I am so honored to be featured in this weekend’s Private Quarters section of the AJC! I had such a wonderful time working with the photographer and the editor while they showcased my home. Read the article below, or click here to see the original, and enjoy!

living room coffee table

A multi-colored coffee table from HomeGoods received a new look after designer and homeowner Melanie Serra painted it gray and added nail head trim. An ottoman fits snugly underneath the table. A gold velvet couch and leopard print ottoman bring a transitional twist to the continental interiors. The painting over the couch also is from HomeGoods. — All text by Lori Johnston. Christopher Oquendo Photography on all photos.


The base of a glass top table from a consignment store once served as a dining table, but Melanie found a smaller piece of glass to create a side table in the living room. Design books are within reach, effortlessly paired with a Baccarat crystal vase that was a gift from a friend and a lamp from HomeGoods.


A mirror from HomeGoods anchors Melanie’s eclectic collection of small sculptures, vases and pottery. Instead of a candle, she placed an amber sphere in a candleholder from Z Gallerie.


Faux painters transformed the concrete fireplace surround into the look of limestone, and Melanie found the oval glass tile at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Chairs purchased at consignment and thrift stores in Dallas, Texas, and Atlanta were re-covered in animal and graphic prints.

wood tray

In the living room, a carved wood tray from Melanie ‘s mother holds books by Serra’s favorite designer, Barry Dixon, and an ivory box that belonged to her aunt. The sphere was purchased in north Georgia.

living room and rugs

The “opposites attract” concept is used by Melanie, who placed a rough sisal rug from Myers Carpet over hardwood floors, then layered it with a soft white shag rug to anchor the seating in her living room.

carved wooden cabinet

A hand-carved cabinet with intricate details fits perfectly in the narrow space between the two archways, which are key architectural elements in this Sandy Springs townhome. The Chinoiserie style of the cabinet brings a look of the Orient that fits with the continental interiors.


The townhome was repainted, with some rooms featuring faux treatments and wallpaper, after Melanie bought the Sandy Springs residence in 2002. Serra describes the interiors, which have architectural features such as archways and millwork, as continental with a transitional twist.

dining room

Melanie recently repainted her dining room in Sherwin-Williams’ Intellectual Gray. To make the room, which has a chandelier from a French chateau, less formal, she slipcovered the Queen Anne chairs in an off-white material and added a box pleat.


The sideboard in Melanie’s dining room, which is in front of a mirror and displays crystal, is from a consignment store while the chandelier originally hung in a French chateau.

dining room table

Neoclassical gold and white vases make a statement on the dining table, which Melanie purchased at a consignment store in Buford. Archways lead guests from the dining room into the living area.


A light fixture with scrollwork adds a neoclassical element into the kitchen, which Melanie updated with new appliances including a gas cooktop and burner. Beadboard and corbels were added as decorative details in the kitchen, which has Sherwin-Williams’ Amazing Gray on the walls and cabinets painted with Sherwin-Williams’ Divine White.


A banquette was a quick solution after Melanie could only find two of the raised velvet chairs in turquoise from HomeGoods that she wanted for the kitchen table. She plans to recover the banquette in an off-white fabric with a box pleat, similar to the chairs in the dining room.

master bedroom curtains

Custom draperies match the bedding and frame plantation shutters in the master bedroom.

bedside table

A side table in the bedroom holds treasures including a hand-blown piece of glass that Melanie made, a crystal jewelry box and a beaded gold box that she said holds the ashes of her beloved cat.

master bedroom

A custom headboard by Cumming-based Window Visions is paired perfectly with a faux painted wall by Ruth Morelli, which uses the same custom metallic pewter paint as the master bathroom. The crystal chandelier came with the townhome, but originally was in the master bathroom, and one side table is from an antique store while another is a family heirloom.

master bath walls

The Chinoiserie walls, by artist Ruth Morelli of Mark on the Wall in Roswell, serve as a centerpiece of the master suite, which also has custom metallic paint for the walls.

master bath mirror

Artist Ruth Morelli added silver to a mirror Melanie purchased from a consignment store in Dallas, Texas. Iron grids in a scroll pattern adorn the walls and sconces with crystals tie into the crystal chandelier in the bedroom.


A mirror from an antique store in Dallas, Texas, enlarges the entryway and matches the metallic gold and white wallpaper from Wallpaper & Stuff in Smyrna. The table also was previously owned, purchased at a thrift store in Cumming.

grandfather clock

The antique grandfather clock once belonged to Melanie’s grandmother, and the tiny chair from My Favorite Place in Chamblee is among the eclectic items in her townhome. Geometric wallpaper was replaced with a metallic gold and white print from Wallpaper & Stuff in Smyrna.

melanie serra

Melanie suggests that homeowners find a place for at least one piece of leopard print in their home. In the living room, she re-covered a chair purchased at a consignment store in Texas with the faux animal print and also uses a leopard print ottoman.


Melanie enjoys having fires frequently in the chiminea on the patio. She added boxwoods in a zigzag pattern, an angel statuary and tile to the patio in the updates to the townhome, which was built in 1985.


Remember to contact me when you get stuck or just need ideas! My goal is to make you happy in your home! As always, call or email me at 404-943-0779 or Melanie@interior-revivals.com.

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living room coffee table

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