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Simply Serene Atlanta Home

A casual design provides a serene respite to a full, frantic life

Written by Candace Ord Manroe
  • Emily Minton-Redfield

    Household serenity and teenage triplets sound like a contradiction in terms. Add a single mom, heaven help her, and the domestic scene potentially grows even wackier.

    "We've definitely had our issues," laughingly concedes Atlanta homeowner Kathryn Kreimer, recently divorced mother of triplets Karl, Katrina, and Kimberly, and their older sister, Shelley, who lives at home between college terms. But life is good and relatively chaos-free. The triplets' individual iPods keep the daily decibels down, and a house redecorated in soothing water colors with splashes of sunshine turns the mood rings blue (that's good!) and spirits rosy.

  • Emily Minton-Redfield
  • Emily Minton-Redfield
  • Emily Minton-Redfield
  • Emily Minton-Redfield
  • Emily Minton-Redfield
  • Emily Minton-Redfield

    Blues abound in the design, many in the form of family art. "All of the pottery was designed by the triplets to go with our new decor," says Kathryn proudly. She finds the refreshed palette "relaxed and cheerful. The whites and creams are very relaxing, while the blues, yellows, and oranges lift my spirits."

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  • Emily Minton-Redfield

    "I fell in love with Swedish furniture because of its light color and classic design," Kathryn notes. She already owned the neoclassical side chairs, but they were in terrible shape. Re-covered in sexy turquoise leather and glitzed up with fresh silver gilt, they now exude envelope-pushing attitude.

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    Kathryn's favorite Swede is the family room's apothecary cabinet, but she also enjoys its kissing cousins-painted French and Italian antiques in similar scale and shape. A 19th-century French armoire and floor lamp contribute to the living room's multilingual conversation. "The Italian enfilade in the dining room has the same soft blues and yellows as the apothecary," Kathryn points out, and her early-19th-century painted Italian dining chairs display Louis XV flair. "The design reflects Kathryn: petite, sophisticated, sexy. And fun," says Williams.

  • Emily Minton-Redfield