Decatur is known for its distinct, historic neighborhoods, eclectic food, and vibrant downtown: it is not known for log cabins. My clients are the owners of this unlikely urban retreat and wanted to design a space that provided a TV-free zone to read, relax, eat, and play games as a family. This little reading nook is my favorite vignette. It is my client's favorite spot in the house. She has her morning coffee there daily. The chair was hers but the shelves were added to have storage and interest go up the wall and showcase their family pictures and items I sourced in flea markets all over Atlanta! The pouf and blanket were "must haves" from the very beginning.
Designer Claire Paquin incorporated her client's large brown leather sectional sofa in the living room by making it the focal point of the room. She pulled together a serene look by using a soft creams on the walls and for the area rug and drapes and added a large piece of poster art in dark blue for a pop of color. The look is comfortable and contemporary.
As seen on HGTV's Love It Or List It Too, Designer Jillian Harris completely transformed what was a dark kitchen into an open concept kitchen and dining room. Jillian removed the entire wall between the old kitchen and dining room, creating space for an island with a live edge 100 year old fir countertop. Jillian painted the dining room Siberian Snowflake and installed American Walnut Authentic engineered wood flooring.
Fun and full of color, this eclectic dining room from designer Jil Sonia McDonald will undoubtedly be a house favorite. The room's gray-and-white curtains stay true to the overall eclectic look of the room while also taking the color palette down a notch, providing a nice balance to the bright orange and greens. The bench seating doubles as storage space, and the modern style china cabinet is perfect for storing the dishware and utensils.
Just like interior designers do inside the home, infuse an outdoor dining area with texture to make it more attractive. On this porch, the chopped firewood, stone tabletop, vases with rough and glossy stripes and floral-inspired pillows do the job. “I like to bring in as many textures as I can,” says Monica Stewart, a designer in Athens, Ga., who owns The Misfit House. A potted succulent also draws the eye through the space.
Designer Kimberly Lyons wanted to create pops of colors in the family room to vivify the neutral walls, woodwork and sofas. The dark salmon accent wall is a warm and inviting tone without overtaking the room. Surprisingly, the colors in the accent pillows on the sofas work well with it, with the area rug tying all the colors together for an overall pleasing effect.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson transformed this once drafty, dated space into a warm and inviting modern living room with plenty of room to relax and entertain. The textured stucco walls were skim-coated for a smooth appearance and a red brick wall was updated with a fresh coat of white paint. Sarah filled the space with chic, mid-century modern furnishings and replaced old carpet with neutral wood flooring for a warm, inviting look.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson borrowed 15 square feet from the adjacent guest bedroom to carve out space for this spa-like bathroom vanity. To give the room a first class feel, Sarah added a large silver-framed round mirror, a mosaic tile backsplash and a floating, custom-built wood cabinet with plenty of storage space.
Skip the demolition phase and keep the base of your current kitchen island to save money. Georgia designer Beth Johnson created a much larger island by using the base of the homeowner’s original island to support a larger countertop. She painted it and added molding to look like wainscotting. She replaced the dated laminate with HanStone quartz, and installed legs to support the counter’s extended width and length.
Nothing says old world magnificence like the hand-painted cathedral ceiling and two-tier chandelier of this elegant gathering room. Looking up, the room emits a feeling of Italian renaissance and splendor, while the furnishings and accessories deliver a traditional and comfortable spin on old world style. The most spectacular piece in the room is the 16th-century fireplace imported from Cyprus. Designer Lori Venners added beige Knole sofas to pull in the gold hues from the ceiling detail while also complementing the chocolate-brown draperies and dark wood furniture.
A dark, stained wood staircase in a Queen Anne-style home is built out with paneling and trim. The home was built in the early 1900s in
Atlanta. While the stained glass is not original to the home and was added by previous owners, homeowner and designer Carl Mattison said the stained glass provides privacy while allowing in light.
The easy-to-clean, durable and waterproof porcelain tile floor with veining and white grout offers the rich look of Carrera marble. “We did not do hardwood in here,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn. “We thought it would be smart, since this is where a lot of people will have bathing suits on and also flip-flops.”
Designer Kelli Kaufer created this one-of-a-kind backsplash using her client’s prized collection of buttons (plus a few extras bought at garage sales and crafts stores). “I used a double-sided sticky mat,” she says. “Apply the mat to the wall and start placing the buttons. You may want to use the back side of the buttons as there are fewer ridges. Once the buttons are in place, apply a non-sanded grout just like you would grout normal tile. This will help hold the buttons in place.”
For the bathroom of a longtime customer-turned-friend, designer Katie Gagnon created a unique storage unit for the space between a pair of pedestal sinks. “This was a long-term project, and we spent a lot of time curating the perfect pieces for her ever-evolving space,” says Gagnon. “This storage cabinet was one we had custom made by an artisan we work with. The door is a vintage salvaged piece that had the original paint sanded off and we added an iron cremone bolt for some contrast and visual interest.”
Beautiful planting beds curve toward the house, pointing the way to a wow of an upgraded entrance. Designer John Gidding built an expanded deck to encompass much more of the house and give it a modern profile, then painted the brick a soothing green. Arching walkways help anchor the home into the landscape and give people somewhere to walk besides the driveway.
Rather than extend the beach theme colors in the rest of the home into the master bedroom, designer Guillaume Gentet decided to use luxurious silver tones, pattern and organic shapes, making the space feel calming and serene. A cozy upholstered armchair with a matching ottoman provides a nice spot to relax and enjoy a book. A piece of blue coral adorns the end table by the armchair, adding a subtle beach-inspired detail to the room.
As seen on HGTV's Love It Or List It Too, Designer Jillian Harris modernized this west coast home by removing a pillar that sat in the middle of the entrance. She painted the walls with Behr Cotton Knit and installed engineered hickory hardwood flooring with Tremblant stain. Jillian added much needed life to the fireplace enclosure with a tile called Contessa Picket. Tying the room together are custom cushions and a custom sofa fabric called Bengal Bronze.