Atlanta-Based Rancher Showcases Bold Color

When house-hunting, color-loving creative professionals Justine Rubin and Robin Finch found almost exactly what they were looking for: a 2,200-square-foot midcentury-modern ranch in the Toco Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, Ga. Robin, a video editor and musician, needed an expansive area to store and display his collection of vinyl albums and books. Justine, a designer, artist and stylist, longed for an open area with natural light where she could experiment with materials, textures and her favorite element, color.

"We love color, our kids love color, our jobs have a lot to do with using color, we love playing with color, our kids love playing with color, and we love playing with our kids," Justine says. "I pretty much dreamed of our house becoming one big, colorful, happy play-space."

In making color choices for interiors, Justine and Robin decided to use color sparingly on walls, sticking mostly with accent walls in larger rooms. They introduced color abundantly with accessories, accent furniture and art. The main wall of the great room was painted charcoal. The dark color acted as an excellent backdrop for which to showcase bold hues. "I especially love how it works in the dining room behind the wood table with red and white chairs; they really pop against it," Justine says. "In fact, we liked it so much, we also painted the exterior of the house charcoal." Many areas of the house also have walls painted ultra-white, which Justine finds ideal for showcasing art.

With the home's remodel complete, Justine and Robin are successfully hosting weekend breakfasts, lunches, dinners and parties for their entire extended family. The ample deck spaces keep the kids safe and allow many options for dining alfresco, whether just outside the playroom, outside the master suite or in the front of the house.

The Rubin-Finch house is now undoubtedly the coolest house on the block, and is quickly becoming the house with the most kids. After daycare each day, Felix's friends are constantly asking to go to his house for play time. Justine and her family's wish for a house-sized play space has come true.

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