Lifestyle - Atlanta Magazine

Author Betsy Riley

  • Betsy Riley

    Executive Editor

    The editor of Atlanta’s former shelter magazine, Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, she specializes in lifestyle topics such as home and garden, education, healthcare, real estate, travel, and shopping. She also writes occasional narrative features. On the broadcast front, she is a regular contributor to local NPR affiliate WABE’s “Weekend Preview” segments. Before joining the editorial staff ten years ago, Riley was a freelance editor for the magazine for another ten years. During that time, she wrote many features and edited the magazine’s monthly “Atlanta Life” section. She has also written for other regional and national magazines, including O (Oprah’s magazine), Ladies Home Journal, Town & Country, Parenting, and Southern Living. With former Atlanta magazine art director Elaine Hightower, Riley is the author of the award-winning Our Family Meeting Book. She began her career as a medical journalist, eventually becoming publisher of national award-winning newsletters produced by a division of Medical Economics. A graduate of Wake Forest University, she and her husband Mark have lived in Atlanta since 1980. They have two college-age sons.


Chip Wade Is a Rising Star at HGTV

The host chats with us about his hit renovation show

The tables were turned on Chip Wade, host of HGTV’s Elbow Room. The final episode of season two—a major renovation of The Bert Show host Kristin Klingshirn’s Buckhead cottage—had debuted the night before. Read More


Three versatile wraps to boost your poolside style

Options from Everything but Water, A. Barclay, and Mud Pie Read More

Janus et Cie

Outdoor furniture inspired by the gods

The Roman God Janus has two faces, one looking back toward the past, the other facing forward to the future. He is an appropriate namesake for the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s newest showroom, outdoor furniture maker Janus et Cie (et cie means “and company” in both Latin and French). Read More

Dramatic Developments

We took to Ponce City Market to showcase this season's hottest looks

From emerald green to neon yellow, from mod prints to graphic black-and-white checks, this season it’s go big or go home. So it’s fitting to showcase these styles at Atlanta’s latest bold endeavor, the $200 million renovation of Ponce City Market. Read More

Steve McKenzie's Modern Handiwork

Handcrafted furniture in Atlanta's Westside

When we published our Southern issue in November, there was an abundance of creative local food and fashion to cover, but where were innovative Southern furnishings? Atlantans may be experimenting with Brussels sprouts and pork bellies, but they are doing it around Pottery Barn tables made in Indonesia. Read More