House Tour: Midtown Atlanta Beauty

Andrew Howard living room

The city pied-a-terre is a right up there with the beach house or the mountain estate when it comes to dream houses.

Andrew Howard coffee table

And when it comes to pied-a-terres, this one, designed by one of our very favorite (and funniest!) designers, Andrew Howard, is the cream of the crop.

Andrew Howard kitchen

A Florida resident who has been tapped to bring out the best in some of the most exclusive homes in the Bahamas and beyond, this Atlanta project is just one of many stages on which Howard displays his range as a decorator.

Andrew Howard kitchen

He embraces the sleek and simple that the city demands,

Andrew Howard dining room

While still inserting his signature playful style to make it family friendly and fun.

Andrew Howard bedroom

Layered patterns and the right blend of color give Howard’s homes a dash of whimsy that is always welcome–and sets his designs apart from the pack.

Andrew Howard bedroom

Unexpected details like bold ceilings and a perfectly imperfect gallery wall make a statement while still allowing the expansive views of the city to take center stage.

Andrew Howard

When it comes to good design, the details aren’t something, they are everything. The scallop accent on this console table and the perfect balance of symmetry and asymmetry accentuate the beautiful wallpaper.

Andrew Howard bathroom

This pretty marble sink lends big style to a small space.

Andrew Howard bathroom

And a white marble bathroom becomes a showpiece in Howard’s skilled hands. 

Andrew Howard porch

This small but well-appointed balcony is the perfect spot to take advantage of a fabulous view. Just add a favorite cocktail for a perfect way to cap off a productive Atlanta day!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. We always love seeing you here! 

  If you’re planning your Summer vacation, make sure to grab a copy of  THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM , one of Southern Livings best beach reads, to slip in you tote.

 

 

 

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In Good Taste: Threshold Design

When it comes to good taste, NYC design firm Threshold Interiors has it all figured out. 

It’s hard to believe that just a week ago we were in NYC launching my latest novel, Slightly South of Simple. This week we’ll be hitting spots from Lake Lure, SC to Vero Beach and Palm Beach, Florida, and end up in Atlanta. Check out this week’s events below. I’d love to see you!

I spoke at the 92nd St. Y last week about designing small NYC spaces, but I have to say that these kitchens don’t look small at all!

In fact, they are spacious and leave plenty of room for imagination. 

From beautiful natural stone

To statement-making hardware

Space-defining pendant lighting

To beautiful beams

Threshold has thought of everything in these gorgeous kitchens. 

And this blue backsplash adds a special touch of color. Kitchens aren’t the only thing Threshold does wonderfully well, but today seemed like a great time to focus on the heart of the home. Would any of these elements be included in your dream kitchen? 


Slightly South of Simple Tour Dates This Week! For Signed, Personalized Copies Sent to Your Door, Contact FoxTale Book Shoppe.

Tuesday, May 2: “Books and Bites” literary luncheon, Lake Lure Inn, 2771 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC 28746, (828) 625-2525, sponsored by Friends of the Mountain Branch Library, Meet and Greet, 11 am, Lunch at 11:30 am, Contact JoAnne Ellingston, Friends of the Mountain Library, [email protected], 828-625-9637

TuesdayMay 2: Talk, Signing and Fundraiser to benefit Children’s Security Blanket at home of Laura Hodge, Spartanburg, SC, Contact is Laura Allen, [email protected]

Wednesday, May 3: Holcombe Book Club, Country Club of Spartanburg, 11:30 am

Thursday, May 4: Luncheon, Talk and Signing, The Moorings Yacht and Country Club, 100 Harbour Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963, 12 pm, (Open to Club Members Only) [email protected]

Friday, May 5: Talk and Signing, Palm Beach Library System, Lantana Road Branch, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, FL 33462, (561) 304-4500, Free and Open to the Public

Friday, May 5: Private Party and Signing, Sailfish Club, Palm Beach, FL

Saturday, May 6: Celebration of Mother’s Day at Boxwoods in Buckhead, 100 E Andrews Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, 11 am-3 pm, Contact Susan: [email protected], (404) 233-3400

Saturday, May 6: Signing at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188, 4:30-6 pm, Contact Karen Schwettman, [email protected], 770-516-9989,

Sunday, May 7: Mother’s Day Tea at Urban Relics, Sandy Plains Village, 4651 Sandy Plains Rd #104, Roswell, GA 30075, (770) 587-3900, 2-3 pm, Contact is Annelle Gerson,  [email protected], 770-993-1555, 2:00-3:00

House Tour: 1920’s House Makeover

1920's house makeover

From clothes to homes and everything in between, we love a great makeover! Who doesn’t?

1920's house makeover foyer

This 1920’s English Tudor Remodel by Summer Thornton is an absolutely stunning testament to what a lot of vision and a little (Ok, a lot…) of elbow grease can do!

1920's house makeover- living room

The best thing about old houses is, by far, their architectural details.

1920's house makeover - office

One thing you can’t renovate? The light! In this house it is incredible!

1920's house makeover - library

A dark paneled den is the original–and ultimate–man cave.

1920's house makeover - living room

A deep, dark color is romantic and warm in this stunning dining room.

1920's house makeover - kitchen

Summer Thornton is one of those designers who knows that there are places for light and places for dark.

1920's house makeover - kitchen

The kitchen is one of the places that we love to let the light shine in!

1920's house makeover - dining room

Steel windows and doors are one of our favorite details and add instant interest to a room.

1920's house makeover - living room

Cozy nooks like these are always our favorites! We love how this designer turned what could have been wasted space into a major moment.

1920's house makeover - bedroom

You know we’re huge fans of sloped ceilings. They add instant charm!

1920's house makeover - bathroom

Subway tile is an instant refresh wherever it is. In old houses or new, it creates a beautiful bathroom!

1920's house makeover - bathroom

Speaking of gorgeous bathrooms… The vintage feel of this one is perfect for the age of the house.

1920's house makeover - flowers

This is another one of those “moments” we were talking about that Summer Thornton does so very well. Never underestimate the power of a well-accessorized vignette! We hope you’re having a terrific week and appreciate your stopping by!

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We couldn’t love this photo of Slightly South of Simple with Diane James Home’s gorgeous blue hydrangeas any more. Why are blue hydrangeas important to the plot? You’ll have to read to find out! Thirty-two days and counting until the SSoS release! 

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