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Design Insight: Inspired by the Environment

By: The Balance Design Team

Nature is the true origin of inspiration. Everyone at some point in their life has stopped in their tracks at the sight of something magnificent in nature. We are no exception. Find out what truly takes our breath away, and ways to incorporate that beauty into a nature inspired haven.

Stephanie’s Pick: Icelandic Texture

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Photo by Christina Wedge

This ever aware sheep in Iceland is set amongst the beautiful and rugged Icelandic landscape. For me this photo evokes an independent spirit and a nod to simplicity.

Sheepskin

Photo courtesy of Domino

This Scandinavian home employs the natural texture of the sheepskin rug, and its fresh simplicity inspires me to not only relax in this room, but also get to know the beautiful Icelandic landscape as well!

Elisabeth’s Pick: Punchy Poppy

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Photo by Elisabeth Paulson

The Botanical Gardens is an enduring source of inspiration for me and this paper-fragile zinger of a poppy is one of my all time faves. The pod itself stands on its own but then surprises us with gorgeousness every spring.

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Rubylite Side Table by Resource Decor

This “Rubylite” side table is punchy yet perfectly refined. Made with stainless steel in satin brass finish, pearlized Damson Mica shelf, beech solids with clear or smoked glass, I can’t wait to see this poppy-inspired piece installed.

Shelby’s Pick: Ocean Crests

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Photo by The Poetry of Material Things Tumblr

If I were to choose a ‘spirit color’ it would be deep ocean teal. I have a similar painting in my living room to this picture, something about the varying shades of deep blue cut with the crisp white of the wave is perfection to me.

Teal Kitchen

Photo by Mercury Mosaics

The depth of teal surrounded by crisp white is a nod to nature’s use of a deep color surrounded by a crisp neutral. This space evokes the ocean in a sophisticated way, punching up the bar with a beautiful hue but continuing to stay classic with white tile and a white countertop. Serene and beautiful!

Danielle’s Pick: Bird of Prey

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Photo by Ray Barlow photography

I’m a total bird lover, and not just colorful, tropical, pretty birds. I like the fierce ones that have an intensity in their eyes.

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Photo by Marco Matarese Photography

This golden yellow sofa against a textured grey and white wall mimics the yellow of the beak and eyes of the peregrine falcon against its layered feathers. In both cases, the boldness of the color is amplified by the neutrality surrounding it. Truly fearless design.

Melody’s Pick: Deep Sea Dive

Dark Jellyfish

Photo by Alexander Semenov

The depths of the ocean are largely uncharted territory. I have always had a deep love and curiosity for the ocean and its creatures of the deep.

Blue and Orange room

Photo by Rue Magazine

So, when I see a space with rich dark bold colors like these, I cant help but be in awe. These hues create an immense calm that washes over you, and you feel as though you can conquer the deep.

Use whatever inspires you to create a space that brings you back to nature, and speaks directly to you.

Balance Design Holiday Wish List!

By: The Balance Design Team

We’re getting into the holiday shopping spirit! Wanna know what’s on our wish lists?

Stephanie

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Gift for the home: I love the lines of these Bruno Mathsson Eva Chairs for my living room. So sleek and well designed, I definitely need a pair of them.

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Photo courtesy of OfDesign.net.

Gift for the soul: Looking forward to a peaceful and rejuvenating vacation in Japan…just need to buy the tickets!

Elisabeth

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Gift for the home: This painting knocks my socks off. “Sea Light” by Tommy McDonnell, a 60×48 multimedia piece, has the most unique straight-edge-meets-organic composition. Plus, he apparently does all his work on his beachfront terrace under banana palms. (Available at Gregg Irby Gallery, one of our local faves!)

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Photo courtesy of Southern Living.

Gift for the soul: Nothing makes me swoon more than a magnolia in bloom. I’m talking the enormous, evergreen, crazy-shady beasts that make up this land of ours. My homestead lost our century-plus oak tree this year and my hope is that the planting of a magnolia in its place will help with the melancholy of our empty front yard (though it probably won’t bloom for another 10 years).

Shelby

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Gift for the home: The blue coloring of this Kazak rug is unique to these type of rugs, and this one is pretty much a work of art for your floor. To me, it’s not about filling your home with stuff, but collecting beautiful pieces that will last.

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Gift for the soul: This beautiful bag not only supports a local Atlanta business but it’s amazing quality! (Plus, I’m in desperate need of a sturdy bag for work that is light, has adjustable straps, and will hold everything from my laptop to my tape measure.) 

Danielle

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Gift for the home: I’m in love with the moodiness of the Temple Mirror. The cathedral window shape and antiqued mirror are calling my name in a faint, ethereal whisper.

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Gift for the soul: Two things I can’t resist are Scandinavian art and teapots, and this Marimekko teapot is both! I drink tea with breakfast, lunch, and dinner year-round so this little stunner would be well loved.

Melody

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Gift for the home: I’ve never seen anything quite like the delMare table. It’s truly a special piece–only 35 will ever be made. This table looks just like the ocean floor and would satisfy my deeply rooted love of the sea, while still living here in the city. 

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Photo courtesy of Olive Avenue Jewelry.

Gift for the soul: My boyfriend and I recently celebrated our 6th anniversary and family and friends have been asking the dreaded holiday question of “when are you getting married?” I’m personally in no rush, but (just saying) if it were to happen this holiday season, this would the perfect ring for me! I love the vintage feel of the band, and the unique rose gold finish. 

A Simple Holiday Season

By: Stephanie Andrews

What a year it has been! We have so much to be thankful for: a thriving interior design business, a beautiful community, and some very special clients, friends and families. With the holiday season in full swing, it’s important to stay mindful of what is truly important this time of year. To us, holiday decorating means creating a space that is warm, inviting, and finds inspiration in the simple beauty of nature.

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Photo courtesy of The Kitchn.

Air plants and oranges. Simple, festive, easy.

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Photo courtesy of OMGLifestyle.

There’s something magical about the blooming of forced bulbs like amaryllis, paper whites, or tulips.

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Photo courtesy of Monika Hibbs.

A beautiful way to decorate the banister: delicate greenery, pinecones, and ribbon tied to the newels with floral wire.

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Photo courtesy of FamilyHoliday.net.

Don’t forget the fireplace! Seasonal fruit and pines create an organic and authentic ambiance.

We wish you the very best holiday season and thank you for an incredible year. Looking forward to a sumptuous (design- filled) New Year!

Color Palette: Australian Coastline

By: Danielle Clockel

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Photo courtesy of Daily Mail.

From left to right:
Farrow and Ball Cat’s Paw
Sherwin Williams Cape Verde 6482
Sherwin Williams Cotton White 7104
Sherwin Williams Calypso 6950
Benjamin Moore Northern Lights

Recently we’ve found ourselves drawn to shades of deep teal. Until we can make our way to salt water, this beautiful picture will have to do!