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By Jaime Lin Weinstein | Photo: by Galina Coada | October 1, 2018
Interior designer Traci Rhoads uses sculptural lighting and eye-catching color to punctuate a sleek and sophisticated contemporary home.
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.”
Traci Rhoads, owner and designer Traci Rhoads Interiors
Custom sectional and ottoman in living room; custom bench in master bath
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
Cabinetry in kitchen
Area rugs in family room and breakfast area
Renaissance Tile & Bath
Custom stone and tile throughout
Stanton Home Furnishings