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A Floral Designer’s Romantically Styled Home in Savannah, GA

by Lauren Chorpening

I work from home four days a week and have found that work-life balance looks completely different when one loves what they do — and when they can do it at home. It can be the best in terms of choosing work hours and surrounding oneself with creative inspiration, but it can also be hard in the way that it gets difficult to separate work and home life, or to even stop working at all. Kim and Dale Cheney have both found working from home to be exactly what their businesses need, and have transformed their house to suit their jobs in a lovely, elegant way.

Kim is the owner, floral designer and event designer behind August Floral & Event Design, and Dale is a freelance graphic designer and creative director. They both loved the historic Parkside neighborhood in Savannah, GA and wanted to find a home that would inspire and be functional for each of them. When the couple discovered a 1914 craftsman, they knew it was the right home to serve their needs. “It had two important deciding ingredients: a large updated kitchen with a perfect workspace, and a little outbuilding that could store the supplies and act as a walk-in cooler for [the] floral design business,” Kim says. They moved in and immediately got to work creating the spaces that they needed for their businesses and then decorating for a cohesive look between their brands.

Kim’s romantic events, flowers and taste has infused her home with layers of texture and whimsy. She describes her style as “a strong affinity for the European look, both in décor and in floral design.” Dale’s style is layered in, too, with added dark tones. Each room in their home feels like a well produced movie set with every element perfectly placed. Their home reflects the couple well, and allows them to both be home together working on their passions. Kim says, “The ability of being able to work from home has made an incalculable difference not only in running efficient, profitable and productive businesses, but also in having a lifestyle that is balanced and healthy.” –Lauren 

Photographed by Callie Beale Photography

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Kim's floral workspace is a conformed shed that is now used as a walk-in cooler for her designs.
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"The studio area is not only cute, but very functional. I decided to put the shelves in front of the wall of windows to utilize the space more efficiently. They provide lots of storage and still allow the light to shine down on my work table," Kim says.
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Kim's space is full of European influences and incredible textures. "This piece was originally used in my Grandfather's clothing factory in days gone by," Kim says. "It is now being used for holding those props that can’t be tucked neatly onto shelves. The large wire basket was given to me by a dear friend to hold all of my bleached grapevine driftwood, a popular item for my beach weddings."
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Kim's workspace is full of light, order and magic.
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The guest bedroom was the first room they decorated on the day they moved in while the rest of the house was empty. They styled it with items that were easy to unpack and the result is a playful, eclectic and relaxing space for their guests.
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"The guest room’s side table was a find from the Brent estate sale and the ceramic lamp a treasure from an antiquing jaunt to Madison, GA," Kim says.
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The hallway gallery is full of family artwork.
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"Grey, taupe and white make for a relaxing master bedroom and escape from the work in the other ends of the house," Kim says. "The window treatments are custom-made pinstripe silk. The prints are all from Trowbridge Galleries. The chandelier was made from a gifted garden candle fixture. Grits also enjoys the master bedroom for sneaky midday naps."
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Kim and Dale didn't know anyone when they moved to Savannah, so finding a good contractor by word of mouth wasn't easy. They were able to get the name of the contractor who worked on their kitchen and quickly hired him to do Kim's shed and other projects throughout the house.
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"Built-in storage is always a find when hunting for an older home, especially in the kitchen. This butler's pantry provides a bunch of lower storage and beautiful paned glass door cabinets for tucking cookbooks, family china, and other bits of knick-knacks," Kim says. "The old Russian samovar was a gift from my aunt and the antique seltzer bottles [are] from my father’s collection. The unit also serves as a small bar!"
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The small coffee nook in the corner of the kitchen has that same rustic-romantic feel of Kim's workspace. The drawings of Grits were done by Kim's mother.
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"I am especially drawn to the Dutch masters and French influences," Kim says. "I love a rich, layered look with lots of texture and depth. I am definitely NOT a minimalist!"
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"Evening sunsets provide the most beautiful golden glow in the dining room. The French wood chandelier has individually hand-wired crystals and is my prized possession. It was bought from the Interiors Market in Atlanta as a candle fixture and wired for electric with wax candle sleeves. The table was once small and round and worked perfectly in our smaller Atlanta home. When we saw the size of our Savannah dining room, we knew we needed a new table. While we continue to hunt for the perfect piece, we cut a leaf for the old table and expanded it to a much larger oval," Kim says.
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Kim's gorgeous arrangement is the perfect centerpiece for the dining room. The space is always ready to meet with clients or invite friends over.
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One of the features of the dining room is this large-scale portrait of Kim done by North Carolina artist, Mitchell Lonas.
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Kim loves creating layers of interest in every part of the house.
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"The rather neutral color is nicely complemented by the crisp, black accents," Kim says. "The living room is specifically used to meet and greet with clients during work hours and for Grits, our pup, to snuggle up after a big day of being a dog."
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The black console in the living room is the perfect anchor for Kim and Dale's eclectic gallery wall.
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Dale's office fits cohesively with the rest of the home while adding deeper texture and richer color to reflect his style. "To allow for a proper office, the front bedroom was designed solely for Dale’s workspace," Kim says. "The décor also doubles occasionally for event props and was acquired from one of the estate sales of our friends, Brent. The window treatments are simple taupe panels from IKEA. They weren’t long enough for me, so I raised the rods and looped weathered mariners rope through the grommets." The painting behind the desk was done by Dale and depicts the couple’s dog, Grits.
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Kim and Dale's floor plan, beautifully hand drawn by Dale.
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Our favorite thing about our home is...
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Grits, Kim and Dale in front of their gorgeous home.

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Comments

  • Love the floorplan drawing – really well done. I also enjoy how southern their style looks, it’s fun to be reminded of the cultural and style differences in different regions of our own country.

    • Kim and Dale, both so talented in their own right, have combined their creativity to blend the perfect balance of work and play. There house is always welcoming and filled with interesting objects and stories behind their finds.

  • After one of the crappiest weeks I’ve had in a long time, these photos made me smile and take a deep breath. Lovely. Just Lovely.

    • Thank you so much, Jen. It was super easy to build from pre cut wood and a little stain from the local hardware store. The ribbon holder was made from an old curtain rod the previous owners left behind. I love it!!

  • I work from home too and I love it even if sometimes it is difficult to concentrate. You learn though; I remember when I started working from home I would sit down in front of the computer only after having tidying up the house, now I don’t even look around, I just make myself a cup of tea and start working. In my case the problem is the quantity of materials I accumulate: magazines, samples, folders. In my opinion the solution is a bigger place not a rented studio. I am working on it!

  • I love everything about their home. I wondr how it works for Kim off icing in the kitchen. I don’t have a designated room for an office. My desk and computer are in the breakfast room. Printer is in the laundry room. Files in different rooms. It’s crazy and I spend a lot of time walking from place to place. I’ve been thinking about just taking over the breakfast room as my office. It is hard to give up that space?

  • What a perfect living/working place. My own style is exactly the same and even my flower arrangements are practically identical to your style Kim. After having looked through the post, I seriously suggest that Dale is getting hired by Ikea for the set-up of users’ manuals, folding-up ‘construction’ sheets and that he gets paid a ton for that work. I’m sure even my Hero Husband with 20 left thumbs would then be able to do some DIY… I am no good with any sort of maps anyway, it’s all in the ‘organic chaos’. If ever you’re in France, you would love to come to our house; we would get along like a house on fire. You can take your pet with you, we love dogs :)
    Tks for this beautiful post.

  • Wow – what a lovely home. I loved every single picture. I can imagine that your dining room glows like a Georgia peach at sunset. So, so well done both of you!

  • What an inspiring home and work place! Savannah has always been one of my favourite cities and this home whispers a time and place both magical and restful and just flat-out beautiful.

    How do I love this home? Oh, the master bedroom! I could move right in, even as happy as I am with our master in our house now. I think there is still hints of a British Colonial feeling to all things Southern, with a hint of French to boot. This home whispers the very air and history of the South yet is lovely and crisp and uplifting!

    Good work!

  • This is beautiful so much attention to detail and the lighting coming through those dining room windows is perfect

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