Katie Luepke was a fan of “Greenery” — Pantone’s color of the year — well before 2017. When she updated her downstairs powder room three years ago, she selected a bamboo wallpaper in bright green by Cowtan & Tout. Custom pillows on her living room couch are made of fresh grassy green fabrics with a Greek key border, and jade-colored Oriental foo dog sculptures perch on shelves above.
Her colorful home is one of five featured in the Young Collectors’ Home Tour on Feb. 5 that kicks off the 2017 Cathedral Antiques Show and spotlights the use of antiques in bold designs.
“I have pretty traditional tastes when it comes to pieces of furniture,” she said. “You’ll see very traditional pieces, but then … bright artwork and bright paint colors. You can really do whatever you want.”
Residents: Todd and Katie Luepke, and their 2-year-old daughter, Caroline, and dog, Charlie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Todd works in the financial services industry and Katie is a pharmacist.
Location: Atlanta’s Peachtree Hills neighborhood
Size: 2,560 square feet, four bedrooms, three baths
Year built/bought: 1940/2013
Architectural style: Cape Cod
Renovations: Cosmetic changes included adding subway tile to the kitchen and built-in shelving by Luis Paredes in the den and nursery.
Design consultant: Interior designer and friend Mallory Mathison Glenn
Interior design style: Traditional, but with a contemporary twist
Favorite interior design elements: “One of my favorite things to do is to try to find inexpensive things that I can fix up,” said Katie, who describes herself as a “flea market junkie.” She recently bought a wood china cabinet at a flea market for $450 and painted it a high-gloss red (Benjamin Moore’s Heritage Red), which took multiple coats to cover the white chalk paint. “I poured my heart and soul in this one piece,” she said.
Favorite artwork: Paintings by Lindsey Turberville Luepke and Monteigne Mathison
Favorite outdoor feature: The stone patio with eating area, which opens up to a fenced-in backyard.
Resources: Furniture from Pottery Barn, Scott Antique Market, Arhaus, Ballard Designs, Wisteria, Lee, Somerset Bay, Charles Stewart, Safavieh and Worlds Away. Headboards, window treatments and bedskirts made by Atlanta Premier Upholstery. For thrifty treasures, she shops at Chamblee stores such as My Favorite Place, Chamblee’s Antique Row District and Simple Finds Interiors & Antiques.
Decor tip: If you’re looking for a bold palette, consider these paint colors and wallpaper patterns used by the Luepkes in their home: Benjamin Moore’s Venezuelan Sea, Whitall Brown and Bittersweet Chocolate, as well as Thibaut’s Tanzania wallpaper in pink.
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