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Space Shapers

By Kelsie Allen barton, Tova Gelfond & Ashton Pike | September 28, 2017 | Articles

THE ECLECTICIST
Interior designer and artist Savannah Metcalf left her job—but certainly not her heart—in San Francisco when a decision to add entrepreneur to her title brought her and her now-hubby, Sean, back to the A. “I love this city so much, and I hope to create spaces that people can really enjoy,” says the 27-year-old founder of Grace-Made. While some interior designers designate a specialty, Metcalf came to ATL being a jack-of-all-trades, with experience in both commercial and residential interior design that’s allowed her to arrange jaw-dropping juxtapositions no matter the backdrop. “My work is always punctuated by moody pops of black and vintage pieces with really clean lines,” she says of her signature eclectic-modern aesthetic. “I’m also an absolute sucker for a colorful handknotted vintage rug.” Since moving from the West Coast to the East Coast, the Auburn University grad has embraced life in Atlanta, where she spends her free weekends cozied up next to her two dogs, Woody and Boo, and husband inside their Pinterestworthy 1920s Grant Park bungalow. “It’s been a roller-coaster experience,” she says, “but it’s been fun every step of the way!” @savmetcalf

THE FAMILY GUYS
When young couple Josh and Joey Bolton-Rogers renovated and sold their first home in 2015, they had no idea the impact it would have upon their lives. Transforming their quaint Grant Park abode into a bidding-war showstopper was somewhat of a passion project for the pair—the passion being children. “After we got married, we knew we wanted to adopt... so we said, ‘Let’s list our house and put the equity toward what’s really important to us,’” Josh says. That first flip was then leveraged not only for a new fixer-upper, but also to cover adoption costs for their beautiful daughter, Myles Amelia. The consummate parents then embarked on yet another reno and the adoption of their son, Micah Sawyer. In just two years, the stylish duo have renovated five houses while juggling three dogs and two children, which has garnered them a national following of fans who love both their industrial yet warm style and their journey; a YouTube video sharing their story got 2.5 million views in just two weeks. “There’s never a dull moment,” Joey says. “From identifying a hidden gem to redesigning the space to picking out materials to admiring the finished product—the whole process brings us closer together.” @atlpropertygays; @joe_boltrog_; @jbolton2622

THE FURNITURE MAVEN
When her family’s North Carolina-based furniture biz expanded to ATL, Lilli Sechrest packed her bags and headed south. Now the University of North Carolina at Asheville grad oversees COCOCO Home’s Buckhead showroom, offering handcrafted custom-upholstered sofas to shoppers seeking comfort and quality above all else. “We make everything in so many different styles and colors,” she explains. “So much of what we do is about helping people discover that the couch they’ve always wanted isn’t out of reach.” Sechrest, who descibes her personal decorating style as a mashup of modern-industrial and old European—“In my living room, I’ve mixed a velvet chesterfield with a 1930s spindle-base dining table, and I’m designing a wall of black pipe and reclaimed-wood built-ins as the focal point,” she shares—looks forward to even more growth for COCOCO Home. “We’ve been talking about a pop-up concept,” she hints, “which I think could be a very interesting step for us.” @the_cococo

THE ARTISTIC ARBITER
Texas gal-turned-ATL painting pro Paige Follmann knows a thing or two about making it as an artist. “It’s challenging to make a living,” says the University of Georgia grad, “but after slowly growing my business, I gradually turned my hobby into a career.” And a successful one at that. Case in point: Follmann’s Matisse-meets-Picasso pieces can be found on the walls of notable galleries like Anne Irwin Fine Art and, now, Miami Circle’s The Gables Antiques, where, this month, her figurative paintings—plus her handcrafted pottery dubbed Paige Pottery—will share space with a bevy of the A’s finest antiques and jewelry for a unique art show Oct. 5. “I want to paint what inspires me, and my hope is that my work in turn inspires others,” Follmann shares. ATLiens on the hunt for a new wall hanging or ceramic accent vase for fall can look no further than the 34-year-old’s geometric works that offer what Follmann describes as a “West Coast vibe,” with hues of “blues, grays and greens, plus a pop of warmth.” @paigekalenafollmann

THE PROBLEM SOLVERS
Roswell native and University of Georgia grad Jessica McRae had always loved decorating her home, but often found herself feeling stuck. “I started texting photos to my friend who’s a designer in Charleston, S.C., for advice: ‘What should I put on my dining room buffet?’ or ‘I’m having a hard time finding the right rug for my living room,’” she says. “She’d respond back with a perfect solution and direct me to the products to buy. It was just what I needed, and I knew others could benefit from quick and straightforward design advice as well.” She approached her friend Kristen Yonson, a Penn State grad, about the idea, and together they launched SwatchPop!, an online service that connects users with interior experts to help accessorize or update their space, minus the staggering cost. “It’s so cool to see how making these small changes in a room can make such a big difference,” says McRae, who notes that SwatchPop! is especially handy as the holiday season approaches and folks begin adding festive flair to their mantels, front porches and more. Adds Yonson: “My favorite thing about what we do is that it’s ever-evolving, but our clients continue to come back for more.” @swatchpop

THE EDGY AESTHETE
Ever since her high school art teacher suggested she check out Savannah College of Art and Design, 27-year-old Aurielle Jones says she’s “been on this unwavering path to learn and experience as much as I can from the design industry.” The Midtown resident by way of Montgomery, Ala., studied the design world’s biggest influencers from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to Dorothy Draper during her time at SCAD, which inspired her to create her own distinct style. So she launched Vivid Interiors in 2013 and did just that, introducing the A to her edgy-glam aesthetic and unapologetic use of the color black, especially seen in her collection of faux-leather pillows accented with spikes and zippers. “We are constantly thinking outside of the box and are not afraid to throw in unexpected pieces,” she shares. In addition to offering residential and commercial design services, Jones hopes to expand into home fragrances, furniture and, of course, to add more styles to Vivid’s growing pillow line. “My favorite part about what I do is having the freedom to express myself,” she says. “I love that as designers we are able to transform our clients’ lives just by upgrading their environment.” @vividinteriors; @shopvividinteriors



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