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Design Books: Our Current Faves

By: The Balance Design Team

In another installment of “design books you need to get your hands on,” we present to you four of our current favorites.

Your Home Style by Donna Garlough

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A fresh approach on how to design without any formal training, Your Home Your Style teaches you to throw old design rules out the window and adopt some new truths. This is design paired with self reflection, something we consider a crucial element in designing for our clients and ourselves. Your Home Your Style is a great reference for professional interior designers and everyday homeowners who need help honing their wants and needs for their space.


The Designer’s Dictionary of Color by Sean Adams

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Part textbook showcasing basically every color ever, part anthropological investigation of hues, The Designer’s Dictionary of Color has your back during a project or for your art and design nerd reading pleasure. Learn about the use of a particular tone throughout history, or just flip through to get some ideas for your next paint scheme — no pressure, just endless color options!


The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living by Nathan Williams

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The philosophy of “slow living” is the simplification of daily life and reclaiming leisure time — wow, sign us up! Gorgeous photography on luxe matte pages pair with advice on how to achieve this slow living ideal. This is a legacy book to keep in your library and continue to pick up when you crave a slice of the good life.


Farrow and Ball: Recipes For Decorating by Joa Studholme

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If you love to be surrounded by color, this book’s for you. Learn how to choose colors for every space in your home and still achieve a feeling of cohesion throughout. With serene photography and beautifully curated palettes, this book is an aesthetically pleasing read filled with case studies of real people utilizing Farrow and Ball’s incredible paint colors.

As if you needed an excuse to prowl your local bookstore (or lurk around online), we’re sure these books will top your wish list. Get a book, get cozy, and get inspired!


Wanderlust: Architectural Wonderment

By: The Balance Design Team

It’s travel season, folks, and that means different things to different people. Some are looking for rest and relaxation on a picturesque beach. Others take to the mountains for hiking and outdoor adventures. And then there are the architecture fans: those of us who choose our destination based on the location’s unique, historic, and beautiful buildings and structures. Here’s a few on our list.

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, should be on everyone’s travel list. Built in 1609, this still-practicing mosque has five main domes and is stunning both inside and out.  The colors of the tile, the arched ceilings, and of course the red rug stir our hearts.

While you’re in Turkey, don’t miss the Grand Bazaar. This is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, so yeah, you could spend days here.

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Barcelona’s incredible architecture is something out of a fantasy. Casa Milà at sunset provides an unforgettable view.

Photo Courtesy of City Wonders

Park Güell is another of architect Anton Gaudi’s nature-inspired masterpieces. Fun fact: Gaudi lived in one of the residences here! The color and curves are childhood dreams come to life.

Photo Courtesy of Koamas Travel

The Maldives off the coast of India are the epitome of a dreamy island getaway. So what kind of amazing architecture could you encounter there? Envision a tranquil villa with a calm aesthetic, peaceful color palette, and a glass floor — enough said.

Photo Courtesy of Maldives Finest

Or what about a cozy minimalist interior with an open-access deck that lends itself to a perfect sunset view? Home away from home BLISS.

Hopefully we’ve been able to add to your bucket list and inspire you to venture to new places. Happy travels — and please share your photos with us!

Artist in Residence, Color Obsession

Color Palette: Helen Frankenthaler

By: Danielle Clockel

A female pioneer of the somewhat male-dominated abstract expressionist movement of the ’50s and ’60s, Helen Frankenthaler’s color field paintings often look like fluid watercolors. In actuality, they are oil or acrylic paint diluted with turpentine. This “soak stain” technique creates ethereal yet saturated compositions that are still modern, soft, and bold all at once.

Photo courtesy of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

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On our Turf

What Have You Done For Your Home Lately?

By: The Balance Design Team

Over the past few months as we worked diligently to curate the studio for our Modern Pastels collection, a few members of our team were inspired to take another look at their own spaces — some resulting in more elaborate transformations than others.


Adding real plants in my home has transformed my space. Not only does it feel cozier, they’re also great for improving indoor air quality, reducing background noise, and creating an overall feeling of well-being.


For spring/summer, I wanted to freshen up my front yard (which was looking a bit tired after the wet winter). I added movement to the landscape with a little curve in the grass, revitalized the ground with fresh mulch, and brought in new plants to fill in the gaps in the existing shrubbery. Now when I come home from work, I feel like my yard is smiling at me and welcoming me home.


My husband and I have been tackling projects around the house for the past few months in preparation for selling our home in the next year or so. The exterior quickly rose to the top of the to-do list, since updating lighting and adding unique address numbers can really bump up the curb appeal. Being an avid DIYer, I cut down an old IKEA counter top remnant and stained it to use as the perfect backdrop for my new modern address numbers. I also switched out our old light fixture for a simpler one that much better compliments this new plaque. It’s amazing what a little modification can do!


After much consideration, I decided to sell all of my living room furniture — yes, all of it! After purging the room and living with the empty space, I slowly began bringing in items that I LOVE. I created an inspiration board filled with pieces that really inspired me, and I’m gradually pulling my living room together piece by piece. This is that inspiration board — stay tuned for final photos!

Improving your home can be as simple as adding a few plants, or as grand as a complete redo of your living room. Although starting the process can be daunting, the reward of creating an environment in your home that you fully enjoy is always worth it. Our homes are in a constant state of evolution, just as we are. What changes do you have in store for your home?

Artist in Residence, On our Turf

Modern Pastels: A Look at Our Artists

We’re celebrating two local women artists at our spring/summer open house tonight! Jeni Stallings-Scialabba and Courtney Khail are classically trained, incredibly talented, and their different styles compliment rather than compete with each other.

Jeni’s encaustic art is an expression of the natural world as it relates to the spiritual. As she puts it: “I believe that we are constant patterns echoing throughout nature. To see ourselves as separate from our environment is false and destructive. On the other hand, in observing and appreciating nature, we experience balance and healing.”We couldn’t agree more, and are moved by the depth, layers, and meaning behind her art.

Courtney’s watercolor and ink paintings explore her fascination “with the metaphorical talents of flowers — specifically their ability to capture and reflect the complexities and juxtapositions present within each of us.” With a background in scientific illustration, her work combines expressive and intricate line work with abstracted color and form. We find Courtney’s work both exhilarating and surprising.

Have we sparked your interest? Come out to our studio tonight for our spring/summer open house and meet these talented artists! Share this evening with us and enjoy food, drinks, and fun!

Balance Design

1653 McLendon Ave

Atlanta, GA 30307

7pm – 9pm