Ohh-lanta

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

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Making it Real

Two weekends ago several of my best college cronies paid me a visit for my birthday weekend.  This mini-reunion was the ultimate gift and a much needed reprieve.  While catching up there was a common thread that bound us together.  The mid-20s life crisis has slapped each of us in the face in some way or another.  You know what I’m talking about:

I hate my job!

I think I am in the wrong grad program!

I work too hard to be so broke!

I need to just get my life together!

Why didn’t anyone prep us for adulthood?  College exit counseling should include a real world simulator so we have the option to become super-super seniors instead.

Although it was refreshing to know I wasn’t alone in my personal quarrels, more inspiration was needed.  Then I read Curbed.com’s Young Guns 2013 list of creative types in the fields of design, architecture and development, all under the age of 35.  One of the finalists caught my attention.

Max Humphrey: Curbed

Max Humphrey was a 20-something looking for a new career [how ironic].  While chilling in a LA coffee shop he realized that is love of decorating his apartment was more than just a treatment for boredom. One day he answered a nondescript Craigslist ad for a part-time design assistant that ended up being for the well-know Burnham Design firm.  Over seven years he grew and tweaked his colorful-quirky style, worked on more than 100 projects and climbed his way up to partner.  This ex- punk band bassist has done good for himself.  Check out some of his work:

Design milestone for Max: His apartment in the September issue of Lonny Magazine

I guess the dream can be real.  Some young guns are out there making it real…..are you?

Blue Hues: Bright

Sheila Bridges: House Beautiful

Sela Ward’s Home: Traditional Home

kartel frilly chair: ABC Home