Some homes are worth playing the long game. “We had told a realtor friend that our dream was to find a house to renovate on Silver Lake, and nothing had really come available for over 10 years,” says Michelle Clery, who is a longtime Atlanta resident, along with her husband, Bob Roddewig. “He called us a year later about a home going up for sale the next day, so we jumped in the car to take a look right away.” Conveniently located near Brookhaven, the charming Silver Lake neighborhood allows residents to live on a private, 38-acre lake and take advantage of water activities—kayaking, fishing, and cocktail cruises on small boats docked in backyards—while still being part of the city.
The ’70s-era house proved difficult to renovate (seven-foot ceilings, for starters), so the couple decided on a new build. They turned to Sonia and Steve Markey of Markey Architectural Design, whom they’d worked with before, as well as their longtime interior designer, Gretchen Edwards. Architecturally, the goal was to make everything about the lake view, which meant angling the structure in the back so that more rooms could accommodate floor-to-ceiling windows. But out front, the house needed to blend into a somewhat traditional setting. “We’re in Atlanta, after all, so the look needed to be transitional—casual, but elegant with clean lines,” says Steve.
Michelle wanted a personal take on a modern farmhouse with industrial elements, playing with tones and textures to elevate the look. In choosing furniture and interior details, Gretchen combined practicality, such as swivel chairs and performance fabrics, with sophisticated touches: textured wallcoverings, hide rugs, and elegant materials like a pecky cypress ceiling. “Michelle likes contrasts, such as going from dark to light, and vice versa,” says Gretchen. The tone starts with a moody foyer, which opens up to a two-story dining room looking over the lake.
Michelle and Bob had always appreciated the serenity of lake settings, but a city location suits them better on a day-to-day basis. “We wanted the view, but with more to do,” says Michelle. “Being on Silver Lake allowed my husband to combine his love for fishing with options for great dining and, for my love, shopping.”
RESOURCES | Interior design Gretchen Gilstrap Edwards, gilstrapedwards.com Architectural design Sonia and Stephen Markey, Markey Architectural Design, @markeyarchdesign Foyer Table: Stanton Home Furnishings, stantonhomefurnishings.com. Light fixtures: RH, rh.com. Wallcovering: Phillip Jeffries, phillipjeffries.com. Kitchen Cabinetry: Block & Chisel, blockandchisel.com. Light fixtures: Allan Knight, allan-knight.com. Living room Chairs: Lee Industries, leeindustries.com. Dining room Table: Tritter Feefer, tritterfeefer.com. Chairs: RH. Rug: Kyle Bunting, kylebunting.com. Porcelain slabs: Ciot, ciot.com. “Four seasons” porch Furniture: Lee Industries. Owners’ bedroom Bed: Custom through Gilstrap-Edwards. Window-treatment fabric: Lee Jofa through Kravet, kravet.com. Rug: Surya, surya.com. Owners’ bath Window-treatment fabric: Stroheim through Fabricut, fabricut.com. Tile: Walker Zanger, walkerzanger.com. Crafts room (not shown) Wallpaper: Thibaut, thibautdesign.com. Counter stools: Worlds Away, worlds-away.com. Table: Custom through Gilstrap-Edwards. Loggia Riddling racks and barnwood: Distinctive Building Materials, distinctivebuildingmaterials.com. Furniture: Lee Industries. Window-treatment fabric: Perennials, perennialsfabrics.com.
This article appears in our Fall 2021 issue.