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Days of Our Lives: My Kitchen Renovation, Episode 3

By: Stephanie Andrews

Original renderings by Balance Design

Original renderings by Balance Design

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.

Five Throws to Warm You Through Winter

By: Danielle Cornely

The groundhog has spoken: we’re looking at six more weeks of winter. If this news makes you want to crawl under the covers and hibernate for the next couple of months, let us at least recommend some quality throws for you to use.

fauxfurthrow

Classic and cozy, this faux fur throw from Pottery Barn is one versatile blanket. Whether your look is rustic, glam, or anywhere in between, this throw will keep the cold at bay in style.

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Maybe a little bit of Southwestern influence will help warm you up. The Spine Quilt by designer Meg Callahan is a modern take on traditional Navajo patterns.

sweaterthrow

Wishing your favorite sweater was about ten times bigger so you could wrap your whole body in it? Try this knitted throw. It’s your dream come true.

eyeprintthrow

If you want a throw that makes a statement in a room, the bold, Art Nouveau pattern of the Beautiful Machine Throw is for you. Don’t worry, it’s 100% fleece so there’s no sacrificing comfort here.

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What’s the best thing about this banded throw from Alicia Adams? The unexpected color combinations? The clean lines? How about that it’s made from absurdly soft alpaca fur? Yeah, that last one.

Bundle up!

Color Obsession: Tangerine

By: Kate Donnelly

This week we are touting tangerine. This juicy color is showing up in everything from purses to pillows, and we can’t get enough! The richness of this orange tone can add both warmth and freshness to any decor. Here are some ways to use this vibrant hue and add some zest into your world: Orange Blog (1) 1. Bathers Giclee Print by Lou Taylor 2. Orange Lacquered Campaign Desk by Milo Baugman 3. Martini Side Table by West Elm 4. Cozy Owl Pillow by Dot & Bo 5. Palm Springs Lounge Chair by Dot & Bo 6. Bakery Street Orb Light by Red