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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.

Local, Custom, and Ready to Work!

By: Loren H. Pratt

In our digital age, we often think of “desktop” as ubiquitous with computers, but a physical, wooden desk is still my first love. As a teacher, I need a designated space for class preparation and grading papers, so back-to-school meant an opportunity to invest in a new desk as command central for the school year. Check out my new custom desk from Atlanta’s own Jack Ellis Company.

This desk is functional, spacious, and absolutely gorgeous in person. I love its live-edge and unstained finish and the fact that it floats in the room. It’s the perfect combination of classic cool and modern chic, plus it was made from reclaimed wood, so no trees were intentionally felled to make it. I can’t wait to nerd out with my husband and work a puzzle or play a board game on it after the semester ends. Thanks to Balance Design for helping me select this special piece of furniture for my home office!


Loren Pratt is a lawyer and legal writing professor who loves interior design. Her legal writing background influences her affinity for juxtaposing order and symmetry with personality and flair in decorating. Loren loves working with the Balance Design team when she’s stumped with a design challenge or when she needs a second opinion. Follow Loren to see what inspires her as she decorates her new Atlanta home.

From Start to Finish: Candler Park Custom Bar

By: Shelby Adamson Pawlak

One of our favorite things to do is customize a space to fit a client’s lifestyle. These design savvy Candler Park clients had just purchased their new home and brought us on board to update the kitchen, fireplace, and bar. They liked modern design, are friends with the distillers at Old 4th Distillery (known for their copper cups), and like to have company over. We designed this space so they can celebrate in style!

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Balance Design’s Summer Sample Sale

By: Stephanie Andrews

At the Balance Design studio we’re gearing up for a brand new collection of custom furniture, accessories, and local art, but there are still incredible pieces available in our current collection before we unveil these new treasures.

sofa

This statement-making velvet tufted sofa in rich eggplant is just waiting to become the show piece of your sitting room.

wingback

We can personally vouch for the comfort of this vintage reupholstered wingback chair. (But come in and try it out for yourself!) Plus, this guy has a lovely button-tufted counterpart, making the pair a perfect his-and-hers set.

pillows

With locally made pillows of every color of the rainbow, you’re sure to find the perfect accessory for any room in your house.

 Curious yet? Come by the studio Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm, and stay tuned as we curate our new collection!