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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
It’s no secret that midcentury-modern furniture is back in vogue. But now, the era’s ranch-style and split-level homes are selling better than ever, according to Vanessa Reilly of Atlanta boutique real estate firm DOMO Realty. Although midcentury modern homes can be found throughout Atlanta, she notes that the majority are close to I-285, with the highest concentrations in the neighborhoods of Amberwood, Collier Heights, Northcrest, and Northwoods.
In 2006, Stephanie Nase began her search for a charming bungalow in Virginia-Highland before moving on to Inman Park and Candler Park. One day, she happened to drive across DeKalb Avenue from Candler Park into Kirkwood. The very next day, she snagged an early 1900s Craftsman bungalow. After living there for nine years and focusing on outdoor projects, Stephanie decided to lighten up the interiors next.
James Farmer says it made his day when the cable TV technician asked, “Has this house been in your family for years?” The abode in question was actually brand new but carefully designed to look vintage.
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.
Antimodern sentiment has practically vanished as the region’s attitude toward unconventional architecture has finally begun to shift. Although Atlanta is stocked with ranch-style, midcentury modern homes, locally the modern trend experienced a long lull beginning in the 1980s.