When you approach the grand brick facade of the Adair Park house you’re struck by the building’s proportions and history. Atlantans aren’t used to seeing houses 160 years old in a city that was all but incinerated in 1864. “No building permits exist for it,” explains owner Tracy Galasso.
This house in historic Cobbham inspired the R.E.M. song “Life and How to Live It,” based on a man who had outfitted the one-time duplex to suit his split personalities. Renovated by Athens interior designer Tami Ramsay, she says this is her most colorful project ever.
When Heidi Woessner and her husband, Jason Williams, bought the Westside lot, it was just a sloping plot of weeds with a cinderblock house. But the Howell Station neighborhood, sandwiched between West Midtown shops and the future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, has become a hot intown haven.
Buckhead’s grand Spotswood Hall, with its pedimented portico and soaring Ionic columns, wasn’t an obvious choice for architect Frances Flautt Zook’s favorite house in the city. “I’m not a mansion kind of person,” says Zook, who is better known for transitional design. “But this is a house I really respect.”
An interior designer freshens up this Augusta Italian Renaissance–style estate in time for the Masters
In Augusta, all things somehow relate back to the Masters Tournament, and this grand house owes some credit to the golf event for its recent update. When Morgan Bundy and her husband, Justin, were looking for a house to buy last year, they loved this 1920s Italian Renaissance estate for many reasons.
In a neighborhood where even newer builds lean traditional, the circa-2007 home makes a statement with its sleek design and wide-open living space.
This stately Georgian-style house with the red door often attracts the eye of architecture fans—even if they don’t realize it was designed by historic architect Neel Reid. But this Druid Hills house also gets high praise from homeowner Donna Heilman for livability.
Highlands, North Carolina, is well-known among Atlantans for its rustic mountain houses, but it was a modest office building that caught Laird Memory’s eye as a potential second home. The low-slung former ranger station and law office had ugly interiors, but that didn’t deter Laird and her husband, Matt Bunting, from transforming the building into their dream mountain getaway.
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.