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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?

Recognizing the “Potential” in Your Potential Home.

By: Shelby Adamson

When purchasing a new home it is so easy to get discouraged over cosmetic details: Smurf blue paint, gaudy brass light fixtures, orange shag carpet. We encourage you to look past those minor details to see the knock-out potential behind the home!

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Photos courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

We know first impressions are everything. Don’t get discouraged by a drab exterior. Small renovations can completely refresh a home’s look, as well as a simple coat of paint and basic landscaping.

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Photos courtesy of Amber Interior Design.

Boring, dim powder room not doing it for you? Make an impact with a new mirror and/or vanity. A simple upgrade to something more stylish can save the day.

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Photos courtesy of Cook Republic.

The “make it or break it” room for many people is the kitchen. These renovations usually take a little more time (and money), but there’s always little things that can be done to update — painting cabinets, changing tile, switching out hardware.

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Photos courtesy of My Domaine.

Sometimes the room itself is fine, but you’re stopped in your tracks by less than stellar existing furniture. Try not to get hung up on someone else’s choices. You’ve got style! (Or if you don’t, consult with an interior designer after move-in.)

Buying a home can be a stressful, sometimes daunting process. Keep an open mind about cosmetic aspects when you’re shopping around. There is a fix for pretty much anything!

Days of Our Lives: My Kitchen Renovation, Episode 3

By: Stephanie Andrews

Original renderings by Balance Design

Original renderings by Balance Design

Just like any good soap opera, the plot thickens in my personal kitchen renovation! The plan was to start this large project in March, but then something remarkable happened. A fantastic, beautiful retail space in my favorite part of town became available for lease. The dream of having a brick and mortar working studio and gallery for Balance Design has been ten years in the making. However, we have only been actively looking for a space in the last two years. After many stops and starts, full of places that were too expensive and needed too much work, we finally found the perfect match. It’s right around the corner from my house and in the heart of the Candler Park neighborhood in Atlanta. A dream come true.

So here’s the dilemma: could I manage my remodel, the opening of a new studio, and still continue to give our clients the time and attention their projects deserve? Probably not. Something had to give. After talking with my husband, we decided to wait until fall to proceed with our remodel and push full steam ahead with the new Balance Design studio.

Most of the new studio is for our team to design, create, and work with clients, including a conference area and desks designed for collaboration. There will also be a library for fabrics, tile samples, wallpaper, and millwork. But the front area is what we’re really excited about. It’s a bit of a different concept for Atlanta — a gallery space at the front of a working studio. Consisting of two windows and about 200 square feet, it will be our “Artists We Believe In” spotlight. This showcase of curated combinations of local artists, furniture makers, lighting designers, and artisans will rotate quarterly. Only three to five artists will be featured at a time so that we can tell their stories and display their work prominently.  Our biggest hope is that the gallery will bring awareness to the community’s cutting edge, supremely talented makers.  

We’ll be keeping clients and readers in the loop throughout this exciting process through Facebook and Instagram. You can count on a big opening event. Perhaps in April? Stay tuned! Thank you so much for your continued support, we absolutely could not do this without you.

Days of Our Lives: My Kitchen Renovation, Episode 2

By: Stephanie Andrews

It’s time for another episode! Before the holidays got started, I began the preliminary stages of my own personal kitchen and bath remodel. Now it’s a brand new year, and I’m diving head first into design decisions for the kitchen. I was inspired by both the Remodelista blog and their new book. They really helped me crystalize my craftsman, industrial, and artisan tastes into a defined look that suits my family. Here’s the idea:

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Inspiration for kitchen design: Amsterdam Loft

1. Dining Wall Accent Sconces. Rensselaer Sconce. Brass & Twisted Red Cord
2. Kitchen Island Barstools. Industrial Metal Adjustable Stool. Raw Legs with Red Seat
3. Kitchen Island Pendants. Factory Light No. 6. Factory Black Steel
4. Kitchen Counter Top. Honed Black Granite
5. Kitchen Cabinet Color. Sherwin Williams. Dover White SW6385
6. Kitchen Island Counter Top. Walnut Butcher Block
7. Kitchen Island Cabinet Color. Sherwin Williams. Rock Bottom SW7062
8. Drawer Knobs. Modern Knob. Chrome
9. Cabinet Pulls. Modern Pull. Chrome

The next step will be drafting the architectural renderings of the cabinetry, including an island with a walnut wood top. Stay tuned for the next installment of “Days of Our Lives: My Kitchen Renovation” to see if I can stay in budget and get the whole family on board with these decisions!