House Blend

A trio of talents put a fresh spin on transitional style in a new Tuxedo Park residence

THERE’S SOMETHING MAGICAL about building a relationship with long-standing design clients and seeing their lives—and tastes—evolve with each new project. Which is precisely why this Tuxedo Park home felt so special to Mandy Mayers and Jessica Roan, co-owners of Atlanta design firm and shop Interior Philosophy.

Having worked with their clients, Derek and Virginia Elmerick, for nearly a decade, Mayers and Roan have seen the family grow from three to five—and their personal aesthetics take shape. “Both of their styles have evolved from when we first met them,” says Roan. “Derek leans modern and minimalistic, while Virginia likes things more traditional with more color.”

Because of this, the pair knew they would need to balance multiple styles when crafting the interiors of the new-build home, which was designed by architect Woody Vaughan of Norwood Architects and built by David and Kathy Siegel of Siegel Construction & Design.

To complement the soaring ceilings, light floors and grid-pattern, steel-frame windows—while also blending Derek and Virginia’s respective styles—the designers anchored the interiors with a transitional aesthetic, updating traditional pieces with modern touches and adding contrast with rich colors, stylish artwork and bold patterns.

In the living room, for instance, an antique rifle rack with an upholstered, zebra-hide top serves as an eye-catching coffee table. Likewise, the designers commissioned geometric, hand-painted wall panels by Porter Teleo to add a pop of interest behind the primary bedroom’s canopy bed. Throughout the home, the designers incorporated the Elmericks’ personal collection of artwork sourced through Bill Lowe Gallery.

“We had fun with wallpapers and mixed in patterns from all different sources—some old and some new, using zebra as almost a neutral throughout,” says Mayers. “We tried to take different elements and mix them together so it wasn’t a super matchy look.”

In addition to pattern and color, Mayers and Roan also infused the home with natural textures to add interest and pull in the exterior’s lush green landscaping afforded by the abundance of windows. White oak accents via pieces like the foyer’s antique console table and the breakfast room’s custom dining table bring a layer of warmth to the home, while faux-bois planters housing leafy plants add a sense of life.

Providing a dose of fun is the kid-friendly terrace level, where entertaining is the name of the game thanks to a bar area, movie screen and Brunswick pool table. “Like everybody else during the height of the pandemic, they knew they would be spending a lot more time at home and were in need of in-house entertainment for their three boys,” says Mayers. 

And now with another successful project for the Elmericks under their belt, the designers are thrilled with the final product. “We were able to think outside the box and try new things to meet the style of the house,” says Roan. “The blend really gives it such a distinct personality.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Mandy Mayers and Jessica Roan, Interior Philosophy (404) 851-0047; ARCHITECT Woody Vaughan, Norwood Architects (678) 921-0302; BUILDER David and Kathy Siegel, Siegel Construction & Design (404) 218-3276;