After first pondering a move to the country, interior designer Jayme Armour ended up buying a house a few miles from downtown Atlanta, but it turns out the two ideas weren’t that far apart. The 1950s cottage she discovered in East Lake came with a large, lush lot—including a banana palm tree in the back—and a leafy neighborhood. “I have a love of old homes and old trees, so East Lake drew me in with a generous supply of both,” says Jayme. “Oakhurst Village and East Lake Golf Course make for the best neighbors, and I explore them on walks every day.”
The 70-year-old house had a charming look on the outside, but its interiors lacked architectural distinction. The designer got to work installing decorative features to add personality. “Detail and charm were lacking in that ’50s time period, so adding wallcoverings gave it the instant atmosphere I was looking for,” Jayme says. She covered the office and dining room in her beloved grasscloth, and the living room got a splash of faux silk wallcovering in a botanical print on an accent wall. Elsewhere, paint in rich tones cozied up bedrooms. She took down a wall between the kitchen and dining area but otherwise embraced the home’s small, jewel-box feeling with color and pattern.
Jayme’s love for vintage and one-of-a-kind furnishings means every room has layers of interest, with stories behind many of the pieces. Velvet Milo Baughman chairs in the living room were a trade from a friend; a lamp came from her grandmother; other pieces were sourced through her industry friends at Dixon Rye, Pieces, and favorite art galleries.
A unifying theme is nature. There’s an homage to the natural world around every corner: sea urchins, plants, birds, flowers, shells, and animal patterns, with more subtle references in waves and clouds. The Florida native doesn’t do bland. “I’m very drawn to organic form and the natural beauty of the outdoors, but I also need color around me,” she says. “While nature is grounding, color brings a space to life.”
RESOURCES | Interior designer Jayme Armour, jaymearmour.com; Exterior Lighting: Tech Lighting, techlighting.com. Living room Wallcovering on accent wall: Jim Thompson Fabrics, jimthompsonfabrics.com. Gray wallcovering: Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com. Orange screen: Dixon Rye, dixonrye.com. Colorful abstract painting: Carolyn Carr, carolyncarr.com. Rattan chair: Pieces, piecesinc.com. Dining room Table: R Hughes, r-hughes.com. Painting by Tommy Taylor: Whitespace Gallery, whitespace814.com. Light fixture: Urban Electric, urbanelectric.com. Office Charcoal drawing: Sandler Hudson Gallery, sandlerhudson.com. Brass light fixture: Lawson-Fenning, lawsonfenning.com. Guest bedroom Bed: CB2, cb2.com. Primary bedroom Wall paint: Benjamin Moore, “Midnight,” benjaminmoore.com. Wallpaper: Emma Hayes through Bradley, bradleyusa.com. Rattan table: Bungalow Classic, bungalowclassic.com. Animal pillow: Dixon Rye.
This article appears in our Summer 2021 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.