Bold design choices and eye-catching accessories transform a Midtown duplex

An oversized pendant in the dining room is from Arteriors. Drew and Janson ordered the custom wooden table, and Shelby specified pottery from various artists to continue the handmade look.

Photograph by Christina Wedge

Looking for clues about her new clients, interior designer Shelby Adamson noticed nifty coffee table books, a handcrafted dining table, and Jonathan Adler accessories in their Midtown home — all good signs that they were on the same wavelength. “I quickly realized that they had a strong sense of high-end design, with a bit of an edge,” she says. Newly married couple Drew Standrod and Janson Morehead confirmed it was all about adding stunning factors and cited “West Coast modern” as their guiding style, which was music to Shelby’s ears. Their new white duplex was a blank slate, but the couple had good art and light fixtures as a starting point.

Owners (left to right) Janson Morehead (a human resources professional) and Drew Standrod (who works in the tech industry) have transformed an unused bedroom into a multipurpose living room, anchoring it in saturated colors and a beloved zebra photo. Designer Shelby Adamson used the linear pattern of zebra stripes as a starting point for just the right amount of pattern, adding striped elements with the McGee & Co. side table and rug. A sofa from CB2 is in charcoal velvet .

Photograph by Christina Wedge

Touches of teal
“Drew and Janson wanted their house to be ‘a while,’ and I think we achieved that,” says Shelby, whose business name is Little Black Fox. An unused bonus room offered the option of painting the walls a high-gloss teal (“Pacific Sea Teal” by Benjamin Moore). “This color creates the perfect space to sit down, have a cocktail and put some vinyl on. It’s bold, yet understated,” adds the designer. Other key features include matching teal curtains and a custom window seat , while keeping the art of the zebra as a focal point.

Bold design choices and eye-catching accessories transform a Midtown duplex
Crisp white bedding with black trim from Restoration Hardware contrasts the black walls in the master bedroom, while a multi-colored rug from Designer Rug Warehouse on the Westside ties it all together.

Photograph by Christina Wedge

Back to black
“We wanted to be bold in the master bedroom, so we did that with beautiful artwork and Sherwin Williams’ ‘Bohemian Black’ on the wall,” says the designer. “The house is now sophisticated and sexy.” His advice to anyone considering a darkroom? Do it. In this case, white bedding with black trim and a lighter rug vary the texture and contrast with the sultry walls. Continuing the theme, Shelby also painted the kitchen island and range hood black.

Bold design choices and eye-catching accessories transform a Midtown duplex
Benjamin Moore’s “Rust” makes a dynamic statement on the guest bedroom walls and ceiling. The ceramic and textile wall art is by Brooklyn-based Adelaide Veysseire. The chair is from Jayson Home and the lighting is Shades of Light.

Photograph by Christina Wedge

Trust Rust
To breathe new life into a guest bedroom with existing furniture, Shelby wrapped the room in a playful rust orange stripe. A hide rug and textured accessories play up the earthy theme. As with the other pieces, the couple wanted the props and art to reflect their travels and interests. “One of their goals was to bring the essence of the boutique hotels they’ve frequented around the world, like the Chromata in Santorini or the Zadun in Cabo, into their home,” says Shelby. “We wanted to capture this idea of ​​each space reflecting local flavor with high-end design.”

This article originally appeared in our Winter 2021 issue of HOUSE of Atlanta Magazine.

Dora W. Clawson