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Holiday Home Wishlist

By: The Balance Design Team

While we strongly believe this time of year should be spent with loved ones, cherishing relationships and friendships, we’re also human — it’s fun to give and get gifts!!! What’s on our wishlist this season? Check it out below.

Stephanie’s Pick: Modern Mobile

Photo courtesy of Etsy.

There will always be a spot in my heart for modern mobiles. This particularly lovely one is brass, stainless steel, and copper, and inspired by willow branches. Mobiles are all about structure, proportion, and movement, and this one conveys pure grace. I picture it hanging above a reading chair in an office, perhaps as I continue to armchair shop Etsy’s vast array of emerging artists!

Shelby’s Pick: Teak Housewares

Photo courtesy of Steel+Plank.

This year I’ve tried to embrace a more minimalist way of life, collecting functional items that I truly love and will stand the test of time. When I came across Athens, GA based Steel+Plank, I fell in love with their curated kitchen accessories, especially these teak measuring spoons and cups. My family loves to spend time together in the kitchen and entertain, so these pieces are perfect for us to enjoy this holiday season! (PS – we met the ladies of Steel+Plank at an event recently and could not have loved them more!)

Danielle’s Pick: Indoor Olive Tree

Photo courtesy of HonestlyWTF.

I may have 16 plants in my studio apartment, but that’s still not enough for me. Most of my plant children are hearty succulents, cacti, and a couple of mosses, and I think I’m ready to branch out (pun absolutely intended) into a new plant families. Olive trees are a symbol of peace, and who wouldn’t want to bring that energy into their home? Plant a dwarf variety of this striking Mediterranean native in a cute planter and enjoy its visual energy in any style of room. Its sage-hued leaves compliment modern interiors and Tuscan-inspired sunrooms alike. Just make sure it can sunbathe a LOT — olive trees like 6-8 hours of sun each day.

Jennifer’s Pick: Concrete Lamp

Photo courtesy of Surya.

Concrete is one of those materials that’s better known for its structural purposes in the building world than in furnishings and decor. However, more recently, designers and architects alike have been drawn to its simplicity and versatility for styling interiors. Not only can this material add a soft, calming feel to a space, it also brings a bit of the outside world indoors. I’ve had my eye on this lamp from Surya for quite some time, being drawn to the beauty of its clean styling and the elegant pairing of the stone-like material with brushed metal accents and natural linen.

Melody’s Pick: Heirloom Tapestry

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie.

Having a large dog sometimes means sacrificing the option of having nice things close to the floor. But with a gorgeous wall hanging like this, I don’t have to worry that his nails will snag a loop or his hair will become “fur”ever incorporated into the weave. Often beautiful rugs (or even remnants) get stuffed into storage to avoid damage. I say appreciate them as art instead — tapestries are a gorgeous way to showcase more fragile pieces! This one reminds me of the Turkish rugs I’ve grown up around, and presents it in a beautifully different way. I love the old world feeling pieces like this can bring to a home.

Magnolia’s Pick: Original Art

Photo courtesy of Chairish.

Having just recently moved in to a new home, it’s taken months and endless hours of shopping/moving/organizing just to get my basic living necessities in order. Now that the space is functional, I can finally focus on making it my own! And what better way to do this than by adorning my walls with gorgeous works of art? This piece by Charleston-based artist Leslie Weaver (found via my new favorite vintage marketplace, Chairish) beautifully compliments the moody, expressive, and subtly feminine energy that radiates throughout my entire living space. In my opinion, there’s no better gift than something that truly resonates with me in the way that paintings like this do (not to mention, it’s a great conversation starter for guests)!

Are you inspired yet? If you still have a few people to find the perfect gift for, we recommend shopping local. Go out and about your neighborhood/city/town and find independent and small businesses to support!

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.)

  

balancedesign

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) 

madeagain

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.

weeniedogmenorah

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.

menorahsaurus

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.