Classic with a Twist

By Kate Abney | March 1, 2017 | Articles

It’s a bit like going on a vacay to visit the alluring Peachtree Orleans, a fleur-de-lis-dotted collective of brick condos nestled between Buckhead and Brookhaven on Peachtree Road.

During her nearly three years here, aviation underwriter Andie Findlay’s domain has gradually taken shape with the help of her gal pal Heather Hogan Roberts, a celebrated local interior designer (and proprietress of retro-chic brand Ivy & Vine) with whom Findlay shares so many of her home-design proclivities. For almost all decorating decisions, Findlay is delighted to defer to Roberts’ expertise—or, at the very least, just bounce ideas off of her. “I always want Heather to be my second set of eyes,” Findlay explains. “I feel like she and I have the same taste.”

Occasionally, they even buy items together. Perhaps Findlay’s favorite piece, the ceramic zebra on her living-room coffee table, is part of a pair purchased in tandem with her friend. Its stripes underscore Findlay’s fervent love for all things black and white, which you’ll notice via the flat-weave rugs, catchall trays and even Findlay’s outfits—such as the poplin blouse and white jeans combo she wore on photo-shoot day. She considers this crisp combo the perfect blank canvas for playful pops of color; whether that means sophisticated Ivy & Vine pillows or girly baubles (she even uses her fave earrings from nearby J.Crew and Nordstrom as tabletop accents!).

Namely, in the lounge-slash-office, a pair of emerald-green stunners mingles with a faux-malachite box gifted by Roberts. Though this space was meant to be a bedroom, Findlay has made it multipurpose, using it for workout DVDs, kicking up her feet (on the tufted ottoman, of course) or setting up a sumptuous sleeping spot for overnight guests.

The master, for that matter, is just as impressive, with its bold sunburst mirror, vintage-inspired prints and a handsome Thomasville four poster—Findlay’s first big furniture purchase—plus a plush Hermès blanket at the foot of it (a splurge Findlay says was well worth making).

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Findlay has spent her life surrounded by design. Her mother owns a fine-gift shop and boutique, Findlay Rowe Designs, in Roswell—“she’s a florist too. She’s so creative; she’s like my personal Martha Stewart,” says Findlay—and has passed along her passion for all things pretty.

So when the 30-something blond beauty is not busy kicking butt at work—insuring helicopters and planes, no big deal—her preferred pastime is combing antique shops for decor to add to her collection. Sometimes she’s scouring the shelves with Roberts, sometimes it’s solo; either way, she loves the thrill of the hunt.

“My favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning is to grab a good cup of coffee and go thrifting. I’ll poke around local places like Antiques & Beyond or Peachtree Battle Antiques. I always get inspired, even if I don’t buy anything. Sometimes I’ll just go to Goodwill to find it,” explains Findlay, who is not above a good deal (HomeGoods and T.J.Maxx are regular haunts).

Her ultimate objets d’art? Aquamarine-glazed foo dog figurines, piles of antique calligraphy brushes, sea glass baubles slung around the neck of a neoclassical bust, tons of brass “critters” (an Ivy & Vine mainstay) and pineapples. So many pineapples. “I’m always on the hunt for them and so excited when I find them,” Findlay gushes.

Pineapples even serve as place-setting toppers on her mom’s blue-and-white china, which Findlay especially adores. She and her siblings grew up with this pattern as everyday dishes, but it’s become Findlay’s most treasured dinnerware as an adult. The blue-and-white motifs appear all over the condo, in fact, mingling with other accents: coordinating hardcover books, animal-print fabrics, faux-bamboo cane chairs and case pieces featuring Dorothy Draper-esque details.

There’s also a Crosley record player—sidled up to vintage albums from Decatur CD & Vinyl—comfortably at home atop one of the two IKEA étagères Findlay spray-painted gold on her covered porch. With its black wicker furniture and splashes of Pantone’s 2017 color of the year, Greenery, the outdoor space serves as Findlay’s favorite place to spend a spring afternoon… maybe with a glass of white wine in hand and Otis Redding spinning in the next room. “I love to hear the crackle of the stereo; it reminds me of what my parents played when we were growing up,” Findlay reveals.

Mixing high and low, old and new… for Andie Findlay, it’s all past perfect.

Originally published in the March issue of Jezebel


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