Rich Colors and Textures Transform Atlantic Beach Home

A sophisticated redesign takes an Atlantic Beach home from pop to polished

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What do you do if you’ve built your dream house, only to realize that you need a space that better reflects your age and lifestyle? For a single and younger-than-typical retiree who built a 3,100-square-foot, Charleston-style residence near her family in Atlantic Beach, selling wasn’t the answer. When her mother convinced her that an interior design refresh would help her see her home—and herself—in a new sophisticated light, the trick was finding the right designer for the job.

Mothers know just what their children need. And in this case, the client’s mother knew her daughter would need a design team with which she could feel comfortable. It wasn’t just about letting strangers inside of her house. It was about having them working around her three beloved rescue dogs, all of which are deaf. “The vet will always call her before sending one to a shelter,” says designer Robyn Branch. “That’s how passionate she is about animals.” Because the mother had worked with Amelia Island–based Robyn Branch Design before and had a good experience, she had no trouble referring her daughter to the firm. 

“Once [the homeowner] gave us her trust, she gave it to us wholly,” says Branch, the firm’s founder and creative director. “She trusted we would do the right thing for her.”

Branch says the homeowner is both welcoming and sweet. She loves pretty, feminine things, and simply adores her dogs. Branch says she “worked off of that” and with some of the client’s existing furniture to take the home to a next, more-polished level.

“On the outside, the home is very traditional,” says Branch. “But on the inside, the style was very early-1920s or 1930s with a lot of hot pink, black, grey, and silver. It was pretty, but a little over-the-top. It was a girlfriend house, a young house. So I told her it was time for something a little more grown up.”

For starters, that meant no more hot pink. Muted pinks were fine, as long as there were colors like gray, teal, and white in the mix—plus highlights of rich berry colors, navy, and green. The homeowner already owned a lot of great furniture, but Branch decided to reupholster some of it so that it would work with the home’s new color scheme. She wanted something soothing and sophisticated, with flourishes like pendants, patterned wallpaper, and grand chandeliers.

“Whenever I showed her pretty things, her eyes would light up and that’s how I knew she loved it,” Branch said.

Because Branch has been taking the project one room at a time, she gets instant feedback on her work. The homeowner has been delighted so far, she says, and has remodels to the kitchen and master bathroom in the works.

“She’ll say things like, ‘I can’t believe this is my house,’” Branch says. “When you have a gracious client like her, who is so complimentary, you’re happy to work harder and longer for them, and that results in even better work.”

Story Credits:

Interior Design by Robyn Branch, Robyn Branch Design, Fernandina Beach, FL

Photography by Zeke Ruelas Photography, Nashville, TN

Text by Paige Bowers

Open to see Interior Design Sources:

Dining Room

Dining table – Vintage, Owner’s Collection

Dining chairs – Worlds Away, High Point, NC

Pillows – Miles Redd Fabric – Schumacher, New York, NY

Buffet – Vintage, Owner’s Collection

Artwork above buffet – Magi, Alyson Kahn for Four Hands, High Point, NC

Lamp on buffet – John Richard Collection, High Point, NC

Glass heart – Owner’s Collection

Zen sculpture – Texture, High Point, NC

Bench – Worlds Away, High Point, NC

Chandelier – Bliss, Corbett, High Point, NC

Wall covering – Zimmer + Rhode, New York, NY

Drapery – Creative Distinctions, Amelia Island, FL

Fabric – Jeffrey Michaels, Hollywood, FL 

Trim – Stroheim, New York, NY

Area rug – Surya, High Point, NC

Living Room

Sofa – Paul Roberts Furniture, High Point, NC

Fabric – Kravet, Bethpage, NY

Ottoman – Paul Roberts Furniture, High Point, NC

Drink table – Sarreid, High Point, NC 

Occasional chair – Paul Roberts Furniture, High Point, NC

Fabric – Robert Allen, Jacksonville, FL

Console – Global Views, High Point, NC

Chandelier and console lamp – Currey & Company, High Point, NC

Decorative cube cabinet – Cyan Design, High Point, NC

Fireplace custom designed by Robyn Branch Design, Amelia Island, FL 

Fabricated by Repair Specialist, Amelia Island, FL 

Tile – Belmarmi, Neptune Beach, FL

Area rug – Custom by Antrim, Calhoun, GA

Office

Blue chair – Oly, High Point, NC

Accent table – Moe’s Home Collection, High Point, NC

Desk – Robyn Branch Design, Amelia Island, FL 

Desk chair – Made Goods, High Point, NC

Chandelier – Arteriors, High Point, NC

Area rug – Surya, High Point, NC

Sitting Area

Sofa custom designed by Robyn Branch Design, Amelia Island, FL 

Fabricated by A Twist in Time, Lincolnton, NC

Fabric – Kravet, Bethpage, NY

Round ottoman custom designed by Robyn Branch Design, Amelia Island, FL

Fabricated by A Twist in Time, Lincolnton, NC

Pendants – Currey & Company, High Point, NC

Wall art – Empire Art, High Point, NC

Ceiling covering – Arte, Kennesaw, GA 

Wall covering – Schumacher, New York, NY

Area rug – Surya, High Point, NC

Master Bedroom

Bed and bench – Four Hands, High Point, NC

Bedside chest – Oly, High Point, NC

Artwork above bed – Oliver Gal, High Point, NC

Chandelier and sconces – Ro Sham Beaux, High Point, NC

Drapery – Creative Distinctions, Amelia Island, FL

Wall Covering – Phillip Jeffries, High Point, NC

Area rug – Surya, High Point, NC

Guest Bedroom

Bed and bedside tables – Moe’s Home Collection, High Point, NC

Stool – Surya, High Point, NC

Table lamps – Regina Andrew, High Point, NC

Wall covering – Schumacher, New York, NY

Chandelier – Palecek, High Point, NC

Area rug – Surya, High Point, NC

Terrace

Chairs – Summer Classics, Showroom, Jacksonville, FL

Pillows – Lacefield Designs, High Point, NC

Fire pit – Phillips Collection, High Point, NC 

Wicker floor lamps and hanging pendant – Palecek, High Point, NC

Garden stools – Made Goods, High Point, NC

Area rug – Lulu & Georgia, Los Angeles, CA

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