I’ve got designs with major deadlines ahead, but having repeat clients who trust my vision helps it all come together in a flash. Case in point, I’m working with a couple who I assisted last year in transform the first floor of their town home. However months later they found a great deal on new home and decided to move. The new house is probably three times the size of their previous residence so go easy on the purse strings, we’re going to finish the house one room at a time. The area that needs immediate attention is their terrace level guest room.  I whipped up this plan last week and look to install within the next ten days.


The overall feel for the newly designed room is a collected look, yet with a youthful touch. Upon moving in, we had the room painted Naval (SW-6244) by Sherwin Williams. The existing space is naturally dark and will be a dark space no matter how much lighting or white paint you add. My theory is to capitalize on the physical condition of the room and make it moody, comfortable, and stylish.

Here Trent Wisehart’s apartment feature from Elle Decor helps illustrate my point.




Light colored furnishings and  white accessories help to brighten the space.


A vintage chest will be used as a nightstand which will provide needed storage and add character to the space.

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So back to my design plan:


I instantly fell in love with this rug and decided to use it as the jumping off point for the design.

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I love the graphic impact it brings and it provides an instant color palette!

Instead of using a wooden bed in conjunction with their existing wooden dresser, I’ve opted to go with an fully upholstered bed. I love how the linen color looks again the dark blue wall. Brass lighting warms the space as well as the handsome leather side chair. The bedding is kept simple and I’m toying with the ideas of  a white duvet instead of the gray one pictured. Just be sure to stay tuned to see how this all comest together!

I’m seriously considering providing e-design services over the summer, please let me know if this is something you’d be interested in! Feel free to email me

Looking forward to hearing from your soon!

Make it a great day!


Image credit: Erika Ward Interiors | Elle Decor | Hickman Interiors | Cooper Grey





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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. Mary Etta Says:

    Wonderful as usual Erika. I know the deadline is coming soon for that new Baby Ward!


  2. Eva Young Says:

    Love your style! I’m looking for some lighting to give a charming touch to my new home and I want to know which are th best brands? I want a vintage look… what do you think about tom dixon? I don’t know if I can afford :P?
    Thank you for your attention and thank you for your blog :)


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