Podcast, Ep. 115: designer Tammy Connor

Tammy Connor How to Decorate Podcast


Interior Designer Tammy Connor’s goal is to make hard work look easy and to focus on implementing more about what her clients really love vs. what’s in trend for the moment. Tammy joins the show this week to talk about her signature style of real, livable homes, how she ended up going from working in Alabama to Atlanta, and why rules really are meant to be broken when it comes to design. Tammy also talks about her projects including The Sword Gate House in Charleston, her Seaside Cottage, and Sewanee Cabin. You’ll also hear Tammy’s tricks of the trade to creating the perfect “man room”, and yes – it involves leather.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode: 

  • Tammy’s goal is to help her clients make their home look less perfect, and more like they just have great taste and have collected beloved pieces over time.
  • Trends may come and go, but a believable color scheme and authentic use of a home will always stay in vogue.
  • Tammy feels we must know the rules before we break them, and you can follow what you love rather than jumping on every latest trend.
  • The advice Tammy would give to young entrepreneurs from opening up her own business at 25, and what she may do differently if she had a second chance.
  • Tammy loves working with people on their first home, but by the time they get to their second or third, the wheels are already set in motion and they trust her vision much more.
  • More about her first client, The Sword Gate House in Charleston, and how she landed the chance to work on this historically significant home.
  • The differing approach Tammy had for projects such as a Central Park Apartment, her Showhouses, and the Historic Hunting Pavilion.
  • Why it’s important to have a thread throughout rooms that both ties them together and gives our eyes a place to rest.
  • Ways Tammy uses proportion and 3d to work with small and large spaces that can have challenging spacial issues.
  • Neutral upholstery can serve to highlight other objects and put the focus on other things in the room.

Decorating Dilemma:

Hi ladies,

I am looking for exterior paint color assistance. To give you a visual of what our home looks like, this photo is the back of our 1952 ranch home. The window shutters, fascia, and photo studio were painted the blue you see. We added the white fiber cement shake expansion but hopefully this gives you an idea of what our home looks like. The front has more red brick and this fall we are adding a garage which will add more white fiber cement shake.

I’ve heard the discussion on the podcast of being either a blue or green person – and I very much gravitate to blue. (See inside of our home: https://dianaelizabethblog.com/our-home-gallery/) However, lately I have been admiring the way a deep green and black looks against red brick.

I have noticed green home owners tend to bring the green inside their home decor which makes a lovely transition. I would love exterior paint color combo suggestions with brick – in blue and/or green shades and thoughts in general on the team blue or team green for home exterior and transitioning it to the interiors, and if it is at all important.

Thank you!


Two things you can do. You can keep the red brick and paint the rest of the trim to match the windows and doors. Or, if you wanted to do a whitewash on the brick and paint the trim green instead of blue. A good green is…wait for it… Charleston Green! We love what you have done so far, and you are really stepping up that ranch!

Show Notes:

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Happy Decorating!

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Abbey Nolte

Abbey is a homegrown Georgia peach who loves a fresh take on Southern design. When she’s not working behind the scenes of the How to Decorate blog and podcast, you can find her cheering on the Appalachian State Mountaineers and spending time with her wheaten terrier, Charlie.


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    April 19, 2020

    Wow! Tammy’s work is absolutely breathtaking! I just browsed through her portfolio on her website and each room is stunning. Each home she designs is unique, exuding the client’s personality and interests. She is a master at traditional and contemporary – casual and formal. I’ve just added a new designer to my favorite designers list.