Dixon Rye

I love Atlanta. People often say it is like Dallas with more trees. They also have such a pulse on design. I mean think of all the greats there- Suzanne Kasler is based there, Phoebe Howard has a store there, plus Danielle Rollins is quite the tastemaking guru, Parker Kennedy Living resides there, and my favorite monogram queen, Laurie Byrne is there as well. It is also home to the always chic design of Bradley Odom.

Bradley recently opened a new home store in the area called Dixon Rye. He has such an eye for collected, chicly effortless, and dimensional design. There is something so refreshing about his style. It is like a breath of fresh air with a hint of something woodsy. Maybe it is just his ability to combine texture with a clean palette and classic lines. Whatever it is, it surely makes Dixon Rye a place I am desperately ready to frequent.

I had the opportunity to send him a few questions about Dixon Rye. Feast yourself on the beautiful images of his store and his wonderful vision for making Dixon Rye a design destination.

For design work of Bradley Odom, founder and curator of Dixon Rye, please click here.

Photos courtesy of Domino Media Group

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How would you describe your personal design aesthetic?

Dark and moody—masculine colors with over the top texture. At Dixon Rye we talk a lot about identifying the hero of a room and letting it be a hero. For me personally, the hero is usually something leather or a cool architectural find.

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What hopes do you have for Dixon Rye?

I always say that first and foremost we are a creative brand. We are a retail shop and we offer design services but a creative process informs every decision we make. It’s an atmosphere where lasting relationships are formed, consumers are educated about where things are made. It is always a question of how products are made, who made them and why that matters. We pay special attention to all details from the music we play, the packaging, and of course, the friendly experts you engage with. We’ll continue to grow our DR Collection and our online presence.


Shot of an interior project designed by Bradley Odom.

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What are your design pet peeves?

Not considering scale and volume of a space or an individual piece, especially lamps! We like to ensure that lamps are the appropriate size in relationship to the table and room. Sounds simple but it’s something I notice and it stands out like a sore thumb to me.

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Best advice you ever received about design/decor?

One of my former professors once said, “A good idea is just that, a good idea, until you actually spend time working out the details and ensuring it actually works.”

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Who inspires you?

I love the work of Billy Baldwin. He was one of the greats that never missed an opportunity to add an interesting detail to an otherwise basic piece of furniture—and we’re both Sagittarius. Recently, I’ve been inspired by Meyer-Davis. Their ability to mix materials is awe-inspiring.

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What is on your nightstand?

Books! Sounds so expected, but I love being surrounded by inspiration. I also have a favorite piece of art that my Mom gifted me which leans on the wall off of my nightstand, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say my iPhone.

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Potted boxwood is?


A Blue & White Holiday

There is nothing more I love than tasteful holiday decor. This past weekend my good friend Sara in Atlanta visited the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine Holiday House. I knew this house was going to be phenomenal, especially since I follow the incredible Danielle Rollins on Instagram and was able to see her constant progress on the den she designed with Bill Ingram. I asked sweet Sara to send me pictures of this incredible home, and I was not disappointed.

Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living designed a brilliant back porch on this home that is graciously adorned with blue and white porcelain pots filled with potted boxwoods and chic red ribbon design. My friend was only able to snap a few pictures, but the ones she did take were worth sharing.

Enjoy these potted boxwoods perfected. Happy Monday!

An outdoor mantle at the Atlanta Holiday House by Parker Kennedy Living

The stunning fireplace of magnolia leaf garland, lemons, and chic blue and white porcelain. An incredible display.

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I adore the combination of blue and white pattern. How divine!

Potted Boxwoods in blue and white pots designed by Parker Kennedy Living

My favorite display of boxwoods in blue and white porcelain pots. The macau dining chairs in white are so effective against the blue.

More of the outdoor area designed by Parker Kennedy Living

Honestly, could this be a more picturesque porch?!  Any side table that stands upon blue and white ginger jars is going to be a favorite.

Close up of the fireplace designed by Parker Kennedy Living

Cheers to David and Lance at Parker Kennedy Living! This back patio is not only ideal for the holidays, but would be timeless year round.


Landscape Of Atlanta

Atlanta is a city that has wonderful curb appeal. Whether it is a charming tudor or an elegant home in Buckhead, residents understand the importance of good landscaping. A name I often come across when researching Atlanta homes is the landscape firm of Howard Design Studio. On each project, John Howard creates a masterpiece oasis full of potted plants, lush texture, and grand dimension. While his landscape design is tasteful, it is often happily unexpected.

I can’t wait to share more fun Atlanta design when I return. Per usual, check my instagram for up to the minute pictures!

A classic and elegant landscape design by Howard Design Studio

An exquisite pergola with potted topiaries and beautiful hedges. Stunning!

Boxwood perfection by Howard Design Studio

Symmetry and beautiful boxwood elegance. I love that off-white brick color!

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A glimpse of the boxwood house in Atlanta, formerly owned by Danielle Rollins. So classic enchanting. Photo source: Things That Inspire

Howard Design Studio landscaping and sundial

Another glimpse of the Boxwood house. This sundial centerpiece is as timeless as the home.

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A lovely pathway lined with hydrangeas and ending with a chic black bench. Photo source: Litchfield Designs

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Often people place fountains in the center, but this wall fountain is superb and sophisticated. I love the different tiers of plants and mix of texture and color. Photo source: The Foo Dog Ate My Homework

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A more contemporary exterior with oversized circular boxwoods framing the home. The circular boxwoods really add a sharp edge of current dimension. Photo source: Elle Decor

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Potted boxwoods perfected in contrasting white planters. Photo source: Things That Inspire

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I love the rows and layers of greenery around this home’s exterior.

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A classic and current pool area created by Howard Design Studio. Photo source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles



Not The Norm

I have mentioned before how deceiving homes can be. They can be built so beautifully, so exquisitely, and yet lack so much on the interior side. I am a firm believer that every space can be beautiful, but I often find that not every beautifully built space lives up to that potential. It is one of designs many tragedies, when an architect and designer’s vision don’t harmoniously mesh together. Both play such a crucial role in the making of a phenomenal house, no matter how grand or how small the scale.

Anyone who has a good eye and sense of space can transform an interior, but not every home has a good foundation. To continue with my Georgian theme, I thought I would feature one of Atlanta’s most renown architects and creator of good foundations. Norman Askins has been in the business of designing and restoring some of the most prominent and classic homes throughout Atlanta. While his work is fantastically classic Atlanta, his design vision is anything but the norm.


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The entrance to Norman’s Atlanta home Villa Vecchia, meaning “Old House”. Photo source: Frances Schultz

Atlanta stone home by Norman Askins via Georgianadesign

A lovely drive to this stone home with striking black shutters. Photo source: Georgiana design


Customa Gate and lantern by Norman Askins via AHL

Askins definitely knows how to add a storybook appeal and personality to his homes. His gates and entrances give his homes architectural charm. Photo source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Garden and fountain designed by architect Norman Askins via his website

A magical old world courtyard and fountain. I love the loose landscaping and beautiful arches in his design.

Home by Norman Askins via Veranda

When I think of Atlanta homes this is exactly what comes to mind. Stately, sophisticated, and timeless. Photo source: Veranda

Perfectly appointed pool by Norman Askins

White potted boxwoods by the pool and remarkable symmetry.

Sunroom by Norman Askins Architect

Askins really is a jack of all trades. He can go from traditional to current to old world and back. I love the industrial doors on this seamlessly traditional entry. He does not do boring!

Chinese Chippendale screened in porch by Norman Askins

A Chinese chippendale pool house adds a punch of personality to this backyard pool setting. Photo source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle

White house black door beuatiful boxwoods by Noman Askins

My idea of heaven. White house, large columns, black shutters and boxwoods.

Blue Garden Gate by Norman Askins via AHL

Another charming garden gate finished in a serene blue.

Book by Norman Askins

Norman Askins book was recently released this month. I can’t wait to order and see more of his superb architectural design. Click picture to purchase.


Photos not tagged can be found on the website of Norman Askins.

A Lovely Atlantan

It is often said that Atlanta is just like Dallas, but with a lot more trees. At the end of the week I am heading to Atlanta, so I am choosing to feature gorgeous Georgia homes on the blog all week. When I think of Atlanta, I automatically think of the beautiful boxwood house decorated by Miles Redd and formerly owned by the super-talented tastemaker Danielle Rollins.

Also when I think of Atlanta, I think of the incredibly chic Suzanne Kasler whose design business is based in the city. Today, I want to feature a home she designed that is equal parts comfortably classic and elegantly sophisticated. Kasler creates an inviting ambience that does not lack in detail or exquisite design aesthetic. It is a wonderful welcome to the versatile design of Atlanta.

Photos by Pieter Estersohn for Architectural Digest

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The back exterior of the home designed by Kasler that is a gorgeous mix of natural elements and smart landscaping.

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The ceilings in this home steal the show. So much attention to detail. A casual and elegant living space.

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I love the round chandelier and eclectic mix of pattern and furniture.

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A warm and intimate dining area. I love how it has a living room feel and planked walls.

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Notice the lamps by the stove. How personal and classic is this kitchen?!

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Vaulted ceilings along with soft colors and texture. I love beautiful white bedding.

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The ceiling work and glamorous touches of glass and texture are flawless in this bathroom.

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A unique guest bath of earthy tones and natural elements.

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A perfect backyard oasis full of garden stools and succulents.