wood Posts

A Lesson in Versatility: The Windsor Chair.

By: Danielle Clockel

The Windsor chair is a timeless classic originating in 17th or 18th century England (its exact birth is a bit of a mystery). Rather than being limited by the trademark simple-yet-sturdy spokes, the chair’s design provides a canvas for a multitude of styles ranging from traditional to modern. Here’s some of our favorites:

A. Comb back Windsor chair from Hive Modern.
B. Round back Windsor chair from Matthew Hilton.
C. Windsor loveseat bench from Palette and Parlor.
D. Windsor lounge chair from Moving Mountains.
E. Windsor arm chair from Palecek.
F. Curved Windsor chair from Room and Board.

Consider incorporating an incarnation of the classic Windsor chair into your own home for a curated, collected look that transcends trends.

A Balance Design Original: The Grain Console

By: Elisabeth Paulson

This has been FUN. When I joined Balance Design nearly seven years ago, I met Stephanie Andrews (founder and chieftain) who could not have been more eager to expand her interior design business with innovative and creative designs. I grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin with an artist mother and a woodworker father, so I was profoundly excited to get on board. Throughout these years, Balance Design has pridefully designed custom pieces for our clients including bars, beds, and bookcases beyond. It was time to do something for ourselves…

We started with a console. Oh, the meager console: a room divider, a platform for the perfect lamp (or the mail-plop, or a mint julep). We thought, “Let’s make this better.” We live in “Intown Atlanta” as they call it, which is a series of connective neighborhoods surrounded by parks, each with its own identity. Old homes with bountiful character but not a lot of space. These are the homes that we cherish with our beloved clients to carve out memories. They deserve a perfect console, we say! It began, as so many things do, with reducing the scale, sketching a design, and finding the ideal craftsmen.

Utilizing our current gallery motif, “Modern Gothic,” our team challenged the current modern-means-straight-lines-only trend and added some curve appeal along with DRAWERS (did I mention drawers in a narrow console?) to create this doozy of a table. Harnessing our self-coined, “City in a Forest”, we have no shortage of native and unique species to build from. In this design, we capitalized on the beauty of the Mighty Oak. Michael Scialabba from Scialabba Construction in East Atlanta (also my ‘hood, represent), helped us procure the most incredible finish: inky-black lacquer with a series of lime wax which enhances the grain and luster of natural wood. All this plus v-notched routed detail, brass footings/hardware, and an uber-shiny gem tone on the inside of the drawers ( Auric by Sherwin Williams – my current fave). We have a winner, folks.

We are proud to introduce this piece, completely customizable in size, to you and yours. This is the first piece, hopefully followed by many more, in a collection we are calling “Grain”: a celebration of materials and natural processes that provides some honest-to-goodness furniture pieces that celebrate our unique habitats. We’ve got prototype 1.1 in these photos and in our window at our studio/gallery at 1653 McLendon Avenue in Candler Park. Thank you for your support so we can make more and more. We’ve got you, Atlanta.

All photos courtesy of the infinitly-talented Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

Need We Say More: Steamy Shower Goodness

By Melody RichardsonThis is the steamy outdoor shower of our dreams! This outdoor oasis is a part of the aptly named Woodman’s Treehouse featured by Dwell Magazine. We could certainly imagine ourselves freshening up and getting close to nature in this gorgeous space. Couldn’t you?

Virtual Inspiration: Desire to Inspire

by Shelby Adamson

As designers we are continually looking for inspiration, and we tend to set the bar high when it comes to interiors and their aesthetic beauty.  Recently we stumbled upon this beautiful blog, Desire To Inspire, and we cannot stop looking!  Kim & Jo are design aficionados that created the blog together (even though Kim lives in Canada and Jo in Australia, and they have never actually met in person).  They feature beautiful installation photos of work by designers and architects from around the globe.  Here we share a few of our favorites:

Contemporary barn by D. Stanley Dixon Architect:

 

Stan Dixon Barn

 

Coogee House by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects:

 

madeleine_blanchfield_architects-8a-coogee-house

 

English Kitchen by Plain English:

 

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Redesigned factory workspace by IFUB*:


IFUB*

 

And to brighten your day they always have a feature, Pets on Furniture every Monday.  These posts showcase beautiful furniture, and the pets that like to lay on it:

 

Pets on Furniture

 

Here is hoping you were as inspired as we were!

Modern Cabin: A Step By Step Guide

By: Shelby Adamson

It’s that time of year. We’re craving the warm embrace of woodsy log cabins, roaring fires, cozy flannel blankets, and of course hot chocolate. But who says we have to sacrifice style? We’ve curated the perfect pieces to take you away to the modern cabin of your dreams.

antlerchandelier

What’s a cabin without a chandelier made out of antlers? The chrome finish on this one elevates it from drab to chic.

staghornplanter

Don’t let the colder months be completely grey. Bring in a little green to keep things lively with this live edge staghorn fern planter.

liveedgebed

Speaking of live edge, this bed is reminiscent of wood grain cabin walls, but with a simple yet sexy update.

coffeetable

And who says wooden finishes have to be dark? This reclaimed Douglas fir coffee table is coated with a layer of silver that enhances the character of the wood.

leatherchair

Oak and leather combine in this beautiful chair. Unlike grandpa’s lazy boy, this chair will age beautifully and never go out of style.

hideottoman

 

A hide rug is a hallmark of a luxury log cabin. This hair on hide ottoman not only adds texture and warmth, but also provides a great place to prop your feet up after a long hike.

hudsonbayblanket

Warm, cozy, and classic. Hudson Bay blankets are a great way to add a pop of color to wood tones.

rug

The rich red of this handwoven flatweave rug says “woodland cabin” but the contemporary pattern says “fresh and modern” in the best possible way.

Clean lines, warm colors, and updated fixtures and finishes keep the comfort of a traditional log cabin, but give it a much needed makeover.