Tabula Rasa!

Clean slates are rarely found, but this was the case with the model home I was recently blessed to design. The empty house sat as a treasure for me to do whatever I wish. And here’s what I did!

The StoneBridge West Village model home in Newnan, Georgia is a beautiful project. This 2-bedroom unit required a unique and stylish look that would stand out in today’s competitive housing market.  So, where do I begin?  A design theme!  Something to fit the home and the area.  I decided upon “Urban Cottage”, using nature as my inspiration.  Neutral shades accented with contrasting hues create a relaxed atmosphere, which is interesting, yet accessible!

As you know, the entryway sets the tone for the rest of the home, so I began with a beautiful, neutral color pallet from Sherwin-Williams:  Anew Gray (SW 7030) for entryway, family room and kitchen.  Caribbean Coral (SW 2854) for dining room.  Halcyon Green (SW 6213) for the study.  Ivoire (SW 6127) for the master bedroom and bath.  Tradewind (SW 6218) for the child’s bedroom.


This theme carried nicely into the dining room, which sits directly to the left of the entryway.


Here you can see how the soft orange accents from the entry way play a more prominent role; one that is dramatic but not overwhelming.  The color covers the wall and blankets the vaulted ceiling.  I balance the bold color with neutral chairs and a neutral light fixture that enhances the room but doesn’t steal the show. Do you notice the black-framed artwork?  Black iron on the light fixture?  The dark wood of the table?  These little color details finish the total color palette with a sense of transitional style!


In the living room, I introduced another color, careful not to upset the current color balance.


I began with neutral gray tones for the walls, creating a backdrop for my star attractions, the patterned chairs!  They add a punch of contrasting hues. The woven textural ottoman catches the eye and anchors the seating grouping. When I design, I like to add polar opposites in textures to keep the motif interesting.  Greenery in the corners adds a nice organic feel to the room. The pottery, sculpture and lamp on the tablescape pull together all the colors as well as add scale, rhythm and height.


For uniformity, I found these framed slices of agate stones in vibrant hues of turquoise and amber.  I strategically hung them on the wall in the foyer and hallway.


In the kitchen and dining area, I had to take into account the dark wood of the cabinets.  Using contrast, I decided to pull in my neutral earth tones and hints of the blue from the living room.

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 To bring the outside in, I arranged dried flowers and branches in a funky modern vase. This blend of textures creates an eye catching focal point and also adds height and radial balance.


In the bedrooms, I added a gray and yellow color scheme with accents that really give the spaces character.  I love adding fun accents like these wrought iron flowers in the master entryway.  What a find from HomeGoods!


By far, the most fun I had was in designing the second bedroom.  Ready for any child to move in, the bright colors and playful decor boasts a chalkboard wall and craft table.


Neutral color walls make the soft orange bedding bright and cheerful with a playful welcome from a friendly owl pillow.  Using different combinations of texture and a little whimsy gives a sense of lightness to the overall feel of the room.


Casual, classic and comfortable. This is the environment I wanted to create.

Rules of thumb?

  • Stick to your color pallet and don’t get sidetracked!
  • Try to find unusual pieces that compliment your overall design. Incorporate color, pattern and texture.
  • Don’t over accessorize, keep it simple!

This architectural piece in the study really pulls together all the guidelines above.  The room is inviting, pleasant and ready for a new owner to make it their own!


I’d be happy to give you my expert opinion on selecting furnishings or how to create a design theme that will work best in your space.


Call me at 404 943 0779 or email me at

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