Kathleen Mapson & Company


Small Space, Big Style: ATL Bachelor's Pad Reveal

Our Little Story

I was elated to hear from one of my former clients (Ken B.) telling me that he was relocating from North Carolina to Atlanta. While in North Carolina I helped him decorate his single-family home and also painted some custom art pieces. In the middle of his project, we received word of an opportunity for my husband to relocate to Atlanta for his job and after much thought we decided to take it. After sharing the news with Ken and discussing how to keep his project moving along, he said those three little magic words every decorator wants to hear...I TRUST YOU!! So to keep his project on track, I assisted him via telephone, text, email, FaceTime - however we could communicate to make sure the job would get finished. It wasn't easy, but we got it done. PHEW!!

Because of how great our relationship has grown and how great that project turned out,I was secretly hoping that he would ask me to help him out again...I mean why wouldn't he, right??? Well guess what? He did and I happily accepted.

Side Note Ken has an excellent eye so I am recruiting him as my design assistant. I have made him well aware of this, but I think he thinks I'm kidding. Ummm sir...NOT!! And I'm trying to get him to be my personal stylist because these days my attire is really lacking. I can't seem to pull things together for the life of me. When I tell you this man has an eye for fashion!! He is really working in the wrong line of work...but I digress!! =))) Ken if you are reading this, you my dear are awesome!

Back to the current room Now unlike before (1650 sq.ft of space in the single-family home), Ken decided to downgrade into a 800 square foot apartment - YIKES - and he sold just about all his stuff from his previous home which was full of great things...SIGH!!! I was slightly devastated to because had I known about this (I think he kept me in the dark on purpose so he wouldn't have to hear my mouth about it) I would have hit him up for some stuff!! So the hunt was on for new and maybe old, functional, and fresh items that would work double duty in this small space.

His Needs  Urban, Fresh, and a Pop of Color. He stated the budget and said I trust you, do your thing - and that is exactly what I did!!

So here is what I had to work with initially: 1. Low profile bookcases he kept from the old home that we could use as the television/media console 2. Single lonely lamp 3. And the custom art I painted for his previous home (which I didn't want to use at first, but he insisted and now I'm glad we used them)

Major Purchases 1. A low profile sofa that wouldn't intrude to much into the space, but provide ample seating 2. More lighting 3. Side chairs 4. Ottomans (recovered to look great) 5. Window panels 6. Some accessories (he had some things I thought I could use)

The Room The creamy palette lended itself to be the perfect backdrop for what I wanted to do. For some reason here lately I am loving cream or white walls. I feel it gives me extra room to play a little more with color in the textiles and accessories.


Check out the space before...drab, drab, drab...

Before Pics (After the Purchase of the Sofa)

But the after is look WHOAAAAA!!!!!! So different and so much better. Don't you agree?! =))

After Pics (KMC Customs - Art, Pillows, Ottomans)




Remember He Said  Urban, Fresh, and a Pop of Color. So to make this happen:

1. Urban - Clean lined furnishings, low profile on everything - gives it a more modern, urban flare 2. Fresh - Not cluttered with furniture - just enough to provide the right amount of seating, accessories do not over power the room, and similar color story in rug and big furniture items 3. Pop of Color - Taken from the golden yellows in the art work - the ottomans and pillows add that element of pop

There is nothing like seeing everything come together the way you envisioned it and your client loving it just as much as you do. I absolutely love the way this space turned out and seeing Ken's face at the reveal was priceless.

Have an awesome day y'all and thanks for stopping by!

Making Home, Home! Kathleen