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GordonDunning is an Atlanta-based boutique interior design firm founded by Lathem Gordon & Cate Dunning, two lovers of story and history.  A hallmark of their firm is to honor the story of their clients as well as the homes themselves. 


GordonDunning tends to those who believe in the future, those who honor the past, and those who pay respect to the joy in life that comes with a home that reflects a lived experience. They engage with clients who trust their team to morph their stories, lifestyle, and dreams into bespoke interiors that reflect their unique spirit - both aesthetically and functionally. The resulting spaces serve as the backdrop of memories and are tailored to each client - who they are and how they want those moments to feel.


GordonDunning is proud to be House Beautiful Next Wave Designers, members of the prestigious Design Leadership Network, and to be recognized as one of the Southeast’s firms to watch by ADAC.  Their work has been featured in House Beautiful, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, HGTV Magazine, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,, Charleston Magazine, and Atlanta Magazine.  They are Sustaining Members of the Atlanta History Center and Heritage Contributor Members of the Georgia Trust and are passionate about renovating and restoring historic homes. 

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Lathem Gordon, MFA, Allied ASID . Founder, Principal Interior Designer


Known for: grammar police, chauffeur, killer mobile online shopper, obsessive gallery wall hanger, consistent earring wearer, carnivore, dancer, traveler, tennis amateur, pattern obsessed


Educated by: Savannah College of Art & Design Interior Design Program (MFA - CIDA Accredited), Presbyterian College –  (BA) Go Hose!,  Stirling University (Stirling, Scotland), EF Spanish Language Program (Barcelona, Spain)


Mantra:  Life has two speeds – high and off. 


Interesting factoid:  I sleep on the “protector side” of the bed.


Favorite Color: Blue & White


Favorite Season: SUMMER (all day!)


Favorite Pattern: gingham, overscaled floral, stripes, chinoiserie


Favorite Food: It’s a tie: steak and chocolate covered pecans from Greene’s (Decatur, GA)


Favorite Beverage: AM: coffee with creamer and Sugar in the Raw PM: from Memorial Day to Labor Day - Pinot Grigio or Gin and Tonic – Labor Day to Memorial Day - Bourbon and Ginger or any red wine


Favorite Place on Earth: The Lowcountry


At Bat Song: Emotions by Mariah Carey or Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder


Stance on Net Lights for Christmas Decorating: Pro

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Cate Dunning, Allied ASID . Founder, Principal Interior Designer


Known for: official navigator, CFO, Atlanta history know-it-all, baseball cap wearer, hostess with the mostest, party planner, adorable feet


Educated by: Georgia Southern University Interior Design Program (BS - CIDA Accredited), specifically Patricia Walton, Designing Women – Thank you, Sugarbakers.


Mantra: Everybody together and happy


Interesting factoid: I was once a child actress bound for All That. #nickelodeon #amandabynesstolemylife


Favorite Color: navy velvet


Favorite Season: all but winter


Favorite Pattern: Pyne Hollyhock by Schumacher


Favorite Food: chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with hot fudge, and Mexican…Moe’s, tacos, sour cream


Favorite Beverage: AM: Bloody Mary PM: Scotch…wearing an oversized fisherman’s sweater and riding boots…strolling through a misty field in The Highlands


Favorite Place on Earth: a screened in porch with a glass of wine or a cup of hot tea talking about feelings with the ones I love


At Bat Song: Me Too by Meghan Trainor


Stance on Net Lights for Christmas Decorating: Con

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Krista Koskey, Director of Operations


Known for: Getting what’s mine, #1 Howard Stern fan, skinny straw advocate, easily offended by the most preposterous things (green text bubbles, black tennis shoes with black soles, cheap paper, Pepsi products, etc.), love a good coupon, Bravo historian, receipt tyrant.


Educated by: University of South Florida


Mantra:  If I can’t buy it online, I don’t need it.


Interesting factoid:  I rarely use the AC while driving. I love a hot car.  


Favorite Color: Pink


Favorite Season: Summer, for sure. You can take the girl out of Florida, but…  


Favorite Pattern: Garden Party by Jim Thompson. It reminds me of home.


Favorite Food: Pizza. Never met a slice I didn’t love.  


Favorite Beverage: AM: Bloody Maria PM: Margarita


Favorite Place on Earth: Paris and/or the Delta Sky Club in the B Terminal of Hartsfield Jackson (preferably before Paris)  


At Bat Song: Work it – Missy Elliott


Stance on Net Lights for Christmas Decorating: Con (also offensive) 

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Marciana Rafada, Allied ASID, Associate Interior Designer, Project Manager


Known for: Always having a coffee in hand, having the fastest box breakdown time on this side of the Mississippi.


Educated by: Jacksonville University - BFA


Mantra: With gratitude, optimism is sustainable. 


Interesting factoid: I grew up on a farm in Florida. Proud First Generation American. Retired ballerina & retired doula.

Favorite Color: Green


Favorite Season: Fall


Favorite Pattern: Jokang Tiger Velvet 


Favorite Food: The spicy varietal


Favorite Beverage: Coffee if I’m paying. Mitchters 10yr single barrel rye if you are ;) 


Favorite Place on Earth: Paris


At Bat Song: Ch-Check It Out - Beastie Boys


Stance on Net Lights for Christmas Decorating: Con



Beth Mercer, Procurement Manager


Known for: Curator of tablescapes, organization, always having a home project in the works, family movie night, and family walks


Educated by: Agnes Scott College, (BA)


Mantra:  Kindness can change the world


Interesting factoid:  My first job was pulling nails out of heart pine lumber so that it could be recycled for flooring


Favorite Color: Green


Favorite Season: Spring - There is nothing like spring in the south when everything starts to bloom.


Favorite Pattern: Anything block printed - I took printmaking classes in college, and I love the process.


Favorite Food: Dark Chocolate and Mexican especially Jaliscos at Peachtree Battle Shopping center


Favorite Beverage: Coffee and Sweet Tea


Favorite Place on Earth: Scenic view of the rolling hills in my grandfather's pasture


At Bat Song: It Takes Two - Rob Base


Stance on Net Lights for Christmas Decorating: Con 

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