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Beach Inspired Living in Atlanta

My clients were married on the beach. The ocean inspires their lifestyle – casual, dynamic and full of life. They love to entertain and with little children and a big, sweet dog, the design needed to be functional and open. We looked at photos of their wedding – the skyline, the bridesmaid dresses and the water itself, and found our color scheme and design inspiration. Natural elements like the jute rug, raw wood coffee table, the feather juju hat, leather chairs and flokati rug, and let the texture and colors take over.

Let’s begin with the seating areas around the fireplace:

Living Room: AFTER!

Now, I’d like to mosey on over to the reading nook:

Reading Nook: Before

Reading Nook: AFTER

Reading Nook: AFTER

And now, the entry:

Entry: BEFORE

Entry: AFTER

Oh, did you see the media center?

BEFORE

Media Center: AFTER

And finally, the dining room.

Dining Room: AFTER

In the end, we had a beach inspired lounge fit for Atlanta hangouts.

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Vintage Modern

This young family bought a diamond in the rough house – a great area, good bones, and hasn’t been updated since it was built. Oh yes, my friend, we’re talking pink carpet and floral wallpaper. It was amazing. They had inherited pieces of grandma’s estate but were fearful that, in this old style home, things would look, well, old. This family is anything but fuddy duddy. I could not wait to get my hands on this house!

To start, we painted throughout and got new floors and lighting. In the living room, we recovered grandma’s mint damask chair in an amazing emerald green velvet. We let the gold sofa bring the punch of color and kept the other pieces neutral, graphic and sculptural. The art as well as the black and white trunk were all family pieces and told a story and holy cow I loved them so much.

Living Room BEFORE!

This dining room before was fantastic. There was so little we wanted to change. Jokes. With a toddler and a baby on the way, we needed chairs that could be easily wipeable and upholstery that disguised spills. We went with saturated color and simple pieces that compliment the living room.

Dining Room BEFORE

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Color Boost, The Sequel

When I first worked on this beautiful house for this lovely newly married couple, they liked the back living space of their house but did not know what to do with the front dining room, entry and reading room. When we finished that, they loved it so much, the living space now needed to catch up!

This year, we were fortunate enough to do that to complete the first level of the house. When we go through the design process together, I am always thrilled to be invited back into their lives! I love repeat customers. 

The house was a new build and they were figuring out what they liked when they built it. Often, our initial style might look a lot like our parents’. It is a gorgeous home but they might do things a bit differently today. Common story for a lot of us, right?

They did not want to modify the kitchen since it was practically brand new, but accessorize and address the easy parts to make it flow with our other interior changes. We added new island lighting and a great Roman shade, art, aqua upholstered stools and added fun accessories to make it feel warm and full of life.

The living room got a jolt of awesomeness with a whole new color palette, carried in from the previous design job. We painted the mantle a warm dark gray and painted the coffer ceiling with a gorgeous pale aqua blue. The sectional is a beautiful navy and we accented in coral and aqua with our pillows, rug (layered on top of our large jute) and accessories. I had fun with the mantle vases and art up the staircase.

The tile detail in the before picture in the back bar area was copper and not conducive to our design, so we had a wood insert made and painted navy to match the front entry way, creating a lovely back drop that does not take away from the room.

The bathroom got gorgeous wall paper in the color of the living room coffers and a new chest, lighting, bold art and vases and the existing vanity was painted gray to modernize the look.

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The kids are saying I’m amazing

My client’s little girl had a gray room that needed a high-voltage shot of life. Here is how I found it:

And here’s how I left it:

We did an accent wall in a bold teal with a lighter shade on the rest of the room, bath and closet. We focused on art and books to bring our color and accented with that awesome colorful rug. She now has a great little reading corner with light up stars to make it feel nothing short of magical. Painting spice racks hot pink made inexpensive shelves she can easily access. The mirror and basket will be a great area for her as she grows into wanting to play dress up. The art are all images her moms knew she loved. When she saw it, I KID YOU NOT, she said “Amazing” for the first time. My work here is done.

Living Room

My clients had purchased this large, beautiful piece of metal art but it felt oversized and out of place, the only color in the room.

We balanced the color throughout the room by adding window treatments, a vibrant rug and pillows full of texture. The shelves are accessorized to bring balance to the art, making it picture perfect!

Master Bedroom

My clients did not like their master bedroom. I feel strongly that your bedroom should make you happy when you wake up and be restful, cozy and essentially be a big hug when you go to bed. Their favorite color was purple and we decided to use green as an accent.

The current pieces were too severe all together, so we went for a gray upholstered bed and kept the side tables and dresser. Botanical prints in greens and purples graced the walls along with an abstract over an abstract print chair. Saturated purple on the floor provided a good foundation for a crisp, clean white bed and an accent pillow in our colors. Mirrors behind the lamps added a touch of easy glam and reflected the light in a beautiful way.

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