Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sneak peek at the new House Beautiful featuring Atlanta designer Margaret Kirkland

Readers, here is a little sneak peek from the November edition of House Beautiful – and this one features Atlanta based designer Margaret Kirkland.  I was not familiar with her work, but I am so glad for the introduction to this talented young designer.  Her work is classic and elegant, and after looking at her portfolio it comes as no surprise that she worked with some of the greats of the Atlanta design scene including Dan Carithers and Robert Brown. Margaret established her own firm in 2010, and she has a wonderful portfolio.

Margaret was selected as the featured up and coming designer in ‘The Next Wave’ section of the November House Beautiful (a monthly feature that focuses on the rising stars of the design scene).  This beautiful room designed by Margaret is featured – as well as many of Margaret’s favorite stylish things in the design world.  Her style is described as classic, feminine, and Southern inspired – and her picks clearly reflect this.  Her style is definitely right up my alley! 

What is your favorite thing about this room?  I am loving the soft color palette, the architecture of the space, and the luxury of light coming in from three sides.  Margaret works with the architecture and scale of the room as well as the abundant natural light to create a beautiful and nuanced space. I can imagine that this room must have been tricky for space planning given the length of the room and the sheer number of windows (and the resulting dearth of usable wall space).  The wall mounted lantern is a great touch, as is the easel to display the art – a great way to incorporate art into a space that has so many windows.

I took a quick peek at Margaret’s portfolio and her work has a timeless look and feel – this bedroom caught my attention; I particularly like the soft color palette and the little Swedish touches in the room. The settee reminds me of one that I had my eye on at A.Tyner Antiques many years ago (it sold before I could make up my mind).

Another intriguing project from her portfolio is this house – there are quite a few pictures of it in Margaret’s portfolio – it is a wonderful combination of the feminine and the masculine, the refined and the gently rugged.  I spy another easel with art through the right door…perhaps a signature touch?

To see more of Margaret Kirkland’s portfolio, visit her web site:  http://margaretkirklandinteriors.com  Look for her ‘The Next Wave’ feature in the November House Beautiful, on newsstands next week.

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  1. Thanks for the introduction to this very talented designer. I love her classic and sophisticated style...gorgeous living room. Heading to check her website...

  2. Thanks for introducing us to Margaret and her work. I love the easel idea! Very chic!

  3. My subscription just arrived today and I noticed the grand room right away. I used to have artwork sitting on a easel and have a very large Asian inspired birdcage {almost the same size}, so the room is very inviting to me.

  4. No fear of floral fabrics. Bravo Ms. Kirkland!

  5. ooooh, the bedroom is divine. i could live in it!

    smiles to you.


  6. I didn't know of her either, Holly... but I really like the images you have shown... beautiful rooms... xv

  7. Beautiful rooms...my favourite thing in that bedroom is the settee. Something like that I`m just looking for to our hall...best wishes from the other side of the world:)!

    1. Holly I love her design works. She is fairly traditional yet adds unique, and surprising touches...some of her signatures I am sure!


  8. I just fell in love!...with the amazing birdcage. This is a very talented designer indeed, I really like to soft edges and tones of the spaces.

  9. Thank you for sharing this designer, Holly. I love her use of textures, some rustic, yet the rooms are serene and soft. Her work is beautiful, with every aspect of design considered.
    Happy Thursday.

  10. Like the lantern too. But having a pair of garden urns on plinths INSIDE !!!!!!!!!!!

    She designs for grown-ups.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  11. ohhhh thanks for the sneakity peek! i cant wait to pour thru the pages

  12. LOVE that chandelier in the first space!

  13. I can't wait for my issue to arrive! Thank you for the sneak peek!

  14. Wow!! I would say she is incredibly talented and I do see the Carithers influence, one of my personal favorites. The living room is spectacular and love all the layering in the room so much to take in, its a room that you can't quite figure out if its new that looks old or old that has been pristinely taken care of and looks new, my favorite kind of room! Thanks for the introduction and the sneak peek......hope your falls off to a blazing start Holly!

  15. Thank you for sharing her work with us! It is truly beautiful! There wasn't anything I didn't like about it! I can't wait to see more! Hope you are doing well! Sure would love for you to come to our Open House on Thursday! Have you ever made it to Birmingham? I think you would really enjoy it! Have a wonderful week! I am in your city through the weekend for my husband's business and a little "antiquing" as well!

  16. Holly, Margaret’s room is beautiful. Frankly I think her one photo is better than any of the featured houses in that issue of HB. I look forward to following her career.

    Speaking of HB it will be interesting to see what changes will be made now the Mr. Turner has been promoted. I think he was great as EIC, I just hope his replacement keeps the magazine great.

  17. What a beautiful living room Margaret designed...I love seeing how different spaces are designed!

    Got caught up on your previous posts! I am sure the party will be one remembered by many for a long time!

    AND picking just the right chandy is so very hard, but I know you will find it!

  18. Great images...I love House Beautiful!

    Love, Jamie Herzlinger

  19. Wow just gorgeous! I will be following your blog and hope we can become blog friends!



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