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5 Ways to Incorporate the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year into Your Space!

by Stephanie Andrews

Each year we anticipate what the Pantone Color of the Year is going to be.  This color is a trend predictor of what we will be seeing in both fashion and home accessories.  For 2020, the Pantone Institute has selected a color that they named Classic Blue.

Photo courtesy of Pantone

As we enter a new decade with feelings of uncertainty in our upcoming elections, global warming, and other daunting issues, Pantone seems to be trying to reassure us by choosing the color Classic Blue.  The Pantone Institute describes this color as calming and timeless.  We liked both the name and the comfort (like a pair of our favorite, well worn jeans) of this color, so it was not hard for us to embrace.  See how we have used the color in some of our favorite designs and learn how to incorporate this into your own space!

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel

1.  Use Classic Blue on an accent chair or incorporate it into the trim on your window treatments.

This historic Druid Hills home had beautiful Persian rugs layered throughout the space.  We found that Classic Blue cooled the warm red tones and helped to relay a timeless style.

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel

2.  A Classic Blue area rug can help to add a calm feeling to your home.

This over-dyed Classic Blue rug offsets the whiskey leather and wood tones in this masculine sitting room located in midtown Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel

3.  A Classic Blue vessel or upholstered arm chair in your dining room.

This Asian inspired ginger jar was the perfect item to layer on the dining table to compliment the greek key upholstered arm chair in this classic Druid Hills dining room.

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge & Danielle Clockel

4.  Add some Classic Blue wallpaper to an accent wall or even an entire room!

We loved that Classic Blue wallpaper adds an eclectic and whimsical feeling to help build a room’s personality!  We used Hygge & West wallpaper on both the curved stairwell and in the powder room.

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge & Danielle Clockel

5.  Add Classic Blue cabinetry to your kitchen.

We love how the Classic Blue island and cabinet storage boxes added to both kitchens’ clean and classic looks.  These beautiful yet functional work spaces were exactly what our clients were looking for when remodeling their homes.

Be on the lookout for this color in the year ahead and consider utilizing it in your own home, in any capacity!  It may help to make life a bit calmer in 2020!

Happy New Year!

 

 

The Joy of Designing in a (Very) Small, Shared Space.

By: Danielle Clockel

Ah, New York: big city, small apartments. I moved to Brooklyn in July with my significant other, which meant combining two apartments’ worth of belongings into one little 450 square foot studio. By now we’ve all read the tips and tricks to overcoming small space challenges, but not enough is said about the fun of making it all work. Here’s what I enjoyed most about making our tiny apartment our authentic home.

Gaining big love for little plants. Tragically, I had to rehome several of my larger plants to friends before I made the move to Brooklyn, knowing I wouldn’t have the space for them. However, tending to my menagerie of petite plants (most hardy succulents) and seeing them thrive in their new environment has given me new appreciation for their special details — red edged leaves, propagation progress, and even some tiny new babies popping up from the mother plant. Additional benefit: they help hide some of the cords from my better half’s MANY electronic devices.

Creating a diverse color palette to invigorate the space. Blues, teals, reds, and purples speckle our tiny studio. Against crisp white walls, this bold scheme brings the apartment to life. He thought there was no way to mix floral print with a concert poster — he was wrong.

Creating vignettes to turn clutter into meaningful displays. One shelving unit for all my books and cameras meant each level needed to look good, and not like I had to cram it all in there. So I played around with stacking, grouping, and placement to turn each shelf into its own little display. Have a few of my treasures still somehow ended up on my partner’s own bookshelf? Maybe, maybe not.

I’ve lived in studio apartments for over half of my adult life, but our fifth floor charmer is definitely the smallest. It took even a seasoned pro such as myself a little time to figure out just how to bring two separate households of belongings together in a space the size of some people’s kitchens. But through it all, these were the parts of the process that brought me the most joy, and I believe they can inspire any size dwelling.

Atlanta Pride 2019

By Stephanie Andrews

The design industry is a great supporter of the LGBTQ community. Even in the rain,  Atlanta showed an outpouring of support at the Pride parade – with Stacey Abrams and other celebrity advocates garnering exuberant enthusiasm.  For the past 3 years we have showed our LOVE for the LGBTQ community during October, through our colorful window displays at our studio in Candler Park.  We hope that you will share your pride experiences with us on social media using #atlantapride so that we can collect some meaningful images of our friends, clients and family.


“Love is too beautiful to be hidden in the closet.”

Modern Pastels: A Look at Our Artists

We’re celebrating two local women artists at our spring/summer open house tonight! Jeni Stallings-Scialabba and Courtney Khail are classically trained, incredibly talented, and their different styles compliment rather than compete with each other.

Jeni’s encaustic art is an expression of the natural world as it relates to the spiritual. As she puts it: “I believe that we are constant patterns echoing throughout nature. To see ourselves as separate from our environment is false and destructive. On the other hand, in observing and appreciating nature, we experience balance and healing.”We couldn’t agree more, and are moved by the depth, layers, and meaning behind her art.

Courtney’s watercolor and ink paintings explore her fascination “with the metaphorical talents of flowers — specifically their ability to capture and reflect the complexities and juxtapositions present within each of us.” With a background in scientific illustration, her work combines expressive and intricate line work with abstracted color and form. We find Courtney’s work both exhilarating and surprising.

Have we sparked your interest? Come out to our studio tonight for our spring/summer open house and meet these talented artists! Share this evening with us and enjoy food, drinks, and fun!

Balance Design

1653 McLendon Ave

Atlanta, GA 30307

7pm – 9pm

Need We Say More: Stunning Wet Room Tile

By Melody Richardson

We have all been fawning over this gorgeous wet room, featured by Domino Magazine, from the moment we laid eyes on it. The way the designer pulled the tile from the floor onto the accent wall, and even brought it up to create a feature on the ceiling, is such an inspiration. We are so looking forward to trying out this technique in a powder room, laundry, or perhaps even a mud room!