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Shayelyn Woodbery Interiors elevates a historic Inman Park Craftsman for a young family using just the right mix of antiques and contemporary pieces


It was a dream come true when a thirtysomething couple with two young daughters bought a shingle-style dwelling in Inman Park that they had long admired. But while they were captivated by the early 20th-century home’s historic character and lush setting, the recently remodeled interior felt a bit too contemporary and counterintuitive to the architecture.

 After interviewing several interior designers, the couple enlisted Shayelyn Woodbery to help them turn back the hands of time. Her presentation called for a heady mix of upholstered pieces alongside antiques from different eras. Handcrafted woodwork inspired by the home’s original also played a key role. “They wanted it to feel old and grand yet still appropriate for a young family—not too formal or stuffy,” Woodbery says. 

 A custom ornate wood mantel, for example, elevates the existing brick fireplace in the formal living room. Flanked by channel-back banquettes covered in forest green velvet, it’s a beautiful focal point for a custom leather sofa and a pair of upholstered chairs atop an antique rug. “I wanted it to feel like a comfortable old European hotel with lots of different places for people to gather,” Woodbery explains. 

 Indeed, during large gatherings, guests often spill into the formal dining room, where a pair of tailored host chairs adds contemporary flair to an antique dining table set atop a patterned rug. Silk taffeta drapery and a brass French Art Deco chandelier with a floral motif balance the linear architecture. “It feels a little sexier and more feminine,” Woodbery says. 

While the kitchen had been beautifully redone with dark green cabinetry and white marble countertops, the designer opted to remove a bank of cabinetry, creating space for a new breakfast area. It is illuminated by a custom metal pendant with a fabric shade that established the nature-inspired palette used throughout the house. 

While mom cooks, she can keep an eye on her young daughters in the adjacent family room—a cozy spot with four brown textured velvet chairs facing a French armoire reincarnated as a TV cabinet. There’s more seating at the built-in banquette in the adjacent reading nook, which Woodbery clad in wood wainscoting that mimics the woodwork in the front foyer. 

The owners are overjoyed with the way the interior honors the architecture, and Woodbery is just as pleased with the result. “It has a beautiful, soft energy that they can share with their friends and family,” she says. “We brought the house back to life.”