Danielle Clockel Posts

Wanderlust: Phoenix, AZ

By: Danielle Clockel

Although my heart lies in the icy north, I do have a strange love for the desert. I love the plants, hearty and fierce looking. I love the landscape, with its sudden rocky peaks jutting into the sky. And while I despise the hotter end of the spectrum, I deeply relate to the extreme range of temperatures from day to night.

As you can imagine, this sparse landscape was strikingly different from the “city in a forest” I call home. But my heart swelled with excitement upon seeing short, shrubby vegetation and jagged mountains.

The first expedition was to the Desert Botanical Garden, and it was basically a wonderland. Paved and unpaved pathways wound through giant cacti, breezy grasslands, and crawling succulent sanctuaries.

I’m not exaggerating about the giant cacti. They’re as tall as trees!

I wish I could tell you I trekked all the way to the top of Camelback Mountain later in the week, but I absolutely did not bring the right shoes for that hike, so I stopped about halfway up and took in some seriously beautiful views.

To be honest, I was much more enthralled wandering around in the valley, gazing up at the incredible rock formations jutting out from the otherwise flat desert.

There was plenty to explore in the actual city as well. Delicious vegetarian/vegan eateries, vintage record stores, an arthouse/indie movie theater, and this incredible David Bowie mural that spanned almost a full block near the historic bungalow that I stayed at for the week.

It was an incredible visit, but I left just in time — the forecast called for a high of 90 degrees the day I flew back to Atlanta, and this cold weather loving gal had had enough of that nonsense during the summer already. That said, would I go back? I’ll answer that with a photo:

Color Palette: Frida Kahlo

By: Danielle Clockel

Frida Kahlo’s art is instantly recognizable through her powerful portraits and earthy-yet-vibrant color palettes. Symbolically, her work is rich with women’s empowerment, rebellion against societal norms, and heartfelt self expression. How can we not be inspired?

Top to bottom:
Benjamin Moore Vintage Charm 1455
Farrow & Ball Sudbury Yellow No. 51
Benjamin Moore Seaweed 2035-10
Sherwin Williams Jasper 6216
Sherwin Williams Jalapeno 6629

Fall/Winter 2018 Collection: Alchemy

By: Danielle Clockel

The time has come! We’re unveiling our 2018 fall/winter collection this Thursday from 7-9pm. As the name implies, we were inspired by the history of alchemy, a seemingly magical process of transformation.

Our focus is on refurbishing and reimagining vintage and existing pieces, as well as incorporating lush, sumptuous colors and textures. Above is a tiny glimpse of a rescued vintage sofa that you’ll have to see to believe the transformation!

Thrifted glass and bountiful jewel tones in our newly curated lounge area prove that being resourceful and creative can create truly remarkable designs.

And of course, we’re proud to feature the stunning abstract art of Steve McKenzie! Come by Balance Design in Candler Park this Thursday from 7-9pm to see the full collection (and get a MARI reading!). We’ll also be raffling off some incredible items, all proceeds of which go towards the Partnership Against Domestic Violence. See you then!

Halloween Forever! How to Keep the Spirit Alive All Year Long

By: Danielle Clockel

Today is the day: Halloween! This is the peak of the scary season, when there are carved pumpkins, fake skeletons, and giant spider decorations everywhere. For some of us, this kind of decor never really leaves our home — creepy chic is a way of life. But beyond plastic bones and wispy spiderwebs is a whole world of stylish, more subtle ways to embrace your darker aesthetic.

Clawfoot furnishings don’t always have to be paws. This side table from Blackhouse is giving us major Edgar Allan Poe vibes with its raven black bird claw base.

Vintage medical illustrations are not only an unexpected way to adorn your walls, they also add a bit of history to your home. Even though at some point you’ll probably have to pack up your dangling Halloween skeletons, these works of art can stay put throughout the year.

These quirky dolls heads planters are just cute enough to not be absolutely terrifying. (Can anything really be that scary when there’s a plant in it?)

Not only is this coffin shelf an eye-catching piece for your wall or dresser, there’s also a satisfying irony in using an iconic symbol of death to display elements of life: thriving plants, favorite jewelry, cherished treasures, etc.

Candles always set a perfect mood in the evenings, with their warm glow and dancing shadows. Bring that to the next level by displaying dark colored candles with woodsy scents, and live your haunted autumn fantasy even in the thick of summer.

So there you have it. If the thought of packing up your favorite holiday’s decorations after tonight breaks your heart, never fear! There are plenty of stylishly spooky ways to incorporate a little bit of macabre into your home and “creep it real” well past October 31st. (Happy Halloween!!)

Design Inspiration: Paris Fashion Week

By: The Balance Design Team

The runways of Paris are an inspiration to many in terms of fashion, but to us they’re so much more. The stunning looks at the recent Paris Fashion Week have motivated us to step up our interior design styles in so many ways! Let’s dive in.

Casual Sophistication

Photos courtesy of Vogue and Nate Berkus.

Rich texture, bright colors, global vibe, slouchy yet sophisticated style — don’t you just love it when things look effortless? Get your home in the same spirit by incorporating bold upholstery, natural materials like wood or leather, and comfy-casual-classic pieces like a cozy throw. So easygoing and unpretentious, yet speaks volumes.

Darkly Sheer Embroidery

Photos courtesy of Vogue, The Jungalow, and Pinterest.

We love sheers, and we love embroidery, but something about too much of either one can feel like overkill. Pair them together, however, and you have an ultra sophisticated yet eclectic look for your outfit or your home. Sheer tiered panels alongside funky embroidered pillows are the household equivalent of gauzy ruffled skirts with a structured, embroidered jacket. We’re especially loving this concept in a dark ground with vivid accents — it adds that bit of edge to an otherwise soft look.

Basics Reinvented

Photos courtesy of Elle and Coroflot.

A chair is a chair, a shirt is a shirt…how many different ways can you alter the fundamentals? Fashion week always gets us inspired to rethink the basics, like solid clothing or the humble chair.  The tone on tone compliments, rich texture, soft fabric made crisp with pleats, and reimagined silhouette of this Valentino look makes it a work of art. Similarly, the gorgeous wood tone, visual movement, and unprecedented silhouette of this chair elevates a common item to a sculptural level.

Mixed Metallics

Photos courtesy of Vogue and Our Fifth House.

Keeping different metallic finishes separated is officially a thing of the past. This look from Miu Miu expertly mixes a gorgeous, sparkling white gown (with contrasting black sheers) with gold AND silver pieces — not to mention denim shoes (gasp!). Similarly, the possibilities are limitless when accessorizing your home. Check out these mixed gold/glossy black frames decorating a plain white wall. When it comes to taking standalone elements and arranging them into a stunning ensemble, sometimes it’s best to mix it all up.

Warm Industrial

Photos courtesy of Vogue and N. Beckstedt Studios.

In Jonathan Anderson’s ready-to-wear collection, we see rich leathers used as both surface and adornment, creating a look that is stunning yet practical. This warm, modernist style carries over into contemporary interiors through modern industrial architecture infused with warmth. A sense of ease is created by integrating organic materials and vintage pieces, resulting in a timeless yet approachable living space.

Glitter Goals

Photos courtesy of Vogue and KC Homes & Style.

Glitter is making a comeback! And no, we don’t mean the awful Mariah Carey movie circa 2001. Gone are the slinky, barely-there mini dresses — make way for long-lined elegance and glamour. The same goes for interior design; what was once almost solely associated with childhood arts and crafts has blossomed into the refined older sister. Sparkle accents done right can bring glamour and sophistication to spaces big and small.

As you can see, you don’t always have to commit to a complete overhaul to change things up. Sometimes getting creative and playing with your accessories and accent pieces can alter the mood and style of a room (or an outfit!).