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Holiday Gift Guide: 4 Local Atlanta Boutiques

By: Stephanie Andrews

We’re officially down to the wire for holiday shopping. At this point, the best option for meaningful gifts is to shop local. For those of you outside of Atlanta who probably won’t be visiting these gems, SORRY! But fear not — we’ve included websites for you to browse and contact the helpful folks at each place. Our criteria: the physical store is within a few miles of our studio, handmade items only, and only items we would personally love to receive as gifts.  (We also can’t resist shamelessly plugging some of the beautifully curated items we have available in our gallery.)

  

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Balance Design Atlanta: 1653 McLendon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
Plaid pillow: Urban cabin with a glamorous chartreuse velvet back. All of our pillows are made by our wonderful seamstress, Barbara, and down-filled with an invisible zipper. $95
Damask pillow: Our personal favorite pillow at the studio! Luxurious and timeless. $185
Wood inlaid bread/cheese board: Made by none other than Elisabeth’s dad, Joe Paulson, with native Wisconsin hardwoods. $45 (small) $55 (medium) $65 (large) 

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Made Again: 299 N Highland Ave NE, Ste H2, Atlanta, GA 30307
2016 desk calendarThis letter press calendar is the perfect desk accessory, made by Cherry Laurel Studios. $28
Louise toteHand made leather tote by Atlanta’s own Neva Opet. Sure to be a fave for years and years. $255

youngblood

Youngblood Boutique: 632 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Arcos earrings: Delicate yet strong, these beautiful earrings are hand-forged cast bronze. $82
Arch’s shadow cuff: Hand-cut brass wrapped in woven leather is just waiting to adorn your loved one. $59

ICE

Indie Craft Experience: 1390 McLendon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
Amy Roberson Ceramics: Decatur resident Amy Roberson creates ceramics with a beautiful color palette and plenty of style.
Charles Lybrand: We couldn’t find out much about this maker, but just look at this wooden inlaid skateboard! (More information to come after a visit to the Indie Craft Experience.)

From all of us at Balance Design, we wish you an incredible holiday season full of friends and family, local goodness, and the things that are most important to you!

8 Picks for 8 Nights: How to Decorate for Chanukkah

By: Danielle Cornely

Let’s be honest, the world of Chanukkah decorations doesn’t always have the most stylish assortment of goods. Tinsel is everywhere. But fear not! We’re here to revive your home just in time for the festival of lights with eight pieces for eight great nights.

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1. Modern geometric menorah. The simple shape lets the candles be the star of the show without sacrificing style.
2. Oy vey pillow. Honestly, sometimes the holidays are frustrating. This pillow says it all.
3. Kate Spade dinnerware. Fun patterns in holiday colors.
4. Patterned pillows. Give your guests something comfortable and stylish to relax on.
5. Sterling silver kiddush cup. Say the blessing for wine with a goblet that’s elegant without being overly elaborate.
6. Gold coin garland. Here’s a playful nod to Chanukkah gelt, those chocolate coins in gold foil.
7. Twig star of David. Think outside the box with non-traditional materials.
8. Blue garland. Get your eight night party going with a fun garland!

4 Easy, Modern Ideas For Your Thanksgiving Table.

By: Stephanie Andrews

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and this year, after an unexpected turn of events that has my in-laws flying out to California, I find myself hosting the dinner for friends and family. This is a first. I must confess that when it comes to cooking, my husband Ed is the star of the show, which means I get to do what I do best: make things look beautiful! My main focus? The table, of course.

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Photo courtesy of Free to Be Lea.

Just a simple draping of branches and herbs in the center of the table. Add a few votive candles and you have an effortlessly elegant arrangement.

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Photo courtesy of Decor Advisor.

Update that tired cornucopia with a fresh paint job and vibrant fruits and veggies. Maybe a deep grey with pomegranates and eggplants for a richer, more sophisticated look?

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Photo courtesy of HGTV.

Let’s not forget those vintage pieces that are laying around. Fill an old dough trough, bowl, or tray with bright apples, acorn squash, pinecones, and artichokes to celebrate the bounty of fall. And don’t forget a few flowering branches! (Check out Candler Park Flowers for unique options.)

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Photo courtesy of Decoist.

Don’t you just love the simplicity of this twine, pumpkin, and wood arrangement? The neutral palette keeps the setting fresh and uncluttered.

Keep things simple this Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. This helps me remember the real reason for holidays: enjoy my family, appreciate their uniqueness (and try not to kill them), and count my many, many blessings.

Top Five for the Festival of Lights

By: Danielle Cornely

source: apartment therapy

source: apartment therapy

As far as Chanukkah decorations go, there is nothing more iconic than the menorah. While the nine candles are a must, the shape and structure of the menorah can be as traditional or unusual as desired. In honor of the festival of lights beginning this week, we’ve rounded up our top five favorite non-traditional menorahs.

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Beautiful, elegant, and unexpected, the Manzanita Candelabra from West Elm is a menorah that makes a statement in any setting.

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Dog lovers rejoice! Jonathan Adler’s ceramic Dachshund menorah is a fun way to bring your personality into your holiday decor.

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If you’re looking for a menorah that breaks from tradition, you won’t find one more modern and innovative than the Molecular Menorah. Its sculptural shape is about as far from the traditional silhouette you can get.

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For kids and kids-at-heart, behold the Menorasaurus Rex! A funky and bold option for the festival of lights.

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Clean, minimal lines make this eco friendly Green Ludwig menorah an instant classic.

Carrying on the traditions of Chanukkah doesn’t have to mean forgoing style and self-expression. Modern, fun, and expressive menorahs are easier to find now than ever before. Put the “festive” back into “festival of lights” with a menorah that celebrates the holiday and your personality.

Holiday Siesta

By: Kate Donnelly

Between traveling, food prep, and that double whammy of tryptophan and red wine, Thanksgiving can be exhausting. Once the pie has been eaten and the dishes cleaned, we are all ready for a little turkey-induced coma.

We found some very comfy pieces to retire to after Thanksgiving indulgence. So put up your feet, drown out your crazy relatives, and take a well deserved nap on one of these finds:

nap1We love love the bohemian vibe of this Roche Bobois Sofa designed by Hans Hopfer. The low profile and wide cushions make it great for sitting, laying, or lounging. With room enough for the whole family!

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After an evening full of family rhetoric, many of us will feel like fainting. Hopefully there is a stunning antique fainting couch like this one somewhere close by.

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It’s a bean bag, it’s a hammock…no, it’s a Beanock! For grown ups and kids alike, the Le Beanock brings comfort and fun. I think this looks like the perfect place to cuddle up for some Z’s.

nap4One look at the dreamy Enignum Canopy Bed already has us in a trance. With it’s organic curved wood and flowing canopy, this bed whispers instant relaxation.