Stephanie Andrews Posts

A Nook to Read In

By: Stephanie Andrews

Photography by Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

Sometimes you just want a spot to steal away and lose yourself in a good book. Such was the case for our client in Atlanta’s historic Druid Hills neighborhood. The upstairs landing was the perfect spot for a cozy reading nook, complete with a custom built-in for her collection of books. A mid century chair and ottoman atop a colorful sari silk rug inspired our client to arrange her books by color, creating a cheerful rainbow effect.

Need We Say More? The Martha Mirror

By: Stephanie Andrews

Photo courtesy of Factory Italiana.

We love duality in design. The soft, colorful border of the Martha mirror paired with orbital lines creates a balance of ethereal whimsy and modern geometry. What’s more, Covi & Puccioni’s Factory Italiana handmade products are created in a centuries-old Murano glass chandelier factory in Italy. Modern furnishings + historic roots = WOW YES!!!

A Heartfelt Thank You!

By: Stephanie Andrews

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  — John F. Kennedy

We each have our own personal reasons for entering the interior design field, but no matter what brought us here, we all strive to create spaces that make people comfortable and proud of their homes. We’re eternally grateful for the experience of working with our clients, their families, and their communities. In the spirit of the season, we thank you — clients, families, friends, artists, vendors, and fellow team members — for the incredible opportunity to do what we love. We hope our gratitude comes across through our dedication to all of you throughout the year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Experience of a Lifetime: Cashiers Showhouse 2018

By: Stephanie Andrews

As you know, we were selected to design the dining room for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles annual Cashiers showhouse. At first we thought, “There’s no way we can pull this off in such a short timeframe!” This was completely new territory for us, and to be honest we were nervous about how we could transform this room in less than six weeks!

With not a moment to lose, the Shelby Adamson/Stephanie Andrews dream team headed up this massive project and discussed (with vigor) the use of the room, aesthetic inspiration, and ultimately the stylistic direction. Both were instantly inspired by the tile serpent on the floor that the homeowner had taken over a year to lay by hand herself. We chose Farrow & Ball Studio Green for the walls as the base of the dramatic atmosphere that only a dining room of this caliber can manage with ease. We also wanted to celebrate the beautiful acreage surrounding the home, so we set to finding the perfect set of trees to make an impact in the room (with 15 foot ceilings, this was no simple task).

We sought the help of incredibly talented artist and designer Steve McKenzie to create a massive, dramatic painting for the main wall. This giant triptych measured nine feet tall by six feet wide, and we could not have been more thrilled to work with Steve on it. And the result? We think it speaks for itself.

So what did we learn from this entire experience?
1. Sometimes you just gotta do something risky and outside your comfort zone — it’ll work out!
2. The other designers in the showhouse were not only extremely talented, they were also a lot of fun and super supportive.
3. Our favorite vendors really went out of their way to help us, graciously providing the furnishings to make our room sparkle. We cannot thank you enough! (Special shoutout to Steve McKenzie, Verde Home, Direct Furniture, and Trinity Mercantile.)
4. The Balance Design team cleans up beautifully at a black tie gala!

The entire home is awe inspiring, so if you want to get away from the heat, head to the cool mountain paradise of Cashiers, NC. Tickets are available through the Cashiers Historical Society website (https://www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org/showhouse) but hurry! This is the last weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving from Design Pulp!

By: Stephanie Andrews

Photo courtesy of Annie Spratt.

We want to take this time to say a whole-hearted THANK YOU! To our friends, family, clients, and readers — we truly appreciate the support you give us year round. We share our love and gratitude with you and yours this Thanksgiving.