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Hard Work Makes a House a Home in Marietta, GA

by Lauren Chorpening

I am an instant-gratification decorator. When I get a vision in my head about charcoal walls or restoring a piece of furniture, it eats at me until I do something about it. I love how quickly things can change and I love the feeling that I did it myself. In the end, my house will reflect me more and carry more meaning to me than if I left it alone. This 1970s ranch was sold to a renovating power couple who immediately tore down walls, put up molding and turned it into their beautiful home.

, interior designer, and Nick Wilson, project manager for a contractor, bought this Marietta, GA home two years ago. Since the time they moved in, they have renovated, remodeled or refreshed every room in the house — and mostly without any help. “I went into every home [while looking for a one to buy] with the intent to renovate. It’s a blessing and a curse when you’re a designer, but it’s great to be able to visualize a home’s potential before you even think about buying. I’m proud to say that other than the cased openings the contractor’s team made for us, every paint stroke, trim piece, shiplap wall and ceiling was done by Nick and I,” Jamie says. “We broke the house up in phases to make the work more manageable physically and financially. And I discovered it’s nearly impossible for me to not end up painting my entire body when a baseboard needs a fresh coat.”

Jamie’s cohesive, lived-in approach to interior design makes her home look put-together without feeling stuffy or formal. “We knew our home was the one because it checked all our must-have boxes and left us with a blank canvas to finally create our first home together,” Jamie says. “Nick left the decorating up to me. However, I always think it’s important for a home to feel collected and to tell a story about the entire family that lives there. To look and feel livable, so no one is afraid to make themselves at home.” The changes and the new layout of the space are set off with cozy, colorful pieces, creating an aesthetic that couldn’t be achieved without the couple’s hard work and clear vision for their home. —Lauren

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SOURCE LIST

Living Room
Paint Color (Walls and Trim): Benjamin Moore/Super White
Iron/Wood Shelving: Joss and Main
Elephant Print: The Animal Print Shop
Mid-Century Side Table: West Elm
Mini Marble Base Lamp: West Elm
Pillows: Etsy
Media Buffet: Antique Market
Pouf: Southeastern Salvage
Sofa and Leather Chair: Pottery Barn
Fireplace Photo: Anna Howard Studios Print Shop
Rug: Pottery Barn
Mid-Century Side Chair: Family Heirloom
Floor Lamp: Pottery Barn
Banner: Schoolhouse Electric

Dining Room
Paint Color (Trim): Sherwin Williams/Westhighland White
Dining Table: Family Antique
Chairs: World Market (refinished)
Mid-century Buffet: Craigslist
Lamps: Target
Buffalo Print: The Animal Print Shop
Rhino Accessory: Dwell Studio
Light Fixture: Ballard Designs
Rug: West Elm

Entryway
Paint Color (Walls/Trim): Sherwin Williams/Westhighland White
Wood Bench: TJMaxx
Bookends: Restoration Hardware
Blanket: Pendleton
Runner: Lulu and Georgia

Office
Paint Color (Trim): Sherwin Williams/Westhighland White
Paint Color (Walls): Sherwin Williams/ Nuance
Desk: West Elm
Rug: World Market
Chair: World Market

Hallway
Runner: Overstock
Chair: Antique Market
Horse Head: TJMaxx
Picture Frames: Pottery Barn

Guest Room
Paint Color (Trim/Walls): Sherwin Williams/ Moderne White
Picture: Creative Marketplace in IKEA frame
Blanket: Urban Outfitters
Rug: Overstock
Teal Chair: Serena and Lilly
Dip Dyed Stools: Serena and Lilly
Duvet: IKEA
Throw Pillow: West Elm
Sheep Skin: Ireland
Dresser: West Elm
Lamp: Target
Figure Painting: Teil Duncan-One Kings Lane
Clothing Rack: Handmade by Nick
Keep it Real Pendant: Made by Jamie

Master Bedroom
Paint Color (Trim/Walls): Sherwin Williams/ Pure White
Paint Color (Door/Windows): Benjamin Moore/ Wrought Iron
Duvet Cover/Throw Pillow: Urban Outfitters
Rugs: Urban Outfitters
White Side table: Antique Market
Black Suitcase Side table: Family Heirloom
Task Lamps: Pottery Barn
Fan: Home Depot
Picture: Anna Howard Studios Print
Drapery: IKEA

Master Bath
Paint Color (Trim/Walls): Sherwin Williams/ Pure White
Paint Color (Door/Windows): Benjamin Moore/ Wrought Iron
Vanity/Sink/Faucet: IKEA (painted, new hardware)
Hardware: Schoolhouse Electric
Brass Shelf: Schoolhouse Electric
Soap Dish/Cup: West Elm
Mirror: IKEA
Sconce: Cedar and Moss
Shower Curtain: West Elm
Towel Bag: Target

Powder Room
Paint Color (Trim): Sherwin Williams/ Westhighland White
Wallcovering: Custom HD Walls
Vanity: Home Depot
Faucet: Kohler
Mirror: World Market
Sconces: Restoration Hardware

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Jamie has created a welcoming environment with the use of eclectic pieces, colors and prints.
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The gallery wall is a collection of prints and posters that Nick and Jamie rotate in and out every so often. It is a reflection of them and what they are drawn to at different points. Since the majority of the renovation work is done, this wall is a project for them to continue to work on and change.
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"I wanted our space to show off our adventures together, whether it was though photography, art, or accessories we collected along the way," says Jamie.
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"Our furniture collection is a mix of antiques with mid-century and modern pieces. There are also a few IKEA and low budget items thrown in there as well," Jamie says. "Overall, I wanted to create a clean space and let the objects we put into it bring in life, color, and personality, while making efficient use of all the small spaces."
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The entry hall was an add-in during the first phase of renovation. Jamie and Nick wanted a clear welcoming point to their home, not just to have guests walk into a large room.
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The gallery wall in the entryway is personal to Jamie and Nick individually and them as a couple. "The front entry is seldom used by us, but creates the perfect gallery hall that's always changing. Everything we have on the walls or on a shelf tells a story about an adventure we took or has a special meaning to us," Jamie says.
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The office has so much natural light. Jamie and Nick use this space to read or relax. While each of the pieces in the space are very different aesthetically, their neutral palette helps them to work well together in a transitional style.
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"Originally [the home] had popcorn ceilings, and cheap wainscoting on all the walls," Jamie says. "We tore everything out and added board and batten paneling in this very light blue/grey color. I recovered the chair in the hallway with a pop of color in an orange vinyl to draw your eye down the hallway."
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The dining room was once a formal living room that the front door opened up to. Jamie and Nick turned it into the entry hall and the dining room by putting up a strategic wall and opening up the walls on the other side of the room. Jamie and Nick's mix of vintage, global and transitional pieces makes the space feel casual, while the color palette makes it feel incredibly refined. The mid-century credenza was a Craigslist purchase.
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This home consistently uses color and white really well. To set off the blues in the dining room, Jamie layered pieces that are interesting on their own but that wouldn't take away from the overall impact of the space.
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"The last phase in our renovation plan is the kitchen," Jamie says. "It's okay for now, it gets the job done, but we would love to make some layout changes, reface the cabinets, change the fixtures and appliances and put in a new backsplash."
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"The goal for our master bedroom was to create a bright, airy space that would be an oasis for us to unwind and relax in. I love all the natural light that hits this space in the morning. It’s hard not to wake up in a great mood."
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"This room, along with the master bath, were the most recent additions to our renovation list, which is probably why they’re my favorite rooms in the house right now," Jamie says.
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The master bathroom's modern finishes are softened by the original windows and added accessories. "I love the timeless feel this area of our home gives off and the simplicity found in these little details," says Jamie.
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The guest room is serene and minimal. "I love the neutrality of the space. Whites, off-whites, and blacks make up the majority of the decor."
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The guest room's color comes from a Teil Duncan print styled with pretty and simple details.
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"It was a must to splurge on this wallcovering for above the wainscoting. I love how it adds an element of surprise to the house and shows off a bit of our wild side," Jamie says. "We took this room to the studs and added the detailed wainscoting all in a weekend's time."
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From left to right: Izzie, Jamie, Nick, and Fritz in the house they have worked so hard to create into a home.
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Jamie and Nick's current floorplan.

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