Falling for Style
As fall arrives, three Atlanta-area designers share how they take cues from nature to set the stage for guests, gatherings and upcoming festivities.
Sophie Robertson, designer, blogger and owner of House to Home Design Co. has a soft spot for neutrals, textures, front porches and mason jars. Her favorite way to signal the change of season is with something simple yet noticeable.
“When styling for the holidays, I recommend finding pieces that you can easily switch out, making it affordable but updated. For example, centerpieces are my go-to for holiday decorating. You can swap out or add items that fit with the season or holiday (for example, pumpkins, berries, greenery) to integrate into your existing centerpiece or tablescape.” — Sophie Robertson
A Cozy & Chic Dining Space
Wedding stylist and floral designer Amanda Lankford spends her free time styling and redecorating her own home. She loves bringing the sights and textures of nature into her space and wanted her dining room to feel “organic, natural and cozy.” As a floral designer, she loves playing with centerpieces and arrangements that evoke the season and occasion.
The versatile Rylann Chandelier lends itself well to this cozy, navy room that can go from everyday to festive in a snap.
The adjoining conversation area in Lankford’s home has tall, sloping ceilings and large windows, which offer plenty of natural light and views of a nearby creek.
“This room is all about the windows, and you can literally see the seasons changing outside. The Pearson chandelier fits so perfectly; it is a grand show stopper, yet does not take away from the view. ” — Amanda Lankford
Had me at “Hello!”
For Lankford, nothing says “Welcome home!” like a beautiful front porch. She loves handcrafting seasonal wreaths for her front door. She also knew she needed durable outdoor fixtures that would hold up to the elements while looking great for many seasons to come. She opted for a pair of Braden wall lanterns from Capital Lighting to flank her door.
“I wanted a fixture that had craftsman character paired with a touch of industrial detail. Braden’s clean lines complement the home’s beautiful brick exteriors, creating the cozy, welcoming feel I want year round.” — Amanda Lankford
Bring Nature In with Elegant, Festive Touches
For Cristi Holcombe, owner of Cristi Holcombe Interiors, there is no better Christmas decor than live garland.
“I often wrap live garland around a door frame close to the kitchen area. Then I use small clothes pin clips to secure the cards to the garland. The live garland adds such a festive smell to kitchens.” — Cristi Holcombe
Holcombe also loves getting her guest room ready by switching out little details that speak to the season.
“A really easy way to add a festive touch to a guest room is to add an amaryllis in place of your everyday orchid.” — Cristi Holcombe