Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Plaza Towers in Buckhead

Jill and Steve McKenzie display artistic creativity at their Plaza Towers apartment

No space provides Jill and Steve McKenzie a better canvas for creative outlet than their own apartment at the top of the late-’60s, Brutalist-chic Plaza Towers in Buckhead. The couple bought the two-bedroom, 25th-floor unit in 2014. The apartment boasted vintage parquet floors and an astounding view of the skyline but was in need of a serious overhaul—and Steve left virtually no surface untouched.
Mandarin Oriental penthouse

House Envy: Living the high life—Mandarin Oriental’s penthouse is Atlanta’s priciest

Atlanta's priciest penthouse—a two-level, unfinished unit above the Mandarin Oriental—offers a concierge, housekeeping service, personal drivers, a private elevator, and spectacular views.

How the co-owners of the General Muir renovated their stunning Virginia-Highland home

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.
Lustron

Life in a Lustron: My futuristic steel prefab in Decatur is not for sale

Investors must view our property as the perfect tear-down. After all, it’s a strange, dated home on a large, attractive lot near Decatur Square. But this is a historical Lustron, a modular kit designed completely in steel—from interior walls to roof shingles—during the housing shortages following World War II, in an era when metal was reserved for commercial buildings and instruments of war.

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.

House Envy: This Bauhaus-style Ansley Park home is a modernist’s dream

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.

House Envy: Country music superstar Alan Jackson and wife Denise are selling their Lake Burton retreat

Situated on 1.2 wooded acres at the end of a private road, the Jacksons’ rustic yet refined abode features a spacious farmhouse-style kitchen, a private screened porch with a fireplace, and a two-story boathouse.
Taylor house

This Cumming house is chic, sophisticated, and family-friendly

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.
Mountain Makeover

An Atlanta family crafts a rundown ranger station in Highlands into a creative, cozy cottage

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.
Anna Braund

Farm to Table: Interior designer Anna Braund keeps it local with her Roswell cottage

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.”

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