Kirk and Brittany Stafford in their downtown Atlanta home with Birdie, their Gordon Setter puppy. “She can be a little mischievous within the sea of tiny, reachable objects that abound in our home,” Kirk says. “She particularly enjoys staring contests with the Springbok. She never wins.”
Fun fact: the William Oliver building in downtown Atlanta is a National Historic site, built in 1930 by Thomas G. Healey. It was Atlanta’s first completed Art Deco skyscraper. Also notable? It’s home to Kirk and Brittany Stafford. The upbeat, creative couple are proud downtown dwellers. Kirk is the Atlanta editor for UrbanDaddy, and the mind behind Belfry shoes, a burgeoning line of men’s footwear that boasts a range of eye-catching, contemporary styles (see: green chukka boots). Brittany, a restaurant designer, walks to work at The Johnson Studio (most recently responsible for the stunning new Atlas restaurant in Buckhead’s St. Regis hotel) every day.
Brittany’s aesthetic is heavily present in Atlas’ interiors, which becomes all the more apparent when you set foot in the Stafford home. While the couple may not have had the restaurant’s infamously lavish art budget (Picasso! van Gogh!) to work with, their style has the same moody, compelling blend of collected antiques and heirlooms, tied together by Brittany’s seasoned eye for design—and done without compromising her husband’s aesthetic.
“We liked the idea of a salon-style art wall. It covers three of the walls in the room and works well to break up the space. It’s a really special mixture of items—signs that were hand-drawn and hung at our wedding, oil paintings collected while traveling and photos of people we love. We really liked the masculine colors and fabrics like the tartans and tweeds on our bed, juxtaposed with the feminine lines of the mirrors and headboard.”
Kirk’s desk is a mid-century Shaw Walker tanker desk. It’s manly and Americana. It sits on top of a gigantic Scandinavian sheepskin rug and in front of framed architectural blueprints of famous cathedrals and gardens Brittany studied during art history classes in Europe.
“Kirk has always played music. Luckily, his instruments are beautiful and it gave us a chance to kill two birds with one decorative stone. The chair poking out from the corner is a red lounger, that was previously in Kirk’s grandparents’ home in Norway,” explains Brittany.
“The shoes are part of Kirk’s newly launched line, Belfry. They’re displayed on the walls of his office. Maybe for inspiration. And maybe because they just kind of look fantastic. We’re obviously biased here.”
The table is inspired by the Saarinen Tulip Table, and is surrounded by vintage Thonet Bentwood cane dining chairs. It’s on top of a light, brindled Brazilian cowhide. The table is set with a grandmother’s Portuguese wood and brass stoneware.
Crystal decanters were found at antique shops around town and sit on top of Kirk’s great-grandfather’s cabinet. The vintage Hollywood Regency glasses belonged to Brittany’s great-grandmother.
“The shelves are filled with photographic books, novels, albums and lots and lots of brass figurines, plus a painting from our buddy, Britt Bass,” says Brittany.
“This is from South Africa. Kirk spent some time there during college, and became a fan of the South African national rugby team, The Springboks. It’s kind of an ode to them, an ode to his memories from the country and an ode to having cool things on your wall,” Brittany explains.
“The record player is nothing fancy, but beside it is a Cesca chair with a cane seat, designed by Marcel Brewer. We’ve got a couple of these, and they’re super minimal and super comfortable. The table is a mid-century Danish step-up that we painted, and the album holder is from the 1950s.”
“We’re kind of into layering textures. There are a lot of elements going on, between the original wood floors, the rugs, the tufted leather sofa and the various wool throws here and there.” The rug is Persian and came from a local antique market, while the chest belonged to Brittany’s great-grandfather. “It was one of his only possessions when he originally came to America from Germany.
“We’d call our design-style a curated collection of unique finds and family heirlooms,” explains Brittany. “We’ve realized that as our home started to come together, that each individual thing had a story. It might not have been our story, but it had one. And we love that.”
Thank you to Catrina Maxwell of CatMax Photography for the beautiful photographs today. See more of work at catmaxphotography.com.