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Author Lisa Mowry

  • Lisa Mowry

    Editorial Contributor

    Lisa Mowry has produced more than five hundred articles for national publications over the past decade. A graduate of Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Mowry also studied for a master's at Georgia State University's communications department. She has lived in Atlanta since 1982. In 1998, she and her family moved out to the suburbs to be halfway between the city and Rome, where her husband is chair of the biology department at Berry College.


Interior mixology: Helen Davis blends classics with vintage home finds

A former apparel executive's Buckhead loft is like a cleverly coordinated outfit

Helen Harbin Davis spent years in the fashion world, including stints in New York and Florence, so it’s not surprising that her decorating style takes a cue from the apparel industry. “When I worked in fashion, the people I looked up to mixed high and low—expensive and not expensive,” says Davis. “And they wore things that were personal, that tell a story.” Read more...

Alton Brown's vacation hideaway is in his backyard

The ever-mischievous celebrity chef plots his own escape

“I don’t go on vacations, so I wanted a vacation in my backyard,” says Alton Brown, adding emphatically, “Not a ‘vacation house,’ because they’re actually a lot of work. Read more...

Boudoir decor: Kristin Kong's stylish master bedroom

Luxe textures give this space a little va-va-voom

Kristin kong’s master bedroom may have the same generic architecture as every other unit in her Norcross townhouse complex, but any similarity ends there. Read more...

Hunting and gathering: Seven favorite antique destinations

Vintage goods are a hot commodity, and Atlanta is chock full of 'em

Scott Antique Market has long been Atlanta’s go-to source for those vintage gems that give a room character. But the monthly schedule and out-of-the-way location aren’t always convenient. Read more...

Neighborhood: Cartersville

Cartersville—population 20,000, give or take—is in Bartow County, barely an hour from downtown Atlanta, but residents rarely feel the need to head south. Read more...

Pop of Color

Details make the difference

Don’t underestimate the power of social networking—in this case, it led to a new living room. Ashley Page, an in-house attorney for Google, posted on Facebook that she needed an interior designer for her Cascade area home, and a friend reconnected her with former Spelman College classmate Dayka Robinson. Read more...

Inside Look: Melanie Turner's updated take on the white kitchen

The designer reinterprets a classic

When creating a room, the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts, stresses interior designer Melanie Turner. “Not everything needs to match,” she says. For a Buckhead home that she helped build in 2009, she devised a kitchen that is equal parts rustic and glamorous, steel and brass, modern and traditional. Read more...

Inside Look: Meg Harrington's home

A gallery owner's French sensibility at home in Brookhaven

It’s not that Meg Harrington has anything against “stuff.” On the contrary, she makes her living selling “must-have” accessories in her home furnishings store, Huff Harrington Home, and paintings at her gallery, Huff Harrington Art. She and her business partner, Ann Huff, regularly lead buying trips to France. Yet her go-to accessory at home is an antique wooden dough bowl filled with green apples. Read more...

Buy Your Very Own Tiki Hut—No, Really

And bring the jungle to your backyard

For most Atlanta homeowners, bamboo is an invasive nuisance about as welcome as kudzu. But not for Frank Simotics, aka the Tiki Rancher, who posts continual Craigslist ads offering to haul it away from local yards. Read more...

Kolo Collection's New Venture Is Atlanta Made

A gallery of local artists

When Greg Martin and Michelle Larrabee-Martin opened Kolo Collection ten years ago, they were among the earliest retailers in the Westside district and among the first to offer upscale outdoor furniture directly to Atlanta homeowners. Read more...