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Colorful, Kid-Friendly Atlanta Home

A 1928 Tudor makes a comeback—welcoming light, color, and a stream of kids from around the neighborhood

Written by Amy Elbert
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    Lovely Living Room

    Chinoiserie-inspired draperies that Caroline Millican inherited from her grandparents pretty much tell the story of how she and husband David approached the renovation of their Atlanta home. In short: Take the familiar and the cherished and make it new and now. “I always loved those draperies—they’d been in my grandparents’ home for years,” Caroline says. “I like traditional style, but with a younger look.

    Another view of the living room is on the following slide.

    Photography: Emily Jenkins Followill
    Produced by Lisa Mowry

    Architect: D. Stanley Dixon, D. Stanley Dixon Architect, 2300 Peachtree Road, Suite C-101, Atlanta, GA 30309; 404/574-1430,
    Interior design: Lauren DeLoach, Lauren DeLoach Interiors, 4971 Lake Fjord Pass, Marietta Pass, GA 30068; 404/310-1579,
    Builder: Greg DeLoach, Cottage Industry Construction, 4971 Lake Fjord Pass, Marietta, GA 30068; 404/227-0621,

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    Cheerful Chinoiserie 

    Enter Atlanta designer Lauren DeLoach, who likes nothing better than putting some punch into traditional style. After refurbishing and rehanging Caroline’s family draperies in the living room, she used extra panels to upholster the backs of two armchairs and to fashion sofa pillows. Then, for a happy marriage of old and new, she covered the seats and inside backs of the chairs with a spicy coral fabric that energizes the whole room. 

    Wall paint (“Driftwood” #2107-40); ceiling and trim paint (“Mascarpone” #AF-20): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Sofa (custom); lounge chairs (custom); ottomans (custom): Lauren DeLoach Interiors,
    Sofa and lounge-chair fabric (“Caroline”/Sky #V112-2): Carleton V Ltd.,
    Trim (“Cambridge Strie Band” #977-34161): Samuel & Sons,
    Sisal rug (“Mani”/Mink, custom size): Myers Carpet,
    Area rug: Designer Carpets,
    Striped fabric on sofa pillows and ottomans (“Atelier Stripe”/Aqua #2011133.13, by Suzanne Kasler): Lee Jofa,
    Plain pillows on sofa; trim on toile pillows (“Tivoli”/Chestnut #1068851): Lewis & Sheron,
    Trim on plain pillows (“Latour Border”/Teal, Chocolate #977-34820-06): Samuel & Sons,
    Wing-chair fabric, front (“Astamor”/Coral): Robert Allen,
    Fabric on wing-chair back, toile pillows (“Le Lac Linen Print”/Red, Blue, colorway discontinued, for similar, #BR-71163.015): Brunschwig & Fils,
    Wing chairs; art behind sofa (by Buffy Hargett); sofa end table (antique); coffee table: owner’s collection.
    Gourd lamp on end table; hurricanes on coffee table: Joseph Konrad Antiques,
    Floor lamp behind lounge chair (antique): Illuminati Antiques,
    Shades on floor lamp: Sunlighting Lamp and Shade Center,

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    Chair Detail

    “Those draperies pretty much inspired the house’s entire palette,” DeLoach says. “The colors—brown, blue, orange, gold, and lime green—are so current.” An abstract painting in shades of orange and a gold starburst mirror further invigorate the classically styled room. “Caroline is very fashion-forward, but she is also traditional,” DeLoach says. “So we stayed in keeping with the house’s architectural style without making rooms feel stuffy or boring. We were always trying to find ways to pop them and make the spaces feel current.” 

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    Family Portrait

    The fashion update was the result of a whole-house renovation the Millicans launched in 2010, several years after buying the 1928 Tudor-style house. Interiors were dark, the floor plan was choppy, and the small kitchen was isolated at the back of the house. As parents of four children ranging in age from 4 to 12, Caroline and David needed a modern floor plan with a large kitchen where family and friends could gather, as well as spaces for the children to play within earshot of their parents. 

    Caroline and David Millican on the porch with their four children, (from left) Ellie, 9, William, 4, John, 7, and Liza, 12. 

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    “The house didn’t flow very well. We entertain a good bit, so we really wanted to open it up,” Caroline says. For that, they called on architect and neighbor D. Stanley Dixon. “Stan had been in our house, so he knew our needs,” Caroline says. Plus, the architect was attuned to the structure’s architectural integrity within the established Brookwood Hills historic neighborhood.

    In the foyer, a round table is skirted with silk taffeta from Lewis & Sheron. Chocolate-colored draperies on the doorway to the breakfast room warm the space. 

    Paint (“Mascarpone” #AF-20): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Bench: Joseph Konrad Antiques,
    Round table (custom): Lauren DeLoach Interiors,
    Table-skirt fabric (#DC-2545); bench trim; drapery (“Sanfor Airo #P552-29): Lewis & Sheron,
    Bench fabric (“Ardagh” #R0401): Robert Kime,
    Chandelier; clock: antique.
    Rug (antique): Davar Carpets,
    Tureen holding fern; white footed bowl on table: antique. 

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    Comfy Kitchen

    Heavily veined marble was used for countertops, on the large island, and for the backsplashes. “A lot of people complain about marble staining, but I actually like the way that ages it,” Caroline says. “The house doesn’t scream ‘new.’ Everything needs some history.”

    “The kitchen is my favorite room. People can sit at the counter and no one feels crowded,” Caroline adds. A whole-house sound system allows the Millicans to listen to music while fixing meals and entertaining. 

    For easy cleanups, cushions on the barstools are covered with an indoor-outdoor “Bikini Stripe” fabric from Perennials. 

    Wall, cabinet, and trim paint (“Mascarpone” #AF-20): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Cabinetry (custom): design by D. Stanley Dixon,
    Fabrication: Cottage Industry Construction,
    Cabinetry hardware (Belcastel Collection/SIM-D finish): Hardware Resources,
    Drapery (“Perth”): Lewis & Sheron,
    Drapery trim (“Dalton Silk Gingham”/Café #3449003): Schumacher,
    Drapery hardware: Antique Drapery Rod Co.,
    Wall sconce (“Right Angle Single Wall Light”/Antique Nickel #SL2865); pendant lights (“Single Sloane Street Shop Light with Metal Shade”/Antique Nickel #CHC5101AN-AN): Circa Lighting,
    Countertop and backsplash: Venato marble.
    Range, range hood (by Wolf): Sub-Zero/Wolf,
    Bar stools (“Bar Stool #119”): Wright Table Co.,
    Bar-stool fabric (“Bikini Stripe”/Linen #820-27): Perennials,

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    Light Detail

    DeLoach intentionally mismatched finishes—polished nickel faucets, antiqued nickel light fixtures, and hammered pewter pulls on cabinets. “I love for things to look collected, not like they all came out of the same store,” she says.

    Antiqued nickel pendants above the island and wall sconces are from Circa Lighting.  

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    Light-Filled Corner

    Dixon bumped out the back of the house to enlarge the kitchen and added a south-facing bay with three large windows that flood the room with light.  For an unexpected touch, DeLoach hung drapery panels at the kitchen windows rather than installing more predictable Roman shades. “The draperies make the room so much lighter and brighter,” she says.

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    Breakfast Room

    The existing kitchen was converted into an inviting breakfast room with board walls and pantry doors with iron hardware that speak to the house’s Tudor styling. “That detailing was all Stan,” Caroline says. “We wanted to stay with that English look, and the board walls and iron hardware add to that feel,” she adds.  

    Cabinetry (custom): design by D. Stanley Dixon,
    Fabrication: Cottage Industry Construction,
    Cabinetry hardware: Hardware Resources,
    Wall, cabinet, and trim paint (“Mascarpone” #AF-20): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Chandelier: antique.
    Fabric on chandelier shades (“Dalton Silk Gingham”/Café #3449003): Schumacher,
    Table: owner’s collection.
    Host chairs (custom): Lauren DeLoach Interiors,
    Side chairs: Anne Flaire Antiques,
    Host-chair fabric (“Perth”): Lewis & Sheron,
    Side-chair fabric, front (“Bikini Stripe”/Linen #820-27): Perennials,
    Side-chair fabric, back (“Aviary”/Taupe #16352-004): Scalamandré,
    Area rug (antique): Parviz Oriental Rugs,
    Buffet (antique): owner’s collection.
    Pewter plates on wall: Lisa Thompson & Assoc.,

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    TV Arrangement

    Not so “old English” is the television mounted at one end of the breakfast room, but that was a reality DeLoach gamely dealt with. “They really wanted a TV in there,” she says, “I figured if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, so I hung the pewter plates on the wall around the television to make it look better—more like an arrangement.” 

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    Sunny Gallery

    Dixon added a gallery hall along the back side of the dining room that connects the kitchen to the family room. Old basement stairs at the front of the house were sealed, and a new open staircase was incorporated into the gallery, creating easy access to the lower-level playroom. Windows across the back wall of the gallery bring light into the dining room, as well as into the downstairs playroom. “Now the kids will actually go down there and play,” Dixon says. “Adding the gallery and stairs made a huge difference in how the house functions and lives for them.” 

    Paint (“Mascarpone” #AF-20): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Hanging lantern: A. Tyner Antiques,
    Bench (antique): owner’s collection.
    Bench fabric (“Kelvingrove Park”/Café au Lait #1227/06, by Classic Cloth): Dessin Fournir,
    Bench trim (“Dalton Silk Gingham”/Café #3449003): Schumacher,
    Pillow on bench (“Helena”/Moonstone Blue #1021-02): Kerry Joyce Textiles,
    Pillow trim (“Espadrille Woven Border” #977-42670-04): Samuel & Sons,
    Area rug (custom): Davar Carpets,

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    Delightful Dining Room

    The alterations put the dining room in the center of the house, and DeLoach made it central to her color scheme as well. “The dining room is the unifying space. So I had the wallpaper custom colored, pulling colors from each of the other rooms,” she says. “Caroline loves blue, so we used that in the living room and kitchen. In the family room we went with green. We married all the colors—the blue, the green, and brown—in the dining room.”

    Furniture and fabrics were chosen for their easy-to-clean features—a priority with four youngsters and a constant flow of neighbor kids—as well as for their flexibility. “What’s good about this house is that all the fabrics work in every single room,” the designer says. “They can move furniture to suit their needs.” 

    Table; chairs: Foxglove Antiques,
    Chair fabric (“Upcountry”/Cream #36287-001, Striae Velvet): Scalamandré,
    Chair trim (“Delicat Silk Fan Edge”/Seafoam #986-36985-15): Samuel & Sons,
    Vase on table: Joseph Konrad Antiques,
    Wallpaper (“Longwood” #DC19-10, custom color): Designer Classics,
    Chandelier (“Chateau Chandelier”): Dennis & Leen,
    Area rug (“Arditi,” custom bound): Patterson, Flynn & Martin,

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    Pretty Sideboard

    The custom-colored wallcovering from Designer Classics Wallpaper was inspired by palettes in adjoining rooms. The sideboard, dining table, and mirror are antiques. 

    Server (antique); mirror over server (antique): owner’s collection.
    Lamps on server (discontinued, for similar, “Modern Balustrade Round Table Lamp” #CHA8917): Circa Lighting,
    Silver candlestickssilver coffee servicebucket: owner’s collection. 

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    Family Room

    The family room, which was not original to the house, had a face-lift, too. Working within the same footprint, the room was rebuilt with beamed ceilings and custom mahogany French doors that have solid recessed panels on the lower portion—more nods to the Tudor styling. DeLoach furnished the room with multiple seating areas and a game table in one corner. Another chair is tucked to the side by bookshelves for quiet reading. “This is a large family, so we needed to serve different functions and groups,” DeLoach says. 

    A classic check pattern from Schumacher takes on a young attitude in a  fresh lime-green colorway. A pair of upholstered antique stools offer extra seating. Wrought-iron curtain rods, an antique iron table lamp, and high-back William and Mary dining chairs reinforce the Tudor style. 

    Wall paint (“Pond Reed” #6976-2): Porter Paints,
    Trim paint (“Mascarpone” #AF-20): Benjamin Moore,
    Area rug (“Argyle Trellis”/Brown, custom cut): Myers Carpet,
    Sofa (custom); lounge chair in checked fabric (custom): Lauren DeLoach Interiors,
    Checked fabric on sofa pillows, lounge-chair, and drapery (“Elton Cotton Check”/Pear #63055): Schumacher,
    Pillow on sofa, left (“Pomegranate Moss” #GWF-2732.136, by Groundworks): Lee Jofa,
    Floral pillow (“Upton Rose Union”/Ivory, Sky #10999-01); lumbar pillow (“Canwell”/Blue, Multi #J550F-01, by Jane Churchill, discontinued): Cowtan,
    Pair of stools (antique): Provenance Antiques, 404/315-1217.
    Fabric on stools (“Canwell”/Blue, Multi #J550F-01, by Jane Churchill, discontinued): Cowtan & Tout,
    Drapery hardware: Antique Drapery Rod Co.,
    Lounge chair to right of sofa: owner’s collection.
    Coffee table (antique); end table to right of sofa (antique): Thomas Hoke Antiques,
    Table lamp (antique): The Silk Purse, 404/431-5422.
    Art behind sofa (by Sabre Esler): Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery,
    Table to right of lounge chair (antique): owner’s collection.
    Table by window (antiqiue): Foxglove Antiques,
    Four high-backed chairs by table (antique): Illuminati Antiques,

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    Custom Cabinet

    A custom white cabinet in the family room serves both as a bar and extra storage space.

    White cabinet (custom): design by D. Stanley Dixon,
    Fabrication: Cottage Industry Construction,
    Cabinetry hardware: Hardware Resources,
    Tray holding liquor bottles: Thomas Hoke Antiques,
    Green bottles on top shelves (antique French bottles): Foxglove Antiques,
    Stool (antique): owner’s collection.

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    Screened Porch

    Family room doors open to a new screened porch with a wood-burning fireplace that allows the family to use the space much of the year. Screens are sandwiched between decorative wood railings on the lower walls. “We embraced the Tudor style with a diamond cutout motif on the wood railings. They give the porch a sense of enclosure and add character and charm,” Dixon says. 

    Ceiling paint (“Quiet Moments” #1563); trim paint (“Briarwood” #PM32): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Brick fireplace: (custom): design by D. Stanley Dixon,
    Fabrication: Cottage Industry Construction,
    Sofa (“Nandina Outdoor Slipcovered Sofa” #US112-03); lounge chairs (“Nandina Outdoor Slipcovered Swivel Chairs” #US112-01SW); sofa fabric (“Spinnaker”/Sahara): Lee Industries,
    Lounge-chair fabric: discontinued.
    Checked pillows; lumbar pillow (“Slubby Linen”/Khaki); lumbar-pillow trim (“Vintage Zig Zag Border”): Lewis and Sheron,
    Pillows with fern pattern (“Woodlands”/Blue and Green #6214-2): Jane Shelton,
    Coffee table (antique); barrel table beside sofa: Joseph Konrad Antiques,
    Wicker chair; table lamps behind sofa (antique): Dearing Antiques,
    Wicker-chair fabric (“Vari”/Artemesia #VARI 35): Kravet,
    Flooring: Bluestone in herringbone pattern.  

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    Serene Master Bedroom

    After the family room was renovated, the master bedroom and bath  above it were updated. The bed headboard is upholstered with “Savannah Linen Stripe,” from Schumacher, which was also used to make the bed skirt and duvet cover. An antique bench at the foot  of the bed is upholstered in Kravet’s “Floralina.” Walls are Benjamin Moore’s “Gray Cashmere.”

    Wall paint (“Gray Cashmere” #2138-60); ceiling and trim paint (“Mascarpone” #AF-20): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Headboard, bed-skirt, duvet fabric (“Savannah Linen Stripe”/Sesame #66080): Schumacher,
    Pillow sham, front (“Marble Hill” #NCF4092-01, by Nina Campbell): Osborne & Little,
    Pillow sham, back (“Tobar”/Mist): Lewis & Sheron,
    Bed linens (“Alyssa Matelassé”): Peacock Alley,
    Area rug (antique): Davar Carpets,
    Bench: owner’s collection.
    Bench fabric (“Floralina”/Mist #28655.15): Kravet,
    Bedside tables (antique): Foxglove Antiques,
    Lamps on bedside tables (antique): Interiors Market,
    Art behind bed: antique prints.
    Framing (custom): Lauren DeLoach Interiors, lauren​
    Upholstered sofa; upholstered lounge chairs by mantel; lamps flanking mantel: owner’s collection.
    Coffee table (“Tray Coffee Table”/Gray): Joseph Konrad,
    Mantel: original to house.
    Mirror over mantel: Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts,
    Drapery (“Botticelli Silk Taffeta”/Celestial #63822): Schumacher,
    Drapery hardware (custom): Iron Studio,

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    Bed Detail

    Antique prints hang above the bed. Floral pillow shams are “Marble Hill” fabric by Nina Campbell for Osborne & Little.

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    Bedroom Detail

    Books and a vase of fresh hydrangeas on the tray coffee table from Joseph Konrad invite relaxing on the nearby sofa. 

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    Master Bathroom

    A quatrefoil-back “Alexandra” chair by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair cozies up to the built-in vanity. Polished nickel “Bryant” sconces were designed by Thomas O’Brien. 

    Cabinetry (custom design): Lauren DeLoach Interiors,
    Fabrication: Cottage Industry Construction, cottage​
    Cabinetry hardware (Bella Collection/Polished Nickel): Hardware Resources,
    Wall and cabinetry paint (“Mascarpone” #AF-20): Benjamin Moore & Co.,
    Flooring (Carrara Basketweave Mosaic): Construction Resources,
    Wall sconces (“Bryant Sconce”/Polished Nickel #TOB2002PN, by Thomas O’Brien): Circa Lighting,
    Chair (“Alexandra Side Chair” #1516-23, by Suzanne Kasler): Hickory Chair,
    Chair fabric (“Floralina”/Mist #28655.15): Kravet,
    Mirror on vanity: antique. 

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    Home Exterior

    “Stylistically, we played true to original 1920s Tudor Revival, but we created more casual rooms, and we connected spaces so that the flow is easier,” says architect Dixon. “We simply designed a home that works for the way the family actually lives.”

    The original red brick was stained with a diluted taupe-colored paint for a more subdued and harmonious palette.