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