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Previously published on September 12, 2019:

Ryan Hughes has been at the forefront of Atlanta’s vanguard design for several years now. Having opened his 9000 square-foot showroom, R Hughes, along with business partner Steven Leonard in 2010, Ryan has brought some of the most cutting edge design brands to the southeast. His glamorous showroom, with large open spaces and elegant finishes, features brands such as Apparatus, Liaigre, and Caste. For his home, though, he wanted something a bit more understated and cozy.

“I reconnected with an Atlanta-based developer Pam Sessions of Hedgewood Homes whose real estate company I had interned for while in college,” he explained. “She told me about a new development that she was planning which happened to be less than two miles from the showroom.” The three-story 2300 square-foot townhouse had three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms – Ryan decided to adjoin both guest rooms to create one magnificent guest space. “This was risky when it comes to resale,” he said, “however, the one large guest suite housing two queen beds makes for a more unique room and experience for guests.” Unlike the rest of the home that features crisp white walls, Ryan selected Farrow & Ball’s “Downpipe” to create a moody atmosphere. “Both of the bedroom floors are covered with wall to wall sisal which allows for layering with rugs on top,” he said.

The downstairs living area was opened up to create better flow and operates within variations of a black and white design scheme. “The vision was a black and white clean interior with the use of some antiques,” he said. “I, of course, wanted to utilize some of my favorite pieces that we carry in the showroom.” A convex mirror that he picked up on his first buying trip to Paris sits prominently above a cream 10-foot sofa and a vintage Moroccan rug from Moattar. Some parts of the downstairs living area, though, were given a distinct look. “I used black plaster, applied by Tommy Taylor and Will Lawless of Southern Plaster, in both the dark spaces for the bar and powder room for added wall texture,” he added. The result is a home the brings together new and old, with high contrasts and a little bit of edge.