As the daughter of an artist, Jill Edee immediately knew her Milton home needed a fresh canvas.
She covered the gray-speckled exterior brick with white paint, giving it the look of a marshmallow, and repainted the interior walls with Sherwin-Williams Pearly White, in a high gloss.
“Art and design are in my blood,” said Edee, who learned from her mother, Pamela C. Renfroe, a licensed Coca-Cola artist. “I wanted to give it just a very artistic and fresh edge to the house.”
Then, Edee painted brush strokes of bold hues through her furnishings, draperies, decorative objects and artwork and turned a basement room into an art studio for herself, her kids and their friends.
“I have kids that come in here just constantly wanting to do art,” she said. “It’s amazing. We have bunnies and pugs, and we bring them all down. It’s kind of like an animal/art place.”
Residents: Jill Edee, owner of Stephanie Leigh Designs, and her children, Livvy, 13, and James, 10. They have three dogs — Ricky Ricardo, a goldendoodle that is a certified therapy and disaster stress relief dog, and pugs Elwood and Belucy.
Size: 5,559 square feet, five bedrooms, five baths
Year built/bought: 2000/2016
Architectural style: Traditional brick
Favorite architectural elements: The brick exterior, which originally had gray and beige tones.
Project consultants: Modify Atlanta (bathroom remodels/art room/bar), CD Natural Creations (furniture), Rachel Greathouse Design, Atlanta Draperies, Au Courant Interiors (office chandelier), Links Landscaping, Automated Lifestyles
Renovations: Gutted and renovated master bath, upstairs baths and basement bath, knocked out an opening to turn her daughter’s small bedroom into a suite, and created the art studio in the basement. The master bathroom now has a freestanding tub from Signature Hardware, frameless shower, polished nickel fixtures from Ferguson, white quartz countertops, and marble tile in a herringbone pattern on the floor. Backyard updates include new landscaping and hardscape, including a pondless waterfall, slate walkway and fire pit.
Interior design style: Colorful Palm Beach Regency meets timeless chic.
Favorite interior design elements: The mix of brass and chinoiserie, and bold and bright colors.
Favorite collections: Milk glass plates and jars. “It’s very special to me, because my grandmother collected it. Anytime I see milk glass, I grab it. I love it in a grouping,” she said. She also collects oyster plates and blue glass.
Resources: Furniture from Arhaus, Lee Industries, RH, Wayfair, One Kings Lane, West Elm, Urban Outfitters, Serena & Lily, Pier 1 Imports, City Antiques & Interior Arts.
Decor tip: Use creative and cute organization. For example, she uses milk glass containers to store office supplies as well as cords and chargers. “It’s fashion and function,” she said.