Whether she realizes it or not, interior designer Beth Kooby of Beth Kooby Design can’t help but create spaces that have a cozy, feel-good vibe. Before she took the leap to start her own interior design business in Atlanta, Beth was a busy oncology nurse and then a nurse practitioner for 20 years, so her instincts are to listen to clients — and then create a happy environment for them.
She sees a lot of similarity between the two professions. “There’s a lot of hand-holding in both,” Beth says. “Obviously, design is not life and death, but I do feel that working with people in design or healthcare are both very intimate jobs. You see everything: their habits, their budgets, their relationships (struggles and highlights), their ability to deal with stress and then, the joy when you find just the perfect thing.”
Not surprisingly, Beth believes our surroundings are essential to our overall well-being, and this project illustrates how she executes that notion. For this custom Marietta, GA, house, the designer made sure to include plenty of natural materials such as wood and stone. “Anything that puts you in touch with nature is healing,” she explains. “Also, even sheets are important … I love linen and jersey sheets.” Plenty of pillows and candles up that comfort level, as well, and you’ll always see plants in a Beth Kooby-designed room; plants add life to a room and are also healthy, she points out.
This house was for a physician — a kindred spirit — and her husband and three children. They were going for a Mediterranean feeling, with a lot of white walls but colorful accents. Most furnishings were new, but Beth and the family made sure everything had a patina and was kid-friendly. “Our goal was that anything had to still look fine if it gets beat up some,” says the designer, confirming that with both design and health, you always have to think about the future.
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