Room Envy: A fun—not formal—living room in Buckhead

Interior designer Leigh Mowry used rosy hues to bring a couple’s living room together
Photograph by Christina Wedge
Photograph by Christina Wedge

Rosy hues don’t have to be relegated to little girls’ rooms. Interior designer Leigh Mowry of Olive Interiors was pondering a fun—and not formal—living room for Jeff and Jeannie Shaver’s Buckhead house when, kaboom!, she spotted these club chairs. “When I walked into South of Market and saw those tufted beauties, I knew we had to have them,” she says.

Light Show
The iron starburst lamp base appears to float off its pedestal. “The scale was perfect between the two chairs, and it holds its own without being distracting,” says Mowry.

Custom pillows in a Gastón y Daniela fabric serve as a form of artwork for this corner of the room. The geometric throwback pattern also complements the retro look of the chairs.

Power pastel
The signature accent chairs, upholstered in a luxurious velvet, are a near match for Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year, Rose Quartz. Plus, they swivel.

Ground control
As a contrast to the pink, charcoal cotton draperies flank the room’s tall windows. Mowry added linen trim with hammered metal nailheads for a little extra attitude.

Make the connection
Artwork by Eva Magill-Oliver, purchased through Gregg Irby Gallery, pulls together all the room’s colors and unifies the space.

Tip: Mowry recommends balancing a deep hue with a complementary color, found at the opposite end of the color wheel. For best results, vary the intensity so that some are heavily saturated, while others are light.

This article originally appeared in our June 2016 issue.