Take Two

Thanks to the discerning eyes of interior designer Yvonne McFadden, a growing family finds longevity in their longtime Buckhead residence

As a family evolves, its needs change as well, and that was the case for a Buckhead couple with three growing children and a rambunctious black Lab puppy. Ideal when they first moved in many years ago, their abode had begun to feel dated, and its open floor plan allowed noise to travel throughout the interior. “They were looking to add more character and take it to the next level,” says interior designer Yvonne McFadden. 

Tackling two problems in one fell swoop, McFadden added a new glass and steel wall that essentially divides the front and back of the house without interfering with the natural light. Accented by the dark mullions on the perimeter windows, it strikes a decidedly modern note. Custom millwork and crown moldings elevate the interior. 

For the color palette, McFadden took inspiration from her client’s extensive art collection. In the formal living room, a small but impactful piece of art inspired the coral-colored herringbone fabric on the chaise lounge, which faces a pair of linen-covered wing chairs around a walnut cocktail table. “I love the layering of texture and lines,” McFadden says. 

And the chartreuse stools at the charcoal kitchen island likewise reference the artwork. While gutting the well-appointed space was not necessary, the designer repainted the base cabinetry in a more contemporary gray-white color and nixed the uppers in favor of custom iron shelving against a full-wall Calacatta gold subway tile backsplash. Adding another layer, decorative wooden beams adorn the ceiling and frame the walls around the corner breakfast nook. “We didn’t want it to look too new,” McFadden says.

Beams also surround a series of doors and windows in the adjacent great room, which McFadden filled with a mix of tailored upholstered furnishings accented with antiques. For example, a pair of French case goods flanks the handsome marble fireplace mantel. “The juxtaposition of something clean and contemporary with something very old tells a beautiful story,” McFadden says. 

 In this case, it’s the tale of a family ready for their next chapter in life. When their daughters entertain their friends, the grateful parents can simply close the doors, instantly muffling any unwanted noise. For the husband’s recent 50th birthday, however, they opened them all, allowing their guests to circulate between the main living areas and the poolside patio, which McFadden outfitted with a new louvered roofing system. 

“They love it,” McFadden says. “When everything comes together, it all looks so lovely.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Yvonne McFadden, Y. McFadden Interiors. (843) 267-7530; ymcfaddenllc.com