California modern design and a vivid color palette usher this senior couple into the next stage of a well-lived life.
A gorgeous blue sofa by Room & Board grounds the living room, providing both a focal point and ample seating.
Davis created a gallery wall using the clients’ existing art collection
They say home is where the heart is, so when two Los Angeles natives’ heartstrings pulled them toward their Atlantan children and grandchildren, Jessica Davis of Atelier Davis knew their new home must hold the essence of both beloved cities. “We wanted the space to nod to California modern, but also feel warm and inviting when Georgia gets into its rainy season,” shares Davis. With the clients balancing both a cross-country move and the transition into a retirement community, it felt imperative that their new home accurately reflect their long and well-lived lives while also providing the perfect gathering area. According to Davis, “the space feels like anything but senior living.” A color palette of rusty oranges, teals, blues and greens juxtaposed with pops of black and white fills the condo with life, giving space to make precious family memories and foster grandchildren’s imaginations. Every nook and cranny feels intimately reflective of the couple, from the stone sculptures expertly hewn by the client to the twin beds lovingly made with granddaughters in mind.
Davis grounded the home through the windowless entry with moody, dark walls that draw the eye inside the home.
When designing the condo’s interiors, Davis expertly navigated existing design elements to create a coherent sunny, modern West Coast design throughout. She grounded the home through the windowless entry, painting the walls a moody, almost-black color to create an enveloping feel and draw the eye inside the home. Just beyond, Davis’ handiwork breaks down the wide-open space into separate yet cohesive living areas. The team had to design with existing finish selections, such as mushroom cabinets and white countertops, in mind. “We decided to treat these as a sort of neutral backdrop and use fun colors to punch things up,” she says. She created points of interest through design details such as orange Kartell light fixtures, which play off the scalloped Fireclay backsplash tile and houndstooth Room & Board counter stools. The resulting design allows the eye to comfortably rest on any single element while never tiring of the space overall.
“The black reeded credenza anchors this space and the Room & Board lamp ties in all the colors subtly,” says Davis of the dining room.
“We wanted the space to nod to California modern, but also feel warm and inviting when Georgia gets into its rainy season.” - Jessica Davis
Davis expertly navigated existing finish selections, such as the kitchen’s mushroom cabinetry, by grounding the space through them and adding pops of color.
Davis kept the dining room, directly off the kitchen, quieter to serve as a linking space into the living area. Black and white chairs from West Elm and a luxurious Jonathan Adler table provide the main elements, while clever additions also shine. “The black reeded credenza anchors this space and the Room & Board lamp ties in all the colors subtly,” Davis shares. Just beyond, a gorgeous midcentury style teal sofa by Room & Board provides ample seating while a colorful graphic rug and large custom built-in cabinetry round off the design. “We used the clients’ existing art to create a gallery wall,” says Davis. In the primary bedroom, Davis pushed the color palette slightly deeper with blue grass cloth wallpaper by Arte and touches of rusty orange. Texture reigns as king of the space, from the linen on the bed to the weave of the baskets adorning the wall. The guest room takes a similar approach, with a custom floral headboard flanking the twin beds, allowing them to be pushed together to create a king. Perhaps Davis’ favorite design element, the powder room’s striking wallpaper ties in the entire color palette. “We decided to go bold here since it’s a small and less-used space,” Davis shares.
The guest room features a bespoke floral headboard behind the twin beds, allowing the two to transform into a king-size bed as desired.
Upon reflecting on the project, Davis says, “I loved that the clients were really open to color. They really let us push them out of their comfort zone with things like the wallpaper and orange pendant lights, and in the end it all turned out great.” A transitional time provides the perfect chance to find strength in newness, and for this couple, bold and courageous design doubtlessly paid off.
Davis went bold in the powder room, adorning the small space with a striking Kravet wallpaper to tie in the home’s bright color palette.
Davis brought in greenery and refined outdoor furniture to liven up this corner of the condo’s terrace.
Jessica Davis, Atelier Davis
Crate & Barrel
Dining credenza, coffee table, guest room lamp, guest room nightstand
Room & Board
Lounge chair, houndstooth counter stools, dining room lamp, living room sofa
Powder room wallpaper
Nest Studio Collection
Powder and guest room hardware
Kitchen light fixtures
Kitchen backsplash tile
Dining room chairs
Dining room table
Primary bedroom wallpaper