Posted: Jan 5 2016 By Lisa Mowry
When interior designer Minhnuyet Hardy tackled this house project for a young couple, she gave it the Goldilocks treatment. Like the famed storybook character who wanted things not too soft, but not too hard, Minhnuyet kept this new Atlanta home just right for a first house: not too modern nor excessively traditional, not too expensive but not too cheap, either. And it has just enough neutral to last a long time, but with the right amount of color and texture for a little pizzazz.
“Pick a dining table style that is appropriate for the space,” says interior designer Minhnuyet Hardy. “For instance, a round or square table looks best in a square room, and rectangular or oval looks best in a rectangle-shaped room.” For a sophisticated look in the dining room, Minhnuyet hung curtain rods at ceiling height, which draws the eye up. Custom curtains are made from Kravet’s Poppy fabric.
Minhnuyet added gray subway tiles in a herringbone pattern as a striking kitchen backsplash. She mixed and matched textures in the kitchen-breakfast room area by combining a rustic reclaimed farm table from Four Hands, wooden chairs by Gabby and upholstered counter stools from Ballard Designs. “We made a custom L-shaped bench that allowed plenty of seating around the kitchen table,” says Minhnuyet. “The curtains, bench seat cushion and chair cushions helped bring in pattern and color to this area.”
Minhnuyet was hired when the house was in mid-construction phase, which gave her the opportunity to help choose lighting, tile selections, backsplash, paint and most of the furniture. “Since this was the couple’s first house, we didn’t need to use much of anything they already had, so we could start with a clean slate,” recalls Minhnuyet. “They wanted the house to be warm, comfortable and with a few pops of color, so we set our budget and away we went.