Tour a Historic Inman Park Home With a Fresh and Colorful British-Meets-Southern Design Aesthetic

Inspired by a British aesthetic, Lauren Elaine Interiors uses lively patterns and thoughtful layers for clients in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood

“She believes that red is a neutral,” says designer Lauren Lowe of her client’s daring color philosophy for a 1908 craftsman in Atlanta’s beloved Inman Park. Lowe, founder of Lauren Elaine Interiors, was tapped by the client and her husband to reinvigorate the abode (whose original iteration was published in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles in 2005), with a result that is as vibrant and gracious as the storied neighborhood itself.

“I’m an Anglophile who loves books, layers, collections, and oddities, and the homeowners and I align in that respect,”says Lowe. Her clients desired an old English manor aesthetic with contemporary embellishments while respecting the home’s original craftsman style.

They had a list of elements in mind, like stripes, florals, and bold color, with other must-haves that would foster everyday comfort and joy, like a cozy sofa in the breakfast room and a dedicated place for the husband to play jazz music on the piano. Because they had recently relocated to Atlanta with minimal furnishings, they worked with Lowe to procure a pleasing mix of high and low furniture, artwork, and accents—scouring auctions, antiques stores, and online sites, and reupholstering estate sale finds in British-born fabrics. “The nice thing about collecting in this way is you can relocate less precious pieces as you accumulate more valuable items over time,” says Lowe.

The designer directed an imagining of each room’s personality and outfitted spaces accordingly. “We decided which rooms should feel fun, which we wanted to feel moody, and which should feel fresh and calm,” she says. And while color selection was a central focus, it wasn’t overbearing. “I don’t like to get bogged down in whether colors should lead into another room or feel complementary, because if it’s all your style, it will feel homey,” says Lowe.

Since the dining room doesn’t receive much light, the designer opted for a moody appeal, selecting a rich dark blue and adding picture frame molding to the walls. Overhead, a handblown glass light fixture sourced from Italy was the finishing touch.

The home’s 10-foot ceilings allowed Lowe to be playful with color and artwork. In the brilliant blue “fun room,” the homeowners gave Lowe carte blanche. The color serves as a punchy backdrop for gallery walls featuring a mismatched mix of accumulated artwork. “We said, ‘let’s just do something wild in here.’”

In the couple’s young daughter’s room upstairs, Lowe again capitalized on the lofty ceilings, painting window trim and the lower half of the walls in Benjamin Moore Swept Away and the top half in Benjamin Moore White Dove, an homage to the Hotel Peter and Paul in New Orleans, which features a similar style. Next door in the TV lounge, a custom red-striped sofa is offset by paisley Schumacher wallpaper. “The wallpaper juxtaposes with the bright crispness of the sofa, so this room is like a comfy cocoon, even though there’s boldness,” says the designer. And the terrace off of the lounge serves as the perfect spot to take in the Inman Park Festival Parade. “It’s a real quality-of-life moment.”

One of the last rooms the team cracked was the pink living room. “The color gives an airy touch that leans British, and I like the use of pink in a less feminine way,” says Lowe. “It layers well with brown antiques and heavier fabrics like green velvet, which is a really fun juxtaposition. When you’re in the room, it doesn’t feel like we picked a funky color. It just feels right.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Lauren Lowe, Lauren Elaine Interiors;