I recently moved into a 30 year old home with a traditional living room, formal dining room and separate kitchen/family room space. Although I have learned to love this new layout and have found creative ways to make best use of these spaces, for the first several months I did long for a more modern, open floor plan. I can empathize with the family of four in a similar situation who reached out to Atlanta designer Jamie Krywicki Wilson of Krywicki Interior Design for help. The clients lived in a very traditional home, but wanted something fresh, modern, and airy, complete opposite of what they had. They also entertain a lot, but didn’t have the most ideal space to do so.
This gorgeous living area renovation in Roswell, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta) demonstrates Jamie’s innovation and stylish design eye. She explains: “We took a formal living room near the front of the house and opened it up to the casual living room in the back of the house, creating lots of little seating areas that would be flexible when they were having guests over. We used a huge cased opening (due to structural constraints) with built-in bookcases on either side to create a multi-functional room at the front of the house for reading and music.”
“My design process is very collaborative (if the client wants), so I always create a Pinterest board to have clients share inspiration images and products they love and I will share the same. It’s a constant outlet for communication and it hasn’t failed me yet!”
“The piano (love when clients have pianos!) really created the focal point of this space, something both their little girls play.”
“All the furniture has that mid-century vibe, but is super comfortable for the family and their guests.”
Blue lounge chair: Mitchell Gold Bob Williams
“In the main living space, we took down a painted-over grasscloth wallcovering, added a fresh coat of paint, and modernized the fireplace completely using shiplap and Carrara marble.”
I strive to create spaces that touch on the past, exist in the present, and gravitate towards the future. Jamie Krywicki Wilson
Brava Jamie, for having the vision to accomplish just that with this renovation!