How a young designer transformed this Symrna ranch house into a modern charmer

The renovation was influenced by a modern-farmhouse style, but with Southwest accents and an edgier twist
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Designer Kristin Jackson.
“The bookshelf Kristin designed is easily the biggest focal point of our home,” says Pryce. “It took everything to the next level.” A Sputnik-style light fixture and curved ottomans contribute to this funky take on a library.

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Pryce and Jeremy Jackson are a lucky couple—their Smyrna ranch house needed a lot of work, and they have talented designer Kristin Jackson in the family. “When we first walked in, we saw it was a time capsule from the 1960s,” says Kristin, Jeremy’s cousin, who pens the popular blog Hunted Interior. “I’m not sure anything had ever been updated, and there was paneling everywhere. Fortunately, Pryce and Jeremy were able to see the potential.” The pair chose Smyrna for its convenience to their jobs and city life.

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Kristin, in green at right, tackled this ranch renovation with Pryce and Jeremy Jackson. Kristin and Jeremy are cousins.
A vivid navy island provides a contrast to the white shaker cabinetry. Kristin and Pryce liked the idea of open shelves but made them short, since space planning was essential. “While the idea of fully open shelves sounds amazing, the practicality can be a little daunting—the dust, and always feeling the need to be styled and not cluttered,” says Kristin. “To make up for the loss of a cabinet on that one wall, we extended the cabinets next to the refrigerator all the way to the counter, creating a pantry wall of sorts.”

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Pryce and Kristin began exchanging Pinterest photos and other inspirations to determine a general direction for a major renovation. All clues pointed to a modern-farmhouse style, but with Southwest accents and an edgier twist. “We like a somewhat masculine decor style, so I gravitate to neutrals and lots of black and white mixed with natural wood accents,” says Pryce. “We’re very casual and love to host people, so we wanted everyone to walk in and immediately feel cozy.”

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Large-scale art from Minted evokes laughter and epitomizes the fun they had on this project, says designer Kristin Jackson.

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A black-and-white portrait of Sitting Bull that Pryce already owned was a starting point for this contemporary dining area. Kristin bargain-shopped for good deals on furniture and the light fixture, and even tackled a cool DIY project on the chairs:
creating her own acid-washed denim seat covers.

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Kristin hand-painted this butler tray with stripes and gold trim to serve as a one-of-a-kind bar cart. Above it hangs a behind-the-scenes shot of Marc Jacobs; Pryce loves black-and-white photography.

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As in a lot of ranch houses, the living room had been one long space, with walls separating it from the kitchen. Chad Hamlin of the Hamlin Group removed internal walls and vaulted the ceiling to create the open floor plan. The clever addition of a two-sided fireplace now serves both the living room and dining area. To provide a focal point in the back of the living room, Kristin designed a mod 12-foot-high bookcase and painted it a moody black. The new kitchen—unrecognizable from the dark, paneled original—is now a crisp navy and white. Brass accents and a herringbone backsplash elevate the classic color scheme.

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Sherwin-Williams “Cascades” covers the walls in the guest bedroom, a chic space thanks to Kristin’s DIY canopy bed, a bed pillow made out of a vintage rug, and a dresser painted the same color as the walls. “We were going for a boutique-hotel feeling,” says Kristin.

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Kristin chose a rich wall color (Pratt & Lambert “Thyme Green”) for the guest bathroom, then designed a custom Roman shade in a coordinating pattern.

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As Kristin finished up other rooms, including the dining room, guest bath, and guest bedroom, each of the areas were chronicled on her blog. She even gave the Smyrna project its own hashtag: #ProjectFamJam. Readers cheered her on as she scored cool Etsy bargains, tackled do-it-yourself projects, and submitted step-by-step tales as part of a project for the design bloggers’ community, One Room Challenge. “My friends are obsessed with this,” Pryce says. “They come over to see every new thing, and my work friends love to pull up Kristin’s blog and see what she’s been doing.”

Since the house is small, not much is left to do but enjoy the reimagined home. Jeremy has immense praise for Kristin and their contractor, Chad Hamlin, saying, “You know it’s an amazing project when my favorite space changes every day.”

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Resources
Interior design Kristin Jackson, Hunted Interior, huntedinterior.com.
Contractor Chad Hamlin, the Hamlin Group, hamlingroup.com.
Living Room Bookcase paint: Farrow & Ball “Pitch Black,” us.farrow-ball.com. Curved ottomans: Cost Plus World Market. Trumpet light fixture: Etsy, etsy.com. Coffee table: AllModern, allmodern.com. Sectional: West Elm. Aztec rug: Dash & Albert, through Annie Selke, annie-selke.com. “Ha Ha” artwork: artist Kate Roebuck through Minted, minted.com. Floor lamps: Lamps Plus, lampsplus.com. Leather butterfly chair: Wayfair, wayfair.com.
Kitchen Dome pendants: Rejuvenation, rejuvenation.com. Counter stool and concrete sink, Wayfair. Cabinetry: Strathmore, strathmoredesign.com. Cabinet hardware: the Hardware Hut, thehardwarehut.com.
Dining room Table: Article, article.com. Rug: Rugs USA, rugsusa.com. Light fixture: West Elm. Chairs: Cost Plus World Market.
Guest bath Wall paint: Pratt & Lambert “Thyme Green,” prattandlambert.com. Roman shade: Tonic living, tonicliving.com. Pedestal sink: Kohler, kohler.com.
Guest bedroom Sconce: Cost Plus World Market. Tassel duvet: Ballard Designs, ballarddesigns.com. Wall paint: Sherwin-Williams “Cascades,” sherwin-williams.com.

This article originally appeared in our Winter 2017 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

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