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Highlands, North Carolina, is well-known among Atlantans for its rustic mountain houses, but it was a modest office building that caught Laird Memory’s eye as a potential second home. The low-slung former ranger station and law office had ugly interiors, but that didn’t deter Laird and her husband, Matt Bunting, from transforming the building into their dream mountain getaway.
New homeowners of the heavily wooded 2.5 acres in Buckhead’s tony Tuxedo Park razed the 1971 residence to its original foundation. Harrison Design Modern Studio Director Robert Tretsch conceptualized a new house on the same footprint, which gently meanders toward the creek. An anomaly for the 21st century, this rambling layout has the effect of making the residence appear much more humble than its nearly 14,000 square feet—at least when viewed from the street.
The site was once owned by Joseph Mitchell, the last living heir to Gone With the Wind scribe Margaret Mitchell. Upon his death, he donated it to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. The church spent two years scrapping the existing house and building a residential-style events space for its prelate archbishop. However, a front-page story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about plans for the $2.2 million residence helped touch off sharp criticism from parishioners.
This interior design couple never stopped dreaming about Chattahoochee Hills. “One of our weekend pastimes was checking out Serenbe real estate online,” admits Meghan Sharp. Seeing this house for sale helped set them on a course back to Georgia, inspiring them to return and start their own business.
Luxurious decor and bath products from Kohler, Anthropologie, Ona Atlanta, Waterworks, and more
A simple oil painting provided unlikely inspiration for this kitchen redo in Roswell. “It was an old piece of art that I just had to have in the room,” says homeowner and interior designer Anisa Darnell.
Butterfly chairs come in eight faux furs, from mink to Mongolian lamb. The Devyn Tufted Tête-à-Tête bed has upholstered head- and footboards for gab fests.
Add some fun to your patio or game room with these ping pong tables from Restoration Hardware, Venture Shuffleboard, and Dick's Sporting Goods.
Rebecca Puig perfects her paintings over time, adding layers and revising along the way. She takes a similar approach to decorating her family’s East Cobb home. “Being an artist gives me the knowledge that you have to experiment with a room until it feels right,” says Puig. “A good painting and a good room don’t have to be perfect, but they should have interesting patinas to express who you are.”
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