August 2017 Posts

Cookin’ Color: Bright and Bold Kitchens

By: Danielle Clockel

Kitchens are a big ticket item when it comes to your home’s resale value, and happen to be one of our favorite rooms to design. While a neutral white/grey kitchen is a timeless classic, we’re inspired by those who mix it up with unexpected color.

Photo courtesy of French Fancy.

This sunshine yellow is about as bold as it gets! The calm grey walls provide a necessary balance to the brightness of the cabinets and allows them to really shine.

Photo courtesy of That Nordic Feeling.

Maybe a kitchen full of bold paint is a little intimidating for you. Try choosing one piece to be your pop of color, like this lipstick-red Smeg refrigerator.

Photo courtesy of Domino.

Want color and pattern? How about an unexpected take on a backsplash: bold wallpaper! In this look, the classic marble countertop and simple hardware keep the vibrant floral wall grounded without squashing its wild side.

Photo courtesy of Farrow and Ball.

Even with a small surface area, you can still make a big statement. Paint your upper walls a solid color, or get funky with positive and negative space.

Thinking outside the box when it comes to your kitchen can be a little daunting. Renovations are a big investment and contribute greatly to the value of your home, but you don’t have to completely sacrifice style! Sometimes a little bit of paint or a single wallpapered wall is all you need to breathe life into your space.

Cherished Treasures + Custom Creations = Happy Place!

By: Shelby Adamson Pawlak

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Our clients’ vision is the most important factor in our designs. While we want to fill their home with beautiful furnishings, we find the best way to keep the space true to their personality is by combining new pieces with their own cherished items. Books, art, keepsakes from travels, and family heirlooms are always considered as part of the final design. This client has an incredible collection of vintage kilim rugs, handwoven textiles, and even a plague doctor’s mask. With these curated pieces as a starting point, we selected a vintage over-dyed rug under a saddle leather lounge and created custom graphic window panels to pull the look together. We love to inspire our clients with art and furnishings, but we love it even more when they inspire us!

The Femme Flat

By: The Balance Design Team

While many of us happily share our homes with a spouse/partner/children/etc., this means we have to consider their needs as well as ours. We hear a lot about “man caves” nowadays and how men need them as a retreat in their shared space. As a currently all women team, we know how important this concept is for us as well! Each of us had our own idea of a perfect “lady lair.”

Stephanie’s pick:

Photo courtesy of Houzz.

I believe an amazing bathroom is the perfect wise woman retreat. Who doesn’t love getting warm with a bath and a cup of tea on a cold winter day? This minimal space with a maximum tub is calling to me. The waterfall faucet sound, the natural wall, and the bubble chandelier create ultimate zen.

Elisabeth’s pick:

Photo courtesy of Architectural Digest.

I covet my alone time and try try try to find space to create, paint, build whatever masterpiece is in my head, or just doodle in the sunlight. This dream studio only requires 2′ stone walls, a French countryside view, and an indoor mature tree…no problem! But seriously, every woman deserves to carve out some space for creativity with good light and greenery. Next step is to USE it: for strength and the soul.

Shelby’s pick:

Photo courtesy of Viral Nova.

An organic space for girlfriends to gather, feel comfortable, and celebrate each other is essential. If I had my say, this space would be a beautiful platform deck overlooking green grass, a gravel fire pit in the corner, and outdoor lights draped from the trees. This whimsical space would include a table setting with cold rose on ice and tasty bites on beautiful graphic/floral platters. The lawn would be comfortably strewn with blankets and pillows, all pointed towards an outdoor movie screen showing anything from The Notebook to college football. (I don’t discriminate!)

Danielle’s pick:

Photo courtesy of Domino.

I don’t think you can overstate the importance of the bedroom. Personally, it’s where I hang out most to read, watch Netflix, cuddle with my cat and dog, and just shut out the world to enjoy time alone (I think my fellow single gals can especially relate to this). That means this space needs to be all about comfort. We want to flop onto the bed at the end of a long workday and be enveloped in a swirl of soft linens and cloud-like pillows (a move I call the “blanket burrito”). Nothing says “snuggle in and forget your worries” like soft greys, deep blues, worn linens, and chunky knits. And let’s not forget a good fuzzy rug for your lil’ footsies.

Melody’s pick:

Photo courtesy of Echo Brickell.

Let’s talk about my dream closet. I know I’m not alone in saying my dream house includes a massive closet with organizational space for everything I own. A space for purses, shoes, jewelry, a spot to sit and read or paint my toes, and most importantly ample space for clothes. To really go over the top, of course, a massive chandelier and the stunning marble compliment the breathtaking view. It’s somewhere I would never want to leave.

Whether you’re a single gal with free design reign or a busy matriarch trying to carve out a spot for herself, it’s important to have a space that is yours and yours alone. This spot should bring you peace amongst chaos, and be a retreat for the mind and spirit.

Color Palette: Summer Rain

By: Danielle Clockel

We’re in the thick of summer showers here in Atlanta. Don’t let it get you down! Check out this soothing color palette inspired by our local weather.

Photo courtesy of How Sweet It Is.

From top to bottom:
Farrow & Ball No. 266 Mizzle
Benjamin Moore 415 Riverdale Green
Sherwin Williams 6709 Gleeful
Sherwin Williams 6434 Spinach White
Farrow & Ball No. 287 Yeabridge Green

Our Neighbors’ Kitchen

By: Elisabeth Paulson

The finished product of this home in the Lake Claire/Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta was truly a result of contradictions. The galley kitchen was part of the original home, while the vaulted extension housed an overly-engineered laundry room and mud room. We unified this space with cleanly-planed, clear-oil-finished antique lumber beams that look like they were born there.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

We were lucky enough to work with the couple that calls this place home and get to know them a bit. They love cooking and beer and added their own distinct styles to the home: hers more farmhouse rustic, his more modern. A European drinking sink and fittings, handmade beer tapper, and chef’s kitchen spray faucet were only a handful of requests to make this dream kitchen.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Since the narrow space didn’t allow for an island, we incorporated a New York style deli counter instead, opening up the windows to the side yard.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

The counter was built from a 110-year-old live edge white oak from the Emory University campus and formed the foreground for a truly unique quartzite wrapped bar and lacquered floating wall cabinets.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

This project was definitely one of our favorites! Not only were the clients creative and possessed an incredible sense of style, but the finished product is something we’re extremely proud of. With those exposed beams, a custom bar, and a deli style counter, what’s not to love?