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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!

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle’s Cashiers Showhouse

By: Shelby Adamson

We are incredibly honored to be chosen to design the dining room at this year’s Cashiers designer show house by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Magazine! The Cashiers Historical Society hosts this event each year as its largest annual fundraiser. This year’s home is a Mediterranean style villa situated on 42 acres, graciously donated by Terry and Brenda Beye.

The dining room boasts 15 feet high ceilings and an Ouroboros inlaid into the stone floor by the homeowner herself. We embraced these serpents and gave the room a dramatic feel while incorporating the beautiful scenic landscape. We almost immediately decided to paint the walls Studio Green by Farrow & Ball (kindly donated by Verde Home), a sultry and moody black-green that makes the room feel cozy and comfortable. We really took advantage of the high ceilings (and brought the outdoors in) by flanking Steve McKenzie’s gorgeous black and white triptych painting with a pair of sculptural Japanese snowbell trees.

To complement the inlaid stone serpents and give a nod to the mosaic’s eastern feel, we adorned the grand table with coral and white ginger jars (loaned to us by our friends at Trinity Mercantile & Design) and flanked them with two jade foo dogs. The result is a dining experience that embodies a Mediterranean courtyard, where one feels that they are enjoying a meal alfresco in a dramatic space that tantalizes all of the senses.

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.