Bohemian flair adds fun to festive home on Norcross holiday tour


Lamp shades, vintage pennants and antiques from across the globe spark Kim Doherty’s creativity during the holiday season.

“I don’t think that my Christmas has ever been the same every year,” she said. “I like things changing and moving and evolving.”

From the dressed-up porches to the colorful chicken coop, Doherty lets loose her vivid design imagination and hones her DIY skills throughout her home. The cottage is on the Dec. 2 Historic Norcross Holiday Tour of Homes.

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“I think your house should tell your story — where you’ve been, what you’ve done, who you are,” Kim said. “I think part of that comes with being fearless in what you’re doing and not being afraid to make a mistake.”

Snapshot

Residents: Kim and Tom Doherty, and their dogs, Shadow and Coal. Kim is former owner of Details Boutique in Johns Creek and now owns Meraki, an interiors business.

Location: Norcross

Size: 3,600 square feet, plus a 660-square-foot detached garage, five bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths

Year built/bought: 1993

Architectural style: Traditional

Renovations: They added a detached garage for Tom’s vintage cars, with an attached porch. They turned unused attic space into a studio that is accessed through a secret passageway. “You walk though a huge armoire to get to it, so it’s a hidden room,” she said.

Interior design style: Collected, eclectic, bohemian

Favorite interior design elements: The globe-trekking couple has decorated their Gwinnett County home with items from visits to more than 50 countries. The weathered bar doors are from Burma, while the dining room walls are papered with pages from an 1880s ledger book found at the Braderie de Lille market in France. “It’s a collected treasure trove of our life. It’s a complete reflection of us,” Kim said.

Favorite holiday decor: “I don’t do any traditional decorations,” she said. For example, the Christmas tree in her dining room is made out of lampshades while she arranged vintage pennants into a tree shape in another room. Her main Christmas tree sits in an olive pot.

Favorite DIY project: She painted a vintage chest of drawers, given to her by a friend, in the style of a bone-inlay piece typically found in Morocco. “I’m probably most proud of that piece because it was tedious and turned out incredibly,” she said.

Favorite outdoor elements: The chicken coop in a gypsy wagon design (made out of wagon wheels, an armoire and spindles from Europe), the pond and a stone fireplace.

Resources: My Favorite Place, Southern Comforts Consignments, The Treasure Mart, Goodwill

Decor tip: Be drawn to potential, not labels, Kim said. Ask yourself: How can I transform this piece into something one of a kind?



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