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Garden in a Globe

Under the glass

Whether you call them dish gardens, fairy gardens, or just plain terrariums, tabletop ecosystems are making a comeback. Today’s versions are more varied than the fishbowls you (or your mom) hung in macrame back in the 1970s. Read more...

Bobby Berk Home

A new top home store

Ikea? Check. Room & Board? Check. CB2? Check. And now Atlanta scores another of "Time Out New York's" Top Ten Big Home Stores: Bobby Berk Home. Through storefront windows, pops of the retailer's trademark orange entice shoppers inside the two-story, industrial space. Read more...

Rare Reads at C. Dickens Books and Antonio Raimo Galleries

Collectors still love paper and ink

People who love to read may be using Kindles and iPads, but people who love books still treasure the romance, the nostalgia, the smell of the printed word. Rare editions hold extra appeal in today’s ephemeral era. Read more...

Double Take: Bathroom on a Budget

A renovation designed to withstand three teenage boys

Floral wallpaper and a flimsy shower curtain don’t translate to masculine and durable—two priorities Faith Levy had for her boys’ bathroom, which the previous owner had added upstairs. The Levys’ third priority was staying within budget, as the family was renovating three bathrooms at once in their 1920s Druid Hills home. Read more...

Real Estate: Condos, Going Once . . .

It’s no secret that Atlanta’s condo market is both saturated and stagnant. Look at all the dark windows in the nighttime skyline, says Jon Gollinger, cofounder and East Coast CEO of Accelerated Marketing Partners (AMP), a national residential real estate marketing and consulting firm that stages auctions of ne Read more...

Hot Shop: Room & Board

The national furniture chain makes its Atlanta debut—finally

On the wall inside the front door, painted in bold letters, is the slogan “Made by families, not factories.” It’s an apt description of Room & Board’s business model, which embraces the fine craftsmanship of furniture making. Eighty-five percent of its exclusive designs are manufactured in America, and price tags proudly note where each piece was made—whether it’s a leather sectional sofa from North Carolina or a steel-legged dining table from Minnesota. Read more...

At Home With: Riccardo Ullio

Firm foundation: When Riccardo Ullio purchased his 1920s Craftsman ten years ago, he had to lay new floors, replaster walls, and even repour the foundation. “The whole house was crooked,” he laughs. “Even the windows were glued shut.” Still, restoring authentic historic details was worth the effort. Read more...

Real Estate: Condos for Rent

Move-in special: Short on sales, condo developers switch to rentals

Rather than fight an uphill battle, some developers burdened with surplus inventory in a disastrous housing market are converting condos into luxury apartments. “At one point, we had almost 70 percent of [our] building under contract,” says Valerie Edwards, president of Integral Development Company LLC, which is affiliated with the developer of Renaissance Walk condos. “But as the time approached for closing on the units, the prospective owners started canc Read more...

At Home With: Susan Kolowich

Francophile: As C’est Moi is inspired by French culture, it’s only fitting that Kolowich’s own home is likewise. The living room’s silver-leafed bamboo drapery rods and bergère upholstered in orange silk are both fabulously French. World view: Kol Read more...

Home Tour: Contemporary Comfort

Architect David C. Fowler has established something of a reputation for his contemporary interpretations of historic genres such as Arts and Crafts and Prairie styles. So when it came time for his family to move into a larger home, it was no surprise that they bought a 1940s bungalow in Virginia-Highland. Having lived in the neighborhood for years, the Fowlers particularly appreciated the exceptional privacy of the home’s lot and the creek out back. But while the existing stone foundation Read more...