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A Decatur cottage’s dramatic makeover

Don’t let the front of this Decatur cottage deceive you. Inside, streamlined spaces accented with rich colors and imaginative details create a sophistication that belies the modest exterior. “This was definitely an example of making lemonade out of lemons,” says architect/designer Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson of TerraCotta Properties.

Independent Distillery brings corn whiskey to Decatur

Michael Anderson, co-founder of recently opened Independent Distillery, has joined the ranks of beer brewers and spirit makers who dare to navigate the maze of laws, in order to launch a distillery. Why go through such pain? Because the man is a fan of whiskey.

Global Village Project

With girls under siege in many countries, it’s not surprising that some refugee girls come to America with gaps in learning—and limited literacy even in their own languages.

Science of Fun

Instead of dance or music, Science of Fun offers STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) afternoon programs and summer camps to kids as young as five.

Colordrunk: Designer Jenna Buck Gross never met a hue she didn’t like

The 1980s-era house Jenna Buck Gross and her husband, Caleb, purchased in Decatur didn’t quite have the architectural charm of older bungalows on the street, so they gave it a two-part makeover: First, tear down some walls, add molding, and redo the floors and kitchen; then make the whole house come alive with color.

Dream weavers: Antique looms change lives at a Decatur nonprofit

By his mid-teens, Fred Brown had fallen into a cycle of crime, jail, release, repeat. He credits his young son with finally breaking the pattern. But he praises—of all things—a wooden antique loom as the key to keeping him on track.

Atlanta’s deluge of deluxe apartments

Across Atlanta, large apartment projects are sprouting like residential chanterelles, which builders hope signals a postrecession paradigm shift—even a renaissance—in the city’s core neighborhoods.

Kimball House

Kimball House, Decatur’s buzziest new restaurant, doesn’t take reservations. In most places, such a policy leads to a wait about as pleasurable as the midnight drive-through line at Zesto’s.

Inside the box: Training to climb a mountain

When I was done, about 45 minutes after the whole virtual climb began, Johnson brought me over to his desk and pulled out the gym's pièce de résistance: something called an 'Elevation Mask.'

Bespoke Style at Decatur’s Houndstooth Road

Jae Schmidt was looking for a more sophisticated way to pedal to his administration job at Emory’s medical school when he discovered the English bicycle brand Pashley. He eyed its solid, hand-built frames and curvy silhouettes and knew he’d found The One.

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