sculpture Posts

Our Curated Collection: Dogwood Festival Artists

By: Danielle Cornely

This weekend is the Dogwood Festival here in Atlanta, and as always there is a plethora of amazing and diverse artists and makers. Here’s just a tiny taste:

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1. “Large Life” – Bennet Art
2. “Sunny Winter Morning” – Kent Ambler
3. “Avian Etude” – Michael Bryant (Spoiler alert! Expect to see more of Michael’s beautiful work in our new gallery space coming soon!)
4. “Chairs #1” – Jerry Brem
5. “Monster Box” – Eric Grimes

Hot Colors for Spring

By: Elisabeth Paulson

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Spring is the perfect season for bright and bold color combinations – fire hot corals and oranges that contrast with tried and true jade greens and almost-black blues. The end result is a classic, edgy, and fresh look that elevates the style of any room.

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LAVA: With this red-orange hue, the bolder the better. From lips to bags to bedsheets, we say bring it on. Not for the timid, this Louis Nui bedding from Trina Turk should add a little fire to your night.

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JADE: Tonal subtleties ranging from army to olive green make jade a timeless foundation to play off of. We’re fans of the Rhys Chair from Anthropologie for a big impact, or you can keep it simple with the Hiddenite Glass Sculpture from our good friends Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

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CITRUS: Lemon yellow adds zing to any room. A fresh, fun color, it’s perfect for making an accent piece really pop. Shown above is the Upbeat Table Lamp from Currey & Company.

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INK: We are loving the almost-black gradient these days. This green-blue-black tone looks rich in luscious velvets and slick lacquer. Above, this color is featured as a full-panel wallpaper, Aurora Peat, by Calico Wallpaper.

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HOT CORAL: While technically in the lava family, this pink has a purpose. Pair it with any neutral to go from bland to bold. In this woven cotton Gypsy Rug from Dash & Albert, hot coral plays the leading role.

France! An Afternoon at Musee d’Orsay.

By: Elisabeth Paulson

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

It started with the best croissant of my life, across from the Louvre.

This sort of sentence had not been in my lexicon up until last month when I spent a divine 2 1/2 weeks in France (yes, I also say “divine” now, thank you very much). That croissant, espresso, and the kick-ass company of my mother, Judy, began the voyage to the Musee d’Orsay. Such a day prompts my first post in the series “France!”

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

Musee d’Orsay, along the left bank of the Seine in Paris, is now one of my favorite international art museums. Set in the former Beaux-arts Gare d’Orsay railway station, the building itself is a work of art. No longer suitable as a rail yard in 1939, it became a mailing center during World War II. In 1981, Gae Aulenti, an Italian female architect and lighting/industrial/interior designer, designed the space to house the museum. The true hidden gem is the layout of the space. Gae Aulenti believed that “people make a room a room and not to overpower it.” This philosophy is evident as hundreds of people move about from space to space and are still able to pause and reflect on each work of art.

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

“Ours Blanc” by Francois Pompon

This stone statue, “Ours Blanc” (or “Polar Bear”) by Francois Pompon, stands over eight feet wide and displays a magnificent yet serene presence in the central sculpture alley.

"Jeanne Lanvin" by Edouard Vuillard

“Jeanne Lanvin” by Edouard Vuillard

Musee d’Orsay is known for their French art, mostly from 1848-1915. Surrounded by visions of surreal landscapes and religious persecutions, I found relief in a spattering of paintings that portrayed the inner workspaces of French poets, artists, and diplomats. This painting, “Jeanne Lanvin” by Edouard Vuillard, seemed to be the only depiction of a working woman – a fashion designer and perfume house founder. After seeing dozens of men at work, it was about time.

Painting by Odilon Redon

Painting by Odilon Redon

One of 15 large commissions, this painting by Odilon Redon was created for a dining room wall in the chateau of Baron Robert de Domecy. Redon subscribed to the theory that art should be part of everyday life and “there are no paintings, there are only decorations.” Usually a foe to “decoration,” I was surprised at my attraction to these images and the theory behind them. At nearly nine feet high, this painting kept me marveling.

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson of Balance Design

If I have learned one thing in France, it is the importance of taking a mid-day break to drink wine and eat foie gras. Thanks to the recommendation of a friend, my mother and I spoiled ourselves in the in-museum gilded dining room filled with dazzling chandeliers and painted ceilings. The multi-colored modern resin chairs at each table were a risk-taking contrast to the historic relevance of this landmark. As I researched more, it appears the chairs change every few years.

I will come back for you, Musee d’Orsay. I will return to bask in the glory of your historical architecture, indulge my visual senses in your curated halls, and have a glass of wine in whatever chair you provide at the time.