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Classic Dining in Avondale

The first time I met my client was on the soccer field, and our conversation included the exclamation: “come and paint my dining room!” As the kids say: the rest is history. My client is a Classics teacher and has an obvious affinity for classical literature and languages, Rome (well, let’s say all things Italy), and has a house filled with heirlooms. Basically, she’s a dream client. Inspiration at every turn.

Let’s start, as we did at our first meeting, with her dining room. Here’s what we started with:

The room already had solid pieces. She’s the mom of two boys, so we needed to make sure any design could stand up to the activity of kids in the house. Spoiler alert: We did a bit more than paint it.

We painted those walls a beautiful, breezy blue and brought in floor to ceiling curtains to make the room (and the windows) seem larger and more grand. We swapped out the cart for a life-giving element — this fantastic, vibrant plant on simple plant stand, which will allow guests to more easily move around the table. The room is illuminated by a stately quatrefoil chandelier, which nods to her love of classical art and design. We replaced the rug with a neutral, natural toned rug to bring some texture into the space.

We swapped out two of the dining chairs with upholstered parsons dining chairs to add a modern touch to the traditional hutch and table. #PROTIP: Changing out a few (or all!) of your dining chairs for a contrasting style from your table instantly transforms a dining area or breakfast nook. For a personal touch, we hung her father’s gardening hats on the wall.

Finally, reorganizing her beautiful china and adding some decorative accessories to this amazing hutch make the piece (and its collections) seem new again. An absolutely charming and inviting transformation, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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Fresh in the Highlands

My clients have a gorgeous tudor home in the Virginia Highlands suburb of Atlanta. It needed to be fresh and rescue dog friendly! Before I work with a client, I have them do homework to determine their style preferences. For this client, her boards were full of shades of aqua, teal and gray. That became our starting place and we had a blast unifying the space with color, his father’s photography and lots of plants for fresh air and an airy feel.

Let’s start with the entry!

When a living space does not have a formal foyer or separate entry area, it’s very easy to create a sense of that space with a console table, a great piece of art, and some seating. Mirrors and plants add light and freshness, welcoming you into the larger living room space.

In the dining room, our design plan called for the addition of a grand, industrial display and storage unit. This is not your mother’s china cabinet. We softened the room with some upholstered accent-turned-dining chairs, soft teal curtains, and the aqua-toned rug.

By adding a large sectional sofa, we separated the living area from the living room area from the entry to give the feel of two separate spaces. The round coffee table is a great contrast to the lines of the sofa; the art and throw pillows continue the color scheme into this space. The plants add the fresh element that connects this space with the sun room.

And last, but absolutely not least, is the sun room. Since we’re allowed to have favorites, obviously, this is my favorite. We started with great seating. Our objective was to use the aqua and teal accents to make the plants the real star of this comfortable room.

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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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Modern Dining with the Fam

This house has a beautiful and unique layout. The dining room was at the base of a wide set of stairs in the heart of the house that has the feel of an art gallery. (And… that’s how we treated the space — we added beautiful art and it absolutely made the space.)

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Before we move into the dining room, why don’t you pin this post?!

The kitchen table, like most of ours, is where everything happens – from homework to important discussions, from food fights to mom’s famous fettuccine alfredo. So why not make your dining room a well-designed, thoughtful, and art-filled space to set the stage for family activities? That’s exactly what we did at this beautiful home in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.

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Let’s check out the original dining room set-up:

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We changed the orientation of the table and decided to honor the modern house with modern elements, warmed up with rustic touches. We designed the table to have a modern shape and feel and selected each of our boards by hand. They came from an old cotton mill in North Georgia. The rustic top will make it perfect for a family with rough boys who would might like to see how far their forks will jam into the top of the table (or maybe that’s just my son? Thanks, Caleb). The molded white chairs are perfect for wiping down spills and give a crisp white modern feel that makes the gorgeous art simply pop. And the light fixture! We were in love with this immediately and because of how it’s made, we were able to manipulate the arms for a great organic feel with the light angled just how we wanted it.

Bright, artful and ready for food fights. Just no red sauce, please!

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