Pretty in Prints

Mallory Mathison Glenn produces a kaleidoscope of possibilities in a sweeping Buckhead estate using Bold prints and brilliant hues.

When interior designer Mallory Mathison Glenn was tasked with decorating a 14,000-square-foot blank canvas, the spirited designer, known for her pretty punches of color, was more than ready to bring the homeowners’ colorful vision to life in their vast Buckhead estate.

With its thoughtful design by architect Jim Viviano from 5G Studio and detailed craftsmanship by builder Neil Johnson of Canonbury Homes, the six-bedroom domicile is rooted in tradition and brimming with elegance. But while the grand, three-story stone façade might suggest a traditional interior, the homeowners choose a bold and beautiful color scheme that’s anything but conventional.

“They wanted their home to reflect a soft elegance mixed with unique, one-of-a-kind moments,” Mathison says. “It also needed to be comfortable for their daughters (and dogs).”

Elegance with a twist extends seamlessly throughout the expansive estate. The formal dining room that seats 12 combines refinement and whimsical appeal, with its hand-painted Gracie wallpaper in a soft celadon color. This print was the original inspiration and ultimate foundation for the color palette of the formal rooms, where there is a continuation of soft green, blue and ivory hues with accents of pink and brown.

The adjacent powder room picks up the color scheme with an aqua Cowtan & Tout wallpaper featuring goldleaf vines and leaves in a trellis pattern. The breakfast room boasts a robin’s-egg blue grasscloth by Schumacher behind the pastel Bird & Basket fabric by Bennison, continuing the approachable-meets-playful elegance throughout the main floor.

But in the daughters’ bedrooms, the home lets its hair down and welcomes bolder patterns and brighter colors that reflect each of their personalities. The teenager’s bedroom resembles a big-city apartment with high-gloss turquoise trim painted Benjamin Moore’s Calypso Blue and a statement wall covered with a Phillip Jeffries wallpaper called Moroccan Trellis. To honor the middle schooler’s penchant for Paris, Mathison envisioned the room with a softer palette of purples, golds and blues that evoke the je ne sais quoi of the City of Lights. Both bedrooms were intentionally laid out with matching furniture floor plans and subtle changes to highlight each girl’s individual personality and sense of style.

Another unabashedly colorful room is the doggy spa, which is much more than a doghouse. As proud owners of three dogs as well as frequent foster parents for pets, the homeowners wanted a space designed specifically for their four-legged friends. Forecasting plenty of roughhousing, they installed easy-to-clean white subway tile on the floors and siding, as well as a drain to hose off unexpected messes. A Tyler Hall wallpaper featuring retro images of pups riding in convertibles is the perfect print to complete the room.

Whether the homeowners are wrangling dogs or entertaining in the formal dining room, Mathison treated this vast retreat to a bold and beautiful look in every nook and cranny. 

INTERIOR DESIGN Mallory Mathison Glenn, Mallory Mathison Inc. (404) 816-3860; ARCHITECT Jim Viviano, 5G Studio. (214) 670-0050; BUILDER Neil Johnson, Canonbury Homes Inc. (678) 687-0066.