Beth Kooby gets excited just talking about tile. With style that ranges from bold and geometric to soft and organic, Kooby is an expert at mixing and matching the colors, textures, and patterns that tile injects into a room. She gave us a tour of her favorite showrooms for chic surfaces in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center is the design profession’s best-kept secret, a world-class design center with furniture, antiques, fabrics, wallcoverings, art, fixtures, and accessories gathered from around the globe. Even without a five-figure decorating budget, anyone can come here to find one fabulous fabric or a unique chair to create that all-important focal point.
As a veteran of home shows such as HGTV’s Elbow Room and Wise Buys, interior designer Kristen Fountain Davis excels at creating spaces that pop. For this kitchen she layered the sultry black cabinets with a custom hood, a white quartz–topped island, and large-scale brass lanterns, plus some striking upper shelves.
Karla Aberdavis and her family pine for the ’50s and ’60s, when they believe good design was at its peak. Their style, a retro mashup that’s part practicality and part kitschy glam, touches every aspect of their lives, from furniture and clothes to music and kitchenware in their 1964 Stone Mountain ranch. For more of their throwback lifestyle, visit Karla’s Instagram, @mintkarla, where she has more than 200,000 followers.
As architecture and furnishings have gotten the throwback treatment, so have appliances. One hot manufacturer, Colorado-based Big Chill, dreams up stylish, ’50s-inspired ranges, hoods, dishwashers, and, yes, refrigerators.
From his days as an art student, when actress Joan Crawford presented him with a National Watercolor Show award, to his time spent working for New York design legend Billy Baldwin, who once entrusted his young protégé with hanging a client’s priceless Francisco Goya, Atlanta decorator Stan Topol has spent his life steeped in art.
Cloth & Kind is a nationally recognized residential and commercial interior design firm. Each of its projects mixes one-of-a-kind finds with custom textiles, curated art, and unique furnishings. Here's what's currently inspiring principals Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Nicholas.
Depending on how it’s used, green can be either soothing or energizing, according to Stephanie Andrews, founder of Balance Design Atlanta.