art Posts

Abstraction and Color: Stonewashed Indigo Linens

By: Danielle Clockel

Abstract expressionism divides people like no other art genre — you either love it or you hate it. I personally love any art that moves me when I see it, and makes an impact on the space it inhabits. Let’s consider Mark Rothko’s color field paintings.

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Mark Rothko “Green on Blue.

A key player in the abstract expressionist movement (right alongside Jackson Pollack), Mark Rothko’s massive canvases of color are meant to be viewed up close and personal. They are so big that they surround you and engulf your peripheral vision, transforming the act of viewing into a complete experience. I can only imagine immersing myself in the cool blue and distressed texture of “Green on Blue” here.

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Photo courtesy of House of Baltic Linen.

The beauty of abstraction is that it’s up to the viewer to decide what they see. For me, Rothko’s painting evokes soft, stonewashed linen bedding. The deep indigo hues intermeshed with worn-yet-bright whites make me want to float off into a cool, calming dreamland.

Artist in Residence: Christina Wedge

By: Danielle Clockel

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Thursday night is our open house and our featured artist, Christina Wedge, will be in attendance as we reveal her latest work. We can’t wait for you to see it all in person, but as a little teaser we sat down with Christina and talked to her about this incredible series.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

1. What type of subject do you most enjoy shooting?   

Interior photography has always been a passion for me. The act of creating images, framing them, and telling a story. The process itself provides the essential inspiration in what I do. My personal work includes a lot of landscape shooting. I am obsessed with getting lost in areas without a GPS, discovering new cities and countries, and just enjoying the moment.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

2. What inspired your trip to Iceland and Greenland?

Growing up in Europe, I have always had a bad case of the Iceland bug and desperately wanted to visit this small island in the north Atlantic. I am fascinated by the volcanoes, the wild horses, and the hot springs in the middle of ice and snow. I have always loved the Scandinavian design style which is defined by clean lines, simplicity, minimalism, and functionality. I also wanted to see the culture and extreme environment of Greenland and was so excited when I had the opportunity to tag along with designer and producer Brian Patrick Flynn.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

3. As far as the natural landscape/ environment, what was your favorite aspect of the trip and why?

Truly memorable to me was hiking in the endless lava fields in Iceland. Experiencing the different colors and shapes of lava, some of which were heavily covered with vivid green moss. Getting lost and ending up in fishing villages where I stayed in hostels (and had probably the best breakfast in my life). Seeing the floating ice pieces on Glacier Lagoon being washed up on the black sand beaches. And of course the Northern lights. They were spectacular and I wished I would have seen more of them.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

4. Did anything surprise you about either country?

I could not get over the sheep head dish in Iceland! It is a traditional dish consisting of a sheep’s head cut in half on your plate served with vegetables. After taking so many pictures of the sheep on my trip, I just could not believe people were eating them. In Greenland the buildings emphasize functionality over form. Greenlandic homes are typically constructed of stone, sod, or wood, and many Inuit live in single-story, prefabricated wooden houses. Most are heated with oil-burning stoves. These colorful houses make picture perfect opportunities, but I learned from the tour guide that the colors were actually practical and indicated the purpose of each building: commercial houses are red, hospitals are yellow, police stations are black, and fish factories are blue. I am already thinking about going back there and staying there a little longer…in the summer!

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

  

5. What was the biggest challenge you faced on your trip?

I learned not to underestimate the Icelandic weather. It is highly volatile, no matter where you are. If you see a gas station, stop and fill up because you don’t know where you’ll find the next one.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

6. If you could bring back one piece of Iceland/Greenland, what would it be?

The little husky puppy that followed me around Greenland, and the most amazing silica face mask found at the bottom of the Blue Lagoon.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

7. What other places are on your bucket list to photograph?

I am traveling to Tuscany Italy this June to teach a workshop and after that I will fly to Norway. The other places on my list: Australia, Israel, Patagonia, Tokyo, and the Faroe Islands.

5 Ways to Create Positive Energy in Your Home.

By: The Balance Design Team

We believe your home should be a haven, a place of peace and revitalizing energy, an escape from the stress of the day. While this involves very personal and varied priorities, there are a few tried and true ways to surround yourself with positivity in your home.

Stephanie’s Tip: Art Wall

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Photo courtesy of Honestlywtf.com.

Nothing speaks to me quite like seeing my personal items displayed in a collection on the wall. Photos of places I have traveled to with loved ones, carvings, personal and family art, and ceramics can look amazing when arranged in a balanced and interesting manner. A collection like this is uplifting to look at and fun to tell friends and family the reasons why the specific items made the wall.

Elisabeth’s Tip: Bringing the Outdoors In

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Photo courtesy of Bloglovin.

There is something about bringing home a new plant that heightens our senses and improves our mood. By reducing pollutants, carbon dioxide, and dust in the home, indoor plants are healthy as well as beautiful. There are other ways to let the outdoors in, however. Embrace artwork and photography with botanical designs, or the earth, sky, and everything in between. Open up your windows and doors, let a little dirt inside!

Shelby’s Tip: Organization/Minimalism

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Photo courtesy of MyDomaine.com.

Nothing makes me happier than quiet coffee time on a Saturday morning in a clean house. It’s my nirvana. Living in town in a small space really makes you embrace the “less is more” philosophy. I have learned to pare down my belongings to a minimal, organized approach. Everything in my house is a piece that is used often; I don’t collect items that I do not need or use (a la Marie Kondo), and everything has a place. Most importantly, organization and minimalism means that the items I surround myself with are only the items that I love.

Danielle’s Tip: Meaningful Pieces

As easy as it is to get swept up in what’s new and different, there’s something to be said for keeping a little history around. Maybe it’s a rug that’s been in your family for generations, or a piece of furniture lovingly handcrafted by a talented friend. To me, what really makes a home happy is when it has a soul — when it’s not just an assortment of the best looking items of the season, but a collection of important and meaningful pieces that carry with them memories and personality.

Melody’s Tip: Paint

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Photo courtesy of Houzz.com.

Paint can uplift the feel of any space. A clean white interior, for example, can create a feeling of unparalleled tranquility and comfort, an area to clear your mind and help you gain positivity and motivation. Equally uplifting can be a room packed with color! The contrast of cool and warm tones create an inviting place to share with others, and there is no better positivity gained than sharing a good space with great friends.

More important than a home that looks good is a home that feels good. What are some ways you cultivate positive energy in your home?

Kidspiration! For the Young and Young At Heart.

By: Melody Richardson

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Having one of our kids’ room designs featured in Atlanta Magazine this month really inspired us to take another look at these rooms. One of our favorite projects of this kind was for two young ladies in Midtown. They surprised us with the sophisticated taste they showed on their Pinterest boards, and we were able to bring their vision to life. 

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Light, airy, textural pieces give this teenage room stylistic maturity without sacrificing fun. The whole family has great taste in rugs, and for this older sister we layered a Moroccan with a sheepskin for ultimate plush comfort. She loves to read, and what better spot than in her whimsical hanging chair, layered with colorful pillows? The vanity is a great spot for dressing, playing with makeup, and feeling beautiful. The window panels add a little edge with aged brass studs, and pops of her favorite color teal are brought in through pillows and artwork. (Not shown here, her entire closet is painted the same color!) 

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

The younger sister knew exactly which shade of coral she wanted in her room: Benjamin Moore’s Summer Sun Pink channelled a fun, youthful vibe that carries over into the furnishings. Inspired by her dad’s love of kilim rugs, we chose one with a fun, feminine feel. The pops of turquoise on the turned nightstands modernize these more traditional pieces, and tie in the lovely accents on the window panels and bedding trim. The gallery wall displays her personal artwork, creating a light and playful overall effect. 

Let us know what channels your inner child, and gives you serious kidspiration!

Balance Design Holiday Wish List!

By: The Balance Design Team

We’re getting into the holiday shopping spirit! Wanna know what’s on our wish lists?

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Gift for the home: I love the lines of these Bruno Mathsson Eva Chairs for my living room. So sleek and well designed, I definitely need a pair of them.

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Photo courtesy of OfDesign.net.

Gift for the soul: Looking forward to a peaceful and rejuvenating vacation in Japan…just need to buy the tickets!

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Gift for the home: This painting knocks my socks off. “Sea Light” by Tommy McDonnell, a 60×48 multimedia piece, has the most unique straight-edge-meets-organic composition. Plus, he apparently does all his work on his beachfront terrace under banana palms. (Available at Gregg Irby Gallery, one of our local faves!)

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Photo courtesy of Southern Living.

Gift for the soul: Nothing makes me swoon more than a magnolia in bloom. I’m talking the enormous, evergreen, crazy-shady beasts that make up this land of ours. My homestead lost our century-plus oak tree this year and my hope is that the planting of a magnolia in its place will help with the melancholy of our empty front yard (though it probably won’t bloom for another 10 years).

Shelby

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Gift for the home: The blue coloring of this Kazak rug is unique to these type of rugs, and this one is pretty much a work of art for your floor. To me, it’s not about filling your home with stuff, but collecting beautiful pieces that will last.

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Gift for the soul: This beautiful bag not only supports a local Atlanta business but it’s amazing quality! (Plus, I’m in desperate need of a sturdy bag for work that is light, has adjustable straps, and will hold everything from my laptop to my tape measure.) 

Danielle

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Gift for the home: I’m in love with the moodiness of the Temple Mirror. The cathedral window shape and antiqued mirror are calling my name in a faint, ethereal whisper.

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Gift for the soul: Two things I can’t resist are Scandinavian art and teapots, and this Marimekko teapot is both! I drink tea with breakfast, lunch, and dinner year-round so this little stunner would be well loved.

Melody

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Gift for the home: I’ve never seen anything quite like the delMare table. It’s truly a special piece–only 35 will ever be made. This table looks just like the ocean floor and would satisfy my deeply rooted love of the sea, while still living here in the city. 

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Photo courtesy of Olive Avenue Jewelry.

Gift for the soul: My boyfriend and I recently celebrated our 6th anniversary and family and friends have been asking the dreaded holiday question of “when are you getting married?” I’m personally in no rush, but (just saying) if it were to happen this holiday season, this would the perfect ring for me! I love the vintage feel of the band, and the unique rose gold finish.