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By Wendy Bowman | Photo: by Sarah Dorio | April 2, 2018
A newly constructed home in Morningside is transformed into a glamorous open-concept home ideal for living and entertaining.
When Mishon and Brandon Williams drove up to a new home under construction on their first day out house-hunting with their real estate agent, they immediately knew they had found the place of their dreams. The residence had everything that the young, successful couple (and expecting parents, at the time) needed: an expansive and open floorplan with interesting room designs and natural light throughout, paired with a setting in the alluring and well-established neighborhood of Morningside, complete with a top-notch school district and proximity to popular attractions such as Piedmont Park, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Buckhead and Midtown. An added bonus? The structure was only half-finished, meaning they would be able to tailor it to best suit their needs.
“We wanted a home that had elegant luxury appeal, but also felt warm and open to our relaxed lifestyle and growing family,” says Mishon, a former commercial insurance executive who now is raising a 4-month-old baby. She and her husband (an entertainment lawyer and business executive for a prominent personality) then enlisted the help of Ivy and Vine interior designer Heather Hogan Roberts—known for her commercial and residential work rife with pops of color, high-gloss finishes, bold statement lighting and fabulous wallpaper—to carry out their vision: a home with elegant luxury appeal, but also warm and open to a relaxed lifestyle and growing family, complete with clean lines, ample entertaining spaces, fun decorative accents and a touch of glam.
First on the to-do list was making significant changes to the kitchen area, which is key to the two, who love to cook and entertain guests. The result? A stunning culinary center sporting a massive kitchen island with a mitered quartz countertop that will stand the test of time, while still maintaining a luxe appearance; a butler’s pantry outfitted with an ice maker and wine storage; and a wine refrigerator. Next up was making sure that each room had its own distinct and defined style. Working with Roberts, the couple opted to install custom window treatments and hardware on every window in the home, choosing different materials to give interest and variety to each room. They also spent hours combing shops across Atlanta to select the perfect lighting. “We absolutely love the fixtures in the dining room, master bedroom, ladies’ lounge and daughter’s nursery,” says Mishon. “Ultimately, we believe all these things helped us achieve our goal of elegant luxury appeal, while also accommodating a relaxed feel.”
Among the couple’s favorite parts of the design? The dining room, with its snakeskin wallpaper, gold hardware on the window treatments, intricately designed gold and glass chandelier, and beautifully constructed chair rail molding. In the vast combined kitchen and family room, the couple especially loves the white and gray color scheme that includes a subway tile and marble backsplash, white and gray island, and gray and dark-gray sheer drapes and hardware. Standing out in the ladies’ lounge are the distinct pocket doors; dark-gray, high-gloss monochromatic paint used to finish the walls and ceiling; and dazzling light fixture, while animal-print wallpaper adds a special touch to the main level’s communal half-bath. And the pièce de résistance: an outdoor patio ideal for grilling, entertaining and extra living space, and, of course, a Hollywood glam-style nursery for the new arrival.
“The finished project absolutely exceeded anything that we could have dreamt about,” says Mishon. “We live bicoastal, as my husband works in Los Angeles, so it was very important that we had a fabulous home whenever we made it back to Atlanta. We achieved all of our goals, because the home is for sure elegant, luxurious and timeless, but all at the same time a family home.”
Heather Hogan Roberts, interior designer
Ivy and Vine
Bedding in master bedroom
Hayley Price Art
Custom art in sitting room
Ivy and Vine
Custom pillows and drapery throughout
Mathews Furniture + Design
Lamps in living room, side tables in sitting room and powder room
Parviz Oriental Rugs
Antique rug in living room
Dining room table and chairs, crib and light fixture in nursery
Robert Abbey Fine Lighting
Chandelier in dining room
Stacy Milburn Studio
Custom-painted mirror in dining room
Wallpaper in dining room and powder room
Wallcovering in master bedroom