Greener Pastures

Inspired by his client’s eclectic taste, interior designer JARED HUGHES reimagined a Buckhead home with a heady array of furnishings from around the globe

As he reviewed his clients’ notebook of inspiration images featuring tailored upholstered pieces mingled with a heady mix of antiques and artwork, interior designer Jared Hughes had no doubt it would be a fruitful collaboration. “They had some fresh, funky ideas and that’s very on par with my decorating style,” he says. “Everything had a mood.”

The design scheme perfectly fit the couple’s then-new abode, a rambling cottage in Buckhead that had been previously renovated by architect Keith Summerour. Inspired by the property’s lush greenery and citrus-tree filled greenhouse, Hughes selected a palette of greens for the main living areas.

Dark green moldings pop against the lighter walls in the formal living room, creating a fresh backdrop for a white sectional sofa and a pair of plush armchairs covered in an au courant plaid fabric.

The green likewise complements the brick flooring and elegant hand-painted wall panels in the dining room, where an antique Italian chandelier illuminates a wooden table surrounded by period Louis XVI chairs. “It feels like it’s evolved over time,” says Hughes.

And lacquering the walls in a dark green created a cozy vibe in a study off the primary bedroom. Displayed over a bourbon-colored sofa, a framed antique Indian textile adds a pleasing pop of color.

Vibrant throw pillows and an antelope-patterned area rug likewise enliven the buff-colored walls and neutral furnishings in the relaxed family room. Displayed on the brick wall behind a handsome brown leather chair, a colorful Tibetan tiger door panel contributes to the home’s collected sensibility.

The primary bedroom, by contrast, features a nearly monochromatic color scheme, its walls painted in one of the designer’s go-to colors, a shade that walks the line between blush, nude and pink. “It’s a beautiful glowing neutral,” he says. Skirted with blush silk, a curvaceous vanity with a glass top adds to the sense of romanticism.

Neutral hues also create a soothing feeling in the nursery, which Hughes whipped up at the last hour when his clients discovered they were expecting their first child. There, an upholstered cornice, tailored blackout draperies and a skirted armchair covered in a performance linen fabric foster a traditional milieu juxtaposed by pieces with a more modern flair, such as a multi-armed black chandelier by Serge Mouille. “A nursery is a place where things don’t need to feel as classic,” says Hughes.

The owners, who welcomed their child during the two-year project, were overjoyed with the result. Hughes was equally pleased with the exciting family home he had created for them. “It’s a beautiful way of presenting colors, patterns and pieces from various periods and cultures,” he says. “It’s a good representation of what we do.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Jared Hughes, Jared Hughes Designs, (678) 235-4232;
ARCHITECT Keith Summerour, Summerour Architects, (404) 603-8585;