Last year, Atlanta designer Anna Braund was named one of the Southeast’s 11 up-and-coming designers to watch by the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center.
Designer & background: Grew up in Roswell, influenced by her mother, who was an interior designer. Braund graduated from the University of Georgia with a fine arts degree and went to work for Veronica Werbalowsky at La Bella Vie. In 2013, established her firm, and now shares an office in Buckhead with designer and friend Lauren DeLoach.
Seen in: Atlanta Home & Lifestyles Serenbe Showhouse; AH&L Southeastern Showhouse; Atlanta magazine HOME in 2016; and Southern Living.
Claim to fame: Southern Living Designer Network; Schumacher Tastemaker; and HGTV’s “National Top 10 Fresh Faces of Design.”
Known for: Sophisticated interiors that layer antiques with bespoken textile lines.
Quick fix for a room: Paint. It can lighten a space or change a mood in a day.
Every room needs: Somewhere for the eye to rest, whether it be a piece of fine art or a beautiful textile, and allow some elements to fall behind, such as white walls. Everything cannot clamor for your attention.
Design pet peeves: Forsaking design and quality for the instant gratification of acquiring items to furnish a room.
Current design obsession: Using dressmaker details from fashion, such as an unexpected pleat, ruffle or stitch, on upholstery, window dressings or pillows.
New (or re-emerging) designs I like: An affinity for furnishings, textiles and applications that retain a historic element yet are current in today’s landscape: A restored antique, iconic print from Schumacher’s archives, such as Prancing Lancers, recolored for today’s interiors.
… and designs I am glad to see go: Chevron. It came. It went, and to this day I have never used it in an interior.
Unique space: Collaborating with JackBilt Homes on a historic preservation and addition to a prominent residence in Druid Hills.
– Books: “Southern Rustic Cabin” by photographer Emily Followill; “The Great American House” by Gil Schafer; “Time and Place” by Steven Gambrel; and “Gracious Rooms” by Atlanta-based designer Barbara Westbrook.
– Magazines: The World of Interiors; Cabana; Milieu; Schumacher Bulletin; and Departures.
– Instagram: McAlpine House; Historical Concepts, Terra_naut; Sid and Ann Mashburn; and Pretty Cities of Instagram.
– Atlanta area home/design stores: Bungalow Classic; Dixon Rye; Robuck & Co., Peachtree Battle Antiques; The Lamp Shoppe; The Big Chandelier; Anne Irwin Fine Art; Spalding Nix Fine Art; and Gramercy Fine Linens.
Back to work
– Recent project(s): Morningside new construction charmer with Rodolfo Castro and Tate Construction. Also Chastain Park interior for a young family who wanted the home to feel like the house from the movie, “This is 40.”