Nothing can beat Marsha Taylor’s view every morning: a clear shot of the iconic Rodin sculpture at the High Museum. “I can’t tell you how happy that makes me,” she says. The longtime art-lover left a larger family home on a quiet Buckhead street behind, eager to be part of the vibrant Midtown cultural scene, and filled her new 2,300-square-foot condo in One Museum Place with her most treasured pieces.
The building’s modern architecture provided a blank slate for Marsha’s traditional taste, and she enlisted designer Heather Dewberry of Huff-Dewberry to pull it off. “Our vision for designing her new home: Make it like an updated French pied-a-terre,” says Heather, who has worked with the homeowner for 20 years. “We incorporated a few transitional elements to keep it fresh, but our aim was to create a traditional jewel box that fits her style.”
An elegant entryway right off the elevator sets the tone. Heather commissioned artist Mary Frances to paint a garden scene filled with peonies and pagodas to reflect Marsha’s love of chinoiserie, a theme that continues through the home. A green velvet settee used in a previous house was the perfect piece of furniture for the verdant hallway, complemented by yellow curtains that frame the window view toward the High.
Marsha’s collection of antiques and art was a guiding force, as she and Heather made sure longtime favorites were displayed prominently, sometimes updated in a fresh fabric. Vibrant color also plays a leading role. “Blue, green, and lavender have been favorites for many years,” says Heather of their projects together. “We added a soft orange to the mix this time, as well as some deep hot pinks.” Lively fabric patterns and wallpapers become a version of art throughout the home.
As happy as she is with her new place, Marsha is thrilled to walk out the door and explore. She says she’s constantly exploring the cultural offerings in Midtown and has already picked out favorite places for breakfast, lunch, and dinner within blocks. “I can’t say enough about my neighborhood,” Marsha says. “I feel like I moved to a new town.”
RESOURCES | Interior designer: Heather Dewberry, huffdewberry.com
Sitting room Bamboo chairs: Hickory Chair, hickorychair.com. Chair fabric: Hazelton House, hazeltonhouse.com. Living room “Face” paintings: Jamali, jamali.com.
Abstract art: Carolyn Carr, carolyncarr.com. Dining room Light fixture (with custom shades): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com. Bar Wallpaper: Brunschwig & Fils, brunschwig.com. Master bedroom Settee: Parc Monceau, parcmonceauatl.com. Bed linens: Jenny Johnson Allen, jennyjohnsonallen.com. Powder room Wallpaper: quadrillefabrics.com.