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A Perfect Union

Designer Yvonne McFadden pairs modern touches with traditional elements in this north Atlanta family home.

The home’s outdoor oasis boasts a spacious pool house, an inviting fire pit and plenty of lounge chairs for soaking up sunshine. 

Reclaimed beams by Atlanta Specialty Woods across the ceiling create a striking contrast in the kitchen and help fuse together the rustic-meets-modern aesthetic. 

In the sitting area of the master bedroom, McFadden paired an antique daybed with a more contemporary sofa and accent tables to achieve the more “lived in” look the homeowners wanted.

The pool house adjacent to the home acts as extra space for entertaining (an important aspect for the couple), plus a beautiful place to lounge and enjoy Atlanta’s rising temperatures.

Bold velvet and mohairs were used in the master bedroom, adding a dramatic touch of texture to the spacious escape for the parents.

Though mature, sophisticated wood is used throughout the home, in the kids’ areas, like this shared bathroom, splashes of color and whimsical wallcoverings add a playful element.  

Atlanta-based Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design outfitted the craft room with pops of color to contrast the rustic wooden shelves, while a toy-like geometric pendant from Global Views was the icing on top of the cake. 

In today’s times, it’s easy to forget that some ideas seemingly at odds can still exist together in harmony—well, at least when it comes to design, as this Roswell renovation proves. A sprawling 7,500-square-foot house originally built in 1982, it’s a place where old meets new, formal meets casual, and even a sense of intimacy is found within the home’s generously sized rooms. “Comfortable yet stylish,” designer Yvonne McFadden says was the overarching goal. A true study in contrasts, it also manages to be kid-friendly without sacrificing any style.

Case in point: the kitchen. Here, soft-white custom cabinetry courtesy of Karpaty Cabinets and Carrara marble juxtapose rustic beams and reclaimed wood. A pair of antique French doors flank the bar area, refinished to match the two islands centering the space, the second of which provides room for the homeowners’ two sons to do homework or eat lunch. Meanwhile, the Eames barstools from Design Within Reach provide an element of surprise. “It’s something a little unexpected,” says McFadden. “You have this very traditional, cozy kitchen, and then you throw in something midcentury.”

The designer gave the kids’ own spaces the same blend of form and function. In the craft room, for example, steel and walnut built-ins—bookshelves, metal bins, there’s even sliding doors below the window seat—provide plenty of necessary storage alongside interactive elements like a metal pegboard and Lego board. (The addition of the backyard pool and pool house offers the parents, who love to entertain, a play area of their own.)

Though a neutral color palette prevails (save the pops of color in the kids’ rooms), textures, instead, add drama to the interiors. In the master bedroom, navy walls may set a bold backdrop, but it’s the textiles that impart a more mature atmosphere. “We went a little more luxurious in the master with the fabrics since she didn’t have to worry about the kids,” McFadden explains. The furnishings here, like in the kitchen, reflect a carefully curated mix of new and old: In the sitting room, an antique daybed mingles with two contemporary tables paired with a traditional sofa, achieving a look that’s more “lived in.”

“She didn’t want it to feel like a new home, even though we touched every single space,” the designer adds. The end result? A multidimensional estate that feels both cohesive and collected.


Single-family home


Steve Kemp, Kemp Hall Studio

Interior Design
Yvonne McFadden, interior designer,
Yvonne McFadden LLC

Paul Ferrante double Nantucket hanging lanterns in kitchen

Atlanta Specialty Woods
Reclaimed beams in kitchen

Bjork Studio
Custom iron four-poster bed in master bedroom

Bourgeois Boheme
Plastic chandelier in breakfast area

Bungalow Classic
Chair in master bedroom

Global Views
Pendant light in craft room

Holly Hunt
Pillow fabric in pool house

Sink in sons’ bathroom

Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design
Custom cabinetry in playroom and custom storage console in older son’s bedroom

Steve Mckenzie’s
Drapery fabric in master bedroom

Sutherland Furniture
Sofa and coffee table in pool house

Verde Home
Rugs in master bedroom