Renovations, designer fabrics update traditional Marietta home

  • Shannon Dominy
  • Fast Copy News Service
Nov 09, 2017
The home’s fresh traditional style, as described by interior designers GordonDunning, is seen in the formal living room of the east Cobb County home. A settee from Hickory Chair and a pair of arm chairs from Drexel Heritage surround a round glass and metal coffee table from Arteriors. Text by Shannon Dominy/Fast Copy News Service. (Christopher Oquendo/

Kim Harrelson mixed styles from her family — her grandmother’s classic decor and her mother’s whimsical florals — when she decorated her renovated Marietta home.

“I like a little bit of formality and tradition, but I also want it to be fully accessible and lived in by my whole family,” said Harrelson, a mom of two.

Harrelson and interior design firm GordonDunning selected classic furniture with modern updates and designer fabrics in soft hues and floral, and other prints used for custom pillows and draperies.

“We use fabric to make it inviting and comfortable and more ‘us,’” she said.


Residents: Kim and Kris Harrelson, children Benjamin and Natalie, and dogs Molly and Billy. Kim is an integration manager of consumer health for Lonza and Kris is a hairstylist at Grow Salon.

Kris and Kim Harrelson moved into their east Cobb County home in 2011, and they live there with their children, Benjamin and Natalie. Kim is integration manager of consumer health for Lonza and Kris is a hairstylist at Grow Salon. Text by Shannon Dominy/Fast Copy News Service. (Christopher Oquendo/

Location: Marietta

Size: 4,172 square feet, five bedrooms, four bathrooms

Year built: 1997

Year bought: 2011

Renovations: Finished the basement and replaced the siding in 2013; renovated the kitchen, including the breakfast area, and refinished hardwoods on the main level in summer 2016; replaced interior handrails and balusters and fenced in the backyard in 2017

Kim and Kris Harrelson bought their 4,172-square-foot home, built by John Wieland, in 2011. The traditional brick home has five bedrooms and four full baths, with a finished basement. Text by Shannon Dominy/Fast Copy News Service. (Christopher Oquendo/

Builder: John Wieland

Project consultants: Interior designer GordonDunning, contractor Northside Remodeling, exterior siding from Larimer Painting

Architectural style: Traditional brick

Favorite architectural elements: Open floor plan on main level

Interior design style: Fresh traditional

Favorite interior design elements: Modern updates to classic pieces, like the Bernhardt tufted living room sofa, and heirlooms such as Natalie’s beds and dresser, paired with florals and textured designer fabrics

The beds and dresser in 5-year-old Natalie Harrelson’s room are heirlooms, passed down for three generations. They are the same furniture that sat in her grandmother’s bedroom when she was a girl. The sweet space includes pale pink walls with bedding from Garnet Hill. Text by Shannon Dominy/Fast Copy News Service. (Christopher Oquendo/

Favorite outdoor elements: Fenced-in backyard with play area and back deck

Resources: Furniture from Hickory Chair, Drexel Heritage, Arteriors, Pottery Barn Outlet, Lee Industries, Bernhardt, Ballard Designs, Target, RH, T.J. Maxx and Joss & Main. Lighting from Currey & Co., Uttermost, Bradburn Home, Visual Comfort & Co., HomeGoods, Robert Abbey Light and Port 68. Fabrics from Schumacher, Home Accent, Duralee, Robert Allen, Perennials, Kravet, Drape 98, Fabricut, Lulu DK for Duralee and Jane Shelton.

Decor tip: Pick a palette that fits your personality, not because it’s trendy. In addition to blue hues, seafoam green also is in the lamps and other elements of the home. “I like tying in the ocean colors,” Kim said. “Those are just kind of comfortable soothing colors for me.”