A coral accent wall brings this contemporary kid's room to life and draws the eye into the space while working in tandem with colorful accents, like a bright blue window seat and exciting striped carpet. Utilizing the space below the window seat allows for extra storage and a place to keep books and games.
Kay and Hooff chose a blonde color scheme for the living room. "Texture is the key ingredient in all schemes," says Kay, "But even more so when the color palette is limited: linen, suede, sisal, leather, along with hammered iron and warm wood tones, contribute to this airy look."
The kitchen is large enough to hold this antique French cabinet, which Kay says is ideal for storing and displaying favorite serving items. "A large piece like this makes it easier to access these items, rather than storing them in a cabinet or shelf."
A Large Kitchen Addition With Stainless Steel Kitchen Island
The transition to the spacious kitchen is seamless, as this space too is flooded with light and dominated by neutrals. "Designing this kitchen with my friend and client was one of the most fun times ever!" Kay enthuses, and this is evident by the extreme attention to detail. For example, Kay points out how the prep area can be accessed by all four sides. "So while one is stirring the pot, another can clean and chop on the stainless steel island, while another can be washing dishes or rolling out pastry for baking."
"Our clients wanted to have a little wall between them and the gardens, so the steel windows were installed as low as possible," Kay explains. She also points out the many textures used throughout the kitchen, such as hand-plastered walls, a wood plank ceiling, honed calacatta borghini marble counters, a stainless steel work island, antique mirror backsplash in the bar area, tabby lamps with linen shades, and reclaimed French oak floors.
At first glance this bronze sculpture looks like an antique, but it's really a bust of the owner’s oldest daughter. Another modern-day giveaway is the green ribbon, which can be changed thanks to a hidden hole.
The kitchen is also large enough to accommodate a dedicated wet bar. "We wanted to include a lot of storage in this area to accommodate the owners glassware collection," says Kay. To best show it off, they chose glass cabinets and an antique mirror backsplash. "[This] adds some sparkle and light to this area of the kitchen."
Juat as Kay and Hooff wanted natural light to be the focus inside, they wanted the outside greenery to be the focus in the screened-in porch area. "To soften the hard elements, we used three similar shades of white," Kay says. Iron doors connect the porch to the dining room, explaining its abundant source of light.
The home is a study in neutrals, and the designers' goal for the dining room involved creating an elegant but minimalist space in order to showcase the owners' artwork. Kay loves how light and airy the room feels as a result of keeping it simple.
A Neutral Living Room With an Armchair and Fireplace
Kay and Hooff created this cozy corner of the living room by choosing a chair with a lumbar-support pillow (made from African Kuba cloth) and placing it between two windows. A garden seat is repurposed as a side table. Both the chair and table are angled to take advantage of natural light and the fireplace. Kay finished the look with a lava stone planter containing a smooth leaf fiddle fig tree as a way to add interest and bring the outdoors in.
A Renovated Dutch Colonial Foyer That Feels Original
Decorating this 8,000-square-foot, 1920's Dutch Colonial in Atlanta held extra meaning for designer Carter Kay of Carter Kay Interiors, as the request came from her bookkeeper of 12 years. Together with partner Nancy Hooff, they created a continental and welcoming space for the five-bedroom, four-bath home. The homeowners main goal? Adding additional elements, from the light-filled kitchen to the brick-walled wine cellar, while maintaining the original Dutch Colonial feel. Along the way, Kay and Hooff were inspired by the client's dress style: classic, with an attention to detail, but with a twist.
Enter into this formal living space and be greeted with rich wood panels, a curved floor-to-ceiling window and neutral, comfy seating. The wood-burning fireplace and ornate chandelier give the room a traditional feeling paired with a large, modern desk and a bench with animal print cushion.
This classic brick Colonial features a spacious, landscaped lot with mature trees and manicured hedges. A long stone pathway leads through the yard to the covered front porch nestled between shaped creeping ivy.
From a wider perspective, it's easier to see how Kay and Hooff seamlessly blended the kitchen addition into the home's existing features, per the clients' wishes. To pull it off, the antique glass passage knobs on the arched double doors match the originals elsewhere in the house. Gaze through the door to observe that the fireplace is surrounded by reclaimed brick and a plaster mantle. The reclaimed French oak floors continue into the room as well. Above the fireplace, a custom mirror enlarges the feel of the space.
Natural light floods the breakfast nook as well, and Kay and Hooff used it to focus the attention on the room's original plaster ceiling and moldings. "This is a wonderful, neutral space to connect the dining room, kitchen and family room," Kay notes.
By all appearances the entryway could be original to the home, but it's actually part of the updated additions. To create the effect, Kay and Hooff used the home's original wood boards, recovered from demolition, and added custom screen pantry doors and a paneled coat closet. Some of the owner's favorite items personalize the space, like this antique child's chair, gallery artwork, Moattar rug and Formations lantern.