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Lagom in the Bedroom

by Stephanie Andrews

The Swedish word “lagom” (pronounced “lah-gom”) loosely translates to “in balance” and “having just the right amount.”

Photography courtesy of Danielle Clockel

This concept really resonates with the way we approach design — carefully curating interiors to be “just right” and not overdone. We transform the space but keep it “in balance” with our clients’ tastes, the room’s proportions, and the architectural style of the house. This guest bedroom embodies the spirit of lagom with its curated, refined touches like the custom stitching on the red velvet bench that designer Shelby Adamson worked with our favorite local seamstress to create. The custom bed pillows have just a trace of black piping, and the simple anemone blooms placed on the bedside table freshen up the atmosphere.

The spirit of lagom is essential in interior design. It’s that voice we hear in the editing process saying “just a bit less of this, just a hint more of that,” and it takes time to master! But through collaboration with talented peers, trusting our intuition, and a bit of magic, the stage is set to create a beautiful room.

5 Ways to Incorporate the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year into Your Space!

by Stephanie Andrews

Each year we anticipate what the Pantone Color of the Year is going to be.  This color is a trend predictor of what we will be seeing in both fashion and home accessories.  For 2020, the Pantone Institute has selected a color that they named Classic Blue.

Photo courtesy of Pantone

As we enter a new decade with feelings of uncertainty in our upcoming elections, global warming, and other daunting issues, Pantone seems to be trying to reassure us by choosing the color Classic Blue.  The Pantone Institute describes this color as calming and timeless.  We liked both the name and the comfort (like a pair of our favorite, well worn jeans) of this color, so it was not hard for us to embrace.  See how we have used the color in some of our favorite designs and learn how to incorporate this into your own space!

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel

1.  Use Classic Blue on an accent chair or incorporate it into the trim on your window treatments.

This historic Druid Hills home had beautiful Persian rugs layered throughout the space.  We found that Classic Blue cooled the warm red tones and helped to relay a timeless style.

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel

2.  A Classic Blue area rug can help to add a calm feeling to your home.

This over-dyed Classic Blue rug offsets the whiskey leather and wood tones in this masculine sitting room located in midtown Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Danielle Clockel

3.  A Classic Blue vessel or upholstered arm chair in your dining room.

This Asian inspired ginger jar was the perfect item to layer on the dining table to compliment the greek key upholstered arm chair in this classic Druid Hills dining room.

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge & Danielle Clockel

4.  Add some Classic Blue wallpaper to an accent wall or even an entire room!

We loved that Classic Blue wallpaper adds an eclectic and whimsical feeling to help build a room’s personality!  We used Hygge & West wallpaper on both the curved stairwell and in the powder room.

Photo courtesy of Christina Wedge & Danielle Clockel

5.  Add Classic Blue cabinetry to your kitchen.

We love how the Classic Blue island and cabinet storage boxes added to both kitchens’ clean and classic looks.  These beautiful yet functional work spaces were exactly what our clients were looking for when remodeling their homes.

Be on the lookout for this color in the year ahead and consider utilizing it in your own home, in any capacity!  It may help to make life a bit calmer in 2020!

Happy New Year!

 

 

Before and After: A Grant Park Transformation

By: Shelby Adamson

A recent renovation project of ours in the historic Grant Park neighborhood has us beaming with pride. The owners brought us in to update their home’s basic “quick flip” builder look into something clean, modern, and perfect for displaying art as well as entertaining guests. To achieve this, we focused on the kitchen and living room.

Before…

After!

We refreshed the walls and cabinets in Benjamin Moore White Dove, which allowed the backsplash tile to really steal the show (more on that in a bit). For the all important countertops, we chose a quartz with a cement look, which allows our clients to cook and entertain without the worry of staining. As an added bonus, we extended the peninsula to accommodate more seating.

Before…

After!

Okay. About this tile. It’s definitely one of our favorite aspects of this project. We accentuated the geometric form with a navy grout to really make each piece pop off the wall. We’re obsessed! The deep sink with industrial stainless black faucet completes the modernization of the space, creating a beautiful kitchen that’s a thrill to cook in.

Before…

After!

While we loved the idea of a living room mantle for this home, the existing one was a bit ill-fitting and didn’t really add any warmth or wow-factor. Our client loved the look of walnut wood cladding, so we chose a similarly beautiful poplar wood and stained it walnut for cost efficiency (with no sacrifice on style). We worked with the asymmetry of the room by adding a cozy reading nook to the left of the fireplace, and storage to the right.

Before…

After!

The rest of the living room is layered with geometric rugs, a rich, warm cognac leather sofa, latticed coffee table, and modern arc reading lamp. It’s updated, inviting, and super comfy — a welcoming sight when you walk through the front door.

Our clients now have a space that is perfect for their guests, whether they’re congregating in the kitchen to cook a delicious meal or lounging in the living room with a craft cocktail. And those clean, soft white walls are the perfect base to showcase their art collection.

Cookin’ Color: Bright and Bold Kitchens

By: Danielle Clockel

Kitchens are a big ticket item when it comes to your home’s resale value, and happen to be one of our favorite rooms to design. While a neutral white/grey kitchen is a timeless classic, we’re inspired by those who mix it up with unexpected color.

Photo courtesy of French Fancy.

This sunshine yellow is about as bold as it gets! The calm grey walls provide a necessary balance to the brightness of the cabinets and allows them to really shine.

Photo courtesy of That Nordic Feeling.

Maybe a kitchen full of bold paint is a little intimidating for you. Try choosing one piece to be your pop of color, like this lipstick-red Smeg refrigerator.

Photo courtesy of Domino.

Want color and pattern? How about an unexpected take on a backsplash: bold wallpaper! In this look, the classic marble countertop and simple hardware keep the vibrant floral wall grounded without squashing its wild side.

Photo courtesy of Farrow and Ball.

Even with a small surface area, you can still make a big statement. Paint your upper walls a solid color, or get funky with positive and negative space.

Thinking outside the box when it comes to your kitchen can be a little daunting. Renovations are a big investment and contribute greatly to the value of your home, but you don’t have to completely sacrifice style! Sometimes a little bit of paint or a single wallpapered wall is all you need to breathe life into your space.

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?