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A Blogger’s List: 4 Interior Design Blogs You Can’t Miss

By: Stephanie Andrews

As bloggers, we are constantly searching for new inspiration, fresh looks, and unique experiences. The best approach to this search is to turn to other blogs and examine their voice, style, and message. When I find a blog I like, it’s almost like making a friend — I feel a connection to what inspires and motivates the blogger. Below are some of my current blog obsessions.

sweetpeach

http://www.sweetpeachblog.com/

Sweet Peach: As an Atlanta blogger, Sweet Peach is a blog that is near and dear to our hearts. Pamela Berger is everywhere around town, and she features local artists that we have personally fallen in love with. Her spotlight on artists is unique in that it doesn’t just feature beautiful art, but the actual person and what makes them tick. We are crazy about her quarterly newspaper that usually includes a delightfully illustrated map of Atlanta.

sfbayblog

http://www.sfgirlbybay.com

San Francisco Girl by Bay: A modern bohemian lifestyle blog that is run by women (like us!). We especially love the topics of discussion: art on walls, ink on paper, textile and wall coverings, style and fashion, etc. Victoria, the founder, is positive, fresh, and we feel a kinship to her authentic artistic style.

myscandihome

http://www.myscandinavianhome.com

My Scandinavian Home: This London girl in Sweden features the most elegantly airy Scandinavian interiors in shades of white and grey. (Reading her blog reminds me of our own Elisabeth Paulson, who might just be her twin separated at birth.) Reading her blog makes us want to paint our hardwoods white, our chairs blue, and sweep the floor a little better.

thejungalowblog

http://www.thejungalow.com

The Jungalow: A different kind of bohemian, Justina Blakeney’s blog leans more vintage and eclectic. Her rooms are edgy, colorful, and multi-cultural, yet still comfy and full of plants. Her carefree vibe empowers us to experiment with our boldest ideas, and that’s what makes her so relatable. 

A Very Koselig Holiday from Balance Design.

By: Elisabeth Paulson

It is December 23rd in Atlanta, and the weather is cloudy, rainy, and unseasonably warm. Most of the season’s rush has died down and the best part of the holiday has begun: time with family, friends, or even the long-anticipated alone time. Either way, our wish for contentment and joy reminded us of a word that doesn’t exist in the English language: “Koselig.”

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Photo courtesy of Just The Design.

In Norway, the word “Koselig” (roughly pronounced “Kush-lee”) is both a noun and a verb. We understand it to be a feeling especially welcomed in the winter season: cozy, intimate, and warm. It could be a dinner, a conversation, a fire. To ensure my English accuracy of this definition, I decided to reach out to some long-lost Norwegian relatives who were generous in their responses. Here are some Koselig musings from the experts:

“Joyful, heartwarming, fireplaces and family, relaxed, balanced, safe.” – Anita Salamonsen

“You have just entered your home from a long skiing trip, you are cold, wet and the house was left with no heat on. You open the door, the heat is on, fire in the fireplace, dry clothes hanging over a chair and a hot meal with a burning candle is waiting for you. Your wife has made the house koselig for you. Then you give her a hug and a kiss -or- en kos.” – Arne Hostvedt (What a charmer!)

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Photo courtesy of Planete-Deco.

“It’s mostly little old houses that are well kept. And when you come inside it’s nice and clean and quite often full of little things the owners have collected over the years, and most important of all, candles.” – Lise Margrete Hostvedt Hjarder

“One meaning is a very nice time together over a meal, homeparty, trip travel, etc. Everything is warm, not cold.” – Wiviann Mostervik Hostvedt

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Photo courtesy of DigsDigs.

Here at Balance Design, we wish you all a cozy, content, and intimate holiday season. We are grateful for our clients, friends, family, neighbors, and talented team! 

Koselig, y’all!