Any time a submission begins with “old and new” our heart skips a beat. It is quite possibly one of our favorite combos. Why? Because combining old and new means that there’s a level of intentionality and discovery inside, and it was a process to create.
10/10 times it’s a winning combination, and this Atlanta townhome was everything we hoped the title insinuated.
When we bought this classic Buckhead townhouse in October of 2018, the design hadn’t been touched since the neighborhood was built in the 80’s. I gave the house a fresh coat of white paint, with a high-gloss finish in the living areas to give it a luminous glow, and then gave the dining room a beautiful coat of pale blue-green (Clare’s “Headspace” color).
We had the old carpeting ripped out and I selected a durable luxury-vinyl plank flooring in a dark cool brown that’s completely waterproof, so perfect for extending into the kitchen and bathrooms. When it came time to select new furniture and decor, I worked with my mom to blend new and old for an elegant mix of periods that was still chic and feminine – a perfect reflection of her style!
The biggest statement in the house is the pink chinoiserie mural I selected for the entryway – appropriately named “Magnolia” from Anewall, it’s a removable wallpaper that was easy to put up and perfect for welcoming guests to the house. The living room featured soft reds and pops of blue, with spotted chairs making a fun seating area in the bay window.
I had custom pillows made for an old iron daybed to turn it into an inviting sofa across from the fireplace, and chose Scalamandre’s iconic Zebra pattern for the ottoman as a centerpiece for the space. In the dining room, I pulled the gorgeous blue-green from my mom’s antique dining chairs onto the walls and then balanced the heirlooms in the room with modern lighting and accents like an oversized abstract I painted to bring a calm, neutral foundation to the room.
A pop of red carries through the decor, from the dining chair fabric to the striped curtains and a splash in the painting. The kitchen was in dire need of a refresh, and just by painting the cabinetry and replacing the floors it instantly felt updated. I also added a standalone kitchen island to make better use of the space, and centered the Art Deco crystal chandelier above for a much-needed injection of glamour.
The powder bath was completely redone with a custom sink vanity built into an old dresser, paired with a mirror and an old piece of artwork from my highschool AP art concentration. A vintage green glass light fixture from my mom found its perfect home in here! The staircase was given a makeover with the help of sleek new baluster rods and durable black paint on the stair treads. I hung a modern pierced pendant above that makes the most beautiful pattern on the walls when its lit.
The bedrooms above for my sister and I reflected our personalities perfectly, with a combination of green and blue in my room and simple neutrals in my sister’s space. The master bedroom got a hotel-inspired makeover with fluffy white bedding, campaign-style nightstands, glass lamps, and a pair of mirrors for classic symmetry. The curtains were taken from a showhouse project I completed and worked perfectly in here to help emphasize height with their color-blocked design.
I turned the secondary bathroom area into a vanity room featuring one of my own rug designs from the Kevin Francis Design Labyrinth Collection and a petite desk with wicker caning on the drawers. The bathroom was renovated to include a double-vanity instead of a single, and the bathtub was turned into a modern walk-in shower with high contrast grout and a herringbone-patterned floor tile.
The deck was our outdoor escape, and I brought it to life with classic blue and white striped pillows that made the built-in bench into a dining banquette and infused the space with lots of plants that helped create lush barriers between the different areas. At the end outside of the dining room, our old patio fountain filled with plants made for a great view from inside the house.