A home full of antiques doesn’t have to resemble the Biltmore Estate; today’s interiors include a deft mix of brighter colors and modern elements to balance furnishings with a past. Atlanta, GA, interior designer Lyndsy Kae Woods recently helped pull together this home in Atlanta’s posh Buckhead neighborhood with a light touch, and shared her story.
StyleBlueprint: Tell us about the architecture of this house and the family who calls it home.
Lyndsy Woods: This was a new construction home, recently completed. The exterior has Georgian architectural elements with a classic façade, so the family wanted to keep some of those classical elements consistent on the interior. The family is a fantastic couple with two young children, and I was fortunate to be able to work with them from building stage to now. A lot of times, you don’t have that opportunity as a designer. You become really close with the family when you work with them for so long – you see the kids’ activities, you learn their day-to-day workings as a family — so I ended up knowing how they will use their house before it was even done.
SB: What was on their wish list for how they wanted the house to look and live?
LW: The home carries itself with classical architectural elements through trim details, flooring and even the style of plumbing fixtures. We wanted to create a warm “shell” so once the home was furnished, those items had a nice presence, so we picked soft wall colors. Many of the built-in elements are tone on tone so they’re not distracting. There were certain designated areas that we knew would be more formal than others, like the dining room and family room, but we still wanted those spaces to feel warm and inviting.
SB: How did you successfully mix formal and informal items together?
LW: When you have antiques on top of antiques, it tends to get a little heavy for my style. I love mixing different elements and styles together; it feels collected and special that way rather than forced design. The homeowner had a lot of fabulous antique pieces, great accessories, and her eye for detail is impeccable, so we took her amazing foundation of things and layered that with some cleaner, modern pieces. Mixing the two styles really helps create an inviting space, rather than something stuffy. I like using the modern print fabrics in the dining room with gilded antiques, as an example.
Using a light background helps, also. It’s a joke that my favorite color is white, but I prefer to have soft, built-in tones so when you layer later with fabrics and furnishings, the elements blend. I tend to use cooler wall tones; that creates a fresher balance when pairing with wood tones. A lot of antiques tend to have warmer, red undertones in the woods, so rather than accenting them I like to blend them and help tone down some of the golden tones of the past.
My design style lends itself to cleaner lines, but not stark elements; I’m drawn to soft, livable palettes and spaces with layers of textures and different styles.
This warm and welcoming home is as formal as it is friendly, and it’s a beautiful space for this family to call home!
Thank you to Lyndsy Woods, a big winner at the recent American Society of Interior Designer awards, for sharing this beautiful home with us today.
And thank you as well to Marc Mauldin for today’s gorgeous photos. See more of Marc’s work here.
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