Shelby Adamson Posts

Modern Pastels: A Look at Our Artists

We’re celebrating two local women artists at our spring/summer open house tonight! Jeni Stallings-Scialabba and Courtney Khail are classically trained, incredibly talented, and their different styles compliment rather than compete with each other.

Jeni’s encaustic art is an expression of the natural world as it relates to the spiritual. As she puts it: “I believe that we are constant patterns echoing throughout nature. To see ourselves as separate from our environment is false and destructive. On the other hand, in observing and appreciating nature, we experience balance and healing.”We couldn’t agree more, and are moved by the depth, layers, and meaning behind her art.

Courtney’s watercolor and ink paintings explore her fascination “with the metaphorical talents of flowers — specifically their ability to capture and reflect the complexities and juxtapositions present within each of us.” With a background in scientific illustration, her work combines expressive and intricate line work with abstracted color and form. We find Courtney’s work both exhilarating and surprising.

Have we sparked your interest? Come out to our studio tonight for our spring/summer open house and meet these talented artists! Share this evening with us and enjoy food, drinks, and fun!

Balance Design

1653 McLendon Ave

Atlanta, GA 30307

7pm – 9pm

Let Us Illuminate You: 4 Unique Light Fixtures

By: The Balance Design Team

Often, a great room design starts with finding the perfect light fixture as inspiration. Whether it be modern, traditional, farmhouse, or eclectic in style, a light fixture can set the tone for the entire space. Here are a few unique light fixtures that we’ve been fawning over lately, anxious to use in a new design project.

Photo Courtesy of Allied Maker 

As designers, we can tire of the “popular trends” that you see so much of in the mainstream market. We love this pendant from Allied Maker because it is functional adornment — a visually interesting architectural accent that transcends the trends of the moment. There is a lot to love about it, like the mix of materials (glass/leather/metal) and how the frosted glass shade bathes a room with diffused light. The bulb actually shines light onto the inner wall of the glass to create this soft effect. Simple, classic, enduring.

Photo Courtesy of NextLevelStudio

Etsy is a go-to source for lighting inspiration. Artisans selling their one of a kind designs can be both personal and cost effective. This sculptural chandelier feels like a game of Jenga meets LED lighting meets Hygge. Can you even get more eclectic than that?

Photo Courtesy of Umat Yamac

We have absolutely fallen in love with the abstract lighting designs of London-based designer Umat Yamac. Inspired by nature and the clean lines and geometric forms of origami, all fixtures in the Perch Light Collection are constructed from synthetic paper and are complemented by brass metal accents. A special mechanism within the fixtures allows each bird to sway back and forth, creating an ethereal and immersive experience. Swoon…

Photo Courtesy of MadeByLuum

Oversized, bespoke chandeliers are typically thought of in grand, traditional settings and usually include crystal and sparkle. We’re here to tell you there are more options — and they work with a variety of styles! This chandelier by LUUM Lighting mimics the graceful filtered light of a forest canopy. The cut metal discs cascade down like leaves on a vine. This is certainly a statement piece, as it is as much artwork as it is light source. It’s the perfect marriage of grandiose and natural simplicity.

So whether you’re in the mood to spruce up your own space or looking to get inspired for a professional project, keep in mind that something as seemingly insignificant as a light fixture might actually be that missing link you’ve been searching for. And remember that great design stands the test of time — whether one year from now or twenty.

 

4 Standout Statement Hardware Pieces

By: The Balance Design Team

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by Instagram and Pinterest photos of your ideal home. Where do you even start on your own home!? Sometimes a little detail can go a long way. A drawer pull, for example, isn’t just a handle — it can also be a focal point. We celebrate when function gives way to beautiful form! Here’s just a few standout pieces that have caught our eye.

Photo courtesy of Lotus Dardware.

These modern pastel leather knobs and pulls are to DYE for! This collection would easily give new life to a kitchen bar area, a dresser, or even a mudroom. And they’re so reasonably priced!

Photo courtesy of House of Antique Hardware.

We love intricate details in unexpected places. Typically, one might overlook a humble door hinge, but this one’s beautiful antique living finish highlights the circa 1880 Eastlake-style floral pattern. Topped with an architectural steeple, this hinge turns a simple door into an intentional style detail.

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie.

Updating your exterior door hardware is a great way to instantly add character and curb appeal to your home (without breaking the bank). We absolutely love the clean lines and layered finishes of this art nouveau-inspired brass door knocker from Anthropologie. Door knockers are like jewelry for your front door, and this one in particular is a welcoming statement to visitors before they even set foot into your home.

 

Photo courtesy of House of Antique Hardware.

Window sashes are not necessarily a spot you’d think to put unique hardware. But adorn them with this stunning brass cast sash lift and you’re sure to elevate your windows’ style (haha see what we did there?). It’s ornate enough to catch your eye, yet classic enough to fit in more than one style of home. Fancy that!

When choosing hardware for your kitchen cabinets, your front door, or that special antique dresser, make sure to choose something that speaks to you and will be cherished for many, many uses!

 

Wanderlust: Las Vegas

By: Shelby Adamson

Recently an incredibly dear friend of mine invited me to her fabulous wedding in Las Vegas. To be honest, if it were not for this event I really would have no reason to take a trip to Sin City. For me, whatever happens in Vegas can stay in Vegas. I don’t gamble, I prefer a dive bar to a club filled with house music, and I would rather go to the real Paris or Venice than see the American versions in the middle of a desert. All that being said, here is my “skeptic’s highlight” of the city.

Image courtesy of Spoiled Splendid.

Upon arrival, I was immediately impressed with the canyons surrounding the city. I’m a Florida girl, and the expanse of desert was a beautiful sight to behold. My first stop along the strip was the Bellagio, a large hotel with a casino and shops on the main expanse of the first floor. High end shopping, Michelin star restaurants, and intricate interior details showed that no expense was spared here. After grabbing a cocktail and walking around, I have to say my favorite part was watching the fountain show that occurs every 15 minutes in front of the hotel. The fountains are paired with music (my favorite was the Pink Panther theme) and it is quite magical to watch.

Image courtesy of Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

Yet another stop along the strip was the modern Cosmo Hotel, home to the Chandelier Bar. Pro tip: order the Verbena cocktail — it isn’t on the menu, but you will be so happy you did. This lemon verbena and ginger infused margarita is garnished with a Sichuan flower. Eat the flower before drinking the cocktail; your mouth will tingle and then go numb, but your taste buds will be heightened due to the alkaloid ingredient in the flower spilanthol. It’s a very unique and Alice in Wonderland type of experience!

Image courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler.

The details that go into each hotel really are impressive. If you know me,  you know I love to look up, and the Venetian had me marveling at its incredible ceiling. After popping into an oxygen bar and watching the gondola’s float along the indoor canal I made sure to get my fill of this ceiling before leaving.

Image courtesy of Shelby Adamson.

The dizzying lights, the sounds of the casinos, and the smell of cigarette smoke can be a bit overwhelming. So when I had a chance to hike Red Rock Canyon with a friend, I was eager to get some fresh air (this type of outing is much more my vibe). We were lucky to have a guide take us into the canyon and hike up the cliff, and learned about the common misconceptions that the desert is barren. On the way up, we were able to see all of the beautiful flora native to Nevada. The patterns in the sandstone truly were a work of art, and the peace and calm of the desert was exactly what we needed after the overstimulation of the Vegas strip. Ultimately we hiked to an elevation of 600 feet and looked over the beautiful splendor that is the desert.

My honest opinion about Las Vegas is that it is somewhat of a Walt Disney World for adults. I personally would prefer to visit other continents, hike Glacier National Park, see foreign sights. But overall I had a really great time in Las Vegas, and I was incredibly honored to be able to witness my friends beautiful nuptials.

Elements of a Photoshoot

By: Shelby Adamson

Many of us find ourselves opening up a magazine to peruse the beautiful photos and think, “why doesn’t my home look like this?” Well, coming from a team of designers that do this on a daily basis, there is a lot of work that goes into these productions to get the perfect shot!

When scheduling a photoshoot, there are a few key aspects to consider. First is the time of day. The ideal time to photograph is when the sun is overhead, allowing for good lighting and avoiding harsh sun rays that tend to hit in the later afternoon.

Courtesy of Tracy Cox for Balance Design.

Then we scout the room — take a few test shots to review later and determine what needs to be added and removed from the space. (We typically pull out anything that feels too large or doesn’t compliment or enhance the space). Sometimes a beloved piece of furniture is incredibly comfortable, but appears too visually bulky through the lens of the camera. Finally, a color scheme is determined with pillows, accessories, textural pieces, and most importantly plants! Flowers and foliage are a designer’s best friend, whether we’re going for leafy, tall, full, soft, or angular — the greenery really amps up the attitude of the room.

Courtesy of Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

On the day of the photo shoot, the initial shot is reviewed on a computer screen to see how different factors affect the image: shallow vs deep depth of field, varying levels of lighting, vertical vs horizontal orientation, etc. The hardest part of this process is removing yourself from the physical environment and focusing solely on the image onscreen to determine what visually works, what does not, and what needs to be rearranged. Many pieces that appear “perfect” in a photograph have actually been maneuvered into strange positions to have the correct proportions (thanks, lens distortion!). Multiple shots are taken in various angles and orientations, as well as full room and vignettes to spotlight the designer’s favorite details.

Courtesy of Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

After the photoshoot is over, the photographer processes the many (many) files and layers multiple photos of the same room to optimize exposures, which ensures that certain areas are highlighted, others are complimented, and the rest fall away. Once the editing process is complete, the designer and photographer review the finished photos to determine any additional tweaks and edits.

Courtesy of Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

Finally, favorite shots are chosen and the final product is a beautiful, layered, and labor intensive work of love!