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Design Insight: Inspired by the Environment

By: The Balance Design Team

Nature is the true origin of inspiration. Everyone at some point in their life has stopped in their tracks at the sight of something magnificent in nature. We are no exception. Find out what truly takes our breath away, and ways to incorporate that beauty into a nature inspired haven.

Stephanie’s Pick: Icelandic Texture

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Photo by Christina Wedge

This ever aware sheep in Iceland is set amongst the beautiful and rugged Icelandic landscape. For me this photo evokes an independent spirit and a nod to simplicity.

Sheepskin

Photo courtesy of Domino

This Scandinavian home employs the natural texture of the sheepskin rug, and its fresh simplicity inspires me to not only relax in this room, but also get to know the beautiful Icelandic landscape as well!

Elisabeth’s Pick: Punchy Poppy

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Photo by Elisabeth Paulson

The Botanical Gardens is an enduring source of inspiration for me and this paper-fragile zinger of a poppy is one of my all time faves. The pod itself stands on its own but then surprises us with gorgeousness every spring.

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Rubylite Side Table by Resource Decor

This “Rubylite” side table is punchy yet perfectly refined. Made with stainless steel in satin brass finish, pearlized Damson Mica shelf, beech solids with clear or smoked glass, I can’t wait to see this poppy-inspired piece installed.

Shelby’s Pick: Ocean Crests

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Photo by The Poetry of Material Things Tumblr

If I were to choose a ‘spirit color’ it would be deep ocean teal. I have a similar painting in my living room to this picture, something about the varying shades of deep blue cut with the crisp white of the wave is perfection to me.

Teal Kitchen

Photo by Mercury Mosaics

The depth of teal surrounded by crisp white is a nod to nature’s use of a deep color surrounded by a crisp neutral. This space evokes the ocean in a sophisticated way, punching up the bar with a beautiful hue but continuing to stay classic with white tile and a white countertop. Serene and beautiful!

Danielle’s Pick: Bird of Prey

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Photo by Ray Barlow photography

I’m a total bird lover, and not just colorful, tropical, pretty birds. I like the fierce ones that have an intensity in their eyes.

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Photo by Marco Matarese Photography

This golden yellow sofa against a textured grey and white wall mimics the yellow of the beak and eyes of the peregrine falcon against its layered feathers. In both cases, the boldness of the color is amplified by the neutrality surrounding it. Truly fearless design.

Melody’s Pick: Deep Sea Dive

Dark Jellyfish

Photo by Alexander Semenov

The depths of the ocean are largely uncharted territory. I have always had a deep love and curiosity for the ocean and its creatures of the deep.

Blue and Orange room

Photo by Rue Magazine

So, when I see a space with rich dark bold colors like these, I cant help but be in awe. These hues create an immense calm that washes over you, and you feel as though you can conquer the deep.

Use whatever inspires you to create a space that brings you back to nature, and speaks directly to you.

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!

It’s Here! Summer Sample Sale

By: The Balance Design Team

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Our Summer Sample Sale is in full swing! You’ve seen a little bit of what we’ve got to offer, but did you know we specially priced items in our collection at up to 75% off? (Yes, really.)

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This enticing egg chair prices at $3,750, but we’ve discounted it to $950. Don’t forget, we’ve also got incredible art by local artists Britney Kidd and Jeff Hyde.

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Photographs by Britney Kidd.

Come by, sit down, and see what we’ve got! The studio is open Monday through Friday from 10am – 5pm; we’re the green door in Candler Park near the Flying Biscuit!

Organic Modern: 5 Pieces Inspired by Nature

By: Danielle Cornely

We’ve written before about how often we, as designers, find inspiration in nature and the world around us. But this extends beyond live edge tables and botanical print fabrics. What we really get excited about is finding nature’s organic, imperfect qualities in pieces that are modern and fresh.

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1. The Swell Light’s curved form and light wood tones remind us of botanical pods.
2. The hues of this ocean current-like watercolor wall mural shift smoothly from soft to deeply intense.
3. We were blown away by the way the Cherry Bomb Fringe fixture resembles a lilting branch while still maintaining crisp, clean lines.
4. Nature is imperfect, and we love when design embraces that concept. The Mediterranean Rug by Loloi definitely does.
5. The intertwining branches of the Brazil Chair keep this piece clean and modern with their smooth, flawless finish.

Modern Cabin: A Step By Step Guide

By: Shelby Adamson

It’s that time of year. We’re craving the warm embrace of woodsy log cabins, roaring fires, cozy flannel blankets, and of course hot chocolate. But who says we have to sacrifice style? We’ve curated the perfect pieces to take you away to the modern cabin of your dreams.

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What’s a cabin without a chandelier made out of antlers? The chrome finish on this one elevates it from drab to chic.

staghornplanter

Don’t let the colder months be completely grey. Bring in a little green to keep things lively with this live edge staghorn fern planter.

liveedgebed

Speaking of live edge, this bed is reminiscent of wood grain cabin walls, but with a simple yet sexy update.

coffeetable

And who says wooden finishes have to be dark? This reclaimed Douglas fir coffee table is coated with a layer of silver that enhances the character of the wood.

leatherchair

Oak and leather combine in this beautiful chair. Unlike grandpa’s lazy boy, this chair will age beautifully and never go out of style.

hideottoman

 

A hide rug is a hallmark of a luxury log cabin. This hair on hide ottoman not only adds texture and warmth, but also provides a great place to prop your feet up after a long hike.

hudsonbayblanket

Warm, cozy, and classic. Hudson Bay blankets are a great way to add a pop of color to wood tones.

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The rich red of this handwoven flatweave rug says “woodland cabin” but the contemporary pattern says “fresh and modern” in the best possible way.

Clean lines, warm colors, and updated fixtures and finishes keep the comfort of a traditional log cabin, but give it a much needed makeover.