See the spaces closest to designer Phoebe Howard's heart. Take a tour of her sophisticated Atlanta loft and the charming guest cottage on her Jacksonville, Florida, property.
Designer Phoebe Howard is known for her upscale series of home decor stores, Mrs. Howard and Max & Co. In her urban Atlanta loft, she infuses a once-industrial space with the warmth and character for which she is famous.
Phoebe's interiors are an exercise in give-and-take--a method she executes exquisitely. In the loft she shares with her husband, interior decorator Jim Howard, she "used a balanced mix of antique and new, soft and hard, upholstered and case goods, and light and bright," she says.
Large pieces fill a loft space without making it look or feel cluttered, Phoebe says. She uses an antique Japanese screen to define the dining area. A vintage French farm table contributes a refined yet relaxed feel.
Phoebe decided on a strict code of white and off-white neutrals with touches of browns and gold. Her neutral color scheme makes the loft look and feel large and airy. Eye-catching details, such as this antique mirror, add sparkle to the muted color scheme.
On her Jacksonville, Florida, property, Phoebe converted a three-stall garage into a stunning 600-square-foot guest cottage. The style comfortably blends Phoebe's fine design inclinations with cool coastal touches, such as seashells, a porthole-style window, and bits of coral, for a warm welcome.
An intimate grouping of furniture outfitted with plump pillows encourages guests to relax. Abundant Florida sunshine streams through the windows, naturally putting visitors at ease.
Phoebe and her husband, Jim, make frequent buying trips to Europe. The carefully selected antiques they bring back to the States delight customers at Mrs. Howard and Max & Co., their luxurious home decor stores. "Our stores are a true expression of ourselves and what we do," she says.