A Mediterranean-Style House in Atlanta’s Ansley Park is Filled with Antiques, Family Heirlooms, and Colorful Personality

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn infuses an Ansley Park home with a fearless use of pattern and color

There’s a certain freedom that comes with a traditional floor plan. Unlike open-air interiors, each room can stand alone, forming their own personalities yet still sharing common interests. In this Mediterranean-style Ansley Park property, owners Allison and Ben Hill embraced the formality, working with interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn to give an individual voice to spaces throughout.

As avid collectors, the Hills had already acquired much of their furniture over the years, so their main request was to find a way to pull both new and old pieces together for seamless flow. Patrick Flynn’s solution: color—and lots of it. “When they bought the house, the walls throughout the main floor were a dusty shade of beige, which argued with all of the bold undertones of the clients’ furniture, rugs, and artwork,” says the designer. “We had to banish the beige.”

Brian embraced the Hill’s collections, uniting spaces with playful, yet sophisticated uses of color and pattern—allowing some spaces to speak loudly and others to serve as a quiet retreat.

In the kitchen, the cabinetry’s rich teal color brings a new attitude to passive white kitchen cabinets and puts a stronger focus on the exposed wood ceiling. “This is a lively, active family, so it needed to be more energetic,” says Patrick Flynn.

The dining room’s paprika hue has double the wow factor thanks to the home’s high ceilings and great moldings, which allowed the designer to make an impact quickly. Built-ins display heirloom Imari china and leather-bound books, a collection started by Ben on outings with Allison to Scott Antique Markets.

Some of those finds take pride of place in the den and piano room. In the den, grasscloth walls and a steel window envelop a traditionally furnished interior interspersed with notes of gold and glamour. A petite gilded French armchair, Gustavian-style bench from the Stalls at Bennett Street covered in a Travers stripe, and a gold-and-crystal chandelier introduce warmer tones and connect the space to the coral-infused piano room, a veritable music box and a favorite spot of Ben’s, who is a classically trained pianist.

Nearby, the office serves work-at-home needs and doubles as a mini art gallery. A painting of Preservation Hall in New Orleans, one of the couple’s favorite destinations, hangs on a back wall while smaller works hang on window frames. “Things seem to show up better in small spaces,” says Allison.

Another small space that makes a big impression includes the powder bath, with its acid green vanity and botanical French wallpaper. A guest bedroom painted in the same green brims with chinoiserie drapery and a Palm Beach-inspired striped accent wall. “The overall intention of the guest bedroom was to juxtapose feminine and masculine lines equally, and we did that with the patterns, scale, and colors,” says Patrick Flynn. “The bold grassy green with the bright hot pink strikes a really great balance.”

The bar, featuring a chinoiserie chest, plays well with the exotic tiger-print wallpaper while reinforcing the black and gold notes in the den. “The rooms are like our own little jewel boxes,” says Allison. “Brian listened to what we wanted and took us one step further.”  

INTERIOR DESIGN Brian Patrick Flynn, flynnsideout.com landscape DESIGNER Tracy Lurey, Lurey Landscape Design, (404) 919-8195; lureylandscape.com