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This home-office haven is both sophisticated and casual

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Room Envy home officeWith a vibe both sophisticated and casual, interior designer Jamie Krywicki Wilson’s workplace is a light and airy retreat. Her family’s renovation of a ’70s ranch in Marietta included an addition on the back, providing the space with 15-foot ceilings.

A nod to midcentury
The white-and-brass sconces from Circa Lighting are a favorite of Jamie’s, used throughout her house for their subtle style.

Wall works
Jamie loves to add texture, so rather than displaying two-dimensional art, she hung African necklaces she found at the Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas and a wall hanging made of small shells.

Storage savvy
Everyday office clutter is relegated to a storage closet, accessed through the door. That way, there’s more room for Jamie and her office mate, Izzie (pictured).

Coastal contrast
Jamie loves the laid-back look of coastal houses, so she chose white-oak floors and shiplap as a beachy homage, but a moody accent wall (Farrow & Ball “Railings”) echoes dark colors used elsewhere in the house. “I love this black-blue because it’s softer than a true black but richer than a gray or navy,” she says.

Leather love
“I will choose a masculine room over a feminine room any day,” says the designer, who opted for these smart-looking leather chairs from Moe’s Home Collection.

Designer tip: A desk doesn’t have to be traditional office furniture. Jamie’s black metal worktop is actually a dining table by Noir that she repurposed. “The pedestal shape offers lots of space if people are sitting around the desk for a meeting,” she says.

This article appears in our March 2021 issue.

Inside a modern, tropical-inspired home in the middle of Brookhaven

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Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven
“The extensive roof overhangs, wood-shake roof, and cedar-shake exterior give the house a crisp yet textured appearance,” says architect Joel Kelly. “The materials reinforce that modern-island vibe, and even the stacked stone has a ‘volcanic’ connection due to color and layering.”

Photograph by Rustic White

If Heather and Matt Dozier’s house looks like it could be at home in the South Pacific, then consider this project a success. Heather’s Filipina mother and Matt’s childhood in Hawaii were two major influences, along with the couple’s travels to Southeast Asian destinations like Vietnam.

Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven

Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven
The courtyard concept enabled the couple to enjoy a private retreat away from the bustle of Brookhaven. The pool’s surface is at ground level, intentionally simple in design with a dark finish. “We wanted it to look like we’d placed a mirror on the ground,” says Heather.

Photograph by Rustic White

“We wanted a modern flair with Asian elements—I guess what you’d call ‘Modern Balinese,’” says Matt, citing their wish list for the custom house: wood, glass, and stone as prominent materials; low-pitched eaves on the roof; and a water element. “My mother asked if we really wanted our house to look like a resort,” says Matt. “And I told her: We absolutely do.”

The house wraps around a courtyard with a sleek pool and firepit. “We wanted a seamless quality of the outside and inside coming together, like you see in Hawaii,” says Heather. “From almost every part of the house, you can see the pool.”

Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven
Joel Kelly and Whitney Ray allied their architectural and interior-design talents—respectively—to form Wyeth Ray in 2017, although they both work on individual projects, as well. “We strike a good balance,” says Whitney.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven
“The great room is where all of the materials we wanted are joined together, with cherry wood floors, cedar beams, a stacked stone-and-slab fireplace, and the 15 hand-blown glass pendants hung from the ceiling at different heights,” says Whitney. “At night, when you look through the windows, it looks like the lights are lanterns and is really beautiful.” Chairs by Palacek have rope accents, adding another texture in the room.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven
The 10-foot-long custom table and benches are by Atlanta-based Skylar Morgan and are made of white oak with a custom finish. A see-through wine storage wall separates the kitchen and dining areas.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Architect Joel Kelly and principal designer Whitney Ray of Wyeth Ray Interiors brought the project to life, deftly balancing scale and aesthetics. “They showed us images of resorts in Bali and Southeast Asia,” says Whitney, “but the common concept was to create a sense of warmth with layers of natural textures. They wanted a modern home flooded with sunlight.” The great room, with its 15-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling sheer draperies, stacked-stone fireplace, and sculptural play of pendant lights, delivers drama in a calming way. Throughout the house, antiques and natural woods ensure that the modern design feels organic and relaxing.

Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven
Two slabs of Cafe Argento marble from Walker Zanger are bookmatched for an artistic—and symmetrical—backsplash in the kitchen. As another focal point, a live-edge bar top continues into a waterfall treatment, complementing other wood in the space.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven
A built-in banquette on the back of the wine wall is ideal for coffee or playing cards.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven
Lovingly dubbed the “contemplation room” by all, this quiet reading area is anchored by a round hide rug in black and green by Kyle Bunting and two chaises, from Verellen with Perennials fabric. Teak root balls are from A. Tyner Antiques. Drapery fabric is from Romo.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Heather and Matt, both physicians, are often up before dawn, so the peaceful home is “sanity-saving” after a long day, she says.

“When they’re inside this house and courtyard, they’re essentially in a world of their own,” says Joel. “It’s a resort for everyday living.”

Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven
A family room off the kitchen provides a place for relaxing. Aluminum laser-cut screens are custom from Miles and Lincoln, chosen to add metal texture and pattern. Framed tapestries reflect the homeowners’ love of artisan accessories.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven
“This bedroom was a really special part of the home,” says Whitney. “Since both homeowners are doctors, we wanted the master bedroom to be a relaxing oasis.” A platform bed upholstered in white linen secures the calm vibe, with unique focal points: a 19th-century Indian ceiling panel from A. Tyner Antiques above the bed and an 18th-century altar table from Joseph Konrad.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven
A concrete tub by Native Trails and a single trough sink along the vanity give this master bath rustic elegance.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

Tropical-inspired retreat Brookhaven
Nightstands in the guest bedroom are gray teak roots. Art created out of cocoa sticks and beads is from Made Goods.

Photograph by Jeff Herr

RESOURCES | Architecture Joel Kelly Design, Joel Kelly, joelkelly.com Interior design Wyeth Ray Interiors, Whitney Ray, wyethray.com Contractor Brookside Custom Homes, brooksidefinehomes.com Landscape architect Howard Design Studio, howarddesignstudio.com Great room Sofas: Verellen covered in Perennials fabric, verellen.biz, perennialsfabric.com. Lighting: Tech Lighting through Illuminations Lighting, illumco.com. Drapery fabric: Romo, romo.com. Chairs: Palacek, palacek.com. Contemplation room Rug: Kyle Bunting, kylebunting.com. Dining room Table and benches: Skylar Morgan, skylarmorganfurniture.com. Kitchen backsplash: Cafe Argento through Walker Zanger, walkerzanger.com. Pendants: Tech Lighting. Bar stools: Skylar Morgan. Master bedroom Bedding: Peacock Alley, peacockalley.com. Accent pillow fabric: Jim Thompson Fabrics, jimthompsonfabrics.com. Master bath Tub: Native Trails, nativetrailshome.com. Guest bedroom Teak nightstands: Blaxsand, blaxsand.com. Lamps: Ralph Lauren through Circa Lighting, circalighting.com. Art: Made Goods, madegoods.com. Family room Metal screens: Miles & Lincoln, milesandlincoln.com

This article appears in our Winter 2020 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

Room Envy: Colorful recycled light fixtures add whimsy to this kitchenette

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Colorful light fixtures made from recycled bottles were the starting point for this lively kitchenette, a basement remodeling project in Chastain Park by interior designer Sandie Mazzi.

Light art
The homeowner is from Colombia and was familiar with these fun fixtures by Pet Lamp that incorporate Colombian weaving techniques using discarded plastic bottles. “The lights captured a tropical, playful style that reflects their personalities,” says Mazzi. “Every single light fixture is unique.”

Wall statement
Picking up a color from the largest pendant, the wall is covered in a sky-blue geometric tile from Specialty Tile.

The bright side
White cabinetry, a white quartz countertop, and light gray floors (a porcelain tile from Crossville) offer a classic contrast to the blue. A CB2 table and DWR chairs, also in white, maintain the modern vibe.

Floating figures
Open shelves display art collected by the homeowner, including a Jeff Koons puppy vase.

Designer tip: Small spaces can still be very functional. A built-in refrigerator, sink, ice maker, and popcorn machine make snacking convenient, especially since a media room is around the corner.

This article appears in our February 2021 issue.

This Morningside home is both cosmopolitan and comfortable

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Johanna and Jonas Reisinger were attracted to the modern simplicity of this white house on a quiet Morningside street—as well as its structure. “Coming from Stuttgart, Germany, Jonas wanted a house made of cinder block and concrete, not wood frame and plywood, which is so common in the U.S.,” says Johanna. “Our home is basically a bunker—you can’t get a cell-phone signal unless you walk outside!”

Photograph by Lauren Rubinstein

Johanna and Jonas Reisinger describe their style as “a blend of European simplicity with Southern comfort.” After all, Johanna is a native Atlantan, and Jonas grew up in Stuttgart, Germany. A modern home in Morningside, originally designed by architect Brad Heppner, provided a polished setting for distilling the best of both their worlds.

The inviting living room sofa by Rolf Benz was made in Stuttgart, Germany, Jonas’s hometown. A rug from Moattar picks up shades of purple found in the club chair and kaleidoscopic art by local painter Mark Boomershine. “Mark and I share a similar background, coming from multigenerational car-business families in Atlanta, and we’ve both moved onto our next chapters now,” says Johanna. “I love the California vibe the painting brings to the space.”

Photograph by Lauren Rubinstein

ill Musso and Jessica Park of Musso Design Group incorporated family antiques into a modern interior.

Photograph by Lauren Rubinstein

“We wanted a ‘wow’ moment in the entryway,” says Musso, who paired a lively Phillip Jeffries wallcovering with this sculptural chair by Agrippa, based in Spain.

Photograph by Lauren Rubinstein

Interior designers Bill Musso and Jessica Park of Musso Design Group incorporated family antiques and rich colors while keeping the clean lines intact. The residence was built in 2008, but its open floorplan, eye-catching staircase, and large-scale windows still feel up to date and striking, says Bill. “The house almost feels like something on the West Coast—modern and classic,” he adds.

The sunny dining area benefits from floor-to-ceiling metal windows overlooking the pool. A custom leather banquette by Bjork Studio is a subtle reference to streamlined upholstery in a luxury car. It’s softened by floral pillows and rosy velvet club chairs. The walnut table has a live edge. “Johanna and Jonas like stories behind things and how artisans work,” says Musso.

Photograph by Lauren Rubinstein

|An impressive—but low-maintenance—backyard includes a pool, hot tub, and “Zen garden,” with artfully arranged planters and river rocks. Lounge chairs from RH and an outdoor table and chairs from Tritter Feefer offer seating in the sun or shade.

Photograph by Lauren Rubinstein

The designers and homeowners mixed European-made furniture with custom and sentimental items. A music room is filled with inherited pieces of a timeless style from Johanna’s late mother: a vintage Eames chair, a reupholstered chaise, and framed album covers.

“We call this the music room, and it’s a hidden gem,” says Johanna. “It’s nice to begin small dinner parties there with a cocktail.” Framed record albums that belonged to Johanna’s mother add charm and a warm, personal vibe. A vintage Eames chair—still pristine in white leather—stands out against the walls and bookcases painted “Iron Ore” by Sherwin-Williams.

Photograph by Lauren Rubinstein

The designers kept the color palette neutral in the master bedroom to create a restful space, with a throw by Missoni adding subtle pattern and texture.

Photograph by Lauren Rubinstein

The home’s vintage spirit, sleek lines, and clever engineering are fitting for the owners, who both long worked in the auto industry. “Our years working with Mercedes-Benz have certainly influenced our style,” says Johanna. Cases in point: a cantilevered, “draw-bridge” entry door into the basement and loft-style, floating metal-and-wood stairs. “The materials feel organic and luxurious at the same time, much like a luxury vehicle,” adds Johanna. “With a car or a home, you certainly want comfort and style. Those details matter.”

RESOURCES | Interior design: Bill Musso and Jessica Park, Musso Design Group,
mussodesigngroup.com Architecture: Bradley E. Heppner Architecture, bradleyeheppner.com Landscaping: Pengelly’s Landscape & Garden, pengellyslandscape.com Entryway Wallpaper: Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com. Chair: Agrippa America, Agrippa-america.com. Rug: Designer Carpets, designercarpets.com. Mirror: Arteriors, arteriors.com. Living room Console: Switch Modern, 670 14th Street, switchmodern.com. Sofa: Rolf Benz, rolf-benz.com. Swivel chair and fabric, side table: Donghia, donghia.com. Rug: Designer Carpets. Table: Context Gallery, contextgallery.com. Art glass: SkLO, sklo.com. Dining area Dining table: Switch Modern. Custom banquette: Bjork Studio, 1200 Old Chattahoochee Avenue, bjorkstudio.com. Banquette leather: Holly Hunt, hollyhunt.com. Chairs: Phase Design, phasedesignonline.com. Chair fabric: Romo, romo.com. Music room Rug: Moattar, moattar.com. Barrel chair fabric: Armani, Armani.com. Master bedroom Nightstands: Mr. Brown London, mrbrownhome.com. Throw: Missoni, missoni.com. Console: Pricinsky Custom, Inc., pricinskycustom.com. Back yard Lounge chairs and sectional: RH Modern, rhmodern.com. Table and chairs: Tritter Feefer, tritterfeefer.com.

This article appears in our Fall 2020 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

Room Envy: A butler’s pantry gets a pretty—and practical—makeover

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Room Envy“The homeowner has a large family and likes to entertain,” says interior designer Grace Brackman of Maggie Griffin Design, “but there isn’t a whole lot of storage in the kitchen.” This butler’s pantry got a makeover that is pretty and practical.

Bathed in blue
This house in charming Griffin isn’t historic—it was built in the ’90s—but Brackman played off its colonial style with a traditional wallpaper from Schumacher called “Hydrangea Drape.” Benjamin Moore “Van Courtland Blue” coats cabinets and trim.

Fine function
“This space needed to function for a family as well as look nice,” says Brackman. A quartz countertop provides durability, while a deep farmhouse sink can hide dishes and pans during a party.

Luxe layering
A vintage Persian rug, classic chandelier by Circa Lighting, and collected accessories elevate the room.

Winsome windows
Roman shades in linen have a trim that mimics the wallpaper’s vertical stripe.

Designer tip: Make maximum use of vertical space. “We took advantage of the 10-foot ceilings and ran cabinetry all the way to the ceiling on one wall,” says Brackman, who also stacked a trio of open shelves on either side of the window.

This article appears in our November 2020 issue.

Room Envy: A groovy game room designed for energetic breaks

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Room envy game roomA ping-pong match provides an energetic break in the day, so Atlanta-based real-estate company MountainSeed hired interior designer Kristen Fountain Wilson of KFD Designs to transform its game room into a winning destination. (You could do this at home, too.)

Looking up
A deep blue ceiling (Sherwin-Williams “Great Falls”) adds another layer of visual interest to the room.

Table art
Kristen bought a ping-pong tabletop online, then had it painted into a piece of art by decorative painter Byron Blake. “We wanted something bold and graphic, with ’70s inspired colors,” she says, adding that a latex-poly sealer makes sure balls still bounce just right. Metal legs bought on Etsy were then attached as another glam touch.

It takes two
It took a little convincing to budget for two chandeliers rather than one, but Kristen likes the bigger statement with a duo. “Plus,” she says, “the glass globes remind me of ping-pong balls.”

Spectator sport
Wooden built-ins are designed as “stadium seating” for watching a match or just lounging. “The stained wood also brings warmth,” says the designer.

This article appears in our October 2020 issue.

An office and retreat in an airplane hangar gives a nod to the golden age of aviation

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Tall table lamps serve as a divider between parking space and living room, where a leather sofa from Cococo Home joins items from Scott Antique Markets.

Photograph by Marc Maudlin

After years living in London and designing high-end hotels and restaurants all over the world, Summer Williams returned home to Rome, Georgia, to design an airplane hangar for her pilot father, Mick, who wanted a home for his Cessna T206 airplane at Russell Field—and a place to relax. Here’s how the design took off.

Benjamin Moore “Hale Navy” covers the walls in a classic blue. Summer furnished the wall between office and bathroom with a butler’s tray from Interiors Market and a vintage photograph of the type of airplane flown by her grandfather.

Photograph by Marc Maudlin

Personal Memorabilia: Summer rummaged in her parents’ attic to find old treasures to incorporate: a black-and-white photograph of the type of airplane flown by her grandfather, childhood knickknacks, and references to Mick’s beloved Georgia Tech. “One endearing part of this project was that Mom and Dad got to experience a behind-the-scenes view into my process from start to finish,” says Summer. “They joined me on the occasional meeting and scouting trips to Scott Antique Markets, so we shared some good memories.”

The Cessna T206 enters the hangar via a hydraulic-lift door by Higher Power Hydraulic Doors, covered in cladding designed by Summer.

Photograph by Marc Maudlin

Practical Parking: “His hangar didn’t have to be ugly and unusable with a little imagination,” says the designer. Summer had to consider how the plane enters the space, flooring, lighting, and other practicalities while working with the contractor, Mike Ashley. She designed cladding for a hydraulic-lift door and divided the 3,000 square feet into room for parking, a hang-out zone, kitchen, office, and bathroom.

Mick checks flight plans and tends to other paperwork in the office area, where steel-and-glass doors allow in natural light.

Photograph by Marc Maudlin

Blue Streak: “I took cues from the airplane itself and added some sentimental touches that tell the story of Dad’s life,” says Summer. The blue color scheme was inspired by the plane’s stripe and Mick’s love of the Allman Brothers song “Blue Sky.” Walls and cabinets are covered in Benjamin Moore “Hale Navy.”

A retro-looking Smeg refrigerator in light blue is a focal point in the kitchen area, incorporated into custom cabinetry that also holds barware and memorabilia. Counter stools from Industry West and a pendant light from Bobo Intriguing Objects fit the loftlike vibe, accented with a custom steel mirror from Mustard Seed Home & Gifts.

Photograph by Marc Maudlin

Old-World Glamour: The patina of leather seating, wooden tables, and vintage rugs adds to the club-like feeling. “I gave a nod to the 1920s and ’30s golden age of aviation,” says Summer. “I wanted to give the industrial setting an edge of Old Hollywood sophistication.” For durability, she chose a high-tech paint for the concrete floors.

Commercial Savvy: Summer’s portfolio includes Krog Bar and Rathbun’s in Atlanta (while at the Johnson Studio) and swanky destinations such as Améthyste at the Phoenicia Hotel in Beirut. Here, large steel doors and windows allow more light and fit the utilitarian look. She included dimmers on lighting to help set the mood at different times of day.

This article appears in our Fall 2020 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

This lively breakfast room plays with plenty of patterns

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breakfast room additionThis lively breakfast room addition by Atlanta architect Norman Askins and interior designer/author James Farmer fits nicely in a 19th-century house. “The house is old, but the family is young, so I wanted to respect the Southern vernacular yet keep the look cheerful,” says Farmer.

Outside looking in
The Schumacher “Zanzibar Trellis” wallpaper was a starting point, says Farmer, who leaned into the sunroom–turned–dining area vibe.

Mix and match
A custom salvaged-wood farmhouse table pairs well with espresso bamboo chairs sporting playful leopard-print cushions.

Historic walls
The large-scale art over the buffet is actually an antique wallpaper panel. The designer also loves to hang heirloom dishes as a historical homage.

Lighten up
A light fixture from Ainsworth-Noah references traditional designs but with more contemporary lines.

Tip: One trick for combining multiple patterns in a room is to keep them all in a similar color palette. “Green and white is really a classical scheme as a backdrop,” Farmer says. Find more tips in his new book, Arriving Home: A Gracious Southern Welcome.

This article appears in our September 2020 issue.

After a tree knocked down their freestanding garage, this Atlanta homeowner made a fine garden folly

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Brookwood Hills pavillionWhen a tree knocked down the freestanding garage in this Brookwood Hills backyard, the homeowners created a charming pavilion—a type of outbuilding sometimes called a garden folly.

Multiuse magic
Originally constructed as a space for the owners’ creative pursuits, the folly has also become a destination for entertaining or working al fresco, says Wright Marshall of Revival Construction.

Bright ideas
Steel windows and doors—along with small clerestory windows to bring in more light—keep the structure bright and airy. Architect Hoyte Johnson designed an elegant pyramid copper roof and attached a storage shed off the back.

Refined reinvention
“When the tree came down, the yard went from shady to sunny,” says landscape architect John Howard. That change allowed the garden plan to include a small lawn and freed up Cherokee pavers from a former patio to incorporate around the project.

Garden goals
The landscape plan is intentionally minimalist, says Howard; it’s dotted with Southern favorites such as hydrangeas, irises, and ferns. A stunning view of the Midtown skyline is a bonus feature.

Designer Tip: In outdoor rooms, keep the decor clean-lined and free of knickknacks for a truly serene escape. (This retreat has hidden storage behind wood-planked walls.) Rattan chairs from Pieces and copper lanterns by Bevolo add polish.

This article appears in our August 2020 issue.

This serene guest room also doubles as a workspace for Brian Patrick Flynn

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Brian Patrick Flynn Guest room officeYes, technically it’s a guest bedroom, but interior designer and HGTV personality Brian Patrick Flynn refers to it as his “idea room,” for working from home or just listening to music.

Nod to nostalgia
Flynn made the string art of a tree for one of his first HGTV projects.

Wood work
To lighten up the basement in this midcentury-modern house, Flynn installed three-inch V-groove boards painted Sherwin-Williams “Extra White.” 

No frills
Lamps were rendered unnecessary with all the indirect sunlight pouring in. Eventually, Flynn and husband Hollis Smith will make this room a full-fledged guest suite, but for now, it’s a daytime retreat, with just the vintage chair from City Issue as seat and table.

Step on it
No-nonsense FLOR carpet tiles warm things up. “It’s a texture called ‘house pet,’ which kind of looks and feels like a scruffy dog in a moody gray tone,” he says. 

Green dream
“Since my house is surrounded by lush trees, I liked the idea of layering all sorts of green in here to bridge the gap between the indoors and the outdoors,” says the designer. A vintage circle quilt and Op Art by Nashville artist Gina Julian mix olive, chartreuse, and emerald shades.

Designer Tip: For an industrial look, Flynn ripped out the old ceiling tiles to expose joists and the floorboards above, saying, “I wanted it to have an unfinished vibe.”

See more of Flynn’s Buckhead home in our HOME summer 2020 cover story.

This article appears in our July 2020 issue.

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