This Atlanta House Has Cool Art and a Funky Fireplace

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This room gets tons of sunlight so I wanted to go dark and bold in here. We frequently entertain so I wanted lots of seating without the room feeling crowded. The coffee table/chest was actually my husband’s toy chest as a child.

Name: Abbie Fioritto, my husband, and Goldendoodle Poppy
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Type of home: House
Size: 2000 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Our foyer makes me so happy. Going up the stairs is a collection of art we’ve collected over the years. I love the texture the grasscloth wallpaper adds to the space as well as the antique runner going up the stairs.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Me, my husband Chris, and our Goldendoodle Poppy live in our 2,000 square foot home in Atlanta. I fell in love with our home before even walking through the door; I just got a gut feeling. There are lots of quirky elements in the house but I believe it reflects our style. We came from a tiny apartment in New York City so we had a lot of space to fill and it still isn’t complete, I don’t believe it ever will be! As an interior designer I am constantly falling in love with new pieces for myself while on the hunt for my clients. My husband and I also love to travel and we try to bring back items from our trips, especially art, so that our home is full of happy memories.

The chair in our hallway is an antique I found in my grandfather’s attic. He has a deep love of antiques, which you could say I inherited. Above it I have a photo from my wedding and a photo of my parents on their wedding day paired with two pieces of art.

I’ve been an artist longer than I’ve been an interior designer. The walls of our house are full of my art paired with pieces I’ve collected over the years. I’m always adding just one more piece to a gallery wall or adding another piece of art in an empty corner somewhere. I try not to take myself or my home too seriously. I don’t want to overthink design decisions, which I believe makes a home fun and inviting.

We never had a true dining table when we lived in New York City. I love that we have a place for friends to gather. This table frequently hosts great friends, food, and wine. The bookshelf behind the table displays some sentimental items including candle sticks brought over from Russia when my great grandparents immigrated to America. The art to the right of the bookshelf is a piece of art I found at an art fair while traveling in Bali. I had to unwrap the canvas in order to fit it in my suitcase. I ended up loving the texture of it unframed so I nailed it into the wall with upholstery pins.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I recently inherited three candlesticks my great grandparents brought to America when they immigrated from Russia. They are beautiful and make me incredibly happy. I also framed the letter my grandmother wrote with them explaining their story.

Our bedroom is our peaceful retreat. I tried to make our bedroom somewhat minimal although I couldn’t help myself when it came to art. Our side tables were another estate sale find and the sconces came from Etsy, where I find lots of amazing things!

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Fun, high-contrast, eclectic, and bold

I am a sucker for antique rugs. While the rug may be pricey, the chairs were a Target find; it’s all about balance!

What is your favorite room and why? Our living room. There is an amazingly quirky fireplace in the middle of the room so to make it stand out I painted the walls black and the fireplace white. There is also amazing light in the room. It’s where we start our day drinking coffee and end our day with a glass of wine.

I love incorporating old family photos. Here we have a combination of my family and my husband’s family. Some of these photos date back to the early 1900s. It’s definitely a conversation piece and a nod to where we came from. This furniture piece was found at a Saturday morning estate sale.

Any advice for creating a home you love? When you find something you love, buy it, even if you don’t have a plan yet for where you are going to put it. Your home should be a collection of things that make you happy. I’m constantly moving furniture and art work around the house to make room for the new.

The brass lion I found at an antique shop; it’s actually supposed to be a curtain tieback but I repurposed it as an accessory on my nightstand. I’m always bringing back random items I fall in love with at antique shops and rarely have a place for it until I get home and shift everything around.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.