By: Stephanie Andrews
Just like any good soap opera, the plot thickens in my personal kitchen renovation! The plan was to start this large project in March, but then something remarkable happened. A fantastic, beautiful retail space in my favorite part of town became available for lease. The dream of having a brick and mortar working studio and gallery for Balance Design has been ten years in the making. However, we have only been actively looking for a space in the last two years. After many stops and starts, full of places that were too expensive and needed too much work, we finally found the perfect match. It’s right around the corner from my house and in the heart of the Candler Park neighborhood in Atlanta. A dream come true.
So here’s the dilemma: could I manage my remodel, the opening of a new studio, and still continue to give our clients the time and attention their projects deserve? Probably not. Something had to give. After talking with my husband, we decided to wait until fall to proceed with our remodel and push full steam ahead with the new Balance Design studio.
Most of the new studio is for our team to design, create, and work with clients, including a conference area and desks designed for collaboration. There will also be a library for fabrics, tile samples, wallpaper, and millwork. But the front area is what we’re really excited about. It’s a bit of a different concept for Atlanta — a gallery space at the front of a working studio. Consisting of two windows and about 200 square feet, it will be our “Artists We Believe In” spotlight. This showcase of curated combinations of local artists, furniture makers, lighting designers, and artisans will rotate quarterly. Only three to five artists will be featured at a time so that we can tell their stories and display their work prominently. Our biggest hope is that the gallery will bring awareness to the community’s cutting edge, supremely talented makers.
We’ll be keeping clients and readers in the loop throughout this exciting process through Facebook and Instagram. You can count on a big opening event. Perhaps in April? Stay tuned! Thank you so much for your continued support, we absolutely could not do this without you.