For his space in the Traditional Home showhouse, Atlanta designer Robert Brown created what he calls “more of an evening kind of house.” Colors are muted and “moody,” and fabrics are warm and inviting. “We don’t have a lot of bright colors; everything is very subtle,” he says.
Brown worked with Traditional Home editors and award-winning Atlanta builder Pam Sessions of Hedgewood Properties to create a townhouse for a young professional couple with no children. The residence was one of three townhouses in the Traditional Home Built for Women III Showhouse at Woodstock Downtown, an eco-sensitive and pedestrian-friendly community in the historic town of Woodstock, north of Atlanta. The 32-acre development includes townhomes, flats above commercial space, single-family homes, parks and trails, and retail and office space.
An antique wool rug on the chocolate-stained oak floors defines the sitting area of the living room, which is furnished with a mix of relaxed armchairs, a sofa, and an ottoman. “The living room is not overly formal,” Brown says. “We used feel-good fabrics with a little texture.” To keep a casual attitude, he avoided arranging objects in pairs. “The only pair we have is a pair of lamps.” To make it more inviting, “We wanted to break things up with different pieces of furniture.”
Interior design: Robert Brown, Robert Brown Interior Design, 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. N.E., Suite A5B, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404/917-1333, robertbrowninteriordesign.com.
Architect: Lew Oliver, Lew Oliver Inc. Whole Town Solutions, 100 Founders MI, Roswell GA 30075; 770/643-3938.
Kitchen design: Linda Pittam, ASID, Pittam Assoc. Inc., 1295 N. Decatur Rd. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30306; 404/373-7375.
Builder: Hedgewood Properties, Inc., 5920 Odell St., Cumming, GA 30040; 770/889-3667, hedgewoodhomes.com.
Photography: Colleen Duffley
Produced by Robert Young
Sofa (“High Back Shelter’’ #820-97, finish: American Walnut, Barbara Barry Collection in Baker fabric #93-508): Baker.
Table to right of sofa (“Station Chest’’ #4009); table to left of sofa (“Sabre Center Table’’ #4079), Bill Sofield Collection): Baker.
Table lamps (“Zun’’): McGuire.
Art over sofa: (Our Demons of our Own Making: Self Portrait as a Golem, by Michael David): Bill Lowe Gallery.
Fabric on sofa accent pillows (“Linissimo’’ #21033-577 and 21033-336): Hodsoll McKenzie through Zimmer + Rohde.
Fabric on ottoman; club chair and pillows on wing chair (“Simpliciano-02’’): Sheila Coombes through Zoffany.
Club chair (by Michael Taylor); coffee table (“Antique Thai Low Table’’ #T303-22/1805/10): Pierce Martin.
Wood-backed chair to left of sofa (“Ceres” #335-01): Ironies through Ainsworth-Noah.
Fabric on “Ceres’’ chair (“Islandia’’/ Bark): Beacon Hill.
Wing chair (“Tule’’ chair #366, finish: Desert): Ironies through Ainsworth-Noah.
Fabric on “Tule’’ chair (“Peruzzi’’ #NCF3790-03): Osborne & Little.
Drapery fabric (“Elcot’’/Putty): Beacon Hill.
Pharmacy lamp (“Casello”): through Ernest Gaspard & Associates.
Jade discs, antique jewelry: Ainsworth-Noah.
Calligraphy brushes: Mimi Williams.
Bowl by Thomas Pheasant, grasshopper: Baker, through Ainsworth-Noah.
Mirror: Fred Reed.
Rug (Antique Bajar #31792): Moattar.
Books: designer’s collection.