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Transitions with Color and Subtle Connectivity

By: Loren H. Pratt

Photo courtesy of Hygge & West.

 

Recently the talented team at Balance Design helped me select and install this Hygge & West wallpaper in the top stair landing of my home. The inky blue color and quirky copper design reflects the mood of my home: cheerful and playful, yet sophisticated and relaxed. It invigorates the landing by adding movement, and the metallic details reflect light, making the area seem larger. This wallpaper inspired me to make the most of my transitional spaces.

In the past, I viewed these spaces (front entryway, hallway, and staircase) as simply a means to an end — get me to the next real space. However, they don’t have to simply be placeholders for connecting the main living areas; they can communicate something about you and reinforce the mood of your home as well.

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Color is an easy way to create mood and connect spaces. Blue is the primary color unifying the rooms in my open-concept home.

Photo courtesy of Loren H. Pratt.

Various shades of blue help the oversize photograph flow into the almost indigo color of the upstairs wallpaper. I love how the copper frame of the Brittany Kidd photograph (another Balance Design purchase!) complements—both in movement and color—the model’s hair color in the image and the underwater sea creatures in the landing wallpaper. Color unifies all of these spaces and helps you move naturally from one to the next.

Subtle Connectivity

I love a subtle theme. We’re not talking about your grandparents’ “Santa Fe room.” (I hope I’m not the only one with grandparents who had a Western themed room.) One or more subtle themes can tie multiple areas together. An implicit theme of water flows (couldn’t help myself) through the transition spaces in my home.

An abstract painting in the downstairs hallway was created at the beach, where the artist, Candace Greer, incorporated sand into the paint. The different blue shades symbolize the ocean and sky, and the hallway rug below the painting is reminiscent of coral. In the racy laundromat scene, the circular washing machines remind me of submarine windows.

Painting by Candace Greer.

Photo courtesy of Loren H. Pratt.

As I mentioned, the wallpaper contains whimsical underwater creatures perfectly in keeping with the water theme.

Photo courtesy of Loren H. Pratt.

Perhaps few will notice the subtle connections between these transitional spaces, but they really bring a sense of passage and evolution to otherwise mundane areas in our home. Take a second look at your “in between” spaces. Let them connect to each other and communicate something interesting.

Loren Pratt is a lawyer and legal writing professor who loves interior design. Her legal writing background influences her affinity for juxtaposing order and symmetry with personality and flair in decorating. Loren loves working with the Balance Design team when she’s stumped with a design challenge or when she needs a second opinion. Follow Loren to see what inspires her as she decorates her new Atlanta home. 

Artist in Residence: Christina Wedge

By: Danielle Clockel

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Thursday night is our open house and our featured artist, Christina Wedge, will be in attendance as we reveal her latest work. We can’t wait for you to see it all in person, but as a little teaser we sat down with Christina and talked to her about this incredible series.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

1. What type of subject do you most enjoy shooting?   

Interior photography has always been a passion for me. The act of creating images, framing them, and telling a story. The process itself provides the essential inspiration in what I do. My personal work includes a lot of landscape shooting. I am obsessed with getting lost in areas without a GPS, discovering new cities and countries, and just enjoying the moment.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

2. What inspired your trip to Iceland and Greenland?

Growing up in Europe, I have always had a bad case of the Iceland bug and desperately wanted to visit this small island in the north Atlantic. I am fascinated by the volcanoes, the wild horses, and the hot springs in the middle of ice and snow. I have always loved the Scandinavian design style which is defined by clean lines, simplicity, minimalism, and functionality. I also wanted to see the culture and extreme environment of Greenland and was so excited when I had the opportunity to tag along with designer and producer Brian Patrick Flynn.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

3. As far as the natural landscape/ environment, what was your favorite aspect of the trip and why?

Truly memorable to me was hiking in the endless lava fields in Iceland. Experiencing the different colors and shapes of lava, some of which were heavily covered with vivid green moss. Getting lost and ending up in fishing villages where I stayed in hostels (and had probably the best breakfast in my life). Seeing the floating ice pieces on Glacier Lagoon being washed up on the black sand beaches. And of course the Northern lights. They were spectacular and I wished I would have seen more of them.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

4. Did anything surprise you about either country?

I could not get over the sheep head dish in Iceland! It is a traditional dish consisting of a sheep’s head cut in half on your plate served with vegetables. After taking so many pictures of the sheep on my trip, I just could not believe people were eating them. In Greenland the buildings emphasize functionality over form. Greenlandic homes are typically constructed of stone, sod, or wood, and many Inuit live in single-story, prefabricated wooden houses. Most are heated with oil-burning stoves. These colorful houses make picture perfect opportunities, but I learned from the tour guide that the colors were actually practical and indicated the purpose of each building: commercial houses are red, hospitals are yellow, police stations are black, and fish factories are blue. I am already thinking about going back there and staying there a little longer…in the summer!

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

  

5. What was the biggest challenge you faced on your trip?

I learned not to underestimate the Icelandic weather. It is highly volatile, no matter where you are. If you see a gas station, stop and fill up because you don’t know where you’ll find the next one.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

6. If you could bring back one piece of Iceland/Greenland, what would it be?

The little husky puppy that followed me around Greenland, and the most amazing silica face mask found at the bottom of the Blue Lagoon.

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Photography by Christina Wedge.

7. What other places are on your bucket list to photograph?

I am traveling to Tuscany Italy this June to teach a workshop and after that I will fly to Norway. The other places on my list: Australia, Israel, Patagonia, Tokyo, and the Faroe Islands.

Ethereal Grit: Balance Design’s Spring/Summer Open House

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Announcing Ethereal Grit: Balance Design’s spring/summer open house! Join us Thursday, April 27th from 7-9pm as we reveal our new collection, including photography by Christina Wedge. Come check out her newest work from her recent trip to Iceland and Greenland. Light fare, cold cocktails, and friendly chit-chat will be served. Hope to see you there!

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.

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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.

Kidspiration! For the Young and Young At Heart.

By: Melody Richardson

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Having one of our kids’ room designs featured in Atlanta Magazine this month really inspired us to take another look at these rooms. One of our favorite projects of this kind was for two young ladies in Midtown. They surprised us with the sophisticated taste they showed on their Pinterest boards, and we were able to bring their vision to life. 

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Light, airy, textural pieces give this teenage room stylistic maturity without sacrificing fun. The whole family has great taste in rugs, and for this older sister we layered a Moroccan with a sheepskin for ultimate plush comfort. She loves to read, and what better spot than in her whimsical hanging chair, layered with colorful pillows? The vanity is a great spot for dressing, playing with makeup, and feeling beautiful. The window panels add a little edge with aged brass studs, and pops of her favorite color teal are brought in through pillows and artwork. (Not shown here, her entire closet is painted the same color!) 

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Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

The younger sister knew exactly which shade of coral she wanted in her room: Benjamin Moore’s Summer Sun Pink channelled a fun, youthful vibe that carries over into the furnishings. Inspired by her dad’s love of kilim rugs, we chose one with a fun, feminine feel. The pops of turquoise on the turned nightstands modernize these more traditional pieces, and tie in the lovely accents on the window panels and bedding trim. The gallery wall displays her personal artwork, creating a light and playful overall effect. 

Let us know what channels your inner child, and gives you serious kidspiration!