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Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top) Cablik Enterprises, LLC, photography by Galina Coada; Renewal Design-Build, photography by Jeff Herr Photography; Cruickshank Remodeling.

The Modern Movement 7 Cutting-Edge Kitchens & Baths Plus, save the date for the 2017 MA! Architecture Tour June 10-11

60 Extraordinary Exteriors

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contents Photos courtesy of (clockwise from top left) Room & Board; Wade Works Creative, LLC.; Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes, photography by Craig Bromley.

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18 make it yours

10 president/ founder's letter

13 find it local

21 in its place

Welcome to our new editor

Places to go for products you'll love

17 ahhh…

Dining room décor to duplicate

Organize your garage with these trusty tools

23 the right fix

Get cozy with a sheepskin covering

24 unique spaces

HGTV's Chip Wade creates a backyard tree house for kids and adults alike

77 inside out

Elevate your outdoor living experience

Have a problem? We provide solutions for your home

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FROM THE PRESIDENT/FOUNDER

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With that in mind, we are honored to have Laura J. Downey join our team as managing editor. She brings with her more than 15 years of editorial experience (including PEOPLE magazine and Forbes Travel Guide) to My Home Improvement as well as our other Atlanta Best Media publications. Her sharp skill set enables her to carefully curate and edit the pages in this magazine. She (Clockwise from top left) Sherri Adair, president/founder; Laura J. Downey, managing editor; also oversees our editorial team and Patti Stephens, publisher; David Leonard, associate publisher; Dona Halliday, art director. ensures that the magazine’s mission is upheld and all of its moving parts are operating like a well-oiled machine. “I’m very excited to be a part of such a dynamic team," says Laura J. Downey. “Under Sherri’s leadership, the brand has grown tremendously. This is just the beginning for My Home Improvement. Homeowners can trust us with valuable information that’s easy to understand, is elevated, and suited for whatever stage of life you’re in,” Downey says. “Be open to change and let’s have some fun, Atlanta.” As a staple in the community for nearly 20 years, our team is here to meet your needs. And while we've made some changes, our core management team, which includes Patti, David and Dona, is still here to take care of you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff with questions, feedback and more. To learn more about us, go to: AtlantaHomeImprovement.com, AtlantaHomeImprovement.com follow us on (@MyHomeImprovement) and (@ATLHomeImprove).

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We’re excited about showcasing the second issue of My Home Improvement magazine for a variety of reasons. Our modified name (formerly Atlanta Home Improvement), refreshed look and editorial purpose is stronger than ever as we aim to provide you with ideas and resources to inspire you to create the best home for you, defined by you. You’re going to love our features on The Modern Movement (p. 26) and Extraordinary Exteriors (p. 60).

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Photos courtesy of (top left) PlayNation Play Systems, Inc.; (middle top) Outrageous Interiors, photography by Lucy Williams Photograpy; (bottom left) Soggy Doggy Productions, LLC.

Bring the park to you with a playset from PlayNation of Georgia®. Their

Events MAY 11 Welcome back Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Cocktails in the Garden series. The Spiked theme for May glorifies thorny cacti and more. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE., Atlanta. AtlantaBG.org

Royal Palace Space Saver Swing Set brings fun to the backyard. PlayNationOfGeorgia.com

MAY 13-14 Browse local art and educate yourself about the need for arts at Barefoot in the Park. 2200 Buford Hwy. NE., Buford. BarefootInThePark.org

Now that it’s grilling season, on June 26, watch as Chef Jamie Adams teaches you

how to step up your grill game. One hundred percent of the $60 cost of this class, which features smoked trout bruschetta, grilled garlic and rosemary pork ribs, and peach napoleon with pecan butter cookies, will go to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Visit The Cook's Warehouse in Midtown. 1544 Piedmont Ave. NE., Atlanta. ACFB.org/Simple-Abundance Tired of muddy paws tracking grass into your home? Turn

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In need of redecorating your home? Consult the designers at Outrageous Interiors for complimentary advice on how to create a cohesive and chic look for your home. For a fee, the experts will transform your space from drab to fab! OutrageousInteriors.com

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Take mom on a self-guided tour of A Southern Trilogy’s Bulloch Hall, Barrington Hall, and Smith Plantation. These historic house museums will provide design inspiration. SouthernTrilogy.com

MAY 20-21 Kirkwood’s 15th annual Tour of Homes promises to deliver diverse design inspiration. All proceeds from the $20 tickets go to the Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization. KirkwoodFling.com/Tour-Of-Homes

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alternative to the traditional doormat. These superabsorbent mats use a microfiber chenille blend to capture more dirt and water than ever before! Pick one up at Highland Pet Supply. 1186 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. SoggyDoggyDoormat.com

Local and national jazz artists such as Freddy Cole show off their skills at the soul-filled Atlanta Jazz

Festival at Piedmont Park. Enjoy a fun evening out under the stars. 400 Park Dr. NE., Atlanta. AtlantaFestivals.com

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JUNE 1-4

The answer to your vino storage needs has been met thanks to True Residential’s 30-inch Wine Column. Available in July, expect full-extension smooth-glide racks and TruLumina® LED lighting. Howard Payne Company 3600 American Dr., Atlanta. HowardPayne.com

Cook your steaks, fish and poultry to perfection with the Sansaire Sous Vide Machine. The brand is the first to bring a professional-grade apparatus like this to home kitchens. Place your food into the BPA-free reusable plastic bag and then into the water for low, slow and safe cooking. At-home chefs will love its easy to use controls and straightforward temperature display. WilliamsSonoma.com

Want to cook your thick-crust pizza at about 500 degrees in just five minutes? Turn to Pizza-Porta, which adds an oven door to your Big Green Egg or Kamado Joe grill. Conceived and designed by Brookhaven resident, Cortlandt Minnich, you can monitor and control the pizza temperature and not worry about the inconsistency that comes with opening the dome each time you want to check on the cheese-covered dough. Roswell Hardware 685 Atlanta St., Roswell. Pizza-Porta.com

Taste delicious fare at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, which honors cuisine from Texas to Washington, D.C. Increase your food and wine knowledge through expert-led interactive experiences. ATLFoodAndWineFestival.com

JUNE 10 See the blues, greens, and all colors in between at the 23rd annual American Hydrangea Society’s Garden Tour. Walk through the gardens of local homeowners and learn tips and tricks to grow your own happy hydrangeas. AmericanHydrangeaSociety.org

June 10-11 See all things new, exciting and different in modern architecture inside real Atlanta homes at the

MA! Architecture Tour. All shapes and sizes come alive with clean design (think glass and natural light) that will leave you inspired. MA-DesignIsHuman.com

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➎ Chairs: Eliane Collection's Flax dining chairs resemble the ones seen here. Pier1.com

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This project was designed by homeowner Mande Harris.

Photo courtesy of Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes, photography by Craig Bromley.

Mande Harris • Has lived in this 102-year-old Virginia-Highland home for two years. • A fan of antiques, she handselected each item in her 500-square-foot dining room. • “I have an eye for space planning," Mande says. "I love unique pieces that are made from real materials like authentic woods."

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Whether your garage is a haven for household supplies, the center for all things sports, or just a catchall, these organization tools will transform it. Utilize walls to open up floor space while creating an organization system that is easy to manage.

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The problem: The fix: Purchase a roll of mesh screen material in the width of your door at a hardware store along with a spline roller (this is very inexpensive and worth every penny). Remove the strip of rubber spline that attaches the screen to the frame and discard the torn screen. Cut a new piece of screen that is at least two inches larger than the doorframe on every side. Lay the new piece of screen over the frame and, use the spline roller to push the spline into the frame’s groove, keeping the screen material flat as you go. When the screen is attached, use a sharp knife to cut away the excess screen on the groove’s edge. And tell Fido to knock next time.

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I installed a water softener in my home (which I loved), but didn’t realize that the sodium in softened water is harmful to houseplants. I killed every one of mine before I realized what was happening!

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taking playtime vertical In Georgia, where tree house worthy trees are everywhere, the fantasy of owning a tree house can become a reality, like it did for this Druid Hills family. This project, though, has a unique spin—the homeowners envisioned a tree house that truly was fun for the whole family. They approached designer and builder Chip Wade, host of HGTV’s “Elbow Room,” to make it a reality. “They wanted to entertain guests in a space people of any age could enjoy,” Chip explains. “In fact, my team scheduled an extra day on set when we were finished so we could play in the tree house, too!” The house has two roofed structures, one serves as the main playhouse for the family’s three young daughters and one houses a zip line for the older crowd. Guardrails were fashioned from reclaimed wood and corrugated acrylic panels. There are multiple entry points to the structure and slides to take you from the third floor down to the main patio. Mini-trampolines

we love unique solutions! This backyard play area has something for every age—young or not-so-young— with a three-story tree house and zip line. were installed into one of the decks for added fun. Local carpenter and sculptor Mark Wentz was enlisted to create the details on the whimsical front door. Other materials were purchased from Superior Recreational Products. “A lot of research went into this project,” Chip says. “You have to plan for a tree to continue to grow and for the structure to stay a safe place for kids to play when it does. Preliminary criteria should include finding hardwood trees that are at least 16 inches in diameter, are fairly straight and don't have any signs of disease or decay.”

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1.5 ounces of sweet almond oil 2 ounces sea salt 1 ounce organic cane sugar 25 drops grapefruit essential oil 6 drops lavender essential oil • 10 drops lime essential oil • 14 drops sweet orange essential oil Mix dry ingredients, then add oil, stir to combine essential oils and blend again. Pour into 4-ounce jar.

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The Lineup: Chic, Clean and Captivating Cablik Enterprises “This empty-nester couple wanted their bathroom to have a spa-like feel—a serene oasis,” says builder Alan Cablik of Cablik Enterprises. The room’s design features are extremely dramatic, but they are also very simple. The horizontal slats of the shower’s back wall are softly lit and its glass walls don’t block the view out the window. And the “floating” teak vanity is as eye-catching as it is functional. Cablik Enterprises | CablikEnteprises.com

Photo courtesy of Cablik Enterprises, LLC, photography by Galina Coada.

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UPLIFTING BODY OIL Put on this delightful combination of coriander and grapefruit oil from Anna Apotheca for a deliciously bright and fresh aroma. Apply after exfoliating while the skin is still slightly damp. • 40 drops coriander essential oil • 45 drops pink grapefruit essential oil • 2 ounces jojoba oil

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Pour 1 ounce jojoba into 2-ounce bottle, add essential oils, top with remaining 1 ounce of jojoba oil. Mix well by rolling bottle between both palms.

A Regal Retreat PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Creating a cozy feel in a bathroom with a vaulted ceiling is no easy feat. The cathedral windows are the secret here―lending the room an airy feel with a view of the Sandy Springs forest outside. The colors in the light-hued marble floor are repeated in the gray and white paint and chrome fixture choices. Using marble for the wall treatment creates a throne-like area for the freestanding tub. PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting | RelyOnPDI.com Housing Trends, Inc. | HousingTrendsInc.com (Designer: Richard “Dick” Clegg) A Classical Studio for Residential Architecture (Architect: David Grace) | ACSFRA.com Bell Kitchen & Bath Studios | BellCabinets.com Atlanta Stone Creations | AtlantaStoneCreations.com

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Stress-Free Sanctuary Southland Development Services Eric Koehler of Southland Development Services recalls the motivation behind this Peachtree Corners bathroom remodel: “This young couple desired a retreat off the master bedroom to escape the stress of a long day. The MTI freestanding tub with air jets, the walk-in shower with an Infinity Drain and the room’s heated floors were key features that accomplished that goal.” Southland Development Services | SouthlandDevelopmentServices.com

CALMING ROSE SANDALWOOD FACIAL MIST Photos courtesy of Southland Development Services, photography by Mary Powell Photography.

This moisturizing facial spritz from Anna Apotheca should be applied to your face after cleansing and before moisturizing. Spray your skin before going to bed for a refreshing feeling. • 1 ounce rose hydrosol • 1/2 ounce neroli hydrosol • 1 ounce sandalwood hydrosol Pour in a 2.5- or 3-ounce fine spray bottle. Mix well by shaking.

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Bring the family together in a modern space that welcomes natural light, showcases uncluttered surfaces and features simple furnishings that standout in a substantial way. The Atlanta kitchens we’ve highlighted here do that and so much more.

Rustic Meets Modern

Totally Dependable Contracting Services, LLC Now that the kids have left, these Sandy Springs homeowners wanted to make changes to their kitchen and living areas to improve the flow of traffic and to add storage. They splurged on a Sub-Zero fridge, Bosch dishwasher, Wolf range, UltraCraft cabinets and Dacor ovens to create the kitchen of their dreams. Design elements like the reclaimed barn door, fireplace mantle and Georgia Harvest table add a rustic counterpoint to the ultra-modern fixtures.

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STYLE IT It’s all in the presentation, darling. Use a white square plate to display your salmon and spinach dish. Make it modern by adding a sprig of thyme atop the fish and by putting the greens in a cylinder-shaped food mold for a more refined look.

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Open and Opulent Floor Plan Renewal Design-Build The homeowners here started with a kitchen that was isolated from the other living areas of their house. This remodel brought the kitchen into the home’s center to create an elegant great room, perfect for entertaining. The large island, with a honed white Carrara marble countertop, allows for ample workspace and reflects light into the room. The quirky paneled glass light fixtures above it draw the eye upward, creating a spacious quality the couple was after.

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SHOW IT OFF Instead of putting a messy pile of rice on a plate, give your guests a show. Coat a bowl with oil and pack the vegetable rice inside. Then, flip over and … voilà! Incorporate modern characteristics (clean, simple) to your meal. The peppers on top give it just the pop the dish needs.

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Fab and Functional Dove Studio Kitchen & Bath “The homeowner is heavily into the culinary industry and her existing kitchen was so dysfunctional. So the pressure was on to make this a true chef’s kitchen as well as a place for her family to gather,” designer Stephanie Elder explains. “The weathered wood of the island and smoky gray tile backsplash set off the high-gloss cabinets perfectly.”

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SIMPLIFY IT Get guests giddy with small appetizing bites of bruschetta. Serve a toasted baguette (go for garlic!) with mozzarella, basil, cherry tomatoes, and olive oil. The simplicity of the dish puts a modern twist to the tasty toast.

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Refreshing Residential Revival “The goal in this kitchen was to integrate the design elements into the overall space—so the appliances feel built in rather than just placed against the walls,” explains architect Brian Bell of BLDGS. The kitchen, which is featured in the 2017 MA! Architecture Tour, includes custom steel elements, like the doors seen below, throughout the project. The design also makes excellent use of the natural light pouring in from huge unadorned windows. BLDGS Architects | BLDGS.org Dixie Modern | 404-423-5230 Founders Kitchen & Bath, Inc. | FKBGa.com Crowe Custom Countertops | CroweCounter.com

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SPECIAL SECTION | BEST FOR YOUR NEW NEST FLOORING: CARPET hen moving into a new home, one of the first things a homeowner changes is the flooring. For classic floors with a softer feel, carpeting is the way to go. Turn to the professionals at Southern Classic Floors & More to help you select the perfect carpeting to fit your needs. With more than 30 years of experience, our installers ensure that your carpet will be installed to your satisfaction. Choosing carpeting for the various rooms in your home can be overwhelming, but that’s where our expertise and experience come in handy. We assess your lifestyle—whether you have young children, pets, or an elderly adult moving in— we help you choose the best carpeting for your residence.

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SPECIAL SECTION | BEST FOR YOUR NEW NEST LIGHTING hen moving into a new house or choosing to renovate your existing one, personal touches are what transform a house into a home. Enter Masterpiece Lighting & Home. The company, which serves as the best source for traditional and contemporary LED lighting and controls, has more than 50 years of experience with helping homeowners choose the right lighting options for their residence. Imagine your ideal master bedroom oasis. Does it have a reading nook, entertainment area or is it simply a space to sleep? No matter what features you wish to illuminate in your room, Masterpiece Lighting has the right products and tips to turn your daydream into a reality.

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Knowing which doors provide the best return on investment will make selling time more profitable. According to the Remodeling 2017 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com), the entry door provides one of the highest cost-values at 90.7% for the 20-gauge steel or 77.8% for fiberglass compared to 70% for basement remodeling and 64.8% for bathroom remodeling. Before running to a chain store, check out Davis Window & Door. We offer a host of styles, accessories, glass options, hardware, and stain or paint finishes. A new entry door is not purchased often so doing your research will provide you with something to enjoy for years. It will also provide incredible curb appeal when the time comes to sell.

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he Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home décor and building supplies to the public at bargain prices. Inventory at the ReStore comes from both residential and corporate donors. Paula Burchett, owner of Design to Sell Atlanta, has been shopping and donating to the Habitat ReStore in Smyrna since it opened over a year ago. Paula says, “I love finding unique and unconventional ways to make our service affordable, and ReStore has been one of our top resources for helping our clients save.”

We are a nonprofit home improvement and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home décor and building supplies to the public at bargain prices. …The funds raised at ReStore helps support Habitat’s work of building homes and hope here in our community and around the world. The funds raised at ReStore helps support Habitat’s work of building homes and hope here in our community and around the world. Donations keep reusable products out of landfills across our cities and helps Habitat’s partner families build strength, stability and self-reliance. Many of our generous donors are so excited when they learn their donation has changed the life of a family over several generations. We have 5 ReStores located in Lawrenceville, Roswell, Doraville, Smyrna, and McDonough. You can make a donation by calling our hotline at 770-962-4200 to schedule your free pickup or contribute online at surburbanatlantarestores.org/donate.

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o you want to improve the curb appeal of your new home? Is it time to update the front door, paint the exterior, or clean up the landscape? A big part of your home’s exterior value can be attributed to having an updated overhead door. As a well-established garage door company, with many awards and certifications to our name, Overhead Door of Atlanta can provide you with any overhead door you might need—from carriagestyle, custom wood, patio, French doors and more. We also offer accessories and furnishings, too.

Not sure what type of overhead door is right for your new home? Let us guide you through the process with a free in-home estimate where you can discuss the many styles, options, features, and benefits of a new overhead door. Not sure what type of overhead door is right for your new home? Our staff is available to guide you through the process with a free in-home estimate where you can discuss the many styles, options, features, and benefits of a new overhead door. With more than 80 years of experience and hundreds of the most common parts and accessories in stock, we don’t just install new overhead doors, we service them as well. Rest assured that you can reach a live person 24 hours a day, seven days a week when you call 404-872-3667. Contact Overhead Door of Atlanta today to schedule your estimate.

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Extraordinary Exteriors 7 Atlanta homes receive a face-lift worth flaunting By Stacy Moser

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or those who aspire to elevate their home’s curb appeal, here’s a healthy dose of inspiration. We’ve scoured Atlanta neighborhoods for dramatic before-and-after transformations that just might whet your appetite and get you started. The first step? Identify the problem. Ask yourself what is standing between you and an appealing entrance to your home (front or back). Start small with some simple DIY touches or engage the assistance of a design professional, like these homeowners did, to completely transform the look of your residence. Either way, a few well-informed decisions about the outside appearance of your digs can take it from expected … to extraordinary!

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Cruickshank Remodeling | CruickshankRemodeling.com This elegant remodel required rethinking the Sandy Springs home’s entire entrance. Remodeler Bradley Cruickshank recalls, “This home’s porte cochere was an eyesore. It leaked and was out of scale with the home. We wanted to welcome people— not cars.” An inviting covered porch with striking white wood detailing and dramatic black trim was the solution. The winding stone path from the front door allows room for colorful plantings to enhance the home’s curb appeal.

Photos courtesy of Cruickshank Remodeling.

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Photos courtesy of Painting Plus, Inc.; photography by Charlie Dallavalle.

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Charlie Dallavalle of Painting Plus explains, “The goal for this remodel in East Cobb was to get rid of the stucco. And we wanted to create a nice flow between the foyer and the new porch.” He used stone detailing in the column bottoms and the new stairs to tie in with the home’s existing stone wall. Cedar columns add an organic touch to the spacious porch and new black gutters define the roofline.

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Renewal Design-Build | RenewalDesignBuild.com The young owners of this 1940s Morningside–Lenox Park home decided to add a second story to accommodate their growing family. Peter Michelson of Renewal Design-Build says, “We chose to start with a fresh, gray and white color palette so that the red front door would really pop.” The new peaked roofline allowed space for a large window to match the existing living room window below it.

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Before and after photos courtesy of Renewal Design-Build; after photography by Jeff Herr Photography.

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Photo courtesy of Carl Mattison, photography by Josh Vick; Home Tour America.

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This 1909 Grant Park home’s stunning transformation was masterminded by designer Carl Mattison. “We wanted to be faithful to the original design details,” he says. “I found the front door at a salvage yard and even found a doorbell made in the 1900s.” The door’s teal paint is Mattison’s twist on a traditional “Haint” color. “A front door is like a beautiful woman’s necklace— it should be the first thing you notice,” he explains.

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“This house in Alpharetta was dated, inside and out,” says Rosa Santiago Zimmerman of RSZ Interiors. “The homeowners needed help with colors and textures to make the house look and feel cohesive.” She chose a warm brown finish for details like the shutters, columns and trim to create a bold contrast with the existing brick. New carriage-style doors for the garage and wrought-iron rails to enclose the porch add a cozy touch.

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These Marietta homeowners wanted to upgrade the exterior of their home to downplay the sloping mansard roofline. The design solution was to rebuild the existing dormers and their shutters into new, more visually appealing shapes. The architect also added a large window in the foyer to maximize natural light. The heavy cedar timbers and copper gutters and downspouts add interest to the new covered porch.

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This backyard remodel took a very utilitarian balcony and deck to a whole new level. A new stone retaining wall to the side of the house, which is located in Canton, allowed a staircase to transition from the balcony to a garden area and then down to the lower patio. The home’s roofline and balcony were extended to create a screened-in porch, an upper-deck dining area, a covered entertaining space below the balcony and a roomy pool deck.

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Getting To Know Your Carpet Enhance Floors outlines the basics of carpeting for everyday homeowners What are the different types of fiber used in carpet today? • Wool is considered the premier fiber in carpet construction, but its price is out of reach for the average consumer. It is soft, has excellent resilience and durability, and is the most environmentally friendly fiber used in carpet manufacturing. • Nylon is the most commonly used fiber for carpet in the industry and is historically regarded as the most durable synthetic fiber. Brand names include Stainmaster, WearDated, and Anso. Nylon offers excellent comfort as well as vibrant colors. Nylons are not inherently stain resistant but they are treated for improved stain resistance. • Triexta, made by DuPont, offers the wear advantages of nylon but is more stain resistant. Triexta, also known as SmartStrand Forever Clean, Sorona, and Silk, offers built-in lifetime stain and soil resistance that does not wash or wear off, and is easy to clean with just water. Many of the softest carpets available today are made of Triexta fiber. • Polyester is considered the “value fiber” and is naturally stain and fade resistant. Polyester styles are good choices for low-to-medium traffic settings such as bedrooms. Thanks to new technology, today’s polyester has been greatly improved from the polyester you may remember from the 1970s. • Olefin, also known as polypropylene, is the most stain-resistant fiber and is primarily available in Berber and commercial carpets. Polyester and olefin tend to be less costly than nylon and Triexta.

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Which fiber wears the best? After wool, nylon is traditionally cited as the most durable fiber. Triexta is also proving to perform as well as nylon. More important than the specific fiber is the construction of the carpet. Look for cut-pile carpets that are tightly twisted and dense (fibers very close together). Be aware that no entry-level (“builders grade”) carpet will perform well long term, regardless of fiber content. Which is the most stain resistant? Solution-dyed nylon, Triexta, and solution-dyed polyester fibers can be cleaned very aggressively without damage to the carpet. Some products even offer stain warranties on mustard, bleach, red wine, Kool-Aid, and pet accidents—items that are normally excluded from most warranty coverages. Also, carpets with color flecks help to hide stains and dirt.

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