Fun fact about this Georgia home: two of its reception rooms were empty for almost a year and the kids used to ride their tricycles through them. It’s hard to believe but this family home, now one of the world’s best homeswas once a bit of an empty shell, lacking design direction and practical purpose.

The young family of five had upsized, moved from DC to Atlanta and had prioritized getting to know their new house and neighborhood before thinking about furnishing and décor. After almost two years, however, they felt it was time to get the professionals in for some fresh interior design ideas. The design experts at Atlanta-based GordonDunning were only too happy to help, coming up with a series of room schemes to put the house back on track.

The main aims were to create a classic dining room where they could entertain friends and family, and a music room that doubled as an office. Cate Dunning and Lathem Gordon, co-founders of the design studio explain how they arrived at the perfect solution.

white kitchen units and white cross-backed bar stools on dark wood island and marble countertops and wood flooring

(Image credit: Emily Followill)

Kitchen ideas are the perfect fit for the home’s historic detailing. The cabinetry is simple and traditional, with clean lines and heritage-friendly subway tiles, vintage style lighting and dark wood flooring.