This Sexy Modern Home Is the Creative Vision of Two Design Minds

Designers Mister + Mrs. Sharp bring an edited, cool approach to their home in Atlanta's Serenbe community.

August 07, 2019

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Mod Inside and Out

Self-described home editors Meghan and Patrick Sharp of Mister + Mrs. Sharp (@misterandmrssharp Tagline: "Everyday luxury. Inspiring spaces.") offer their clients tips on how to edit, arrange, highlight and otherwise help their homes live their best lives. Their sleek modern space in the sustainable Serenbe community south of Atlanta is a laboratory and proving ground for their less-is-more, everything-in-its-place design philosophy. The couple describes their signature style as "warm modern" a philosophy that extends to the outdoors area where clean lines and neutral colors reign and mod classics like a Tulip table and Emeco aluminum chairs (seen in the distance) lend sexy attitude to the great outdoors.

Clutter-Free Zone

The Sharps have achieved a balance between minimalism and warmth. Touches of wood, as in the two Eames stools, add an organic element and are great flexible seating for parties. The Sharps tend to stick with a neutral base color in furnishings and use art, fresh flowers and books for color.

Let the Sunshine In

The Sharps say they are "warming up" to the idea of using more color but for now prefer a big white room.

Gallery Wall Goals

The Sharps think the key to a focused gallery wall is a mix of metallic and wood frames. The Sharps recommend not being afraid to go big. "Fewer bigger pieces makes a statement." And this is one case where you definitely want to overthink it. "Even though the gallery wall seems random, it's not," says Patrick. "Look closely and you'll see several straight lines along the edges of multiple frames...brings a little order to the chaos." The long wooden table helps define the living and dining spaces and often features stacked books like a library table.

Color Harmony

A continuous palette of white unifies the open kitchen, dining area and living room. The Sharps designed the kitchen island with no cook top or sink to look more like furniture than like counter space.

Wood Spells Warmth

Wood floors and shelving help to add organic warmth to this modern kitchen.

Open Plan

The upstairs master bedroom looks down into the Sharps' living room flooding the entire space with light and an open, airy feel.

Elegant Bar

The Sharps found that this round Tom Dixon table worked far better in this corner of their living room than a bar cart and made the unconventional but striking choice to hang a piece of art in front of the glass window to dramatic effect.

Remixing the Classics

Introduced in 1963, Schumacher's Queen of Spain wallpaper marries the old world-meets-new style that defines the Sharps' home. "We do love mixing classics with modern," says Patrick. "One easy way to achieve this is modern furnishings in an older home. We once owned a flat in San Francisco: built in 1890 with all of the moldings and the marble fireplace to prove it. It just gave us great joy to place the most modern furnishings in front of the old white plaster. Juxtaposition at its best."

A Modern Oasis in the Forest

The Sharps bought their modern Serenbe home in 2015, and it's the most modern home they've ever owned. The home is an especially welcome beacon of sleek in the Serenbe community, which includes a mix of home styles, but can often veer toward organic, farmhouse styles and a more cottage look (though the sustainable community is definitely branching out in its Euro-influenced Mado community).

Secret Sauce

The secret to the Sharps' success? Storage. "Everything utilitarian; blow dryers, toothbrushes and products should be stored away," says Patrick of a streamlined ethos seen in the couple's guest bathroom. "Let your lighting and fixtures be the star."

Products With Panache

Another way to keep your bathscape sleek? Choose some signature products, à la your favorite boutique hotel. The Sharps prefer organic products and discreet packaging in the toiletries they use throughout their home.

Playing the Hand You Are Dealt

The Sharps took advantage of this long hallway—slightly larger on one side—on the home's upper level leading from the master to the guest room, to create a sleek home office.

Art Just Works

A striking abstract artwork is the perfect focal point in this clean, neutral guest bedroom. "We love the old adage 'anticipate needs and meet them'" says Patrick. "So we've tried to make our guest rooms a place to exceed expectations." The blue in the artwork was purposeful as well. "Blue is part of our color palette and we think it's calming."

Neutral Palette, Clean Lines

The Sharps' master bedroom features a striking Tom Dixon light fixture, a carefully edited gallery wall and neutral linens to maintain the crisp, clean look the couple is known for.

Statement Hardware

These "dummy door knobs" on the closet doors in the Sharps' master suite are the same design as door knobs but without the mechanics and create an oversized design statement.

Guest Suite

The terrace-level guest suite in the Sharps' home features what the couple consider a critical piece of design detail if space allows; a seating area which provides a space outside the main living area. "If they want to read or watch a program in private...they may not want to climb in bed," says Patrick.

Stack It

A large painting propped against a wall and a "table" of oversized art books gives a hip, modern vibe to this guest suite.

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