Stunning Interior Spaces

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Some of the best interior designs look so effortless. They seem as if the room appeared by magic—composed, beautiful, and functional. But most interior designers will tell you that the effort it takes to make a room look “effortless” is sometimes Herculean. Designers must consider their clients’ tastes and integrate those with their wants and needs. This takes an eye for detail and a finger on the pulse of what’s trending and what’s timeless. We sought out these contractors and designers who have what it takes to make that magic happen.

Designers: Tavia Forbes and Monet Masters, owners of FORBES + MASTERS |
Location: East Atlanta

A layer of crisp white surfaces allows textures such as burnished brass and Mongolian fur to take center stage in this living room while maintaining an airy feel. Chevron tile around the fireplace adds interest without overwhelming, and the painted boxed ceiling draws the eye upward. In keeping with the homeowner’s bold personality, saturated colors and distinctive prints were used to update timeless pieces for a custom transitional design. “Her love of color and collected relics from global travels inspired us at every turn to create an eclectic, fun, and feminine space,” says Tavia Forbes.  

Photo courtesy of FORBES + MASTERS, photography by Tiffany LaRay Photography.


Contractor: Randy Glazer, owner and president of Glazer Design & Construction |
Location: Sandy Springs

You might call this kitchen a study in taupe and gray hues—a soothing combo that’s anything but gloomy. The marble countertops, reminiscent of creamy melted ice cream, contrast nicely with the cheery white cabinets. To tie it all together, Atlanta Concrete Artist’s Founder and President, Mike Jensen, was commissioned to create a beautiful blend of muted colors for the stained concrete floor. “The homeowner also loved the unique antique-glass tile backsplash above the counters and the light it reflects into the room,” notes general contractor Randy Glazer. 

Photo courtesy of FotoGrafik Arts, photography by Nelson Salivia.


Contractor: Daniel Harper, owner of Renew Properties, LLC. |
Designer: Julie Holloway, owner of Julie Holloway Studio, LLC. |

Location: Alpharetta

“We had a problem to solve,” says designer Julie Holloway. “This kitchen was in a very long room and we needed a purpose for the extra square footage that was tucked away in the back.” She came up with a creative solution—a banquette in the room’s corner, paired with a farm table. She spray-painted two Minka-Lavery® lanterns a watermelon hue, she says, “to satisfy the homeowner’s love of bold color.” The finishing touch? Contemporary chairs that contrast with the vintage feel of the rest of the room.  

Photo courtesy of Julie Holloway, photography by Jennifer Kesler Photography.

Contractor: Eric Koehler, owner of Southland Development Services |
Location: Sandy Springs

The eye-catching white tile serves as a clean, modern design element in this den. The contractor chose to counterbalance the monolithic fireplace with some horizontal elements—dark, rough-hewn timbers on the ceiling and the comfy, low-slung, leather sofa and chairs. The wood coffee table, textured rug and fuzzy pillows soften the other features of the room. Adding a whimsical light fixture to sparkle overhead and a touch of bright color with the vases on the table lightens the mood. 

Photography by Mary Powell Photography.

Contractor: Adam Pollock, owner of Castlehaven Design and Build |
Designer: Rosemary Ullom of Rosemary Ullom Design Associates. 770-565-2056
Location: Marietta

This bathroom serves a dual purpose—a bath for a basement bedroom and a changing room for the home's swimming pool outside. A deep-brown and rust palette delivers elegance. The granite countertop grounds the room with its rich venation and is the perfect platform for the stone sink. “The copper and rust shower tiles provided a great combination of the room’s colors and textures,” says Alan Pollock, Castlehaven Design and Build’s sales manager.  

Photo courtesy of Castlehaven Design and Build, photography by Peter Hendricks.

Contractor and Architectural Designer: Judy Mozen, founder and president of Handcrafted Homes, Inc. |
Location: Roswell

This bar and entertainment area packs a lot of function into an attractive package. The main focal point of the room, the pecan wood bar, hides a bar sink and plenty of storage within it. Temperature-controlled wine storage is tucked away neatly into the custom cabinetry behind the bar, where glass-doored cabinets display barware. Bell Pendant light coverings with a lattice glass finish by Jamie Young Company, and built-in LED lights above the antique mirror, give the room a soft glow. 

Photo courtesy of Handcrafted Homes, Inc., photography by Willett Photography.

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