What’s inspiring Atlanta interior designer Dayka Robinson right now

Her moodboard reminds her of a well-appointed woman’s library
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Dayka Robinson
Photograph by Greg DuPree
Styling by Kim Phillips

Every designer starts with different elements. For me, it’s all about fabrics. Here, I fell in love with a modern chinoiserie, then added color, pattern, and texture—jute, velvet, leather, and metallics. The faraway theme, plus the warm tones, reminded me of a well-appointed woman’s library—and of my grandmother, Thelma Ware, who passed away in 2013. I can hear her saying, ‘Dayka? This is G-Ma. I read your blog this morning and that room you did was very nice.’”

Dayka Robinson

Photograph by Greg DuPree

Bone-and-brass drawer pull, Anthropologie

Dayka Robinson

Photograph by Greg DuPree

A sugar bowl reminds me of ladies tea time.

Dayka Robinson

Photograph by Greg DuPree

“Donana” in Gris by Gastón y Daniela for Brunschwig & Fils; “Cline” in Rose by Tilton Fenwick for Duralee

Dayka Robinson

Photograph by Greg DuPree

The woodgrain texture of Ann Sacks’s Sepulveda Metallic tile blends with wood and metallic objects like these accessories.

Dayka Robinson

Photograph by Greg DuPree

I love books, the older the better.

Dayka Robinson

Photograph by Greg DuPree

This animal print “Bula” by Kravet, furthers the exotic theme.

Dayka Robinson

Photograph by Greg DuPree

A compact adds a feminine event.

Dayka Robinson

Photograph by Greg DuPree

Kravet Couture “Aomori” is the pattern that inspired my mood board.

Dayka Robinson

Photograph by Greg Robinson

Feathers are always fun (here, on a napkin ring).

Dayka Robinson

Photograph by Greg DuPree

“Mayar” velvet by Thom Filicia in turquoise for Kravet and Myers Carpet jute add texture.

Dayka Robinson
Photograph by Kaylinn Gilstrap

Dayka Robinson is a California native and principal designer at Dayka Robinson Designs, the studio she founded in 2010. A graduate of Spelman College and former design assistant on the popular TBS show Movie and a Makeover, she is the editor of the lifestyle blog DRD. The award-winning designer’s work has been featured in Essence, Uptown, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Black Enterprise, and more.

Resources

  • “Donana” in gris, Gastón y Daniela for Brunschwig & Fils
  • “Cline” in rose, Tilton Fenwick for Duralee
  • Sepulveda metallic tile in gold, Ann Sacks
  • “Aomori,” Kravet Couture
  • “Mayar” in turquoise, Thom Filicia for Kravet
  • “Bula,” Jaipur Collection, Kravet
  • Jute carpet, Myers Carpet

Photographs by Greg Dupree

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

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