2017 Posts

Ultra Violet: Pantone Color of the Year 2018

By: Melody Richardson

Every December Pantone gifts us all with the Color of the Year. Last year was the fresh and bright Greenery, and the year before we saw the duo of Rose Quartz and Serenity. This year Pantone took inspiration from the cosmos, as well as some truly bright stars like Prince, Jimi Hendrix, and David Bowie, and debuted Ultra Violet.

Photo courtesy of Pantone.com

While we sometimes struggle with this color reminding us of Barney, our grandmothers sweater or a child’s favorite stuffed animal – we thought we could show some designer approved uses of ultra violet.  Think sultry, moody, restrained and intriguing! We found the following inspired photography to show this color at it’s best.  From the patina finishes of dusty ultra violet to the regal front door to the high fashion use on supermodels, this color does not lack drama.

Photo courtesy of Elledecor.com

Photo courtesy of today.com

Photo courtesy of frenchbydesignblog.com

Photo courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com

This blue hued purple can be seen popping up in some fantastically moody homes as well as Vogue fashion week in Paris.

Photos courtesy of Vogue.co.uk

We can not wait to see how else this can be incorporated into our lives. Ultra Violet is sure to make a big bang in 2018!

 

Happy Holidays!

By: The Balance Design Team

From all of us, to all of you. Wishing you a happy holiday season and a joyous new year!

A Balance Design Original: The Grain Console

By: Elisabeth Paulson

This has been FUN. When I joined Balance Design nearly seven years ago, I met Stephanie Andrews (founder and chieftain) who could not have been more eager to expand her interior design business with innovative and creative designs. I grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin with an artist mother and a woodworker father, so I was profoundly excited to get on board. Throughout these years, Balance Design has pridefully designed custom pieces for our clients including bars, beds, and bookcases beyond. It was time to do something for ourselves…

We started with a console. Oh, the meager console: a room divider, a platform for the perfect lamp (or the mail-plop, or a mint julep). We thought, “Let’s make this better.” We live in “Intown Atlanta” as they call it, which is a series of connective neighborhoods surrounded by parks, each with its own identity. Old homes with bountiful character but not a lot of space. These are the homes that we cherish with our beloved clients to carve out memories. They deserve a perfect console, we say! It began, as so many things do, with reducing the scale, sketching a design, and finding the ideal craftsmen.

Utilizing our current gallery motif, “Modern Gothic,” our team challenged the current modern-means-straight-lines-only trend and added some curve appeal along with DRAWERS (did I mention drawers in a narrow console?) to create this doozy of a table. Harnessing our self-coined, “City in a Forest”, we have no shortage of native and unique species to build from. In this design, we capitalized on the beauty of the Mighty Oak. Michael Scialabba from Scialabba Construction in East Atlanta (also my ‘hood, represent), helped us procure the most incredible finish: inky-black lacquer with a series of lime wax which enhances the grain and luster of natural wood. All this plus v-notched routed detail, brass footings/hardware, and an uber-shiny gem tone on the inside of the drawers ( Auric by Sherwin Williams – my current fave). We have a winner, folks.

We are proud to introduce this piece, completely customizable in size, to you and yours. This is the first piece, hopefully followed by many more, in a collection we are calling “Grain”: a celebration of materials and natural processes that provides some honest-to-goodness furniture pieces that celebrate our unique habitats. We’ve got prototype 1.1 in these photos and in our window at our studio/gallery at 1653 McLendon Avenue in Candler Park. Thank you for your support so we can make more and more. We’ve got you, Atlanta.

All photos courtesy of the infinitly-talented Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Design Challenge: The Exciting Conclusion!

By: Danielle Clockel

This has been such a fun experience! I loved bits and pieces from each design, so I took special care and time to immerse myself in each one and really envision the items in my space. It was like a puzzle, and I went through several drafts before arriving at a conclusion that felt quirky and comfortable, visually stimulating and functional.

I really embraced Elisabeth’s lounge idea, a concept I hadn’t even thought of. Her low coffee table mixed with Melody’s black footed side table gives me space to spread out my notes and papers as well as a perch for my laptop or tea. Elisabeth’s tufted chair has a big enough seat to allow for some lazy time lounging while still being small enough to allow me to keep my cherished rocking chair in place. I loved Shelby’s choice of Studio Green for painting the walls, but decided I’d like to paint my rocking chair this deep, dark neutral instead. Her jagged metal chandelier provides a little edge and danger. And of course, a rug is a must. I was struck by the bold contrast of Stephanie’s black and white wallpaper, and I’d like to find a rug with similar characteristics. Maybe something like this?

Photo courtesy of Loloi.

There are hearts in my eyes just looking at this room! My advice to anyone considering working with a designer is this: DO IT! Trust their choices, give feedback, and sit with your options for a minute. In the end, you’ll have a space that you love and a deeper understanding of your own wants and needs.

Design Challenge: Breakfast Nook Solutions

By: The Balance Design Team

Before the Thanksgiving holiday, Danielle set forth the challenge to the design team of creating a multifunctional dining/working space in her apartment’s cozy breakfast nook. A comfy retreat for tea time as well as a quirky workspace? No problem.

Stephanie’s Solution

For Danielle’s niche, I chose a loveseat that we happen to have in the studio (at a great price!) for her seating needs. It’s light, airy, and perfect for her and her pets to lounge and look out the window. The dining space doubles in function with this dramatic black tulip table that provides a surface for Danielle to read and work, and two modern white chairs add sharp contrast. To wrap up this strong black and white palette, I suggest wallpaper inside the built-in shelving unit. But the best part is the perfect jewelry hanging from the ceiling — a black and chain pendant light!

Elisabeth’s Solution

Photos courtesy of Etsy, Flor, CB2, and Restoration Hardware.

Rather than a typical dining table/desk, I chose to create a cozy-chic lounge space that could also celebrate Danielle’s adored rocking chair. A camouflage meets black floral rug (tiles for any size room!) paired with a luscious berry tufted masterpiece provides a comfortable seat that is anything but expected. I added plenty of table space for working at two different heights for laptops and tea. Finally, a gothic-inspired candelabra floor lamp in front of her historical window is sure to unearth anything to her heart’s desire.

Shelby’s Solution

Photos courtesy of Made Goods, Ballard Designs, and The Mine.

Danielle is our studio rock and roll lady; she has great taste that’s a mix of feminine and edge and I loved the challenge of capturing the essence that is “Danielle.” First, I chose a really cool paint effect. She loves black, so I wanted to give her a dark neutral that had depth to it. I propose painting the back three walls of the alcove to act as an accent. These would be painted Studio Green, and feature a white drip effect at the top creating an “unstructured” look. A skirted banquette (because she is a lady, of course!) offers comfortable seating in a deep green vinyl to help the piece blend into the wall. The classic wooden pedestal table is beautiful as is, but for Danielle I see it painted in a high lacquer oxblood. Overhead would hang a fierce gold feather pendant to add the required edginess. Finally, rich brown hair-on-hide stools allot for extra seating and texture. These can easily be tucked under the table or stored off to the side and pulled up as needed. This space may be small, but with these selections it is a powerful mixture of richness, texture, and edge that I feel embodies Danielle’s personality.

Melody’s Solution

Photos courtesy of Wayfair, RH Teen, PB Teen, and Anthropologie.

I chose a comfy but compact velvet chair for this petite breakfast nook, and a small carved side table for Danielle to enjoy morning tea. This setup can double as workspace for those productive days at home without looking like an office. The dark ornate rug and staggered antiqued glass pendants evoke a modern gothic feeling. The epitome of a Danielle-approved space!

Stay tuned to see which pieces from each solution Danielle combines to create her dream multifunctional alcove!