April 2014 Posts

On the Lookout: Artists to Watch This Weekend (at the Inman Park Festival).

By: Danielle Cornely

Inmanparkfestival.org

www.inmanparkfestival.org

It’s officially festival season in Atlanta! The 43rd annual Inman Park Festival is this weekend, so to get in the spirit of things, we’ve found some talented artists who will be attending.

http://www.davegoldman.net/index.html

“Low pressure.” http://www.davegoldman.net/index.html

North Carolina’s Dave Goldman paints ethereal landscapes and waterscapes as well as highly textured, sometimes three dimensional mixed media pieces. For both subjects, his use of color is evocative and meaningful. The mixed media works sometimes reference landscapes, but often (like “Low Pressure” above) are more abstract and display his expertise of color palette, texture, and shape.

shop.kevineslinger.com/

“Monster.” shop.kevineslinger.com/

If you’re looking for a new take on some beloved childhood figures, Kevin Eslinger’s reimagining of these iconic characters is for you. His color palette ranges from subdued, almost dreary hues to vibrant and striking saturations, and he renders recognizable characters in almost caricature-like fashion. It’s an exciting, original take on people and things we have all seen countless times, and he manages to make us feel as though we are seeing them for the first time with new eyes.

http://www.megandaloz.com/

http://www.megandaloz.com/

One of Atlanta’s own! Megan Daloz’s beautiful, one of a kind pieces aren’t your grandmother’s ceramics. While she does create some traditional bowl and mug shapes, there are plenty of edgy variations among the work in her gallery. The simple beauty of her creations’ forms is met by her appealing color palettes and bold graphics.

www.etsy.com/shop/ChurpModern

www.etsy.com/shop/ChurpModern

ChurpModern brings a much-needed breath of fresh air to the world of handcrafted birdhouses. Deviating from the traditional forms (and colors), ChurpModern’s birdhouses are directly inspired by modern architecture, featuring striking silhouettes and graphic lines.

http://www.zolajewelry.com/

http://www.zolajewelry.com/

Artist and designer Sharon McLean’s Charleston-based Zola Jewelry is a collection of truly beautiful, wearable art. There is something for every jewelry taste, whether you prefer simple, clean lines, or jaunty, bold bundles. Her leather cuffs are some of the most colorful and elegantly designed pieces of their kind.

The festival begins this Saturday, April 26th at 11am. Visit www.inmanparkfestival.org for more information on the upcoming festivities!

Fab Five Fabrics. (How to Add Zing and Zip to Your Tired Sofa!)

By: Danielle Cornely

All fabrics featured in this post can be found through Travis and Company. Visit them at http://www.travisandcompany.com/ .

http://www.travisandcompany.com/

Nothing delights the eye quite like an exciting and interesting pattern. Chevrons, checks, florals—everyone has a favorite! This week we’re bringing you our top five fabrics this season. Get ready to feast your eyes!

Jessica Zoob from Romo Black

Jessica Zoob from Romo Black

Not only is the Jessica Zoob collection from Romo Black overflowing with exciting, beautiful florals and watercolors, it is a collection of literal works of art. Zoob’s paintings are digitally printed onto linens, panels, and (in the case of this drop dead gorgeous example) luxurious velvet.

Calista from Jane Churchill

Calista from Jane Churchill

This Calista fabric from Jane Churchill is an interesting combination of visual roughness and physical softness. The synthetic velvet fabric is fuzzy and gentle, while the streaky, gritty stripes give it just the right amount of edge.

Dune from Jane Churchill

Dune from Jane Churchill

It just doesn’t get much more visually striking than this Dune fabric from Jane Churchill. The swirling lines keep your eye moving over hills and valleys of organic, varying shapes and waves.

Attis Hop from Villa Nova

Attis Hop from Villa Nova

Let the sunshine in! The Attis Hop fabric from Villa Nova’s Loki collection is a one-two punch of visual energy. The vibrant golden yellow could snap anyone out of a deep blue funk, and the directional arrow print is lively and active.

Utopia Ottanio from Mark Alexander

Utopia Ottanio from Mark Alexander

Get excited, abstract expressionist fans—this fabric from Mark Alexander’s Haven II collection is inspired by Mark Rothko’s color field paintings! Fluidity and deep, powerful colors on 100% linen is the name of the game here.

From panels to pillows, upholstery to bedding, the possibilities are endless. A bold, interesting fabric can revitalize and transform even the most modest, understated piece.

We love our Travis and Company representative, Katrina Paffenback! All fabrics featured in this post can be found through Travis and Company. Visit them at http://www.travisandcompany.com/ .

Vignette: The Perfect Pieces for Your Room.

By: Stephanie Andrews

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Do you often get the urge to start over with the furniture in your room? Can you spend hours on Pinterest putting rooms and art together? Introducing “Vignette,” a new series on our blog showcasing dynamic furniture combinations with explanations about what each piece is and why we chose it.

Bernhardt Breckett Loveseat

Bernhardt Breckett Loveseat

 

After measuring and figuring out the floorplan and color scheme for the room, we decided to start off this particular project with a stylish love seat. The Bernhardt Beckett Sofa is seriously chic, especially in the beautiful navy blue mohair fabric that we chose.

Bernhardt Cumberland Sofa

Bernhardt Cumberland Sofa

There needed to be a definitive comfort piece in the room.  The Bernhardt Cumberland Sofa is more like a twin size bed for napping than simply a place to sit down.  We chose a champagne velvet with a slight pattern subtly built into it.

Callan Chair

Room and Board Callan Chair

One of our favorites, the Callan Chair from Room and Board has mid century lines, smooth wood, and impressively durable leather. This chair is an heirloom piece destined to be a classic.

Dwell, Room and Board, and Bernhardt Tables

Dwell, Room and Board, and Bernhardt Tables

While each of these tables is truly unique, it is how they work together that makes the room shine. We love the organic shapes of the Phillips Collection Butterfly Table with the solid gold nugget of the Dwell Salvadore Table mixed with the sheer elegance of the stone composite top on the Bernhardt Dunhaven Side Table.

Arranging a furniture vignette for your room can be an amazing way to express your personality and style. Even if you do it slowly, it is important to consider your furniture as a total composite. 

Help us out with this new series by posting your own favorite pieces on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BalanceDesignAtlanta

Presto! – The Art of Completing a Room.

By: Stephanie Andrews

“How do I pull it all together?” Many of our clients contact us for help pulling a room together and adding finishing touches. This being such a common theme, we decided to give our top five ways to complete a room.

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1. Consider Flow
Can you easily get around your room? Often the solution is as simple as moving or removing furniture to increase mobility from space to space. Sometimes editing is the best way to add dimension to your room. In this client picture, the round ottoman is easy to get around, soft to put your feet up on, and easy to find a table to put a drink on.

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2. Consider Pairs
Symmetry and pairs are simple tricks to show that a room was considered in its entirety. A pair of chairs, lamps, or pillows are pleasing to the eye, as illustrated in this London home. Source: The Aestate.

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3. Amazing Art
You may have seen this tip coming, due to our insane love of original art. Art is one of the easiest ways to make an individual statement. Make it a priority! Source: Tom Scheerer Decorates (book)

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4. Consider Lighting:
Every room needs task or accent lighting in addition to overhead lighting. Not only does it light up a specific area but it also adds your own style through amazing fixtures. Source: design-crisis.com

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5. “Your Personal Something”
You want your room to be yours, right?  Find a few items that say “this is who I am.” From a treasured travel piece to a favorite color, the options are endless. Keep tip #1 in mind when you execute. This little girl’s room found on design-vox.com shows a mobile, a love of elephants, and a vintage chest painted in shades of pink to make it uniquely hers.