After growing up in a household of what he calls “makers,” Tim Balon traveled and studied art history and architecture. He also worked at design and restoration firms in Chicago, experiences that lend his subsequent work a bit of that city's aesthetic. Later, he earned a Master's in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, but he returned to crafts and interior design in order to make things with his hands. Balon’s interior spaces reflect his preference for patterned wall painting, color, furniture design, and restoration. His work was featured in the January 2012 issue of Sunset Magazine.