Southeastern Showhouse 2017

I am writing this post as much for my benefit as for anyone else; this home was incredibly inspiring, inside and out, and a recap of my visit seems a great way to remember all the little details.

First, yes, the Showhouse happened in the spring - my husband and I visited in April (home tours are one of my favorite types of day dates).  But! Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle's September issue is all about the Showhouse, so I figure it is still a timely topic.

It was really fun to see the work of so many designers I follow on Instagram and Pinterest (including a few whose paths I have crossed in real life as well).  As lovely as all those little IG squares can be, seeing their work in person was such a thrill. Atlanta, & the South in general, is full of talent and I loved seeing rooms that both inspired and encouraged me. Some of the rooms were so similar to my style and taste (albeit on a different budget lol) that they provided reassurance to continue to trust my gut in my own projects, my personal home included.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get pictures of all of the spaces due to the crowds (yet another reason to check out AH&L) so I'm not able to share every room, but here are some snippets from our visit (prepare for a barrage of iPhone photos):


Anna Braund's hallway - the colors felt both fresh and comforting at the same time.  And I always love it when books pop up in unexpected places; a home that is full of books brings me so much joy.   Anna is from my hometown, and completed one of my favorite local projects (check it out, here).  I would often pass it during walks with my babies while it was still being built, and I was excited to find the interior tour on her website. 


The bedroom by Tristan Harstan ranks as one of my very favorite bedrooms of any showhouse, ever.  I have used these same colors in my own bedroom multiple times in the past, and my design for our new home has many similar elements: checks, florals, blue and white, neutral rug with a hint of blue, pleated lampshades, touches of black and brass, etc. (you can see a hint of it in this IG post), Seeing it all put together so beautifully kicked my plans up a notch.  I absolutely ADORE all of the gorgeous fabric in this room.  I really could have stayed in this room for hours, taking in every detail. 

As I mentioned, the exterior/landscaping details were just as fabulous as the inside of the house.  We took lots of notes as our new yard is pretty bare.  The home overlooked a nearby school/athletic fields; it seemed like it would be fun to sit out on the patio and enjoy the muted roar of the crowd during games.

Tracery Interiors, located in our favorite place to escape (30-A in NW Florida), designed this fun room at the very top of the stairs.  I loved the built-in and the double beds around the window that provided extra room for sleeping/reading.

Sarah Bartholomew's bedroom was a gorgeous example of attention to detail.  I loved the peek of the contrasting fabric on the window treatments, and the use of the red trim throughout the room - especially in the arch of the window area!

Gordon Dunning had a little hideaway spot in one of the home's nooks and crannies.  I thought about taking that rug home with me ;)  These ladies excel in bringing fun and color into all of their spaces, and this room was no exception.

Lauren DeLoach's kitchen was probably the room I was most anxious to see before our visit, and it did not disappoint! The color, fabrics, built-ins, lighting - all just so, so good.  It was traditional with a twist, modern and classic at the same time.  Her portfolio is full of some of my very favorite kitchens; I don't know if I can pick a favorite.

To see more, check out the Showhouse website, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, or the websites of all of the talented designers, including (amongst many others) Tammy Connor, Huff-Dewberry, Phoebe Howard, Chad James, Margaret Kirkland, and Jackye Lanham.


Master Bath Renovation

This master bathroom was so much fun.  The clients are precious, kind people and we worked really well together.  The project was mostly e-design (aka text design 😉) with a few home visits sprinkled in, and we are all thrilled with the results.  Their style can best be described as one that favors warm neutrals with touches of industrial and farmhouse.  I tried to stay true to their aesthetic, and made sure to offer choices that fit at least one of those three categories; my client would then make the final choice (sometimes with my input, sometimes without) and acted as project manager for the entire job.  I think she did great!

I was first hired to simply update the master bath.  However, once the ball started rolling, more & more changes were made until the clients ended up with a completely new space.  What is it that they say...if you give a mouse a cookie?  This was definitely one of those cases, but it was so worth it!

They had painted the bathroom cabinets & the walls years ago, but had not touched the space since then.  Some befores (excuse the iPhone quality):

The shower was too small & too short, tub was taking up valuable floor space, and the overall room felt dark, in spite of the light wall color.

Requests included more storage, a larger shower, and a standalone tub.  We decided on a monochromatic look, spurred by the beauty of the mushroom colored subway tile we both loved at first sight  - and which was of course discontinued right before we placed our order.  Such is real life, and we found a happy second choice that still brought character and warmth to the room.  I also adore the shiplap tub surround.

And after:

Painting the large picture window trim a dark color brought the outdoors in; adding a beautiful chandelier over the tub ensured this special area became the focal point of the room.  I also love the warmth that the tile floors bring in; they look so much like real wood flooring but are perfect for a wet space like a bathroom.

To address the need for more storage, we kept the base cabinets and had custom countertop cabinets made for each vanity area.  No more baskets of products taking over the counter space!

We also focused on the closet hallway connecting the master bedroom and bath.  New paint, new lighting, and custom mirrored sliding doors give a glimpse of the beauty that lies ahead. 

I am grateful for the chance to work on this fun, beautiful space and blessed by the nicest clients.  If you would like to update a space in your home, please contact me at hcbinteriors(at)gmail.com

Photography: Jon Cox Photography
Design: hcb interiors


Spring Dining Room with Arhaus

I absolutely love to dine outdoors.  There is something about it that makes every meal feel special, even if we are just throwing hot dogs & burgers on the grill.  However, the heat of GA summers allows us only a few weeks each spring & fall to enjoy our meals al fresco.  I felt inspired to design an indoor space that would make us feel like we were eating outside, minus the bug bites and humidity. :) 

I decided the best way to freshen up for the season was to bring spring inside.  The vibrant color & print of Schumacher's Chenonceau wallcovering in Aloe was the perfect starting point.    

I added Arhaus' Wilhelm table in a natural wood tone, along with the gorgeous Alice dining chairs for contrast & comfort.  Circa's Armillary Sphere Chandelier is yet another nod to the outdoors.  And what's a great dinner party, indoors or out, without a bar cart for serving custom cocktails (or a cold glass of Chardonnay, as is my preference)?   The faux rattan of the Revah outdoor cart adds a fun & casual vibe to the room. 

Finally, I would be remiss to design a Southern dining room without monograms & plates on the walls. These acrylic wine glasses are perfect for parties, and I love the scalloped edge of the Avignon dinner plates.  You can visit Arhaus here, or click here for more dining room inspiration.

Thanks, Arhaus, for giving me the chance to dream up a fun space for spring.  Cheers!


NEW SERVICES! The Mini-Consult and Design for the Military

I am SO excited to announce two new services I am offering for 2017!  I've actually been providing the mini-consult service for a few years, but am just now making it an official option. 

The mini-consult focuses on only one area of your room. You can choose from a large range of options, including but not limited to:
  • art/mirrors
  • window treatments
  • rugs/flooring
  • paint
  • accessories
  • styling
  • fabric
For example, one of my more recent mini-consults was for a client who needed help freshening up her living room.  She didn't want to change the furniture or the stained built-ins, but she wanted to make the room lighter and brighter.  She hired me for a paint consult and an accessories consult.  Simply changing the walls from a dark yellow to a light neutral and swapping out the hardware on the built-ins for a more modern pull instantly updated the entire room.  And she paid a fraction of the price of a fully designed room. 

The mini-consult allows you to pick and choose which spot in your home needs attention without paying the price of a full-room design.  It is the best way to get professional advice at an affordable price! 

The other new service I'm offering is design for the military.  As a veteran's wife, I understand the challenge of moving often, of every new home being entirely different from the last in both size and design, and of losing items in transit from one home to another. 

Design for the military focuses on providing items that will transition from one duty station to the next or on creating an affordable, temporary solution for each home.  All active-duty military and veterans receive a 5% discount.

I would be so honored to help you design the home you love.  Click here to find out more about any of the services I offer or contact me at hcbinteriors@gmail.com to get started!