In a home like this, even the designer has a hard time picking a favorite room. For now Olaniyi claims that the guest room runs a close race with the living room. “Those spaces more than any others in my home show the way I approach design in my home,” she says. “I like my spaces to be intentional but not pretentious; pretty but touchable.” Intentionality is on full display in the way that she uses color to divide the guest room into a multi-functional space. The part of the room dedicated to work has been designed with black walls, furnishings and accessories, while the areas for sleeping are decorated primarily in white for a relaxing retreat.
The Taylors' downstairs home office features chestnut-colored walls that nicely spotlight a gallery wall of paintings collected on their travels to a host of Asian countries including Vietnam and Shanghai.
Anyone who needs a quiet spot — whether Miranda’s preparing homeschool lessons or one of the kids is playing a computer game — can find it in here. Normally the wire shelves are filled with books and plants, but they got cleared out for an Advent calendar made of gift boxes, with a treat in each one. Ever the retro furniture fan, Luke found the military desk at a thrift store and the chair at a garage sale, then had it reupholstered.
Downtown's lovely tree-lined streets are distinguished by an array of beautifully restored homes like this 1845 three-bedroom, three and a half bath home owned by well-known Savannah realtor Cora Bett Thomas.
A simple swap of drapery turns the space from bright and dainty to cool and calming. To outfit the same space as a home gym, a cushier rug was added along with a collapsible side table perfect for keeping workout routines front and center while a full-length mirror lets homeowners keep an eye on their form.
Mixed modern stonework on the walls and columns around the front entry add texture and connect the home's exterior with the stone tilework outside the front door. A mix of planters adds a pop of floral color to this inviting entry.
A spooky entryway is created with simple DIY crafts, including bats cut from black card stock, branches from the yard and raven figurines. A variety of pumpkins and gourds add color and seasonal flare.