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Clary Bosbyshell brightens up a Castlewood home with a wash of cool hues.

While designer Clary Bosbyshell worked with the homeowners’ existing pieces throughout most rooms of the home, furnishings in the formal living room were purchased almost entirely anew. The glass-and-brass Worlds Away coffee table adds glamour in tandem with a tailored velvet Wesley Hall sofa and a colorful abstract painting from Gregg Irby Gallery. The mother-of-pearl lamps are from Lamp Arts Inc.

With an inherited eye for aesthetics and an ultrafresh outlook, designer Clary Bosbyshell is making a mark all her own with young Atlantans.

With Margaret Bosbyshell as her mother, Clary Bosbyshell was bound to begin her interior-design training practically from birth (“I followed her around ADAC when I was little. My grandfather actually introduced La-Z-Boy to the South; it’s in our blood”), but it wasn’t until 2009 that the now-31-year-old kicked off a fruitful design career of her own out of the Margaux Interiors Ltd. offices. Since then, the in-demand mother-daughter duo has discovered a harmonious method for divvying up clients: Margaret tackles the more mature and moneyed bunch, while Clary comes to the rescue of more budget-conscious clients aged 30 to 45: a segment that—make no mistake—still boasts quite discriminating tastes.

Thirty-something couple Laura and Todd Jeffries are one such pair—whose residence in Buckhead’s Castlewood community received a fresh face-lift at Clary’s capable hands. She began by overhauling their kitchen, brightening its cabinetry using Benjamin Moore’s White Dove; then updating the countertops with Carrara marble, installing all-new appliances and fixtures, and upgrading the hardware to Top Knob polished nickel.

Visual Comfort ceiling pendants received traditional pleated shades, care of Edgar-Reeves, while bar stools from Wesley Hall were outfitted with superwipeable faux leather from Kravet—a godsend in a household with two (sometimes messy) little boys.

Beyond the kitchen, a charming breakfast room features a round table for family meals and projects, while a built-in work desk just beyond helps keep Laura Jeffries organized and on-task. Mixing metal finishes makes this room look superfresh: “I like mixing brass with polished nickel or oil-rubbed bronze,” Bosbyshell says.

The Jeffries specifically requested a scheme of soothing greens and blues; so this palette is prominent throughout the residence, from the charming breakfast room (complete with a convenient work desk), to the comfortable family room, to a master bedroom outfitted with crisp monogrammed Leontine Linens, to a dining room incorporating favorite heirlooms, to a formal living space with a transitional twist.

Nearly every piece in this room was purchased anew, from the Wesley Hall armchairs to the low-backed, tapered-leg sofa in a fashion-forward velvet. Accenting this scheme are seaglass-colored lamps from Julian Chichester, a glass-and-brass coffee table from Worlds Away and colorful artwork by Erin Gregory, adding a splash of modernity to the setup.

“I like to mix modern art in more classic setting because I think it makes things more edgy,” says Clary, also noting the Lee Brooks painting presiding over the dining room. “In order to get a home just right, it’s all about the layering. I push clients out of their comfort zones, because once a room has an element of the unexpected, that’s when it begins to feel like your own.”


Single-family house


Kitchen Contractor
Normandy Homes

Window Specs

Interior Design
Margaux Interiors Ltd.

Strictly Custom Interiors
Custom bookcases in family room

Myers Carpet
Sisal rug in family room

Phillips Scott
Custom breakfast room table

Wesley Hall
Breakfast room chairs

Worlds Away
Living room coffee table

Living room armchairs

Circa Lighting
Dining room chandelier