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Atlanta Home with Vibrant Interiors

An Atlanta home picks up its game with fashion-forward patterns and bold, saturated colors

Written by Amy Elbert
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    After several years of living in a home layered with heavy fabrics and dark finishes, Kim Holifield was ready to change things up. Good-bye heavy and formal; hello calm, clean, and clutter-free. “Kim originally hired me to update the kitchen and a bath,” recalls Atlanta interior designer Tish Mills. “What she wanted was to push more light through the house.”

    As Mills planned those rooms, Kim and her husband, Mark, considered how the newly designed, modern-leaning kitchen would blend with existing formal rooms on the main floor. One room redo led to another, and the first level to the second. “You know the story, right?” Mills says. “By the time we were finished, we’d done the entire house. Things just kept rolling.” 

    Photography: Emily Jenkins Followill
    Produced by Lisa Mowry

    Architect: Bill Harrison, Harrison Design, 3198 Cains Hill Place N.W., Atlanta, GA 30305; 404/365-7760,
    Interior designer: Tish Mills, Harmonious Living by Tish Mills Interiors, 349 Peachtree Hills Ave., Studio D1A, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404/814-3838,
    Builder: Tony Reaves, Intown Builders Group Inc., 601 Magnolia St., Villa Rica, GA 30180; 770/459-9656,
    Landscape designer: Patrick Hand, Integrated Land Design, 706/248-0914. 

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    Traditional Home

    Kim and Mark had moved to Atlanta for Mark’s career several years ago from South Florida, where they had built a Spanish-Mediterranean-style home—“our dream home,” Kim says. Atlanta was somewhat of a culture shock. “We’re from Texas and built three houses in South Florida. We’d never had a traditional-style home like what you see here. It was really different for me,” Kim says. But she and Mark found a lovely brick-and-stone house under construction and worked with Atlanta builder Tony Reaves to fine-tune the design.

    Twin peaks flank the front portico of the symmetrical brick-and-stone Atlanta home. 

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    Light, Bright Foyer

    Kim furnished the house with layers of fabric and deep vibrant colors, similar to what was in her Florida home. “The interiors were much more in keeping with the Tuscan or Mediterranean feel when we did the house originally,” Kim says. “However, after living here for seven years it was time to brighten things up and create a much more transitional feel.” Plus, with two children and eight pets, the furnishings were starting to show their age.

    A limestone floor in the foyer was replaced with reflective marble tiles installed so the graining creates a striped effect. Walls are painted a gloss white. “We thought about doing a mural, but once the floor was down we saw the walls needed to be quiet,” Mills says. “The floor had a lot of life.”

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    Colorful Cabinet

    “Kim loves edgy fashion and happy colors,” Mills says. “During our first conversation, I figured out she really wanted her house to reflect her fashion and style.”

    Turquoise and yellow are two of Kim’s favorite colors, so Mills built a lively scheme around those hues, adding in pops of pink (another favorite), shots of chartreuse (to enliven the yellow), and to ground them all, doses of chocolate brown. 

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    Vibrant Great Room

    Mills was able to reuse many of the Holifields’ existing furnishings but had them streamlined and re-covered for an updated look. Heavy wood bases and finials were replaced or removed, and layers of braids, trims, and tassels eliminated. 

    In the great room, an existing round ottoman (formerly with an exposed wood base and wrapped with braid trims) was rebuilt and reupholstered in a bold oversized floral with chartreuse and turquoise blooms on a brown background. A pair of bergères were reupholstered in blue velvet, and the once-gilded frames were simplified with a wood finish. The painting by Helen Durant above the mantel is from Pryor Fine Art. 

    Wall treatment (Venetian plaster): custom mix.
    Mantel and overmantel (“The Toscane”/Scagliola Stone, Italianate Country Collection): Francois & Co.,
    Area rug (custom): Moattar,
    Chairs by mantel: owner’s collection.
    Ottoman: custom.
    Chair fabric (“Semper”/Pool #Z234/11, by Zinc Textile); ottoman fabric (“Tiku”/Peacock #1179/01, by Villa Nova, discontinued); drapery (discontinued): Romo,
    Art over mantel (by Helen Durant): Pryor Fine Art,
    Art by drapery (by Lun Tse): Deljou Art Group,

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    Gorgeous Great Room

    Liberal swaths of color on fabrics, rather than small hits here and there, create a dramatic yet serene backdrop. “Even though we have lots of bright colors, the overall feel is very calm because we used such large amounts. It’s not frenetic,” the designer says. “The colors are so saturated and so bold that they come off as neutrals.”  

    The camelback sofa was rebuilt and wood finials were replaced with acrylic on the sofa’s ratchet-style arms. Modern art and a “Gilded Ring Table” from Interlude add a contemporary vibe. 

    Wall treatment (Venetian plaster): custom.
    Area rug (custom): Moattar,
    Sofa: owner’s collection.
    Sofa fabric (“Peron”/Azure #7319/05); red-and-white pillows (“Cybelle”/Jaipur Pink #7473/05); botanical-patterned pillows (discontinued); lumbar pillow (“Casca”/Wasabi #7285/04): Romo,
    Side chair: owner’s collection.
    Side-chair fabric (“Prism” #0086/014, discontinued): Donghia,
    Coffee table (“Iron and Stone Oval Coffee Table” #9.91786): Global Views,
    Side table (“Mobius End Table” #125030): Interlude,
    Sconce (“Parker Pendant Sconce,” #ROB-667, by Robert Abbey): Y Lighting,
    Cabinet behind sofa; table lamps: owner’s collection.
    Art, top left and by bottom right (by Deika Rae); art, top right and bottom left (by Martin Quen): Deljou Art Group,  

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    Console Table

    Colors were repeated throughout the home, but in each room one color takes the lead and others are secondary. “When you look through the house, you see the same colors, but they show up in different amounts so it keeps your interest high,” Mills says.

    A starburst mirror reflects colors from artwork in the keeping room.

    Console (“Pablo Console”): Mr. Brown Home,
    Table lamps (“Kaleigh Lamp” #12164-296): Arteriors,
    Mirror: owner’s collection.
    Ottomans (custom): Harmonious Living by Tish Mills Interiors,
    Ottoman fabric (“Cantello”/Wasabi #7284/04, colorway discontinued, for similar, “Cantello”/Mineral #7284/06): Romo,  

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    Keeping Room

    “The palette really grew organically out of the keeping room,” Mills says. “Those fabrics were the first I pulled, and everything went from there.” Dining chairs are upholstered in a striped fabric of turquoise, deep blue, brown, and cream. One of Mills’s favorite features in the room is the window treatment: A see-through net fabric with a silver stripe is draped over solid blue satin curtains.

    While Kim pushed for modern styling and incorporating the newest materials and techniques, Mills and Reaves were mindful of the house’s classic architectural features. “We told Kim we really needed to honor the house and its setting,” Mills says.

    Dramatic interior features such as mahogany doors and windows, stone fireplaces, a coffered ceiling, and a brick barrel ceiling were balanced with lighter and, in some cases, glossier wall finishes.

    Lee Industries chairs in a turquoise and chocolate stripe with a sliver of chartreuse jump-started the home’s palette. The “Twig” pendant above the table is from Global Views.

    Wall paint (“Intense White” #OC-51): Benjamin Moore,
    Ceiling: brick veneer.
    Mantel: custom.
    Silver over-drape (“Hennepin”/Silver #7580385): Casamance,
    Satin under-drapery (“Sosie”): Avant Garde/Master Fabrics,
    Chandelier (“Twig Pendant”/Brass on Brass with Bronze shade #9.91799): Global Views,
    Dining table (custom): Arte de Mexico,
    Chairs (“Hostess Chair” #5967-01): Lee Industries,
    Chair fabric (“Laguna” #3990311, discontinued): Casamance,
    Sofa: custom.
    Sofa fabric (“Rowell”/Shingle #Z184/01, Zinc Textile): Romo,
    Area rug (custom): Moattar,
    Table lamps by sofa (“Smoked Ice Smithe Lamp” #48572-701): Arteriors,
    Coffee table (“Fluted Table #9.91102): Global Views,
    Painting over mantel (by Martin Quen); art on wall to left of mantel (by Lun Tse): Deljou Art Group,
    Sculptures on mantel; figure on mantel: Asian artifacts.

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    Refreshing Kitchen

    Dark wood-beam ceilings in the kitchen were updated with acrylic and other contemporary light fixtures and glass backsplash tiles. The island, which grounds the room, is an unusual wood veneer the cabinetmaker found in Ukraine.

    “Kim really pushed us to use the latest products and use things in ways they hadn’t been used before,” Mills says. “She wanted to make sure the house looked fresh, not just now, but for years.”

    Kitchen cabinets were painted with several layers of a high-gloss, durable finish. The process required multiple applications and sandings to result in a surface that is as “hard as a rock,” Mills says. “It’s even shinier than a piano finish.”

    Wall tiles behind the range are glass backpainted with a double circle motif reminiscent of the Gucci logo. “I like how it complements the curve of the barrel ceiling,” the designer says.

    Cabinetry: Karpaty Cabinets,
    Cabinet hardware (“Classic Ring Pull”/Polished Nickel; “Classic Bar Pull”/Polished Nickel): Matthew Quinn Collection,
    Countertop (“Manhattan Marble”): Marmi Natural Stone,
    Backsplash tile in sink area; backsplash tile behind range (custom): Renaissance Tile & Bath,
    Main sink (“Shaw’s Original Fireclay Apron Front Sink” #RC3618): Rohl,
    Island sink (stone fabrication): custom.
    Faucets (“Henry”): Waterworks,
    Microwave (Carousel): Sharp,
    Range (by Wolf); refrigerator (by Sub-Zero): Sub-Zero/Wolf,
    Oven hood (“Toulouse Kitchen Hood” with “Provence” stack and corbels/Scagliola Stone): Francois & Co.,
    Pendant lights over island (“Skio 9-Light Linear Pendant” by ET2): AllModern,
    Acrylic light over sink: custom.
    Roman shades (“Sosie”): Avant Garde/Master Fabrics,
    Counter stools (#7001-51): Lee Industries,  

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    Bold Dining Room

    The dining room ceiling was papered with a silver-and-gold trellis wallcovering, and the windows draped with velvet fabric in turquoise, chartreuse, and brown. “It reminds me of peacock feathers,” the designer says. “The entire design is very transitional with happy colors. Now the house is very much Kim’s personality.”

    Ho-hum stained-wood chairs were stepped up with a glossy black lacquer finish.

    Wall and trim paint (“Intense White” #OC-51): Benjamin Moore,
    Wallpaper on ceiling (“Modern Trellis”/Silver #5003282): Schumacher,
    Drapery (“Cass”/Peacock #177172, colorway discontinued): Robert Allen,
    Chandelier; candleholders (green quartz) on table: Studio B5B Collection by Tish Mills,
    Area rug: Shaw Floors,
    Dining table (custom “King George Table” with a rest-on glass top, by Plexi-Craft): Smith Grubbs & Assoc.,
    Host chair: owner’s collection.
    Host-chair fabric (“Artio”/Peony #7486/02): Romo,
    Seat cushion on side-chairs (“Simply Velvet”/Peridot): Robert Allen,
    Side chairs (from Bolier, restyled): Harmonious Living by Tish Mills Interiors,
    Console; sculpture on console; table lamps; spiny sphere on table: owner’s collection.
    Art (by Martin Quen): Deljou Art Group,

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    Lively Bedroom

    A chest from GuildMaster and a “Marrakech” hanging lamp by Four Hands add touches of glamour. Venetian plaster over jute rope creates the vertical stripe effect on the walls. 

    Wall treatment (Venetian plaster): custom mix.
    Bed: owner’s collection.
    Bed fabric (“Shimmer Solid”/Pearl): Robert Allen,
    Coverlet (“Pearl”/Almond): Matouk,
    Pillow shams, back row (“Sesano”/Azure #7307/02, colorway discontinued): Romo,
    Pillow shams, middle row (“Ikat Pillow”/Peacock #9.92018): Global Views,
    Pillow sham, front: owner’s collection.
    Sofa (“Christie Sofa” #C735-85, Transitions Collection): The Charles Stewart Co.,
    Sofa fabric (“Morelli”/Cactus #7364/03): Romo,
    Occasional tables (“Ombre Side Table” #9.91817): Global Views,
    Area rug (custom): Moattar,
    Drapery (“Sosie” #120); drapery trim: Avant Garde/Master Fabrics,
    Bedside chest (“Newport Three-Drawer Dresser” #643506): GuildMaster,, through J. Douglas,
    Hanging light over bedside chest (“Marrakech Small Drop Lamp,” by Four Hands): Gilt,
    Art behind bed (by Prescott); art on wall to left of bed (Jinous Kani): Deljou Art Group,
    Bench at end of bed: discontinued.
    Bench fabric (“Fargo FR”/Lagoon #K5048/02, Kirby Design): Romo,

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    Master Suite

    Matching custom rugs link the bedroom and the hall to the bathroom. Art by Martin Quen from Deljou Art Group pops above a console table, which designer Tish Mills had painted a glossy white.  

    Console table (“Link Console” #2462 with custom modifications): Global Views,
    Lamps on console: owner’s collection.
    Art over console (Martin Quen): Deljou Art Group,
    Area rug (custom): Moattar,  

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    Pristine Master Bath

    A gorgeous signature tub is the focal point of the master bath. His and her vanities are on either side. 

    Tub (Origami Collection): BainUltra,
    Tub surround and shower (“Marseilles”); flooring (Calcutta Gold marble): Renaissance Tile & Bath,
    Tub fixtures (“Monterey Roman Tub Trim Set” #TO-4608; “Traditional Handshower and Diverter” #9125.HS, discontinued); shower fixtures (“Monterey Style Therm 3/4-inch Thermostatic Trim Only” # TO-THCN-46; “Monterey Wall Handle Trim Only” #TO-46-W; “Deco Swirl Style Drain Set” #9175-3; “Wall Mounted Handshower Kit” #9125; “42 Jet Showerhead” #SH-43): Cal Faucets,
    Window shades: Pindler & Pindler,
    Chandelier (“Diallo”): Arteriors,
    Table beside tub (“Madrid Lacquer Side Table” #19-89916-13670): Waterworks,

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    "Her" Vanity

    His and her vanities were glazed with a subtle trellis motif that repeats the laser-cut, marble-and-glass design on the tub surround.

    Cabinetry: Karpaty Cabinets,
    Countertops: Calcutta Gold marble.
    Hardware (Oval Pull/Chrome): Matthew Quinn Collection,
    Wallcovering (“Tuscany Leather”/Metallic Pewter #T6859): Thibaut,
    Sconces (“Chase 24-inch Bath Strip,” by Robert Abbey): Y Lighting,
    Vanity fixtures (“Monterey 8-inch Widespread Lavatory Faucet/Lever Handle” #4602): Cal Faucets,
    Art (by Helen Durant): Pryor Fine Art,
    Ottoman: custom.
    Ottoman fabric (“Bombay”/Blue #10096-02): Donghia,

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    Back Yard

    A screened porch off the keeping room steps down to the swimming pool and hot tub. 

    Furnishings and fabrics: owner’s collection.
    Pillow with circle pattern (“Super Paradise Print”/Punch #174321, by Trina Turk): Schumacher,

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    The property is accented by garden art.

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    Family Portrait

    Homeowners Kim and Mark Holifield with son River, 19, and niece Briana, 28. 

    Furnishings and fabrics: owner’s collection.
    Pillow on daybed (“Super Paradise Print”/Punch #174321, by Trina Turk): Schumacher,
    Area rug (“Bahia”/Dark Ivory #CL18, Coastal Living Collection): Jaipur Rugs,

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