Its a new day…. a new year

Hello and Happy New Year!  It has been almost a year since I last published.  It was a long and interesting year of ups and downs, however, it concluded with anticipation of good things to come.  I send a massive thank you to those of you who continue to follow me even though I went into retreat without a Dear John Letter of my where-abouts.  Now, I have a positive outlook and am hereby resolving to become reconnected in the blog-o-sphere, as well as to be the change I want to see in my life.  I have always imagined what it would be like to be an entrepreneur, to live a life of creative improvisation and to reap the pleasures of life from doing so.  So this year, 2015, is my year to make strides to be the “me” I want to see.

My first step is to turn my private passion for interior design into a legitimate public vision.  I have been maintaining a side-hustle of design work for family and friends.  It has kept me busy and mentally occupied when fists of life were slapping me silly.  These design experiences has given me insight of how to take an idea from incubation to a complete space as well as how to deal with an overwhelmed client.  So with that, I am taking the leap of faith to develop my own business, W.O. Design.  Look out for more information in future posts.

In addition, I am taking the advice of my pastor from many Sundays ago.  BE VULNERABLE!  It makes you human and you can’t live and experience without that opportunity to be hurt, to love, to cry and to be encouraged.  I take this opportunity to open up the doors of my personal abode a.k.a My Design Lab.  I was my first and worst and best client all at the same time.  I still haven’t gotten it perfect and likely never will.  However, I cherish the opportunity to keep trying to get it right.

The small but Great Room

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The room is very narrow so sofa size was very important. This is the second one I bought and had delivered. This apartment-sized find was just right. The vintage glass top table adds surface but doesn’t clutter or weigh down the narrow space.

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Some can be cheesy but I loved the cityscape pictures. It spoke to me as an urban planner.

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For a pop of color, I bought a cheap frame and painted it bright blue. It really makes the black/white print stand out.

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The Buddha adds color and the patina adds natural flavor, as does the wooden sunburst.

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When you want a garden stool you can never find what you want. Got this one for $40 in a hideous mauve and sprayed it tangerine.

The grub spot a.k.a. Kitchen

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The half-wall and spindles are the 1950s version of the “open concept” home. The Andy Warhol “Campbell’s Soup Can” is my ode to mid-century.

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Found this print at the Habitat-for-Humanity ReStore for 3 bucks. Found an old $29 frame and had it framed and matted. Scored for around $130ish for a huge piece of artwork.

Dream Home Files

If you have an infatuation with vivid colors, pattern and vivacious fervor of more opulent days gone by, you must be familiar with Miles Redd.  He is a Manhattan based designer with uptown stylings but his southern Atlanta-born roots show through his design charm.  In the February issue of House Beautiful, Redd’s work on a Brooklyn Townhouse was exhibited in perfect East meets West meets South fashion.  The article started with the ideal phrase “no stone unturned and no wall uncovered”… PERFECTION! This narrow abode was adorned in rich grassclothes, intricate Chinese papers and even feathers.  The bold color choices, sultry texture stories and the layered artwork trick the mind into not caring about the tightness of the 2-room-per-floor townhouse and instead concentrate more on the individual moments.  That is why, for a change, Redd exclaimed the importance of smart room planning and pushing the furniture closer to the walls in small rooms.  Not to mention the idea that more furniture in a small space not only adds seating but a bigger feeling.  Check it out, it is brilliant.

That sofa is so plush and masculine which contracts richly against the walls, art and patterns

Killer art party on the wall

My favorite color [blue] and my favorite room

Peep the chandelier

Serenity

Classic with a pop

Custom peacock feather wallpaper

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*All photos provided by House Beautiful

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It’s funny how things fall in line if you pay attention to the sequence.  In an earlier post this week I mentioned the verbose and yet lovable NeNe Leakes of the smash reality show Real Housewives of Atlanta which just had a fiery season premier last week. After witnessing the show’s shenanigans, I discussed with a friend how the classic city of high powered corporations and southern charm has risen to the heights of the media due to its influx of hip hop masters and their mistresses, fashion whores and overall wannabes.  Reality TV and music have diluted the grandeur of the historic locale and replaced it with pretentious hyperactive normalcy in the public eye.

Soon there after, I came across a blog post on The Decorista titled The New Atlanta in which she highlights a stately Atlanta home designed by mother-daughter tag team Margaux Interiors Ltd.  The home was gorgeous and classically modern.  Such a joy to work on that the designers fixed it up twice for two consecutive families that called the place home.  It was even featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine both go-arounds.  The design truly exhibited the New South in how it mixed antiques of various periods with more contemporary textures, colors, patterns and art.  Bold, yet understated was the attitude that proved to be comfortable for a young family and yet appropriate for formal gatherings.  I was relieved to see the more refined side of Hotlanta in the spotlight and reminded of why I love the South and its future.

I need this room. Masculine and cool. Makes you want to don a velvet jacket and smoke something expensive.

Never forget the steps, often a mixed opportunity but not here

Don’t be afraid, teal is back

Yellow never looked so good & its just enough

Fun color combo and the art makes it all make sense

*All images: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine