Room Envy: A sophisticated gray study in Ansley Park

“The dark color really envelops you and feels cozy,” says interior designer Nina Nash. When she and her Mathews Furniture partner Don Easterling created this sultry and sophisticated study in Ansley Park, they installed classic built-ins, then furnished the room in rich tones from both ends of the color spectrum

Room Envy: This basement is far from an afterthought

Gone are the dark and dreary basements of 1970s sitcoms. Today’s terrace levels are no longer afterthoughts full of used furniture.

Room Envy: This bright turquoise bedroom is a teen dream

Depending on how it’s used, green can be either soothing or energizing, according to Stephanie Andrews, founder of Balance Design Atlanta.
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Room Envy: A green splash flipped this kitchen from plain to bold and funky

Light and understated was never the personality of this loft—or its owner—says interior designer Gina Sims, who amped up this plain kitchen with layers of bold features. Homeowner Cati Teague specified “awesome and green,” which sent Sims on a hunt for the perfect backsplash tile.
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Room Envy: A hallway turned stunning bar

“When partygoers make it into a kitchen, they tend to never leave,” says interior designer Courtney Giles Decker. To route guests elsewhere in her own home, she turned a hallway into a bar, drawing people into a space fully stocked for cocktail hour.
Home Renovation

Want to be on a home improvement reality show? Read this first.

If you fancy becoming one of those hammer-swinging, do-it-yourself home renovators on television, you’re in luck. The metro Atlanta area is coveted by producers for its rich variety of housing styles and neighborhoods.
Lobby bathrooms

The case for combining your bathroom and bedroom into one big space

When designing a master suite, builders usually prioritize the bedroom. But if you step back and think practically, the bedroom only contains the bed—while the bathroom and closet hold everything else. A lobby-style setup, which combines the two rooms, may be more effective and luxurious.
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A clever design for life with kids: This North Druid Hills room is for work and play

Contemporary designs aren’t all sparse, cold, and full of sharp edges and expensive white sofas. In fact, Chip Wade's transformation of this 1950s ranch near North Druid Hills included a living space centered around life with kids—including reading “towers” and hidden storage.
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Room Envy: This butler’s pantry in Druid Hills is a vision in black

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.”
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Room Envy: Jimmy Stanton turned this garage into a modern-rustic pool house

All one color is my signature look,” says interior designer Jimmy Stanton, owner of Stanton Home Furnishings on the Westside and in Virginia-Highland. Taking a cue from the white facade of his circa-1851 estate in Madison, Georgia, Stanton extended the color scheme (or lack thereof) to his remodeled garage turned pool house, which sports a modern-rustic vibe.

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