2018 Posts

2018: Year in Review

By: Stephanie Andrews

The year is coming to a close, and what a year it has been! We may be exhausted in this last little stretch, but we’re incredibly grateful for all the amazing experiences we’ve had as a team this year.

Photography by Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

The beginning of 2018 marked the completion of our first ground-up new construction in Roswell, GA. Designer Elisabeth Paulson worked alongside a team consisting of the architect, builder, and client to create a one of a kind modern treehouse home overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Not long after, we said goodbye to Elisabeth as she ventured out on her own. This was certainly a difficult change for both of us after seven years together, but we still collaborate on our Grain series of furniture and support each other’s individual design endeavors.

Photography by Garey Gomez for Balance Design.

Another design achievement early in the year was breaking through the walls of an Oakhurst farmhouse. Newly appointed senior designer Shelby Adamson worked with a master carpenter to create a totally custom, delightfully textured library and bar.

Things really started picking up at the end of spring. We brought on Jennifer Carter as our newest interior designer and immediately felt that she was the right fit. With a creative spirit, kind heart, and experience on new-build homes, we welcomed her to the team just as we began designing the dining room at Atlanta Home and Lifestyle’s annual Cashiers showhouse. The whole team pulled together on this project under Shelby’s direction to create an opulent, al fresco dining room experience.

But it didn’t stop there! We were also featured as one of Modern Luxury Magazine’s 2018 Faces of Design, AND we brought on a much needed administrative team member: project coordinator Magnolia Triplett. With this additional support in our studio (and our online presence, in case you haven’t noticed that we majorly upped our social media game), we were able to work with exciting new clients in Druid Hills, Old Fourth Ward, and Sandy Springs. Stay tuned in 2019 for photos of these finished projects!

And of course, as you know, we ended the year on a high note with our billiards room design at the Christmas at Callanwolde designer showhouse. Designers Jennifer Carter and Melody Richardson transformed this dark room off the side of the main hall into a distinguished-yet-cozy lounge that was widely applauded.

This is all to express our sincere, heartfelt gratitude for all who have supported us throughout the year. To our readers, clients, friends, families, and colleagues — we look forward to sharing meaningful moments and real design with you in 2019!

Runway Inspired Looks From NY Fashion Week

By: The Balance Design Team

Designers in this season’s New York Fashion Week pulled out all the stops with their collections, presenting daring looks that have inspired us to rethink the status quo. If you’re looking to break away from the same old home designs, keep reading — we got you.

Artisan Graphics

The miner uniform inspired pieces in Gabriella Hearst’s ready to wear collection have so much life and story behind them that they are anything but drab. Many of these are hand-stitched in her home country of Uruguay, and focus on form and pattern. We are reminded of one of our constant sources of inspiration: interior designer Justina Blakeney. Both women celebrate strength through bold, graphic patterns, and have a global influence in their work that translates to unique and meaningful pieces.

Modern Swan

The Modern Swan, as Blue Carreon coined this season’s trend, is polished and grown up without being boring. We connected with Brandon Maxwell’s ready to wear collection, designed during a time where he “creatively, clear-headedly blossomed.” Smart lines, radiant hues, tailored but feminine with a touch of retro. We love this concept in the home as well, with uncomplicated silhouettes, plush fabrics, and saturated colors. So so fashionable.

Pretty Masculine

Several designers went for a feminine take on masculine style this fashion week, giving menswear a sexy, womanly edge. In interior design, we see this in the move away from mid century modern lines and towards more romantic and curvy shapes. The hourglass figure of this petite bench, for example, softens the masculinity of the wood grain and tweed upholstery.

Neutral Textures

An absence of color doesn’t have to mean a lack of interest. Neutral, monochromatic color palettes bring focus to materials and textures whether you’re layering a massive scarf over a sweater or a throw blanket over a duvet. Mixing stonewashed linen with sumptuous velvet and topping it off with unfinished natural wood creates a sensory experience that just begs to be caressed.

Wild Animal

Sometimes animal print can be a little much, but we are LOVING the use of animal motifs! Incorporating the animal, versus just its print, brings the drama with a level of whimsy we don’t often see in high fashion and modern design. Paired with bold color, this is a look that brings personality out of any piece.

Historical influence. Focus on the senses. Challenging gender. Celebration of nature. All this and more was on parade during fashion week, and we are here with an enthusiastic “YES!” Bringing dramatic fashion statements into your home isn’t as intimidating as it might seem. Find your favorite style and make it your own!

Forecast: 2018 Interior Design Trends

By: The Balance Design Team

A brand new year means a fresh start for you and your home. We’re looking ahead to what we think (and hope) will pick up speed this year.

Oversized Florals

Big, bold blooms have long been on our radar and we love the drama that they bring to a room. The contrast of clean lines and florals in this dining room is GORGEOUS! This look can be applied to every type of room, giving a each space a touch of modern femininity that can be balanced out with more masculine finishes and furnishings.

Shadowy Paint Colors

Our designer Elisabeth has been looking at this photo every day this month as inspiration for her own home. She’s been really into all-white walls/trim/ceiling and how beautifully it adds cohesion to complex architectural geometries and celebrates art and rugs. She says, “Unbeknownst to me, however, this was not the popular opinion at our home so I had to recalibrate…I buckled and bold it is! We are considering Knoxville Gray by Benjamin Moore which despite the ‘gray’ in its name is really more of a dusty slate blue-green.” Also integral to this look is to paint the trim, or even the ceiling and floors the same vibrant color like shown here — something we have adorned in many of our client’s dining rooms and libraries. To 2018…let’s dare to bring in more saturated color!

Terra Cotta Floors

We like a floor with character: patina concrete, historic hardwoods, even cobbled stone or brick. Moving away from all sleek everything, we think things are gonna get a little rough around the edges this year in the best possible way. Not only are terra cotta brick floors rich in tradition and history, they’re also rich in color! That warm, earthy hue and textured surface gives a neutral modern room a needed cozy factor.

Natural Materials

This year we expect there to be a continued rising interest toward eco-consciousness and decorating with items that are made of sustainable materials and have an organic and minimalist feel to them. People care about where their furniture comes from and how it’s made. Wicker and rattan furniture with modern and curved edges creates a softness and a visual airiness to spaces. Plus, it’s durable enough to handle the wear and tear of family life.

A New Look at Repurposing

This doesn’t mean turning a pallet into a headboard, but instead utilizing vintage furniture in different ways for the home — a return to quality materials, thought out in new ways. This isn’t really a new idea or “trend” but we see it as a reinvigorated movement. What’s better than a beautiful textural dresser made into a functional bathroom vanity? Or a worn glass-enclosed bookcase used to store cookbooks in a kitchen? Whatever the piece or the need, we hope to see a significant move away from big box stores to pieces that tell a story.

And finally, @%# trends! Be authentic to yourself and if it happens that you love the latest color, hate floral wallpapers, or need to have terra cotta floors, then make it so! Design Pulp’s mission is to show you what we find and appreciate (or not!). Ultimately, only you will know if something appeals to you as a long lasting treasure or a one night stand. Even in our design studio we find that while some of us love one new thing, others feel less than enthusiastic about it. We can’t wait to see what you design this year!