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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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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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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:

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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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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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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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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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