Here’s a dream scenario: create a “forever” family home, including a custom house built just to your liking, and fresh new interiors to go with it (i.e. not having to incorporate that Pier 1 breakfast room set, circa 2003). For Matt and Amanda Hene and their two children, this new Sandy Springs house just north of Atlanta will be where many future memories are made, so to get it just right, they hired interior designer Lori May.
“I started working with the Henes at the framing stage of their project, so I made a few architectural changes at the beginning,” says Lori. (SB TIP: Bring interior designers in right from the start.) Lori and the homeowners decided to eliminate a few archways on the plan, so the remaining ones felt intentional and important, as just one example of a helpful tweak.
Because the couple brought only a few items from a previous house, Lori welcomed the challenge to choose new furnishings that fit the house. “They wanted the house to feel collected and finished when they moved in,” explains Lori, “and because they have small children and a dog, we didn’t want anybody feeling like they have to walk on eggshells … everything had to be child- and dog-friendly.” The designer seized on Amanda’s love of color, and chose a blue handmade tile for the kitchen that would become the color palette for the whole house.
“I would describe Amanda’s style as modern Southern,” says Lori, “so we designed the house around classic furnishings, but with colorful geometrics and florals for the upholstery, pillows and window treatments.” Thinking ahead, the designer chose fixed elements in classic whites, marbles and warm stains as a base. “If they ever tire of the color palette,” Lori says, “It will be easy to make changes.”
We think the finished product is indeed a place anyone would be thrilled to call home … forever!
Thanks you to Christina Wedge for today’s beautiful photography.
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