Historic Athens home

Inside the Athens cottage that inspired R.E.M.’s “Life and How to Live It”

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.
James Farmer home

For bestselling author and designer James Farmer, it was finally time to build

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.
Mableton horse farm

This idyllic farm just outside the Perimeter is a haven for humans and horses alike

A new horse farm doesn't happen overnight—especially in the city. Kate Larimer wanted 15 acres of land with a pond, close to the Vinings-Smyrna area. Luckily, they found a parcel slated for a subdivision that fell through—and it happened to include 14 acres.

Tudor Treasure: Architect Frank Neely designs an Old English home in Buckhead

In 2008, architect Frank Neely’s clients called him with bad news. They’d decided not to go ahead with the renovation he’d drafted of the 1940s-era Buckhead home where they’d lived for more than 15 years. But three years later, the couple came calling again: They wanted him to create a completely new house—a grand English Tudor.

She used to live in the Hogwarts castle. Now, Lady Melissa Percy brings British country style to Georgia.

Lady Melissa Percy grew up in a 20-bedroom, 11th-century castle that stood in for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. She was once married to a best friend of Prince William. Now, she's moved to the U.S. and launched her line of women’s sporting sweaters, Mistamina.
Midcentury Madness

Midcentury-modern houses are in demand in Atlanta—and at a higher premium

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.
Modern homes

A look inside 3 modern homes in Atlanta

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.
Westside craftsman

With a timeless design, this craftsman-style house in Howell Station is filled with surprises

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.

Up for sale, Buckhead’s Spotswood Hall is a neoclassical beauty

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.”
Nikie Barfield house

This serene Decatur home keeps it simple with black and white design

In a good way, Nikie Barfield views the world in black and white. The Atlanta interior designer likes to contrast these two basic colors, subtly accenting them with companion hues. Her philosophy: Let architectural details, texture, and the interplay of materials steal the show, not bright colors or patterns.

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