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Bright Foyer

I am so thrilled to share today’s foyer transformation. This is the first in a series for this amazing house (stay tuned for more!) – so I thought we’d go right through the front door and begin in the foyer. Here’s how I discovered the space:

To brighten up the space, everything was painted white. The shiplap was added to add architectural interest to an otherwise standard foyer. An antique rug anchors the space, and a new runner was added to the entire length of the stairs.

The console table was constructed from a falling, dying tree in New York. It’s organic twists and turns contrast with the lines of the shiplap. The custom painting was done by Lucy Reiser, hailing from North Carolina. We worked with the Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery and they were absolutely wonderful to work with and helped us score this amazing piece that breathes life and color into the entry.

The owner’s dog, Callie, was super impressed by the space and now feels that the foyer is an appropriately styled location for her to wait for her owner to get home every day.

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The Waddell Project

My photographer, Cati Teague (find her here and here), and I have worked together for several years. I ADORE WORKING WITH HER. She’s got a cool style and a great eye for design – I was absolutely thrilled to help her transform her kitchen. Cati is #livingherbestlife in a fantastic loft and she walks her dog on the Atlanta Beltline daily. She needed a bold, updated kitchen that reflected her creativity and her urban lifestyle.

Inspired by succulents, brass, copper, green, and contrasting finishes, this kitchen is really a showcase for this breathtaking, artisanal Seneca tile: an 8-inch fan (color way: water lily) each one is hand made when you order it. You can’t just show up at Floor & Decor and get some of that. #benefitsofhiringadesigner
Dove Studio crafted the cabinet designs. We used a gray and white quartz countertop that topped gray cabinets with copper hardware. The island is a soft celadon green with brass hardware and a custom cement top that was made in Wisconsin. Cati’s photography is featured on within the kitchen and the room is rounded out with a beautiful, vintage brass fixture and a vintage rug.
If you see a happy lady walking her dog on the Atlanta Beltline, tell her that you love her kitchen.

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Lady Boss Office for a New Partner

Repeat clients are some of the BEST clients. Since completing some beautiful bathroom renovations (check those out HERE), my client had become a partner at her law firm and needed to design a new office out of a blank conference room.

The entire office is filled with dark mahogany desks and carries a very traditional feel. We intentionally went in a completely different direction: a polished, modern, bright, airy, feminine space. After presenting my client with some different options, she chose this as the winning design. Once the space was emptied, we removed wallpaper from one wall to keep the room feeling brighter, and the office lighting was reworked (as a part of a larger office-wide renovation) and the flooring was replaced.

Sign me up for an office with that view! We flanked the view in floor-to-ceiling navy and white drapes. The large scale art over the desk and standing desk sets a modern tone for the office, but also brightens and enlivens the otherwise drab corporate space. We brought EVEN MORE LIGHT in with this classic urchin chandelier, and the brass finish provides a feminine and professional polish to the space. Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re not done with the light yet, because we chose to reflect all of that light around the room with the large scale hexagonal mirrors along the back wall. The brass finish is again picked up in the glass table base which takes up very little visual space while providing a very large work area for meetings with clients, colleagues, and fellow partners alike.

Cati Teague Photography for GSD.

The real workhorse of the room is the gorgeous textured shagreen desk. It brings richness and texture to the space, provides storage, and a very large workspace. Seating for office visitors and clients is provided by these modern side chairs in a refreshing aqua tweed, bringing the bright blue tones from each art print directly into the space.

Cati Teague Photography for GSD.

The result of this project is a bright, professional space that exudes confidence: perfect for a new partner. We celebrate your achievements with you today! Do you have a professional space that needs to communicate your story? It’s time that we get started. Give me a call.

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New Life for an Old Bathroom

Most of the homes built in the 1960s have the same, functional bathroom footprint. When a bathroom like this needs an update, usually we don’t have to tear down walls or rethink how the space is used. One of the many strengths of Mid-Century Design is that it is rooted in functionality. Space is used well: it is not wasted. To update a bathroom like this, we focus on updating materials and finishes that work for the specific owner of such a classic space. In this case, we focused on making the room comfortable and safe for clients who expect to age well in this home in the years to come.

With a nod to the bathroom’s former green tones, we updated the color scheme with a mineral tone, a muted, earthy aqua that reflects a more modern, calm feel in the room.

The classic nature of this bathroom served as the inspiration for the materials in this space. We selected a white and mineral colored fabric in a trellis pattern, and selected updated versions of materials that reflected the original state of the room. White subway tile for the shower surround is a brilliantly classic selection, and the floor tile, a mix of white and gray small tiles imitates the previous floor tile without the high volume of the 1960s color combination. As many 1960s homes are known for their wall-to-wall vertical v-notch paneling, we both winked and nodded to this traditional feature with vertical ship lap,  painted white and with a square notch: it’s a decidedly modern take.

Voila! New life for an old bathroom.

The design features of this bathroom keep the users of the bathroom in mind: for an aging homeowner, we ensured that the toilet seats were elevated and that the shower included grab bars and rails for both using the bathtub and the shower.

Considering the client’s young grandchildren also became a factor. Instead of installing the shower curtain from a tension rod that might be pulled down by young children, we installed the curtain rod from the ceiling and created a custom shower curtain to fully span the space. Bonus? The room feels taller and more spacious when a curtain is hung from a high level. This can be a game-changing feature in Mid-Century homes that do not have vaulted ceilings. #protip #youarewelcome

To keep the room feeling simple and cohesive, we matched the shower curtain to the window shade (in that epic mineral and white trellis pattern) and matched the towels in a similar tone. The Eucalyptus art print and the formal wall sconces polish the space.

When designing for aging populations, or if you’d like to refresh and redesign a bathroom that you’ll be in when you’ll need more supportive features, it’s important to focus on non-slip surfaces. If your bathmats do not have a non-slip backing, purchase a rubber rug pad. There are also companies that can install a non-slip surface to your bathroom floors and tub, and you can’t see it! Whaaaaatttt?! Yes: check it out here.

Do you have a Mid-Century bathroom that functions well, but could use a thoughtful update? Are you thinking about how your home needs to change to accommodate your needs in the coming years? Let’s talk. Right now. Call me.

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Graffiti-Inspired Workroom

One of my favorite people and repeat clients (check out her master bedroom here) came to me with a brimming-with-potential-blank-slate of a room that she wanted to use as her creative work space.

We wanted a feature wall inspired by graffiti. After some brainstorming, my client decided that the focal points of the mural would be a singular fist and kente cloth, signifying power, empowerment, and culture. We worked with the extremely talented Charmaine Minniefield. If you’ve popped over to her website already (if not, hello, here’s the link AGAIN), you know that she “draws from indigenous traditions as seen throughout Africa and the Diaspora by exploring African and African-American ritual from a feminist perspective.” She was the perfect fit for this project. As you can see, the results are stunning:

Photo by Cati Teague Photography for GSD (catiteague.com)

To set off the mural, we painted the adjacent walls a dark slate gray. Color cues were taken from the mural and carry it’s energy around the room. We worked with Joybird to create a custom, rich, Kelly Green couch to provide her with a space to read and rest. The teal rug compliments the green and blue tones in the mural and brings the color into the center of the space.

Photo by Cati Teague Photography for GSD (catiteague.com)

This work space demanded lots of creative, attractive storage. We had the pegboard custom built for the space so she has plenty of space to keep her tools within easy reach. The bold orange of the pegboard and the colorful TV stand (located just right of the desk) mirror the movement and energy of the mural without competing with it, creating a sense of color symmetry in the room.

This is such a unique, dynamic transformation. I asked the client to reflect on the design process:

“I believe that whenever you have someone like a designer or artist use their skills in your house, they leave a little piece of their creative energy there with you. For this room, I wanted the women who helped bring my graffiti-inspired vision to reality to be proud of their work and for that mark of pride to be felt by everyone who walks through the threshold. This room is not just a wrap room- it’s a place where I take time to create and develop projects, where I put a dash of love in gifts for friends and family, and where I can go to feel good. it’s a feel good room. It’s a room of empowerment and positivity. I can sit on my bright kelly green couch, with a feminine fist of Black power behind me, giving me strength to propel me forward in a positive direction. In turn, every project that leaves that room has a little bit more love in it.”

I mean, COME ON: aren’t you ready to transform your space with energy that propels you forward with creativity and empowerment? I am. Give me a call. Let’s work on your space next.

Images by Cati Teague Photography for GSD (catiteague.com)

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