This Atlanta Home Is Big, Bold, Bright, and Filled with Art and Color

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This is our living room. Our Mighty Mouse gets all the attention in it! It was given to us in Philadelphia by the artist. We also love the vaulted ceilings and the big windows and all the natural light that comes in.

Name: Paola Roder, my husband, and our two furry kids
Location: Johns Creek/Alpharetta — Atlanta, Georgia. The houses around here in the neighborhood were built in 1970; a lot of the them resemble Frank Lloyd Wright designs.
Type of home: Single free-standing house
Size: 2,800 square feet
Years lived in: 5 months, owned

This is one side of our dining room, and it has a lot of meaning to us because our Rock and Roll Wall of Fame was done by saving the back of US Postal Office stamps sheets from their music collection and the 45” vinyl records were found on a basement in an old suitcase. The murals on the side were painted by me kind of playing on the Prism colors on Ink Floyd cover.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: We are a family of four! Two Goldendoodle dogs, my husband Jeff who works in finance, and myself, a retired graphic designer who has been enjoying the interior decor world the past two months. I like using the house as a canvas since I don’t enjoy the rush of the advertising business anymore. The house was built in the late 1970s and it is in suburban Atlanta. We are on the edge of wilderness and have seen deer, coyotes, and foxes in the yard but like a little less than a mile away, you have the feel of the suburbs.

The house was remodeled by the previous owners around five years ago; it still has most of the original details, especially upstairs, but the downstairs had some new additions like bigger windows that get the sunlight throughout the house. We know the stairs were moved to create better space by the entrance, recessed lighting was added, and special art gallery lighting as well. The house kind of has an art gallery feeling.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Bright, bold, and colorful.

Credit: Paola Roder
This is the entrance of our house! I wanted to create an inviting entrance reflecting the fun, the vibrant colors, the bold and brightness of our home.

How long have you lived here? Almost five months.

I created this wall from our pop art collection from the past: an old phone acquired in an estate sale for free, and old cassette of German language classes and a diskette. It's my little installation to make my guess interact with how mundane and ordinary objects become part of our decor and life.

What is your favorite room and why? We like them all, but if we have to choose we’d say it’s the living/dining room area. It flows well, with architectural lines, high ceilings, colors, and brightness. We love how we have applied the primary colors throughout the area in a fun, funky way.

Another side of our entrance. Everything was painted by me, even the black stripes. It's not wallpaper!

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? We were used to basements in our previous homes (I have moved three times and Jeff my husband has moved six times) so we would love to have a basement!

This is the view of our dining room from the second floor.

Any advice for creating a home you love? It’s all a personal preference, just be yourself and follow your heart when decorating. Don’t follow trends for the sake of decor; use them, but always keep your originality!

I love this little corner because that black and white chevron vase was made by me one frog tape at a time. It was an exercise of patience. The tassels and pom-poms on the grey bins were made by me, as well.

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