Design plans can be stalled by indecision, but that wasn’t an issue for Jessica and Trip Taylor. Because their Cumming house was new construction and almost everything in it was custom, this project involved more selections than most. But Interior designer Stephanie Williamson had no issue finalizing ideas with the Taylors.
For Georgia-based Buffy Ferguson and New York–based David Frazier, two designers were better than one when it came to freshening up David’s family home. His parents, Patsy and Mike Frazier, purchased the house in 2005 but began to grow tired of the ’90s-era, cookie-cutter decorating.
Forget Los Angeles—Alexandra Breckenridge and Casey Hooper made Georgia their home and never looked back
If any couple needs a place to nest, it’s Alexandra Breckenridge and her husband, Casey Hooper. In the current family scenario, the foursome is happily ensconced in a quiet community just outside Atlanta in a two-story house they’ve made their own.
No space provides Jill and Steve McKenzie a better canvas for creative outlet than their own apartment at the top of the late-’60s, Brutalist-chic Plaza Towers in Buckhead. The couple bought the two-bedroom, 25th-floor unit in 2014. The apartment boasted vintage parquet floors and an astounding view of the skyline but was in need of a serious overhaul—and Steve left virtually no surface untouched.
As one of Atlanta’s preeminent classical architects, Yong Pak of Pak Heydt Associates knows timeless style when he sees it. But this unusual circa-1921 house on Oakdale Road in Druid Hills defies categorization, and its architect is unknown. “I love it because it’s an architectural mystery,” says Pak, who drives by the house on his daily commute. “It doesn’t adhere to any one style, and I never get tired of it.”
It took 18 years for Jennifer Johnson and her husband, Ben, to determine exactly how they should update their historic Virginia-Highland house. They both started their careers as attorneys, and, according to Jennifer, the decision to open restaurants (which include the General Muir, West Egg Cafe, the Canteen, Fred’s Meat & Bread, and Yalla) was just as carefully considered.
House Beautiful’s Whole Home Concept House, which opens tomorrow in Brookhaven, is the first custom house the media brand has ever built, accomplished it with local talent of Atlanta builder Michael Ladisic, architect Linda MacArthur, interior designer Sherry Hart, and kitchen and bath designer Matthew Quinn. The house also marks the end of the Sophie Dow Donelson era of the magazine.
When Cathy Groome was asked to describe the style of house she wanted, “Southern-European” was the best she could come up with. But architects Craig Dixon and Todd Pritchett got it right away. The house is tucked into a wooded enclave of cottage-style homes in Vinings that Chip developed on a 2.5-acre piece of property, all with a European sensibility.
Cherie Restler says one of her favorite comments that she’s heard about her unique Lake Claire house was from a delivery man who said he felt like he was in Game of Thrones. After all, it’s not every day you approach a house via iron-spike-lined footbridge and knock on a windowless steel door.
Giancarlo Pirrone was driving to work 18 years ago when he spotted a house for sale at 280 Beverly Road in Ansley Park. The architect and developer (and co-owner of upscale pizzeria Varuni Napoli) was drawn to the modern home’s strong geometric lines and minimalist design, and he immediately contacted the realtor. After touring the 2,574-square-foot house, he made an offer on the spot.