Sweet Sanctuary in Sandy Springs

Interior Designer, Angela Palmer, transforms gray and drab to chocolate and rich.

Empty nester professionals with a fast-paced lifestyle desired a special space for relaxation in this family room located on the second floor of a 6000 square foot traditional style home in an exclusive Sandy Springs neighborhood. The 13’W X15’L area, with a 9 foot ceiling, sits adjacent to the dining room, kitchen, and entry hall, and faces a landscaped backyard.

The couple craved a more comfortable and cozy room to relax in after dinner. The original room, with its various shades of gray, felt cold, drab, and small. A three-foot area for traffic flow exposed bare hardwoods, and all room furniture, of traditional and transitional elements, were confined to the inside of a center rug. Chairs deemed too small to accommodate a lengthy frame, and cushions, too soft for easy seating. 

The family room, part of a three-room remodel, became a transformation project to meet the clients’ needs.

Inviting yet functional vibe for lounging.

Cream custom furnishings with extra firm seating on the sofa and loveseat are added to accommodate the husband’s athletic frame. Upholstery fabrics are kept simple with solids in both contrasting and matching colors, with durability and ease of cleaning. An ottoman sports the same fabric and is secured with casters for easy movement.

Before: Small lamps scattered around the room wore dark shades and withheld light. Now: Three alabaster lamps with matte brass accents and adjustable height shades create inviting ambiance and task lighting.

The clients’ lifelong collection of travel books on one full wall, displayed in their original bindings, to provide a more stately look, adds an extra calm to the room.

Visually connect and enlarge the living space.

Decor and walls are soaked in a rich shade of chocolate. A 100% white wool carpet with high durability overlays the entire flooring.

Celebrate treasured art works.

Awarded as the focal point of the room, the original abstract art with its bold colors and gold-leafed frame, pops against the darker wall, above the sofa. The coffee table is mahogany wood, with a tiered shelf design to accommodate a beloved collection of blown glass art. 


Walls and shelving interiors: Benjamin Moore Tudor Brown, Eggshell finish.

Trim and Cabinetry: Custom matched white, semi-gloss. Hardware: brushed brass.

Ceiling: Custom matched white, flat finish trim.

Peachtree City Interior Designer, Angela Palmer, has been transforming and remodeling homes since 2006. A winner of design competitions with works in national and local magazines, Angela feels that she can “deliver the best outcomes” for her clients from her full-service studio. Angela devotes her spare time as a spouse, cat mom, family advisor, foodie, and serial renovator of six personal homes! Palmer Kay Design. angie@palmerkaydesign. 770-487-4455. 

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