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Master Bedroom Update

My client had recently completed a beautiful renovation in her kitchen, living, and outdoor space and Gina Sims Designs was lucky enough to design the interior decor in beautiful and fresh blues (click HERE to view this awesome project). In the Master Bedroom, inspired by her current bedroom rug, we focused on a neutral khaki and charcoal color scheme with subtle accents of red and green.

She never knew what to do with the window behind the bed. She had covered it in decorative tiles to make it disappear – however, we decided in this bedroom redesign, we’d actually make the window the focal point of the room. This was done by making the window appear larger by flanking it with beautiful buffalo check curtains, hanging from a brass curtain rod that adds interest and glam to the space. The curtains add warmth, drama and a graphic element.

We lightened up the room by painting it a lighter brown and added large, inexpensive art. New side tables serve as nightstands and we emphasized the warmth and coziness of the room with layering various textures in the bedding — including this fantastic duvet that takes a fresh interpretation of a chevron print.

This wasn’t the complete renovation that she had done in other areas of the house: this room is a brilliant example of how small changes and a modest budget can make a big difference in any space. Is it time to update your bedroom? Contact me now!

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Kitchen Update

When there are small children in the house, you keep them close — and when there are four kids under the age of four, you keep them very close. This usually means that they, and the stuff that comes with them, takes over all of the communal (formerly adult) living spaces. My clients were no different: the play kitchen and the kids had taken over their space. Their main need was a space that was still useful for the kids, but styled for adults.

We created a playroom in another area of the house. We removed the kid-sized furniture and kid-themed clutter in the kitchen, swapping it out for adult-sized (and styled), functional pieces.

When the kids dominated the space, their toys were on the floor and their art was all over the wall. We replaced the kids’ art with a large, floral print. With five males and one female in the house, the print needed to be feminine and floral to balance that universe. While we’re unseating the children, we can’t entirely kick them out of the space: it’s just fit for the adults now. We can maintain our style while also encouraging childhood creativity, so we stored all of the art supplies in a simple, modern console. Friends: furniture doesn’t have to be from the kids section at IKEA to be functional.

We installed a wine rack to keep the wine out of arms reach of the kids, while also being well within arms reach of the adults. Speaking of coping mechanisms, we selected an inexpensive rug with a pattern to hide spills and the molded chairs are easily wiped down after mealtime. We framed the windows with graphic, black curtains and lit the space with a funky rattan pendant that provides a natural element (and is very on-trend as the 1970s visit us again).

Brilliant kitchen restyling: a functioning, kid space that’s styled for the adults.

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Fresh Living Room in Atlanta

Happy New Year! What resolutions did you make for your space this year? Have you said to yourself, “You know, I’ll get a new sofa and the room will be done.” New sofas are great. New beds are great. New furniture is fun and when you’re starting with an empty room. Foundational pieces are essential for a great design. The problem is: the life of the room doesn’t come from those large pieces. The life, the movement, the feel of the room comes from accessories. These accessories: the pillows, the framed prints and photos, your books, your art, the rugs all contribute to the dynamic story of your space.

My clients already had some great furniture in their living room – we did not need to start from scratch like we did in their office. They’re quirky, they were open to anything: the more fun, the better. They had spacious shelving filled with interesting books and perfectly stylish, comfortable seating. What they needed was a room that functioned for their lifestyle (no centrally located television, thank you very much) and fit the overall open feel of their fantastic home in Atlanta. Even in an open concept first floor, their furniture arrangement made the room feel closed off.  Here’s how we found the space:

The furniture stayed. We moved a rug in from the sunroom, layering it onto a large, natural woven rug to anchor the seating area. The rug also served as the inspiration for the colors in the room. The navy and pink served as the perfect, funky combination that fit the personality of my clients and BONUS, it came from an item they already owned.

We reimagined the space with new overhead lighting and a new fan (it gets HOT in Atlanta, ya’ll). To solve the TV issue, we purchased a small media center on wheels that allows the family to access the television when they want to, but keeps it from being the star of the space.

The reveal!

Moving the TV to the corner allowed for the living space to be reframed by the two sofas. Moving the sofa in front of the main front windows opened up the space, welcoming any person entering the front door to sit down rather than enter a room blocked by the back of a sofa. The leather ottomans provide additional seating that was lost by the removal of the side chair and adds texture and warmth to this bright room. We removed the mirror and replaced it with a bright print that gave an unexpected pop of color as the focal point of the space.

The life of the room is in the accessories. The colors of the pillows play perfectly off the hues in the rug, and we chose quirky accessories (doesn’t everyone need a hot pink spotted brass cheetah on their mantel? Methinks so.) to reflect the personal style of the clients.

Do you have a room that has great foundational pieces but it simply does not feel like YOU? Give me a call. Let’s give that room some life together.

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Urban Cabin

Decatur is known for its distinct, historic neighborhoods, eclectic food, and vibrant downtown: it is not known for log cabins. My clients are the owners of this unlikely urban retreat, and wanted to design a space that provided a TV-free zone to read, relax, eat, and play games as a family.

Here is how I found the space:

While the living, dining, and kitchen spaces were wide open, the furniture placement prevented those in the kitchen and dining area from seeing those gathered in the seating area in the living room. To take full advantage of the open space, my design plan included a reading nook in the area of the room that could not easily be seen from the kitchen and to move the seating area to the middle of the living area, anchored by the huge fireplace.

The inspiration for the space originated on a House Beautiful cover, designs by a favorite of mine: Thom Filicia. My clients loved the combination of a striped throw and kilim pouf, so we started with those pieces.


The clearest expression of our inspiration can be found in the reading nook, which now occupies the space that most of the furniture used to be in the room. The space is cozy because it’s rich with texture: the leather chair, the wool throw, the patterned pouf, and the industrial shelves create a feeling that this space has been used and carefully curated for years.

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The new seating area shares the spotlight with the grand fireplace, providing a place by the fire for hosting company and playing games.

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The dining area joins these living space with the kitchen. Even though it’s a small space, the custom, expandable table leaves plenty of room for entertaining. We sourced the fabric for the shades from West Elm and gave the entire area a pop of color with the red dining chairs.

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Bedroom Colorblocking

We started with a dark blue nursery. The twins that share the room are nearly two years old and it was time for the nursery to convert to a big(ger) boy room.

Our first order of business of lightening up the space. We decided on colorblocking, and added a lighter shade midway up the wall that instantly unified the weird angles of the room, provided a graphic element, and made a formerly dark room very light and airy.

The artwork in the room centers around animals. Animals are printed on book pages, there are pixelated representations of animals to keep it modern, and Etsy enabled us to create a custom penguin print that included four penguins, instead of 3, to represent the four boys in the house. #protip: never be afraid to ask an artist about options for custom work — especially on Etsy.

The activity of the space focuses on reading, so we provided a large sitting area and plenty of book storage for the boys to utilize as they transition to activity in their new room.

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