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Beltline Project: A Neo-Traditional Townhouse Design
August 17, 2023 - Written by Kevin O'Gara
My clients hired me to take their new-build townhouse on Atlanta's popular Beltline trail and infuse a blend of modern and classic style. With an appreciation for art and entertaining, the home was designed to be dog and guest friendly while elevating the modern architecture with a well-curated collection of classic and custom furniture. The home really has two entry spaces, one on the ground floor (above) where I placed a sculptural console, and sourced a wonderfully expressive vintage portrait painting. After climbing the stairs to the main level, you are greeted by a home bar vignette (below), which sets the stage for gracious entertaining with plush club chairs and a Venetian-style mirror.
The bar area is where a breakfast table might typically be placed, but I love how the seating area creates a more inviting, and functional, entry and transitional space from the kitchen to living room. The living room design started with my client's Womb-style lounge chair, which I paired with a matching chair across from a sofa and leather daybed to avoid obstructing the light. Velvet-frame drapery softens the wide windows and a contemporary Oushak area rug brings a bright foundation to the space.
I carried the blue accents through to the dining area, where I maximized entertaining capacity. I designed a custom leather channel-tufted banquette with hidden storage drawers below, and paired my clients existing Eames plywood dining chairs with the curves of the acacia dining table. A fabulous chinoiserie grasscloth wallpaper plays a fun twist on a classic toile pattern, with a trio of bullseye mirrors lining the wall.
The primary bedroom got a dose of cozy drama with Sherwin Williams charcoal bown Black Fox paint. The existing millwork was accentuated by carrying the paint up onto the ceiling, creating a graphic focal point above the low-profile built in bed. Brass swing-arm sconces illuminate the bedsides and a tufted leather daybed adds low slung seating to the room. We brought my client's brown mohair armchair into this space for a great tone-on-tone moment. On the ceiling, a minimal metal chandelier was topped off with hunter green shades.
I loved mixing modern and classic style in this intown home! I wanted the end result to have moments of formality, while keeping the overall aesthetic comfortable and inviting with a few moments of fun. Click here to learn more about the Atlanta interior design process and see the rest of the Kevin Francis Design portfolio!