khead abode has a high-contrast edge
Interior designer Anna Wooten blended the homeowners’ opposite styles—and nailed it
Ten years ago, no one would have expected a fusion of modern and industrial looks to thrive in a traditional house in Buckhead—particularly with the color black as a dominant theme. But the house that Anna Wooten Loggins (formerly with Amy Morris Interiors) designed for the Harrison family does just that. When Amy and Jay Harrison purchased this 1970s home last August, Anna Wooten was tasked with updating almost everything about the decor. “The interior had been a little more ‘glam’ than my clients liked,” Anna Wooten says. “Jay and Amy had different styles, so we had to work to marry his rustic style with her cleaner look.”
A previous owner had remodeled the kitchen and bathrooms, so the budget could be used for decorative updates rather than demolition. “Because of the very open design of our home, you really have one contiguous entertainment space right from the front door to the back of the living room,” Jay says. “Folks are blown away by the large metal window and doors in the back of the living room.” Since this dramatic, 10-foot-high wall of glass is seen from the front door, Anna Wooten kept the first floor monochromatic and understated, preferring to update with paint, lighting, and furnishings rather than with pattern.
The designer also went large for impact. Rustic wood now covers the fireplace from floor to ceiling and counterbalances the tall windows. Big-scale lights, like a dazzling black chandelier in the dining room and a duo of pendants in the kitchen, bring in a modern touch and create new focal points. The Harrisons’ old-fashioned furniture—mostly dark woods like cherry and maple—didn’t make the cut with the new-fashioned look. Streamlined new furnishings in grays, creams, and blacks are comfortable, kid-friendly (the pair have two children), and low-key enough to allow statement pieces to shine.
Anna Wooten also played with a black-white dynamic throughout the house. “Black is my favorite color, even though most people don’t find it a very happy color,” she says. “I’m a big fan of adding it to projects wherever I can.” A grass cloth wallcovering in her preferred color covers the dining room right off the foyer, looking all the more dramatic alongside white trim and lighter draperies. She continued adding black touches throughout the house to make it feel balanced and modern but not overbearing: a custom black ottoman and black print botanical pillows on the sofa in the living room, black side tables and trim on window treatments in the master bedroom.
The homeowners didn’t mind a little risk-taking and relished the result. “Our previous two houses were largely cookie-cutter,” Jay says. “This new home design is truly one-of-a-kind, thanks in large part to Anna Wooten’s decor. She literally touched and changed almost everything in the house—and nailed it.”
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