December 2015 Posts

Color Palette: Happy New Year!

By: Danielle Cornely

A new year is a time for hope, excitement, and just plain fun! Think soft bubbly hues with a few POPS of fun color, keeping next year’s on trend tones in mind.

Photo courtesy of Squarespace.

Photo courtesy of Squarespace.

From left to right:
Sherwin Williams: Polished Concrete SW 9167
Benjamin Moore: Autumn Orange 2156-10
Farrow & Ball: Calamine No. 230
Sherwin Williams: Derbyshire SW 6741
Farrow & Ball: Manor House Gray No. 265
Sherwin Williams: Pineapple Cream SW 1668

Cheers to a colorful new year!

A Very Koselig Holiday from Balance Design.

By: Elisabeth Paulson

It is December 23rd in Atlanta, and the weather is cloudy, rainy, and unseasonably warm. Most of the season’s rush has died down and the best part of the holiday has begun: time with family, friends, or even the long-anticipated alone time. Either way, our wish for contentment and joy reminded us of a word that doesn’t exist in the English language: “Koselig.”

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Photo courtesy of Just The Design.

In Norway, the word “Koselig” (roughly pronounced “Kush-lee”) is both a noun and a verb. We understand it to be a feeling especially welcomed in the winter season: cozy, intimate, and warm. It could be a dinner, a conversation, a fire. To ensure my English accuracy of this definition, I decided to reach out to some long-lost Norwegian relatives who were generous in their responses. Here are some Koselig musings from the experts:

“Joyful, heartwarming, fireplaces and family, relaxed, balanced, safe.” – Anita Salamonsen

“You have just entered your home from a long skiing trip, you are cold, wet and the house was left with no heat on. You open the door, the heat is on, fire in the fireplace, dry clothes hanging over a chair and a hot meal with a burning candle is waiting for you. Your wife has made the house koselig for you. Then you give her a hug and a kiss -or- en kos.” – Arne Hostvedt (What a charmer!)

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Photo courtesy of Planete-Deco.

“It’s mostly little old houses that are well kept. And when you come inside it’s nice and clean and quite often full of little things the owners have collected over the years, and most important of all, candles.” – Lise Margrete Hostvedt Hjarder

“One meaning is a very nice time together over a meal, homeparty, trip travel, etc. Everything is warm, not cold.” – Wiviann Mostervik Hostvedt

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Photo courtesy of DigsDigs.

Here at Balance Design, we wish you all a cozy, content, and intimate holiday season. We are grateful for our clients, friends, family, neighbors, and talented team! 

Koselig, y’all!

Holiday Gift Guide: 4 Local Atlanta Boutiques

By: Stephanie Andrews

We’re officially down to the wire for holiday shopping. At this point, the best option for meaningful gifts is to shop local. For those of you outside of Atlanta who probably won’t be visiting these gems, SORRY! But fear not — we’ve included websites for you to browse and contact the helpful folks at each place. Our criteria: the physical store is within a few miles of our studio, handmade items only, and only items we would personally love to receive as gifts.  (We also can’t resist shamelessly plugging some of the beautifully curated items we have available in our gallery.)

  

balancedesign

Balance Design Atlanta: 1653 McLendon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
Plaid pillow: Urban cabin with a glamorous chartreuse velvet back. All of our pillows are made by our wonderful seamstress, Barbara, and down-filled with an invisible zipper. $95
Damask pillow: Our personal favorite pillow at the studio! Luxurious and timeless. $185
Wood inlaid bread/cheese board: Made by none other than Elisabeth’s dad, Joe Paulson, with native Wisconsin hardwoods. $45 (small) $55 (medium) $65 (large) 

madeagain

Made Again: 299 N Highland Ave NE, Ste H2, Atlanta, GA 30307
2016 desk calendarThis letter press calendar is the perfect desk accessory, made by Cherry Laurel Studios. $28
Louise toteHand made leather tote by Atlanta’s own Neva Opet. Sure to be a fave for years and years. $255

youngblood

Youngblood Boutique: 632 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Arcos earrings: Delicate yet strong, these beautiful earrings are hand-forged cast bronze. $82
Arch’s shadow cuff: Hand-cut brass wrapped in woven leather is just waiting to adorn your loved one. $59

ICE

Indie Craft Experience: 1390 McLendon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
Amy Roberson Ceramics: Decatur resident Amy Roberson creates ceramics with a beautiful color palette and plenty of style.
Charles Lybrand: We couldn’t find out much about this maker, but just look at this wooden inlaid skateboard! (More information to come after a visit to the Indie Craft Experience.)

From all of us at Balance Design, we wish you an incredible holiday season full of friends and family, local goodness, and the things that are most important to you!

Need We Say More? The Perfect Pendant Light.

By: Danielle Cornely

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Could this simple two-arm pendant light be any more perfect with that extravagant moulding? (We’ll take both, please.)

8 Picks for 8 Nights: How to Decorate for Chanukkah

By: Danielle Cornely

Let’s be honest, the world of Chanukkah decorations doesn’t always have the most stylish assortment of goods. Tinsel is everywhere. But fear not! We’re here to revive your home just in time for the festival of lights with eight pieces for eight great nights.

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1. Modern geometric menorah. The simple shape lets the candles be the star of the show without sacrificing style.
2. Oy vey pillow. Honestly, sometimes the holidays are frustrating. This pillow says it all.
3. Kate Spade dinnerware. Fun patterns in holiday colors.
4. Patterned pillows. Give your guests something comfortable and stylish to relax on.
5. Sterling silver kiddush cup. Say the blessing for wine with a goblet that’s elegant without being overly elaborate.
6. Gold coin garland. Here’s a playful nod to Chanukkah gelt, those chocolate coins in gold foil.
7. Twig star of David. Think outside the box with non-traditional materials.
8. Blue garland. Get your eight night party going with a fun garland!