The magnificent interior design minds of Huff-Dewberry, Inc. first partnered with homeowner Marsha Taylor over a decade ago. She’d just purchased her Peachtree Heights home in Atlanta and strategic renovations began immediately. With the help of a talented architect, as well as Heather Dewberry and William Huff, the house would transform from a quaint-but-dated cottage into a graceful residence reflecting the refined tastes of its owner. That initial venture took two years, and the striking results demonstrate what’s possible when a great creative team comes together. Photographed for both local and national publications, the project became a proud showcase piece for the Huff-Dewberry portfolio.
Just a few years later, however, Marsha called them back and wanted to tweak a few rooms. Now an empty nester, her lifestyle and viewpoint had changed slightly. She wanted to freshen up the house asked Heather to help her find the right way to kick things up a notch. Heather took the challenge, though, as she admitted, “It was hard to tackle the updates until I knew I could improve on the original plan or give her something different and better … I recall telling Marsha, ‘It’s still so pretty and being photographed.'” Marsha responded by saying, “Well, you’ll just have to top it!”
Heather wanted to keep her client’s love of vibrant color alive as she reimagined the master bedroom. She was very attached to the original design for the space and it took some time to open her mind to new ideas. Once she saw the new bed, her entire vision for the update crystallized. The discovery of a luxurious fabric that was eventually used on the accent pillows sealed the deal. Now, Heather had the architectural lines of the bed to anchor the room and a new color palette to jolt forward. The tranquil greens stayed, but a brighter blue popped into the mix and a cheerful lavender joined the party. Around the room, fabrics shifted — glazed linen drapes, a crisp chevron on chairs, a playful settee, a broad stripe along the bedskirt, and those pillows!
Changes to the master bathroom perplexed Heather as she contemplated yet another room in this home that still inspired her. How to add interest to an area that already featured a show-stopping fabric panel as the focal point? Heather found she could deepen the impact of the panel triptych by extending it’s geometric plane with a trellis wallpaper in subtle shades of cream and blue. Now, all the lines and angles of the bath retreat seem to emerge with stronger dimension.
Once the master bedroom and bathroom were completed, Marsha asked Heather to sprinkle some magic around the family room. The bright, traditional space previously seemed quite dressed up in formal fabrics — classic toile, large checks, stately brocade, flourishes of fringe. The updated rendition dazzles with an even sunnier yellow on the walls and a slightly more transitional styling that sets a more relaxed tone. A toile chair returns, but this time it’s a bit sassier in a citrus-y lime and turquoise blue, and it’s balanced by another chair in a neutral animal print. On the sofa, companion pillows in a contemporary stripe offset the zesty toile. An Asian-inspired coffee table and wall panels heighten the drama while maintaining the casual feel.
This fresh update bloomed from simple changes that improved upon an already breathtaking design. Color revisions, fabric changes, new wallpaper or window treatments — any of these design tweaks infuse new energy into a home, while maintaining the most-loved elements. Great impact emerges from a slight shift in perspective.
Thank you, Marsha and Heather, for sharing this fun project with our readers. For more information about Heather’s design firm, visit her website: www.huffdewberry.com.
Thank you also to Christy Fassnacht for these gorgeous photos of the Taylor home!