An Old World Cottage Designed by Shon Parker

I know I mentioned this last week but I am over the moon with the February issue of House Beautiful. It is filled with gorgeous projects from cover to cover and although I already wrote about one of their stories here (Nina Farmer’s Boston home makeover), I can’t help sharing yet another one. It is a 1900s Atlanta cottage with plenty of charm and an old world feel. Those of you who share my love of old houses will really like this one!



Designer Shon Parker  transformed a century old house into an elegant, period appropriate abode with all the conveniences of modern day living. Throughout its various ownerships, the house had been added to and modernized so the designer’s vision was to unify the elements throughout and make the interiors feel more cohesive and grand. The current owner has a passion for architecture and was waiting for a long time for this house to come on the market. She also has cats, which dictated a choice of feline-proof fabrics  – silk velvets and linen – in the main living areas.


The most dramatic change in this project occurred in the entryway. Here Parker chose to sheath the walls with a thick walnut paneling in a waxy, polished finish. The foyer floors are covered in marble tiles set in a herringbone pattern that create drama. An antique Spanish console table anchors the space, while a large custom-made mirror adds practicality and shine. I also love that massive African planter filled with moss, the perfect touch of green.



The kitchen is another room that witnessed a stunning makeover!


The dark green cabinets clearly had to go! Marble countertops and Shaker style cabinets in a cream finish lighten up the space. The stove was moved and centered on the front wall. I absolutely love the beams and the new iron casement windows! They bring in warmth and contrast. I also think that Parker’s idea to replace the island with a breakfast table is brilliant. It keeps the space open, it feels inviting and most of all, it is different. We don’t see kitchens like this one everyday!


Here is an excerpt from House Beautiful’s February feature describing Parker’s vision and design choices for this space:

”Before we could begin, we needed to strip out a bathroom and butler’s pantry to free up space. Some of the ceiling beams existed, but we added even more; we gave them a dark, waxed finish that feels antique and looks great against cream walls. Lighting was a challenge because there was no space between the ceiling and the floor above it to hide the mechanics. We ended up concealing low-voltage spots inside the new crossbeams. For the floors, we used two colors of limestone, blue-gray and cream, and laid a checkerboard on the diagonal, which is more forgiving — in an old house, it helps hide crooked lines.”

To see the rest of the story and more of this lovely home, head over to HB. Have a great weekend!



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