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A Balance Design Original: The Grain Console

By: Elisabeth Paulson

This has been FUN. When I joined Balance Design nearly seven years ago, I met Stephanie Andrews (founder and chieftain) who could not have been more eager to expand her interior design business with innovative and creative designs. I grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin with an artist mother and a woodworker father, so I was profoundly excited to get on board. Throughout these years, Balance Design has pridefully designed custom pieces for our clients including bars, beds, and bookcases beyond. It was time to do something for ourselves…

We started with a console. Oh, the meager console: a room divider, a platform for the perfect lamp (or the mail-plop, or a mint julep). We thought, “Let’s make this better.” We live in “Intown Atlanta” as they call it, which is a series of connective neighborhoods surrounded by parks, each with its own identity. Old homes with bountiful character but not a lot of space. These are the homes that we cherish with our beloved clients to carve out memories. They deserve a perfect console, we say! It began, as so many things do, with reducing the scale, sketching a design, and finding the ideal craftsmen.

Utilizing our current gallery motif, “Modern Gothic,” our team challenged the current modern-means-straight-lines-only trend and added some curve appeal along with DRAWERS (did I mention drawers in a narrow console?) to create this doozy of a table. Harnessing our self-coined, “City in a Forest”, we have no shortage of native and unique species to build from. In this design, we capitalized on the beauty of the Mighty Oak. Michael Scialabba from Scialabba Construction in East Atlanta (also my ‘hood, represent), helped us procure the most incredible finish: inky-black lacquer with a series of lime wax which enhances the grain and luster of natural wood. All this plus v-notched routed detail, brass footings/hardware, and an uber-shiny gem tone on the inside of the drawers ( Auric by Sherwin Williams – my current fave). We have a winner, folks.

We are proud to introduce this piece, completely customizable in size, to you and yours. This is the first piece, hopefully followed by many more, in a collection we are calling “Grain”: a celebration of materials and natural processes that provides some honest-to-goodness furniture pieces that celebrate our unique habitats. We’ve got prototype 1.1 in these photos and in our window at our studio/gallery at 1653 McLendon Avenue in Candler Park. Thank you for your support so we can make more and more. We’ve got you, Atlanta.

All photos courtesy of the infinitly-talented Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Design Challenge: Danielle’s Breakfast Nook

By: Danielle Clockel

I moved into my very own studio apartment a couple of months ago, and I’m in love. It’s in my favorite part of midtown — walking distance to Piedmont Park, close proximity to all the goodness on Ponce, and in a neighborhood chock full of tree-lined sidewalks — plus it’s in a building built in the 1920’s. It’s full of character and the perfect size for me, my cat, and my tiny pup. I’ve been here long enough that I’ve settled in with everything and can see what my needs for the space are. The number one priority? My breakfast nook.

Surprised that I have extra space in a studio apartment? Me too! But I’ve spent the last three moves pairing down more and more, so I’m left with only the things I treasure and use constantly. This little nook is separated from the kitchen by a built-in glass door cabinet, and has enough room for a small desk or cafe table and a petite chair or two. Small space living means everything needs to pull double duty, and for this space I’m envisioning a place to sit and have my morning tea as well as occasionally set up shop to work from home.

So, I’m putting forth the challenge to the design team here: help me create a multifunctional area in this limited space that reflects my quirky, eclectic style. I can’t wait for them to put on their “Danielle hat” and think outside the box!

Sophisticated Style: The Sitting Room

By: Stephanie Andrews

The interior designer/client relationship is a very special one, and we absolutely fell in love when these recent empty nesters approached us about redesigning their home. Their inspiration included pictures from the New York Times style section, their personal art collection, photos from their travels, and a cherished turn of the century family quilt.

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

This couple wanted a home that reflected their personalities and sense of humor in a beautiful and comfortable way. Our favorite space to design was this front room, featuring the framed family quilt over a show stopping emerald velvet sofa. We revamped the fireplace, found this awesome mid century chair, and pulled it all together with the perfect wool/silk rug. The cherry on top? Beautiful brass accents.

Scout Pop Up Shop: Vintage Rugs Galore!

By: Scout Vintage Rugs

Stephanie, Mia, and Lailee — we are Scout Vintage Rugs! Our business started when we realized we shared an obsession for Persian and Turkish rugs. We also happened to share a “problem”; between the three of us, we’d accumulated (some might say, hoarded!) way more vintage rugs than we could actually use. So we decided to start sharing our love for these beautiful pieces with others and showing people how to use them in their own homes.

No longer consigned to the formal living room, Persian and Turkish rugs are finally being used the way they were intended — to ground family life. We put them in our kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms, and hallways. We let our kids play on them. Scout rugs are beautifully timeworn, retaining traces of the artists that weaved them and the families that lived on them. They are a connection to the past, a soulful addition to our modern homes. And they are just plain ol’ gorgeous.

We’d love to see you at our pop-up at the Balance Design Studio, Oct 21-22. Come by to shop or say hi! And if you’d like to see our rugs another time or try them out in your home, let us know.

Love is Love: Atlanta Pride Festival Celebration!

By: Stephanie Andrews

Next weekend is the 47th annual Atlanta Pride Festival in Piedmont Park. We think this calls for a celebration! What better way for us to show our love and support of the LGBTQ community than a colorful, festive declaration in our studio windows?

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

The inspiration for this display came from a conversation with my close friend (and talented artist) Rusty Walton. Furthermore, my daughter educated me on the multiple definitions of flamboyance.

We hearitly embrace the vision of Atlanta Pride: a world where persons of widely diverse gender and sexual identities are united, visible, and equal.

Love is love. Enough said.