This traditional dining room is anchored by a large piece of art. A modern black dining table with metal legs adds an edgy touch, while the black and white dining chairs provide ample seating for a large group.
An artist herself and alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jamie Steele has created a way to support art and artists with a spacious gallery Camayuhs, she maintains in her home. Her focus is on group shows of artists from Atlanta and across the country, often spotlighting female artists.
An outdoor seating area grouped by the fireplace is the perfect place to gather at the end of a long day. The addition of the ceiling fan and art above the fireplace make this white porch feel like an outdoor living room.
Masterpiece Design Group designed a multi-functional wall for this playroom, for displaying games, toys and supplies. In addition, a simple table was designed to provide a place for creating art or eating snacks. Rolled white craft paper stationed on a dowel allows for easy cleanup.
An eclectic mix of furnishings and accessories juxtaposes against the traditional architecture of this Boston home. Teal barrel chairs flank the classic fireplace, and a trio of metallic gold tables are grouped together in the center of the room. Abstract art adds color to the space.
One of the most important factors in giving a room personality is the proper selection of art. This doesn’t require spending a lot on gallery works, but rather a keen eye. This gallery grouping was made by searching local flea markets and vintage stores for a mix of colorful and neutral pieces ranging in shape, size and subject matter. After spacing them out on the floor, the collection was hung on the wall with a consistent amount of space left between each piece.
Count on columnar evergreens like North Pole arborvitae to introduce a strong vertical element to gardens. Its narrow form also works well planted in groups as a hedge. This upright beauty was selected in Minnesota and resists winterburn. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Botanical name: Thuja occidentalis ‘Art Boe’
Arrange plantings in zones based on water use. Group thirsty plants together, including things like bedding plants and lawn. Keep lower water use plants like shrubs and drought tolerant perennials in a separate area. Install an irrigation system controller that supports zone watering to enjoy state-of-the-art water savings.
A solid Indiana limestone mantel is the perfect backdrop for a tightly grouped collection of Audubon prints, framed to hide a TV set. If you’re not a bird-lover, almost any series of artwork with repeating themes and colors can work just as well. (To replicate the look on a budget, you can buy an art book and carefully cut out your favorite pages.)
This space proves to be far more than just a laundry room; it also serves as a multifunctional home office and hobby area too. The large L-shaped countertop remains clear for folding laundry and taking on other housekeeping tasks. Plus, storage cabinets above and below the countertop provide the perfect place to store cleaning supplies, extra linens and children's messy arts and crafts supplies. Design by Castle Rock Design Group
Designer tips can work in any kitchen. Just ask designer Egypt Sherrod, who installed these creative table trays as great wall decor for this simple kitchen she helped design for Dwell with Dignity, a nonprofit group working to create soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. Inexpensive trays, which can be found at stores like HomeGoods and Pier 1, make for interesting wall art and go with the universal theme of eating and entertaining that is the heart of every kitchen.
A top trick by designers for making a living space feel more homey is adding a fun rug to the flooring, even when you already have carpet. You don't have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on an area or antique rug to fill the entire space. Instead, look for one in a pattern that adds pizzazz, like this cowhide rug that designer Michelle Mentzer with Miles Design Group in metro Atlanta picked up at Ikea. She also got the pictures of landscape art and the chevron and plush accent pillows on a discount at HomeGoods.
Two white pillar candles in matching hurricane glasses and other well-chosen accessories help dress up the mantel in this transitional living room from designer Elizabeth P. Clarke. Tips from the designer: The fireplace is one of the most striking features in a room and should be a focal point. The mantel is a great place to accessorize. Small groupings of artwork can be added above the mantel for some punch, and smaller accessories on the mantel help tie in the fireplace with the art. Lighting and candles are another fabulous way to create visual focal points.
“The trick to tackling a huge room like this is to divide it up into zones and that's just what this design trio does so well,” says designer Candice Olson. “There is an area to take in the view; a sprawling wall shelf that doubles as both display and seating; (great for those big LA parties); and a main conversation grouping that floats in front of the fireplace. I think the wall art is the strongest element in this space. Large tree-motif panels suit the grand scale of the space, as does the ingenious bubble-wrap wall hanging backed with a very current fretwork graphic — someone’s going to Design Heaven for that move. And can we talk about the pink ducks?! The 3-D element of these wooden sculptures animates the massive fireplace wall but this team doesn’t stop there. A quart of neon-pink paint has these ducks kicking sand in the feathered faces of their pink flamingo cousins. It’s this touch of the unexpected that prevents a serious room like this from looking too somber and that can make a good design a great one. As strong as the wall art is, I feel the decorative elements placed along the wall shelves and mantel are suffering from a case of "Honey, I shrunk the accessories." Big rooms need big accessories — lamps, candlesticks or pedestals, ceramics and mirrors — all large-scaled to suit. I would have opted for a huge, free-form, wood coffee table. Glass tends to visually disappear and is a better choice to help keep the feeling open and uncluttered in small spaces.”
The Santa-Barbara-style estate set on six private acres in Atlanta's posh Buckhead neighborhood is a testament to the difference 15 designers and four landscape architects can make when they focus on a specific family's needs instead of dialing their designs up to 11 (as is common in group projects like this one). "There was so much restraint in this showhouse," Melanie Turner, the project's honorary chair, explains. "It's calm, it's simple, there are fewer pieces in each of the rooms, but what is in there is very special and more purposeful." Turner asked the designers to imagine a couple with children relocating to Atlanta from southern California, and to reflect their home state's coastal style.
Doing so involved taking the house "down to the studs," Turner says. The 11,000 square feet of airy-yet-intimate living space, includes a showstopping glass-walled family room addition, a new outdoor pool with a built-in sectional and fire pit, one-of-a-kind finishes and spectacular art.
A pastoral, new urbanist deveiopment described as a "wellness community," where sustainability is a focus, Serenbe is about 40 minutes from Atlanta but a world apart in attitude. An array of beautifully built single-family homes make Serenbe a home for many, but it's also a great rustic tourism destination with an onsite Inn at Serenbe and plenty of farm, nature and cultural activities to keep visitors busy. The 40,000-acre bucolic planned community is home to farm-to-table restaurants like The Hil, The Farmhouse at Serenbe and The Blue-Eyed Daisy as well as a growing roster of smaller spots and cute retail offerings. The arts are a big part of the community, so see if your visit coincides with special Art Over Dinner al fresco meals with local creatives and check out the Serenbe Playhouse's schedule. This vanguard theater group has garnered national recognition for staging immersive theatrical experiences and fun, creative spins on the classics that often use the woodsy surroundings and outbuildings of Serenbe as stage sets.