An elegant black and white marble floor adds sophistication and style to an open dining room. Windows and double doors admit sunlight and fresh air while a contemporary chandelier provides a candle-like glow.
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.
A detached, income-producing Carriage House sits on the lot beside this historic home. It features one bedroom, a full kitchen and bath, a two-car garage and other amenities. A paving stone patio connects the houses.
Shades of cool blue and yellow-gold used in the interior of this home are echoed on its spacious porch. A sofa and chair provide seating while a table set under the ceiling fan is perfect for relaxing and enjoying appetizers and sips.
A pale blue bedroom opens to a sunny balcony on the second floor of this home. White bedding and a white, upholstered chair, along with curtains and pillows in yellow-gold, complement the dark wood furniture.
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.
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."
From storage and serveware to ostensibly-humble table settings, etúHOME founder Stacy Borocz loves using the items in her home to make her guests feel cherished. “Who wouldn’t enjoy pulling up a chair and unfolding a perfectly pressed linen napkin or noticing a single flower placed just right atop a china plate? A beautifully appointed table says, ‘I appreciate that you are here, your attendance is important to me, thank you for coming.’”
This kitchen island features a hand-forged, removable steel bar with S-hooks for posts and pans. “I love grabbing what I need right in front of me versus digging through drawers to find the right size [vessel],” the homeowner says. The Spanish woven-rush baskets beneath the countertop store found French linens (“another guilty pleasure”).
White Dining Table with Eclectic Vases and Walnut Chairs
Homeowner and etuHOME founder Stacy Borocz is quick to note that she can’t take credit for the striking black walnut dining chairs in her dining room: her husband and business partner brought them about. “He worked diligently with the factory to create them, and it turns out they are a best seller and a design favorite,” she says.
This five-pillared dining table with nailhead trim is a sibling to the smaller piece in the homeowner's breakfast nook. This eclectic space also boasts a gallery wall and a pair of vintage-yet-futuristic crystal-adorned globes, and a walnut-stained hardwood floor.