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faces of design: atlanta

April 1, 2015

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Janice Palmer may be genetically predisposed to her line of work. She grew up in a creative family, and at an early age, realized her love of fashion and furnishings. Today Palmer is the owner of Atlanta-based Palmer Design Group, which specializes in luxury interior design.

Background: Born in Jamaica and moved to the United States in her teens. Lived in New York and California, where I graduated from the Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach. After graduation, worked for commercial and hospitality design firms in California on model and high-end homes, club houses and active senior living communities. In early 2000, moved to Georgia and worked for a small company on model homes, high-rise condos and apartments.

My company: In 2005, started Atlanta-based Palmer Design Group.

Why I became a designer: I feel it is in my DNA. I come from a family of creatives, including architects, artists and a seamstress. My dad loves building and designing things. My mother loves furniture and entertaining. I realized at an early age that I loved fashion and furnishings. What sealed the deal was a visit to a Kips Bay (NY) decorator show house many years ago. I knew then this was my calling.

My design style: Classic contemporary. I love whites and creams and crisp and clean, with pops of rich colors.

As seen in: Atlanta Home and Lifestyle, American Craft Council magazine; Atlanta Magazine; Luxe Interior Design magazine;  Frontgate on; and the “Guest Retreat Terrace” at the 2014 Atlanta Symphony Decorators’ Show House & Gardens at Palazzo Rosa. Palmer’s outside oasis, with its pops of orange, was voted “most loved” by show-goers.  See it below.

Cheap design tricks: Metallic spray paint on outdated metal furniture or accessories and dimmers in living and dining room.

Design looks you are glad to see go: Chintz

New (or re-emerging looks) you like: Mixing and matching metals. Now called “metal mashups.”

Design pet peeve or overrated look: Boho Chic. Everyone wants the “Restoration Hardware look” even if it is not their true style.

Favorite rooms to design: Master bedrooms and guest bedrooms. They are some of the most overlooked rooms because most people’s friends don’t see them. They are the last rooms to be done – if ever.

What are some of your challenges as designer: Outside influences, including the internet, family and friends. Most people think they know what they like so they can do their own homes.

Favorite Atlanta stores or showrooms:
Stores: The Mercantile; 14th Street Antique Markets; Kings Home Furnishings; and Mathews Furniture Galleries.

Showrooms: At the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC): Ernest Gaspard; Travis & Co.; Fabricut; Donghia; and Baker. At the Atlanta Mart: Trowbridge (art) and Global Views

Favorite blogs/websites: Material Girls and The Peak of Chic. Website: Kara Mann Design.

Dream project: Luxury villas in a secluded and unexpected area of an island in the Caribbean.

Find Janice:


Janice Bed



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