When Marcia Jaffe purchased her Sandy Springs townhome in 2011 she was downsizing from a larger home. She combined furniture she already owned with designer pieces and bargain finds to create a unique and stylish look.

Jaffe worked with interior designer Mitzi Rothman as she downsized and decorated her new home, picking out colors, refurbishing furniture she already owned and selecting new furniture. Rothman offered helpful suggestions and tempered decor ideas that might age quickly.

“She saved me from myself. I would pick out these really crazy things,” said Jaffe. “She let me still be fun, but it wouldn’t be crazy.”

They gave some of Jaffe’s decor an update, like the reupholstered gold velour sofa in the living room, and picked out pieces that gave the space pizazz, like the 6-foot tall wire horse sculpture from ADAC by the sofa.

Jaffe also added hints of color throughout the space, like painting her tray ceilings in her master bedroom and the backs of the shelves in the living room in Martha Stewart Living Ice Water paint.

“Without a designer I never would have had the courage to do an ice flow color,” said Jaffe.


Residents: Marcia Jaffe and her cat FeeFee. Jaffe is a freelance writer, and she's been the vice president of the Buckhead Business Association for 35 years.

Location: Sandy Springs

Size: 2,860 square feet with three bedrooms and four bathrooms

Year bought: 2011

Consultants: Interior designer Mitzi Rothman

Architectural style: Brick garden townhome

Favorite architectural elements: Bay windows on two levels that bring in sunlight, arch in the entry and tray ceilings in the master bedroom.

Interior design styles: Traditional and transitional

Favorite interior design elements: Wood ribbon art by artist Renee Dinauer above the bed in the master bedroom, collection of antique Asian boxes in the guest room and colorful Chinese rugs.

Resources: Furniture and decor from TJ Maxx, Caspian Rug Company, ADAC, AmericasMart Atlanta, Tuesday Morning, Paris on Ponce and Horizon Home Furniture Outlet. Lighting from The Home Depot and Progressive Lighting. Paint colors are Sherwin-Williams White Raisin in the living room, Sherwin-Williams Bee's Wax in the master bedroom with an accent wall of Martha Stewart Hosta Green and Martha Stewart Living Ice Water as an accent in the master bedroom and the living room.


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