November 2016 Posts

Happy Thanksgiving From Balance Design!

By: Stephanie Andrews

Photo courtesy of Jason Peterson.

Photo courtesy of Jason Peterson.

After an emotional election leading into the holiday season, I feel encouraged to reach out to our readers, clients, family, and friends for Thanksgiving. I feel very connected to this holiday because of my role as an interior designer, creating homes that are warm, inviting, and full of life. I encourage everyone to take some time away from the hustle of 2016 news, politics, business, and uncertainty to truly breathe and enjoy the traditions of this holiday.

This black and white photograph by Jason Peterson celebrates just that. His Instagram is filled with images that are both powerful and soothing. He portrays hope in a time of uncertainty. Looking at this image, we can remember our roots, our heritage, the meaning of Thanksgiving, and our responsibilities as citizens of our beautiful country.

Mark Your Calendars! Balance Design Open House

By: Danielle Clockel
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Join us Thursday November 17 from 6:30-9pm as we reveal our new collection, featuring (and inspired by) the artwork, furniture, and lighting design of local artist Rusty Walton. Light refreshments and drinks will be served. In case you missed last week’s blog, read more about Rusty here, and come by the studio on the 17th to see more of his incredible work!

Artist in Residence: Rusty Walton

By: Stephanie Andrews

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A few times a year at our studio we feature a local, emerging artist that we believe will resonate with our core belief in living an authentic life. We could not be more excited to introduce you to our newest artist that we are featuring in November: Rusty Walton. I have known Rusty personally for about five years and we have become close friends. His background is inspiring: he has lived all over the globe and worked with some of the world’s best known interior designers during his time in New York. He has a zen like quality when working, staying calm and open minded to sudden challenges that are presented to him. I asked him a few questions about his art as well as his design philosophy.

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1. How would you describe your art?

“I am consistently searching for a medium that communicates simplicity. Much of my mixed media is minimalist, however I try to draw the viewer closer and evoke emotion. My goal is make an idea real, thereby experiencing the process for myself and creating an experience for the viewer.”

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2. What about your photography?

“I am all about expressing intimacy in my photography, even if it’s slightly uncomfortable. I seek to expose rather than to mystify. True intimacy is born of exposure.” 

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3. Why did you want to add furniture design to your repertoire?

“It wasn’t a conscious decision, just an organic evolution. I originally started making furniture for myself years ago because I was too poor to buy any, I didn’t like much of what I saw, and I could get something far more interesting if I built it myself. I quickly realized that there were so many possibilities that we never see. Exploring that is fun and fascinating. When I was doing interior design in New York I would design almost all of the furniture for my clients. Everything they had by the end of the job was uniquely theirs.”

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4. What would you describe as a dream project?

“A dream project would be to go to a place where the local architecture has been lost and replaced with some foreign concept of normal, and help revive that style in a way that would work today. We all seem to get locked into ideas of what is “normal” and so often that idea doesn’t work and disempowers people. A place’s culture, climate, materials, values, spirituality, etc. can all be assembled to create perfect dwellings if we allow them freedom to do so. That’s an endeavor I could really sink my teeth into.”

Join us at our open house November 17 to see Rusty’s incredible work in person. We’ll see you there!