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designer crush: bradley odom

March 27, 2016

 

Dixon Rye

Atlanta interior designer and retail veteran Bradley Odom has a new gig: He is the owner and curator of Dixon Rye, a new home and design store on the city’s trendy West side.

The designer & background: The grandson of an upholsterer, Odom grew up in Mississippi and graduated from SCAD Atlanta with a degree in interior design. A retail veteran, Odom worked more than 20 years with such national brands as J. Crew and West Elm, before opening his store.Odom - AJC

The company: Dixon Rye opened last October in the former Ironworks International location in West Midtown, at 1085 Howell Mill Road NW. The home and design store, with its high ceilings and industrial character, offers furnishings, accessories (from lighting and tableware) and interior design services.

The company name: We wanted the name to have Southern influence without being “hokey.” Dixon was taken from Mason Dixon (Line). Rye was inspired by one of my favorite books, “Catcher in the Rye,or whiskey, depending on who you ask.

First design job: At the age of 12, he frequently would rearrange his mother’s living room whenever she went out.

The main goods: Heirloom quality home furnishings by Los Angeles-based Sabin, an exclusive line of French pottery from Astier De Villatte in Paris; photography by Jefferson Hayman; and custom upholstery designs by Odom are also in the mix.

Other favorites: Custom lighting, including pendants and floor lamps, from Atlanta designer Little Artifacts; paintings from NG Collective in Atlanta; and abstracts by Michael Matascik, a SCAD alum.

Popular gift items: A large assortment of ceramic dinnerware pieces ($100 to $400); candles by French perfumer Mad et Len ($90 to $115); and handmade throws from Barcelona ($190 to $300).

Always on the hunt for: Unique pieces that often become a conversation or statement piece in a client’s home.

Favorites:

  • Atlanta-area home stores/showrooms (other than my own): R Hughes, Pieces and South of Market.
  • Instagram: Jeffrey Dungan, an architect from Birmingham. Also Steven Gambrel, Rose Tarlow, Richard Haines — and Atlanta’s Sid Mashburn.
  • Magazines: Shelter magazines, especially the UK versions. Also Veranda, Elle Décor and Garden & Gun.

Design pet peeves: Poor acoustics in restaurants.

Design obsession: Juxtaposed materials, regardless of the piece, I love mixing something luxurious as cashmere or wool with a raw leather stitch. Metal juxtaposed with leather or wood is always a winner for me.

New or (re-emerging) looks I like: Trim! We’ve been adding trim to everything. It adds another layer, and it is such an easy way to add a pop of color.

Biggest design mistake I have made: Not considering the amount of natural light in a space. Light can change a paint color, bleach fabric and change the mood of the room.

… and mistake homeowners make: Not considering the scale of the pieces in a room. I see lamps that are too small for the table they sit on, or worse, when a chandelier overpowers a room.

Latest projects: Remodeling a family farm home in Buckhead. This project includes the main house, the pool house and the outdoor pool area. It’s our first time taking on an outdoor space. We are also designing a few custom pieces, including a dining table that seats 16.

Where to find Bradley Odom and Dixon Rye:

  • Website: dixonrye.com
  • Facebook: DIXON RYE
  • Instagram: Dixon_Rye

 

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