Room Envy: This butler’s pantry in Druid Hills is a vision in black

With international inspirations, this room is a cozy area to spend the morning
Room Envy

Photograph by Jeff Herr

The Druid Hills house where interior designer Susan Ferrier lives with her husband, Adrian, was described in her new book as a “portrait of an artist and a bit of a sorceress’s cave.” The pages offer a glimpse into her world: sultry colors, massive scale, and intriguing objects. The book celebrating her extensive projects with business partner Bobby McAlpine, Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine (Rizzoli 2017), includes both grand country houses and smaller spaces—such as Susan’s own butler’s pantry.

House of wonders
Vintage snake etchings line the walls of the breakfast area, while an African mask Ferrier brought back from a trip holds court above the sink.

Dark secret
Sherwin-Williams “Black Fox” covers walls and trim in the adjacent breakfast area to “create a graphic rhythm that ties both spaces together,” Ferrier says.

Sink fancy
The curvaceous backsplash of Calacatta Gold marble at the butler’s pantry raised sink was inspired by those Susan has seen in Italy.

Snug seating
A custom L-shaped banquette in the breakfast area creates a cozy corner for great conversations and intimate meals, Ferrier says. Tufted upholstery adds another fine detail.

Floating high
Tall upholstered stools by Lee Industries are easy to move about; their light color palette is a fresh contrast to darker hues.

This article appears in our February 2018 issue.