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Happy Holidays from Balance Design

Photo Courtesy of Liz Stubbs Photography

As we end the year, we would like to express our gratitude to you- our readers, our clients, our vendors, our friends, our families (and our pups) for your enthusiasm and collaboration.
Wishing you a holiday season full of joy, peace and unconditional love.
The Balance Design team

Balance Design’s Holiday Wish List

Every year, Balance Design puts together a holiday wish list which may range from a coveted piece of art to handmade wooden spoons. This year we put together a list that we think would be lovely additions to our homes. We have items that show various styles and price points, some items are aspirational, some items have actually been purchased, and some may end up under the tree!. Hope you enjoy a peek into our team’s design styles


Stephanie’s Pick:

A Pair of Wooden Chairs


Photo Courtesy of Room and Board

The Oscar chairs from Room and Board are sculpturally simple (inspired by George Nakashima) and handmade in Vermont. They are a beautiful choice for our Candler Park living room. These chairs are forever pieces that can easily move around when I get the urge for rearranging.


Shelby’s Pick:

Italian Inspired Espresso Machine


Photo Courtesy of Majesty Coffee


There is nothing better in the morning than a good cup of coffee, unless it’s a beautiful latte. The one item I require in the morning to set the tone for the day is either, but to be truthful I prefer the latter. If I were to have my ultimate wish I would adore the Elektra MicroCasa Semi Automatica in my kitchen, it is an appliance that I would NOT mind looking at every day as I have my morning cappuccino. The brass and copper really set this machine apart from your ordinary stainless steel appliances, and as a designer I can appreciate how it will patina over time. I am even luckier that my husband has previous barista experience.


Jennifer’s Pick.

Cozy Bed Linens


Photo Courtesy of Serena and Lily

A well-dressed, cozy bed to crawl into at night (or any time of day really) is just about the most desirable present I can think of this time of year. The simple embroidery and elegant tassel details of this soft, eco friendly cotton duvet and sham set would definitely fit the bill for me in creating the perfect bedroom backdrop to come home to. Layer in a crisp white sheet set, down comforter and then my favorite fur throw- sounds like the ultimate restorative experience to me!


Melody’s Pick

Modern Firepit


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This fall in Atlanta has been nearly nonexistent (we’ve dropped 40 degrees in less than 24 hours, more than once!) and due to the colder than normal temperatures, I haven’t been able to spend the evenings outside like I would have wanted. That’s why this fire pit is the ultimate item on my wish list. The use of fire glass gives a magical aesthetic, while having the added benefit of using natural gas instead of burning wood, so it burns at a higher temperature ensuring that we stay warm on these chilly holiday nights!


Margo’s Pick

Whimsical Wall Art


Photo Courtesy of Jungalow

Growing up as a crafty kid, I used to spend the holidays with my Grandma and we would create pillow from latch hook sets. This holiday season, I’ve fallen completely in love with these Justina Blakeney hand-woven animal wall hangings, reminiscent of my childhood hobby. Animal prints, bright colors and mixed patterns speak to my soul and these fun faces are the perfect addition to my home. Not only do I appreciate the hand work required to make them, but they bring me nostalgic memories (especially this time of year) and a smile.

We hope that you have an enjoyable holiday season: full of joy, love and unique design!

Happy Thanksgiving from Balance Design!


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“We are blessed in so many ways; many things we take for granted but we should stop and be thankful each and every day” – Catherine Pulsifer

To our friends, family, clients, and readers, we wanted to take this time to say a heartfelt THANK YOU! In our industry it is easy to be thankful for the things we have in our lives, but this season we give thanks for the people, the relationships, and the support we are lucky to experience every day. We share our love and gratitude with you and yours this Thanksgiving.

Keep it Simple this Holiday

By Stephanie Andrews

This may be one of the shortest times between Thanksgiving (November 28th), Hanukkah (begins December 22nd) and Christmas (December 25th). We wanted to offer some great decor ideas to keep it simple, minimalist, yet still warm and cozy.  So if you want some low stress, easy yet elegant ideas, read on.

Apple Votive Holders

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In Georgia, we often have beautiful weather during the holidays, sometimes you can even eat outside! Even if you do not, these easy apple votives are perfect for a Thanksgiving table display.


Charcuterie Boards

Photo Courtesy of Pinterest

Our own Shelby Adamson, is the queen of the charcuterie boards!  Start with an oversized cutting board and add meat, cheese, olives, nuts, and fruit for a beautiful, abundant Thanksgiving tray.


Large Glass Vessels

Photo Courtesy of Home Wow Decor

Clear vases and vessels can hold natural winter accessories and are a great way to start decorating early, without looking like too much holiday decoration.


Bring the Outdoors In

Photos Courtesy of Home Wow Decor, Instagram, and Ideacoration

Incorporating evergreens into your home creates a comfortable, easy going way to show your holiday spirit, and the smell amazing!

We hope that you have a wonderful holiday season.  Low stress elegance adds to the joy of the season.  You got this!


Fall Opening: Collaboration with artist, Penny Treese

We are truly excited to share with our friends, family and community our Fall Open house.  This event is next Friday, November 15th from 7-9 pm.  We hope that you will be able to join us for art from award winning artist, Penny Treese, our new winter collection, food, drinks and fun.  Balance Design relishes the opportunity to infuse our designs with local and emerging artists.  Please read on to learn more about artist Penny Treese.
Balance Design Tell us a bit about you, your background and how you got into art?
Penny Treese I’ve been inspired to create art since age 5, and the passion to devour and craft multiple art forms is simply in my DNA.
The decision seemed to be made when I was born. My parents nurtured my love of art and provided me with every type of lesson from local artists throughout my youth. They encouraged art school and supported every move that brought me closer to living my dream of being a working artist. A 10-year career in design and advertising before diving into full-time fine artistry gave me the backbone to withstand the drastic highs and lows of this life-path.
I’ve been blessed with the rises and falls of the “artist-life tide”. I truly see the highlights as delicious icing and yet the struggles are where I’ve grown most exponentially. I’m proud to have been one of the six original artists who formed the Fine Arts Workshop Atelier under masters Michael David and Thomas Swanston. The mastery, synergy, and discipline significantly changed me as an artist and human being. I’m grateful to have won awards, been juried into exhibitions and sold many works, however my most glowing moments occur while I’m teaching art and helping others find joy and self-love.
BD-What are some of your primary inspirations for your art?
PT– I’m moved by nature and memory. Healing waters of the ocean, sweeping prairies of my home-state of Illinois, vast skies and stillness. I aspire to help others, as I heal myself in terms of feeling true self-acceptance and self-love, embracing imperfections as the unique and beautiful essence that defines us all.
Within the past 15 years, I’ve been inspired to study the delicacy of the female form, reflecting on our self-acceptance as we age. I earn to cast aside culture’s definition of beauty and celebrate the eternal essence shining through from within.
BD- I know that you teach encaustic painting, why do you enjoy that?
PT- The love of teaching came as a surprise to me. My parents are both retired teachers and worked incredibly hard yet made very little, which left me steering clear of the path of education as a career. However, after my first teaching art-session, I was hooked! It felt like pure magic to see the glowing smiles on beginner’s faces as they melted colorful wax with a blowtorch, and watched it meld into creations that healed their souls. I hope to teach for as long as I’m able, and incorporate meditation and self-healing into classes, allowing guests to discover their “true selves” and embrace the process as more crucial than the final painting. However, most students leave my sessions with “masterpieces” that speak straight to their hearts.
BD- Tell us about that incredible award you recently won?
PT-Last month, I was honored to have one of my paintings juried into ADC (Art Design Consultants) annual exhibition in Cincinatti, Ohio. Suddenly, while seated in the audience of a large auditorium, filled with talented artists from around the country, I heard my story being read. I had to pinch myself as ADC owner, Lisa Spanos announced that I’d won their The Emerging Artist of the Year award and received a gallery contract with Buckhead Art & Company. Over 3,000 works of art were entered this year, therefore it didn’t seem possible that I’d been chosen. I was literally shaking as I crossed the stage, as an image of my artwork was projected across a 20-foot screen above me. Gratitude for this honor pulsed through my every cell as I felt incredibly supported by each of the artists that joined me in celebrating that evening.
BD-Why do you think people are so attracted to your art?
PT-In keeping with the notion that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” I believe that viewers see a beloved aspect of themselves when observing my artwork. Whether they relate to my “Ephemeral Figures” which have been distressed with rainwater, wine, or tea or my abstract paintings that attempt to capture a moment of true enlightenment, I imagine that they are looking into a proverbial mirror. Some are brought to tears by a work, yet struggle to articulate the reasoning behind the emotional connection. I paint what’s in my heart to heal my soul and that seems to resonate with certain art appreciators. I’m happy when it does and so very grateful to be living an authentic life, doing what I love and sharing it with the world.