the authors self-remodeled 1920's bungalow living room
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Yes, I did it All Myself...

"Yes, I did it all myself, down to the last accent pillow," says Deborah Llewellyn, when asked if she designed the warm, bright interior of her 1920s bungalow. Her look? "I'd call it ‘soft contemporary,'" says the Atlanta-based photographer. "I like clean, modern lines, but it's got to be comfortable." She happily admits she developed her signature style—dark wood tones, plush textures, and plenty of color—by taking a page from other people's homes (she mainly shoots interiors) and by studying magazines.

"The house had been renovated in the bachelor style," she explains, "and I liked the dark floors and the neutral beige in the living room, but the rooms felt cold." So she decided to enliven them with soft greens and blues and dashes of yellow and orange. "One thing I've learned is to establish an overall palette right off, even if you can't finish all the rooms at once."

Shown: A 1920s bungalow with diamond-pane windows snaps to attention with clean-lined furniture, bold geometric fabrics, and whimsical decorative accents. Curtains the same color as the walls keep the focus on that leaded glass. Decorative pottery—echoed by the artwork on the wall—contributes an unexpected note to the "tablescape."

Paint: Benjamin Moore's Berkshire Beige (walls) and Seashell (trim).
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