Friday, September 12, 2014

Serenbe :: Updates

It is all set and ready to be seen! Last week was the grand opening of the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles 2014 Designer Showhouse at Serenbe; we are thrilled with how everything turned out. 

The walkway up to the showhouse
The front of the showhouse
The view of the showhouse from the walkway. The bay window looks into our living room!

Here is the room we designed, the living room:

Again, we are so pleased with the room and have heard nothing but great reviews about it! The entire house is beautiful; every designer did an amazing job. Go visit Serenbe and see for yourself!

The show house is available for viewing and touring from now until September 28. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mexican Night at TDA

With summer quickly speeding to a halt, Melanie decided to throw a Mexican Fiesta for her kids before they head back to school. It also happened to be Sarah Margaret's last day of her internship! We loved having her with us this summer and we are thrilled that she will be back to join us starting in September!!

Before the festivities began, we ran all over town picking up chips, salsa, and queso from some of the kids' favorite mexican restaurants. Then we met at the studio with chips and dip from 7 local restaurants and dinner from Taqueria del Sol, one of our particular faves thanks to its close proximity to the office. 

After reheating cheese dip, numbering the bowls, and blindfolding the kids, we were ready to get started!

We began by giving them plain chips (which was greatly protested since they knew how much cheese dip was in the room), then they had chips and salsa, and finally chips and queso.

As I listed the names of the restaurants, they raised their hands to guess which place the chip/dip belonged to.

As the blindfolds came off, we revealed our findings:
  1. Taco Mac is good but the cheese is way too thick. 
  2. Jalisco's is hard to pronounce and their food is not memorable. 
  3. La Fonda has great salsa.
  4. Uncle Julio's has the best thin, salty chips and is an all around favorite among the boys who loved their Texas style cheese dip.
  5. Mi Cocina..... "These chips are gross."
  6. Willy's: good for a quick Mexican fix but you have to get the thin salsa, not the chunky kind.
  7. Taqueria del Sol: Our initial feelings can't be swayed... a favorite among all and the definite winner for the girls!
Wyatt won the competition and was the proud recipient of a gold medal, some stick on mustashes (which he generously shared with his siblings) and bragging rights for years!

We had so much fun with our mexican adventure and would love to hear your favorite Mexican Cantinas so that we can try them out!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

South Carolina Hunting Cabin

For the past couple of months, we have been working with a client to design their hunting cabin in South Carolina. The clients want a refined rustic look and we've been pulling a lot of fun options for them!

Here are some inspiration photos from our Pinterest board:

We are loving this sink for the kids' bathrooms!

Kitchen Inspiration
Kitchen Inspiration
Master Bedroom Inspiration

Bunk Room Inspiration

We are using Oushak rugs as our inspiration, and here are a few of our favorite options along with some coordinating fabrics.

Check out our Pinterest board for more hunting cabin inspiration

Monday, July 21, 2014

Carrollton Kitchen

Recently, one of our sweet clients contacted us for some help on her kitchen. We have worked with her in the past and we were thrilled to hear from her again. She recently gave her kitchen a facelift and needed help with some finishing touches.

In the photos below we added roman shades, new lighting, and some fun pillows.

The window was so big that we had to jump in and help with installation.

We are also discussing repainting the kitchen in a fun shade. Emi wanted to make sure that the colors worked well with the drapery and in different light. 

Here is a close up of the pillows for the banquette. We love the Romo Mirabel fabric in Wasabi! We're working on making a cushion for the banquette to finish off this little corner.

Next, the client asked us to help with her living room and dining room. We love her taste and can't wait to have fun decorating. More to come from this home later!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Serenbe Showhouse :: Sneak Peek

We have exciting news....
The Design Atelier has been selected for the 2014 Serenbe Designer Showhouse

For those of you who haven't heard of Serenbe, it is a community born in an effort to protect the beautiful rural land just outside of Atlanta known as Chattahoochee Hill Country.  The area focuses on sustainability and quality of life. Buildings and homes are arranged in clusters in order to preserve a great deal of undeveloped green space. 

The New York Times stated, 
"Serenbe is a utopian experiment in New Urbanism being molded out of Georgia red clay."

The concept is brilliant. Live, work, and play in an organic yet thriving location. 

Now that you know a little about the area, let's talk about the Showhouse!

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle 2014 Serenbe Designer Showhouse 

The Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2014 Serenbe Designer Showhouse features 15 designers over 3 floors of an English inspired cottage. The home sits on a winding road nestled in the woods linked to retail and restaurants by a pedestrian footbridge.
The Showhouse is open September 6 - 28, Monday - Wednesday for group tours (20+ individuals) and Thursday-Sunday for general admission. Tickets can be purchased here

Last week, we decided to visit the house and get our bearings as to the progress of the showhouse. The house is still under construction but we were able to get a great understanding of what the completed space will look like.

The fireplace wall is amazing!
Aren't those high ceilings are gorgeous!?
And Melanie serves as a beautiful scale-model, don't you think?
It's hard to tell in the pictures, but the scenery through the windows is pure greenery and it didn't take us long to decide that the interiors will complement the view.

After we finished our tour, we headed back to the car, only to find that it had been raining and the previously solid dirt "driveway" was now mud. I'm pretty sure the contractors are still laughing about how Emi slipped in to a river of mud with one fatal step!

Thankfully, one of the sweet workers let us use his water to wash our feet off and then loaned us some lovely shoe covers to keep us from repeating our muddy mistakes. 

Let's just say Melanie & Emi will be packing boots for the next job site visit. 

We are thrilled to have been given a great space and are teeming with ideas! More to come on that soon...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Buckhead Apartment :: Work In Progress

Our most recent project is an apartment located right in the heart of Buckhead. It is next door to the St. Regis and has an amazing view of the city. We are so excited to get started!

The best part: Our client is a woman after our own hearts. She loves classic design but is not afraid to go a little dramatic and funky. I get excited just thinking about it!

Last week we brought our ideas up to the apartment so that we could go over the plan in the actual space. Here is a peek at the ideas for the living/dining area:

The bedroom will be soft and feminine with lots of texture and shades of cream, grey and purple!

 In the bathroom, we are going to bring in a fun wallpaper!

I always giggle to myself when we do things like taping samples to the wall. I feel like people think designers should just instantly know what the correct choice is. But sometimes we do it the fail-proof way... Trial and error. In this case, we covered the walls with samples and then narrowed it down to two. It might be a silly way to decide but it always helps to see the product in the actual light of the space!

Here are the choices that we've narrowed it down to: 

You cannot go wrong with Phillip Jeffereies. We love this one.. especially how it looks with the countertops and the fact that it ties into the color scheme for the living room.

But we also love the paper below! It is hot off the press and a much better price point! It even has a little bit of shimmer which is always fun!

We would love to hear your opinions on the space! Updates coming soon!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Top Ten :: Nightstands

Recently we have been helping design a lot of bedrooms. As we have been pulling different furniture options, we have come across some wonderful nightstands. These are ten of our favorites!











Which nightstand is your favorite? Let us know your thoughts!