Vintage Meets Modern in an Atlanta Home With Just the Right Amount of Masculine Style

Atlanta shop owner David Kowalski's own charming home reveals how to perfectly mix vintage and modern styles.

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Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

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Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

Photo By: Flynnside Out

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Charming Home Full of Character

Owner of hip Atlanta shop Brick + Mortar, and curator of all things vintage, David Kowalski took on a fixer upper with charming architectural details and transformed it into a home chock-full of character.

Mixing It Up

A master of mixing vintage treasures with modern decor, David made his house a home, one piece at a time. He cleverly laid two desktops across antique sawhorses to create a massive dining room table that can comfortably accommodate more than a dozen guests. A midcentury pendant hovers above a collection of flea market finds pulling the eye toward the room’s gorgeous built-ins and coffered ceiling.

Collections

David, the homeowner, is a big fan of collecting items, then grouping them to great effect. These candlesticks are the perfect example. They provide an interesting focal point during the daytime and a beautiful glow in the evening.

Back to Nature

Mixing in natural elements like plants, baskets, fruit or, in this case, taxidermy helps a space feel warm and storied. The mix of masculine elements with the flowing drapery, table linen and brass accents keeps it from feeling like a hunting lodge.

Local Flavor

Nestled among millwork in the dining room is a bit of local flavor. Vintage signage, especially when it’s simple and graphic, looks sophisticated with any style decor.

All in the Details

With any fixer upper, concessions need to be made, and rather than gut the existing kitchen, the homeowner chose to update the cabinets with black paint and add a classic subway tile backsplash. Design details give the kitchen a high-end look. The plants and flag above the upper cabinets emphasize the room’s generous ceiling height while the leaned artwork and vintage rug add a dash of sophistication.

Customize When Necessary

When David’s not working in his busy west-side shop he’s tooling around the house or working from his home office. The desk was created by topping a pair of vintage file boxes with thick glass — a smart move if you need storage but don’t want a big, bulky desk with drawers. The graphic overscale calendar with its bold black and white design feels like a piece of art.

Timeless Materials

With an effortless ability to create interiors that don’t feel overly masculine, the master bedroom is imbued with a softness that’s far from feminine. The classic ticking of the duvet is paired with a worn leather chair and warm woods to strike the perfect balance. Fresh flowers and soft drapery give it a dreamy vibe.

Found Objects

The master bedroom has a cozy reading corner thanks to a floor lamp and well-worn club chair upholstered in a rich-looking oxblood vinyl. A crate flipped over feels right at home as a convenient side table.

Less is More

Similar to the color in his dining room, David painted his big-box vanity cabinet a moody blue that really pops in the all-white bathroom. Keeping the space monochromatic allows the painted cabinet and the wood tones of the wall decor to shine.

Moody Palette

A muted but moody palette puts a fresh spin on a masculine space. The large beach scene with battered boats steals the show while the bed’s super soft linen bedding makes you want to curl up and nap the day away.

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