An oasis of art and tranquility, this condo at Atlanta’s One Museum Place is an art-lover’s dream

Facing the High Museum of Art, every night is a night at the museum for an Atlanta couple at their new condo

A previous version of this story did not report that Jared Hughes worked on many architectural and interior selections for this condo. The story has been updated to reflect this information. 

Ready to transition into a new phase of life, Frank and Karen Boykin recently moved from their home in Ansley Park into a light-filled condo at One Museum Place in Midtown Atlanta. The condo impressively faces the architecturally rich High Museum of Art, where they are members, and they wanted their new residence to reflect its surroundings. 

Previously designed by Jared Hughes, the homeowners incorporated many of the designer’s selections into their new space, including custom drapery, rugs, beds, and more. From there, interior designer Steve McKenzie of McKenzie Design drew inspiration from his client’s extensive art collection as well as the museum—which is on full display from almost every window. “I wanted to let the views and the art be the heroes of the home,” says McKenzie, who personally curated artwork for every space. “The museum plays a very informative role in the decor, as the condo’s interiors are reminiscent of what could be seen at the High.”

Sculptural sofas in the living room mirror the High’s exterior light scoops crafted by Italian architect Renzo Piano, while an ebony sculpture by Kevin McLean in the dining room calls to the ever-present The Shade sculpture by Auguste Rodin that holds court on the museum property. McKenzie’s artful interpretation is immediately set in the striking elevator foyer where a metallic ombré wallcovering is anchored by a modern Lily Harrington art piece that resides above an opposing 18th-century French commode. “I love a juxtaposition of contemporary art with antique furniture,” says McKenzie.

Big art moments are strategically placed throughout the condo, including a trio of abstract works placed near the dining table that feature tiny, seek-and-find birds. “Rooms should have art that sparks interesting conversations. I could picture guests at dinner parties trying to spot the warblers in the paintings,” says McKenzie. In the TV room, the designer fashioned a gallery wall of landscapes from the couple’s collection, all reframed in matching gold-tone frames. “They all work together and bring in a piece of their old lives.”

To celebrate the couple’s former award-winning garden that they had to leave behind, McKenzie wove a verdant green hue throughout the home, as well as worked with The Victorian Atlanta to dot spaces with custom plantings. His vision to bring the outside in is most evident in the grand entrance, where an expansive rug that sits atop the blond wood flooring feels as if you’ve stepped onto a lawn, and a striking ceiling-high bookshelf is splashed in a rich mossy green. The room’s accents also pay homage to a beautiful ginkgo tree on the museum’s lawn that can be seen from the windows. It’s all of these distinct details that have made the new condo feel like home for the Boykins. “I’ve found great joy in seeing how happy and proud they are of their new home,” says McKenzie, “and knowing that I helped them define what their new life is going to look like.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Steve McKenzie, McKenzie Design,, (404) 618-0422 PREVIOUS DESIGNER Jared Hughes, Jared Hughes Design,; (678) 235-4232