interior design Posts

Color Obsession: Whites That Aren’t White

By: Danielle Clockel

As much as we love a bold statement color, there’s still something to be said for clean white walls. The lightness creates a calm, open atmosphere and lets art/furnishings/plants/etc. be the focal point of the space. But that doesn’t mean all white tones are the same! Let’s dig into the subtle array…

Photo courtesy of Farrow & Ball.

Pointing (Farrow & Ball). Now this is how you do a warm, golden white without it looking sickly.

Photo courtesy of Tag and Tibby.

Intimate White (Sherwin Williams). The lightest blush, shown here in a nursery, but sophisticated enough for any room that wants a touch of whimsy.

Photo courtesy of Sherwin Williams.

Spinach White (Sherwin Williams). Who knew a touch of pale green could create such a soothing tone? (You do, now.)

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

Feathered Violet (Benjamin Moore). White with the faintest breath of purple undertone that pulls out cool tones without looking blue.

Whether you’re into monochromatic neutrals or just want to add your color elsewhere, there’s an almost endless variety of subtly hued white tones available for your walls.

The Plants of Balance Design

By: Danielle Clockel

Nothing breathes life into a space quite like plants. They’re colorful, lively, and many of them improve the quality of air in your home. At our studio, we have really embraced this concept! Let us introduce you to some of the plants we share our workspace with, and see if any of them might be a good fit for your home.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Ah, orchids. So beautiful, so inspirational. Phalaenopsis is a pretty simple plant to keep happy. Make sure it gets good light, but not direct sun, as it will burn. Set this orchid on a windowsill with a view of trees or one that is covered by a sheer curtain; it loves soft, filtered light. Most importantly, stick to a routine. Most orchids do well with a shot or so of warm water once a week. And don’t be alarmed when its blooms fall, it’s simply done with that bloom cycle! Stick to the watering schedule and keep an eye on the leaves. If they’re healthy looking, your orchid should bloom again when it’s ready. Your patience will be greatly rewarded!

Sansevieria Cylindrica

Sansevieria is a succulent, which means it isn’t very high maintenance. It loves sunlight, but even if you don’t have a full sun window it should do pretty well. Just try to keep it out of a dark shady corner, that will make it sad. Its watering schedule is every other week at most, so you don’t have to panic if you realize you haven’t given it a drink in a little bit.

Pilea Involucrata

Aka the friendship plant. Aww! This is a great plant for beginners because it’s resilient and low maintenance. Water about once a week, or when the soil looks dry, and it’ll be a happy camper. It likes a bit of light but not direct sun, so it can go almost anywhere in your home that isn’t totally shady and dark (ours have been happy on desks, in bathrooms, and in the middle of the room). Also, you can take a cutting and submerge the stem in water for a while and you’ll see it begin to root. Once you see roots, you can plant this new friend in soil and watch it grow.

Bromelia

The Bromelia is a newcomer to our studio, but it’s definitely a favorite with its tall, lively red flower. Ours is in the storefront window, which gets a good bit of light but not full, direct sun (which would be too intense). It lets you know when it needs water, as the water collects in a cup at the base of the plant. When you see that it’s empty, fill it up a bit! Enjoy all this beauty while you can, the Bro is a love ’em and leave ’em type of plant, only flowering once. Luckily you’ll get a good four to six months of prime flower time from one of these, and once the bloom starts to die, the plant will begin producing “pups” or clones of itself. So you can pluck one of the babies and grow it into a new flowering Bromelia! The gift that keeps on giving.

More than just being beautiful, plants have their own personalities and quirks that help personalize a space. While not every plant is ideal for every room (or every person), there’s certainly one out there that’s a perfect match for you. Do a little research and a bit of hunting at local nurseries and you’re sure to find your soul plant!

Modern Quilt Roundup

By: Danielle Clockel

When the weather heats up, the covers come off. Who wants a heavy down comforter smothering them in the thick of summer? That’s when lightweight summer quilts have their time to shine! Here’s a roundup of five modern quilts that we’d love to drape across some fresh linens.

Photo courtesy of Good Bones.

Patchwork is less overwhelming and more intriguing when it’s monochromatic, and the mix of textures and patterns piques visual interest.

Photo courtesy of Hopewell.

From the color palette to the large geometric sections, this quilt is like a cool Scandinavian breeze with just enough contrast provided by the giant dark triangle.

Photo courtesy of Louise Gray Studio.

When you have a quilt as gorgeous as this one, why wouldn’t you display it as art?  This dramatic graphic quilt is a statement-maker in any room.

Photo courtesy of the Modern Quilt Guild.

This is just pure happiness. The bright, fun colors arranged in a sophisticated graphic composition makes this quilt perfect for any age of snuggler.

Photo courtesy of B Perrino Handmade.

Light, bright, and Mondrian-esque. What’s not to love?

Quilts have a rich history of function as well as aesthetics, so we say do both! With beautiful options like these, they’re a striking display anywhere in your home when not in use.

Art Crush: Crysta Luke’s Abstract Paintings

By: Danielle Clockel

Crysta Luke, one of the featured artists we’re unveiling at our open house this Thursday, is an incredibly talented abstract painter right here in Atlanta.

She says of her work, “I say with paint what I cannot with words.” With materials ranging from paints and drawing materials to metal leaf, her energetic marks and tactile texture invite you to come closer and closer to examine the most minute details.

Far from limiting herself to only large paintings, Crysta creates petite, intricate, small scale paintings on wood as well.

Come by the Balance Design studio this Thursday (or any time Monday through Friday!) to see our full selection of Crysta’s art, our spring/summer custom pieces, and photography by our other featured artist, Emily Grant.

Spring Collection 2018: Bright and Bold!

By: The Balance Design Team

Join us as we unveil our new featured artists Crysta Luke and Emily Grant, and introduce our spring/summer collection.

We are thrilled to show the dynamic abstract art of Crysta Luke, some oversized and some petite — all fabulous!


We are also excited to introduce newcomer Emily Grant, showcasing her luscious and moody still life photography.


Join us Thursday May 24, 7-9pm for Latin inspired cocktails and tapas! See you there!