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.
Amanda and Mark Kresch and their children—six-year-old Mina and four-year-old Adreain—can step out the door of their condo and easily walk to the High Museum, the Piedmont Park farmers market, and any destination along the BeltLine.
Atlanta native Ryan Hughes, who co-owns R Hughes, was in fifth grade the first time this stately Spanish Colonial house in the Lenox Park area of Morningside caught his eye. The house, which was built in 1935 and is thought to have been designed by famed Atlanta architecture firm Ivey and Crook, was updated in the early 2000s by celebrated interior designer Bobby McAlpine.
In June, the Atlanta Magazine's HOME Modern Style Showhouses opened in the Old Fourth Ward, showcasing Atlanta's top designers. Take a look inside the two contemporary houses.
Coming from smaller towns, physicians Sharon Castellino and Renato Santos weren’t sure they wanted to live in a big city, until jobs with Emory School of Medicine brought them to Atlanta. Fortunately, their quiet neighborhood, equidistant from the university, Druid Hills, and Decatur, gives them the walkability of intown life with plenty of greenspace and trees.
An interior decorator balanced this Buckhead cottage with a wide array of modern and sentimental favorites
The circa-1932 cottage Whitney Durham and her husband, Nathan, found in Buckhead had the sort of character she appreciates: stone on the front facade, with a Gothic-shaped front door painted a cheery blue.