Ten of Atlanta's best interior designers showed that imagination has no limits at our annual To Live and Dine event, inspired this year by Sherwin-Williams' 2021 color palettes.
Ashley Miller’s design is the perfect example of finessing cooler colors to create depth and warmth.
Ashley Miller Design
“I could envision my guests sitting on a veranda in the ambiance of candlelight, during a cool, dark evening while overlooking the Italian landscape,” says designer Ashley Miller. “That was instantly what I felt when I saw this wallcovering by Arte. I was immediately drawn to its rich color palette, as it allowed me to create an intimate space full of depth and warmth.” The scene as a whole is moody yet calming, featuring a custom tablecloth in velvet fabric and bullion trim from Schumacher, below a dramatic Michael Taylor chandelier sourced from Jim Thompson and accented by a rug from Eve and Staron Studio. To the side, a fabulous console from Bradley finishes the scene, making it feel as if you have stepped into the formal yet modern home of an Italian actress who’s moved past her time of film and into the rewarding stage of entertaining. Using the Sherwin-Williams color palette of Method and Ephemera, Miller was able to pull the deep, rich colors she identified with in the wallcovering and accomplish her Tuscan dinner partyscape.
Beth Brown’s team created a table of curiosities perfect for the adventurous entertainer.
Beth Brown Interiors
All projects have a starting point, and for Beth Brown and her team, it was the peacock that graced the Strathmore showroom window. What could make for a better centerpiece? This spark led the team to explore the curiosity cabinets of European nobility, a place where they would showcase beautiful and unusual objects of nature. Not only did these cabinets display their extensive collections, but they also worked as a vehicle to reflect status. Brown’s table does this as well, acting as a “table of curiosities” and reflecting the beauty of nature and the pride of elevated status. As a backdrop, Brown was inspired by the colors Coral Clay and Red Bay from the Sherwin-Williams Opus palette and chose Schumacher’s Giove wallpaper. The table itself featured place settings topped with amazing geode napkin rings sourced from Littlefield Home surrounded by bamboo chairs. Underneath, a rug from Designer Carpets reflected Sherwin-Williams’ Aleutian.
Longo stuck to her Southern tradition, using colorful china, gold bamboo flatware and a monogrammed napkin.
Bowdre Longo Interiors
“Born and raised in the South, I drew from my Southern roots with a classic table setting,” says designer Bowdre Longo. “Sherwin-Williams’ Dreamland color palette provided earthy tones and pops of color, giving my traditional approach a transitional feel.” Longo’s table featured two custom tablecloths by Fabricut and Rebecca Atwood topped with table settings sourced from Joseph Konrad and finished with linens from Gramercy Fine Linens. The whole setting felt like stepping into a home of the next generation of Southern women, still keeping with tradition while upgrading accents. The art piece, sourced from Anne Irwin Fine Art, that hangs over a console is a great example of that; framed by two textured blue and gold lamps, the abstract piece provides the perfect upgrade in an otherwise traditional setting. “Entertaining is about setting a mood,” says Longo, “and I hoped to achieve an inviting, comfortable setting with mine.”
Handpainted illustrations by Shin herself
LIA SHIN AND YOOMI HARRISON
Napkin and place setting details
C + H Interiors, candhinteriorsatl.com
Black and white stripes added to the drama of the table.
Drama is the key word in this design duo’s bold tableau. “We started off with a story in our heads of this dramatic dinner party,” says Lia Shin of C + H Interiors. “We even created characters with storylines and names,” which were illustrated by Shin on the black-and-white boldly striped back wall. Together with designer Yoomi Harrison, the pair used Sherwin-Williams’ color palette Ephemera to evoke classic and timeless motifs while upping the drama of the scene.
The whole tableau featured a table, bar cart full of goodies and console.
SHARON FALCHER AND SHERICA MAYNARD
Interior Design by S&S, interiordesignbysns.com
Using the Opus color palette as the main inspiration for their curated tablescape, mother-and-daughter design duo Sharon Falcher and Sherica Maynard went for a moody, modern maximalist aesthetic. “We went with the Opus color palette because it had some rich tones that we knew we could do something a little unexpected with,” says Falcher. The pair took on the challenge to include all five of the Sherwin-Williams Opus colors: Blackberry in the wallpaper and leather draped over the table, adding texture and depth; Iron Ore in the faux leather napkin accents; Coral Clay and Naval on the accent plates; and, finally, Red Bay in the feather details of the centerpiece. If industrial glam was a person, this would be their table setting, with a bar cart to the side and shot glasses in the center of the place settings—a modern take on traditional entertainment formalities. The designers sourced many of their pieces from Showroom 58 including the chandelier, lamps and accent table, which they utilized as a lamp riser; they sourced their wallpaper and bar cart from Innovations and antique mirroring tablescape from Atlanta Design Group. “We wanted this space to have a more moody feel with a bit of edge,” says Maynard. “We incorporated three metallic gold cowhides for some wow on the floor and to really bring the design full circle.”
By using classical and modern shapes in his accents, Williams really wanted to created a fusion style.
JUSTIN Q. WILLIAMS
Trademark Design Co. trademarkdesignco.com
HGTV’s Design Star: Next Gen contestant and fabulous Atlanta interior designer Justin Q. Williams and his team at Trademark Design Co. created an old-world-turned-modern tablescape. “We wanted an old-world, traditional design with a fun, modern aesthetic,” says Williams. Using color inspiration from Sherwin-Williams’ Ephemera palette, Williams utilized his favorite color green as the wall color and mixed in gold-leaf frames from My Favorite Place Flea Market and pages from his favorite books. The table itself featured a custom handpainted fabric by Williams’ friend Aurielle Jones of STUD. Pillows, topped with yellow flower bouquets “to complete its panache.” Modern-shaped chairs from Bradley surrounded the table while a lovely chandelier from Showroom 58 hung above.
The hints of amber in the tableware added the perfect glow to the scene.
Kit Castaldo Design, kitcastaldo.com
Here, interior designer Kit Castaldo and her team utilized Sherwin-Williams’ Method palette to create a truly modern yet warm space. “Organic neutrals and art deco silhouettes set the stage,” says Castaldo. “Our intention was to create a thoughtful tablescape using a warm palette of fresh florals, casual white dinnerware and napkins, and carefully arranged amber stemware coupled with luxurious furniture and art to create a perfect balance between modern luxury and modern organic.” The simplistic nature of the table makes a great case for minimalism as the materials used seem so purposeful and carefully curated. “At KCD we believe a few well-chosen pieces can make a big impact,” says the designer. Castaldo turned to Bradley when sourcing furniture and art, as well as Paul+, Habachy Designs and Tritter Feefer, who aided with art, accessories and lighting. Overall, the less-is-more mentality presented a scene that felt elevated, luxurious and fresh.
The screen behind the bed created the perfect contrast to the pastel colors used in the foreground.
The Jane Group, janegroupinc.com
Janie Wilburn and her team at The Jane Group took bed-and-breakfast to the next level when they introduced the first-ever bed at our annual To Live & Dine event. “We wanted to do something different too—so we embraced a rose-colored dreamy breakfast-in-bed theme,” says Wilburn. “We took our color cues from the Marble Rose fabric, including the Rosemary paint from Sherwin-Williams’ Dreamland palette.” The florals were larger than life, with two huge arrangements on either side that flowed over and danced across the bed, and linens were sourced from Peacock Alley. The designer took the flower theme all the way down to the place cards: “All are ladies’ names that come from the garden—Fleur, Rosemary, Daphne, Nolia,” says Wilburn. Behind the bed was a Chinese screen sourced from Interiors Market (as well as the urns from which the flowers flowed); fabric on the bed and pillows were from Cowtan & Tout; lighting was from Baker; and beneath it all was a rug from Moattar. The place settings featured pastels and, at the center, a sky-high pile of pink macaroons. “It had to be pretty and it had to be pink!” concludes Wilburn.
Moore’s Palm Beach scene as a whole
Kristan & Co., kristanandcompany.com
Accent flowers on the table offered even more pops of pink and green.
Nostalgia played a big role in the inspiration behind Kristan Moore of Kristan & Co.’s Palm Beach-esque design. “Sherwin-Williams’ Ephemera palette is bold and whimsical, and it evoked, for me, a nostalgic roaring ’20s Palm Beach energy,” says Moore. “I wanted to take you back in time for a sip of Champagne with a gathering of friends.” Using greens and pinks mixed with rattan, Moore was able to champion a perfect whimsical vibe using a cabana awning fitted with fabric from Romo (which also matched the slipcovers on the chairs) as well as curtains from Thibaut. Moore really wanted to frame her space and pull guests in and away from the world around them. The table itself was sourced from Tritter Feefer and accented by a chandelier and mirror from Made Goods, as well as a striking flamingo photograph that sealed the deal on Palm Beach style.
Lauterbach’s use of animation in the plates and words on the back wall perpetuated her table’s message.
Duett Design, duettdesign.com
Inspired by her travels, interior designer Katja Lauterbach of Duett Design chose a black-and-white set of Fornasetti plates featuring cheeky snapshots of a woman’s face as her starting point. “I wanted the design to be simple but significant,” says Lauterbach. This went from the plates to the wall behind her table, a collage of “strong words for powerful women, meant to inspire conversations around the table.” With a good foundation of black, white and muted colors reminiscent of Sherwin-Williams’ Opus palette, Lauterbach knew she wanted to add some amazing texture to the scene. She turned to Jennifer Rust Botanicals to create a living chandelier and centerpiece. “This piece is formed from suspended kokedamas, Japanese in origin, selected to introduce an organic element in both texture and form,” says Lauterbach. Overall, this table inspired by travel was the perfect place for a group of women to converse and cultivate success, adventure and friendship.