This time of year is always particularly busy. Between the parties, gift giving, and merrymaking… it’s enough to make the whole month of December feel like a whirlwind! But, seeing a house decorated with fresh greens, lush flowers and rich textures never ceases to make me stop, take a deep breath and soak in the beauty and renewal that Christmas brings. While there are still greens to be cut and wreaths to be hung in my own house, I had the recent pleasure of designing a room in the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Christmas Showhouse. While unfortunately the Showhouse has closed its doors, I hope you’ll enjoy getting to see a glimpse of the room here on the blog!
I was asked to design a room off of the Foyer as a gentleman’s study. The inspiration for the room was a gracious Georgian plantation that has evolved over the years. It is a space that has the distinctive craftsmanship of old natural elements one would expect to find, but with a touch of polish. I wanted the space to be layered with old and new, but overall timeless. My starting point was Farrow and Ball’s Olive color, which I used in a high gloss finish on the walls and trim work. I offset the sleek lacquered effect with a more rustic grass cloth paper that we applied to the ceiling. And, the fabulous curtains that I designed with Coleman Taylor Textiles were also a big part of my room inspiration. They are velvet panels that were custom painted in a bronze color. I worked closely with them to tweak one of their exiting patterns to make it a bit more masculine for this space. They were super to work with and I was thrilled with the results!
I typically select the paint color last when designing a room, so this process was out of the ordinary for me. But, once the shell of the room was decided, I visited some of my very favorite sources and shops in Atlanta to select individual pieces for the space. I made my selections based on my desire for the room to seem as if it had evolved over time and for it to have a good balance of levels of formality and texture. My friends at Parc Monceau, Edgar Reeves, English Accents and Roebuck & Co. were gracious enough to help me find just the right pieces.
R Hughes – Green stool and desk chair
Foxglove Antiques – Accessories
Keivan Woven Arts – Antique rug
HG Robertson – Silver accessories
Eve and Staron – Grass rug
Ainsworth Noah – Accessories
Waterworks – Bath accessories
In order to accomplish a more casual/less polished aesthetic, I selected accessories made of natural materials like leather, wood and bone. And, in an effort to avoid being too predictable, I incorporated a mid-century desk, and an unexpected piece of art by Maggie Hansbouck to finish it off.
I hope some of you were able to visit the showhouse, I would love to know if you did!