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Interior designer Traci Rhoads uses sculptural lighting and eye-catching color to punctuate a sleek and sophisticated contemporary home.

The kitchen’s sanctuary feeling was elevated by glimmering touches of mirror accents at every intersection of white glass tile, while a waterfall island with Cambria marble is functional yet soothing to the eye.

The dining room buffet is made up of antique mirrored panels and is offset by a custom-made rug designed by Traci Rhoads Interiors—(a dining table by Vanguard Furniture has a glass top to help highlight the rug further.).  

The custom sectional and ottoman were made locally by Bjork Studio, and a three-dimensional tile feature wall from TileBar behind the television adds texture without weight.  

The breakfast room features a rug by Moattar.

The entryway has a modular grouping of Plexiglas panels in contrast to the custom marble entry floor by Renaissance Tile & Bath.  

Lucite drawer handles add a bit of levity to the master bathroom, while a tile rug creates texture without heft, and a custom bench by Bjork Studio completes the look.

In the home office, an original Kenson painting serves to draw out all the colors of the Casamance drapery against a backdrop of a black textured wallcovering.  

The Dornbracht wall-mounted vanity features lighting through the glass top for a glowing effect, while sconces bring a bubbling, Champagne-like quality to the jewel-box powder room. Wallpaper from Zoffany sourced at Grizzel & Mann adds a moodiness.  

Never underestimate the allure of a statement-making chandelier—or several: Think a starburst style with glass spears in the dining room, linear LED lighting above the breakfast table, a drum design in the entryway and rock crystal shimmering between silver leaf bands. “The lighting is so funky and cool,” says designer Traci Rhoads of the range of fixtures selected for this Buckhead family abode, her adjectives describing them better than any technical terms ever could.

This is a place that proves contemporary design—presently known for its clean lines and streamlined furnishings—can still be warm, livable and even colorful, with rooms that effectively balance bold lighting and minimalist styling, setting the tone for an airy yet dramatic design scheme. Take the kitchen, for instance, where a pair of pendant lights hang with light emitting from inside the bands above the marble island. The steel windows, left untreated here—another contemporary hallmark—allows the architectural detail to stand out, while turquoise bar stools pop against sleek white cabinetry and dark wood floors. “We painted the whole house a crisp white,” the designer notes (save for the office and powder room that each feature a textured black wallpaper, in keeping with the home’s intentionally neutral backdrop). “There was no trim, no crown. It’s just so simple and clean. When you have a blank palette like that, it’s easy to punch it out with color.”

In the family room, color comes via textiles—patterned pillows accent an oversize sectional custom-made by Bjork Studio; a Moattar area rug lies underfoot—and art, with a series of abstract work from Gregg Irby Gallery on display, framed in Plexiglas and mounted with stainless steel standoffs. “I didn’t want the frames to distract from the fireplace,” Rhoads explains. In lieu of overhead lighting, the room centers around the fireplace—a 3D framed tile in matte white. “The client actually challenged us to come up with a standout fireplace design,” Rhoads says. “They were willing to push it and do fun, crazy stuff.”

Throughout the residence, Rhoads actually conceived an array of unique tiled surfaces. A geometric marble floor designed with Renaissance Tile & Bath greets visitors in the entrance. In the master bathroom, there is a water jet-cut marble with a circular pattern. Then there’s the pool bath, with cerulean glass tile on the wall that goes all the way to the ceiling; the floor is made of concrete tiles with two shades of blue—the color thread throughout the entire house. Even the blue tiling of the pool laid against the turquoise waters mimics these interior hues.

With its pared-down design, every detail mattered, like the choice to swap rope for custom-made cables on the outdoor swing to make it more modern. “It all plays so well off the steel windows,” Rhoads adds. “And I think the inside complements the outside. They both work really well together.”

Single-family home


Interior Design
Traci Rhoads, owner and designer Traci Rhoads Interiors

Bjork Studio
Custom sectional and ottoman in living room; custom bench in master bath

Century Furniture
Desk in office

Vanity in powder room

Custom draperies, pillows and bedding throughout

Ernest Gaspard & Associates
Casamance fabrics for master bath bench and office drapery

Kingdom Woodworks
Cabinetry in kitchen

Area rugs in family room and breakfast area

Renaissance Tile & Bath
Custom stone and tile throughout

Stanton Home Furnishings
Outdoor pillows