Pink Dining Room

Walls papered in “Balata” by Manuel Canovas for Cowtan & Tout give the dining room a tropical vibe. The crystal chandelier is original to the house, and the white lamps are vintage finds from Florida. 

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Dining Room Bar Cart

A gold-leaf bar cart from Worlds Away and glittering glassware lend drama in the dining room.

Dining Chair Details

Hickory Chair dining chairs with seats upholstered in Stark’s “Bimini Road” set the exuberant color scheme.

Family Room

In the new open-floor-plan addition, the family room, kitchen, and breakfast niche share one space. Designer Katie Rosenfeld connected the rooms with color. “I took all the colors in the ‘Maharani’ fabric in the kitchen and distributed them in little bits in the family room,” she says. 

Sunroom

Atlanta architectural designer Frank Neely designed steel doors for the existing arched exits in the sunroom and for the new family room.

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Sunroom

Colorful artwork in the sunroom keeps the home's bright palette moving throughout every room.

Exterior

Cleaning the yellow brick, re-hanging the iron Juliet balconies (found serving as a makeshift planter in the backyard), and re-creating the porte cochere restored the house to its original look.

Homeowners

Katie and Sedgie Newsom in their new family room.

Breakfast Room

The “Maharani” drapery fabric from Osborne & Little inspired much of the house’s color scheme. A vintage brass chinoiserie chandelier hangs above the modern Saarinen table. 

Kitchen

Sedgie Newsom agreed to the green glass tile and pink accents as long as he got a Thermador range. The island with stools upholstered in an indoor-outdoor fabric is a favorite spot to hang out. 

Butler's Pantry

Cabinets and walls are painted Benjamin Moore’s “Rosemary Green.” White marble countertops and backsplash keep the bold color from overwhelming. 

Colorful Mudroom

The “Best in Show” wallpaper choice was a nod to the Newsoms’ lab-shepherd mix, Max.

Stair Hall

The crystal chandelier from Currey & Co. glitters above a painting by Ursula O’Farrell from Pryor Fine Art. 

Master Bedroom

The valance’s “Pagoda River” fabric from Zoffany appealed to Katie’s love of chinoiserie. The “Somali Panther Loop” rug is from Stark.

"I always start my designs with textiles—usually for the windows. Textiles become my springboard for building a palette," says designer Katie Rosenfeld.

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Bedroom Light

A pendant light hangs above the bed, adding a hint of feminine allure to the space.

Master Bath

“Poppies” wallpaper from Sanderson and a vanity in Benjamin Moore’s “Stem Green” brighten the bath.

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Pink in Every Room

An Atlanta home boasts colorful Florida Style

Written by Amy Elbert
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Lisa Mowry

Katie Newsom’s boldly colored Kate Spade outfit was the first clue. “One look at her and I knew where we needed to go,” laughs Boston interior designer Katie Rosenfeld. “She arrived decked out in Kate Spade, everything pink. She told me she wanted pink in every single room of her house.” Preferably, hot pink. Rosenfeld, herself a fan of bold colors, was tickled (OK, we won’t say how tickled) to take on the assignment, and affectionately dubbed Katie “the pink lady” on her design blog.

Katie and her husband, Sedgie, were ready to renovate a 1925 Mediterranean Revival house in Atlanta in 2011 when she found a feature about Rosenfeld on a design blog called Chinoiserie Chic. “I clicked through to her site and loved every room,” Katie says. A phone call confirmed her instincts. Even though Rosenfeld lived miles away, she totally grasped Katie’s vibrant vision. 

Not only did the two Katies share a love of color, the women discovered they attended Boston College at the same time and, although they didn’t know each other, had many common friends. They’re both Southerners (Rosenfeld is from Florida) and share a passion for chinoiserie and Florida-inspired design.

“I joke that she is my decorating soul mate. She understood how much color I wanted, how bright, and how far I was willing to go with that. And she had a way of doing it that feels sophisticated and in keeping with the house—not cute,” Katie says. “I pretty much loved everything she showed me.”

As Rosenfeld and Katie gushed over stacks of exuberantly patterned and colored fabrics, Sedgie was less enthusiastic. After all, how many men want a home swathed in pink? So the golf-loving dentist struck a deal with his attorney wife. “My sweet husband said OK to all the pink in exchange for unlimited golfing privileges,” Katie says, with a laugh. “That was fine with me.” Sedgie did have one caveat: The design couldn’t be “sissy-ish.”

Rosenfeld ensured that was not the case by mixing a variety of red, hot pink, peach, and orange shades with other colors and patterns that pushed the design to upscale Florida rather than ultra-feminine. Patterns are large scale and graphic instead of dainty and sweet.

Even in the dining room—probably the pinkest room in the house with its bubble-gum pink wallcovering—hints of orange-red, acid-green, and graphic white accents, along with a room-grounding oak floor, suppress any sissy tendencies.

As the design came together, Katie and Rosenfeld talked and texted daily. The designer created digital mood boards, pulling images of fabrics and furnishings that Katie could view electronically. “We spent a lot of time on Skype going through things. Working long distance was easy,” Rosenfeld says. She also shipped packets of fabric swatches, bundled by room and labeled by use, so Katie could touch and feel the textiles.

The designer made a couple of site visits to Atlanta and the two women also met up in Atlanta and Boston in 2011 and ’12 for shopping trips for fabrics, furniture, lighting, plumbing fixtures, andappliances. Rosenfeld confidently nabbed a few items on her own, too, including a pair of oversized vintage Blanc de Chine lamp bases she spotted in Florida. “I shipped them to Katie, and she flipped. I knew they would be perfect on that credenza in the dining room. The fruit bases look like the pattern of the wallpaper.”

While Katie made the color calls, Sedgie ruled in the kitchen design. “Sedgie is a huge cook, and he knew how he wanted the kitchen to function,” says Rosenfeld. “The open plan to the family room was important to him so he could cook and watch the Ole Miss games.”

Dishwashers and pullout garbage bins are installed on either side of the island sink, allowing for multiple cooks and caterers when the Newsoms entertain. The island serves as a buffet serving surface for large dinner parties, as well as a sunny place for Katie to hang out and work on her computer.

A new, larger kitchen and family room were the main reasons for the renovation. Previously, the 2,500-square-foot home had a tiny kitchen in the back and an unattractive center stairway (a 1970s redo) that blocked traffic flow and made the main level feel choppy. Atlanta architectural designer Frank Neely suggested tearing out the ’70s staircase and building a new, more period-appropriate one in the back of the house near the living room.

“Moving the stairs was a game changer,” Katie says. “It opened up the main level and helped us reconfigure the upstairs as well.” A 1,000-square-foot single-level addition at the back gave the Newsoms a combination kitchen-family room with arched steel French doors, which Neely designed, that open to a terrace. Bright green backsplash tiles pop against white cabinetry, and the vivid color is repeated in the adjoining butler’s pantry.

Initially, Rosenfeld wasn’t on board with using greens with Katie’s beloved pink, fearing it would be too cutesy. “I fought her on using pink and green together, but when I found the Osborne & Little ‘Maharani’ fabric for the kitchen windows, that made it OK for me. The green was such an acid yellow-green that it took all the pink-and-green cuteness out,” says Rosenfeld.

“That green is not for everyone,” she adds, “but it’s Katie. The whole house looks just like her. And that’s the goal—for a house to look like the client and not the designer.”

Although the house is completed, Katie and Rosenfeld still stay in touch, calling and texting nearly every day. “I’m trying to get her more business in Atlanta so she’ll keep coming back,” Katie says. Rosenfeld adds, “I think we’ll be friends for life.”

Architect: Frank Neely, Frank Neely Design Assoc., 1447 Peachtree St. N.E., Suite 844, Atlanta, GA 30309; 404/817-0807, neelydesign.com.
Interior design: Katie Rosenfeld, Katie Rosenfeld Design, 23 Bogle St., Weston , MA 02493; 339/222-9964, katierosenfelddesign.com.  

Produced by Lisa Mowry
Photography: Emily Jenkins Followill

Mantel (walnut); iron gate: original to house.
Rug (“Pecola,” Sisal Collection): Stark, starkcarpet.com.
Paint (“Wimborne White” #239): Farrow & Ball, farrow-ball.com.
Drapery (“Penelope”/Prune, Rouge #4726-03, by Manuel Canovas): Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com.
Sofa (“Siena” 78-inch): Duralee, duralee.com.
Sofa fabric (“Varese”/Damson #F1190/44, by Designers Guild): Osborne & Little, osborneandlittle.com.
Flamestitch pillows (“Angelina”/Bleu #F2883002): Pierre Frey, pierrefrey.com.
Gold linen glimmer pillows (“Glimmer”/Pale Gold #62630): Schumacher, fschumacher.com.
Turquoise trim (“1.5-inch Sabine Border”/Caribe #977-56041-29); bobble trim (“RTC Roulette Fringe”/Flamingo#985-46528-13, Roger Thomas Collection): Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons.com.
Marble-topped table by sofa: vintage.
Lounge chair (custom, “Maurice Chair”): Duralee, duralee.com.
Ottoman (“Dover Rectangular Ottoman” #3908): Century Furniture, centuryfurniture.com.
Chair fabric (“Amaya”/Corail #07740002, by Boussac); ottoman fabric (“Dora”/Violine, by Boussac): Pierre Frey, pierrefrey.com.
Art behind sofa (by Elena Zolotnitsky); art over mantel (by Michael Schultheis): Pryor Fine Art, pryorfineart.com.
Teardrop floor lamp (“Sabine Lamp”): Arteriors, arteriorshome.com.
Dragons by fireplace (vintage): Circa Who, circawho.com.
Basket in fireplace; basket on ottoman: Crate & Barrel, crateandbarrel.com.
Ceiling light (“Trillion Flush Mount” #SN4001): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com

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