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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?

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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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Hodgepodge Basement turns Hostess with the Mostest

My client had a basement that was filled with a hodgepodge of furniture from her previous house. It was comfortable and lovely but she wanted it to have a lot more life and be a space that was much more condusive for her family of 6 and their friends to have movie night and play games.

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Ready for it? Here’s the big reveal:

Cati Teague Photography

Cati Teague Photography

It started with the sofa. It had to be a big, fabulous sectional. Check! We love this one and even though the upholstery is light, it will withstand stains and jumping without a problem (if you haven’t looked at upholstery recently, know that technology has jumped leaps and bounds beyond what it was just a year or two ago – we poured red wine on this just to check!).

Our color palette was army green, blue and yellow with a touch of coral. With that, we had a blast with fabrics – that dot on the ottoman made us swoon from the start, so we reupholstered her ottoman in that and added a big tray for drinks and a plant and whatnot (#protip: always leave room for the whatnots).

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Cati Teague Photography

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The media center needed to be big and amazing. The TV on the floor wasn’t going to do. We designed this with industrial elements – iron and wood and had it made for us by a wonderful craftsman in Texas.

I was strolling my favorite local antique store when I came upon this turn of the century antique carousel sign/light and I immediately texted a picture to my client. She agreed it was perfect.

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Cati Teague Photography

The carpet was replaced with this beautiful neutral wool check, just a bit of pattern that adds interest, will hide stains and looks great under that colorful vintage rug!

THAT CHAIR. Did you notice THAT CHAIR?! Let’s take a closer look. I’ve wanted to make this chair for awhile and I knew this was the client would be all about it. We found a gorgeous yellow velvet and put the stripe down the center in blue belgian linen. It adds so much fun and light to this corner!

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Cati Teague Photography

 

Ship lap! We had the walls of the basement and the stairwell to the main level shiplapped and painted white for so much amazing texture. I’m in LOVE with it (hi, Chip and JoJo).

We redid the mantle and fireplace and had custom art made – three swiss crosses in our gorgeous colors laid over maps of places important to the family.

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Cati Teague Photograhy

 

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