new year’s Posts

2018: Year in Review

By: Stephanie Andrews

The year is coming to a close, and what a year it has been! We may be exhausted in this last little stretch, but we’re incredibly grateful for all the amazing experiences we’ve had as a team this year.

Photography by Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

The beginning of 2018 marked the completion of our first ground-up new construction in Roswell, GA. Designer Elisabeth Paulson worked alongside a team consisting of the architect, builder, and client to create a one of a kind modern treehouse home overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Not long after, we said goodbye to Elisabeth as she ventured out on her own. This was certainly a difficult change for both of us after seven years together, but we still collaborate on our Grain series of furniture and support each other’s individual design endeavors.

Photography by Garey Gomez for Balance Design.

Another design achievement early in the year was breaking through the walls of an Oakhurst farmhouse. Newly appointed senior designer Shelby Adamson worked with a master carpenter to create a totally custom, delightfully textured library and bar.

Things really started picking up at the end of spring. We brought on Jennifer Carter as our newest interior designer and immediately felt that she was the right fit. With a creative spirit, kind heart, and experience on new-build homes, we welcomed her to the team just as we began designing the dining room at Atlanta Home and Lifestyle’s annual Cashiers showhouse. The whole team pulled together on this project under Shelby’s direction to create an opulent, al fresco dining room experience.

But it didn’t stop there! We were also featured as one of Modern Luxury Magazine’s 2018 Faces of Design, AND we brought on a much needed administrative team member: project coordinator Magnolia Triplett. With this additional support in our studio (and our online presence, in case you haven’t noticed that we majorly upped our social media game), we were able to work with exciting new clients in Druid Hills, Old Fourth Ward, and Sandy Springs. Stay tuned in 2019 for photos of these finished projects!

And of course, as you know, we ended the year on a high note with our billiards room design at the Christmas at Callanwolde designer showhouse. Designers Jennifer Carter and Melody Richardson transformed this dark room off the side of the main hall into a distinguished-yet-cozy lounge that was widely applauded.

This is all to express our sincere, heartfelt gratitude for all who have supported us throughout the year. To our readers, clients, friends, families, and colleagues — we look forward to sharing meaningful moments and real design with you in 2019!

That’s a Wrap, 2014!

By: Stephanie Andrews

As we wrap up the year, I find myself reflecting on just how grateful I am to all of our amazing clients, vendors, and team members, and I want to express my heartfelt thanks. 2014 was an eventful year that saw many memorable changes and beginnings.

In January, we took the first steps to creating Design Pulp, a brand new blog that would allow us to explore the outer reaches of  design and our passion for travel, art, and inspiration.

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We hired Danielle Cornely in March, and she is truly a rock star (inside and out). Her enthusiasm, creative organization, and positivity are a daily inspiration. She’s also a talented photographer!

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

Two large renovation projects began in April, and both were finished just in time for the holidays. We developed incredible relationships with the clients, builders, and craftsmen from these jobs as we navigated construction of new kitchens, baths, and second floors.

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

Photography by Danielle Cornely for Balance Design

In May, we landed an awesome retail project, Splash of Olive. It was a joy to bring the clients’ dream to life in a beautiful Decatur space.

SOA_REN_AThanks to our incredible design director, Elisabeth Paulson, I was able to take a much needed vacation in July. Knowing that we can all travel and enjoy time off because we have a quality team is such a relief. It’s hard to find words to express how much I value everything that Elisabeth brings to Balance Design, so I was more than happy to return the favor when she went to France in August. It’s no surprise that she had a wonderful time (you can read more about it here on Design Pulp).

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson for Balance Design

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson for Balance Design

In October, we got to implement several large projects that we started at the beginning of the summer. From emerald green sofas to large modern art, they came together through hard work and dedication to make our clients’ homes a reflection of their personalities.

Photography by Traci Cox for Balance Design

Photography by Traci Cox for Balance Design

I am so happy to be able to do what I do with the help of truly gifted people with big hearts, great ideas, and amazing work ethic. Looking forward to 2015 and all it will bring!

From all of us at Balance Design and Design Pulp, thank you.