This Atlanta Designer Does Not Shy Away from 1970s-Inspired Decor

But in 2018, Kristin Kong is less about water beds and more into regal hues.

kristin kong dining room
Maura McEvoy

In her newly built home outside Atlanta, designer Kristin Kong channels the best of 1970s style, from earthy hues and layered geometrics to trippy patterns and around-the-world finds. The resulting rooms feel right-on — and refreshingly right now.

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Maura McEvoy
Meet the Designer

Kristin Kong in the dining room.

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kristin kong entry table
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Entry Table

To create “a sense of arrival,” Kong set a console against a Zoffany wallpaper in the entry.

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kristin kong dining room
Maura McEvoy
Dining Room

For the dining room, the backs of vintage chairs from were upholstered in a ­velvet ikat purchased in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Chandelier, . Rug, . The custom wallcovering is based on a print from Leftbank Art. Trim paint, Black Fox.

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kristin kong living room
Maura McEvoy
Living Room

The conversation area includes sofas, Pierre Paulin chairs, and a rug; vinyl wall­coverings, like this one by Len-Tex, are one of Kong’s “go-to materials for durability.”

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kristin kong living room chairs
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Living Room Chairs

Kong hid a door to the basement behind millwork painted in Black Fox in the living room of her home near Atlanta. The ­eye-fooling trick “makes the room look less choppy,” she says. Some of Kong’s favorite collectibles — geodes, petrified wood, African jewelry — are displayed on the built-in shelves.

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kristin kong living room chair
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Lounge Chair

A Le Corbusier lounge chair and a console furnish a corner of the living room.

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kristin kong master bedroom
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Master Bedroom

Kong layered shades of purple in the master ­bedroom, from the custom headboard’s velvet to the curtains’ satin to the wall­covering. Window frames in Plum Brown.

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kristin kong master bedroom stool
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Master Bedroom Stool

Kong carries on the purple hues with a stool in a print.

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kristin kong master bathroom
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Master Bathroom

The master bath’s stool is by , and the pendant is by . Mirrors, . Wallcovering, .

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This story was originally published in the March 2018 issue of CQ.

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