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5 Atlanta Artists That We Believe In

By: Stephanie Andrews

Art is an integral part of great design, and local art makes a space especially meaningful. Over the years we have featured dozens of local Atlanta artists in our studio gallery in Candler Park, but there’s always more we want to share. Here are five of our current favorites.

Briana Gordon

Photo Courtesy of bngordon

We get inspired by Briana Gordon’s art each day we pass by our designer Melody’s inspiration board. Briana’s portraits of black women are beautiful, colorful, and deeply expressive.

Yoyo Ferro

Photo Courtesy of Yoyo Ferro

Yoyo Ferro’s artwork is especially personal to me because my son went to The New School, whose exterior was transformed by the artist into a joyful, colorful masterpiece. Each painting, whether on a canvas or a brick wall, brings happiness to its environment.

Carl Linstrum 

Photo Courtesy of Carl Linstrum

A professor of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Carl’s mixed media paintings feature intriguing colors, textures, and layers with a focus on foliage and Portuguese tile inspired backgrounds. (Plus, he’s a neighbor to our Candler Park studio!)

Kat Denson

Photo Courtesy of Kat Denson

Years ago, we helped Kat Denson renovate her historic Druid Hills home and have been enamored with her art ever since. Whether she’s painting animals, abstracts, or florals, it’s her modern impressionist brushstrokes and color palette that delight us in each piece.

Helen Ferguson Crawford

Photo Courtesy of Helen Ferguson Crawford

A trained architect and artist, Helen Ferguson Crawford (another Candler Park neighbor) mixes expressive, energetic linework with vibrant and intense color blocking. Her abstract paintings are surprising and invigorating.

Atlanta’s ever-growing art scene is constantly evolving with new and exciting talent. Seen someone you think we need to know about? We are always looking for unique pieces that move us! Reach out and let us know at  info@balancedesignatlanta.com.

Lagom in the Bedroom

by Stephanie Andrews

The Swedish word “lagom” (pronounced “lah-gom”) loosely translates to “in balance” and “having just the right amount.”

Photography courtesy of Danielle Clockel

This concept really resonates with the way we approach design — carefully curating interiors to be “just right” and not overdone. We transform the space but keep it “in balance” with our clients’ tastes, the room’s proportions, and the architectural style of the house. This guest bedroom embodies the spirit of lagom with its curated, refined touches like the custom stitching on the red velvet bench that designer Shelby Adamson worked with our favorite local seamstress to create. The custom bed pillows have just a trace of black piping, and the simple anemone blooms placed on the bedside table freshen up the atmosphere.

The spirit of lagom is essential in interior design. It’s that voice we hear in the editing process saying “just a bit less of this, just a hint more of that,” and it takes time to master! But through collaboration with talented peers, trusting our intuition, and a bit of magic, the stage is set to create a beautiful room.

2020 Interior Design Trends

by the Balance Design Team

As we embark on a new decade, the Balance Design team felt the pressure this year to determine the interior design trends that we believe were not only noteworthy but exciting as well.  Each member chose a trend that they were drawn to and eager to incorporate in their future designs.

Stephanie’s pick: Integrated Home Technology

Photo courtesy of Digital Trends

This trend may make you chuckle, but personally I have resisted technology since the age of the pager.  That being said, most high-end luxury designs will need to consider integrating technology into the home.  Some of my favorites are hidden speakers and lighting, automated window treatments, ambient lighting controlled by a wifi device, and sleek TV’s camouflaged as a piece of art (my personal favorite being the Samsung Frame TV).  The fact that our TV’s can not only entertain us but act as a realistic piece of art is brilliant!

Shelby’s Pick: Plaster Showers

Photo courtesy of Almost Makes Perfect

As designers, we always encourage our clients to design for the age and architectural style of their home.  We try to stay ahead of the trends by pointing out interesting movements that we see in the design world that stand out to us.  Recently, I have been drawn to plaster showers.  I love a good tile pattern in the bath, but there is something to be said about this thousand year old technique that allows for a serene and grout-less look.  Plaster can be tinted to a hue of your liking and is actually quite sustainable.

Margo’s Pick: Animal Print Upholstered Furniture

Photo courtesy of Schumacher

Nothing adds a personal stamp on an otherwise traditional space like a stunning conversational piece. When used sparingly and purposefully on furnishings and home accents, animal prints can actually bring a heightened sense of vibrancy to any space. Historically, animal furs represented luxury and elegance. Today, we lust over lush, replica fabrics that showcase the same eye-catching, exotic beauty with a touch of whimsy.

Melody’s Pick: Textured Wallpaper

Photo courtesy of Maya Romanoff

Incorporating natural materials in new and innovative ways is a trend that we will also continue to see this year. I love how wood, stone and even shells are being integrated onto wall treatments in particular. This Maya Romanoff wallpaper utilizes natural capiz shells to create an otherworldly iridescence in the bath room. Beautiful!

As designers we have considered both the whimsical and the deliberate interior design trends for 2020.  We would love to get your feedback on these concepts!  Feel free to let us know your thoughts and willingness to incorporate any of these design trends into your home.  Happy 2020 friends!

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

Photo Courtesy of womensday.com

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!

 

Highpoint Market Fall 2019

By Melody Richardson

The team at Balance Design is always looking for new sources of inspiration. This past week we took a trip up to High Point N.C. to see what is up and coming in the interior design world. We were able to find new vendors and visit our tried and true favorites.

Photo Courtesy of IMC High Point Market

While we were there, four trends really stuck out to us-

Light Wood Tones

We loved this sculptural side table from Rowe Furniture. The light tone of the wood along with the waterfall edge gave a fresh look to an otherwise simple design.

Rich Textural Materials

We were in awe of this gorgeous rattan chair and woven pendant from Selamat layered with their amazing art deco inspired wallpaper. Rattan is being used in a multitude of ways, it’s not just for outdoor use anymore!

Sustainable Materials

We were extremely excited to see a greater focus the use of sustainable materials. Vendors such as Greenington only use sustainably sourced materials like bamboo for all of their products. We can’t wait to incorporate these pieces into our designs!

Round Rugs

We loved this fresh take on a bedroom rug. The round shape brings a layer of visual interest to the design and is perfect for layering asymmetrically under a bed. There are so many ways to use this piece!

As designers we want to be able to source beautiful and sustainable pieces for our clients and High Point market gave us new ideas to do just that. With a plethora of inspiration fresh in our minds we are so excited to begin to use these gorgeous pieces in our own designs!