Color Story

A serene palette and subtle European touches creates harmony and comfort in a Buckhead home by Lauren DeLoach

Balancing elegance and serenity with a tangible sense of comfort, interior designer Lauren DeLoach managed some genuine alchemy when she transformed this elegant Tudor estate in Buckhead for a young family of five. Though originally conceived in 2003 by architect Stan Dixon, the home has a timeless quality thanks to DeLoach’s reliance on heritage antiques. “I am a big fan of antiques and brown furniture in general,” she confides. “I am always trying to use something that has some patina and history to ground a space.”

Part of the home’s soothing vibe is undoubtedly due to DeLoach leaning in to Scandinavian and Northern European touches, including whimsical trim on floor-to-ceiling curtains, original art and white- and blue-stained weathered antique chairs, like the ones in the open, airy breakfast room. A reproduction dining table gives the space an immediate informality, its round shape amenable to conversation.

Honoring the homeowner’s love of blue in both the public and private rooms, DeLoach used shades of periwinkle, navy, aqua and robin’s-egg blue to provide cohesion in the home. Nearby, the keeping room’s light blue-checked draperies hung in front of tall French doors create an enveloping effect, a technique she repeats throughout the home. A vaulted ceiling evokes the faint blue of Southern porches and helps to visually lower the space for a more intimate impact. DeLoach used the hue again in the kitchen, painting the cabinets in a soothing shade that feels both classic and on trend, considering the current move away from pure white kitchens.

“I’d done a blue kitchen a couple of years ago, and she’d always really loved that kitchen and wanted to evoke that same feeling in her house,” says DeLoach. For better flow and functionality, a former dining room was transformed into a comfortable, well-used family room. Upholstered walls and draperies in matching prints add a playful layer to the more intense, deeper blue tones seen in the furniture and accessories. “There’s a richer feel to this, more cozy,” says DeLoach. “When they draw the curtains closed at night and they are enveloped in all this upholstery, it’s very quiet and a really nice place to relax.”

Upstairs, the primary bedroom is a serene retreat. Drapery was carried up to the ceiling to make the space appear larger, while a charming window seat offers a cozy place for the homeowners to relax. Indeed, a printed grasscloth wallcovering that mimics metallic leafing strikes just the right restful note. “More textures and layers mean more softness and comfort,” says DeLoach. “We really just wanted to give the walls a little bit of personality.”

And applying this method throughout, the result is a warm, inviting hub for the family’s three children and their friends that feels unfussy and approachable, but without sacrificing refinement. “Continuity is super important to me,” says DeLoach. “I love that feeling of walking from one space to the next and having a relationship.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Lauren DeLoach, Lauren DeLoach Interiors, (404) 748-4932; BUILDER Michael Ladisic, Ladisic Fine Homes, (404) 495-0708; ORIGINAL BUILDER Brad Hodges ORIGINAL ARCHITECT Stan Dixon, D. Stanley Dixon Architect, Inc., (404) 574-1430;