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designer crush: atlanta’s burns century

July 20, 2015


Atlanta’s Burns Century approaches her interior design work like art. For her interiors are like a canvas. Just in 3-D.

Background: After studying marketing and business at Penn State, Century moved to Atlanta area and later pursued a BFA in Interior Design from Brenau University. She is a Certified Kitchen Designer and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers & National Association of Kitchen & Bath Designers. Century also designs custom furniture and is a fine artist, creating mixed-media art for her clients’ spaces.

The company: Burns Century Interior Design was established in 1996. The design studio specializes in whole home remodels, new home design, plus kitchens and bathrooms with a modern and contemporary viewpoint.

First design job: In my early teens, my parents remodeled the attic into a suite for me, and they let me design and select everything for the new bathroom.

As seen in or on: Trends, Design Bureau, Kitchen & Bath Business, plus the Atlanta Modern home tour and DIY/HGTV House Crashers Across America.

Quick fixes for a room: Take everything out that you don’t love, and keep only things you do love. You may end up with an empty room, but then it opens the doors to creating a better space.

Burns Century Design, modern home remodel, stone fireplace, game room, bathroom details

Burns Century Design, modern home remodel, stone fireplace, game room, bathroom details

Design pet peeves: Anything that matches and that design is not always accessible to everyone.

Current design obsessions: All shades of gray (it really is a happy color) and designing outdoor living spaces.

Most important elements in a room: A mix of balance and contrast. By incorporating different materials you get a relaxed yet sophisticated palette. And by contrasting elements in color and texture, you incorporate a calming energy into the space.

New or re-emerging design looks you like:
– Authentic luxury and minimal designs – not for show, but for the pure appreciation of the quality and design.
– Taking philosophies and classics of past modern design eras and mixing them with current contemporary designs to create something fresh and relative to how we live today.
– Matte finishes in furniture and interior designs, such as waxed floors, oiled natural woods, matte lacquer and paint finishes and low-luster concrete.

Design looks you are glad to see go: Anything totally traditional or something seen over and over again (except iconic modern classics).

Most unusual design request: A shower in the master bathroom to accommodate the bathing requirements of a client’s parrot.

Favorite design/home stores in Atlanta: Design Within Reach; Pirch; Context; and Switch Modern.

Great & unexpected finds in Atlanta: Consignment stores and auctions. Decades Antiques & Vintage and Simple Finds Interiors & Antiques. Also Bid online or attend local auction houses.

My favorite design:
Blogs: Freshome; Coastal Living; ArchDaily; Architizer; and Houzz
Magazines: Luxe Interiors & Design; Dwell; Elle Decor; Interior Design; and Wallpaper.

My personal style: Modern and contemporary with a twist of organic and artistic.

Household issue I am fussy about: I’m obsessed with eliminating clutter. Everything has to have a place and be put away in its place. Otherwise, it’s gone.

What would people be surprised to find in your house: A collection of Head Vases from the mid-century. They are hard to find, but I’m always on the lookout.

Can’t stop collecting: Modern design iconic chairs and design magazines from the 1950s and 1960s.

Latest design project: A contemporary kitchen remodel in historic Norcross (suburb of Atlanta).

Up next: A mid-century remodel in Buckhead and a custom sofa design.

Find Burns:

Burns Century Design, modern home remodel, stone fireplace, game room, bathroom details

Burns Century Design, modern home remodel, stone fireplace, game room, bathroom details



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