A Historic House with Personality

I’ve been feeling a little less than inspired by spreads in my shelter magazines lately and even on Pinterest. Have you?  I crave some more interesting spaces with personality and a unique flair- not just “pretty” spaces.  Sometimes even those that are not my personal style can inspire creative thinking and to take some design risks.

I saw this home on Atlanta Home website and thought it was just one of those spaces.  The historic Greek Revival home, called Honeymoon, was built in 1831 and has been lovingly renovated by design showroom owner James Stanton and his partner.  There is nothing like a good ol’ grand Southern mansion….


I die over the original door knocker.



I love the blue of this entry (trim and ceilings all the same)  and the two prints on the wall….


You can see how the color changes in the light here and how the bolder color shows off the antiques and period details on the stairs.



This moody den is also cool, again with the ceilings painted the same color as the walls- something I’d only do in a room with high ceilings.



In another living space the mood is lighter, but a dramatic green sofa and modern rug. It’s not exactly my person style, but I do like the mix.


I do however, love the mix of antiques and modern decor in this home.


I just posted this wallpaper last week when discussing grisaille, and here is an example of it in the dining room.  I love the painted trim and ceiling- and that gold mirror.


This kitchen feels a little too dark for me personally. I may have done just the cabinets in the grey and something lighter up top.


More fun use of wallpaper in a powder room. Again, not something I’d pick but certainly a funky and cool application.


I do like this space- the Currey & Co. chandelier, the light blue walls and four poster bed.  This space feels pretty unique and the mix of dark brown and blue feels interesting.



I LOVE these adorable twin beds.


A pretty vignette, again a mix of dark tones and lighter blues, showcasing a fun lamp by Aerin for Visual Comfort.


The relaxing pool.


The old maid’s quarters that the couple have set their sights on renovating next!



Some picks from Stanton Home Furnishings, some right from this house!


dining chair // dining table // bird print // abstract print // side table // sculpture // horse // vase // chest // lamp // coffee table // chair // sofa // ottoman



  1. I agree! I’m over the same (yet very beautiful) white kitchens. I love the drama of this house. It pulls it off nicely.

  2. When we lived in Birmingham AL it was common to paint everything the same color- walls, doors, trim, and ceilings. So that’s what I did in our new Philly house and I love it! Even black in a low ceiling nook of a bathroom…made the low ceiling a non issue.

  3. What a gorgeous mix of old and new! By the way, I’m pretty sure that mirror in the dining room is this one from CB2 . I just specified it for a client’s foyer and couldn’t recommend it more highly. Such a great bang for a very affordable buck…

  4. Have you seen the Netflix show “Grace and Frankie”? The foyer in the home of one of the characters uses that same bathroom wallpaper in a different color way. Every time a scene is filmed there, that wallpaper catches my eye. Some how I don’t like it personally and yet can’t not look at it at the same time. Those twin beds above are so, so pretty….

  5. Ok, this is interesting. This is the second design blog today that featured a home with a ‘secretary’ with the top taken off. I have been wanting to refinish ours and put it in my little girl’s room as her desk (with a cute little lucite chair perhaps) but was afraid of the top part toppling. But, this is an option I never thought of!!! Thanks for the idea, Erin. lol

    1. Lindsey, I did this very thing in my tween daughter’s tiny bedroom with a vintage secretary, which I painted white, and paired with a knockoff ghost chair ordered off Amazon. Super happy with the result!

  6. Any idea which blue paint colors were used? I am looking for a similar color to the foyer or the bedroom, which seems just a bit lighter.

  7. Hi Erin, I’m with you on the kitchen, it’s a bit too dark and moody for my liking, everything else is stunning! I want that old maid’s cottage for my art studio!!!

  8. Now THAT is what I like about a home…it doesn’t have to be to EVERYONE’s liking…personally, I love that kitchen and the wallpaper and..just everything about it!! Interesting/Personality/Color!! franki

  9. I think you are a southern girl at heart! And thank you for the furniture resource. I am looking for a chest for my dining room and found some that might work!

  10. Loving it! Having done all white/neutral and very traditional in our previous homes, our new home features a similar formula – rich, saturated jewel tones with modern and traditional touches. Thank you for the inspiration to continue pushing outside the box – it CAN be done with elegant and pleasing results. (Would love that pool by the by …) (P.S. Hope you are feeling a wee bit better … its all worth it. )

  11. I actually don’t love it and think some of the choices detract from the elegance of this historic home. It feels awkward and purchased to me..not acquired like you’d expect to see when you open the front door!

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