The resident of this stunning Midtown Atlanta condominium owns a gymnastics business and oversees hundreds of energetic children on a daily basis, so having a soothing home base was priority number one. “She above all wanted a place that would be a retreat from her busy and hectic life,” says interior designer Minhnuyet Hardy, who chose a neutral color palette and natural materials for this spa-like residence.

Neutral furnishings allow the beauty of Atlanta’s midtown skyline to take center stage. A glass-topped coffee table keeps the room’s light and bright color palette.

Neutral furnishings allow the beauty of Atlanta’s Midtown skyline to take center stage. A glass-topped coffee table keeps the room’s light and bright color palette.

An entire wall clad in gray tiles with an electric fireplace for warmth gives the living room a wow factor.

An entire wall clad in gray tiles with an electric fireplace for warmth gives the living room a wow factor.

Finishing touches breathe fresh life into this bright and welcoming space.

Finishing touches like fresh tulips breathe life into this bright and welcoming space.

Because the condo is only 1,200 square feet, Minhnuyet also needed to maximize furnishings in every room. “I advise people to get rid of unnecessary furniture,” she says. In this living room, for instance, she replaced a previous entertainment stand that was 20 inches deep with a wall-mounted TV, while then storing the audio/video equipment in a bedroom closet behind the TV wall. A low sectional sofa provides all the seating that’s needed, while not blocking the striking view of the city. Similarly, the designer selected a low console custom-built by Tritter Feefer to go behind the sofa and allow for two lamps to brighten the space.

“We painted dining room with “A Dash of Pepper” paint from Benjamin Moore, and it made the space more intimate and cozy,” says Hardy. “You shouldn’t be afraid to paint a small area in a dark color.” An artsy chandelier illuminates an abstract painting by artist Blakey Berring, who is out of Texas.

“We painted the dining room with A Dash of Pepper paint from Benjamin Moore, and it made the space more intimate and cozy,” says Minhnuyet. “You shouldn’t be afraid to paint a small area in a dark color.”

An artsy chandelier illuminates an abstract painting by artist Blakey Berring, who is out of Texas.

An artsy chandelier illuminates an abstract painting by artist Blakey Berring, who is out of Texas.

Designer Minhnuyet Hardy replaced busy pendant lights with new versions made of crystal for a little sparkle.

Designer Minhnuyet Hardy replaced busy pendant lights with new versions made of crystal for a little sparkle.

As another clever touch, Minhnuyet replaced a space-hogging, four-poster bed in the master bedroom with a wall-mounted headboard, and lighting mounted on the wall, instead of on bedside tables. “Use mirrors when possible to reflect light and open the space like we did in the master bedroom,” she advises. “The antique mirrors with the sconces flanking either side of the bed helped open the space, making the bedroom appear larger.”

“Mount curtains as high as they will go, since this allows the eye to go upwards and helps the space appear larger,” says the designer. “We installed ripple fold curtains in the master bedroom that were mounted to the ceiling.”

“Mount curtains as high as they will go, since this allows the eye to go upwards and helps the space appear larger,” says the designer. “We installed ripple fold curtains in the master bedroom that were mounted to the ceiling.”

Mirrored sconces add a reflective quality to the master bedroom.

Mirrored sconces add a reflective quality to the master bedroom.

The designer took a second bedroom and gave it a dual purpose: home office and guest bedroom for visiting relatives. The office sofa pulls out into a bed, and the storage ottoman (large enough to hold linens for the bed) is on wheels to be pushed out of the way. To give the room some pizzazz, she added a subtle tone-on-tone wall stencil, applied in a semigloss finish. “Only when you stand at certain angles do you even see the stencil pattern, so it becomes an unexpected element when you’re in the room,” she adds. 

This efficient room functions as both home office and guest bedroom, thanks to a hard-working desk unit and sofa that sleeps two. A movable storage ottoman is on wheels for easy access.

This efficient room functions as both home office and guest bedroom, thanks to a hard-working desk unit and sofa that sleeps two. A movable storage ottoman is on wheels for easy access.

A subtle stencil treatment in the office/guest room elevates the neutral palette.

A subtle stencil treatment in the office/guest room elevates the neutral palette.

For a touch of whimsy and color in the entryway, the designer chose a contemporary velvet chartreuse chair from Luna Bella and a sculpture of mountain-climbing men from Global Views. Her favorite feature is the focal-point wall in the living room, a Zen-like area made of gray marble tiles and an electric fireplace. “Those items took a little convincing to implement,” says Minhnuyet, “but I think they made the biggest impact in the condo.”

Rich colors and a playful wall sculpture greet guests in the foyer.

Rich colors and a playful wall sculpture greet guests in the foyer.

Lisa Mowry is a writer, editor and stylist with more than 25 years writing for home and garden magazines. See more of her work at lisamowry.com.

Special thanks to photographer Christina Wedge for the photos.

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