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.

Statement-Making (Center)Pieces

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

Robertson’s personal style leans towards statement pieces like the Rylann Chandelier and classic details such as upholstered chairs with nail head trim to elevate a subtle, refined space.

Rylann Chandelier from Capital Lighting | Sophie Robertson

Tablescape by Sophie Robertson

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.

Amanda Lankford’s floral tablescape (Photo by Four Corners Photography)

The versatile Rylann Chandelier lends itself well to this cozy, navy room that can go from everyday to festive in a snap.

Rylann Chandelier from Capital Lighting in Amanda Lankford’s Dining Room (Photo by Four Corners Photography)

A Room with Grand Views
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

Lankford foresees plenty of cozy lounging with her family of four in this space. It’s also where she knows her guests will gravitate to before and after holiday dinner.

Pearson Chandelier in Amanda Lankford’s Kitchen Conversation Area from Capital Lighting (Photo by Four Corners Photography)

Pearson Chandelier from Capital Lighting

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

Braden Outdoor Wall Lantern from Capital Lighting at Amanda Lankford’s home (Photo by Four Corners Photography)


Bring Nature In with Elegant, Festive Touches

Cristi Holcombe, Cristi Holcombe Interiors (Photo by Lindsay Hooten Photography)

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

West Port Foyer Light from Capital Lighting

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

Cristi Holcombe Interiors (Photo by Rustic White Photography)


There’s no shortage of ways to update your space and celebrating the season. If a new light fixture or wall mirror is on your list, visit Capital Lighting for ideas, or stop by your nearest showroom to shop in person.