Needy remodels are my all-time favorite projects to attack! One day I was contacted by Paul Drintenbas, an architect I truly admire, about young clients who were looking for an interior designer who could turn their old 1980s property into a fresh contemporary one that would fit their lifestyle better. Anytime I go to a new job I like to take in my first impressions from the curb through the front door where I gather my inspirations on exactly what is needed to make the space special. This home had a unique view as you entered the front door, there was a glass atrium open to the sky, which appeared to have the main living spaces of the home radiating around it. I knew immediately the outdoor spaces and this atrium needed special attention because this was a major focal point of the design.

atrium before

Existing Plan


New Design by Patricia Davis Brown Designs, LLC.

The entire home was going to be remodeled and I had a budget I needed to stay within and the budget did not include replacing the old sliders. I had to create a powerful impact from inside the atrium to set the tone of the design. The home was large and I had to pick and choose where to spend the budget for the best bang for the buck! I picked the first wall you could see coming in from the front door to make my signature look.


Creating my signature wall using cladding, added the texture and personality I felt this home needed to accomplish what my client’s wanted in their new remodel. I felt the atrium needed a calming simplistic effect to develop the rest of the design. To amplify the texture, I needed sconces that would disperse lighting up and down the wall creating a dramatic accent at night. For DIY tips on lighting outdoor spaces, be sure to visit for step-by-step instructions.

Industrial Zen style atrium by Patricia Davis Brown Designs

The outdoor space located indoors set this property apart from others. It also created problems that might not have been seen by a DIYer, such as needing a drain to disperse rainwater. Before you tackle unique outdoor design projects such as this, get tips from Expert Help Page.


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My next #LoveItMoment is going to be my own front porch. I’m off to a good start with my custom new front door and my outside lanterns, by Hubbardton Forge.

Front porch inspiration collage from

I am going to extend my pavers the full length of the porch. This will allow me to add decorative chairs and colorful landscaping, to create a warmer more welcoming front entryway.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.