The Comeback Kid Series:: Olive Green & Orange (Together Again)…

Well, if you read my last post then you know that we were having a design battle with Polka Dots, and after living with them (THE DOTS) on my daughter’s bed for two days, she decided they had to go. Well…they now reside in a closet, and neither Mr. B. or myself have shed a tear. In fact, it took all my self-control not to do “the happy dance” on the street in front of our house. So now that we have solved another design dilemma, we are on to the next. Because as most battles go there is always going to be another, and our house is no exception. Yes, we took it to a tile and stone showroom. Why? Because we are totally gutting our master-bath in the next month. So when Mr. B. came home early one day (this never happens) and surprised me with “Hey, you want to go and pick out tile?” I knew that another battle Royale on the design horizon. I’ll save that entire story for next week including the ending because it deserves its own post. Plus, I have been dying to showcase all the gorgeous products that Kohler gave us including a custom designed dual vanity (that is simply jaw-droppingly gorgeous).

The design saga continues next week. So what is the subject of this weeks “Comeback Kid?” It’s a color, or two. Yes, a resurgence of the 60′s inspired color scheme, “olive green & orange.” A totally hip throwback to an era where we saw the world of June Cleaver morph into the Brady Bunch complete with short skirts and go-go boots. Where the Beatle’s were the shaggy-haired cause of teenage angst, proportions the world had not yet seen…Yes, it was an era of free love, box-shaped box-shaped PVC dresses and an emergence of unexpected color pairings. One of which is olive green and orange. It’s cool or hip, classic, or mid-century modern, and I think we are going to see more of this “Comeback” trend in 2015. Of course, one of my favorites is from my go-to paint company. I think I’d like this palette with Martini Olive “shaken and not stirred.”



One of my favorite color pairings is from Benjamin Moore, as accent walls or pillows…


 via retco renovation

Orange leather, and green velvet…a brilliant combo. With the charcoal walls it all works so well together. What makes it successful besides the designer behind it? It’s the fact that they found a fabric that ties it all in together…


 If anyone knows the photo credit to this room or the designer please let me know. I rarely include photos without either, but it truly defines 60′s design with a more current twist. Complete with a green and orange color scheme.



This first thing I noticed were the twin chinoserie tables, of course the second was the green chairs. This room design gives new meaning to “traditional with a twist.”


Designer/ Ann Lowengart

Now this makes me fall in love with green & orange. This designer added just the right amount of contrast with orange artwork…and who doesn’t love a little leopard? As my readers are my witness, this talent is going to be the subject of  “The Ace Around Town.” I just haven’t asked yet…


Designer/ Ann Lowengart

Pattern in scrumptious layer upon layer. Then throw in a little green and orange and POP!


via BH&G

This vibrant green wallpaper makes a large impact in a small space…add a little orange punch and you have a successful pairing.



This looks like a study in art instead of an actual home. It takes olive green and orange to another sophisticated level. I love the curated feel of these spaces (they actually looked lived in).

I hope you are inspired to get out of neutral and fast forward to color. Starting today we are now posting five days a week, and we’ll be back this week with the wildly successful series “The Ace Around Town-Southern Tastemakers.” Next up is Julie Couch, and you won’t want to miss it.

The Ace of Space is expanding and we are looking for contributing writers. If you are interested in being a part of an award winning design blog please convo me at DO you have a topic that you are interested in finding out more about? Let us know and it could be the subject of a post. We always love to hear from our readers! 

 Until tomorrow (I can finally say that)…



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The Comeback Kid Series: Venetian Marble

I’m just days away from renovating our Master-bath, it’s a total gut of a builder grade space. Some re-configuring, tearing down and overall general construction mayhem. Before my blog became a full-time job, I was a designer, and I suppose that’s a hat I’ll never take off. So when the P/R firm for Kohler- (shout out to Josh, Kate & Lauren) contacted me and asked if I would be interested in what has turned out to be a whole master-bath renovation, I jumped at the chance. I think I would have gutted any bath in my house for Kohler. The products are going to be from their luxury bath line, including a custom designed dual vanity, sinks, toilets, faucets, and shower assemblies. The cabinet was delivered this week, and quite frankly it is positively stunning.  We regretfully had to decline a tub. It would have required a crane, and Mr. B. had a hard time putting his game face on for that design adventure. I was totally on board, seriously it’s not as if we live in a suburban high-rise.

There are two things that I am struggling with before I drop the hammer. One is wallpaper in the half-bath, and the other is the tile. You have to really love it right? I have narrowed it to several options, and I think I’m just going to sleep on it over the weekend. The wallpaper in the half-bath is definitely going to be a Venetian Marble pattern. Did you think that was a trend of the past? Well…it came back, and has been hot, hot, HOT in design. Which is why it’s this week’s “Comeback Kid.”

The fine art of Venetian marbled paper has been around for centuries, and in the past it was mostly seen on the book bindings of high-end, antique or vintage books. Fast forward to 2014, and I am still enamored with this unrestrained family of patterns (outside of the bindings found on my treasured collection of 19th century tomes inherited from my grandfather). The swirling motifs have been updated and modernized across the design board, and the motifs can be bold or subtle. An adventurer at heart, I lean more toward the bold and my better half the opposite. What is the saying “go bold or go home?” or go “bold in your home?” I’ll go with the latter. Thankfully, this pattern has reached a point of mass appeal and you’ll soon see why, but the patterns are not for the faint of heart which really makes them the perfect choice for an accent wall or in a small space.

Here are some of the options that I am considering for our half-bath. I have an idea of which one will make the cut…but I’m going to have to keep it a secret (for now)…



An interesting (if not stunning) take on a centuries old technique…



From the Martyn Lawrence Bullard collection…this paper has my mind swirling with possibilities.


 via Nicki Clendening

The perfect example of the impact this stylized pattern can make in a small space. I am positively obsessed with this wallpaper…



Metallic’s are hot this year, and this paper is no exception…


 Fabric by Iera Mazeikaite

This pattern is so reminiscent of Venetian marble, and would be perfect as a window shade…



This paper is fluid and sophisticated…


via West Elm

This pattern is a gutsy choice. The wall tiles can be placed in any direction…

I hope you are inspired to make bold choices….

In September we’ll be posting 5 days a week…including our new section “The Ace of Entertaining…” So check back often, and if you want even more design inspiration, follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

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The Ace Around Town-”Tastemaker Series” :: Jane Goetz

Let’s face it Summer gets in the way of most things, and because of this blistering hot season (I’m a Fall & Winter girl), vacations were taken, designers get busy, and life simply goes into “island time.” So there was a little bit of time that elapsed between the last “Tastemaker” and our current one, and for good reason. The Designers I chose are photographing new work, going on vacation, one is in Italy working on the interior renovation for a villa (leaving me behind), and everyone is navigating a busy summer. So back to our #5. How did I hear about Jane? Well, I had certainly heard her name before but it wasn’t until we had Kristen Fountain Davis working on my new office (she’s talented and sweet) that we started talking about my “Series” and some of the designers that I was going to feature. Kristen- “What about Jane Goetz? Her work is amazing.” Me- “Hmm…I should really give her a look.” A simple conversation has turned into what maybe a lifelong obsession (another designer I have to watch). Because, Jane’s work is not only incredible, but it will withstand the litmus test of time that design critics use as a measure of talent. Yes, she is that good (you’ll soon see), and has interned for some of the biggest names in Southern design. When the interview was finished Jane had made a statement “I could go on.” Quite frankly, I really wished she would have. So let me introduce you to our fifth “Tastemaker,” Jane Goetz…


How did you get started in Interior Design?

I was a studio art major, but soon realized I wanted to be an interior designer. Unfortunately, my college did not offer a design degree. So I decided to stick with art, but worked as a design intern every summer in Atlanta for Candler Lloyd, Dotty Travis, and Nancy Braithwaite. After graduating with a degree in Art,  I decided to go back to school to gain another BA, this time in Interior Design

logoforinterviewsYou have certainly worked for some design heavyweights, but who would you say has influenced your design style the most?

Each designer had her own style, and they all had amazing taste. I learned so much about the industry working for all of them. But, my first real job was working as a design assistant for Jackye Lanham. Her taste is impeccable and her work ethic is unmatched.

logoforinterviewsHow would you define your aesthetic?

I grew up in a very formal, traditional, southern classic home. I have Southern roots, but I have a true appreciation for modern art, furniture and design. Most of my clients are fairly traditional, but they do take occasional risks when I try to push them. My favorite clients trust me. Most of them are willing to take unexpected turns and they are always glad they did. I love mixing bold patterns with amazing textures…never too busy, but just graphic enough to have impact. 

logoforinterviewsI love the unexpected details in your designs for example; hanging a starburst mirror over a vent hood, a bold graphic ceiling treatment or modern artwork juxtaposed against traditional furnishings. What advice would you give for creating the biggest impact in a space?

There are so many ways to create impact. I love taking beautiful items such as garden statuary and turning them into lamps or re-purposing them in some way. Also, a $10.00 lamp with a $200.00 shade can be a good thing. Same goes with art. I have put an expensive frame on a $40.00 painting bought at a thrift store. I love to mix high and low end items in a room. Who cares if it isn’t fine art – If you love it, buy it.

logoforinterviewsYou studied 19th & 20th Century Art History at Christie’s, but what period in history is your favorite?

I am obsessed with Art Deco design and jewelry.

logoforinterviewsWhat inspires you?

I take photos of the most random things (just ask my husband), but they give me a lot of design inspiration. The majority of inspiration comes from what I see when I travel, and every day in nature and architecture. I see a random architectural feature on a house, or a color of a flower, leaf or shell and it becomes a tile pattern, the shape of a cabinet door, or the color of a room.

logoforinterviewsFavorite Color?

My favorite color is a medium dark grey/ green/blue. I have four velvet (my favorite fabric) chairs in my house that truly capture the essence of that color. The color shifts with the time of day. It can range from slate blue to almost teal, and it looks great with ANY saturated color. I consider it a neutral.

logoforinterviewsIf you could design a dream project anywhere in the world-where would it be?

I would love to design a fabulous small restaurant one day. Something clean lined, yet filled with amazing textures, lighting and eye candy at every turn. It could be the kind of place where you would want to linger for hours because it makes you feel cocooned in it’s splendor.

logoforinterviewsWhat is the one thing that most people don’t know about you?

I love to entertain. My mind is always planning the next excuse to have a cocktail. I prefer to cook for 12-15 people, and I am challenged when cooking dinner for 2-4. I have never understood why people prefer to wait for a “nice” occasion to use their finer things. I believe that life is short, and every day should be a nice occasion. There is no reason not to use the “good stuff” if you have access to it or received it as a wedding gift, for instance…silver, napkins, china, silver goblets, crystal glasses. Use them!

logoforinterviewsThanks, Jane for taking the time to share your incredible design insight with our readers!

Now for the eye candy…

JG Habersham Street Home

 Designer/ Jane Goetz

Pattern play…


Designer/ Jane Goetz

A paved hallway for miles…


Designer/ Jane Goetz

White hot…

JG Habersham Street Home

Designer/ Jane Goetz

That wallpaper…


Designer/ Jane Goetz

A glorious ceiling treatment paired with scrumptious drapery…


Designer/ Jane Goetz

A bar “noir.”

West Wesley Drive for interior designer Jane Goetz.

Designer/ Jane Goetz

A oh-so-stylish nursery...

West Wesley Drive for interior designer Jane Goetz.

Designer/ Jane Goetz

A room with an incredible view…

Jane Goetz house at 2489 Habersham Street

A little bit of design wisdom from Jane…

I hope your enjoying our “Southern Tastemaker Series” as much as we are. I am in awe of all the talent we have featured by designers who are truly making an incredible impact in the world of design. I hope you are inspired to go out and create your dream interior, and if you want to see more of Jane’s work you can visit her website at As always please make sure that you attribute the work of our designers when pinning or sharing the images.

Until next time…