The living room of Ryan and Shena Simmons’ home is made for gathering. The open concept living area flows easily into the kitchen with seating around the island, and the beautiful yet functional decor encourages casual fun.

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“We can have a ton of families with their kids over, and no one has to worry about their kids breaking things. It’s a comfortable home that really encourages community,” said Shena, who is the founder and owner of Stewart Simmons women’s apparel, which offers designs created specifically for gameday gatherings. “When we created Stewart Simmons that’s what I had in mind.”

Shena and Ryan Simmons live with their two children, Aubrey and Landon, and their two Westie dogs Doogin and Dexter in Brookhaven. Shena is the founder and owner of Stewart Simmons women's apparel, and Ryan works in market insights at Chick-fil-A.
Photo: Text by Shannon Dominy/ Photos by Reann Huber

Simmons used Swatch Pop! online interior decorating to fine-tune the decor in her living room and dining room, adding pillows, art and other finishing touches to create the inviting and comfortable vibe.

Snapshot

Residents: Shena and Ryan Simmons, their children Aubrey and Landon Simmons, and their dogs Doogin and Dexter. Shena is the owner and founder of Stewart Simmons, and Ryan works in market insights at Chick-fil-A.

Location: Brookhaven

Size: 2500 square feet, four bedrooms, three and a half baths

Year built: 2013

Project consultants: Interior design from SwatchPop!

Architectural style: Traditional

Favorite architectural elements: Open floor plan of living area, coffered ceiling in the living room

Interior design style: Transitional

Favorite interior design elements: Pieces that hold sentimental value like the red bird and blue bear figurines in the master bedroom, which are trip souvenirs, art made by family and the artwork from local artists.

Resources: Furniture and decor from RH, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Wayfair, West Elm, AllModern, Scott Antique Markets, Room and Board, Overstock.com, Cost Plus World Market, Bloomingdale’s, Half Price Drapes and Crate & Barrel. Art from The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose, RH, Target, Atlanta Dogwood Festival and Shena Simmons. Lighting from CB2, Crate & Barrel, Target and RH. Paint colors are Sherwin Williams’ Mindful Gray for most of the interior with Steely Gray in the dining room, Landon’s room and the foyer and Naval in the downstairs bathroom.

Decor tip: Create a space that is not only beautiful, but that actually works for you and your family. “We have two small kids and dogs in our home, so although I really love upholstered, white sofas, they don’t work for us,” said Shena. “We need a home that is filled with durable furniture, room to run and lots and lots of storage.”

If you have a beautifully designed home in the Atlanta area, we’d love to feature you! Email Shannon.N.Dominy@gmail.com.

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