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All in the Details

Award-winning interior designer Chris Socci dishes details at his posh powder room upgrade.


An admiration for his father’s work in the construction industry and a fascination with blueprints led Chris Socci to lend a helping design hand to family and friends—and the rest is history.

“From early on, I had an eye for color and a way of arranging furniture and accessories in a creative way,” says the Atlanta-based designer of C. Socci Inc. Interior Design. Socci recently gave the powder room inside his Sandy Springs abode a noteworthy face-lift, taking the space originally designed in 1971 (“It was time,” jokes Socci) from staid to stylish with an industrial-chic makeover.“We had to have dramatic wallpaper because it was such a small space,” says the design expert.

By covering the walls with a standout black-and-white print from Brunschwig & Fils, Socci created a room that commands attention—and compliments. But the ornate wallcovering was just the first step—then came the details, like an original painting from Jared Hughes (purchased in an auction from the American Society of Interior Designers at ADAC to benefit the American Cancer Society) and exposed plumbing beneath the marble vanity, while alluring mixed-metal sconces alongside the black-framed Uttermost mirror cast an elegant glow throughout, creating a luxe yet edgy feel, and proving that even the smallest of spaces in a home can be beautifully turned out.

Clemente wall light, $496, by AERIN at
“The edgy-industrial style of the sconces contradicts the traditional style of the other elements in the powder room.”

Jacobean faucet, $970, by Newport Brass at
“The dramatic curves of the faucet feel very feminine against the handsome marble.”

Les Touches collection wallcovering, price upon request,
“We knew we wanted a classic design for our powder room; I love when guests are surprised over the powerful wallpaper.”

Unlacquered console legs, $1,500, by Palmer Industries at
“I have always admired vanities where plumbing is exposed underneath.”