To accomplish these improvements, the homeowners called upon the expertise of Atlanta interior designer Mary McWilliams for help. Having worked with the McPhersons in the past, Mary—or rather Mary Mac, as she is more commonly known among friends and clients—proved to be the perfect choice.
“Since the house had already undergone several renovations over the years, we didn’t add any square footage but rather refreshed and remodeled some of the existing spaces,” she explains. “Anne and John loved the integrity and age of the house, along with all the character found within each room; however, they also wanted a fresh, more modern feel to complement their tastes.”
Sharing the couples’ desire to preserve the home’s architectural richness, McWilliams relied upon colorful artwork and furnishings with clean, straight forward lines to interject some upbeat freshness. “Also, since Anne has a true love for the beach, I followed her wishes by using various shades of blue throughout the house, both in paint colors and fabrics,” she points out. Likewise, the interior designer steered away from selecting any floral or overworked patterns and chose solid or geometric designs for rugs, pillows, and upholstery pieces to create a sleek, contemporary look.