Darlings. We have such an inspirational and big time guest today. I feel like I truly need to roll out the red carpet here. Heather from the fabulous shop Ivy and Vine and the mastermind behind her design firm HHR Interiors is here to share her favorite space with us. Let me tell you all of the things I adore about Heather. You can agree or you can agree. It is just that simple. Heather has the most discerning eye and fabulous taste. Pretty much adore every piece in her shop, and actually pine over them. Heather uses natural elements to bring interest and curiosity into a space. All in all, I love Heather as a person and as an interior designer. Can't wait for you to get the tour through her favorite space. You will be jelly!
Thank you to Lindsay for asking me to participate in the "My Favorite Room" series. My name is Heather Roberts and I own the e-commerce home retail company Ivy and Vine and also run my interior design firm, HHR Interiors. I selected my dining room for My Favorite Room, because it was such a great transformation story, and I feel like we've been able to give the room a ton of personality. My husband and I moved to Atlanta from New York City, and found a classic 1941 Colonial Home in Buckhead. The house has amazing bones, but when we first moved in, the decor seemed a little dated, and many of the rooms (including this one), were very dark and cavernous.
The dining room, as seen by these photos, was decorated in a garnet tone. The room was completely wallpapered in a red damask print, and the window treatments were heavy, dark maroon silk. It was an absolutely beautiful space, but didn't seem like the right space for entertaining by the modern family.
Regardless, it was a very elegant and historical space - double doors open onto the "Dorothy Draper"-esque chequered foyer of the house, and an old-timey swinging door, separates the dining room from the Kitchen (which back in the day, the woman of the house rarely entered). Adding to this, there was even a buzzer embedded into the floor, which the owners could step on to call for the help. My husband and I, loved all of the history, and wanted to keep these original elements throughout our home, but give it a modern, updated look.
The room was starting to come together, but I definitely wanted to find an interesting way to fill the wall space. On the wall above one of the sideboards, I asked one of my husband's best friends to paint a large abstract acrylic on canvas. Andrew is, by day, a successful marketing executive, but has always had an artistic side, and I knew he would jump at the opportunity, and we would own an original (and large!) piece of custom art.. Sure enough, it is a perfect modern element to a very traditional space- and since then, I've been able to sell a number of his other pieces to both retail and design clients.
Excitingly enough, Heather has a Ivy and Vine One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sale happening this Sunday, November 11. I mean, I don't know 'bout y'all but I am going to get me some Ivy and Vine goodies. Check it out. Seriously.