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A Balance Design Original: The Grain Console

By: Elisabeth Paulson

This has been FUN. When I joined Balance Design nearly seven years ago, I met Stephanie Andrews (founder and chieftain) who could not have been more eager to expand her interior design business with innovative and creative designs. I grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin with an artist mother and a woodworker father, so I was profoundly excited to get on board. Throughout these years, Balance Design has pridefully designed custom pieces for our clients including bars, beds, and bookcases beyond. It was time to do something for ourselves…

We started with a console. Oh, the meager console: a room divider, a platform for the perfect lamp (or the mail-plop, or a mint julep). We thought, “Let’s make this better.” We live in “Intown Atlanta” as they call it, which is a series of connective neighborhoods surrounded by parks, each with its own identity. Old homes with bountiful character but not a lot of space. These are the homes that we cherish with our beloved clients to carve out memories. They deserve a perfect console, we say! It began, as so many things do, with reducing the scale, sketching a design, and finding the ideal craftsmen.

Utilizing our current gallery motif, “Modern Gothic,” our team challenged the current modern-means-straight-lines-only trend and added some curve appeal along with DRAWERS (did I mention drawers in a narrow console?) to create this doozy of a table. Harnessing our self-coined, “City in a Forest”, we have no shortage of native and unique species to build from. In this design, we capitalized on the beauty of the Mighty Oak. Michael Scialabba from Scialabba Construction in East Atlanta (also my ‘hood, represent), helped us procure the most incredible finish: inky-black lacquer with a series of lime wax which enhances the grain and luster of natural wood. All this plus v-notched routed detail, brass footings/hardware, and an uber-shiny gem tone on the inside of the drawers ( Auric by Sherwin Williams – my current fave). We have a winner, folks.

We are proud to introduce this piece, completely customizable in size, to you and yours. This is the first piece, hopefully followed by many more, in a collection we are calling “Grain”: a celebration of materials and natural processes that provides some honest-to-goodness furniture pieces that celebrate our unique habitats. We’ve got prototype 1.1 in these photos and in our window at our studio/gallery at 1653 McLendon Avenue in Candler Park. Thank you for your support so we can make more and more. We’ve got you, Atlanta.

All photos courtesy of the infinitly-talented Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Pop Up Shop: Turkish Bazaar

We love Turkey, linens (towels, bedding, and throws), and supporting our neighbors’ small businesses. So when we got the opportunity to help our Turkish neighbors by offering our studio for a weekend pop up shop, we jumped at the chance! Come by Balance Design in Candler Park this Saturday and Sunday to find the perfect beach towel, bedding, or a treasured gift. See you there!

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!

Balance Design Grand Opening!

By: Stephanie Andrews

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It’s finally happening. We are pleased to officially announce the grand opening of the Balance Design Interior Design Studio and Gallery. After many long months of plans, renovations, and designs, we’re ready to reveal our brick and mortar studio to the world. 

Get to know our featured artists Ahsley Hizer, Michael Bryant, and Chelsea Goff. With modern abstract paintings, gold leaf photography, and refined ceramics (all made here in Atlanta), there’s something for everyone. We will also reveal our custom line of pillows and scented candles, our favorite design books and magazines, and some very special pieces to support our friends in Nepal.

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We welcome all clients, friends, and neighbors to come celebrate with us. You are the ones who have made this possible with all your support over the past 12 years! Come by, have some hors d’oevres and wine, and see what we’ve been working on.