Artist in Residence Posts

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!

Art Crush: Crysta Luke’s Abstract Paintings

By: Danielle Clockel

Crysta Luke, one of the featured artists we’re unveiling at our open house this Thursday, is an incredibly talented abstract painter right here in Atlanta.

She says of her work, “I say with paint what I cannot with words.” With materials ranging from paints and drawing materials to metal leaf, her energetic marks and tactile texture invite you to come closer and closer to examine the most minute details.

Far from limiting herself to only large paintings, Crysta creates petite, intricate, small scale paintings on wood as well.

Come by the Balance Design studio this Thursday (or any time Monday through Friday!) to see our full selection of Crysta’s art, our spring/summer custom pieces, and photography by our other featured artist, Emily Grant.

Design Matchmaker: Waterworks and Ken Fulk

By: Danielle Clockel

Love is in the air! We’re constantly finding designers, vendors, artists, and artisans to crush on, and sometimes a pair comes along that seems meant to be. This week we’re drooling over top notch kitchen and bath fixture supplier Waterworks and fearless interior designer Ken Fulk. Ken’s designs are fun and eclectic in the most sophisticated way, with a focus on the details. His color and material choices are unparalleled. Let us introduce you.

Photo courtesy of Dering Hall.

What do we love more: that curvy spiral staircase or the graphic black and white chevron tile floor? Together they compliment each other in a dance of natural tones and materials with dramatic contrast.

Photo courtesy of Dering Hall.

Talk about BOLD. Is a room with fierce green walls and ceiling plus metallic gold dining chairs and brass bar cart too much? In this case: nope! This room is one big, sumptuous feast for the eyes. Whew!

Photo courtesy of Dering Hall.

What a swoon-worthy mix of styles. The geometric, grid-like floor and minimalist-yet-elegant chandeliers give a modern touch to the grandeur of the two story chartreuse panels and glossy black reception enclosure.

We know, you’re totally in love, right? Who could possibly pair with such a unique and high quality combination of colors, materials, and styles? Introducing Waterworks…

 

Photo courtesy of Waterworks.

Wooden handles? A subway and square tile backsplash? Together?? Where have you been all our lives?

Photo courtesy of Waterworks.

All the contrast. All of it. White tile next to black tile. Horizontal neighboring vertical. Staggered vs straight. Bringing it all together is glamorous brass accents, including an industrial-inspired regulator knob.

Photo courtesy of Waterworks.

This screams practical luxury. It’s just a shower, right? Oh but there’s black iron doors! And a wall of marble! We love the attention to detail and quality of materials in a space that’s meant for rejuvenating but often gets put on the back burner.

Ken Fulk, meet Waterworks. Waterworks, Ken Fulk. We think you’re a match made in design heaven, with your dedication to quality and keen eye for making even the smallest details special. If you haven’t joined forces on a project yet, we hope you do in the future!

Balance Design Open House: Modern Gothic

By: Melody Richardson

One of the best things about having a gallery space (besides getting to gaze at art every day) is meeting the talented artists that create meaningful and beautiful work. Whether it’s a long-time friend introducing us to her recent endeavors, or finally meeting a local favorite we’ve been following, we love broadening our artistic horizons.

 

Eva Magill-Oliver is a multi-media artist currently living and working in Atlanta, GA. The natural world is an ever-present theme in her work, and one that is transitional based on the landscape that surrounds her. It inspires her color palettes, the way she creates patterns, and informs the organic shapes and silhouettes prevalent throughout her work.

Eva had been working uniquely on paper over the past several years, but expanded her work to include oil/acrylic abstract paintings on canvas. The work is organic and playful and represents the continuously dynamic evolution that is the natural world.

 

In 1999 Kristin Thorsen accepted a grant from Georgia Perimeter College to study painting in Imatra, Finland. Guided by Russian and Finnish masters, she explored printmaking, painting, photography, and independent studies. In 2002, she was accepted by the Atlanta College of Art and received a portfolio scholarship. She made the most of this opportunity to hone her technical skills, receiving her BFA magna cum laude in 2004. She has participated in over 30 group shows and personally organized four solo exhibits and five group exhibits. Her work has appeared in galleries all over the Atlanta area, including a year-long exhibit at the Chrysalis Gallery. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the United States as well as Finland, Russia, Norway, Ireland, and Vietnam. She is a member of the Women’s Caucus of the Arts of Georgia, Wonderoot, and the Atlanta Artists Center.

Join us Thursday November 2nd for our fall 2017 open house! We will be proudly featuring the incredible works of these two artists, as well as revealing our new collection. We’ve designed and created custom pieces inspired by Eva’s and Kristin’s art as well as gothic European architecture.

Come by the Balance Design studio at 1653 McLendon Avenue from 7-9pm for drinks, small bites, and conversation! We’ll see you there!