Vibrant Shades Of Green Pop In This Traditional Atlanta Family Home


Vintage-inspired pool and pool house...

Although its owners were already enamored with their property’s lush grounds, updates to this Atlanta home by landscape architect Alec Michaelides improved the site further with additions including new limestone pavers by the pool. To complement the existing pool house and connect with the kitchen’s color scheme, designer Mallory Mathison Glenn incorporated Celerie Kemble-designed Chippendale outdoor seating in Celadon.

Entryway with metallic ceiling, gray-green...

Sherwin-Williams’ Basil on the entry door sets the theme for verdant hues throughout this Atlanta home. Above a handwoven Oushak floor covering from Vintage Persian Rugs, a lantern by The Federalist suspends from a ceiling clad in Miles Redd’s Glass Paneling wallpaper for Schumacher.

Keeping room with built-in bookshelves,...

In the keeping room, a pair of Lillian August’s Paulette armchairs sourced from Logan Gardens creates a comfortable perch. The windows wear draperies of Manuel Canovas’ Zarina linen custom fabricated by VH Designs.

Dark sage-colored bar with botanical-patterned...

Scalamandré’s Raphael wallpaper wraps the bar. Crafted by Morgan Creek Cabinet Company, cabinetry in Benjamin Moore’s Goodwin Green supports Cipollino marble from Marmi Natural Stone. The lighting is by Visual Comfort.

Powder room covered with patterned...

A bamboo sink base by J. Tribble partners with Pierre Frey’s Hankeou wallpaper in this powder room. Chairish-sourced antique prunus-patterned jars retrofitted as lamps complement the made-to-order Soreno-glass mirror.

Coleen & Company’s Sarafina chandeliers center above two compositions in the morning room: a dining table and chairs by Hickory Chair and a conversation group of TCS Designs, Inc. swivel chairs and a Thibaut ottoman. Panels of Clarence House Baloo linen from Jerry Pair frame trim painted Sherwin-Williams’ Sea Salt.

Mudroom with blue cabinetry, diamond-patterned...

In the mudroom, cabinetry showcases quatrefoil cutouts and Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue. Thibaut’s Easom Trellis wallpaper pairs with a Roman shade of Kravet’s Danti Leaf cotton to bring panache to the brick-lined space.

The family studio’s built-in dog wash features tile grout custom color-matched to cabinetry in Farrow & Ball’s Calke Green. Roman shades of Clarence House’s Sole cotton-linen join Mitzi’s Leigh lantern above Kohler’s Tournant faucet.

Poised atop more than four forested acres on Atlanta’s northern outskirts, a traditional home caught the eyes of a vibrant young family for several reasons. Besides being close to the two daughters’ school, the lot impressed with its spring-fed pond, picturesque swimming pool and spacious backyard for the children and dogs to play. Originally built in the 1990s, the residence desperately needed renovations, but the owners weren’t deterred. 

Having worked with residential designer Brandon Ingram on their previous abode, the couple did not hesitate to bring him aboard. Renovating this new house was “an opportunity for them to let their personalities run wild,” Ingram shares. The clients wanted it all: color, pattern and architectural detail. Thus, the wife jumped at the chance to hire designer Mallory Mathison Glenn, a frequent collaborator of Ingram’s, to reimagine the interiors. “Our goal was to create a house that not only our children’s friends would want to visit, but that their parents would, too,” says the husband, a fan of impromptu entertaining. “We wanted something fun and light for our daughters that could grow along with them, but spaces for the adults to enjoy as well.”

Accommodating scores of guests for casual parties while keeping spaces intimate for daily life would mean a significant overhaul to the floor plan—so Ingram went all in: taking the interior walls down to the studs while reconfiguring room arrangements. “We looked at the house from a structural perspective and figured: If we could start over within the same footprint, what would we do?” Ingram recounts. Working closely with general contractor Wright Marshall to bring those ideas to fruition, the residential designer adds: “Wright is practically an architectural historian; he’s incredibly adept at making wonderful things happen.”

In the project’s most daring move, Ingram and Glenn agreed to drop the living room’s 22-foot-tall, two-story ceiling—paving the way for an expanded primary suite above. “We literally created square footage from air,” Ingram notes. “And that decision made the living room so much cozier.”

Embracing the family’s lively personality, as well as Glenn’s plans for equally ebullient interiors, Ingram embellished classic detailing by playing with scale and proportion. “I was able to take a language of traditional millwork profiles—casings, baseboards, cornices—and animate them a bit,” notes the residential designer, who also mimicked the dining room’s mirrored wainscotting in the stair balusters. “There’s a dance between buttoned up and playful: Moments of exuberance keep things grounded on one side of the spectrum, but fanciful on the other. That’s the magic of this house.” 

The kitchen—originally tucked away near the garage and newly relocated to the heart of the home—features “one of the largest islands I’ve ever done,” says Ingram. For a tongue-in-cheek choice, he added overscale corbels to frame the arched view toward the adjoining morning room (a space created partly by walling off what was once a screened porch) and onward to the pool.

Outdoors, he opted to retain the charms of the existing pool house, though his clients added a copper golden retriever weather vane. “The area is such a quiet respite of colors; Mallory and I liked it being a little more mellow,” says Ingram, who also praises landscape architect Alec Michaelides’ complementary efforts. “Alec and his team understand detail and when to be respectful of the architecture.”

Because her clients adore green, Glenn anchored the residence with verdant shades ranging from emerald and teal to peacock and celadon—incorporating pops of pink, coral, rust and crimson for contrast. One of the family’s favorite motifs, the four-leaf clover, appears on everything from the quatrefoil cutouts in the mudroom to hand-painted dining room wallpaper further personalized with vestiges of the owners: from the couple’s initials to the flowers of their respective birth states. Glenn, likewise, created jewel-box moments throughout: from majolica displays in the library-like keeping room to bathrooms that each feature a different boldly patterned wallpaper. “It’s a grounded maximalism,” the designer notes. 

Despite the constraints of the transformation, in the idyll of this setting, the design team was able to personalize the home at great lengths. At the same time, they honored that which came before. “What I love most about renovations is that you have the opportunity to be part of an evolution,” Ingram says. “It’s nice to know you’re integral to that ongoing story.” 


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