Georgia Design Awards: Reader’s Choice

Help Us Pick the Most Stylish House!

Calling all design lovers! We recently held our second annual Georgia Design Awards this past December. An important part of our program is public feedback, so we’d like for you – our readers – to pick your favorite project. Please look through this gallery of ten residential projects from our recent contest and tell us which one is your favorite. We’ll be announcing the winner on February 20, 2024. Read through these projects and select your favorite below. We can’t wait to see your picks!


Dencity Design – Dramatic Feature Wall

In this Buckhead midcentury-modern renovation, the design team took a classic marble-look porcelain slab and applied it in a more contemporary way—as a feature wall in the renovated primary bathroom. The original space was dark, dated, and inefficient. By contrast, light now pours into the renovated bath from a large window that runs the length of the soaking tub. The tub surround also acts as a bench for the open shower. This renovation proves that a bathroom doesn’t have to be big to make a dramatic statement.



T.S. Adams Studio, Architects – Neel Reid’s Crown Jewel

This project presented a unique opportunity to restore and expand upon a federal-style masterpiece created by prominent Atlanta architect Neel Reid. The renovation focused on preserving the home’s historical authenticity, with as many materials as possible sourced from the original manufacturers and attention to detail extending to ironwork, lighting fixtures, and other decorative elements. The home, which is now more suited to today’s lifestyle, preserves Reid’s architectural legacy and is a testament to Southern classicism.



Elle Du Monde – Mediterranean Oasis (WINNER)

The owners of this Sea Island condominium wanted to refresh their outdated vacation home and tasked the design team with modernizing the entire space while respecting its Mediterranean architecture. They also wanted to infuse color that would reflect the surrounding coastal landscape. To brighten the rooms, the designers used a light color palette punctuated with blues and greens for depth. They built the palette around a large painting in the dining room and from area rugs, which were among the first purchases made for the newly remodeled home.



T.S. Adams Studio, Architects – Outdoor Amenities Galore

This U-shaped Atlanta home wraps around the back of the property on three sides, creating a private outdoor space with unobstructed views of the woodlands. The pool terrace is an obvious focal point, with multiple seating areas, a fire pit, and a gracious covered porch that serves as a three-season living room. The kitchen adjoins the porch, which features an assortment of grills and an authentic pizza oven, making dining al fresco a breeze. Large steel windows in the home’s bar open onto the terrace, connecting the inside with the outdoors.



T.S. Adams Studio, Architects – Moroccan-Inspired Sanctuary

This Florida vacation home is located on a corner lot with a picturesque view of the neighborhood lake. Its U-shaped configuration creates a private oasis centered around a stunning pool terrace, and its exterior design showcases a beautiful interplay of materials, including sleek steel-trowelled white stucco, warm wood windows and doors, and the neighborhood’s signature concrete roof. This coastal residence effortlessly blends architectural artistry with a calming ambience.



Rothman + Rothman Design – Minimalist Modern

The original kitchen in this Decatur home was outdated and lacked the features and functionality the owners desired. The space was also blocked off from the rest of the house by an angled staircase. The designers rightly moved the stairway to the entry, which made room for two large islands, both of which are outfitted with sinks and plenty of storage. The space also includes a hidden scullery as well as a large walk-in pantry. The minimalist and almost industrial feel of the kitchen is warmed by walnut cabinetry, hardwood floors, and leathered marble countertops. It is now fit for a chef and entertaining.



Rothman + Rothman Design – A Marriage of Styles

The owners of this Decatur residence wanted a complete renovation and requested more modern interior spaces within the home’s more traditional facade. In order to marry the two styles, the designers painted the exterior red brick a creamy white, widened the front steps, added a cantilevered porch roof, and replaced outdated windows and doors with more contemporary aluminum-clad black windows. Other unique design elements include steel plates that form a three-story staircase, a showstopping bar, and a mix of wood and stone that adds drama and interest to this distinctive renovation.



Mark Williams Design – Fired Up

In this renovation of a southern California midcentury-modern home’s courtyard, the design team aimed to eliminate a mural that had previously adorned its walls and establish functional focal points that would update the space while underscoring its heritage. Since the clients enjoy cooking and entertaining outdoors, a new fireplace and grill station were installed, along with sustainably produced, handcrafted fireclay tiles in a vibrant color palette. This distinctive approach also adds a touch of nostalgia to the contemporary setting, enhancing the grill surround and contributing to the courtyard’s overall charm.



Pineapple House Interior Design – Made for Entertaining

This great room, intended for conversation and connecting, is the centerpiece of a single-story home in Florida. Along one side of the room, the design team specified a modern limestone fireplace surround positioned against a stained wood-paneled wall made of rift sawn walnut. The opposite wall showcases a large bar that includes a sink, storage cabinets, shelving, and two full-sized wine refrigerators. The large tray ceiling features thick rift sawn beams in a geometric pattern that mimics the floor design in the foyer. A soothing color scheme and an open seating arrangement create a welcoming space made for daily living and entertaining.



Mark Williams Design – Natural Beauty

In this Atlanta primary bedroom, floor-to-ceiling drapery panels adorned with leaf and acorn embroidery create a romantic backdrop behind the bed and frame the windows of the adjacent reading niche. The beautifully detailed fabric, featuring shades of greens, creams, and browns, infuses the room with softness and establishes a connection to the surrounding woods and gardens. A large oil painting balances the room’s generous proportions while three large strands of illuminated glass crystals cast a soft glow on the space.


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