House Tour: Nice in Neutrals

neutrals in the living room designed by Phoebe Howard

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


We are big fans of all sorts of decor. Bright and bold, rustic and farmhouse chic, whimsical and fun…


neutrals in living room designed by Phoebe Howard


But, if we had to pick a favorite, nothing, to us, creates a soothing home–the kind that makes you exhale when you walk through the back door–quite like a palette of neutrals with a touch of blue


dining room designed by Phoebe Howard in neutrals


In this dining room, pattern and texture create a room that is soothing but never boring,


living room designed by Phoebe Howard in neutrals


And an uncluttered feel in keeping with the color scheme makes for a relaxing TV room with plenty of comfortable seating for the whole family. 


dining room designed by Phoebe Howard in neutrals


This chic light fixture proves that neutrals don’t need to be boring,


Hallway designed by Phoebe Howard in neutrals


And, sometimes, the simplest vignettes are the chicest. (This chair has us swooning!)


kitchen designed by Phoebe Howard in neutrals


Some houses feel absolutely pitch perfect, each room flowing to the next and the next effortlessly. From a sunlit kitchen,


bedroom designed by Phoebe Howard with four poster bed in neutrals


To a serene bedroom suite, this lovely home is most certainly one of those.


bedroom designed by Phoebe Howard in neutrals


This is the kind of home that we could move right in, sleep soundly and forget all the stresses of life. What about you?

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Things We Love: Sophisticated Neutrals

neutrals in the dining room with beams
McAlpine Tankersley – Architectural Digest


Y’all, we love Christmas and the whole holiday season. 


Serena & Lily neutrals in the dining room with large chandelier and banana chairs
Serena & Lily


The lights, the glitter, the sparkle, the colors, the more is more all over the place. 


neutrals in the kitchen with shiplap and wood hood
Meredith McBreathy – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


But sometimes you just need a palette cleanser. 


Cashiers Show House - Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles bedroom with monogrammed bedding
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Cashiers Show House


So we decided that, in the midst of all the jingle bells and let it snows, we’d take a deep, neutral breath…


neutrals in a chaise lounge with floor lamp
Serena & Lily


And relax for a beat before the madness (and happiness!!) begins!


neutrals in the bathroom with bar cart and jute rug
Serena & Linen


To us, there is nothing quite as soothing as a neutral palette, especially when it’s mixed with tons of texture,


neutrals in  mudroom with skylights and hanging pendants and wood floor
Gil Schafer Architect


And a heaping, helping dose of organization, mudroom-style. 


neutral porch with arches and white lattice furniture and hanging lantern
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles


This is the perfect place for a late afternoon cocktail with friends, with garland or without, 


Camel coat and winter white pants
Fuller View


And this is the perfect thing to wear… Leopard is lovely, but nothing is chicer than neutrals in luxe fabrics with a laid-back attitude. We’d want to wear this every day!

Where’s your favorite place for neutrals?

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Merry and Bright Winter White

wood winter white
Robert A.M. Stern via Architectural Digest


winter white
Luxe Interior + Design


living-room winter white
Architectural Digest


bedroom winter whiteLuxe Interiors + Design

flowers winter white
Architectural Digest


kitchen winter white
Carolyne Roehm via One Kings Lane


William B. Litchfield




shopping winter white
Winter White


Dolce & Gabbana Nail Lacquer


winter white
Moda Operandi


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House Tour: Rosemary Beach Oasis

Rosemary Beach living room

Good morning, chic readers!  Clean, crisp and luxuriously white, we adore this Rosemary Beach home designed by Melanie Turner and built by Turner’s husband, Stan Benecki!   Warm, inviting and completely livable…what could be better.  Enjoy!

bone-inlay Rosemary Beach living room

Rosemary Beach kitchen


Rosemary Beach dining room


Rosemary Beach bedroom


Rosemary Beach bedroom


Rosemary Beach gallery-wall


Rosemary Beach bathroom


Rosemary Beach bathroom


Rosemary Beach wallpapers


Rosemary Beach house-and-garden

 Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting with us today!

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Lew Oliver Architect

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Benecki Fine Homes Builder

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Neutrals, Naturally


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They seem to softly whisper elegance everywhere they go,


Making a statement in the most subtle of ways.


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