Atlanta’s historic houses, in an ideal world, are cherished but enhanced with each new generation. The classic architecture and curb appeal of this 1930s Mediterranean house in Buckhead caught the eye of a young couple who later updated the interior. “This house was on our running route in our favorite neighborhood,” remembers the homeowner, “And we were always drawn to the arched windows on the front of the house.”
The new owners hired architect Norman Askins to remodel the home, originally designed by Georgia Tech–trained architect Flip Burge in 1930. Askins praises the house’s original attributes: a “good-looking exterior,” high ceilings, and lots of windows. “It was kind of a modern floor plan for the time, like something people are doing again,” he says. “The living room is in the center, with light on both sides.” Working with interior designer Susan Bozeman—a regular collaborator of his—the two updated the kitchen and baths, plus reconfigured bedrooms and a family room, among other improvements.
Bozeman helped adapt the house for a young family while keeping the look elegant and refined. “The owners love European antiques and art, especially French pieces, so we wanted to convey an Art Deco Parisian feeling to the house,” says the interior designer. Rich colors mingle with brass fixtures and fittings throughout the house, with understated—or, in some cases, no—window treatments to allow those French doors to star.
The homeowner applauds the design duo’s skill at melding old and new. “Norman and Susan understand Atlanta’s gracious homes so well.”
RESOURCES | Renovation architect: Norman Askins, normanaskins.com Interior designer: Susan Bozeman, susanbozemandesigns.com Foyer Ceiling wallpaper: Schumacher, fschumacher.com. Living room 19th-century chinoiserie coffee table: Parc Monceau, parcmonceauatl.com. Pillows: Foxglove Antiques & Galleries, foxgloveantiques.com. Linen upholstery fabric: Arabel Fabrics, arabelfabrics.com. Trim: Samuel & Sons, samuelandsons.com. Dining room Antique leather screen: Mirabelle Antiques, mirabelleantiques.com. Chandelier and bench: Foxglove Antiques & Galleries. Kitchen Light fixture: Circa Lighting, circalighting.com. Bar stools: L. Drucker, maisonlouisedrucker.com. Cafe curtain fabric: Zak + Fox, zakandfox.com. Family room Rug: Mendel Tencer, mendeltencerflooring.com. Drapery linen: Pindler, pindler.com. Lamp shades: Edgar Reeves Lighting, edgar-reeves.com. Master bedroom Coverlet: Adelene Simple Cloth, adelenesimplecloth.com. Faux tortoise-shell lamps: Parc Monceau. Master bath Sconces: Circa Lighting. Washstand, tub, tile: Waterworks, waterworks.com. Powder room Washstand: Waterworks. French chandelier: Foxglove Antiques & Galleries. Tole sconces: Parc Monceau. Sunporch Light fixture: Circa Lighting. Cane chairs: Foxglove Antiques & Galleries.
This article appears in our Spring 2021 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.