Sometimes having a starting point, such as a homeowner’s fantastic art collection, gives a designer a wonderful foundation from which to begin. Such was the case with this stately Atlanta home in the gorgeous Buckhead neighborhood. Interior designer Jessica Bradley, of Jessica Bradley Interiors, had the pleasure of working with a client who loves to collect art and other items of beauty, so Jessica had a jumping off point in each room.
“She enjoys finding treasures at Scott Antique Markets and estate sales,” says Jessica, “so we kept the color palette neutral and light, so all the little collections and art would be the star.”
The homeowner gravitates towards blues, grays, greens and other cool colors, Jessica says, so they maintained a consistent look in each room. “We kept things light throughout the house, but made sure it had layering and texture for interest,” adds the designer.
Jessica Bradley’s sophisticated look was displayed at the spring Decorator’s Showhouse, where she decorated not one but two rooms, including an envy-inducing laundry room. Jessica’s previous career stops include a stint working in the corporate video department at Coca-Cola, but in 2000, she shifted her visual skills to the interior design world, working for designer Jackye Lanham before going out on her own in 2005.
For this house, Jessica set the tone for quiet elegance in the foyer, with the homeowner’s collection of framed intaglios providing art along the staircase. “She also wanted a skirted table with a big glass vase for cutting big branches and dramatic floral arrangements,” she adds. On the other side of the foyer, large-scale, gilded artwork flanks the opening to the living room.
Mirrors are a motif throughout the house, providing continuity on every floor. Jessica sees it as a handy decorating feature, in fact. “Every room needs a mirror,” she says. “It is always an easy way to bring extra light and glam to a room, and this homeowner loves starbursts and antique mirrors, so we never think we have too many mirrors!”