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5 Ways to Incorporate the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year into Your Space!

by Stephanie Andrews

Each year we anticipate what the Pantone Color of the Year is going to be.  This color is a trend predictor of what we will be seeing in both fashion and home accessories.  For 2020, the Pantone Institute has selected a color that they named Classic Blue.

Photo courtesy of Pantone

As we enter a new decade with feelings of uncertainty in our upcoming elections, global warming, and other daunting issues, Pantone seems to be trying to reassure us by choosing the color Classic Blue.  The Pantone Institute describes this color as calming and timeless.  We liked both the name and the comfort (like a pair of our favorite, well worn jeans) of this color, so it was not hard for us to embrace.  See how we have used the color in some of our favorite designs and learn how to incorporate this into your own space!

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel

1.  Use Classic Blue on an accent chair or incorporate it into the trim on your window treatments.

This historic Druid Hills home had beautiful Persian rugs layered throughout the space.  We found that Classic Blue cooled the warm red tones and helped to relay a timeless style.

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel

2.  A Classic Blue area rug can help to add a calm feeling to your home.

This over-dyed Classic Blue rug offsets the whiskey leather and wood tones in this masculine sitting room located in midtown Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel

3.  A Classic Blue vessel or upholstered arm chair in your dining room.

This Asian inspired ginger jar was the perfect item to layer on the dining table to compliment the greek key upholstered arm chair in this classic Druid Hills dining room.

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge & Danielle Clockel

4.  Add some Classic Blue wallpaper to an accent wall or even an entire room!

We loved that Classic Blue wallpaper adds an eclectic and whimsical feeling to help build a room’s personality!  We used Hygge & West wallpaper on both the curved stairwell and in the powder room.

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge & Danielle Clockel

5.  Add Classic Blue cabinetry to your kitchen.

We love how the Classic Blue island and cabinet storage boxes added to both kitchens’ clean and classic looks.  These beautiful yet functional work spaces were exactly what our clients were looking for when remodeling their homes.

Be on the lookout for this color in the year ahead and consider utilizing it in your own home, in any capacity!  It may help to make life a bit calmer in 2020!

Happy New Year!



Happy New Year

by the Balance Design team

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

A time to be quiet
A time to reflect
On all that has occurred and all that is possible
Our wish is that your New Year is full,
Of love, hope, and joy
As the years quickly pass we encourage you to slow,
And remember to enjoy each moment
Happy New Year from the Balance Design team

Happy Holidays from Balance Design

Photo Courtesy of Liz Stubbs Photography

As we end the year, we would like to express our gratitude to you- our readers, our clients, our vendors, our friends, our families (and our pups) for your enthusiasm and collaboration.
Wishing you a holiday season full of joy, peace and unconditional love.
The Balance Design team

A Morningside Dining Room Comes To Life

By Jennifer Carter

Inspired by one of our favorite clients’ love of modern design and whimsical collection of animal sculptures, this dining room was definitely one for the books this year! We wanted to create a fun, yet inviting space to welcome guests and set the tone for the rest of this incredible Morningside home.

Meant to draw your eye into the space, a rich jewel-toned textured grass cloth was the first element installed onto the farthest wall of the room. We then continued the layering process by hanging a contrasting playful set of colorful hand-embroidered curtain panels hung from brushed brass drapery hardware.


The simplicity of the client’s existing white marble top Saarinen tulip table was then warmed up by a set of shapely, walnut framed chairs upholstered in a stonewashed navy blue canvas fabric. Lastly, a cozy textured wool rug with a modern leaf motif was added to anchor the space and play off of the nature-inspired curtains.

All in all, this room is a prime example of a little advice that we hope all of our readers, admirers and clients can take away for the new year. When designing a scheme for any room in your home, don’t be afraid to mix and layer textures, colors, materials and even metal finishes with existing treasured pieces in your home to create cohesive, inviting spaces where you and your guests want to linger and enjoy each other’s company.

XOXO and Happy Holidays!


Balance Design’s Holiday Wish List

Every year, Balance Design puts together a holiday wish list which may range from a coveted piece of art to handmade wooden spoons. This year we put together a list that we think would be lovely additions to our homes. We have items that show various styles and price points, some items are aspirational, some items have actually been purchased, and some may end up under the tree!. Hope you enjoy a peek into our team’s design styles


Stephanie’s Pick:

A Pair of Wooden Chairs


Photo Courtesy of Room and Board

The Oscar chairs from Room and Board are sculpturally simple (inspired by George Nakashima) and handmade in Vermont. They are a beautiful choice for our Candler Park living room. These chairs are forever pieces that can easily move around when I get the urge for rearranging.


Shelby’s Pick:

Italian Inspired Espresso Machine


Photo Courtesy of Majesty Coffee


There is nothing better in the morning than a good cup of coffee, unless it’s a beautiful latte. The one item I require in the morning to set the tone for the day is either, but to be truthful I prefer the latter. If I were to have my ultimate wish I would adore the Elektra MicroCasa Semi Automatica in my kitchen, it is an appliance that I would NOT mind looking at every day as I have my morning cappuccino. The brass and copper really set this machine apart from your ordinary stainless steel appliances, and as a designer I can appreciate how it will patina over time. I am even luckier that my husband has previous barista experience.


Jennifer’s Pick.

Cozy Bed Linens


Photo Courtesy of Serena and Lily

A well-dressed, cozy bed to crawl into at night (or any time of day really) is just about the most desirable present I can think of this time of year. The simple embroidery and elegant tassel details of this soft, eco friendly cotton duvet and sham set would definitely fit the bill for me in creating the perfect bedroom backdrop to come home to. Layer in a crisp white sheet set, down comforter and then my favorite fur throw- sounds like the ultimate restorative experience to me!


Melody’s Pick

Modern Firepit


Photo Courtesy of shop4patio.com

This fall in Atlanta has been nearly nonexistent (we’ve dropped 40 degrees in less than 24 hours, more than once!) and due to the colder than normal temperatures, I haven’t been able to spend the evenings outside like I would have wanted. That’s why this fire pit is the ultimate item on my wish list. The use of fire glass gives a magical aesthetic, while having the added benefit of using natural gas instead of burning wood, so it burns at a higher temperature ensuring that we stay warm on these chilly holiday nights!


Margo’s Pick

Whimsical Wall Art


Photo Courtesy of Jungalow

Growing up as a crafty kid, I used to spend the holidays with my Grandma and we would create pillow from latch hook sets. This holiday season, I’ve fallen completely in love with these Justina Blakeney hand-woven animal wall hangings, reminiscent of my childhood hobby. Animal prints, bright colors and mixed patterns speak to my soul and these fun faces are the perfect addition to my home. Not only do I appreciate the hand work required to make them, but they bring me nostalgic memories (especially this time of year) and a smile.

We hope that you have an enjoyable holiday season: full of joy, love and unique design!