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Contemporary Living Room With Tufted Furniture, Patterned Wallpaper and Thick, White Fireplace Surround
A modern patterned wallpaper print was installed to draw attention to the fireplace, as seen on HGTV Fixer Upper. The fireplace and mantel were entirely reworked and surrounded with the bold, contrasty wallpaper to create an accent wall that ties in visually with the trim, door and furnishings. Cozy neutral furniture with a tufted finish is brightened with yellow throw pillows.
While the front yard may be small, this home relies on colorful flowering plants to provide a lively outdoor look. Several shrubs and bushes line either side of the entrance, while similar flowers cascade from window boxes and perfectly complement the rust orange shutters.
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.
Much of this petite home office, designed by Sett Studio, is made from their signature material called Monotread. Sustainably created out of unutilized wood chips from mills, Monotread is used for the built-in desk, the flooring and the ceiling. Check out the fun ground level window, ideal for providing light as well as privacy.
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."
Trees, shrubs and outdoor pillows bring color to this neutral modern patio. A forsythia tree boasts bright yellow flowers; a shrub with purple leaves bursts with jewel tones; and orange pillows add more warm color.
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.
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.
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.
After a long day out in the sun, the owners can retreat upstairs to this serene master bedroom. A large bed with soft blue-and-white linens makes a comfortable crash pad, while a private patio invites the owners to catch the sunset.
Double islands in this transitional gourmet kitchen provide prep area and a welcoming dining space. Dark brown wood on the islands contrast against the white Shaker cabinets around the perimeter of the kitchen. Calacatta Vagli marble countertops bring sophistication to the room.