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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On Point

Needlepoint is an art that is not just for your grandmother, and it is coming back in a big way. Having a needlepoint pillow on your chair is no different than having a piece of art on your wall. I have recently come to adore the timeless and detailed needlepoint designs of Elizabeth Bradley Home. They choose only the highest and finest quality materials to create stunning pillows that can be placed in spaces modern or traditional. Just to know how detailed Elizabeth Bradley Home is with their prized pillows, each one takes over 120 hours of hand stitching.

While I don’t have 120 hours to spare, Elizabeth Bradley Home continues to create unique floral  needlepoint pillows that can provide striking contrast or blend beautifully with your home’s color palette. If everything old is new again, then an Elizabeth Bradley Home needlepoint will surely be  a thoughtful and lasting holiday gift.

See and purchase their newest collection on their website: www.ElizabethBradleyHome.com. Click pictures for links.

Classic look of Elizabeth Bradley Home Pillows

The feminine and classic botanical lily pillow. Notice the detail on the trim.

Cream Collection of Needlepoint Pillows by Elizabeth Bradley Home

This chic and current sofa provides the perfect backdrop for vibrant hues of botanicals on cream needlepoint pillows.

Crocus on Black Elizabeth Bradley Home Pillow

I am not sure what I like better, the cream or black background?  I do know that I love the pop of the of purple and golden colors in this light-filled neutral room!

Magnolia on Cream Pillow by Elizabeth Bradley Home Needlepoint

Notice how these pillows aren’t only for feminine spaces. They look equally at ease in more masculine rooms.

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I am obsessed with the contrast of the Daisy pillow against this wonderfully textured celadon chair.

Daffodil on Black Needlepoint Pillow by Elizabeth Bradley Home

The yellow daffodil pillow on a black background makes for an effective and edgy needlepoint design. I love how needlepoint can work well with all types of design styles.

Florals on Black by Elizabeth Bradley Home

The collection of all of the floral pillows against the black background. I love them grouped together!

Daisy on Cream Needlepoint Pillow by Elizabeth Bradely Home

Each needlepoint has an abundance of colors within it. Notice how this pillow not only compliments the coral of the chair, but also the yellow of the the porcelain pot.

Detailed Design of Elizabeth Bradley Home Pillows

This pillow instantly adds a breath of light and wonderful contrast to this room.

Magnolia on Black Needlepoint Pillow by Elizabeth Bradley Home

A classic setting for a classic needlepoint design.


Perfectly Plum

When it comes to colors, I prefer a Fall palette. Spring colors may be fun and vibrant, but Fall colors compliment my personal style. One Fall color that I find myself continually drawn toward is a deep plum shade.

While I love wearing plum, I wasn’t sure about how well it translates in the home. An immediate image popped in my head of a poor quality plum sheet set (remember- white linens only!). When the quality of the fabric is poor, plum does not reflect well. When you get a rich and luxe texture of plum, the results are opulent, refined, and classically chic. Here are some great images that demonstrate just how perfect plum really can be.


Sharon and Ozzy Osbournes LA sitting area via AD

A lovely velvet plum sofa in the home of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne via AD.

A dining room in Plum in Elle Decor

A regal and ombre dining room. Notice the nail head lining on the wall. So chic! Photo source: Elle Decor

A Plum mud room locker via House Beautiful

A mud room with a plop of plum. Photo source: House Beautiful 


Saircase in the Paris Duplex of Stefano Pilati

A distressed and refined plum paired with a muted blue in this gorgeous Paris duplex Stefano Pilati via AD.

Alex Papachrisridis Home in Elle Decor

The always timeless work of Alex Papachrisridis. I am loving the plum and blue combination. Photo source: Elle Decor

Door in Sardinia Italy via Pinterest

A stunning photo of true plum espalier in Sardinia, Italy. Photo source: Pinterest

Plum and leopard via AD

A plum wall mixed with a gorgeous animal print rug. Together they are a dynamite combination. Photo source: AD

Plum Panneling via Lonny

Phenomenal plum painted moldings in this moody and distinctive room. Photo source: Lonny

Striking combo of Plum and Green

Plum and green are a striking combination. How dramatically divine.


The Luxe Look of Leather

I will be the first to admit it, I am not a huge fan of leather. The first thing that comes to mind are bad 90’s couches, la-z-boy chairs a-la Frasier, and ultra modern furniture fit for an office lobby. While that may be harsh, I also admit that it is not status quo. Leather has grown on me over the years. Tufted, distressed, or trimmed with nail-heads, leather can be the perfect punch of texture that a room so desperately needs.

Leather can be warm and inviting, or modern and sleek. Either way, leather is a texture that can change the personality of a room in an instant. Here are some fantastically luxe looks of leather.

 Some of my favorite leather sofas


A leather chair in a bathroom via Elle Decor

I am in love with this worldly bathroom with striking penny tile floors complete with a leather armchair. Photo source: Elle Decor

Net-a-Porter founder;s London kitchen with leather stools

A smart and sophisticated London kitchen from the founder of Net-a-Porter. Photo source: AD

A masculine and leather hideaway via Elle Decor

Leather and leopard make for a rich combination (Lots of nudes on the walls!). Photo source: Elle Decor

A yummy and comfy tufted library via House Beautiful

Exactly the room where I would imagine a tufted leather sofa. A perfect spot to cuddle up with a book. Photo source: House Beautiful 

Beautiful leather chairs by Nancy Corzine in Jerry Pair Leather via Veranda

A smart shade of grey leather on these Nancy Corzine chairs with a lovely distressed sweedish table. Photo source: Veranda

Blue leather tufted chair in the historic Manhattan home of Robert Duffy

A smashing blue leather tufted armchair in this wonderfully collected room that is beautifully wallpapered. That marble on the fireplace is also fabulous. Photo source: AD

Dining room by David Netto in Veranda

David Netto created this contrasting and classic dining room at the Boxwood estate in Nashville. Photo source: Veranda

Elle Decor dining room in home of Glen Senk and Keith Johnson with leather bench

A tufted high-backed bench works wonderfully in this traditional dining room. A much needed dose of warmth and texture. Photo source: Elle Decor


A comfortably cool and chic room. Photo source: AD Spain

Green leather dining chairs via Elle Decor

Obsessed with the combination of green and blue and white. Love the copious amount of texture in this room. Photo source: Elle Decor

Leather bed that is smart and sophisticated via Veranda

A leather headboard that is classic and sophisticated for a city bedroom. Photo source: Veranda

Living room with black leather via DOmaine Home

A touch of black and brown leather bring perfect personality and texture to this living area. Photo source: Domaine Home

Malibu blue ocean is the backdrop for these warm leather chairs in ADjpg

A picture window with a picture perfect view in Malibu. The leather here is unexpected and adds incredible intimacy to this large scale room. Photo source: AD

Steven Gambrel via Elle Decor

A brown tufted leather bench is a distinguished addition to this hallway. Photo source: Elle Decor



A NYC Townhouse With A Twist

Continuing with my NYC trend, I wanted to feature one of my favorite townhouses that was built in the 1870’s and designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber. Bilhuber is one of my favorite designers due to his creative elegance and playful approach to decor. He arranges his furniture traditionally, but adds patterns and colors that are extremely current. His strong jewel tones compliment bold neutral patterns. Who wouldn’t want a townhouse rich in texture with a classically strong foundation. Bilhuber makes it work, and his legacy in design is just getting started.

Photos by William Waldron for Architectural Digest.

Eclectic and Colorful NYC townhouse by Jeffrey Bilhuber via AD

Jewel tones and furniture that is wonderfully placed and patterned.

Brunschwig & Fils fabirc on the sofa designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber via AD

Love this aerial shot of the leopard sofa in Brunschwig & Fils fabric.

A NYC townhouse by Jeffrey Bilhuber via AD

A high-sky gallery wall leading to the stairs plays off of the colorfully adorned living area.

Enterance Hall of NYC townhouse by Jeffrey Bilhuber via AD

A hallway that is collected and intimately chic. Bilhuber is masterful with his consistent pops of red throughout.

A chic and glossy den by Jeffrey Bilhuber via AD

A high gloss den with sweet potted topiaries for the mantle. I adore the white trim of the windows that contrasts against the walls.

Gingham and Colorfully fun dining room by Jeffrey Bilhuber via AD

Get it Gingham. A traditional pattern used in a very non traditional way. A lot of everything going on in this dining room, but it blends together so perfectly.

A red rendition in the kitchen by Jeffrey Bilhuber via AD

Here is that Bilhuber red again, acting as a muted tone of whimsy and divine design.

A smart green girls room in a NYC townhouse by Jeffrey Bilhuber

A sweet and green girl’s room. Look at the exact match of the curtains and wall color!

A smart vignette in this NYC townhouse by Jeffrey Bilhuber via AD

A fun a collected vignette. Bilhuber gives top notch design without anything looking stuffy and overly staged.

A sophisticated canopy master by Jeffrey Bilhuber via AD

A serene and lightly textured canopied master bedroom.

Open closet by Jeffrey Bilhuber via AD

Mirrored wall cabinets and a chic rolling latter on this animal print carpeted closet.

A master bath with a splash of blue in this NYC townhouse by Jeffrey Bilhuber via AD

The bathroom maintains it’s original timeless appeal with an updated elegance.