Modern Comfort

In Buckhead’s sleek Sovereign high-rise, designer Barbara Westbrook takes the concept of casual chic to new heights with an intriguing blend of textures and styles.

Step inside this beautifully appointed residence designed by Barbara Westbrook and it becomes apparent that modern design doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort or warmth.  “People like to live in every space now,” she says. Indeed, every room in this condominium exudes an informal vibe, but without ever compromising great style. In the dining room, Westbrook surrounded a marble-clad table with a mix of handsome chairs and plush leather banquettes; in the nearby study, she paired a contemporary iron coffee table with a comfy sectional. “My thought was to do something a little more casual,” explains Westbrook, “but I wanted to blend that feeling with a few modern pieces because we are in a modern building.”

Also in the study, a wall of cleverly arranged photographs further enhances the condominium’s livable ambience. “I always like my spaces to have a personal touch and for them to look like someone has collected pieces over time,” Westbrook says. Thus, envisioning the home of a well-traveled photographer, she set images from Europe and Africa upon custom patina-finished shelving.

An assortment of large jugs perched atop the living room’s floating fireplace not only adds to the collected effect but also serves as the color inspiration for the entire residence. Westbrook drew from their wonderful range of neutrals and then used splashes of red as an accent. “When you bring in a lot of color to a space like this you end up fighting the view,” she notes. “I wanted to be careful not to do that, so you’ll only find a few pops of red throughout the space.”

The demure color palette not only lets the Buckhead cityscape shine through the expansive windows but also amplifies the gorgeous natural light that finds its way into every corner of this airy residence. With Westbrook’s deft balance of light and dark, old and new, and soft and sleek, the designer gives this sky-high retreat her signature stamp of chic, yet ultra-comfortable style.


INTERIOR DESIGN Barbara Westbrook, Westbrook Interiors, 2991 Hardman Ct., Atlanta 30305. (404) 355-9430; CHAIRS Love Train at Scott Antique Market SIDES TABLES Bungalow TRUNK Love Train at Scott Antique Market FLOOR LAMPS Crate & Barrel JUGS South of Market RUG Designer Carpets CHANDELIER South of Market CHAIRS Vintage from Turner Antiques ARTWORK Sandler Hudson Gallery CONSOLE Love Train at Scott Antique Market DINING TABLE Custom designed by Barbara Westbrook SOFA Lee Industries WING CHAIR Darryl Carter Hickory Chair RUGS Designer Carpets ARTWORK Sandler Hudson Gallery COFFEE TABLE Scott Antique Market FLOOR LAMP Pottery Barn SIDE TABLES Love Train at Scott Antique Market WALL COLOR Daguerreotype 8403 by Sherwin-Williams SECTIONAL Swenson Upholstery, customed designed by Westbrook Interiors COFFEE TABLE & DESK Custom designed by Barbara Westbrook CHAIRS Scott Antique Market DESK LAMP Pollen FLOOR LAMP Pottery Barn WINDOW TREATMENTS Judy Pratt SHELVING UNITS Roost CUSTOM WALL SHELVING Custom designed by Westbrook Interiors VINTAGE CAMERA Rust & Dust HEADBOARD Custom designed by Westbrook Interiors HEADBOARD FABRIC Donghia BEDDING Bloomingdales SIDE TABLES West Elm LAMPS Circa Lighting WOODEN BENCH Scott Antique Market BENCH ACCENTS Bobo CHAISE Custom designed by Westbrook Interiors CHAISE SIDE TABLE Roost CUSTOM VANITY & MIRROR Custom designed by Westbrook Interiors CHAIR Scott Antique Market