December 2014 Posts

That’s a Wrap, 2014!

By: Stephanie Andrews

As we wrap up the year, I find myself reflecting on just how grateful I am to all of our amazing clients, vendors, and team members, and I want to express my heartfelt thanks. 2014 was an eventful year that saw many memorable changes and beginnings.

In January, we took the first steps to creating Design Pulp, a brand new blog that would allow us to explore the outer reaches of  design and our passion for travel, art, and inspiration.

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We hired Danielle Cornely in March, and she is truly a rock star (inside and out). Her enthusiasm, creative organization, and positivity are a daily inspiration. She’s also a talented photographer!

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

Two large renovation projects began in April, and both were finished just in time for the holidays. We developed incredible relationships with the clients, builders, and craftsmen from these jobs as we navigated construction of new kitchens, baths, and second floors.

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

In May, we landed an awesome retail project, Splash of Olive. It was a joy to bring the clients’ dream to life in a beautiful Decatur space.

SOA_REN_AThanks to our incredible design director, Elisabeth Paulson, I was able to take a much needed vacation in July. Knowing that we can all travel and enjoy time off because we have a quality team is such a relief. It’s hard to find words to express how much I value everything that Elisabeth brings to Balance Design, so I was more than happy to return the favor when she went to France in August. It’s no surprise that she had a wonderful time (you can read more about it here on Design Pulp).

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson for Balance Design

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson for Balance Design

In October, we got to implement several large projects that we started at the beginning of the summer. From emerald green sofas to large modern art, they came together through hard work and dedication to make our clients’ homes a reflection of their personalities.

Photography by Traci Cox for Balance Design

Photography by Traci Cox for Balance Design

I am so happy to be able to do what I do with the help of truly gifted people with big hearts, great ideas, and amazing work ethic. Looking forward to 2015 and all it will bring!

From all of us at Balance Design and Design Pulp, thank you.

Top Five for the Festival of Lights

By: Danielle Cornely

source: apartment therapy

source: apartment therapy

As far as Chanukkah decorations go, there is nothing more iconic than the menorah. While the nine candles are a must, the shape and structure of the menorah can be as traditional or unusual as desired. In honor of the festival of lights beginning this week, we’ve rounded up our top five favorite non-traditional menorahs.


Beautiful, elegant, and unexpected, the Manzanita Candelabra from West Elm is a menorah that makes a statement in any setting.


Dog lovers rejoice! Jonathan Adler’s ceramic Dachshund menorah is a fun way to bring your personality into your holiday decor.


If you’re looking for a menorah that breaks from tradition, you won’t find one more modern and innovative than the Molecular Menorah. Its sculptural shape is about as far from the traditional silhouette you can get.


For kids and kids-at-heart, behold the Menorasaurus Rex! A funky and bold option for the festival of lights.


Clean, minimal lines make this eco friendly Green Ludwig menorah an instant classic.

Carrying on the traditions of Chanukkah doesn’t have to mean forgoing style and self-expression. Modern, fun, and expressive menorahs are easier to find now than ever before. Put the “festive” back into “festival of lights” with a menorah that celebrates the holiday and your personality.

More Than Just a Pretty Vase: Chelsea’s Pottery.



By: Danielle Cornely

Working in the arts since college has led me to meet many extremely talented artists and makers. At one workplace, I met Chelsea Goff, and we quickly bonded over our shared background in photography. The better I got to know her, the more I learned about her adventures in sculpting and pottery. When I found out she had her very own potter’s wheel in her two bedroom Atlanta apartment, I knew I had to see what she was creating. I was blown away by the skill and creativity of the pieces she created “just for fun.” More than just beautiful work, Chelsea’s pottery is a reflection of her experiences, personality quirks, and heartfelt interests.

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1. Tell us about your studio/work space.

“For now I have a small studio in my apartment. It has all the necessities — my boyfriend made a great work table and I have a wheel and shelves everywhere for storage. It’s my favorite room in the house because it’s flooded with natural light from all the windows. As far as firing and glazing, I’ve been enrolled at the Spruill Center for the Arts for a few years now. It’s a really great facility. They offer a lot of different clays and glazes to experiment with before you decide to invest in anything.”

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2. How did you get into your chosen medium?

“My grandfather has a pottery studio in the no-cell-phone-service region of West Virginia, so growing up we’d make coil pots and such. However, I didn’t really get invested until college when I signed up for a ceramics class. The first half of the class was devoted to handbuilding and the second to wheel-thrown pottery. From then on, I just kept taking classes. After graduating, I was able to spend a few months with my grandfather and learn more about the chemistry and technical aspects of clay and glazes.”

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3. Describe your favorite piece you’ve ever made.

“My favorite piece I’ve made is the Angry Birds piggy mug, primarily for sentimental reasons. I made the mug for my younger brother while at my grandfather’s just as a silly project, and it melted my little heart to see how excited he was when I gave it to him.”

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4. How would you describe your aesthetic?

“I consider my aesthetic very clean and elegant with a funky, messy moment. I think I’ve been really drawn to pottery as a medium because I can create really simple, elegant shapes while using an unexpected glaze as a contrast.”

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5. What are a few of your favorite things?

“Favorite life things: thick wool socks, floor to ceiling windows, and a really good burger.”

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6. So, what are you working on right now?

“Right now I work primarily in porcelain. I’m also in a skinny-neck vase phase — I could make them repeatedly and be content. Plus, Atlanta is known for its community of artists, with things like FAFATL (Free Art Friday: Atlanta), and I’m interested in becoming more involved with that. I’m woking on a few small, Atlanta themed pieces to start hiding around town as part of FAFATL. So keep an eye out for them!”

Chelsea is working on getting her Etsy shop up and running (seeabbottgo pottery), but can be reached by e-mailing in the interim.