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Updating an 80’s Ranch into a Dream Home

Meet Kaitlynne and Justin Grice, and their adorable fur babies, Dexter and Penny!



We all love a good ‘Before and After’ story and this one surely won’t disappoint!  This may be my favorite project to date…the couple, Kaitlynne and Justin Grice were so open to ideas and had a great cultural heritage to work with- Justin is a native of South Africa so we used influences around their home reflecting his Africana.  Now let me back up and give you the back story of how I came to know these two.  In January of 2015, I met Kaitlynne on the grounds of the famous Swan House in Buckhead, along with my daughter, Savannah.  We were in the very beginning stages of planning her wedding.  Savannah had chosen Kaitlynne and her company, Invision Events to be her wedding planner… and what a wedding it was!  During the process we both got to know Kaitlynne so well and we were completely smitten with her and her vital guidance throughout the process.  May 14th of 2016 was a day to remember- but that is another post I will share with you.  Kaitlynne had seen Savannah’s little bungalow in Brookhaven and loved what she saw. I had helped Savannah decorate her first home.  Shortly after the wedding, Kaitlynne and Justin bought a fixer-upper in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta.  Having been in an apartment in Midtown since they were married, this was a big transition for them.  When Kaitlynne contacted me to help her decorate her new home, I jumped at the opportunity… after all, this young woman had given my daughter the wedding of her dreams, and I felt forever indebted to her.  Here is a peek at the home when we first started-







Here is what we came up with.  Because the fireplace wall was the focal point of the room but all you saw was a dark column up the wall, and not an attractive one, we painted the entire wall Raccoon Fur by Benjamin Moore, which is almost black it is such a dark gray.  Beautiful- that started the drama, in a good way!!  Then to match this wall, the opposite wall in the entryway was also painted raccoon fur.  The drama continues- in a sexy neutral way.

Next was the dining room.  To give it a pop, we painted it Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball.  We also painted the trim the same color in high gloss, and took out the chair rail moulding which dated the room.  It started to look like a jewel box.  We had to laugh at our painter who called it ‘a room of depression’ in his Eastern European accent!!  It seriously is not- it’s bold and dramatic and well, glamorous!  I love it and so did they!

Moving on we needed to revamp the little powder room off of the dining room.  It was a dismal old wallpaper.  We changed out the toilet and sink for new clean ones, put in wainscoting, wallpaper and all new fixtures, and then hung two pendants by Regina Andrew to keep the drama of the dining room going on into this tiny space.  Wallpaper by my bestie, Clairebella Studio completed the look with coral colored background and leopards parading around the little space.  So wonderful- I loved this space so much- Kaitlynne did too!

Here are some ‘semi-after’ pictures-

Family Room with bamboo shades installed, waiting for drape panels… Wayfair console delivered, Magnolia Home rug by Joanna Gaines installed!

Custom Ivory Linen-look drape panels going up

Four Hands sofa delivered and legs put on

          This is actually a darling Society Social chair I got for Kaitlynne’s mother… I love it so much!

Here you see the drapes installed against the ‘Raccoon Fur’ deep rich wall.  The same drape panels are against the white walls.  The side tables haven’t come yet!

This is an after of the bathroom with new wainscoting and Clairebella Studio wallpaper.  Also two pendant lights from Regina Andrew

Jezebel Magazine

This is the dining room painted Hague Blue, with new drape panels, a light fixture from Gabby, and new skirted dining chairs in navy from Society Social


A new fireplace screen, some accent pillows, blue and white chinoiserie vases and a Dana Gibson leopard tray were added for final layering

So with walls freshly painted and ready for the fun to begin- layering, we went shopping at Americas Mart.  Kaitlynne had only been to the gift building so going to the furniture, lighting and rugs building was a blast, albeit overwhelming the first time we went (she admitted afterwards).  Her new phrase I kept hearing now was “obsessed” which meant she reeeaaallly liked something.  Such fun to have this fun millennial with such fresh eyes taking in the many floors of choices.  We picked several pieces from a showroom out of Austin, Texas called Four Hands.  A comfortable sofa, chairs that are a bit mid-century modern and a fabulous 56″ chandelier which really made the family room to me- as I always say, “go big or go home”!!  Also a 9 X 12 rug from Joanna Gaines Magnolia collection for Loloi is so colorful and dynamic in the space- the colors really make the room sing.  Then some turquoise lamps to match the tv console and bring ambient light to the room were added.  Some beautiful side tables from Bungalow 5 were also chosen at the Mart, along with an accent table between the two chairs.

Next up were custom drapes for the great room, dining room, landing up the stairs and some for the guest bedroom upstairs.  To me there is nothing that transforms a space more than custom drapes.  The way they hang, and frame out a window- it is very much like a beautiful dress on a lovely woman.  It just accentuates what is already good.  I could go on and on about window treatments but I’ll save it for an entire post…or three!

A captured moment of the wall in the foyer with an African artifact and Four Hands mirror


Kaitlynne and me sharing some bubbly on the day of the Jezebel magazine photo shoot- we don’t normally sit around dressed like this on an average workday!!


The dining room before the drape panels were installed


A view from above shows the Adeline chandelier.  Note the Bungalow 5 side tables are in place!


Well, those are some of the changes we made… we also painted her dining room table with Farmhouse Paint which is a breeze and very forgiving, added chairs in navy and an orange mirror from Society Social, styled the bar cart and just layered everywhere, and everything to make it all flow together and feel like home.  The end result landed the home in a local magazine, Jezebel, a Modern Luxury brand.  We were very honored and even got to be in the photo shoot!

Now for the exciting news… just as we were wrapping up the home design, Kaitlynne and Justin found out they were expecting!!  And now they are a family of three- Welcome bouncing baby George!  Isn’t that just the BEST!!  So I am going to continue this home and post another blog in a little bit, and take a few truly ‘after’ photos with Kaitlynne, George and me next week!  I am just thrilled for this little family and can’t forget their two fur babies, Dexter and Penny!   I’m so excited to share my next post with pictures of the family in action in their adorable bungalow that now feels like home to them!




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