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Design Books: Our Current Faves

By: The Balance Design Team

In another installment of “design books you need to get your hands on,” we present to you four of our current favorites.

Your Home Style by Donna Garlough

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A fresh approach on how to design without any formal training, Your Home Your Style teaches you to throw old design rules out the window and adopt some new truths. This is design paired with self reflection, something we consider a crucial element in designing for our clients and ourselves. Your Home Your Style is a great reference for professional interior designers and everyday homeowners who need help honing their wants and needs for their space.

 

The Designer’s Dictionary of Color by Sean Adams

Photo courtesy of Amazon.

Part textbook showcasing basically every color ever, part anthropological investigation of hues, The Designer’s Dictionary of Color has your back during a project or for your art and design nerd reading pleasure. Learn about the use of a particular tone throughout history, or just flip through to get some ideas for your next paint scheme — no pressure, just endless color options!

 

The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living by Nathan Williams

Photo Courtesy of Amazon

The philosophy of “slow living” is the simplification of daily life and reclaiming leisure time — wow, sign us up! Gorgeous photography on luxe matte pages pair with advice on how to achieve this slow living ideal. This is a legacy book to keep in your library and continue to pick up when you crave a slice of the good life.

 

Farrow and Ball: Recipes For Decorating by Joa Studholme

Photo Courtesy of Google Books

If you love to be surrounded by color, this book’s for you. Learn how to choose colors for every space in your home and still achieve a feeling of cohesion throughout. With serene photography and beautifully curated palettes, this book is an aesthetically pleasing read filled with case studies of real people utilizing Farrow and Ball’s incredible paint colors.

As if you needed an excuse to prowl your local bookstore (or lurk around online), we’re sure these books will top your wish list. Get a book, get cozy, and get inspired!

Color Palette: Helen Frankenthaler

By: Danielle Clockel

A female pioneer of the somewhat male-dominated abstract expressionist movement of the ’50s and ’60s, Helen Frankenthaler’s color field paintings often look like fluid watercolors. In actuality, they are oil or acrylic paint diluted with turpentine. This “soak stain” technique creates ethereal yet saturated compositions that are still modern, soft, and bold all at once.

Photo courtesy of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Top to bottom:
1. Sherwin Williams Country Squire SW6475
2. Farrow & Ball Nancy’s Blushes No. 278
3. Sherwin Williams Halcyon Green SW6213
4. Farrow & Ball Cook’s Blue No. 237
5. Benjamin Moore Peony 2079-30

What Have You Done For Your Home Lately?

By: The Balance Design Team

Over the past few months as we worked diligently to curate the studio for our Modern Pastels collection, a few members of our team were inspired to take another look at their own spaces — some resulting in more elaborate transformations than others.

Margo

Adding real plants in my home has transformed my space. Not only does it feel cozier, they’re also great for improving indoor air quality, reducing background noise, and creating an overall feeling of well-being.

Stephanie

For spring/summer, I wanted to freshen up my front yard (which was looking a bit tired after the wet winter). I added movement to the landscape with a little curve in the grass, revitalized the ground with fresh mulch, and brought in new plants to fill in the gaps in the existing shrubbery. Now when I come home from work, I feel like my yard is smiling at me and welcoming me home.

Jennifer

My husband and I have been tackling projects around the house for the past few months in preparation for selling our home in the next year or so. The exterior quickly rose to the top of the to-do list, since updating lighting and adding unique address numbers can really bump up the curb appeal. Being an avid DIYer, I cut down an old IKEA counter top remnant and stained it to use as the perfect backdrop for my new modern address numbers. I also switched out our old light fixture for a simpler one that much better compliments this new plaque. It’s amazing what a little modification can do!

Shelby

After much consideration, I decided to sell all of my living room furniture — yes, all of it! After purging the room and living with the empty space, I slowly began bringing in items that I LOVE. I created an inspiration board filled with pieces that really inspired me, and I’m gradually pulling my living room together piece by piece. This is that inspiration board — stay tuned for final photos!

Improving your home can be as simple as adding a few plants, or as grand as a complete redo of your living room. Although starting the process can be daunting, the reward of creating an environment in your home that you fully enjoy is always worth it. Our homes are in a constant state of evolution, just as we are. What changes do you have in store for your home?

2019 Spring/Summer Open House: Modern Pastels

By: The Balance Design Team

Consider this your official invitation to our spring/summer open house! On Friday May 17th from 7pm – 9pm, we’ll unveil our two new featured artists: Jeni Stallings-Scialabba and Courtney Khail. The use of modernized pastel hues in Jeni’s ethereal encaustic figures and Courtney’s lively watercolor flowers surprised us and captivated our imaginations.

Come celebrate spring with us and see this new collection at 1653 McLendon Avenue — we’ll have food, drinks, and great conversation. We’ll see you there!

Best Designed Restaurants in Atlanta

By: Stephanie Andrews

Dining out is ideally a fully immersive experience: the taste of the food and drink, the smells coming from the kitchen, and the look of the restaurant itself. Here in Atlanta, we have so many amazing places to eat that deserve a shout out. Here’s just a few of our favorites, with a focus on their design (rest assured, the cocktails and food are superb as well!).

Photo courtesy of Eater Atlanta.

AIX

This French restaurant is named after Aix-en-Provence, France, where executive chef Nick Leahy spent summers with his family. The food is a fresh, almost Mediterranean take on French cuisine with lots of seafood and olive oil. Ai3 designed this incredible establishment, noting “it feels like an escape; it’s a very curated experience, so that people feel like they are somewhere different in Atlanta and not somewhere that’s very predictable.” We couldn’t agree more.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Ingram.

Golden Eagle

This place is just sexy. Soft, sumptuous materials create a moody and comfortable environment for unique cocktails and fabulous tapas. As Golden Eagle’s designer, Elizabeth Ingram, says it is “a swanky throwback to a bygone era of train travel, speakeasies, and extravagant late night parties.”

Photo courtesy of Kimball House.

Kimball House

Inspired by the Kimball House Hotel in downtown Atlanta (which no longer exists) and designed by Square Feet Studio, the Kimball House restaurant stands unique in its design and takes you on a journey to the past. As soon as you walk in, you feel the rich hotel lobby come alive from years before. Old fashioned fans that operate on a chain and richly painted wainscoting topped with embellished wallpaper make this space inspirational eye candy. Known for their delicious oyster happy hours and artisanal cocktails, it’s the perfect place to gather and enjoy the food, the company, and the interior design!

Photo courtesy of Noni’s.

Noni’s

This eclectically designed trattoria in Atlanta’s Edgewood neighborhood serves reimagined Italian comfort food with a full (and impressive) bar. The front section has a wood paneled lounge area with vintage furnishings that feels like the cooler version of your grandparents’ Queens, NY downstairs den (probably because the owner designed it after his Italian grandparents’ home!). The dining area is lined with live edge wood/tufted back booth seating, classic mosaic tile walls, and a photo shelf filled with old portraits (who are they?). These design elements, along with the cuisine, combine to create an atmosphere that is quirky and comfortable, yet elevated.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the beautiful restaurants in Atlanta, and to do justice to all the places we haven’t highlighted here requires many more blog posts — so be on the lookout for more! We’re working to show you new places as they open and develop as well as established classics that cannot go unnoticed.