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Featured pros from the 2008 Decoratorsí Show House & Gardens talk about their spaces and what made them tick.

Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

"It’s a novel idea that people might actually use a living room. You could come here after dinner to sit with friends. We’ve always wanted to do a soft, neutral room, where texture-upon-texture gives you more interest than color. And where elements relate, like the curve of the sofa reflects the curves of the bench. It’s nice to have that little pull-up bench—something that doesn’t match anything else—for entertaining or as an accent. We blended the modern with the antique, no one piece overwhelming another. The glazed ceiling directs your focus to the Italian-inspired lantern fixture with antique milk glass. Pearlescent and metallic ceilings are so trendy now and make a room more modern. Our faux artists used three paint colors and came up with what we call a champagne shimmer."

  • A few large-scale accessories, like a footed Chinoiserie box on the coffee table, illustrate today’s “less is more” design philosophy.
  • Pillows with visual interest dress up the sofa—two with a chenille texture, two silk pillows sporting an animal print and a velvet, salmon-colored accent pillow just for fun.
  • A Mahal-style rug reinforces the room’s soft color scheme.
  • A gilded iron-and-glass coffee table contributes pleasing scale, lightness and architectural dimension.
  • The convex mirror above the mantel reflects the entire room.

BY Susannah M. Wilson
PHOTOGRAPHY Erica George Dines
PRODUCED BY Rachel Cardina

Publication Date: August 2008

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