Better Together

Lauren Davenport takes a fresh look at her former work to reinvent a Peachtree Hills Place condo with youthful flair

Moving into a new home comes with the opportunity to reevaluate, take a hard look at your collections and determine what items really mean the most. For Atlanta empty nesters downsizing to Peachtree Hills Place, designer Lauren Davenport of Davenport Designs, Ltd. embraced the task of disassembling two homes she had previously helped design for the clients, editing and combining pieces to create a new oasis that feels like the best of both.

Shopping their second home in St. Simons and their primary residence in Atlanta, Davenport and her clients went room by room evaluating needs and wants for their new home. “We considered what we could use and what items the owners truly loved, while deciding which pieces they could hand down to their two daughters,” says Davenport.

After taking inventory, Davenport worked out a furniture plan on paper. Well-appointed rooms in both houses were split up and redistributed. “We broke up the old designs and moved pieces to where they would work best in this space,” she says.

For instance, the French commode in the foyer used to belong in a living room. That same room’s chandelier was formerly one of a pair that hung in the kitchen. The screen with the aviary scene that takes pride of position in the dining room was culled from a hallway. Occasional tables pulled from here and there serve as end tables in the keeping room. Larger collections, such as the Florentine trays now hanging in the bath and the tole trays in the living room, were divided and spread out into properly proportioned groupings.

“We were lucky to have two houses to choose from with a large amount of furniture and styles,” the designer says. “The only things we had to purchase were rugs and window treatments to fit the new space as well as some fabrics to tie the scheme together.”

Most of the upholstery was neutral, so Davenport let cherished artwork and accessories drive the fabric choices. In the more formal living room, Davenport re-skirted a pair of round end tables and added accent pillows in blue hues to complement the Donna Hughes marsh painting. The cool tone also found a home in the bedrooms. In the primary bedroom, Davenport pulled blue and green from the framed botanicals, painted the walls blue and used green in the pillows and drapery. “We already had the pillows, and fortunately, we were able to reorder more fabric for the window treatments.”

Elsewhere, Davenport found new spots to show off heirlooms, memorable pieces from travels and favored finds. “When we let things go, we didn’t lose any big heartbreakers,” says Davenport. Thanks to careful selections, both in scale
and sentiment, everything is exactly where it belongs.

INTERIOR DESIGN Lauren Davenport, Davenport Designs, Ltd, (404) 405-1788;