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What Have You Done For Your Home Lately?

By: The Balance Design Team

Over the past few months as we worked diligently to curate the studio for our Modern Pastels collection, a few members of our team were inspired to take another look at their own spaces — some resulting in more elaborate transformations than others.

Margo

Adding real plants in my home has transformed my space. Not only does it feel cozier, they’re also great for improving indoor air quality, reducing background noise, and creating an overall feeling of well-being.

Stephanie

For spring/summer, I wanted to freshen up my front yard (which was looking a bit tired after the wet winter). I added movement to the landscape with a little curve in the grass, revitalized the ground with fresh mulch, and brought in new plants to fill in the gaps in the existing shrubbery. Now when I come home from work, I feel like my yard is smiling at me and welcoming me home.

Jennifer

My husband and I have been tackling projects around the house for the past few months in preparation for selling our home in the next year or so. The exterior quickly rose to the top of the to-do list, since updating lighting and adding unique address numbers can really bump up the curb appeal. Being an avid DIYer, I cut down an old IKEA counter top remnant and stained it to use as the perfect backdrop for my new modern address numbers. I also switched out our old light fixture for a simpler one that much better compliments this new plaque. It’s amazing what a little modification can do!

Shelby

After much consideration, I decided to sell all of my living room furniture — yes, all of it! After purging the room and living with the empty space, I slowly began bringing in items that I LOVE. I created an inspiration board filled with pieces that really inspired me, and I’m gradually pulling my living room together piece by piece. This is that inspiration board — stay tuned for final photos!

Improving your home can be as simple as adding a few plants, or as grand as a complete redo of your living room. Although starting the process can be daunting, the reward of creating an environment in your home that you fully enjoy is always worth it. Our homes are in a constant state of evolution, just as we are. What changes do you have in store for your home?

Modern Pastels: A Look at Our Artists

We’re celebrating two local women artists at our spring/summer open house tonight! Jeni Stallings-Scialabba and Courtney Khail are classically trained, incredibly talented, and their different styles compliment rather than compete with each other.

Jeni’s encaustic art is an expression of the natural world as it relates to the spiritual. As she puts it: “I believe that we are constant patterns echoing throughout nature. To see ourselves as separate from our environment is false and destructive. On the other hand, in observing and appreciating nature, we experience balance and healing.”We couldn’t agree more, and are moved by the depth, layers, and meaning behind her art.

Courtney’s watercolor and ink paintings explore her fascination “with the metaphorical talents of flowers — specifically their ability to capture and reflect the complexities and juxtapositions present within each of us.” With a background in scientific illustration, her work combines expressive and intricate line work with abstracted color and form. We find Courtney’s work both exhilarating and surprising.

Have we sparked your interest? Come out to our studio tonight for our spring/summer open house and meet these talented artists! Share this evening with us and enjoy food, drinks, and fun!

Balance Design

1653 McLendon Ave

Atlanta, GA 30307

7pm – 9pm

2019 Spring/Summer Open House: Modern Pastels

By: The Balance Design Team

Consider this your official invitation to our spring/summer open house! On Friday May 17th from 7pm – 9pm, we’ll unveil our two new featured artists: Jeni Stallings-Scialabba and Courtney Khail. The use of modernized pastel hues in Jeni’s ethereal encaustic figures and Courtney’s lively watercolor flowers surprised us and captivated our imaginations.

Come celebrate spring with us and see this new collection at 1653 McLendon Avenue — we’ll have food, drinks, and great conversation. We’ll see you there!

Best Designed Restaurants in Atlanta

By: Stephanie Andrews

Dining out is ideally a fully immersive experience: the taste of the food and drink, the smells coming from the kitchen, and the look of the restaurant itself. Here in Atlanta, we have so many amazing places to eat that deserve a shout out. Here’s just a few of our favorites, with a focus on their design (rest assured, the cocktails and food are superb as well!).

Photo courtesy of Eater Atlanta.

AIX

This French restaurant is named after Aix-en-Provence, France, where executive chef Nick Leahy spent summers with his family. The food is a fresh, almost Mediterranean take on French cuisine with lots of seafood and olive oil. Ai3 designed this incredible establishment, noting “it feels like an escape; it’s a very curated experience, so that people feel like they are somewhere different in Atlanta and not somewhere that’s very predictable.” We couldn’t agree more.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Ingram.

Golden Eagle

This place is just sexy. Soft, sumptuous materials create a moody and comfortable environment for unique cocktails and fabulous tapas. As Golden Eagle’s designer, Elizabeth Ingram, says it is “a swanky throwback to a bygone era of train travel, speakeasies, and extravagant late night parties.”

Photo courtesy of Kimball House.

Kimball House

Inspired by the Kimball House Hotel in downtown Atlanta (which no longer exists) and designed by Square Feet Studio, the Kimball House restaurant stands unique in its design and takes you on a journey to the past. As soon as you walk in, you feel the rich hotel lobby come alive from years before. Old fashioned fans that operate on a chain and richly painted wainscoting topped with embellished wallpaper make this space inspirational eye candy. Known for their delicious oyster happy hours and artisanal cocktails, it’s the perfect place to gather and enjoy the food, the company, and the interior design!

Photo courtesy of Noni’s.

Noni’s

This eclectically designed trattoria in Atlanta’s Edgewood neighborhood serves reimagined Italian comfort food with a full (and impressive) bar. The front section has a wood paneled lounge area with vintage furnishings that feels like the cooler version of your grandparents’ Queens, NY downstairs den (probably because the owner designed it after his Italian grandparents’ home!). The dining area is lined with live edge wood/tufted back booth seating, classic mosaic tile walls, and a photo shelf filled with old portraits (who are they?). These design elements, along with the cuisine, combine to create an atmosphere that is quirky and comfortable, yet elevated.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the beautiful restaurants in Atlanta, and to do justice to all the places we haven’t highlighted here requires many more blog posts — so be on the lookout for more! We’re working to show you new places as they open and develop as well as established classics that cannot go unnoticed.

Facebook Marketplace Is Open For Business!

By: Melody Richardson

With the increasing ease of online marketplaces, we noticed an opportunity to share more of our designs with the world. Enter the Balance Design Marketplace on Facebook. You can now browse our available studio items online and purchase them for local pickup. All items have been featured in our studio gallery, so you know how much pride we have in them!

This mahogany frame sofa is valued at over $10,000, but we’ve got it on the marketplace for a steal. It was a real privilege to restore this weathered vintage find to its full potential utilizing designer fabric and glossy paint.

This lovely art deco vase can brighten any space.

This custom lamp shade is one our favorite pieces — the copper accents in the fabric complement the resin of the base so beautifully. And it was hand made by one of our team members!


A custom velvet pillow and blanket ups the luxe factor immensely.

Since pairing this black fringe and smooth yellow velvet, we have fallen in love with using tapes in new and interesting ways!

These are just some of the items you can find on our Facebook Marketplace place. Check back often for updated pricing and new items!

https://www.facebook.com/pg/BalanceDesignAtlanta/shop/?ref=page_internal