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Proud Plants: Five Foliage Choices For a Modern Sculptural Landscape

By: Elisabeth Paulson

Here in the southeast, the spring flower power of azaleas, redbuds, and dogwoods have bloomed and left us in awe, but ultimately shed their petals. Now what?! Let’s consider a smattering of sculpture, texture, and sheen to complement our homesteads. Here are five plants that add a force of form to your modern landscape.

Photo courtesy of Plant Zone.

Photo courtesy of Plant Zone.

Trachycarpus wagnerianus. While we may not be beachside, we can still enjoy a palm. This dwarf windmill palm adds immense sculpture to any modern structure. Give it some space and let it swank up your garden.

Photo courtesy of Buchanan's Native Plants.

Photo courtesy of Buchanan’s Native Plants.

Farfugium japonicum ‘Gigantea.’ We’ve been admirers of the leopard plant’s glossy saucers since seeing them at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. While they will bloom a tall spike in late summer, we appreciate these round clumps sans flower as well.

Photo courtesy of K. Bourgondien & Sons.

Photo courtesy of K. Bourgondien & Sons.

Muhlenbergia capillaris. Cotton candy grass! Need we say more? Plant several of these together to get this dreamy pink cloud.

Photo courtesy of K. Bourgondien & Sons.

Photo courtesy of K. Bourgondien & Sons.

Colocasia esculenta ‘Tea Cup.’ The teacup elephant ear has an upright form that holds water. Well shucks, we’ve got these guys coming our way next week…fingers crossed for greatness!

Photo courtesy of Gardenista.

Photo courtesy of Gardenista.

Allium, allium, allium. What flower could be more shapely than this onion relative? Loving this combination with the delicate texture of fern fronds. Depending on the type, these can bloom early spring to mid-summer, and range from 8″ to over 4′. The allium millenium can even be planted this spring for those of us who can’t wait.

Get out there, take some risks, and bask in the stately/feathery/proud beauty of mother nature.

Ethereal Grit: Balance Design’s Spring/Summer Open House

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Announcing Ethereal Grit: Balance Design’s spring/summer open house! Join us Thursday, April 27th from 7-9pm as we reveal our new collection, including photography by Christina Wedge. Come check out her newest work from her recent trip to Iceland and Greenland. Light fare, cold cocktails, and friendly chit-chat will be served. Hope to see you there!

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!

Color of the Year: Greenery

By: Shelby Adamson

Pantone has announced it’s Color of the Year for 2017, Greenery. Described as a refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

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While we heartily embrace Pantone’s fresh approach to this life-affirming shade, and this hue in the spring does make us swoon, let’s not forget the vast range of colors in this family.

Vintage Vogue, Benjamin Moore.

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Photo Courtesy of Scotch & Nonsense

Let’s branch out and use rich colors on cabinetry to break out of the monotony of black/white/gray paint. Rich, deep navy was the cabinetry color of choice for 2016, but in 2017 we would love to see Vintage Vogue mixed with warm woods!

Avocado, Benjamin Moore.

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If you tend to lean towards warm and organic design, this beautiful olive inspired green is for you. Plus, the best way to transform a boring space is a bold color!

Lime Sorbet, Benjamin Moore.

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Photo courtesy of Mobel Pobel

While Pantone’s pick is vibrant and energizing, Lime Sorbet is more soothing and understated.  A room with this hue feels airy and calm.  If meditating was a color, it would be this.

Green Smoke, Farrow & Ball.

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Photo courtesy of Domino

We love the mossy, nature-inspired feel of this color. It’s cool and warm at the same time, and is a great design staple as a paint color, furniture piece, or richly knit throw.

Kale Green, Sherwin Williams.

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Photo courtesy of Plain English Kitchens

Currently obsessing over this modern English kitchen with clean, simple lines, elevated by the richness of the materials and of course, the beautiful green paint.

We would love to hear your take on the color of the new year. Share your thoughts with us!

Artist in Residence: Rusty Walton

By: Stephanie Andrews

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A few times a year at our studio we feature a local, emerging artist that we believe will resonate with our core belief in living an authentic life. We could not be more excited to introduce you to our newest artist that we are featuring in November: Rusty Walton. I have known Rusty personally for about five years and we have become close friends. His background is inspiring: he has lived all over the globe and worked with some of the world’s best known interior designers during his time in New York. He has a zen like quality when working, staying calm and open minded to sudden challenges that are presented to him. I asked him a few questions about his art as well as his design philosophy.

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1. How would you describe your art?

“I am consistently searching for a medium that communicates simplicity. Much of my mixed media is minimalist, however I try to draw the viewer closer and evoke emotion. My goal is make an idea real, thereby experiencing the process for myself and creating an experience for the viewer.”

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2. What about your photography?

“I am all about expressing intimacy in my photography, even if it’s slightly uncomfortable. I seek to expose rather than to mystify. True intimacy is born of exposure.” 

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3. Why did you want to add furniture design to your repertoire?

“It wasn’t a conscious decision, just an organic evolution. I originally started making furniture for myself years ago because I was too poor to buy any, I didn’t like much of what I saw, and I could get something far more interesting if I built it myself. I quickly realized that there were so many possibilities that we never see. Exploring that is fun and fascinating. When I was doing interior design in New York I would design almost all of the furniture for my clients. Everything they had by the end of the job was uniquely theirs.”

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4. What would you describe as a dream project?

“A dream project would be to go to a place where the local architecture has been lost and replaced with some foreign concept of normal, and help revive that style in a way that would work today. We all seem to get locked into ideas of what is “normal” and so often that idea doesn’t work and disempowers people. A place’s culture, climate, materials, values, spirituality, etc. can all be assembled to create perfect dwellings if we allow them freedom to do so. That’s an endeavor I could really sink my teeth into.”

Join us at our open house November 17 to see Rusty’s incredible work in person. We’ll see you there!