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The Home for This Holiday: Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Showhouse

By: Melody Richardson

Feeling rather ambitious, the Balance Design team decided to take on not one, but two designer showhouses this year. Shortly after beginning our journey into the Cashiers showhouse, we were asked to be featured designers for Christmas at Callanwolde.

Fortunately, this one would be just down the road in Atlanta’s Druid Hills neighborhood, not across state lines. As soon as Cashiers wrapped up, designers Melody Richardson and Jennifer Carter began to conceptualize the winter forest lounge that would soon be brought to life.

We knew this design would be completely different from the al fresco dining room we created for Cashiers, especially with the Christmas theme. Garlands, lights, and ribbon were a must, but finding a way to balance all of the delicate festivity with the overwhelming masculinity of the room would prove to be our biggest challenge. With that in mind, we dove right into Christmas — in August.

Dark wood trim with black leather panels dominated the room. We immediately knew we wanted to design a space that would highlight these signature elements rather than detract from them. We began our design, like all good designs, with the rug. We were fortunate to find a unique, style-appropriate rug from Anadol Rug & Home, and its color palette and motifs helped to guide our design and create the ambiance we were looking for.

After numerous visits to various vendors, multiple floor plan configurations, and a few bumps in the road, Balance Design partnered with Lewis and Sheron Textiles for our upholstery pieces in an unforgettable collaboration. The quality of the pieces were incredible, with supple leather, rich woods, and sturdy frames. It was like love at first sight, and we knew they were the key to creating the perfect atmosphere.

The cherry on top was the discovery of Katherine Mialkowski. A local artist featured in the Candler Park Festival this year, her stunning oil paintings brought a touch of whimsy to round the whole space out.

So, what words of wisdom can we impart upon our readers after two huge Showhouses this year?

1. Don’t bite off more than you can chew! — but if you do, just chew slowly. Cross your T’s and dot your I’s. Make sure you take the time to go through your processes. They are there for a reason. Pace yourself, you’ll do just fine.

2. Sometimes less really is more. In the whirlwind of decorations, sometimes we get caught up in adding more and more “stuff.” Scaling back allows the pieces you do choose to stand in their own light.

3. Collaboration is key! For both showhouses, collaborating with our favorite vendors allowed us to bring our visions to life. We couldn’t have done it without them!

The Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Showhouse is an absolutely lovely experience to get you into the holiday mood, and there is still time! Tickets are available at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center but hurry — this is the last week!

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!

Balance Design Annual Sample Sale 2018 + Pop-Up Shop!

By: Balance Design Team

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Balance Design’s annual sample sale is upon is, meaning you can browse our current collection of furniture, accessories, local artwork and much more…all at deeply discounted prices. And this year, we’re excited to offer treasures from members of our very own Balance Design team! The studio sample sale begins Monday, 9/24, and you can browse wares from our designers at our pop-up shop from 11-4 during the Candler Park Festival on Saturday, 9/29. Here’s a sneak peek of some of their beautiful pieces:

For one of our interior designers Shelby Adamson, what started as mixing and weaving fabrics for creative outlet evolved into lovingly crafted decor for friends and loved ones to adorn beautiful spaces. Bruadar Studio was born (now with a dedicated Etsy shop)! Bruadar (pronounced “broo-e-tar”) translates to “dream” or “vision,” and the bruadaraiche (pronounced “broo-e-taracher”) transcends normal dreaming into the realm of seeing into the past or future. This concept inspired a modern take on the traditional dream catcher, transforming into a handmade, one of a kind product of a meditative process. Natural materials like muslin and linen are paired with brass accents and hand-dyed. The results are whimsical, textural, and unique dream catchers made with love—a perfect statement piece for any area in the home.

Jennifer Carter, another one of our own interior designers, will be featuring products from her handcrafted accessory line, J. Carter Handmade. Vintage inspired, yet modernly styled, Jennifer’s boutique accessories and designer home wares incorporate hand-printed images & modern textiles with natural fibers and antique elements. She draws her inspiration from the fabrics and colors themselves, and describes that “designing an accessory is like designing a room in a way… but portable, and all wrapped up in one tiny package!”

Just arrived from our designer Melody Richardson’s travels to Turkey, these 100% authentic Turkish towels are perfect for use around the home, or as a Fall fashion accessory! These cotton towels feature loooong fibers that make them incredibly soft and delightfully absorbent. They are beautiful, breathable, and make a perfect shawl or scarf—we love the versatility they provide.

And as always, we have loads of furniture and custom pieces to brighten up your home. Hurry in though, we’re busy making room for our Alchemy open house in early November (stay tuned for more info). We’ll see you at the studio from 10-5 Monday-Friday, and at our pop-up sale on Saturday 9/29 from 11-4! We’re the green door in Candler Park <3

Sneak Peek! Candler Park Tour of Homes

By: Danielle Clockel

The Candler Park Tour of Homes is next weekend, and we are so excited about people coming to our neighborhood to see its charm and personality, especially since our very own Stephanie Andrews’s home is featured! Let us give you a special sneak peek into her curated abode.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

A deep purple velvet sofa (refurbished from a vintage find) rests atop a lush Moroccan rug in the light-filled living room.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

A striking staircase with glossy black trim frames a boldly wallpapered curved wall.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

It doesn’t get more dramatic than all black. We’re especially gushing over the mosaic floor tile hugging that curb. (Swoon!)

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

This petite breakfast setting is softly bathed in window light — the perfect spot for morning coffee.

Want to see this and many other amazing, enigmatic homes on the tour next weekend? We know you do! You can purchase tickets here — get ’em before they’re all snatched up!

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!