A Buckhead Home for a Local Creator is as Fashion-Forward as the Family Who Lives There

We’re influenced—designed by Courtney Giles, this mood-boosting home for famed Atlanta creator J.Cathell makes its own fashion statement

It’s a swoon-worthy home deserving of social media fame, which makes sense when you realize it’s the residence of popular Atlanta fashion creator and lifestyle tastemaker Jess Cathell of J.Cathell, and her husband, Matt. When Cathell was ready to refresh their Buckhead abode, she enlisted designer Courtney Decker of Courtney Giles Interiors to match the home (originally designed and built in 2009 by architect Duane Stone) to her stylish career, while catering to the active lifestyle of her three young girls. “Jess has a solid grasp on what she likes and what works together because of her fashion background and building outfits,” says Decker. “While it’s a different arena from interior design, she understands layering, mixing different textures, and pops of color. That made it easy for me.”

Decker created a youthful, feel-good home bragging happy hues, bold wallpapers, and furniture wrapped in livable fabrics that can withstand the family’s active lifestyle. The designer started by lightening and brightening the family room—where she kept the backdrop neutral but added pops of blues inspired by the room’s contemporary painting. She also swathed ivory couches in kid-friendly fabrics and created mirrored custom built-in cabinets, not only to hide the TV, but with bifold doors to prevent the children from running into it.

The family room’s dashes of blue set the tone for the first floor, including in the nearby sunroom, where animal and ikat print pillows and a patterned rug ground the space. The primary bedroom breaks the color code with orange details—Cathell’s favorite color—and flows into the creator’s office, which Decker transformed into “an oasis and inspirational workspace” by enveloping the formerly white walls in a blue-green color for a cozy feel. Built-ins display Cathell’s books, mementos, and other fashionable baubles.

Rooms upstairs are brimming with sweet details and big personalities, where Decker allowed the girls—ages 8, 9, and 11—to weigh in on the design of their bedrooms. The oldest daughter’s room is a pink dream with a darling bed canopy and glam details like a mirrored nightstand. “It’s sweet, but sophisticated at the same time,” says Decker. The middle daughter’s room features lavender-striped wallpaper, patterned storage ottomans, and a dark purple headboard, while the youngest daughter’s room stands out with its bold floral print wallpaper and soft blush hues.

More joyful details cloak the communal spaces and invite gathering—from a “hang room” for the girls decked out in blue buffalo-check wallpaper and a green sectional for lounging, to another guest bedroom that serves as a restful retreat. The nearby basement TV room is perfectly positioned for sleepovers, fitted with two L-shape sectionals and triangle ottomans that can easily be rearranged. Even the lavender laundry room doubles as an arts-and-crafts hub for the daughters, where Decker anchored the room with light fixtures draped in custom shades and Hayden Paints painted a geometric pattern on the floor. “It’s always fun when a client allows you to display creativity like this,” she says. The result is a perfect dwelling for a digital creative in real life. “The house reflects her personality and fits their family perfectly.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Courtney Decker, Courtney Giles Interiors, (404)-791-3404; courtneygiles.com ARCHITECT Duane Stone, Duane Stone & Associates, Inc., (404) 325-4907