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Any Atlanta garden enthusiast worth their weight in soil knows about Ryan Gainey. Gainey died in a house fire on his farm in Lexington in 2016, not long after filmmakers Steve Bransford and Cooper Sanchez completed shooting a documentary about his life. The film, The Well-Placed Weed: The Bountiful Life of Ryan Gainey, premieres May 17 at the Plaza Theatre.
Designer John Oetgen has a philosophical reason for loving this unconventional home: “It’s not a typical Atlanta or Southern home,” says Oetgen, who has been one of House Beautiful’s 100 Most Influential Designers in America since 1995. The postmodern house—featuring a mix of old and new styles from Palladian to contemporary—was built in 1990, designed by the late architect Roy Frangiamore, who worked on projects like the Center for Puppetry Arts and One Georgia Center.