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Holiday Home Wishlist

By: The Balance Design Team

While we strongly believe this time of year should be spent with loved ones, cherishing relationships and friendships, we’re also human — it’s fun to give and get gifts!!! What’s on our wishlist this season? Check it out below.

Stephanie’s Pick: Modern Mobile

Photo courtesy of Etsy.

There will always be a spot in my heart for modern mobiles. This particularly lovely one is brass, stainless steel, and copper, and inspired by willow branches. Mobiles are all about structure, proportion, and movement, and this one conveys pure grace. I picture it hanging above a reading chair in an office, perhaps as I continue to armchair shop Etsy’s vast array of emerging artists!

Shelby’s Pick: Teak Housewares

Photo courtesy of Steel+Plank.

This year I’ve tried to embrace a more minimalist way of life, collecting functional items that I truly love and will stand the test of time. When I came across Athens, GA based Steel+Plank, I fell in love with their curated kitchen accessories, especially these teak measuring spoons and cups. My family loves to spend time together in the kitchen and entertain, so these pieces are perfect for us to enjoy this holiday season! (PS – we met the ladies of Steel+Plank at an event recently and could not have loved them more!)

Danielle’s Pick: Indoor Olive Tree

Photo courtesy of HonestlyWTF.

I may have 16 plants in my studio apartment, but that’s still not enough for me. Most of my plant children are hearty succulents, cacti, and a couple of mosses, and I think I’m ready to branch out (pun absolutely intended) into a new plant families. Olive trees are a symbol of peace, and who wouldn’t want to bring that energy into their home? Plant a dwarf variety of this striking Mediterranean native in a cute planter and enjoy its visual energy in any style of room. Its sage-hued leaves compliment modern interiors and Tuscan-inspired sunrooms alike. Just make sure it can sunbathe a LOT — olive trees like 6-8 hours of sun each day.

Jennifer’s Pick: Concrete Lamp

Photo courtesy of Surya.

Concrete is one of those materials that’s better known for its structural purposes in the building world than in furnishings and decor. However, more recently, designers and architects alike have been drawn to its simplicity and versatility for styling interiors. Not only can this material add a soft, calming feel to a space, it also brings a bit of the outside world indoors. I’ve had my eye on this lamp from Surya for quite some time, being drawn to the beauty of its clean styling and the elegant pairing of the stone-like material with brushed metal accents and natural linen.

Melody’s Pick: Heirloom Tapestry

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie.

Having a large dog sometimes means sacrificing the option of having nice things close to the floor. But with a gorgeous wall hanging like this, I don’t have to worry that his nails will snag a loop or his hair will become “fur”ever incorporated into the weave. Often beautiful rugs (or even remnants) get stuffed into storage to avoid damage. I say appreciate them as art instead — tapestries are a gorgeous way to showcase more fragile pieces! This one reminds me of the Turkish rugs I’ve grown up around, and presents it in a beautifully different way. I love the old world feeling pieces like this can bring to a home.

Magnolia’s Pick: Original Art

Photo courtesy of Chairish.

Having just recently moved in to a new home, it’s taken months and endless hours of shopping/moving/organizing just to get my basic living necessities in order. Now that the space is functional, I can finally focus on making it my own! And what better way to do this than by adorning my walls with gorgeous works of art? This piece by Charleston-based artist Leslie Weaver (found via my new favorite vintage marketplace, Chairish) beautifully compliments the moody, expressive, and subtly feminine energy that radiates throughout my entire living space. In my opinion, there’s no better gift than something that truly resonates with me in the way that paintings like this do (not to mention, it’s a great conversation starter for guests)!

Are you inspired yet? If you still have a few people to find the perfect gift for, we recommend shopping local. Go out and about your neighborhood/city/town and find independent and small businesses to support!

Color Palette: Frida Kahlo

By: Danielle Clockel

Frida Kahlo’s art is instantly recognizable through her powerful portraits and earthy-yet-vibrant color palettes. Symbolically, her work is rich with women’s empowerment, rebellion against societal norms, and heartfelt self expression. How can we not be inspired?

Top to bottom:
Benjamin Moore Vintage Charm 1455
Farrow & Ball Sudbury Yellow No. 51
Benjamin Moore Seaweed 2035-10
Sherwin Williams Jasper 6216
Sherwin Williams Jalapeno 6629

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!

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!

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.