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“I like for kitchens to look like another room in the house, not a showroom,” says Ingram, who mixed and matched diagonal tongue-and-groove cabinets with a raised-panel style.
Chrome hardware, stainless-steel appliances, and brass lighting add glitz and character.
The Casual Classicist: Texas born, Nashville raised, Sikes has an eye for pattern, antiques, and collecting that’s impossible to miss.
Sikes also accessorized with reproduction bird prints by famed Swedish artist Olof Rudbeck (His Inspiration: “The 1986 living room was gorgeously neutral,” says Sikes.
“There were stacks of books, layered rugs, striped sofas, even a bit of rattan.
That mix of finishes and textures gave it an elegance that’s still relevant.” His New Take: “I wanted to maintain that room’s timelessness and maximize the space to seat as many people as possible,” he says, “and also include an organic nature.” The room’s many finishes—raffia, rush, wicker, and linen— give the right casual and elemental touch.
The Lively Traditionalist: I just want to bring out the pretty in spaces,” says Atlanta- based decorator Margaret Kirkland. I want to see people’s personalities, and color is an important part of that.” In addition to vibrant palettes, she also has a knack for enlivening antiques and reinventing classic Southern decorating gestures— like the bold portrait hanging from the wall.