Designer loves turning house into a home


Designer loves turning house into a home

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Atlanta designer Chris Socci enjoys making interior spaces feel special. In his own home, he uses brass and gold, bold colors and transitional furniture pieces. Contributed by J. King Photography

Chris Socci, an award-winning Atlanta designer, believes great design can enhance one’s life – aesthetically and functionally.

Designer & background: Socci grew up in Columbus and graduated from Columbus Technical College with a graphic design degree and went on to earn an interior design degree from Gwinnett Technical Institute. He had a college internship with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as assistant to the chapter administrator. After graduating from college, he started out as a junior designer, working for Atlanta designer Bo Waddell.

First design job: At age 16, worked in the visual department at Parisians, making all departments look fresh and brand specific.

My company: Atlanta-based C. Socci Inc. Interiors started in 2002. The company’s tag line: Design is creativity with a strategy.

As seen in: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles; Modern Luxury/Interiors; and Atlanta magazine.

Awards: A 2015 and 2016 bronze winner of a Design Excellence Award by the Georgia Chapter of ASID.

Best thing about my job: Turning a house into a home; cultivating relationships with clients; and helping people love their space.

Ways to quickly transform a room: Declutter, for sure, paint and add lighting.

Design pet peeves: Heavy faux floral arrangements; accent walls; fluorescent light bulbs; and matching furniture sets.

Homeowners should splurge on: Custom pillows, lamps and furniture you can reupholster years from now.

… and save on: Sisal rugs and accessories.

Current design obsession(s): Un-lacquered brass and white kitchens.

New (or re-emerging) looks I like: Mixing metals, especially gold and iron, burl wood and acrylic.

… and looks I am glad to see go: Overstuffed sofas with giant arms; gray and linen everything; and balloon valances.

Most unusual request: Use bold floral wallpaper and a crystal chandelier on a laundry room ceiling.

Best design advice: Add something black to ground the space.

Biggest design mistake I have made: Not inspecting custom pieces that arrived damaged that I was responsible for.

… and mistake(s) homeowner’s make: Hanging drapery panels that do not reach the floor or not hanging draperies high enough to bring the eye up; rugs that are too small for the space; lining up furniture against the walls instead of bringing it into the space.

Every room needs: Personality, including art, accessories and furniture pieces that have a personal meaning.


- Blogs & websites: Design indulgence; la dolce vita; and the glam pad.

- Instagram: Designers Brian Patrick Flynn; Kelly Wearstler; Sherry Hart; and Pam Sessions.

- Atlanta area home/design stores: Briarcliff Frame Shop; Ballard Designs; Stanton Home Furnishings; Westside Market; and at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC): R Hughes, Up Country, Kravet and Lee Jofa.

- Places for great (and unexpected) finds around Atlanta: Americas Mart; Sarah Cyrus Home; Queen of Hearts Antiques & Interiors; Hill Street Warehouse; The Board of Trade; Target; and estate sales.

About me

My home: I live in Sandy Springs with my wife Jenna, son Sawyer and our dog in a traditional southern colonial home that we have updated with a bit of funk, including brass and gold, bold colors and transitional furniture pieces.

Household issues I am particular about: Always having the bed made; every light on a dimmer; no toys out of place; and keeping the pillows fluffed karate-chopped.

Favorite household pieces: A vintage chair, inherited from my great grandmother, that is now upholstered in Jim Thompson’s “Enter the Dragon;” a pair of framed starfish found on our honeymoon; an oil painting of Lady, our Cavalier King Charles spaniel, hanging in our foyer; our French 1950s headboard found at a consignment shop the day after returning from Paris.

Collect (or can’t stop buying): Vintage barware and coffee table books.

Latest project: New construction in the Southern Living community of Old Town in Columbus.

Up next: In October, Socci becomes president of ASID’s Georgia chapter.

Find Chris Socci:

- website:

- facebook: csocciinc

- Instagram @: csocciinc

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