Tudor with a Twist
When designer Niki Papadopoulos embarked on a fresh redesign in Garden Hills, she peppered the renovated cottage with lively patterns, eclectic artwork and happy hues
When designer Niki Papadopoulos of Mark Williams Design Associates began planning a client’s interior renovation in 2016, she was thrilled that when it came to color, pattern and texture, the homeowner’s reaction was, “Yes, yes and yes!”
Nestled in Buckhead’s Garden Hills neighborhood, the outwardly classic Tudor boasts myriad colorful surprises inside. While the historic character of the charming 1936 cottage remains intact throughout the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath abode, Papadopoulos added a layer of contemporary details—such as her client’s modern art collection, bold textiles, and a striking blue-and-green palette—to the home’s heritage.
“I love that when you pull up to the house, it looks like a traditional Tudor bungalow,” she says. “But upon entry, it’s such a lovely surprise thanks to spaces that are open and bright with a riot of colors.”
The 2,800-square-foot home has undergone extensive renovations over the past few years, and its current face-lift doesn’t shy away from bold hues or statement pieces. In the renovated kitchen, which was originally U-shaped with one tiny window, a dramatic royal blue La Cornue range holds court among the chevron-patterned, multitoned marble backsplash and waterfall island in the now open-concept space. “Reorienting the kitchen allowed us to add a large window that lets in natural light,” says Papadopoulos. “Now it feels like a bright tree house.”
Situated off the kitchen is an open family room that doesn’t mind going to the dogs. With three French bulldogs underfoot, the custom sectional by Bjork Studio needed to be chic yet durable. Papadopoulos selected a high-performance outdoor fabric from Holly Hunt’s Great Outdoors collection that is hardworking yet soft and cozy. The playful nature of the space continues with eye-catching bird artwork by Southern artist Jason Horton, which picks up the hues woven throughout the home.
Silk green-and-blue-patterned Jim Thompson drapes tie the living and dining rooms together. Coordinating bright-green upholstered antique and swan chairs, as well as the dining room’s striking polar bear art, sourced from a museum in London, adds a youthful touch to the gracious spaces.
However, the green and blue teamwork is most notable in the master bedroom—the grande dame of the home. Proposing the lattice wallpaper by Carleton V Ltd. from Ainsworth-Noah was originally a wild-card option Papadopoulos pitched to her client. But once again, she was thrilled by the homeowner’s enthusiasm for such a bold choice.
“Carrying the navy-and-green vibe throughout the house gave us an opportunity to incorporate the navy grass cloth on the ceiling. We really kept with that color palette through a variety of shades and textures,” she says. “The homeowner wanted some serious pattern on the walls, and I knew this lattice print would put a smile on her face every morning.”
INTERIOR DESIGN Niki Papadopoulos, Mark Williams Design Associates, (678) 539-6886; markwilliams-design.com