Interior Design - The All White House

Dissecting the Details

While going through my daily routine of browsing the various blogs I follow, I came across the latest LaDolceVita post about a beautifully restored Art-Deco revival house in Buckhead, Atlanta featured in this month's interior decorating magazine, Atlanta Homes. What I found striking is that the house is white both inside and out.  

Originally built in 1934 and named for the original owners Evans-Cucich, the house is now owned by Parker & McKenzie Blanchard who committed to a full on renovation.  The white painted concrete façade accentuates the house's unembellished Art-Deco sensibility, while the addition of steel doors and windows add a contemporary dimension.  

Inside, the original formal open-plan layout remains in place and the new floor to ceiling windows create an inviting light filled expansive space.  High ceilings are outlined with crisp, clean molding details.  A mix of terrazzo and wood floors complement the wood frame furnishing, successfully balancing the all-white surroundings.  The interior design for the living room, dining room, kitchen, master bathroom and foyer is spare and precise to further emphasize the architectural features.  

So, if living in an all-white house is your idea of bliss here are a couple of things to consider:

To avoid having the interior spaces look flat, cold or lifeless, varying shades of complementary white paints and textured wall finishes are key; as are textured fabrics, rich wood floors and furnishings.  What works spectacularly well in this house are the industrial-style black metals used for the window casings, staircase and pendant lights.  With a little less white paint this is my kind of house...

Photography by Erica George Dines for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

The All White House - Interior Design - Doreen Chambers Interior Design Brooklyn New York
Interior Design - The All White House - Doreen Chambers Interior Design Brooklyn New York
The classic combination of black and white is put to good use throughout the house.  Particularly love the zebra print rug, adding a layer of texture laid on what looks like a terrazzo floor

The classic combination of black and white is put to good use throughout the house.  Particularly love the zebra print rug, adding a layer of texture laid on what looks like a terrazzo floor

Wood framed seating and cabinetry make a vivid contrast with the white walls, while maintaining a zen vibe

Wood framed seating and cabinetry make a vivid contrast with the white walls, while maintaining a zen vibe

Interior Design - The All White House - Doreen Chambers Interior Design Brooklyn New York
In the all-white kitchen simple lines and rich materials such as carrara marble, subway tiles, black metal finishes and rich wood flooring are paired for a clean crisp contrast  

In the all-white kitchen simple lines and rich materials such as carrara marble, subway tiles, black metal finishes and rich wood flooring are paired for a clean crisp contrast  

Bronze faucet set and copper pot add a little glamour & sparkle to the island countertop

Bronze faucet set and copper pot add a little glamour & sparkle to the island countertop

Totally loving this all-white bathroom's spare elegance

Totally loving this all-white bathroom's spare elegance

I like my bedrooms to be in a soothing palette - delighted to finally see some color, albeit muted here; again texture is key and amply provided by the mohair throw, quilted coverlet, self patterned window sheers and strié rug

I like my bedrooms to be in a soothing palette - delighted to finally see some color, albeit muted here; again texture is key and amply provided by the mohair throw, quilted coverlet, self patterned window sheers and strié rug

Black ornately detailed staircase and drop chandelier really stand out against the stark white walls

Black ornately detailed staircase and drop chandelier really stand out against the stark white walls

The back garden is unexpectedly ornate in contrast to the house

The back garden is unexpectedly ornate in contrast to the house