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Our Neighbors’ Kitchen

By: Elisabeth Paulson

The finished product of this home in the Lake Claire/Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta was truly a result of contradictions. The galley kitchen was part of the original home, while the vaulted extension housed an overly-engineered laundry room and mud room. We unified this space with cleanly-planed, clear-oil-finished antique lumber beams that look like they were born there.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

We were lucky enough to work with the couple that calls this place home and get to know them a bit. They love cooking and beer and added their own distinct styles to the home: hers more farmhouse rustic, his more modern. A European drinking sink and fittings, handmade beer tapper, and chef’s kitchen spray faucet were only a handful of requests to make this dream kitchen.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Since the narrow space didn’t allow for an island, we incorporated a New York style deli counter instead, opening up the windows to the side yard.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

The counter was built from a 110-year-old live edge white oak from the Emory University campus and formed the foreground for a truly unique quartzite wrapped bar and lacquered floating wall cabinets.

Photography by Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

This project was definitely one of our favorites! Not only were the clients creative and possessed an incredible sense of style, but the finished product is something we’re extremely proud of. With those exposed beams, a custom bar, and a deli style counter, what’s not to love?

Sweet Dreams Are Made of…These Beds!

By: Danielle Clockel and Melody Richardson

A good night’s rest is an important aspect of health that often gets sacrificed in our busy lives. Let’s start changing that! Get excited about getting to sleep by choosing a bed you love.

Vanguardbed

The Anderkit bed from Vanguard is beautiful in its simplicity. Featuring an upholstered headboard as well as a canopy, the simple shape keeps this piece current and fresh.

canopybed

Talk about sweet dreams! Joseph Walsh’s Enignum canopy bed is a sculptural, ethereal cocoon sure to lull you into a perfectly serene slumber.

Resourcedecorbed

All of us went a little gaga over this bed from Resource Decor. The Duke poster bed is the sleek, modern canopy bed of your dreams.

Anthropologiebed

Maybe your home is a little too petite for a grand four poster bed. No problem! Get the drama of a canopy without sacrificing space with this curved rattan bed from Anthropologie.

CB2bed

A bed doesn’t have to be extravagant to be a knockout. Take the Jarvis bed from CB2. With a mid century spindle headboard and 100% leather pad, it has a unique masculine flair that makes us swoon.

Think about it — the more you love your bed, the more you’ll want to dive in and drift off to sleep to recharge. Set aside some time to relax, you deserve it!

Design Challenge: And the Winner Is…

By: Shelby Adamson Pawlak

This week we conclude our design challenge of my bedroom. I have chosen a design from one of our amazing designers and let me tell you, this was one of the HARDEST choices I have ever had to make!

First, I wanted to share the winner of our voters on Facebook and Instagram, and it was a close one! The design challenge winner from all of your popular votes was…Danielle!

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My overall winner along with my husband’s input (it is our room, after all) was a really tough choice. Our two favorites were Stephanie and Danielle, but after careful consideration and much deliberation our pick is…Stephanie!

SA Shelby

I honestly loved so many pieces from each of our designers here, so here is my compilation of everyone’s choices to create the perfect respite for my husband and myself:

It was so enlightening to be on the client side of things, to have my input reviewed and put through the Balance Design “filter.” It made me realize how important communication is, and the questions that I, as a designer, need to ask my clients. There were suggestions made that matched my Pinterest board that I loved, and it made me feel like my voice was really heard, but there were also things that I would never think of implementing that I ended up loving. I believe that as a team, our collaboration at Balance Design makes us strong designers, and as a client I am incredibly happy with the outcome. Now just stay tuned for the implementation! Thank you for all of your input!

Virtual Inspiration: Desire to Inspire

by Shelby Adamson

As designers we are continually looking for inspiration, and we tend to set the bar high when it comes to interiors and their aesthetic beauty.  Recently we stumbled upon this beautiful blog, Desire To Inspire, and we cannot stop looking!  Kim & Jo are design aficionados that created the blog together (even though Kim lives in Canada and Jo in Australia, and they have never actually met in person).  They feature beautiful installation photos of work by designers and architects from around the globe.  Here we share a few of our favorites:

Contemporary barn by D. Stanley Dixon Architect:

 

Stan Dixon Barn

 

Coogee House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects:

 

madeleine_blanchfield_architects-8a-coogee-house

 

English Kitchen by Plain English:

 

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Redesigned factory workspace by IFUB*:


IFUB*

 

And to brighten your day they always have a feature, Pets on Furniture every Monday.  These posts showcase beautiful furniture, and the pets that like to lay on it:

 

Pets on Furniture

 

Here is hoping you were as inspired as we were!

A Blogger’s List: 4 Interior Design Blogs You Can’t Miss

By: Stephanie Andrews

As bloggers, we are constantly searching for new inspiration, fresh looks, and unique experiences. The best approach to this search is to turn to other blogs and examine their voice, style, and message. When I find a blog I like, it’s almost like making a friend — I feel a connection to what inspires and motivates the blogger. Below are some of my current blog obsessions.

sweetpeach

http://www.sweetpeachblog.com/

Sweet Peach: As an Atlanta blogger, Sweet Peach is a blog that is near and dear to our hearts. Pamela Berger is everywhere around town, and she features local artists that we have personally fallen in love with. Her spotlight on artists is unique in that it doesn’t just feature beautiful art, but the actual person and what makes them tick. We are crazy about her quarterly newspaper that usually includes a delightfully illustrated map of Atlanta.

sfbayblog

http://www.sfgirlbybay.com

San Francisco Girl by Bay: A modern bohemian lifestyle blog that is run by women (like us!). We especially love the topics of discussion: art on walls, ink on paper, textile and wall coverings, style and fashion, etc. Victoria, the founder, is positive, fresh, and we feel a kinship to her authentic artistic style.

myscandihome

http://www.myscandinavianhome.com

My Scandinavian Home: This London girl in Sweden features the most elegantly airy Scandinavian interiors in shades of white and grey. (Reading her blog reminds me of our own Elisabeth Paulson, who might just be her twin separated at birth.) Reading her blog makes us want to paint our hardwoods white, our chairs blue, and sweep the floor a little better.

thejungalowblog

http://www.thejungalow.com

The Jungalow: A different kind of bohemian, Justina Blakeney’s blog leans more vintage and eclectic. Her rooms are edgy, colorful, and multi-cultural, yet still comfy and full of plants. Her carefree vibe empowers us to experiment with our boldest ideas, and that’s what makes her so relatable.