With a vibe both sophisticated and casual, interior designer Jamie Krywicki Wilson’s workplace is a light and airy retreat. Her family’s renovation of a ’70s ranch in Marietta included an addition on the back, providing the space with 15-foot ceilings.
A nod to midcentury
The white-and-brass sconces from Circa Lighting are a favorite of Jamie’s, used throughout her house for their subtle style.
Jamie loves to add texture, so rather than displaying two-dimensional art, she hung African necklaces she found at the Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas and a wall hanging made of small shells.
Everyday office clutter is relegated to a storage closet, accessed through the door. That way, there’s more room for Jamie and her office mate, Izzie (pictured).
Jamie loves the laid-back look of coastal houses, so she chose white-oak floors and shiplap as a beachy homage, but a moody accent wall (Farrow & Ball “Railings”) echoes dark colors used elsewhere in the house. “I love this black-blue because it’s softer than a true black but richer than a gray or navy,” she says.
“I will choose a masculine room over a feminine room any day,” says the designer, who opted for these smart-looking leather chairs from Moe’s Home Collection.
Designer tip: A desk doesn’t have to be traditional office furniture. Jamie’s black metal worktop is actually a dining table by Noir that she repurposed. “The pedestal shape offers lots of space if people are sitting around the desk for a meeting,” she says.
If Heather and Matt Dozier’s house looks like it could be at home in the South Pacific, then consider this project a success. Heather’s Filipina mother and Matt’s childhood in Hawaii were two major influences, along with the couple’s travels to Southeast Asian destinations like Vietnam.
“We wanted a modern flair with Asian elements—I guess what you’d call ‘Modern Balinese,’” says Matt, citing their wish list for the custom house: wood, glass, and stone as prominent materials; low-pitched eaves on the roof; and a water element. “My mother asked if we really wanted our house to look like a resort,” says Matt. “And I told her: We absolutely do.”
The house wraps around a courtyard with a sleek pool and firepit. “We wanted a seamless quality of the outside and inside coming together, like you see in Hawaii,” says Heather. “From almost every part of the house, you can see the pool.”
Architect Joel Kelly and principal designer Whitney Ray of Wyeth Ray Interiors brought the project to life, deftly balancing scale and aesthetics. “They showed us images of resorts in Bali and Southeast Asia,” says Whitney, “but the common concept was to create a sense of warmth with layers of natural textures. They wanted a modern home flooded with sunlight.” The great room, with its 15-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling sheer draperies, stacked-stone fireplace, and sculptural play of pendant lights, delivers drama in a calming way. Throughout the house, antiques and natural woods ensure that the modern design feels organic and relaxing.
Heather and Matt, both physicians, are often up before dawn, so the peaceful home is “sanity-saving” after a long day, she says.
“When they’re inside this house and courtyard, they’re essentially in a world of their own,” says Joel. “It’s a resort for everyday living.”
Colorful light fixtures made from recycled bottles were the starting point for this lively kitchenette, a basement remodeling project in Chastain Park by interior designer Sandie Mazzi.
The homeowner is from Colombia and was familiar with these fun fixtures by Pet Lamp that incorporate Colombian weaving techniques using discarded plastic bottles. “The lights captured a tropical, playful style that reflects their personalities,” says Mazzi. “Every single light fixture is unique.”
Picking up a color from the largest pendant, the wall is covered in a sky-blue geometric tile from Specialty Tile.
The bright side
White cabinetry, a white quartz countertop, and light gray floors (a porcelain tile from Crossville) offer a classic contrast to the blue. A CB2 table and DWR chairs, also in white, maintain the modern vibe.
Open shelves display art collected by the homeowner, including a Jeff Koons puppy vase.
Designer tip: Small spaces can still be very functional. A built-in refrigerator, sink, ice maker, and popcorn machine make snacking convenient, especially since a media room is around the corner.
Johanna and Jonas Reisinger describe their style as “a blend of European simplicity with Southern comfort.” After all, Johanna is a native Atlantan, and Jonas grew up in Stuttgart, Germany. A modern home in Morningside, originally designed by architect Brad Heppner, provided a polished setting for distilling the best of both their worlds.
Interior designers Bill Musso and Jessica Park of Musso Design Group incorporated family antiques and rich colors while keeping the clean lines intact. The residence was built in 2008, but its open floorplan, eye-catching staircase, and large-scale windows still feel up to date and striking, says Bill. “The house almost feels like something on the West Coast—modern and classic,” he adds.
The designers and homeowners mixed European-made furniture with custom and sentimental items. A music room is filled with inherited pieces of a timeless style from Johanna’s late mother: a vintage Eames chair, a reupholstered chaise, and framed album covers.
The home’s vintage spirit, sleek lines, and clever engineering are fitting for the owners, who both long worked in the auto industry. “Our years working with Mercedes-Benz have certainly influenced our style,” says Johanna. Cases in point: a cantilevered, “draw-bridge” entry door into the basement and loft-style, floating metal-and-wood stairs. “The materials feel organic and luxurious at the same time, much like a luxury vehicle,” adds Johanna. “With a car or a home, you certainly want comfort and style. Those details matter.”
“The homeowner has a large family and likes to entertain,” says interior designer Grace Brackman of Maggie Griffin Design, “but there isn’t a whole lot of storage in the kitchen.” This butler’s pantry got a makeover that is pretty and practical.
Bathed in blue
This house in charming Griffin isn’t historic—it was built in the ’90s—but Brackman played off its colonial style with a traditional wallpaper from Schumacher called “Hydrangea Drape.” Benjamin Moore “Van Courtland Blue” coats cabinets and trim.
“This space needed to function for a family as well as look nice,” says Brackman. A quartz countertop provides durability, while a deep farmhouse sink can hide dishes and pans during a party.
A vintage Persian rug, classic chandelier by Circa Lighting, and collected accessories elevate the room.
Roman shades in linen have a trim that mimics the wallpaper’s vertical stripe.
Designer tip: Make maximum use of vertical space. “We took advantage of the 10-foot ceilings and ran cabinetry all the way to the ceiling on one wall,” says Brackman, who also stacked a trio of open shelves on either side of the window.
A ping-pong match provides an energetic break in the day, so Atlanta-based real-estate company MountainSeed hired interior designer Kristen Fountain Wilson of KFD Designs to transform its game room into a winning destination. (You could do this at home, too.)
A deep blue ceiling (Sherwin-Williams “Great Falls”) adds another layer of visual interest to the room.
Kristen bought a ping-pong tabletop online, then had it painted into a piece of art by decorative painter Byron Blake. “We wanted something bold and graphic, with ’70s inspired colors,” she says, adding that a latex-poly sealer makes sure balls still bounce just right. Metal legs bought on Etsy were then attached as another glam touch.
It takes two
It took a little convincing to budget for two chandeliers rather than one, but Kristen likes the bigger statement with a duo. “Plus,” she says, “the glass globes remind me of ping-pong balls.”
Wooden built-ins are designed as “stadium seating” for watching a match or just lounging. “The stained wood also brings warmth,” says the designer.
After years living in London and designing high-end hotels and restaurants all over the world, Summer Williams returned home to Rome, Georgia, to design an airplane hangar for her pilot father, Mick, who wanted a home for his Cessna T206 airplane at Russell Field—and a place to relax. Here’s how the design took off.
Personal Memorabilia: Summer rummaged in her parents’ attic to find old treasures to incorporate: a black-and-white photograph of the type of airplane flown by her grandfather, childhood knickknacks, and references to Mick’s beloved Georgia Tech. “One endearing part of this project was that Mom and Dad got to experience a behind-the-scenes view into my process from start to finish,” says Summer. “They joined me on the occasional meeting and scouting trips to Scott Antique Markets, so we shared some good memories.”
Practical Parking: “His hangar didn’t have to be ugly and unusable with a little imagination,” says the designer. Summer had to consider how the plane enters the space, flooring, lighting, and other practicalities while working with the contractor, Mike Ashley. She designed cladding for a hydraulic-lift door and divided the 3,000 square feet into room for parking, a hang-out zone, kitchen, office, and bathroom.
Blue Streak: “I took cues from the airplane itself and added some sentimental touches that tell the story of Dad’s life,” says Summer. The blue color scheme was inspired by the plane’s stripe and Mick’s love of the Allman Brothers song “Blue Sky.” Walls and cabinets are covered in Benjamin Moore “Hale Navy.”
Old-World Glamour: The patina of leather seating, wooden tables, and vintage rugs adds to the club-like feeling. “I gave a nod to the 1920s and ’30s golden age of aviation,” says Summer. “I wanted to give the industrial setting an edge of Old Hollywood sophistication.” For durability, she chose a high-tech paint for the concrete floors.
Commercial Savvy: Summer’s portfolio includes Krog Bar and Rathbun’s in Atlanta (while at the Johnson Studio) and swanky destinations such as Améthyste at the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut. Here, large steel doors and windows allow more light and fit the utilitarian look. She included dimmers on lighting to help set the mood at different times of day.
This article appears in our Fall 2020 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.
This lively breakfast room addition by Atlanta architect Norman Askins and interior designer/author James Farmer fits nicely in a 19th-century house. “The house is old, but the family is young, so I wanted to respect the Southern vernacular yet keep the look cheerful,” says Farmer.
Outside looking in
The Schumacher “Zanzibar Trellis” wallpaper was a starting point, says Farmer, who leaned into the sunroom–turned–dining area vibe.
Mix and match
A custom salvaged-wood farmhouse table pairs well with espresso bamboo chairs sporting playful leopard-print cushions.
The large-scale art over the buffet is actually an antique wallpaper panel. The designer also loves to hang heirloom dishes as a historical homage.
A light fixture from Ainsworth-Noah references traditional designs but with more contemporary lines.
Tip: One trick for combining multiple patterns in a room is to keep them all in a similar color palette. “Green and white is really a classical scheme as a backdrop,” Farmer says. Find more tips in his new book, Arriving Home: A Gracious Southern Welcome.
When a tree knocked down the freestanding garage in this Brookwood Hills backyard, the homeowners created a charming pavilion—a type of outbuilding sometimes called a garden folly.
Originally constructed as a space for the owners’ creative pursuits, the folly has also become a destination for entertaining or working al fresco, says Wright Marshall of Revival Construction.
Steel windows and doors—along with small clerestory windows to bring in more light—keep the structure bright and airy. Architect Hoyte Johnson designed an elegant pyramid copper roof and attached a storage shed off the back.
“When the tree came down, the yard went from shady to sunny,” says landscape architect John Howard. That change allowed the garden plan to include a small lawn and freed up Cherokee pavers from a former patio to incorporate around the project.
The landscape plan is intentionally minimalist, says Howard; it’s dotted with Southern favorites such as hydrangeas, irises, and ferns. A stunning view of the Midtown skyline is a bonus feature.
Designer Tip: In outdoor rooms, keep the decor clean-lined and free of knickknacks for a truly serene escape. (This retreat has hidden storage behind wood-planked walls.) Rattan chairs from Pieces and copper lanterns by Bevolo add polish.
Yes, technically it’s a guest bedroom, but interior designer and HGTV personality Brian Patrick Flynn refers to it as his “idea room,” for working from home or just listening to music.
Nod to nostalgia
Flynn made the string art of a tree for one of his first HGTV projects.
To lighten up the basement in this midcentury-modern house, Flynn installed three-inch V-groove boards painted Sherwin-Williams “Extra White.”
Lamps were rendered unnecessary with all the indirect sunlight pouring in. Eventually, Flynn and husband Hollis Smith will make this room a full-fledged guest suite, but for now, it’s a daytime retreat, with just the vintage chair from City Issue as seat and table.
Step on it
No-nonsense FLOR carpet tiles warm things up. “It’s a texture called ‘house pet,’ which kind of looks and feels like a scruffy dog in a moody gray tone,” he says.
“Since my house is surrounded by lush trees, I liked the idea of layering all sorts of green in here to bridge the gap between the indoors and the outdoors,” says the designer. A vintage circle quilt and Op Art by Nashville artist Gina Julian mix olive, chartreuse, and emerald shades.
Designer Tip: For an industrial look, Flynn ripped out the old ceiling tiles to expose joists and the floorboards above, saying, “I wanted it to have an unfinished vibe.”
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