Like many longtime Atlantans, Dan Belman and Randy Korando, owners of Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts, admire the work of iconic architect Neel Reid. A partner in the storied firm of Hentz, Reid & Adler, Reid died of a brain tumor at age 41 in 1926—but not before inspiring a generation of architects known as the Georgia Classicists.
After moving back to Marietta following seven years in New York, Dana and Hicks Poor couldn’t find the right house and were starting to consider new construction. Then one day Dana went for a walk near the square and spotted a foreclosure notice on a midcentury-era house that the two native Mariettans had long admired.
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.
From Native Americans to the Civil War to 70s communes, this Sandy Springs house has a fascinating past.
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.
Wallace Bryan and Lisa Turner, the designers who own the stylish Decatur store Trinity Mercantile, have a longstanding love affair with this 1929 house on Kirk Road. Bryan has admired it since she was a student at Agnes Scott College in the 1970s; and Turner, who is friends with a neighbor, once tried to buy it herself.
When it was time to select furnishings, Melanie Turner had an inspiration: Let’s use the color plum as a motif throughout the house, as a playful reference to the homeowners’ last name, Plumb. Shades of plum appear in window treatments, pillows, and upholstery.
Roswell native and interior designer Anna Braund returned to her hometown after graduating from the University of Georgia, where she’d met her husband, Adam, a psychotherapist who’d grown up in Marietta. “We really wanted to put down roots in a place where we’ve experienced such a great sense of community,” says Anna, adding, “We like that the pace is a little slower here.”
Gregg Irby and her husband, Mike, didn’t hesitate to buy this 1961 cottage in a family-friendly Buckhead neighborhood, seeing beyond the mold and mildew problems and dated electrical system. Now the house is an extension of her lifelong love of color, scale, and pattern.
This Buckhead estate boasts lush grounds, a double–infinity edge pool and spa, and 240 feet of lake frontage.