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A Hairstylist and Chef’s Maximalist Atlanta, GA Rental

by Garrett Fleming

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Hands down, my favorite approach to decorating is maximalism. No rules, no demands and no fear? I’m in. What I love most about houses designed with this mindset is how they’re equal parts visually arresting and evocative, the latter being where their true power lies. Peek inside any maximalist home, and immediately your mood will change. You might get excited, whisper “Wow!” and that heart rate of yours may start to ramp up as you soak in inspiring room after inspiring room. Such is the case with hairstylist Augusta Isabelle Wheeler and her husband Garrett’s vibrant Victorian. The sheer volume of decorations in their strategically-mismatched Atlanta, GA home has helped them turn its dial from “meh” to “max.”

The look comes together largely thanks to layers of sentimental mementos. The dining area, for example, acts more like a museum of the couple’s wedding day than a room. Family portraits from the event, Augusta’s flower crown and a table runner from the reception are just a few of the coveted items scattered about its table and walls. The couple says that each and every accessory, in its own way, brings to mind a different memory and makes dining-in one of the their favorite pastimes.

Incorporated with these memories is a collection of enviable vintage furniture and other finds, 90% of which was hunted down at affordable thrift shops. As if the inherent patina that comes with secondhand goods wasn’t enough, making them even more unique is the colorful twist Augusta has put on them. Whether it’s a fireplace given a lime makeover or a dresser decked out in coral and green, none of these items blend in, and all of them are fabulous. The best part of these makeovers, though, has to be the happiness they infuse into the space.

All in all, the zippiness of Augusta and Garrett’s home not only inspires us, but aims to inspire their children as well. Simply put, the creative duo hopes the out-of-the-box style they used in the home shows the kiddos that Mom and Dad are fearless, and encourages them to be fearless themselves. I couldn’t think of a better motivation to “go for it” when designing. Click through for more, and enjoy! Garrett

Photography by Film Affair Photography

Image Above: Augusta and her husband Garrett’s landlord isn’t going to let them paint the whole place’s walls anytime soon, but they did sneak one refresh under their nose: the dining room’s new hue. Augusta just couldn’t live with its previous chocolate color so she traded it in for a fresh-and-bright white.

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The dresser -- a yard sale find -- has been doused in an array of colorful shades, but this green-and-pink combination is Augusta's favorite by a mile.
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Augusta and her husband Garrett fully decorated their eclectic, two-bedroom, one-bath home in only five days. While they both agree a colorful and creative home is ideal for raising children, they couldn't see eye to eye on the amount of accessorizing to do. (Augusta's a "more is more" gal, and Garrett's a minimalist.) In the end, Garrett conceded with one caveat: everything must have a place and be impeccably organized. Luckily, Augusta has that down.
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A table runner and portrait from the couple's wedding enliven the dining room, making it seem more like a time capsule than a room.
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Garrett has very fond memories of playing this organ at his grandmother's house. That being said, when she decided to get rid of it he jumped at the chance to own it and for his own children to take a crack at learning to play.
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A little more neutral than the rest of their home, Garrett and Augusta's bedroom is designed to be cozy and romantic.
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Since they love entertaining, the couple designed a living room layout that lets them maximize seating. They also organized it so the sofa on the left and mantel behind it would create a hallway leading to the front door.
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The skull above the faux mantel was Garrett's late father's and is "near and dear to his heart."
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This room is vibrant by design, but it gets even more colorful when the kids’ toys and games are strewn about. Then it really pops.

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Above one of the seating areas hangs a painting by Christopher Hinds, Augusta's dad.
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Cash and Lennon's room overlooks rooftops and gets fantastic light. Perhaps the most enviable aspect of it, though, is its train set. "[Garrett found it] on the side of the road with about 40 trains. It was magical the day he brought it to the boys," Augusta says.
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Augusta and Garrett are an extremely creative duo. She made this mobile from leftover fabric while Lennon was in her belly, and he painted this portrait of Cash when the kiddo was three.
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"What we love most about our home are... the little feet that run down the hall..." -- Augusta Isabelle Wheeler and her husband Garrett
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The home’s floor plan.

 

Source List

Boys’ Room

Bedding by Target.

Dining Room

Lakshmi head – Ross

Hutch Paint – Valspar “Baby Blush” mixed with Valspar “Coral Reef” 

Living Room

Hutch – Valspar “Lucious Green”

Rugs – West Elm, Rich Class Decor

Kilim pillow – Flea Market Fab

Owner’s Bedroom

Orange pillow – West Elm

Sheep skin – IKEA

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Comments

  • OMG, this is beautiful! I just love all the colorful and hand painted furniture. My kids had that train set as well. I now have a name for my own apartment “maximalist”. When friends came over and saw my place for the first time tehy couldn’t believe how much stuff there was and so much to look at. I felt a little embarrassed. But I am organized and everything is grouped so it makes sense. I feel this couple are my kindred spirits. Nice share!

  • I love the creativity involved in creating this uniquely personalized home. It’s a fun place to visit and look around, always seeing something old made new and sentimental pieces proudly displayed. I like that it looks like NOTHING came from generic stores like HomeGoods or Hobby Lobby.

    That said, the whacky color scheme and overall energy of the bold patterns everywhere would eventually be overwhelming. It’s a bit out of balance but I realize that that’s probably the maximalism at work.

    I hope I am not too overly critical. I still say well done.

  • So happy to see our boho style kilim rug perfectly matching her personality and home decor style! A home so colorful needed a colorful rug!

  • I should have commented earlier but I love this especially that pink & green dresser and that chartreuse(?) fireplace surround! Inspired!

  • U r fabulous! An original help with no money. ! Use what you have with imagination and color. Congratulations. Talented one! A decorator applauds you !
    ! You

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