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Design Challenge: Breakfast Nook Solutions

By: The Balance Design Team

Before the Thanksgiving holiday, Danielle set forth the challenge to the design team of creating a multifunctional dining/working space in her apartment’s cozy breakfast nook. A comfy retreat for tea time as well as a quirky workspace? No problem.

Stephanie’s Solution

For Danielle’s niche, I chose a loveseat that we happen to have in the studio (at a great price!) for her seating needs. It’s light, airy, and perfect for her and her pets to lounge and look out the window. The dining space doubles in function with this dramatic black tulip table that provides a surface for Danielle to read and work, and two modern white chairs add sharp contrast. To wrap up this strong black and white palette, I suggest wallpaper inside the built-in shelving unit. But the best part is the perfect jewelry hanging from the ceiling — a black and chain pendant light!

Elisabeth’s Solution

Photos courtesy of Etsy, Flor, CB2, and Restoration Hardware.

Rather than a typical dining table/desk, I chose to create a cozy-chic lounge space that could also celebrate Danielle’s adored rocking chair. A camouflage meets black floral rug (tiles for any size room!) paired with a luscious berry tufted masterpiece provides a comfortable seat that is anything but expected. I added plenty of table space for working at two different heights for laptops and tea. Finally, a gothic-inspired candelabra floor lamp in front of her historical window is sure to unearth anything to her heart’s desire.

Shelby’s Solution

Photos courtesy of Made Goods, Ballard Designs, and The Mine.

Danielle is our studio rock and roll lady; she has great taste that’s a mix of feminine and edge and I loved the challenge of capturing the essence that is “Danielle.” First, I chose a really cool paint effect. She loves black, so I wanted to give her a dark neutral that had depth to it. I propose painting the back three walls of the alcove to act as an accent. These would be painted Studio Green, and feature a white drip effect at the top creating an “unstructured” look. A skirted banquette (because she is a lady, of course!) offers comfortable seating in a deep green vinyl to help the piece blend into the wall. The classic wooden pedestal table is beautiful as is, but for Danielle I see it painted in a high lacquer oxblood. Overhead would hang a fierce gold feather pendant to add the required edginess. Finally, rich brown hair-on-hide stools allot for extra seating and texture. These can easily be tucked under the table or stored off to the side and pulled up as needed. This space may be small, but with these selections it is a powerful mixture of richness, texture, and edge that I feel embodies Danielle’s personality.

Melody’s Solution

Photos courtesy of Wayfair, RH Teen, PB Teen, and Anthropologie.

I chose a comfy but compact velvet chair for this petite breakfast nook, and a small carved side table for Danielle to enjoy morning tea. This setup can double as workspace for those productive days at home without looking like an office. The dark ornate rug and staggered antiqued glass pendants evoke a modern gothic feeling. The epitome of a Danielle-approved space!

Stay tuned to see which pieces from each solution Danielle combines to create her dream multifunctional alcove!

Color Palette: Summer Rain

By: Danielle Clockel

We’re in the thick of summer showers here in Atlanta. Don’t let it get you down! Check out this soothing color palette inspired by our local weather.

Photo courtesy of How Sweet It Is.

From top to bottom:
Farrow & Ball No. 266 Mizzle
Benjamin Moore 415 Riverdale Green
Sherwin Williams 6709 Gleeful
Sherwin Williams 6434 Spinach White
Farrow & Ball No. 287 Yeabridge Green

Color Palette: Lavender Field

By: Danielle Clockel

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Sherwin Williams Plum Brown 6272
Benjamin Moore Yellow Lotus 2021-50
Sherwin Williams Electric Lime 6921
Farrow and Ball Plummett No. 272
Farrow and Ball Calke Green No. 34

As we began preparing for our next open house, we were continuously inspired by the colors of France’s lavender fields. The purples of course grabbed our attention, but there are so many other hues within this striking environment that create a truly unique and beautiful color scheme. You’re sure to see these fresh, springtime colors in the studio at our next open house in April!

Color Palette: Evergreen Scene

By: Danielle Clockel

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From top to bottom:
Farrow and Ball Tanner’s Brown
Farrow and Ball Cornforth White
Farrow and Ball London Clay
Sherwin Williams Evergreens SW 6447
Benjamin Moore Chalk White 2126-70
Benjamin Moore Absolute Green 2043-10

It’s the first official day of winter! While it’s supposed to climb up to 60 degrees today in Atlanta, we’re still thinking of snow-covered forests and winter wonderlands.

Color Palette: Patina

By: Danielle Clockel

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From top to bottom:
Sherwin Williams Maxi Teal 6769
Benjamin Moore Electric Orange 2015-10
Farrow and Ball Hague Blue
Benjamin Moore Redstone 2009-10
Farrow and Ball Teresa’s Green
Farrow and Ball Eating Room Red

We’re so inspired by the roughness and richness of urban patina and rust. Who knows, maybe you’ll be seeing some of these colors pop up in our new collection. ( Wink wink.)