David Ecton and Lance Jackson, the masterminds behind Atlanta interior design firm Parker Kennedy, call their signature look “preppy on the edge.” Yes, they are inspired by a Palm Beach, FL, aesthetic — lacquer finishes, lots of white and that winning combination of pink and green — but they give their interiors a youthful twist with modern accessories and a dose of the unexpected.
For this house in Charlotte, NC, the design duo was able to incorporate all sorts of hues and happy colors from the spectrum. “Both homeowners love color, and in fact, the husband grew up in Palm Beach surrounded by a colorful house,” says David. “When we first met with the wife, she opened up a paint fan deck and picked out all the colors she wanted us to design the house around, and we started the design process around those initial colors.”
The house was a full renovation, involving a new kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room. Once the architectural changes were in place, David and Lance went about transforming each room. Statement light fixtures are a part of their look, as well as rich colors and fabrics, so every room received a makeover from floor to ceiling.
One of the designers’ specialties: repurposing an old piece with new color. In their Atlanta headquarters, they have the facilities to apply lacquer finishes to chairs, dressers, chandeliers and side tables, which keeps the classic lines of an older piece of furniture updated in colors such as kelly green. They also reupholster vintage furnishings or add a marble top to a mahogany sideboard to give it a new look.
And lest anybody think that David and Lance have never met a color they didn’t like, they are happy to clarify. “My favorite colors are greens, blue/turquoises and pinks/corals,” says Lance. “But we never use burgundy and never put black with turquoise.”
Thank you to photographer Christina Wedge for today’s beautiful photos. See more of her work at christinawedge.com.