Welcome Whitney Durham Interiors!
Whitney Durham, of Whitney Durham Interiors, has designed spaces in the Atlanta area and throughout the southeast - ranging from complex home renovations to more intimate small projects. Her love of original art and color, combined with special antique and vintage finds, are the foundation for her memorable projects. Whitney’s design aesthetic is often described as fresh, traditional, and approachable with a modern twist. Energized by her clients, Whitney thrives on bringing spaces to life with design that is equally beautiful and functional.
(photograph by Laura Negri)
In Her Words... read on to get to know Whitney Durham!
What inspires you today? Why are your design "crushes" or favorite instagram accounts for inspiration?
What inspires me today is classic design grounded with timeless pieces brought to life with fun textiles, textures, colors and layers. I personally love mixing old and new, high and low pieces fur a "well-collected” space. My favorite is finding a one of a kind antique or vintage piece, whether it be a coffee table, side table or oriental rug and combining that with a newly upholstered custom sofa, club chair, etc. A few of my personal favorite Instagram accounts that seem to achieve this mix really well are Barrie Benson (@barriebenson), Katie Rosenfeld (@katierosenfeld), Kevin Isbell (@kevinisbell), Lilly Bunn (@lillybunninc), Lindsey Coral Harper (@lchinteriors), Meredith Ellis (@meredithellis) and Summer Thornton (@summerthorntondesign).
(photograph by Holly Knight)
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
If I had to categorize my personal design aesthetic it would be "traditional with a modern twist." I like to ground my designs in tradition, while incorporating a few unexpected modern pieces in each space. I personally love throwing in a modern abstract painting in an otherwise traditional room. I also enjoy mixing one or two mid-century modern pieces into a classic setting. While mixing together both styles, it feels curated over time and less formal. I also love to use unique color combinations. I am happy to design a space with a neutral palette in mind, but adding pops of color or bold touches somewhere always makes me smile. Bold color combinations are eye-catching, warm and inviting.
(photography by Christina Wedge)
What do you love most about including original art in your designs?
I LOVE including original art in any and every single space I design. Art is like a breath of fresh air! It adds character and interest, while also showing off the homeowners personality. I would even prefer framing your children’s artwork in a hallway or family room over any print out there. If you feel like you can’t afford artwork showcased in a gallery, I would try reframing vintage or antique pieces. One of my personal favorites is to frame a modern piece of art in a traditional, antique gilded wood frame. If you can’t afford custom framing, try finding some fun vintage frames and fitting artwork to those frames. Modern abstract art can absolutely fit in the same room with a traditional oil painting. Artwork tells a story about those who live in the home and are great conversational pieces when entertaining.
(photography by Laura Negri)
What are some design upgrades you recommend to clients that won't break the bank?
- Use an interior designer/decorator! You may spend more up front, but in the long run you won’t make mistakes and end up re-designing rooms and spending more money vs just decorating it the right way the first time.
- Try shopping at antique shops and flea markets for accessories. They are more unique and not something everyone else can pick up at Target or Homegoods. They can definitely be a good price point too.
- PAINT! Updating your paint colors can really make a huge difference without a large dollar amount associated with it. If you don’t want to paint the full room, try painting the trim a fun color and/or the ceiling for an unexpected pop!
- Don’t forget lighting! Lighting can have a huge impact in any space. It doesn’t always have to be high-end lighting, but an attractive lamp, sconce, or ceiling fixture can have a dynamic impact and warm up a room.
- Always add original ART! Even if it’s framed art by your children, a piece you found at a flea market or a painting you commissioned from an emerging artist - art always adds character and personality.
(photograph by Laura Negri)
Whitney has been spotlighted by The Cottage Journal, AH&L, Country Home, Atlanta Magazine HOME, DOMINO Magazine online and Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta. She was selected by Ballard Designs to be interviewed on their popular “How To Decorate” Podcast.
A proud graduate of Auburn University, Whitney maintains a consistent client base cultivated by organic referrals. Interiors are Whitney’s true passion exceeded only by her love for her husband, young boys, and twin yellow lab puppies.
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