Zach Azpeitia crafts a family-friendly home cinema for TV producer Will Packer.


We love smart solutions!To manage the space’s acoustics, the designer chose rich fabrics, like velvet for the chairs and hanging curtain panels, and thick, luxurious carpet for the floor in order to buffer sound.

This fabulous theatre is perfect for screening films with family and friends.

For interior designer Zach Azpeitia, the pressure was on—his task was to install an entertainment room in this north Atlanta home for his VIP movie-industry clients, film and TV producer Will Packer, his wife, Heather, and their four children. “I knew Will would use the space for work and for play,” Zach says.
“It’s not only a family entertainment center, it would be used as a screening room and a site for release parties.” His approach was to mimic the look of a commercial movie theater by using dark colors and comfy oversized furniture.

Elegant red and black home theatre

“Red adds a punch to the space and I liked how well it worked with Will’s awesome collection of autographed movie posters—all from films he produced.” In order to create a glamorous mood for the space, Zach knew he had to make a big impact with lighting. “I used layers of lighting. We installed low-voltage step lights so guests can navigate the dark room safely. They are literally the first, easiest step in creating a movie-theater atmosphere,” Zach explains. “Next, all the room’s lights are separated into zones and are controlled by rheostats so they can vary in intensity. Then, I added a bar showcasing a rare lighting element—an onyx countertop—it’s a transparent stone, so it glows when backlit. I also highlighted Will’s posters by adding portrait lights above them.” For the final touch, Zach visited One Stop Productions in Atlanta to choose the high-end video and sound system. The result? A home theater worthy of a black-tie Oscars night or slumber party binge-watching.

Handsome man in light blue jacket and white shirtZach Azpeitia, Allied ASID
• Partner, Pineapple House Interior Design
• 12 Design Excellence Awards, ASID; 3 Best of the Best, IIDA; 7 Best of Houzz
• National/international construction and décor of luxury residences
• 38 years providing services worldwide