I met Melody Trivisone after walking by her house in Cabbagetown in Atlanta one day. I was shooting my blog entry on Shotgun homes and stumbled upon her cute house. I peeked inside...noone was home but I left my Sweet Peach business card. Lucky for me, she invited me in a week later and I discovered a gorgeously decorated space as well as a new friend. (The kitchen pendants found at Scott Antique Market)
Melody moved to Cabbagetown with her husband Joe in 2010. It's a mill house full of character that was originally built in 1890. Joe and Melody added on 800 square feet which includes this stunning kitchen and open dining area. The pendant lamp over the dining table comes via South of Market.
Melody has a wonderful selection of cookbooks, most of which are not found at your typical bookstore. Along the far wall, you'll find a well curated collection of culinary history, fiction and reference books from around the world.
It's the kind of kitchen where you'll want to sit, grab a book and a cup of tea, and stay awhile. Melody likes new things but also has an affinity for anything old, tattered and worn, which you can find intersperced throughout her home.
Melody is a prop stylist and artist and blessed with a keen eye for interior design. She loves repetition and placing items in 3's, 5's, 7's and 9's. As she shared, "Uneven numbers work best in spatial design." I especially love her kitchen backsplash which are a collection of old ceiling tiles she found at Highland Row Antiques.
I love the idea of propping vintage windows against her dining room's more modern windows, then using them as a place to collect inspirational notes and photos. The classic, masculine wooden desk in the adjoining room is just drool worthy...
I fell in love with this cloud painting and as I was photographing it, I asked Melody who the artist was. She replied, "Me." In fact, her work, which is oil on canvas, can be found throughout her home and the amazing thing is she didn't discover she could paint until she turned 50. Melody is daily inspired by nature as well as the human form.
I particularly liked her oil on canvas' in the front hall. Both pieces became something very different then what she had first envisioned. As she was preparing each canvas to paint a still life, she placed a wash over the canvas and a figure just popped out...then another, and another. She went with the flow and used a dry brush to sketch a bit. By incorporating some burnt umber, she colored in the figures that appeared before her. Aren't they just mesmerizing?
Every little nook in this home is thoughtful and pretty without being too perfect. I love the sweetgum balls in the hallway basket and the gorgeous scrap wood for the bathroom wall that just so happens to complement another of her lovely paintings...
Thank you Melody for taking a chance and calling a stranger. I so enjoyed visiting your home and meeting you. I have a feeling she will help me with many more posts to come...To learn more of her work, just contact Melody via email or peruse her blog. Happy weekend everyone!
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