Mimi Tin desired to take guests on a whimsical and relaxing journey in her new Pinewood Forest home. And that’s fitting. Her neighborhood is across from Pinewood Atlanta Studios, where movies including Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” have been filmed.

“I wanted it to be as if they’d gone to a different place,” Tin said.

Photos: Fayetteville home has whimsical design, sits nearby ‘Avengers: Endgame’ filming site

By mixing industrial hard edges with soft accents and plants, her home maintains a certain level of surprise and lightheartedness. Those details and others — from the fabric to the plumbing fixtures to the shade of white on the walls — were planned for her friends and family to enjoy.

“All the pieces work together to create the perfect environment,” she said.

Mimi Tin, a designer who owns Sushi Style Inc. and The BeLOVED Life, purchased her 1,280-square-foot home in Fayetteville's Pinewood Forest neighborhood in 2018.
Photo: Text by Megan Wahn/Photos by Reynolds Rogers

Snapshot

Resident: Mimi Tin, who owns Sushi Style Inc., a furniture and home accessories collection, and The BeLOVED Life, a collection of plush travel pillows for kids

Location: Pinewood Forest, Fayetteville

Size: 1,280 square feet, two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths

Year built/bought: 2018

Architectural style: Modern and industrial, with a slight French Provincial feel

Favorite architectural elements: Open steel staircase, rooftop deck

Design consultants: Andrew Kelly with 1023 Construction (builder), Lew Oliver (architect), Dana Lynch Design (interiors) and Karl Reimenschneider from Southern Classic (contractor)

Renovations: The original plan included a walled-in staircase that divided the front and back areas of the house. Tin removed the pantry and laundry room from the central area of the house and incorporated an open steel staircase that travels from the first floor to the rooftop deck on the third floor. In order to achieve cross sunlight in the living room, she added a window to the south side of the house, which offers views of the lake and movie studio.

Interior design style: A mix of French country, industrial, transitional and rustic

Favorite interior design elements: “I love the idea of creating an element of surprise in a home, so a transitional design style is key for me,” she said. In the living room, she designed a Louis fireplace mantel (with Phil Saylor from Tuscan Stone Mantels), which is next to a hard-edged industrial steel staircase for an unexpected pairing. “The two contrasting styles bring life and energy to the space and add more layers and textures.”

Resources: Furniture from Intaglia Home Collection, Rowe Furniture, Wayfair, Birch Lane, Overstock and Christopher Knight Home. Accessories from Paris on Ponce and Tuesday Morning. Art by Ali Leja.

Decor tip: For white interiors, she recommends Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams. “I tried several different samples, but the Alabaster white won out in the end because it had the warmth and glow that is needed in creating a relaxing and ethereal space,” she said. The doors and window sashes are painted Sherwin-Williams’ Iron Ore, and the exterior uses Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray and Alabaster.

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