Accessorizing with White

The right accessories really help pull a room together. From traditional to modern, your design style can be reflected in the accessories you choose. One of my favorite ways to brighten a space is with white accessories. From pillows to vases and everything in between, white is a favorite go-to of mine for bringing sophistication and crisp style to any room.






This dark room with stone walls and deep wood finishes needed something to balance the heaviness of the deep tones and textures. We teamed up with Sherry Hart Designs at the St. Philip’s Cathedral Show House in Atlanta to lighten this room up. Sherry also loves white accessories! We chose a soft, comfy white chair and accessorized with a row of white vases on the desk to brighten up this dark, masculine room. We just love it!






Here’s a great tip for adding white to your tables and bookcases…wrap your books in white kraft paper. It’s an easy way to instantly add height and balance to your other accessories without the book covers being a distraction. We love how this vignette turned out. Polished, crisp, and full of interest.







Accessorizing with white, especially when we’re talking about pillows, rugs, or other fabrics, can be a time of worrying about wear or dirt – especially when you have children or pets. I understand! Choosing fabrics that are washable is key. A pillowcase can unzip and be laundered, a bath mat can be thrown in the wash. Here’s a snapshot of my life, white rug, dog and all!






Add some pop to your table top with white vases and bowls. Functional and beautiful, what’s better than that?!




Roswell Ranch Living: Part I

Last month we toured a client’s finished basement complete with all the bells and whistles. This month we’ll tour this lovely Roswell Ranch home where tradition meets modern sophistication. The heart of this client’s home is the open layout where the kitchen, hearth, dining and living areas come together as one cohesive space. We love the unexpected zebra print rug in the dining room! Don’t be afraid to use interesting patterns and accessories that you love. It brings out your personality in your home. Have fun with it!


Using orange throughout has an energizing effect complemented by neutral tones and unique accessories. We opted to use white for the rug, table and other accessories because white is both modern and sophisticated…and this client happens to not have children or pets, so a white rug was a “go!” But if you love the modern white and you do have children or pets, opt for adding your white touches to accessories, lamp shades, throws and pillows (with removable inserts so you can launder them!)

We selected furniture and accessories with matte gold trim and hardware, such as the coffee table, lamp, and the beautiful half-oval chest. These metallics bring a touch of modern sophistication to the space.


Below, we used the clients existing leather sofa and coffee table but we made the space new again by adding colorful pillows and a throw along with brightening the space with a modern rug.  Having a new interior design plan doesn’t mean that your favorite sofa has to go. We can work with your “must stay” pieces and bring new life to them!


The custom walnut builtins we designed were constructed to allow for both accessory display and architectural interest. The custom shelves create a modern and unique art piece all its own, while the lighter walls allow the accessories to really show. Before, this was simply wasted space, now it has a purpose. Think of areas in your home that you can get creative with and use in a smart and stylish way.


In the next blog we will move to the guest room, office, and guest bath. We’ll share some great tips to help make your guests feel more at home. Perfect timing before summer!