Credenzas

By: The Balance Design Team

There’s so many ways to utilize a credenza: a low dresser, a coffee bar station, a catch all in the entryway, a media center. At it’s core, it’s simply a short, long storage piece. But don’t be fooled — there are so many styles and variations. Here’s our five faves!

Photo courtesy of Modshop.

Old Hollywood glam meets mid century styling. We love how the angled grooves on this piece mimic the folds of an elegant men’s tie, while the rich hunter green lacquered finish and lucite with brushed brass accents add a sleek modern touch.

Photo courtesy of Bernhardt.

Credenzas aren’t always the stand-out piece in a room; they tend to focus more on function than fashion. Enter this stunner. The hand painted faux bois atop antiqued mirror makes this credenza a piece to remember. It reminds us of a willow tree in the wind — graceful, elegant, and natural.

Photo courtesy of Westside Modern Atlanta.

This two-in-one piece from a favorite local mid century boutique combines a gorgeous credenza with practical shelf space. It captures our hearts with a black cerused oak finish and olive lacquer paint details. What a show stopper!

Photo courtesy of Chairish.

This vintage reeded bamboo credenza stopped us in our tracks. A great option for adding beautiful texture to an entryway, it could also hold its own among walnut and teak furnishings in a larger room. Mix in some metal and linen accents and you have yourself a beautifully layered space!

Photo courtesy of Bernhardt.

Industrial meets organic. A black forest marble wood body paired with graphite metal frame forges harmony between two very different materials. This credenza is a modern and daring utilitarian sculpture for the bold.

Credenza, sideboard, cabinet, console — whatever you call it, these long and lean storage solutions deserve to be beautiful as well as useful! And whether your style tends toward industrial, mid century, transitional, or something else entirely, there’s a credenza out there that’s perfect for you.

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The New Organics

By: The Balance Design Team

We celebrate pattern and texture, and love materials that invigorate the senses of sight, smell, and touch. Roughened jute, natural linens, rich wood grains, and soft wools create a natural palette that relaxes the mind and soul. Sometimes keeping things simple and limiting visual sensory overload allows you to fall into a design and feel the zen of the surrounding environment.