The proof of such experience, which belies her tender age, lies in her Buckhead townhouse.
The high-ceiling space has classic architecture that Giles accented with Grecian elements and contemporary art. Silks and velvets, splashes of orange and copper, discreetly spice things up. The overall effect is ageless.
She credits the success of her graphic style to her ability to keep it simple. “I'm very meticulous about editing, and I'm more minimal. That's what makes it work,” Giles says. Without overwhelming the space, Giles has sprinkled in a few classic Greek elements. In the guest room, she incorporated a Greek key pattern on a drapery valance and bench. A klismos chair gets pride of place in the living room. In the dining room, a tall chest of drawers found at Interiors Market sports simplified Doric columns in contrasting ebony. “I gravitate toward all things graphic,” she admits.
Those stand out elements are then paired with the warmth and appeal of antiques. “I inherited a lot of pieces in my home, and I love mixing them with newer things and contemporary art,” she says. “I think it's a good way to keep antiques fresh.”
Giles also uses color with an exacting hand. Choosing to keep a neutral background, she paints in blues, oranges and reds with draperies, pillows and art. The shine of silver was added to the dining room by covering the ceiling with Chinese tea paper—wallpaper that's been silver-leafed in a random pattern. “I added it long after the room was finished to give it a little punch,” she says.
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