How Verde Home’s co-owners created their cozy nest in Morningside

This "groovy ranch" is a collection of custom and shoppable

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Laura Walker Baird and Paul Baird (Verde Home) house
Paul and Laura Baird with their nine-year-old daughter, Lily, and dachshund, Blubelle, on their back porch addition.

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

Early in her career, interior designer Laura Walker Baird lived around the world, dealing antiques. In 2006, she and her husband, rug guru Paul Baird, along with partner Kent Schneider, opened Verde Home on the Westside, now a go-to for custom rugs and Farrow & Ball paint. It’s no wonder the Bairds’ “groovy ranch” in Morningside is a collection of new and old, custom and shoppable.

Laura Walker Baird and Paul Baird (Verde Home) house
Laura and Paul Baird opened up the wall between the living and dining rooms, separating the spaces with an American Leather tufted couch. The custom shelves are by Skylar Morgan Furniture, and the chandelier, which Laura painted white for a modern pop, is from Italy. The vintage dining room chairs came off Verde’s showroom floor. “After a while, if it doesn’t sell, we just bring it home,” Laura laughs. “We stock what we like—we’d put any of it in our own home.”

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Architectural tweaks
Without a major addition, the Bairds added space by bumping out interior walls and vaulting the living-room ceiling, which felt in keeping with the 1950s architecture. They extended the master bedroom onto a porch and cantilevered the master bath.

Laura Walker Baird and Paul Baird (Verde Home) house
The Bairds expanded onto an existing porch to enlarge the master bedroom, creating a feeling of sleeping in the trees with a view of Peachtree Creek below. Farrow & Ball “Studio Green” enhances the effect. The wallpaper on the ceiling is Farrow & Ball “Tourbillon,” and the artwork above the bed is by Roxane Hollosi from Kai Lin Art.

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Laura Walker Baird and Paul Baird (Verde Home) house
The Bairds kept the original wooden cabinets in the kitchen, dressing them up in Sherwin-Williams “Mallard Green,” as well as an existing Corian countertop. “It’s kind of coming back,” says Laura of the material. “It’s impermeable—you can get anything out of it.” She added hardware from Anthropologie, new appliances, and a marble slab from Marmi Stone on the central counter. The rug is a Verde Home design. Family dachshund Blubelle peeks around the corner.

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

Custom creations
Verde Home designs and manufactures graphic, modern rugs, which add interest to the Bairds’ floors.

New colors
Laura used the rich, olive green “Bancha” from Farrow & Ball’s latest release in the dining room, “Cord” in the hallway, and “Studio Green” in the master.

Laura Walker Baird and Paul Baird (Verde Home) house
Laura added a barn door to the hallway to the bedrooms to create more privacy and covered it in a gilded wallpaper. The bench is vintage—a trade with a friend.

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

Creature comforts
The couches are made for sitting—even sleeping. Verde offers American Leather furniture, from sleek sleeper sofas to high-tech, high-style recliners.

Laura Walker Baird and Paul Baird (Verde Home) house
A coat of gray paint over the brick exterior and a period-appropriate, punchy front door in Farrow & Ball “Charlotte’s Locks” upped the ranch’s curb appeal.

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Laura Walker Baird and Paul Baird (Verde Home) house
Laura chose the Style Library “Cranes in Flight” wallpaper from Grizzel & Mann to connect to their views of nature. “I wanted it to be soothing, so I didn’t want a lot of color,” she says. The tile is from Moda Floors & Interiors, the mirrors are Rejuvenation, and the light fixture is from Currey & Co. The cabinets are by Timberland Cabinets.

Photograph by Ryan Hayslip

Old collections
Key antiques come from Laura’s early career. Pairing pieces like a French oak armoire and a teak Balinese console give the home an organic vibe.

SHOP THE LOOK
Visit Verde Home for rugs, wallpaper, and tropical-chic Selamat Designs

Laura Walker Baird and Paul Baird (Verde Home) house

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Verde Home custom Marbled V Rug, $9,720

Laura Walker Baird and Paul Baird (Verde Home) house

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Farrow & Ball “Lotus wallpaper,” $330

Laura Walker Baird and Paul Baird (Verde Home) house

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Selamat Designs Nopales pendant, $162

all available at Verde Home, 999 Brady Avenue, verdehomeinc.com

RESOURCES
Interior designer: Laura Baird, Laura Walker Ltd., laurawalkerltd.com

This article appears in our Summer 2019 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

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