Interior designer Sherry Hart is a believer in two guiding principles when it comes to houses: Location is everything, and you can’t go wrong with black and white. When her friend Melissa Morrow was waffling about whether to rent or buy a home after a divorce, Sherry swooped in. “I’m picking you up at noon tomorrow, and we’ve got an appointment to look in Manchester,” she announced.
Manchester, a new townhouse community by design-savvy developer Pam Sessions of Hedgewood Homes, sits at the lively intersection of Midtown, Morningside, and Buckhead in a former industrial area. Sherry saw a townhome there as ideal for an investment—and for Melissa’s new single life. As luck would have it, Melissa snagged the only lot left with a yard, perfect for her two small dogs.
Sherry tweaked the existing plans, switching the living and dining rooms and upgrading the pantry. The open floor concept on the main level lent itself well to Sherry’s love of black and white, with a few surprises here and there. “I love a dark wall for the TV to sort of disappear on, so we added a brown grass-cloth wall,” says Sherry. “It helps define the space in the living room.”
Melissa’s decorating requests: a navy sofa to anchor the living room, a few midcentury pieces, and some light fixtures with personality. While the townhome was being built, the two shopped for furniture to fit the space, sometimes going custom, other times lucking out with a retail score.
Sherry added in conversation pieces, such as the sleek shagreen-style coffee table and artsy wallpaper. The result is a collected look, enhanced by the plentiful windows and natural light of a corner unit. Says Sherry: “I really think it feels like a Manhattan townhouse.”
RESOURCES | Interior Designer: Sherry Hart, sherryhartdesigns.com Builder: Hedgewood Homes, hedgewoodhomes.com Living room Sofa and leather chair: Lee Industries, leeindustries.com. Upholstered chairs: Bernhardt, bernhardt.com. Console under TV: Noir Furniture, noirfurniturela.com. Large painting: Scott Kerr, scottkerrart.com. Patterned rug: Moattar, moattar.com. Hide pouf: West Elm, westelm.com. Circular tables: Swoox, 404-869-0042. Kitchen Window treatments: Schumacher, fschumacher.com. Powder room Wallpaper: Kravet, kravet.com. Sconces: Circa Lighting, circalighting.com. Mirror: Four Hands, fourhands.com. Dining room Table and bar cart: Four Hands. Chairs: Ballard Designs, ballarddesigns.com. Light fixture: Arteriors, arteriors.com. Master bedroom Wallpaper: Bradley, bradleyusa.com. Bed: Bernhardt. Bedside tables and dresser: Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com. Lamps: HomeGoods, homegoods.com. Bedding: Lili Alessandra, lilialessandra.com. Watercolor pillow: West Elm. Backyard Furniture: Target, target.com.
This article appears in our Winter 2019 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.