Stephanie Andrews Posts

Love is Love: Atlanta Pride Festival Celebration!

By: Stephanie Andrews

Next weekend is the 47th annual Atlanta Pride Festival in Piedmont Park. We think this calls for a celebration! What better way for us to show our love and support of the LGBTQ community than a colorful, festive declaration in our studio windows?

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

The inspiration for this display came from a conversation with my close friend (and talented artist) Rusty Walton. Furthermore, my daughter educated me on the multiple definitions of flamboyance.

We hearitly embrace the vision of Atlanta Pride: a world where persons of widely diverse gender and sexual identities are united, visible, and equal.

Love is love. Enough said.

The Calm After the Storm

By: Stephanie Andrews

We’re in the midst of a pretty emotional few weeks, with the 16th anniversary of 9/11 (which always brings up raw, intense emotions) and natural disasters barraging us and our neighbors. We’ve seen the devastation in Houston, and now our friends in Florida (and even here in Georgia) are facing a new hurricane aftermath. With the earthquake in Mexico and massive flooding in southeast Asia, the overwhelming amount of destruction in our global community is daunting.

How do we cope? How can we process these feelings of helplessness? At a time when it seems impossible to be positive and keep our heads, it’s more important than ever to work together as families, friends, and neighbors. Remember we are all part of communities — local, national, and global — and reflect on the life we’re living and the one we aspire to. Regardless of our differences, every one of us has love and compassion to give, and that is how we’ll get through these hard times: together.

This is my heartfelt thank you to our team, friends, families, and neighbors. We are all here for each other, and that is truly meaningful. That is a blessing.

Photo courtesy of Pexels.

On Our Turf: Atlanta Market Faves

By: Stephanie Andrews & Shelby Adamson Pawlak

Our team went to the Atlanta Market last week and, as always, we left with bountiful inspiration.

First up, modern rattan. This peacock chair would be a perfect statement piece for a sunroom with lots of light, a great rug, and hanging planters.  The 70’s are back!

Photo courtesy of High Fashion Home.

Speaking of the 70’s, let’s talk about macrame updated with a twist for this fabulous dining room chandelier. It goes a little beachy, but who doesn’t need a little bit of the ocean in their home?

Photo courtesy of Ro Sham Beaux.

We were lovin’ the black lacquer. So sleek. So refined. We swooned over this chair.

Photo courtesy of Mr. Brown Home.

Black cerused wood. Completely compelling (like this little number for in front of a fireplace).

Photo courtesy of Noir Furniture.

No design trip is complete for us without checking out rugs, and we were really blown away this time. This gem from Anadol Rug Company depicts a melting glacier — a beautiful yet tragic homage to our rapidly changing earth.

Photo courtesy of Rug News.

We are excited to show our clients these new trends in our designs — we believe many of these trends have real staying power. Stay tuned!

Wanderlust: Nepal

By: Stephanie Andrews

A few weeks ago I revisited one of my favorite places on Earth: Nepal (home of Mt. Everest, Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, and quite frankly the most beautiful people I’ve ever met). My brother-in-law, Bhupesh, is a Nepal native and owns Nepal Travels there, so my family got the inside scoop of a lifetime when we went!

Photo courtesy of Edward Andrews.

After a grand total of 30 hours on two different planes, we arrived at Bhupesh’s family home in Kathmandu. From there we trekked The Golden Triangle to Pokhara and then to Chitwan National Park. I say “trekked” because although we had an expert driver, the roads were long, bumpy, full of potholes, and often closed altogether. But the journey is part of the experience, and we were able to enjoy the true flavor of local villages along the way! We also went white water rafting with a local guide, his wife, and his kids. Summertime in Nepal is hot, and we were all looking forward to taking a dip, especially with possibly the most beautiful view ever.

Photo courtesy of Edward Andrews.

Quite an adventure awaited us in Pokhara, which is a charming little lake town with lots of shops and beautiful inns like the one we stayed in. We experienced paragliding like never before! A quick drive brought us to the top of a giant hill (here in Georgia we would definitely call this a mountain), got a running start, and leapt off the edge for a 20 minute ride of a lifetime to the lake below. I once again had to place ultimate trust in a complete stranger. Incredible experience!

Photo courtesy of Travel Tipsor.

Then there came Chitwan National Park, where we rode elephants and bathed them in the river. These incredible creatures got us up close and personal with deer, rhinos, and crocodiles. But it was bathing in the river and massaging them with smooth rocks that really fostered my love for these gentle giants.

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Andrews.

After this journey we returned to Kathmandu to visit a dear family friend Bina Basnet. She is the founder of Orchid Garden, a school/daycare for kids who have little besides their big hearts, joyful laughter, and ability to welcome us as their new best friends. They were so loving and welcoming that my daughter Allie asked to spend the rest of her summer break there volunteering. Of course I said yes! Just look at these amazing children.

Photo courtesy of Edward Andrews.

Photo courtesy of Edward Andrews.

In conclusion, Nepal is one of my favorite places on Earth. If you get the opportunity to go, please don’t hesitate to contact me for information and tips. I would love to share what I know and relive the adventure!

A Simple Holiday Season

By: Stephanie Andrews

What a year it has been! We have so much to be thankful for: a thriving interior design business, a beautiful community, and some very special clients, friends and families. With the holiday season in full swing, it’s important to stay mindful of what is truly important this time of year. To us, holiday decorating means creating a space that is warm, inviting, and finds inspiration in the simple beauty of nature.

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Photo courtesy of The Kitchn.

Air plants and oranges. Simple, festive, easy.

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Photo courtesy of OMGLifestyle.

There’s something magical about the blooming of forced bulbs like amaryllis, paper whites, or tulips.

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Photo courtesy of Monika Hibbs.

A beautiful way to decorate the banister: delicate greenery, pinecones, and ribbon tied to the newels with floral wire.

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Photo courtesy of FamilyHoliday.net.

Don’t forget the fireplace! Seasonal fruit and pines create an organic and authentic ambiance.

We wish you the very best holiday season and thank you for an incredible year. Looking forward to a sumptuous (design- filled) New Year!