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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.
*All photos provided by House Beautiful
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.
*All images: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine