Blues, green, and turquoises always make for a beautiful and soothing interior. But just because the colors of the ocean and the sky can be calming, doesn't mean they can't also be bubbly and energetic. This Buckhead, Atlanta home by Phoebe Howard shows that Mrs. Howard, usually the master of restrained, classic elegance, can also put forth a boisterous, glamorous home.
This rounded foyer is an elegant space done up with bright and bold finishes. The glossy turquoise paint emphasizes the curve of the corners, and the thick, undulating treatment of the millwork is both massive but somehow lighthearted. Also put some big ol' green hydrangeas in a blue an white vase on a center round table and I'm going to be happy.
Straight up grass green and blue in the living room. Yes. That patchwork strie wallpaper (is it grasscloth?) is textural and the patterns brings interest to the solid color wall. I'm obsessed with that blue and white Brunschwig floral on the sofa and club chairs. And obviously that faux malachite finished coffee table is insane.
The den has beautiful, mid-toned wood paneling, which is a perfect backdrop for jaunty green sofas and that fab ikat sofa. A graphic, blue and green floral makes for perfect draperies, and I adore that green and cream diamond rug.
The sunny yellow dining room is a shot of contrast to the palette of the rest of the home. The happy hue really underscores the power of the blues and green throughout the home making it, I think, more impactful overall than a blue or green room would've been. And its just darn pretty.
Do you like turquoise, citron, and/or bedrooms that are lovely? Then do I have the specimen for you! This paisley wallpaper and roman shade combination isn't overwhelming because of the soft colors. The solid bed linens don't compete with the walls. And those ceramic lamps are amazing.
And, yes, there are a pair of armchairs upholstered in that pretty print as well. Also, I love the simplicity of the off-white draperies trimmed out in a turquoise and green tape to match the roman shades.
And oh baby we knew there had to be some Gracie paper in here somewhere! This stunning bedroom is pure sumptuousness with its hand-painted paper, antique four poster with pleated silk canopy. and faux fur throw. That curvy, flared pelmet box adds to the room's Chinoiserie appeal.
A tall, classically detailed fireplace mantel is topped with minimalist creamy urns and make the perfect base for a lovely, gilded, Federal style mirror. The plainly upholstered wing chair in the corner also gives the room a splash of late 18th century flare.
This Phoebe Howard project is one of my favorites because it's clearly not a summer house, or a beach house (or a house in Palm Beach, etc) -- it's just a regular family home, and yet it is filled with such bright color and personality. The kind we usually see reserved for vacation homes. And it is such a pleasure to see Mrs. Howard, usually so elegant and collected, design with such joyful joie de vivre.