Erika Ward Interiors has traveled south of Atlanta to Senoia for our latest interior design project. My first encounter with the client was via design consultation, a so very thoughtful gift from a relative. Our charge is to transform the bare two-story great room into a entry point that truly sets the tone for the rest of the house. The ceiling height is a soaring 18 feet with expansive walls and windows and it takes quite a bit of furniture and oversized artwork to give the room a finished look. The client’s design aesthetic leans towards transitional and her heart beats for any combination of teal and chocolate brown.

Sumptuous fabrics are going to be a huge talking point in this space. How could it not be once we install four of the longest drapery panels she’s ever seen? We’ve also designed millwork to add much needed architectural detail. In a room like this you’ve got to spend serious dough to make it look first class, or know someone who can help you to make it look like a million bucks. That’s us.


 With a label like “great room,” the space really has to live up to its name. I shared with my client this inspiration room designed by London-based Katharine Pooley. Katharine was one of the first designers whose work I fell in love with when I first started my business and till continues to be one of my favorites. She’s taken full advantage of the generous floor space by creating an intimate conversation area using two full sized sofas.


The furnishings are quite simple in form, I would imagine this would be the case when using so many upholstered pieces in one space. The overall feel is luxurious thanks to her choice of fabrics and of course not to mention the lighting. Ahhh, that chandelier ::clutches pearls::


Here are a few photos of the client’s great room. Boy, this makes for a spectacular before and after!


The floor plan calls for a similar seating arrangement complemented by accent tables around the perimeter and anchored by a trio of contemporary nesting tablesGreatRoom-DesignPlan-ErikaWard1

Here’s the design plan. Oversized artwork on these bare walls will play an important role in making the space feel lived in. The selections above are just preliminary choices. Sometimes in the middle things shaping up, I feel draw to other pieces. I’m happy that the client is confident in allowing me to make these decisions on her behalf. 

Stay tuned to see how everything comes together. If you are on instagram, follow the #SavannahDrive hashtag for updates as we grow closer to reveal day.

Opening image: Katharine Pooley


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