Liza & David's Eclectic Mod Home & Garden in Atlanta

Liza & David's Eclectic Mod Home & Garden in Atlanta

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Selena Kirchhoff
Feb 12, 2016
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Name: Liza Monteagudo and David E. Peterson + Dog, Paco
Location: Grant Park — Atlanta, Georgia
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years

Designer and DIY guru Liza Monteagudo and abstract painter David E. Peterson have created an eclectic, creative home in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta. It's a treasure trove of David's paintings, art from Liza's home of Puerto Rico, carefully chosen antiques, and plenty of clever DIYs.

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Blending a mix of prints, patterns, and textures in her home, Liza navigates the realm of color beautifully. Her talents lend themselves not only to her home decor but to her glorious garden, as well. And thanks to his eye for color and texture, David's abstract pieces integrate seamlessly with Liza's aesthetic, truly making this home a work of passion and vision—a home from the heart.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic Mod Cottage

Inspiration: Our journey through life together is an endless source of inspiration. Also, as an interior designer and an artist, we both share a love for color and texture.

Favorite Element: We love that our house sits on top of a hill above street level. Being on top of the hill gives us a view of the tree canopy in our neighborhood. The large old trees are a haven for the birds. It is almost like living in a tree house. The flow of our house from the front porch to the interior to the back garden connects all of the spaces.

Biggest Challenge: We lived in a large rental for nine years. When we found our little dream house, we had to give away, donate, and purge a lot of items. It is very liberating to edit down your possessions to the ones that you truly love. Also our garden—when we moved in the front yard and backyard were dirt. We did all the gardening and hardscaping ourselves. It was completely worth all of the blood, sweat and tears.

What Friends Say: Cozy, fun, down to earth, happy.

Biggest Embarrassment: When we decided to buy a house, we made a point to buy a house that had a studio, garage or basement. The house that we bought did not have any of these spaces. We ended up using the back office as a studio, storage and sorting room. When we entertained, we would lock the door to that room. Finally, we had a studio built last spring and now that room is a functional office/guest room.

Proudest DIY: We installed a working chandelier from a tree limb in our back yard. We also made a custom headboard in our bedroom. Setting up dimmers on all of our overhead lighting makes a big difference in creating the ambiance.

Biggest Indulgence: Our art collection and the art studio in the backyard

Best Advice: It takes time to fill a home with things that you love. Every item in your house should have a story.

Dream Sources: We would love to shop at antique markets in Spain and France and be able to buy art at Art Basel.

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PAINT & COLORS

  • Front porch floor and steps: Valspar Ebony Field, semi-gloss
  • Walls: Benjamin Moore Light Grey
  • Ceilings: Benjamin Moore Modern White
  • Bathroom ceiling: Valspar Flat Black
  • Mudroom floor: Valspar Ebony Field, semi-gloss
  • Art studio: Valspar Ebony Field, semi-gloss
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FRONT PORCH

  • Vintage Selig Danish sofa: gift from friend in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Bellini chairs: Design Within Reach
  • Small wood tables: DIY from bar stools
  • Vintage metal cart: Highland Row Antiques in Atlanta, GA
  • Vintage table lamp: thrift store
  • Vintage Chromecraft fiberglass chair: thrift store in Ann Arbor, MI
  • George Washington pot: Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta, GA
  • Terrariums: custom-made of vintage glass containers
  • Green curtains: IKEA
  • Indoor/outdoor rug: IKEA
  • Cube ottoman: reupholstered with IKEA fabric
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LIVING ROOM

  • Sofas: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA
  • Throw pillows on tufted sofa: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA
  • Throw pillows on other sofa: DIY
  • Coffee table: vintage carts stacked on top of each other via Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta, GA
  • White drink table: Viccarbe via Switch Modern in Atlanta, GA
  • Lightbulb on stand: Anthropologie
  • Log holder: Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta, GA
  • Leather chair: HomeGoods
  • Vintage 1950s red wool blanket: Highland Row Antiques
  • Ceiling light: CB2
  • Vintage table lamp: thrift store in Atlanta, GA
  • Vintage floor lamp: thrift store in Atlanta, GA
  • Rug: IKEA
  • Moonicorn: Emil Alzamora
  • Tree art: vintage '70s from Ann Arbor, MI
  • Artwork above mantel: all original and custom-framed
  • Vintage lithograph of Ponce de Leon: OLE in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Sony Garcia lithographs: OLE in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Custom frames: Artifacts in Atlanta, GA
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DINING ROOM

  • Bookcase: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA
  • Light: West Elm
  • Table: IKEA
  • Chairs: IKEA
  • Vintage curtains: thrift store in Atlanta, GA
  • Antique bar table: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA
  • Vintage table lamp: thrift store in Atlanta, GA
  • Vintage round green ottoman: thrift store in Atlanta, GA
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KITCHEN

  • Antique cocktail glasses: Vancouver Island Antique Store
  • Alessi oil and vinegar set: Switch Modern in Atlanta, GA
  • Rug: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA
  • Ceiling light: Lamps Plus
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HALLWAY

  • Wall sconce: Lowe's
  • 1910 Puerto Rico map: Chelsea Pier Antique Market in New York, NY
  • Vintage lithograph: gallery in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Custom frames: Artifacts in Atlanta, GA
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MASTER BEDROOM

  • Bed: West Elm
  • Headboard: DIY by Liza and David
  • 1978 Bally Galaxy Ranger pinball machine: Kiwanis Thrift Store in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Vintage slipper chairs: yard sale, reupholstered at Made to Measure in Atlanta, GA
  • Rug: Brooklyn Flea Market in Brooklyn, NY
  • End tables: thrift store in Atlanta, GA, repainted by Liza and David
  • Star ceiling light: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA
  • Artwork above headboard: David E. Peterson
  • Artwork next to pinball machine: David E. Peterson
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CLOSET ROOM

  • Vintage chairs: eBay
  • Locker: yard sale in Atlanta, GA
  • Glass oil lamps: Highland Row Antiques in Atlanta, GA
  • Art above fireplace: David E. Peterson
  • Outdoor rug: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA
  • Closet shelving: IKEA
  • Bookcases: IKEA
  • Ceiling light: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA
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OFFICE/GUEST ROOM

  • Vintage trunk: Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta, GA
  • Desk: Target
  • Carl Hansen desk chair: Switch Modern in Atlanta, GA
  • End tables: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA
  • Table lamps: HomeGoods
  • Area rug: Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta, GA
  • Red console: IKEA
  • Black bookcase: vintage Steelcase
  • Antique desk lamp: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA
  • Throw pillows: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA
  • Vintage Fisher-Price globe light: thrift store in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Ceiling light shade: DIY
  • White sculpture: Emil Alzamora
  • Little Boy: Alberto Mier
  • Semi-Truck: David E. Peterson
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MUDROOM

  • Rug: HomeGoods
  • Horse doorstop: Provenance Antiques in Atlanta, GA
  • Moths: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA
  • Origami art: Nate Moore
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BACK GARDEN

  • Gazebo: Lowe's
  • Outdoor furniture: World Market
  • Antique Gastonia, NC, US mailbox: Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta, GA
  • Antique star: Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta, GA
  • Black coffee table: Scott Antique Markets in Atlanta, GA
  • Throw pillows: DIY
  • Tree chandelier: Stanton Home Furnishings in Atlanta, GA

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