My latest project is a great demonstration of what a little architectural molding can do for a room. Here’s an open-plan family room I’m working on for an Atlanta couple. The narrow space is open to the kitchen area and has a sloped ceiling elevation. As you see in the photo below, their current furniture plan presents a challenge as well as the unsavory paint colors and window treatments.

My goal is to capitalize on the high ceiling and perhaps use it as a featured element. I also needed to design a better furniture plan than would accommodate a sectional sofa (on the husband’s wishlist) and to pull together a room reminiscent of a boutique hotel (on the wife’s wishlist)…all within a modest budget (on both their wishlists). After touring a full renovation I recently completed, they fell in love with the home’s paint colors and wanted to adopt it for their own home.

Here are the before photos and some progress shots:

How gorgeous is this molding?! The biggest challenge was the ceiling height, but the contractor performed the task effortlessly.

Here’s a quick furniture and accessories plan so you can see the direction the space is going. I’m to going to leave you in suspense regarding the plan for the custom drapery and pillows. *Clutch my pearls* We’ve got another two weeks before they are complete.

We’re favoring shades of gray, ochre, warm weathered wood, and cushy carpets for this design. While we wait for drapery, I’ll be shopping for deals on accessories. Stay tuned for some great finds!

Happy Weekend!

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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. Angela Todd Says:

    Wall looks great Erika. I love it!


  2. Robin Davis Says:

    Really love the simple molding you chose for the back wall. Just enough graphic.


  3. Kelly @ JAX does design Says:

    I love the grid paneling on the feature wall. And the view towards the kitchen is much better without the stripes and the window valance.


    • Erika Ward Says:

      Thanks Kelly! I couldn’t agree more. The room feels much more spacious than before. We just installed carpet on yesterday. The homeowners are already overwhelmed by the transformation and we haven’t added the furnishings to the space yet!


  4. LaTonya Says:

    Would love to see the final product! Have you posted an update on this project yet? I love the molding!


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