Virginia-Highland bungalow dressed for Christmas

Joey Kendrick and Bill Gandee deck their home for the holidays by enhancing what they love about their Atlanta bungalow.

That means choosing not to use red and green in every room, but opting for other hues, such as sparkly golds and bold blues. The existing decor and palettes dictate the color scheme for the Christmas trees and the couple’s DIY garland and wreaths. Gold ornaments and garland shine in the formal living room, while there’s a woodland-themed tree in the den.

“If you love everything about your room, use that as inspiration for your tree,” Kendrick said. “It should always be highlighting your favorite things you keep up during the year and making them even better with Christmas decor.”

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Residents: Joey Kendrick and Bill Gandee. Kendrick is director of the design and construction department at Regus, a provider of flexible workplaces, and Gandee is director of global sales for Office Depot’s Copy and Print Depot.

Location: Virginia-Highland. The home was on the neighborhood’s 2016 tour of homes.

Size: 3,200 square feet, three bedrooms, 3 ½ baths

Year built/bought: 1917/2011

Renovations: They moved the staircase from the rear to the front of the home and reduced the size of the dining room to create a new stairway and central hallway. Previously, the layout required people to walk through the dining room to access the kitchen or the bedrooms, Kendrick said. They expanded the upstairs to create a bedroom, office and bathroom. They removed an existing rear deck and one-car covered parking and installed a double-sized deck and three-car covered parking.

Architectural style: Traditional bungalow

Favorite architectural elements: Front porch with columns and a slate walkway, side patio, original 1917 glass windows, built-ins in the den, interior French doors leading to dining room

Design consultants: Intown Renovations Group and DeckPro

Interior design style: Traditional

Favorite interior design elements: The Charlestonian influence throughout the home, from the formality of furniture and artwork to items they have purchased in the city. Gold wheat sconces and a ceramic Budgies bird lamp are from the Historic Charleston Foundation shop, and framed architectural prints form a gallery wall in the master bedroom.

Favorite piece of furniture: Duncan Phyfe dining room table, which they inherited from Gandee’s grandmother and reminds them of Sunday dinners at their grandmothers’ homes.

Resources: Christmas decorations from HomeGoods, At Home, Michaels, Pike Nurseries and Target. Furniture from Intaglia, Ethan Allen, Crate & Barrel and Ballard Designs. Crystal dining room chandelier from Progressive Lighting. Fresh flowers from Nonie’s Garden.

Decor tip: “Baskets and bowls of colorful ornaments are something easy that anyone can do in a small space, or even add that to a coffee table in a larger space. I think it just brings a lot of visual interest and color,” Kendrick said.

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