Shelf life

Kitchen cabinets? Or open shelving? We asked an expert for the pros and cons.

Look around: Many of today’s stylish kitchens have swapped out upper cabinets for open shelving. But is it for you? We asked designer Lori May of Lori May Interiors, who’s created an open shelf or two herself, for the pros and cons of the trend.

Room Envy: This basement is far from an afterthought

Gone are the dark and dreary basements of 1970s sitcoms. Today’s terrace levels are no longer afterthoughts full of used furniture.
Jeremiah Brent

5 tips and trends from celebrity interior designer Jeremiah Brent

Ditch the lucite, curate your kids' spaces (but don't leave their voices out!), and don't feel like you have to spend a fortune, says designer and TV personality Jeremiah Brent.
Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning? Try these 5 realistic tips for tackling clutter.

These organizing tips can make this year's spring cleaning your most productive yet. Learn from Atlanta interior designers and professional organizers from Order by Kate, Erika Ward Interiors, Stefan Alexander Interiors, Balance Design, and Ivy and Vine.
Trend Watch

Trend Watch: 5 high-style ways to modernize your home

Roy Otwell, cofounder of the contemporary home furnishings and furniture haven Switch Modern, takes us through his favorite current trends from colors to lighting.

Elements of Style: Combine warm and cool metals to give your home a savvy balance

With chairs, decorations, accessories, and rugs, combine warm and cool metals to give your home a savvy balance.
Room Envy

Room Envy: This Brookhaven sitting room ditches dark decor for a more modern look

With formal living rooms about as popular as VHS recorders these days, homeowners and interior designers are taking a looser approach to front sitting rooms.
Room Envy

Room Envy: In Tucker, an inviting space for reading (or binge-watching)

Tall ceilings and a modern sensibility don’t always add up to comfort, but this media room creates an inviting nook for reading—or binge-watching. “The rest of the house is bright white,” says Cara Cummins, an architect with TaC Studios, which designed the custom house in Tucker. “But the homeowners wanted this room to feel cozy.”
Loren Taylor

What’s inspiring designer Loren Taylor

“I am alarmed that many people think dining rooms are no longer necessary,” says Loren Taylor, who dreamed up this scheme for such a purpose. “I have wonderful memories of elaborate family celebrations, as my mother set beautiful tablescapes. A dining room should inspire everyone to engage in conversation and stop focusing on cellphones or endlessly posting photos of food."

Room Envy: A sophisticated gray study in Ansley Park

“The dark color really envelops you and feels cozy,” says interior designer Nina Nash. When she and her Mathews Furniture partner Don Easterling created this sultry and sophisticated study in Ansley Park, they installed classic built-ins, then furnished the room in rich tones from both ends of the color spectrum

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