Dana & Steve’s Sunny Southern Craftsman

updated Aug 26, 2019
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Name: Dana & Steve
Location: Grant Park — Atlanta, GA
Size: 1500 square feet
Years lived in: 2 — owned

You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but two years ago this home was an empty foreclosure that was in a sad state. It needed a full overhaul of the electrical system, plumbing, and HVAC, but despite the upgrades in store, they set a date of one month to have the place move in ready. With the renovations and painting complete, the two merged their styles into one and the result is a beautifully light, bright and colorful space that exudes tranquility.

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Steve, a photographer and Dana, an art director are a tag team duo when it comes to repair, renovation, and revival. They know when to hold them, and when to fold them, and when to drag them out back and spray paint them. Their style is executed with a very detailed eye as their space isn’t cluttered and each piece has a purpose, function, or story behind it. It’s curated beautifully and feels as luxurious as it does thrifty which makes for a very comfortable environment.

The outcome is a home that feels lived in and not like a decoupaged conmposite of ideas from magazines or blogs. This home is truly a product of the owners and although they still have many projects up their sleeve, it’s already a work of art. It’s a breath of fresh air and is a great example of the beauty that this style of home truly has to offer. Come take a look!

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Colorful, comfortable, eclectic, modern, vintage

Inspiration: design blogs & magazines, travel, southern culture, other
homes in our neighborhood

Favorite Element: front porch and back deck/yard

Biggest Challenge: no storage, small kitchen that is configured wrong,
plaster walls

What Friends Say: it’s so colorful!

Biggest Embarrassment: bathrooms, kitchen

Proudest DIY: demolition of the original bedroom closet and scary wall of mirrors

Biggest Indulgence: orange sofa, buying art

Best Advice: Live in your house before you decide to renovate or change the floorplan. When displaying collections, make sure to group similar items together.

Dream Sources: DWR, Room & Board, Europe

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Resources of Note:


    • Valspar: Lime Mousse (kitchen, bathroom)
    • Valspar: Silver Leaf (living room, dining room, bedroom, hallway, bathroom)
    • Valspar: Grand Hotel Mackinac Blue (office/den, bike room)
    • Sherwin Williams: Mandarin (front door inside, staircase)
    • Sherwin Williams: Tantalizing Teal (front door outside)


    • Couch: Dana’s brother (hand-me-down)
    • Coffee Table: West Elm via Craiglist
    • TV Stand: West Elm
    • Magazine Rack: Lakewood Antiques, Atlanta, GA (Jonti-Craft)
    • Cowhide Rug: Scott Antique Market, Columbus, OH


    • Table: Dana’s parents (hand-me-down)
    • Chairs: Thonet via Ebay
    • Bar: The Treasure Mart, Chamblee, GA
    • Credenza/Antique sewing machine: Dana’s childhood desk made by her Grandfather
    • Record Shelf: Ikea


    • Island: Atlanta Fixture
    • Cabinet knobs, shelves, pot rack, spice rack: Ikea
    • Appliances: Lowe’s


    • Bed – Ikea
    • Bed Linens – West Elm
    • Chair – Photo Studio Prop Sale
    • Nightstand: Antique Factory, Chamblee, GA
    • Yellow Dresser: Dana’s childhood dresser
    • Wardrobe: Ikea


    • Desks & File Cabinets: CB2
    • Chairs: Chromcraft via Craigslist
    • Orange couch: Design within Reach
    • Blue couch: Ikea
    • TV stand: handmade by Ryan Lincicome
    • Side Tables: thrift store
    • Metal Shelves: Pottery Barn Outlet
    • Tall Lamp: Dana’s Grandmother (hand-me-down)
    • Orange Lamp: Home Goods
    • Vintage Fan: Lakewood Antiques


    • Bikes: Fuji via Craiglist
    • Rug: Crate & Barrel via a Yard Sale



    Ben Venom (skulls & gun screenprint on mantle & truck screenprint at
    Kevin Taylor (zebra painting in bedroom)
    Steve Pomberg (striped painting over orange sofa)
    Wade Thompon (painting next to the front door)
    • Ryan Lincicome (tv stand and girl with cigarette painting)
    • John Simmons (painting over bar)
    Paper Twins (drawing over yellow dresser)
    Jason Travis (drawing of naked people next to bathroom)
    John Pundt (hippo screenprint in bathroom)
    Kim Hoeckele (turquoise skateboard)
    Jennifer Morris (horse skateboard)
    • Menilia Challin (beehive painting)
    Phil Colvin (ATL skull)
    • Erin Bennett Jenkins (street scene photo)

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Thanks, Dana and Steve!

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