In an era of defined aesthetics, curated social media feeds, and clearly drawn flanks, it’s refreshing to peer into the home of Atlanta-based interior designer Krista Little Sharif and see aspects of contradictory styles coexist. The house of Krista, who cofounded Hayes Little Studio with Kate Hayes, has both complexity and simplicity that draw you in. “Designing my own home from the ground up was a first for me,” Krista says. “The home is ultimately a reflection of my style—whimsical and cheeky with a little edge.” © Architectural Digest Atlanta-based interior designer Krista Little Sharif outside in the backyard of her first family home.
The Lake Claire neighborhood, located on the east side of Atlanta, boasts an eclectic mix of homes—from Victorian manors to Craftsman bungalows and 1950s cottages. However, Krista’s 1980s modernist abode is unlike traditional remodels, taking classic design expressions and developing an entirely new concept for today. This direction is not a revival of a modernist structure but rather a mixture of modern and traditional styles. “It was a new experience layering on and reworking some of the earlier more retro work I had done for our clients [who previously owned this house],” Krista says. “I had a ton of ideas, but we ended up running concepts by each other and tweaking until we ultimately landed on this smorgasbord of a design.”
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In the living room, a double-height ceiling lets natural light spill in from the windows. The white walls are contrasted by black flooring and dark accents like the popular Faye Toogood Roly Poly Chair, Noguchi Akari UF3-Q floor lamp, and a large vintage museum poster from the former Yugoslavia. In the evening, the room is transformed thanks to the HAY neon tube LED with blushing pink mood lighting. An unexpected quality is also reflected in the fun elements around the room, such as the velvety Pierre Frey table skirt, a crescent moon-shaped side table, and a brass Brite Bodies Antoine table. (Designed by Krista and Kate, Brite Bodies launched in April of last year. Having worked for a furniture designer when she first moved to Atlanta, creating her own collection of whimsical pieces was a natural evolution for Krista.) “We love creating these spaces and then being able to sprinkle them with pieces of furniture that we’ve designed ourselves,” the designer says. “It is both of our truest passions.”
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© Architectural Digest Giving a transition space between the dining room and living room new value by turning it into an independent seating area in front of an inlaid Malm Zircon fireplace.
Between the living room and dining room, a Le Corbusier LC4 chaise lounge sits in front of an inlaid Malm Zircon fireplace. Both of the sleek centerpieces are softened by a vintage Donghia chair in marbled silk and umber Mapoésie shell rug. “For me, the downstairs stands out and serves as the heart of the home,” Krista says. “I always had the concept of ‘fun’ in my mind when designing: A sprinkling of Dali surrealism meets Le Corbusier’s modernism; India Mahdavi and Missoni’s use of color; and a nod to the California cool of the 1970s.” © Architectural Digest A tiny kids table and a pair of Oeuf kids chairs offer a little autonomy for Krista’s son, while their central position keep him in the heart of the house.
© Architectural Digest For the previous owners, the home underwent a partial renovation, which included a new kitchen. Heath Ceramics backsplash tiles, black-honed granite countertops, and a big pantry space were a priority. © Architectural Digest The dining table is vintage ’80s Emperador marble with a chrome base.
Krista’s home, which she shares with her husband and her three-year-old son (and as of this week, new baby), seamlessly jumps between a mature residence and a home that’s fun to grow up in. A Luisa kids table sandwiched between two Oeuf play chairs mirrors the much more adult kitchen bar counterpart. The adorable bear-ear bent plywood chairs in a birch finish also compliment the modish oak and cane cabinetry surrounding them. Similarly, the primary bedroom as well as Krista’s son’s bedroom share a striped motif. Notably, in the bedroom of Krista and her husband, a tailored platform bed by The Inside features custom striped upholstery under a hanging Shana Robbins silk tapestry. Overall, it’s a shadowbox of a room and quiet sanctuary for Krista. Her son’s bedroom, however, features big, bold, bright stripes in primary colors, which run up and down the walls from floor to ceiling, They are paired with other playful designs like the classic Kartell Componibili by Anna Castelli Ferrieri.
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© Architectural Digest The primary bedroom is a little cheeky, a little dark, and very fun. © Architectural Digest Mirroring the primary bedroom but appropriately adapted for her three-year-old son, the child’s bedroom features big, bold, bright stripes in primary colors, a Nursery Works Compass rocker, and a Babyletto Hudson changing table. © Architectural Digest The standout brass shell sconce was a vintage find for the guest bedroom, which also features original art by Krista’s mother-in-law from Pakistan, a place her husband has cherished since childhood.
When asked about being her own client and completing the house at this stage, Krista says, “truly, it has been one of my favorite experiences because it’s just so personal. And I don’t want to say I’m an easy client,” she laughs. “But I know myself well and what my family needs, so it takes a little bit of the pressure off.” Having been in the finished home for just over a year, the job is still never quite done. “My husband thinks it’s finished,” she says in a humorous tone. “But I will always see it as an ever evolving thing.”
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© Architectural Digest Turning a drab office into a place of inspiration, the Kiurujen yö wallpaper in cobalt blue and grey was designed by one of Finland’s best-known ceramic artists, Birger Kaipiainen.
© Architectural Digest The Cole & Son palm jungle wallpaper, a longtime personal favorite of Krista’s, lines the upstairs hallway and ties in the verdant backyard that it overlooks. © Architectural Digest No part of the house was overlooked, including the guest bathroom. Dramatic blue Clé zellige floor tiles complement the bright Quiet Town shower curtain and brushed brass exposed plumbing by Kohler. © Architectural Digest “The house feels almost like a grown-up tree house in some way,” Krista says. “It has a great flow from indoors to outdoors, so we can have friends over and our son can also play.”