Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece

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In the living room, designer Kathryn McAdams strategically placed built-in shelving to hide the soffits around the fireplace. “The builder allowed us to do a lot of custom finishing work,” she says. “We really tried to push the boundaries that way.”

Photograph by Jeff Herr

When Jerry and Alicia McVeigh married in 2015, they wanted a fresh start for their family, including Jerry’s two daughters, Marissa and Brianna. They found a new home under construction in Kennesaw and hired interior designer Kathryn McAdams from Meriwether Design Group to make every detail unique, from high-end lighting to custom millwork. “From the outside, it looks like all the other houses on the street,” says Kathryn. “But when you walk in, it’s not. Defining the spaces as individual and special, while remaining connected, was a tremendous challenge.

Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece
A high gabled ceiling creates an airy space in the light-filled family room. The neutral base is punctuated with pops of green and blue, colors that run through the rest of the home.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece
“Having the right scale art for the home means everything,” says Kathryn. She enlarged this vibrant abstract giclée to an 8 x 5 foot statement.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

It was also paramount that the appearance of the house was complete when it came time to move in, with no pending projects or to-do lists. Yet rather than reusing a hodgepodge of items from the family’s previous residences, Kathryn started from scratch. “Everything was new. The only thing we kept was a couch that we salvaged for the living room area in the master bedroom,” she says. Through careful sourcing – with a mix of vintage, new and custom parts – the finished effect looks neat and collectible.

Alicia knew from the start that she wanted a black dining room, and Kathryn added intensity and interest with wood paneled walls, contemporary art and shiny gold light fixtures. Kathryn enlisted an artist friend to bring her vision of bold gold stripes to life.

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Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece
Jerry and Alicia McVeigh with (left to right) Marissa, Sebastian and Brianna.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

The interior has moments of total glamour. Case in point: the dining room, with paneled walls painted a rich black, is accented with a pair of shiny gold bands to echo Kelly Wearstler’s golden Strada chandelier. “The McVeighs know what they like. They’re very confident and they gave me a lot of leeway,” says Kathryn, who pushed the envelope further with a deep green for the owners bedroom.

Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece
Instead of adding a kitchen table, Kathryn designed two teal islands. “The family wanted to sit at the bar and eat together,” says Kathryn. “That’s just how they communicate.”

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece
The nursery was the most recently completed space. It was designed to be functional and low maintenance while being stylish like the rest of the house.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece
Kathryn added a table to hold drinks, adorned with West Elm sculptural vases, behind a plush section.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Despite the dramatic touches, the family wanted to feel comfortable. “We didn’t want anything to be untouchable,” says Alicia. To ease concerns about future spills, Kathryn chose performance upholstery and easy-to-clean fabrics such as Crypton and Sunbrella, even for interior pieces. “I design rooms where there’s a place to put your drink at every seat and where you don’t have to worry about [spilling] red wine,” she says.

Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece
The owner’s bedroom is Kathryn’s favorite part of the project. “They were so confident. I suggested dark green” for the walls in their bedroom, says Kathryn. “And they said yes.”

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Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece
Everything in the McVeighs’ house is brand new, except for that couch in the sitting area of ​​their bedroom. Kathryn added custom plush pillows with pops of deep blue and green.

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Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece
“I found some old French love letters to Savannah and had them framed especially for the master bedroom,” Kathryn says of the gallery wall surrounding a Rothko-inspired painting that hides a TV.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Premium finishes turn a Kennesaw build into a designer centerpiece
His and hers sinks, an oversized tufted ottoman, and Circa lighting create a stylish oasis for busy parents of three in their bathroom.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

That foresight came in handy, as the couple welcomed their son, Sebastian, during the pandemic. Naturally, Kathryn designed her nursery to be as functional, smart and low-maintenance as the rest of the house. “People underestimate the finishes – furniture, draperies, art and lighting,” she says. “Any home can be transformed into a magical wonderland with these things.”

RESOURCES | Interior design Kathryn McAdams, Meriwether Design Group, meriwetherdesigngroup.com, Builder The Providence Group, theprovidencegroup.com, The living room Upholstered sofa and armchairs: Meriwether Design Group, meriwetherdesigngroup.com. Window coverings (fabric): F. Schumacher, fschumacher.com. Zenithal lighting, floor lamps: Circa Lighting, circalighting.com. Black chair: Lee Industries, leeindustries.com. Food Pendants: Circa Lighting. Appliances: Subzero Wolf, subzero-wolf.com/wolf. Range hood, bar stools: Meriwether Design Group. Carpet: vintage. Tile/backsplash: Floor and Decor, soletdecor.com. The dining room Sofa: Wesley Hall, wesleyhall.com. Leather bench: Meriwether Design Group. Overhead lighting, wall lights: Circa Lighting. Equestrian art: Meriwether Design Group. Entrance Art: personalized and vintage. Table: Meriwether Design Group. Lamp: Circa Lighting. Dining room Table: discontinued. Paint, side chairs, window treatments: Meriwether Design Group. Lighting: Circa Lighting. Host Chairs: Lee Industries. Mural: “Domino”, Sherwin-Williams, sherwinwilliams.com. Owner’s bedroom Bed: Meriwether Design Group. Chandelier, bedside lighting: Circa Lighting. Pillows and bedding: Sferra, sferra.com. Italian marble cube: antique/vintage.

This article originally appeared in our Winter 2021 issue of HOUSE of Atlanta Magazine.


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