North Atlanta home inspired by Golden Age of Hollywood

Black-and-white photos of Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn and Clark Gable welcome guests into Laura and Bill Nay’s Cape Cod-style home.

The gallery twists up the curved staircase, while beyond the foyer, a pagoda-style bookshelf inspired by designer Dorothy Draper’s original collection serves as another example of the home’s Hollywood Regency decor.

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“It was the perfect piece to showcase my ginger jar collection,” she said.

Laura Nay, owner of Laura Nay Interiors, moved into her Atlanta home with her husband, Bill, in 2013. Mia, a friend’s Maltese papillon mix, often visits.
(Text by Marena Galluccio/Photos by Christopher Oquendo)

Films during the Hollywood’s “golden age,” including the 1946 film noir “Gilda” featuring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford, inspired Laura to bring glamour into her transitional interiors.

“I made sure that every room felt comfortable and elegant, but staying true to my own design style,” she said.


Residents: Laura and Bill Nay. Laura owns Laura Nay Interiors and Bill is an investment banker for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

Location: North Atlanta

Size: 6,600 square feet, five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths

Year built/bought: 1972/2013

Architectural style: Cape Cod

Favorite architectural elements: The custom Chippendale railing on the porch and interior millwork

Renovations: The kitchen and bathroom went through full renovations. The kitchen cabinets, countertops, light fixtures and wallpaper are new, and a bar was added to the breakfast nook. The bathroom’s updates include a new shower, freestanding tub, marble floors, cabinetry, countertops and fixtures.

Cost of renovations: $130,000

Contractor: DMC Home Improvement

Interior design style: Transitional

Favorite interior design elements: The collection of ginger jars and the use of wallpaper, such as Bradbury & Bradbury’s “Persian Star” pattern on the dining room ceiling. “It’s very whimsical, and it’s romantic in there when the light fixture shines on the ceiling and the stars are sparkling,” she said.

Favorite outdoor feature: The screened sun porch that overlooks the backyard and pool on the 3-acre property.

Resources: Furniture from Acquisitions, RH, Drexel, Hickory Chair, Wayfair, Baker, Caracole, Nandina Home & Design, Mathews Furniture + Design, Dixon Rye, Councill, Theodore Alexander, HomeGoods and 14th Street Antiques & Modern Home. Wallpaper by Schumacher and Bradbury & Bradbury. Lighting from Circa Lighting. Fabric by Kravet. Paint by Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams. Bedding from Nandina Home & Design and Peacock Alley. Wallcoverings by Phillip Jeffries. Art by Chris Denovan. 

Tip: For a classic look, use a black-and-white color scheme. In the master bedroom’s sitting room, the floors, furniture, trim and chevron-patterned dresser blend those colors. The marble floor was inspired by the famed lobby in Claridge’s, a luxury London hotel.


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