Atlanta Home for the Holidays Showhouse

The Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Showhouse is an Atlanta tradition. Having just packed up my space at the Magnolia Designer Showhouse I was ready to stroll another beautiful home designed by yet another group of talented people.

Swoon over these spaces just a little and then take a friend and go visit this lovely home.

I’m crazy busy with countdown to Christmas break so today I’m doing a photo share and you can take a look at the designers here.

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I LOVE that this is another approachable showhouse we can relate to and take ideas from. Notice the details – that’s what makes a room special.

Some days are just nuts. Yesterday I went to the gym for the first time in a long time. I grocery shopped, visited school, had a morning visit of inspiration and sharing with another business woman, picked up the kids, helped with homework, fixed dinner, washed laundry (hubby folded), ran to tile stores, and worked until 8pm. My days are always a bit crazy but at the end of the day I’m with my family and everyone is happy, healthy, and together.

We need to add time in our day for ourselves so that we handle crazy days the best we can- for me it’s got to be exercise with no excuses!

Stay tuned for after photos of a beautiful kitchen and bath reno and progress on a large farmhouse inspired transformation (this is going to be good good good.)

I’d love to help you with your decorating and design needs. Email me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

Happy Holidays! Peace.

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Magnolia Designer Show House

The Magnolia Designer Show House came to an end and we’ve moved on out. I thought I’d post a final share for those of you that missed out!

I’m so grateful for the opportunity and appreciate my friend Betsy Riley (editor-in-chief Atlanta Magazine’s HOME), my new friend Beverly Baribault (Beverly Baribault Design Group) , and the team at Atlanta Magazine.

See the designers and their spaces in this issue-on stands now.

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Take a moment and watch the video and tour house photos, here.

Here’s a last look at the sitting room I designed. (Marc Mauldin Photography). Casual, elegant and timeless.

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One final thank you to the following fabulous participants.

Baker (at ADAC)
Contact: Vickie McCann
404-266-0501
bakerfurniture.com

California Closets
Cabinets
Contact: Calais McGinness
678-777-2222
californiaclosets.com

Douglass Workroom
Drapery/Ottomans/Pillows
draperyandupholsteryworkroom.com

Duralee ADAC
Showroom Manager: Joy Coleman
404-467-8404
duralee.com

steve mcKenzie’s
Accessories and original art
999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta
404-618-0422
stevemckenzies.com

On The Surface Design
Ceiling decorative paint
Contact: Patricia Presto
404-915-6028
onthesurfacedesign.com

RS Solid Surfaces
Custom countertops
rscustomcountertops.com

Christine Sommerville
Custom Paintings
Instagram: Christinesommerville_art
404-433-1368

Thibaut (at Duralee ADAC)
thibautdesign.com

Though the tours have ended you can continue to support the benefactor of this show house, Advocates for Children.

Finally, I love my husband and my two boys. I’ve been busy and they’ve been supportive, understanding, and give me hugs at the end of every day.

Time for the next adventure. I’d love to help you love your home. Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

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Freshen Your Space

Freshen your space with flowers! It’s Monday and why not start your week with a little inspiration and something so fresh…..

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Fresh flowers and plants really lift the mood. Keep it simple.

(Photos by Christina Wedge)

I’d love to help you with your design or decorating projects- big and small. Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

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Week at a Glance

It’s beginning to feel like Fall in the mornings. I’m sitting outside on our porch planning for the short but busy week ahead. Here’s a bit of what I’m up to this week.

First, if you haven’t heard I’ve designed a space for the Magnolia Designer Show House in Cartersville, GA. The show house opens in October and tickets are on sale now. We’re adding final touches in preparation for the photographer.

Back when we were painting. This is the sitting room off of the master suite. Sweet and serene space. You’ll just have to see it in person!

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This gorgeous fabric might be seen in my space.

My client work this week focuses on renovation projects. I always start custom design elements by putting thoughts to paper- gets the concept flowing. An elevation in CAD was created and approved. An amazing wall of shelves, a bar, and custom office unit is soon to be in the hands of the contractors.

On to finish selections! Tile, tops, and touches 😉

This porcelain beauty will cover a fireplace wall in a sleek, cozy-industrial basement space.

White isn’t always right… though usually it is. I chose a different direction for this master bath when I saw this gorgeous marble.

Ordering and final selections for a gutted kitchen is in the works this week too.

What else?

I’m always excited for first consultation meetings and this next one is with a new couple just starting out. Such an exciting time for them. I really love helping couples make a house a home with merging styles.

Lastly, the management task owning a design business comes with many to-do’s and I’ve got to catch up on some of those this week.

No, not lastly. Did I mention that I’m going on a group adventure to Round Top, Texas? YES!! I can’t wait to shop the market. Become a client and I can shop for you!  This will be so fun to follow along. If you’re local be sure to stop in at The Front Porch of Vinings. Lisa put together a group and we’re following her all the way to Texas for some serious fun and shopping. We’re meeting this week so talk details… and TX heat.

It’s only a four day work week so I’ve got a lot to do…and of course be a mom to my boys.

It’s September already?! If you are working on a renovation, new construction, decorating transformation, or room refresh I’d love to help. Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

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Creative Corners

It’s the weekend and you’re hopefully in full relaxation mode. Wouldn’t you love a cozy spot to read (or hide) and relax in?

Find your corner and get to layering!

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milton bonus room nook

This affordable nook has personality. I layered patterns, textures, color, and character. Boho chic. (Christina Wedge: photography)

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If you have a larger area and want to be a bit more planned- try a reading corner with built-ins and a multipurpose table. We added these delicious velvet drapery panels to warm the space.

A budget friendly option would be to incorporate free standing shelves (keep it sturdy) and a chair with an ottoman.

Stylish, cozy, functional, and flexible!

What creative corner can you come up with?

I’m always here to help! See my services, here.

Happy relaxation!

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Superwoman Has Nothing On You

Superwoman is a powerful, beautiful superhero with a rocking body. I am not superwoman. I do not have super powers or the ability to fight bad guys while wearing heels. Where am I going with this?

Haven’t you heard people say things like “you do so much you are like superwoman!” I have. It’s a playful term for someone to say when they notice how much another woman juggles in her day to day. I’ve said it to others too in admiration of what ‘appears’ to be someone that has it all together. Let’s be truthful. No one feels like superwoman when they are going in ten different directions each day. How together does this sound? Unfolded laundry, a to-do list that’s never done, and that workout you promised yourself you would squeeze in, you bought your children their dinner from a gas station (yep)…and this goes on and on.

Add being a mom to a woman’s role and your even less likely to feel like superwoman. I don’t make the best dinners. I don’t force the veggies (these little people can break you down!). I’m not so sure my youngest has clean clothes on today and I’m so tired of cleaning around the toilets. Here’s the big thing I know about myself- I’m not good at the very hard job of being a stay at home mom. I’ve done it and I have plenty of days and breaks when I’m home BUT ongoing is not for me. I like working and doing what fills me up creatively. I add working mom outside the home to my list and I’m closer to wearing underoos than a superwoman cape.

I’ve always been goal oriented and very driven and I like that my boys see that part in me with my design work. It’s also my desire to contribute financially to the household and it gives me a sense of independence and confidence. It’s just my thing. I’m still at the bus stop and I’m driving to soccer practice and I’m checking emails in carpool. It’s a little circus scenario at times but the imperfections are completely fine with me. I also know that my desires or family needs could all change, and they are my priority.

That leads me to this. We all have a daily balancing act as women and likely never feel like superwoman. Let’s mix in those hard life moments we experience into our day to day tasks. These bumps in the road can turn us upside down, inside out, and make regular daily tasks seem out of control. This is where the superhero comes in. The daily task and juggling can’t stop–well, maybe they can be altered, delayed, or passed on to someone else. Sometimes the superhero is you, and sometimes we need a superhero.

I’ve had many life moments that changed my direction, my thoughts, my desires, and my needs. I shared just one directional shift here My Journey Began with Fear.  Bumps can sure feel like mountains. I know how it feels when you’ve got momentum going and the chain falls off your bike and you’ve got to shift gears. One year ago I had a leg cramp that wouldn’t go away. My inner voice (speaks beautiful Italian btw) was loud and I knew I needed to go to the doctor. They found a blood clot in my leg and put the fear in me about the seriousness of this. I administered shots in my stomach and took blood thinners and tried to not get injured. I had to wear a beautiful compression sock for one year. It’s been a year. During that same time my son had some intestinal pain and my fears briefly went back to his previous health history. He’s good, I’m good. Bumps can be the future driver of new things, good things.

Here’s a little thought I shared on Facebook:

Open permission to reinvent or restart at any time! We’re not boxed in. Whether it’s choices we control or those life moments we can’t control – we sure learn, evolve, and become our better-best self. All in time. Dancing and a little laughter are musts too.

So, to all perfectly imperfect women with juggling acts and wearing many hats you are superheroes. Superwoman has nothing on you.

I live a beautiful life. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a good friend. I’m so grateful.

Enjoy your Mother’s Day!

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Why hire an interior designer?

You could choose to manage your home renovation or full decorating project on your own, but have you considered the challenges and risks? Do YOU know the solutions? Are YOU prepared to spin your wheels and endless hours searching because you don’t really know where to go and what to do?

I sound like an ad ready to happen!

What you need to know when taking on a large project is that it can cost more, it can be more stressful, and it can take more time than you had planned. Plans? Do you have plans? Home projects take a lot of time and managing. So, you may not want too many plans. Now, planNING..that you need. Plan-have plans. (confused?!)

If you’re taking on your project on your own you’ll need to plan, research, interview your team, and get organized. The load and guessing is lifted when a professional is brought in day one of a project. We help plan, manage, and make the selections with your likes/needs/desires in mind. Sounds a bit better, right?

I love the process of transforming a home. The full transformations where a space takes on a new life is truly my favorite.

Here’s an inside look at two different size transformations- (my photos won’t compare to what the photographer will take so forgive me!)

It was time for this family of grown children to have an updated bonus room. The new design is inviting for the parents and for their adult children. They can now entertain, lounge, snack, and hang in a sophisticated-cool space. More pics on this one coming soon.

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I designed a snack bar, large media/storage wall, built-in bed, and reading nook. This all started with a complete space plan change when I saw the potential in style and function this room could have. There’s so much more to share! A closet turned into a bath is also part of this transformation.

Here are a few shots of a larger renovation project – this living room was a two-story space. Beautiful doors open to a covered porch which expands the living space. The bigger change to this living room is the playroom that now exists above- no more two story ceiling. Comfortable and current.

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The new classic, white kitchen has an open layout perfect for entertaining and managing family activities.

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More pictures are coming that I’ll share following a photoshoot.

Transformations big and small are successful when you have a vision, see the potential of a space, know the right sources, and have a good team.

I’d love to help you with your renovation selections, design needs, and decorating projects. Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

 

 

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Business of Design

Did you know that a design business is a business? It’s a creative business but it’s a business. Businesses take work to succeed. No light bulb revelation I’m sharing but….

80% of the time for many business owners in a creative field is spent on business management. The fun stuff!! (said no on ever). That would be office, organizing, accounting, ordering, paper work, system development, calls… you get the picture.

That leaves 20% for creatives to do what they are passionate about-creating! Today, I’m working on the 80% and thought I’d share.

As a business owner I have goals and am always making sure that the actions I am taking, those that I serve, and how I am feeling, all align with my goals and my professional mission:

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Service valued clientele with experience, expertise, and impeccable integrity, while following procedures that are structured, orderly, and clear. Always remain current, innovative, and imaginative producing distinctive designs and pleasing results for the clients I serve.

I always evaluate my message to ensure that I’m clearly stating what I want potential clients to learn about me. For example, I’ve got this on my website-slight tweaking needed.

With an eye for design and the professional know-how I see the potential of a home, allowing the true opportunity of a space to unfold. I focus on the details in design that elevate spaces and entire homes. I like to look at what can be and create more than a client has imagined.

It’s not marketing verbiage. A good designer gets an emotional reaction (creative juices in the works) when they connect with a space and visualize its future life.

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Here’s an example: I walked a potential renovation project the other day with a builder team sharing my point of view on elements that were required or desired for the home.  Elements that would elevate the style, function, and flow that this particular home was intended to have. It could be a glorious home- the way it was originally intended to be. Sometimes there are flaws in the initial design/build of a space that can’t change, but many times there are solutions to those flaws or ways to lesson the focus. Not all designers, decorators, or contractors can see true potential, true intent, true investment value, and true opportunity of a home. That is why I  LOVE renovations and changing the feeling of a space with design elements and decor. It can be so much more than a client imagines or assumes possible.

So, 80% business does include task that I truly like; such as, reviewing and reflecting on my mission and clarity in my message.

Did you know?

I’ve been sharing Details in Design on Facebook (Julie Montgomery Interiors) and Instagram (JulieMInteriors) from when I travel, work on projects, and tour showrooms. I’ll continue to do that more because when you notice the details you’ll see why you’re attracted to a space- you’ll see what elevates a designed or decorated room.

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Back to business!

“For more than two decades, Beecham Group has been privileged to work with many of the best Interior Designers in the Atlanta market and we count Julie among the best. Julie brought great ideas to the project and worked seamlessly with our team. We highly recommend Julie and look forward to working with her again on future projects!”

Whether you are needing turnkey service, design guidance, are redecorating a space, or are taking on a home renovation or new build, I provide expertise and use systems that keep your experience positive with pleasing results.

You can contact me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

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Dining Rooms and Romance

Dining rooms and romance definitely go hand in hand-but that’s not what this post is about. I have a dining room concept to work on so I’ll save that for a future topic. My thoughts today are on my love of a lantern hanging in my dining room.

I’ve shared the progress of my own home renovation and decorating on Instagram (JulieMInteriors) and I’ve been asked many times about the light fixture above my dining table.

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Meet Darlana by Visual Comfort. No glass to clean and it’s a terrific scale for above a dining table or a kitchen island. Classic.

Here is a pair in polished nickel.

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It’s simple yet stylish.

Back to thinking about romance. Another project I’m working on is a master suite. My client wants it to be serene and calm with a romantic quality.

These Miles Redd designs for Schumacher would be a gorgeous way to add a romantic quality to any master bedroom without too much femininity. Pillows or drapery panels would be stunning! The colorways are gorgeous-see more here.

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Inspiration starts in many ways but for me I love to turn to fabrics.

I’ve got one week until completion and install of a client bonus room- it’s Amazing! Also, soon to hold a photo shoot for a bungalow I’ve completed. So, here’s to great projects and sharing. Next, I’ll begin sharing concepts for new spaces – including a dining room and this master suite.

I’d love to help you love the space you’re in. See my services and email me at julie@juliemontgomeryinteriors.com

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Behind the Scenes

Happy 2016 all! Have you set goals for this year? One of my goals is to share more behind the scenes photos and progress on projects here. I’m always sharing something, somewhere!

Do you follow me on Instagram at JulieMInteriors? If so, you’ve seen my daily adventures and places I go for my clients. Additionally, I’ve shared progress and final details of my own home renovation as well as quick video tips too- scroll down, there’s a lot to see!

So, now on with this goal. One project I’m finalizing in the next few weeks is a family bonus room. This space has gone from having no element of style or defined function to custom details that will last a long time. It’s going to be a sophisticated-cool space and a place that the parents will want to lounge in alone.

I changed the initial layout of the space and that allowed me to design a media wall, reading corner, lounge (bed) space, and snack bar. Now, the space has BIG purpose and function. A small closet was converted into a powder bath. I’ll be sharing how the space was utilized to make a bath work.

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Progress is dirty! I’ll share more of the full space so that you get a clear picture of the layout. Final images too, of course.

Do you have a renovation in progress? What are you working on?

 

I’m working on updating my HOUZZ page (goal #2) and using it for client work. Be sure to follow  Julie Montgomery Interiors.

“For more than two decades, Beecham Group has been privileged to work with many of the best Interior Designers in the Atlanta market and we count Julie among the best. Julie brought great ideas to the project and worked seamlessly with our team. We highly recommend Julie and look forward to working with her again on future projects!”

 

Let me help you love your space! See my services and email me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

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