New Town Home

My really cool aunt just bought a new town house in Atlanta, and it is about 3 times as big as the condo she was living in before, so she is looking for a new look, grown-up sized furniture and bold color. I thought you guys could offer suggestions since you are all so savvy.
I created two color explorations, the first one is bold like her but still feminine. This is the other one, it is more refined and I am thinking adding a little glamor to her mostly Scandinavian furniture and look. I will explore that color scheme next week.
I say lets start with the foyer, it a small hallway with the kitchen just off to the left when you walk in. Natural light doesn't reach this area so I suggest installing an interesting pendant, bold paint color and/or an intriguing coat rack or hooks.

Maybe for a more feminine look she could hang a large piece of plywood covered in fabric or wallpaper and scatter some hooks on that for a more romantic look.

This image from Blueprint is exactly what I mean, except instead of the entire wall, wallpaper a large sheet of plywood and lean it or hang it on the wall, just in case she gets sick of it and wants to change it out.
The color should move int the kitchen and also to the bar kick-back. I love the idea of having this shot of color seen from the living room. I wish we could paint her ceilings but they aren't smooth, so we have to stick to the walls. She could also cover the kick-back wall with a stainless steal sheet like a back-splash, or just paint that part and leave the rest of the kitchen neutral.Now lets tackle the living room, she has an neutral couch that I like, but it may be too small for this space, if she were to buy a new one, I suggest this one. A light but interesting coffee table...

Dark color for the walls, or maybe just one accent wall, some bright pillows, and a rug.

And storage that hides all of the millions of books she has, to minimize a cluttered look, I like this image from Decor8's flickr. Maybe two of these side by side? I want to say this unit is from Target, does anyone know?One of my favorite features of her living room, is this little nook off to the right of her fireplace, I think it would make the perfect desk area, with built in shelves and a beautiful accent chair. This image is great, except without the doors and not quite so wide, more cozy than this. Image from Decor8's flickr.There is also a large window, about 7 feet tall, and she wants a flowy, feminine look. I personally think she needs more structure than she thinks, so I offer a crisp roman shade in cloth like this one from PBteen (it is on sale!) but I would iron on a ribon around the trim in a solid color.Can't forget to add a festive throw pillow. Next week I will make a post for her dining room and bathroom. But this is what I was thinking for her bedroom...


  1. Wow great job. I think you're right about keeping things structured and adding feminime touches (like the ribbon on the white curtain) etc. instead of going overly flowy and flowery. The 2nd colerscheme seemed a bit more feminime than the 1st if that's what you're going for. And what a cool idea to decorate a piece of plywood with wallpaper and hooks! I love it!

  2. thanks for stopping by funky finds! have a great weekend!

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love all your ideas for this new town house, it would look so sophisticated and yet warm. You have put everything together so well.

  4. AnonymousJuly 08, 2007

    very well done! i especially like the little desk area, the turquoise gives it a relaxing atmosphere :)

  5. yellow and grey. i've promised myself that when i redecorate my bedroom, it'll be in those two colors.
    love your blog, lots of ideas to mull over!

  6. hey michelle-- i love the idea of wallpapering a large piece of plywood and adding hooks to it-- that thrills the non-committal designer in me! plus it might be perfect for my main man too because he hates wallpaper-- this way I could introduce him slowly to the concept...

    what is your last image, by the way? i love the striped sheets and bedskirt...


  7. Hey Phoebe, that image is from Dwell bedding, I love the yellow and gray and that wall color, but mostly that lamp, I have been looking for one like that since i saw this photo.

  8. I've had this post saved in my bloglines for forever now. I'm so anxious to see what comes of this project. How fun to be working on a relative's place.

  9. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



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