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6 trends to help you transform your bathroom into a stylish sanctuary

Warm Wood

Bath trends
Photograph by Jeff Herr

Bathrooms can be cold spaces, decked out head-to-toe in tile and metal. But natural wood—like the burlwood floating vanity in this powder room by Terracotta Design Build—can add a warm vibe. Not ready to go all in? Try touches, like a wooden soap dish, wastebasket, or shelf.

Statement Lighting

Bath trends
Another trend? Bold colors—a departure from the popular whites, grays, and blues—like Sherwin Williams “Greens,” which was the starting point for this room.
Photograph by Rustic White

Bathroom light fixtures are no longer an afterthought. Designer Jessica Webber of Webber Coleman Woodworks gave this cheery green bath an edgy twist with these geometric brass pendants from Quorum.


Bath trendsEdith pendant, $690, Arteriors, arteriors­home.com

Bath trendsEden medium pendant, $629, Thomas O’Brien, Circa Lighting, circalighting.com

Bath trendsEdmond pendant, $1,170, Arteriors

Brass Fixtures

Bath trends
This funky wall and floor tile is from Fireclay Tile.
Photograph by Rustic White

Hits of brass have made way for the allover treatment. For her basement renovation, blogger Anna Liesemeyer of In Honor of Design went with the Purist collection by Kohler for plumbing, Schoolhouse Electric for pulls and knobs, and Bellacor for lighting. Hint: The mix-and-match is easier if you don’t mind slight differences in tone.

Bath trendsSingle handle channel vessel faucet, $715, Delta, deltafaucet.com

Bath trendsLow spout sink faucet with white Carrara handles, $1,480, Kallista, kallista.com

Bath trendsAcqui wall-mount widespread faucet, price upon request, Rohl, PDI, relyonpdi.com

Freestanding Tubs

Bath trends
The soaking tub by American Standard gets a tropical backdrop from the Clarke & Clarke wallpaper from Duralee.
Photograph by Jeff Herr

No longer relegated to a dark corner, the bathtub gets its moment in the sun. Whether spotlighted in an alcove or under a sunny window, like in this project by Amy Weaver of Terracotta Design Build, it’s now the star of the room.

Bath trendsJuliet tub, price upon request, MTI Baths, PDI

Bath trendsAvalon 72, $8,990, Native Trails, nativetrails.net

Bath trendsFaces stone tub, price upon request, Porcelanosa, porcelanosa-usa.com

Wet Rooms

Bath trends
Traditional tile pairings set the stage for a not-so-ordinary soaking and shower space that oozes luxury.
Photograph by Jeff Herr

Who needs doors? The latest luxurious bathrooms are just that—full rooms that can take a splash, giving a spa-like ambiance, as in this one by Renewal Design-Build. Pro tip: The concept also makes for a good space-saving technique in small bathrooms.

Dramatic Basins

Bath trends
The vanity is an antique candy making table the designer found that was in keeping with the 1920s-era home. The wall-mounted faucet is from Watermark Designs.
Photograph by Jeff Herr

In a powder room, there’s no tub to take center stage. The sink, like this vintage Turkish marble basin in a bathroom by designer Yvonne McFadden, gets a chance to step up.

Bath trendsTatra sink in polished copper, price upon request, Native Trails

Bath trendsBriolette sink, $895, Kohler, Ferguson Kitchen & Bath, ferguson.com

This article appears in our Fall 2018 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

Keeping it cool: The retro fridge is back and, now, state of the art

Big Chill refrigerator
Retropolitan fridge in Beach Blue, $3,595, bigchill.com

As architecture and furnishings have gotten the throwback treatment, so have appliances. Built for modern practicality but with shapely, curved lines, classic glossy colors, and chrome trim, these kitchen workhorses can be fun, too. One hot manufacturer, Colorado-based Big Chill, dreams up stylish, ’50s-inspired ranges, hoods, dishwashers, and, yes, refrigerators.

  • Founders Thom Vernon and his nephew Orion Creamer constructed the first prototype just for fun on Vernon’s front porch in Boulder, Colorado and sold it in 2003 to a curious passerby.
  • Creamer developed the design by sifting through old refrigerators in junkyards.
  • Big Chill uses a metal stamping process to create the steel doors—the same manufacturing technique used in the 1950s. The handle pivots like an old-school icebox.
  • Standard colors include Cherry Red and Beach Blue; more than 200 custom colors range from hot pink to teal. Durable powder coating gives the appliances a shiny shell like a vintage car.
  • The three sizes range from “massive” (20.6 cubic feet) to a slim two-feet across, fit for a city loft or a tiny house.
  • According to Big Chill, owners include Drew Barrymore, Rachael Ray, and Scarlett Johansson.
  • Next up? In 2019, the company plans to put out smaller countertop appliances like blenders and toasters.

This article appears in our Fall 2018 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

5 tips and trends from celebrity interior designer Jeremiah Brent

Jeremiah Brent
Interior designer Jeremiah Brent (center), participating in a style panel at AmericasMart with Justin Q. Williams and Sid Mashburn.

Photograph courtesy of AmericasMart

Last week was the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market at AmericasMart, which meant thousands of buyers and designers flocked to downtown Atlanta to place orders on everything from art and antiques to accessories and furniture. Guest speakers included Martha Stewart and Arianna Huffington, but some of our best takeaways came from design guru Jeremiah Brent. California– and New York–based Brent is married to designer Nate Berkus, and the duo and their two young children star in the reality show Nate and Jeremiah by Design.

After appearing in a panel on men’s fashion and decor alongside local experts Sid Mashburn and Justin Q. Williams, Brent sat down with us and outlined a few key design tips and trends to remember.

1. Getting a stylish house doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune. For good quality bargains, Brent’s go-tos are West Elm, Living Spaces (a West Coast brand that Atlantans can shop online), and Chairish for affordable antiques.

2. Small changes make a big difference. “Adding throws or blankets that have great texture over the back of a sofa adds some interesting personality really quickly and will visually change the room,” says Brent. Other quick fixes to freshen up a space include changing out throw pillows, lighting, and side tables.

3. For Brent, Lucite is out and wicker is in. “I just think Lucite can look really dirty,” he says. But wicker can add texture to any aesthetic. “You don’t need a whole wicker headboard,” he says. “Even just a wicker bowl can do the trick.”

4. The key to a special space is making it yours. This could mean art, accessories, or something Brent calls “moments.” One question he asks every client: “What are your small, personal rituals or ceremonies?” For one client, it was morning coffee. So the designer created her a quiet corner to relax with a mug and have a peaceful start to her day.

5. Curate your kids’ spaces. “If Poppy had her way, her room would be pink and flammable. Every synthetic material imaginable,” laughs Brent. He and Berkus designed their daughter Poppy’s room, but gave her select options to choose from so that she would have ownership of the space. “Her room will be what she wants it to be—if it’s within reason—because we believe that spaces should be an extension of yourself,” says Brent. His quick fix for kids clutter? “Lots and lots of baskets.”

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: July 18-24

Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon
Where: The Fox Theatre
When: Through July 22
Cost: $34 to $139
Details: The Fox Theatre has been blessed with a second run of this religious comedy. Written by Avenue Q‘s Robert Lopez and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical follows two missionaries with opposite personalities as they travel through Uganda to spread the Mormon religion.

Alive in Roswell Family Fest
Where: Historic Canton Street, Historic Roswell Square, and the City Hall Grounds
When: July 19, 5-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Details: Every third Thursday from April to October, Alive in Roswell hosts a festival with vendors, live music, and activities for the kids like face painting, inflatables, and scavenger hunts. What’s a festival without food trucks? A variety of food trucks like King of Pops, Mix’d Up Burgers, and Five Finger Philly are expected to be at the festival.

Atlanta Underground Film Festival
House Rules, a comedy short

Photograph courtesy of Sean Robinson

Atlanta Underground Film Festival
Where: Synchronicity Theatre
When: July 19-21
Cost: $10-50
Details: This year marks the 15th year the Atlanta Underground Film Festival has shown works from independent filmmakers. These shorts and feature films aren’t anything you will see in the mainstream—comedy shorts, horror shorts, drama sorts—and there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Dirty South Yoga
Where: Monday Night Garage (Friday), Loudermilk Center (Saturday and Sunday)
When: July 20-22
Cost: $30-175
Details: A weekend of yoga, vendors, and food? Sign us up. With more than 50 classes it’s impossible not to find a time to go. The festival is set for all levels of expertise and classes range from a classic vinyasa flow to a jam out session of live music and yoga.

Max Lager’s Old 320 Beer Fest
Where: Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
When: July 21, 12-4 p.m.
Cost: $64 online, or $75 at the door
Details: The self-proclaimed oldest brewpub in Georgia is bringing more than 30 craft brewers from around the state for you to sip on. Along with appetizers and a pretzel lanyard, the event will also include a raffle to win a “beer journey” to Germany and Belgium with Owen Ogeltree’s Brewtopia Beer Trips.

Ballard Designs opens its new, larger flagship store in Underwood Hills

Ballard Designs
Inside the new Ballard Designs shop on the Upper West Side

Photograph by Mary Logan Bikoff

Hardware, wallpaper, monograms—with a new, larger flagship store, Atlanta-based home furnishings company Ballard Designs can showcase more collections and products than ever before. It’s the first retail space in the buzzy new adaptive-reuse development the Works at Chattahoochee, an old industrial complex converted for retail and restaurants on the city’s northwest side.

This flagship is the 10th retail location for Ballard Designs, which is closing the smaller store attached to its headquarters less than a mile away on Defoor Avenue. Ryan McKelvey, the president of Ballard Designs, and Karen Mooney, vice president of brand management, say they’ve had their eye on this warehouse for the past ten years. When property owner Selig Enterprises announced plans to develop the space, the company jumped at the opportunity to create a new home for their brand.

Ballard DesignsBallard DesignsStaying on the Westside was a big draw for the company as they’ve already established themselves as a destination in the design-oriented area. “We love that there are other interesting home retailers around here, and they kind of have a different mix, a different vibe, a different point of view, and we feel like that’s a great space for us to be in,” says Mooney.

At 20,000 square feet, this store is three to four times the size of its previous Atlanta location, and there is finally room able to openly display fabric swatches, wallpaper, and whole outdoor collections. A monogramming area is one of the new exciting additions, with canvas bags and fabrics ready for customization. The store is grouped by color, with classic blues and whites at the front. Mooney also said that they’ve fully “leaned in” to the trend of mixing patterns for a custom look.

Ballard DesignsBallard DesignsAt the center of the store is the Design Solutions area, where in-house designers can help customize projects to fit customers needs. “Design Solutions is the activated heart of the store,” says McKelvey. Fabrics are placed around the exterior of the design area to draw people in and cut out the intimidation factor that can be associated with the process.

And the products in the store are better than ever, with a guest designer roster—Suzanne Kasler, Bunny Williams, and Miles Redd—that makes high-end design accessible to the average buyer. “In the past, you would only able to buy that through a wholesaler or be an interior designer to buy it,” says Mooney of a sculptural outdoor chandelier by Miles Redd. “But now we’re able to bring that style to the customer.”Ballard DesignsBallard Designs

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