This airy family home in Milton exudes resort vibes year-round

Indoors and outdoors are fluid here

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Lindsey Hene Milton home
Lindsey created a striking vignette to fill the two-story foyer, including a contemporary wooden console, vintage bamboo chairs, and a vertical grouping of Ikea mirrors.

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Anytime weather permits, the steel doors are open at Rachel Milling’s house. Inside and outside are fluid here, with the resort-like pool, porch, living room, kitchen, and breakfast room all flowing together, linked by 10-foot-high metal doors and windows. Rachel and her husband, Kirk, and their three boys aged 15, 18, and 22, designed this house to accommodate plenty of guests. “We wanted the kind of house where the boys bring their friends back home, even when they’re at college,” Rachel says.

Lindsey Hene Milton home
Interior designer Lindsey Hene combined jewel tones, from amethyst to citron, in the dining room. Homeowner Kirk Milling chose the blue marbleized wallpaper that evokes Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Large pendants from Circa Lighting get the scale right but don’t obscure other elements. Wall tile in the adjacent bar area is from Walker Zanger.

Photograph by Lauren Rubinstein

Lindsey Hene Milton home
The oversized kitchen has two marble-topped islands—one space for prep, the other for eating—making for a good flow during busy holidays. The custom hood is stainless steel treated to mimic zinc, part of an effort to mix metals, including brass and polished chrome.

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Lindsey Hene Milton home
The design team tested at least 25 different colors for the painted brick facade before mixing this custom warm cream tone. Cheerful blue-and-white umbrellas from Pottery Barn evoke upscale island style, inspired by homeowner Rachel Milling’s favorite contemporary beach resorts.

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Interior designer Lindsey Hene stepped in when this dream was just an empty lot in Milton, working with architect Pat Kirkland and builder Panama Properties to create a home with a contemporary edge. The north Fulton town is known for its horse farms and rolling acreage, but this house embraced nature in other ways. Lindsey picked up on design clues, such as the Millings’ love of California-style open floor plans, and Rachel and Kirk’s favorite resort, the Four Seasons in Anguilla. The end result includes a dramatic foyer with 22-foot ceilings, a big kitchen, and that wall of steel windows to draw the eye outside.

“Most of the rooms are white, and much of the furniture is covered in an easy linen, but we injected color through pillows, artwork, and accessories,” says Lindsey, who sought out ways to incorporate antique rugs, mixed metals, and texture. White-oak floors and pecky cypress accents are in a just-right tone that’s warm but not too yellow. The dining room became a jewel box, using the “juicy colors” of plum, turquoise, and citron, with stand-out marbleized wallpaper and a custom Britt Bass painting.

Lindsey Hene Milton home
Gray judges paneling and built-ins are an updated version of traditional office architecture. The modern desk from CFC Furniture and metal club chairs by Bernhardt continue the mix of textures.

Photograph by Lauren Rubinstein

Lindsey Hene Milton home

Photograph by Lauren Rubinstein

Lindsey Hene Milton home
A silver grass cloth on walls and purple velvet window treatments, both from Kravet, add glamorous layers to the master bedroom.

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Lindsey Hene Milton home
Creamy neutrals fill most of the master bath, with an antique rug for color. The texture-rich chandelier is by Ro Sham Beaux.

Photograph by Lauren Rubinstein

Some holidays, the Millings entertain nearly two dozen family members, so the double kitchen islands, ample seating, and outdoor areas get plenty of use. Rachel doesn’t miss the formal living room in her old house. “I wanted to make sure family and friends felt comfortable anywhere in the home, with a lot of natural materials,” says Rachel. “The best comment someone made to me about our home was that it looks and feels like our family, so mission accomplished.”

Resources
Interior designer
Lindsey Hene and Jennifer Schoenberger, Elle and Vreeland, elleandvreeland.com
Architect Pat Kirkland, Kirkland & Associates, kirklandarchitects.com
Builder Panama Properties, panamaproperties.com
Foyer Light fixture: Bobo Intriguing Objects, bobointriguingobjects.com. Mirrors: Ikea, ikea.com. Console: CFC, customfurniturela.com.
Living room Daybed: CFC. Sofa: Bernhardt, bernhardt.com. Light fixture: Visual Comfort, visualcomfort.com. Toile pillow fabric: Robert Allen, robertallendesign.com.
Dining room Light fixture: Circa Lighting, circalighting.com. Dining chairs: Lee Industries, leeindustries.com. Dining table: Restoration Hardware, rh.com. Acrylic brackets on wall: Wisteria, wisteria.com. Painting: Britt Bass, brittbass.com.
Kitchen Counter stools: Noir, noirfurniturela.com. Pendants: Visual Comfort.
Breakfast room Light fixture: Bobo Intriguing Objects. Chairs: Restoration Hardware.
Porch Outdoor furniture: Restoration Hardware. Outdoor umbrellas: Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com.
Powder room Custom wood countertop: Wood ’n’ Nickel, wood-n-nickel.com.
Office Desk: CFC. Chairs: Bernhardt. Niche with lucite console: CB2, cb2.com.
Master bedroom Light fixture: Arteriors, arteriors.com. Wallpaper and window treatment fabric: Kravet, kravet.com.
Master bath Ro Sham Beaux, ro-sham-beaux.com

This article appears in our Fall 2019 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

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