Leah Atkins' clients wanted to leave their cluttered, country style in the past and go for a fresh, traditional look in their new home. Thus, their entryway features a neutral color palette with antiques layered in, like a traditional console table, bust, oil painting and upholstered ottoman.
Two large armchairs are angled toward the center of this great room, carving out a conversation area for two. Ceramic deer busts adorn the wall behind the chairs, adding rustic flair to the transitional space.
From the pretty pottery on top all the way down to the record collection, this bookcase looks colorful and carefully curated. Our favorite part? The letter board, flamingo and palm trees, which bring a small taste of Palm Springs to this home in New Jersey.
A chipped plaster bust paired with a timeworn mirror creates a dynamic juxtaposition in this pale living space. Despite the antique decor, the neutral wall color and minimalist approach to accessories are hallmarks of transitional design.
Fondant frosting is typically used in ornately decorated wedding cake designs, and therefore is often a pricier choice than buttercream. While a big beautiful fondant cake will be sure to make a statement, opting for a simple design in buttercream will cut your cost significantly.
Busts can bring a sense of elegance to a garden. Consider adding one to a potting table, as seen in designer Susanne Hudson's Georgia garden. She's the co-founder of the annual Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival, Garden Tour and Flower Show in Douglasville, Ga.
Designer Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design, based in Nashville, Tenn., recommends using coffee tables with multiple levels for displaying items. This one, from Lillian August, a fine home furnishings retailer, is a brass table with a shagreen base and a top shelf made of glass with silver leafing on the backside. You can find a similar two-level design and mix of metals in tables priced for your budget. A mix of glasswork, vases and urns give it a glamorous feel, while the bust on a lucite base brings a rustic nature to the coffee table vignette.
Steel gray paint and traditional woodwork sets a serious tone in this study, but its use as a whimsical space for collections makes the room a real conversation piece. From a crumbling Classical sculpture to a mod metal shark mounted above the fireplace, the room is packed with interesting decor and collectibles.