This Midtown family home proves condo living can be chic, practical, and fun

With clever furniture picks, interior designer Elle Cantrell made the condo practical and luxe

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“This room feels formal enough for parties, but the kids can enjoy it on a Saturday morning watching TV,” says homeowner Amanda Kresch. Stain-resistant fabrics cover all the furniture, and a steel coffee table in a sculptural shape stands up to anything.

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Amanda and Mark Kresch and their children—six-year-old Mina and four-year-old Adreain—can step out the door of their condo and easily walk to the High Museum, the Piedmont Park farmers market, and any destination along the BeltLine. The family traded their big Ansley Park house for high-rise life, where there’s no yard maintenance or remodeling project vying for their attention. A 24-hour concierge is available to help with day-to-day logistics. “I had such a deep desire to simplify our life,” says Amanda.

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The condos came with concrete floors, but new white oak flooring adds warmth. The modern soft taupe kitchen (in Benjamin Moore “Revere Pewter”) includes an oversized island for entertaining and family life.

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The Midtown condo they bought, in a building constructed in 1952 and converted to condos in 2001, was actually two units combined by a previous owner. It’s 2,700 square feet—much smaller than their previous home—but Amanda feels that’s just right. “Even when we lived in bigger houses, we only really spent time in about 2,500 square feet of the main rooms,” she points out.

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Interior designer Elle Cantrell

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Midtown condo
A large mudroom provides solutions to everyday life, with a desk area (including built-in file cabinets for household records), cupboards for storage, and the washer/dryer.

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Exposed ductwork on the ceiling is part of the appeal for condos at 805 Peachtree. Designer Elle Cantrell, shown at left, found a table base at designer Steve McKenzie’s former shop and had a durable top made out of Silestone, typically used for kitchen countertops. Traditional wooden chairs from Amanda’s family were recovered and add a cozy vibe.

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Interior designer Elle Cantrell was given free rein to transform the space into an up-to-date family home with plenty of storage and practical space-planning, which now includes built-ins, custom bunk-beds, and other smart ideas. The family sold their more traditional furniture to start new with furnishings, light fixtures, and art more befitting the space—although they kept some sentimental favorites.

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A glass dining table by B Pila Design has an alter ego as a Ping-Pong table, which makes the room a favorite gathering place. Striking art by Charles R. Kiss picks up the lively tones of the space.

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The bar area includes a mirrored backsplash and custom storage cabinets.

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“We definitely splurged on light fixtures as another form of art,” says the homeowner. The master bath is lit by Kelly Wearstler’s Halcyon sconce.

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“My favorite part of the master bedroom is the wallpaper,” says Amanda, who likes the 3D effect of the handpainted grid. Art from Gregg Irby Gallery hangs over the long platform bed, which is flanked by cool sconces from the British CTO Lighting.

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“Amanda told me she wanted the condo to be urban and luxe and sexy—but practical for their family,” recalls Cantrell. The sophisticated living room features performance fabrics on every chair, sofa, and bench, so that even tomato sauce or red wine spills can be easily cleaned up (which Amanda tested on some swatches). The large dining area doubles as a game room. Amanda found a glass dining table with a removable net and acrylic top that cleverly converts from a mealtime spot to a competitive Ping-Pong setting in a moment. “When we have people over for dinner, everyone can’t wait to clear the table and switch to games,” Amanda says, who admits that “champagne pong” is a favorite pastime with her 30-something friends.

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Because the children’s bathroom is also the powder room, it gets a dose of glam via the navy wallpaper, which is kid-friendly because it’s vinyl. The deep color was the starting point for a dark-blue motif throughout the house.

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Custom bunk-beds for Mina and Adreain have built-in LED lights and a ladder made from plumbing materials.

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Midtown condo
A third bedroom now serves as a playroom for Mina and Adreain; one day, it will allow them to have separate bedrooms.

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Amanda’s parents were the most skeptical of the family’s radical lifestyle change, but Amanda got the last laugh. Her parents just sold their Buckhead house and rented a condo in the same building.

This article appears in our Fall 2018 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

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