Photography © Mali Azima
Atlanta interior designer Julie Witzel took on this project with the prospect of working with Atlanta architect Rodolfo Castor of Castro Design Studio. “I had seen some of his previous work and was really smitten with his projects. Once I met the clients and we discussed the overall direction for this home, I knew we had assembled a "dream team" with vision” says the designer. “My directive for this particular home was to make it family friendly and warm, while remaining modern and sophisticated and at a level that felt appropriate in conjunction with the architecture”.
A pair of Wassily chairs flank two sofas in one of the living spaces, that opens to the dining room and backyard area. "We went with a very neutral color palette (warm grays, whites) for this home, taking into account the owner's preferences as well as the overall design concept. Colorful art and accessories add pops of color and interest. Contrasting textures added extra dimension" says the designer.
The sitting room furniture was sourced from local Atlanta vendors and art galleries. The marble table and walnut console are by Grey Furniture a local bespoke furniture manufacturer. "On the walls we used Benjamin Moore's "Simply White" in satin so the interiors could be bright and gallery-esque. We knew art was going to be a major factor and our main source of color, so we really wanted the pieces to stand out. The beautiful rounded corners on all the walls were a signature detail specified by Rodolfo and are one of the exceptional features of the house," says the designer.
The family often entertains in the formal dining room. A 12x4 foot dining table was custom made of reclaimed claro walnut slab, which seats up to ten. "The claro walnut dining table came from a new furniture designer out of Los Angeles. It was made from a single slab of wood and the particular slab we selected has a distinctive crack in it because the 80 year old tree had grown around a coil spring (much to the dismay of the wood-cutter who lost $2K worth of carbide chain trying to mill it)".
"Ultimately we created a lot of custom items, because it gave us the most amount of flexibility. There are small children in this home, so durability was key. Natural materials were selected over synthetics because they help add warmth and texture to the modern interior. Solid wood furnishings were used in place of veneers; hard-wearing fabrics were chosen so they could be easily cleaned, but with the added challenge of sourcing ones that didn't feel like they belonged on the patio," says the designer.
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Images courtesy of J. Witzel Interior Design