In a whirlwind of color and eclectic detail, Jack and Kate have managed to retain the old southern charm of their lovely home in Grant Park while keeping it fresh and modern. Kate is the head of her own design company and I was ecstatic to visit with the designer in her natural habitat.
Being at Jack and Kate's home was such a pleasure to explore as every room seemed to tell a story. The entry was bright and inviting, the living room warm and cozy, and the guest room felt like an instant vacation tucked away on some secluded island. The bedroom was tranquil and the dining room vibrant and fun, perfect for entertaining. Although each room stood on its own, the old details of the home and the intention behind each design gave the entire home a comforting cohesion.
And, I loved Kate's home office! Open and bright with plenty of organizing space, and a connecting nook painted dark with a lowly lit work table for those late work nights to stow away and focus. Overall, I loved the flow and feel of their home. Kate truly has an inventive and clever knack for design.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Eclectic, handsome, with warm, earthy touches. inviting, not overly done. a union of periods and styles based on color, line, and vibe. My husband often defers to me (being a designer and all ;) ) but always has intelligent input so I get his opinion on everything.
Inspiration: I always start with the space itself- so this Queen Anne bungalow required more historical references than usual, hence the antique lighting, deux corps in the living room, textured rugs, piano, armoire, so on. We wanted it to feel airy and light after living in our tiny Brooklyn apartment, but I also can't help myself with some bold color, so I aimed for a balance of the two. The rich history of the neighborhood, the overwhelming exposure to home design I have every day in my profession, and the desire for a fresh space inspired the decisions throughout.
Favorite Element: Ooh I love the high ceilings, original hardwood floors, and that amazing central window in the living room. I'm a sucker for prewar construction. Also, Evander Holyfield lived here when he was a kid, and rolled by one day to tell us that. We were pretty stoked!
Biggest Challenge: Keeping it clean and tidy with Ned, our border collie.
What Friends Say: That my husband lives in a much more well-designed house than they would have thought. He told me to write that. Haha. Or generally, that the house is quite charming.
Biggest Embarrassment: The state of our living room rug due to our dog.
Proudest DIY: We had the dining table made out of a remnant from Oldcastle- it's honey onyx and would have cost a fortune, but because it came from the remnant yard we got it for a steal. I love eating off of it every day.
Biggest Indulgence: The deux corps in the living room- a Scotts find. It's gorgeous 19th century French walnut, and discretely hides the television (a marital compromise) so our living room does not center around entertainment. It feels like we could have done the same thing here in 1920, pre-tv, like visit with friends and enjoy each other.
Best Advice: Don't take yourself too seriously. Have a sense of humor or at least a sense of cool with your design. I'm a fairly relaxed person, and I would never want anything too fussy where I didn't feel like I could relax. To me, luxury is well-orchestrated comfort.
Dream Sources: Les Puces i.e. the Paris Flea Market (have been to this one, but not purchased there), both Turkey and India for textiles- next on my list. Also since I left New York, this great design co-op called Colony opened, so I hope to visit next time I'm there. I do miss my NYC stores!
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
All paints Benjamin Moore
- Entry: Aurora Borealis
- Living and Kitchen: Silver Sage
- Dining Room: Rasberry Glaze
- Bedroom: Coastal Fog
- Bathroom: Falling Star + Morning Sky Blue (ceiling)
- Office: Morning Dew
- Guest Bedroom: Sea Isle
- Mirror- Decades Antiques in Atlanta
- Entry Table- hand-me-down from a dear friend, painted black
- Sunglass Tray- John Derian
- We painted the gold trees with a decorative shiny gold paint from Benjamin Moore
- Deux Corps- Scotts Antiques in Atlanta
- Pair of Chairs- Brimfield Antiques in Massachusetts
- Rug- Serena & Lily
- Sofa- Restoration Hardware
- Coffee Table- off the street in Brooklyn- tobacco leaves in lacquer- love it :)
- Sapien bookshelf- Design Within Reach
- Painting- artist Tori Tinsley
- Table- remnant from Oldcastle, base from Etsy
- Bar- Brimfield
- Pendant- Brimfield
- Asian Gilt Screen- Decades Antiques
- Gold and Green Lamp- gift from my mom
- Stools- a vintage shop in Brooklyn, recovered in Lee Jofa fabric
- Pendants- IKEA
- Armoire- a vintage shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that closed awhile back
- Chair- ABC Home
- Photograph- artist Mikael Kennedy, our cousin
- Drawers- Bungalow 5
- Lights- from the Etsy shop lightexture
- Nautical Lamp- Filaments on 13th Street in NYC
- End Tables- an antique shop in Mentone, AL that I'm afraid actually burned down
- Desk- custom made my Parts + Labor Workshop in Brooklyn
- White Parsons Desk- West Elm
- Skinny Lamp- Hinson, back when it was solo at the D&D Building in NYC
- Fat Cork + Chrome Lamp- Scotts Antiques, Shade at LampArts
- Shelving- IKEA
Thanks, Jack and Kate!
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