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Modern design is gaining ground with Atlanta homeowners. I am seeing sleek, contemporary kitchen and bath remodels pop up in otherwise traditionalstyle homes. And other spaces are being given a modern twist with simpler, pared-down furnishings and open, airy floor plans. If you’re considering a remodel or are just a modern design buff, June is the perfect time to explore Atlanta’s modern design scene. Modern Atlanta (MA), a local organization that promotes modern design in Atlanta, hosts its annual design week, “Design Is Human”, June 1-9. The weeklong celebration includes a tour of modern Atlanta homes as well as talks, exhibitions and more at various locations around town. Flip over to our Modern Design Special Section for more about the event and a look at modern Atlanta homes and furnishings. How’s the view from your home looking these days? Windows and doors can make a dramatic impact on your living space. From adding curb appeal to maximizing views of your backyard to boosting energy efficiency, windows and doors play a major role and make a great remodeling project. Get all the best tips and latest trends for buying or replacing your windows and doors in this issue. Few homeowners have time to care for and maintain their landscapes these days. Luckily, a little planning can go a long way in creating a low-maintenance landscape that will look great and not be a hassle to keep up. This month, we offer strategies and suggestions for decreasing lawn and landscape maintenance with tips from local professionals who can help you save time and money. Heed their expert advice, and say bye, bye to those pesky problems that can crop up.

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Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest Southeast Region Winners Announced Four area kitchen designers recently were recognized for the projects they entered in the 2010-2012 Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest. Atlanta designers Barbara Westbrook, of Westbrook Interiors, www. westbrookinteriors.com, and Roger DeWeese, of Peachtree Architects, www.peachtreearchitects.com both were named Southeast region winners and advanced to the national competition. The company also named Cyndy Cantley, of Birmingham, Ala.-based Cantley & Company, Inc., second runner up, and John Coulter, of the Atlanta Poggenpohl showroom, www.atlanta.poggenpohl.com, third runner up. The contest showcases the best use of Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances in the kitchen. The award ceremony was held at the new Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom in Atlanta and included remarks from contest judge and local kitchen design expert Matthew Quinn. Visit www.subzero-wolf.com for more information.

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homefront Spring Atlanta Home Show Draws Tens of Thousands of Atlanta Area Homeowners Organizers of the 35th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show, held March 22-24, 2013, at Cobb Galleria Centre, are calling the event a great success. “What an exciting three days with nearly 400 Georgia companies actively engaging in business with tens of thousands of homeowners,” says Michael Schoppenhorst, show director. “It was our most highly attended Spring Atlanta Home Show ever at the Cobb Galleria. This much activity reaffirms our belief that homeowners are ready to invest in their homes through a variety of home improvement projects.”

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In addition to the opportunity to shop a variety of home improvement companies in one place, attendees enjoyed guest speakers, product demonstrations, giveaways and more. Jason and Jeff, of Atlanta, won lunch and a review of their remodeling plans with show headliner Jeff Devlin, a licensed contractor and the host of DIY Network’s “I Hate My Bath” and “Good, Better… Best”. In addition, Jesus I., of Douglasville, won the show’s Grand Prize drawing for a kitchen from IKEA. The Fall Atlanta Home Show will be held Oct. 4-6, 2013, at Cobb Galleria Centre. For more information, visit www.atlantahomeshow.com.

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Drexler Shower Door & Custom Glass Opens Revamped Showroom After undergoing a renovation, Drexler Shower Door & Custom Glass has debuted its updated showroom at 1452 Northside Drive in Atlanta. The showroom features full-size vignettes displaying the latest shower enclosure designs, a large selection of shower glass and a selection of shower doorknobs, pulls and accessories. “We are doing some amazing things with glass these days!” says owner David Drexler. “From glass stair treads to colored glass backsplashes, we are seeing glass applications play a more central role in some very exciting residential designs. There are literally hundreds of patterns and colors of glass and mirror to choose from. We wanted our showroom to provide an organized, contextual way of showing designers and homeowners what is actually being done with glass. For example, our cabinet glass display lets you see what a cup or bowl would look like through each pattern. And that’s just the beginning!” Visit www. drexlershowerdoor.com for more information.

More than 180 companies, including several from Georgia, have joined the national “We Build American” initiative launched by 84 Lumber at this year’s International Builders Show. “This initiative is designed to spread the word that you can build homes with approximately 95% American-made materials and products, have a higher quality home and maintain and create American jobs – all with little impact on overall building costs,” says Maggie Hardy Magerko, president and owner of 84 Lumber. The Georgia companies that have signed on include Quikrete, Moulding and Millwork TLC, Shaw Industries, Inc., Simmons Manufacturing, Beadles Lumber, Tolleson Lumber Company, GeorgiaPacific Building Products, Rayonier and Anthony Forest Products. For more information on the “We Build American” initiative, vendors who are participating and builders’ experiences using American-made products, visit www.webuildamerican.com.

Goulding Design Group Now Fern Valley Landscapes & Interiors Goulding Design Group, with offices in Macon and Atlanta, is changing its name to Fern Valley Landscapes & Interiors. The new name better reflects the broader list of services that the company now offers, including landscape design, interior design, landscape installation and landscape consulting services. These services are available for commercial and residential clients. Visit www.fernvalley. com for more information. Editorial Resources begin on page 69.

WHAT’S HAPPENING This Month Now – Sun., June 30 “Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation” Exhibition Hours vary Museum of Design Atlanta 1315 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA (404) 979-6455 www.museumofdesign.org

Sat., June 1 – Sun., June 2 Woodstock Market & Show 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun. 5500 Bells Ferry Road Acworth, GA (770) 517-7771 www. woodstockmarketshow.com

Sat., June 1 Roswell Woman’s Club Rockin’ Roswell CHAIRity Event 7 – 11 p.m. Nalley Toyota of Roswell 11130 Alpharetta Highway Roswell, GA (770) 594-8696 www.roswellwomansclub. org

Sat., June 1 – Sun., June 9 Modern Atlanta’s “Design Is Human” Week Hours and locations vary www.modern-atlanta.org Thurs., June 6 – Sun., June 9 Scott Antique Market 12:45 p.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun.

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DOORS Architecture—indoors or out—plays a critical role in the style of your home. Doors are a part of that architecture and should reflect a style that’s cohesive with the rest of the home.

Exterior entry In the past decade, the major advancement in exterior entry doors has been with fiberglass, a material that allows for both beauty and efficiency. Fiberglass is a moldable product, and most doors made of this material reflect the look of solid wood, which is the aesthetic material of choice for most homeowners. Fortunately, fiberglass is not as high-maintenance as wood and is much more energy efficient—one of the most energy-efficient doors available on the market today, says Derek Fielding, senior product manager for Therma-Tru Corp., www.thermatru.com. “Compared to a solid wood door, a fiberglass door has four times more energy-efficient value. And, even with the addition of decorative glass, Therma-Tru doors retain their Energy Star rating due to the triplepane construction of the glass panels.” “Homeowners nationwide find that fiberglass doors add tremendously to the curb appeal and aesthetics of a home. Installation of a new entry door also helps enhance the overall value of the home,” Fielding says.

Sliding interior doors Whereas exterior entry doors are a popular consideration of homeowners, interior doors are often overlooked or purchased only out of necessity. This may change soon thanks to the versatility and growing popularity of sliding interior doors—an option that can turn one room into two with a simple push. “American families’ lifestyles often change, whether it’s a life change such as a teen going off to college or just a day-to-day change like wanting an open kitchen for a special party,” says Steve Johnson, vice president of L.E. Johnson Products, the maker of Johnson Hardware, which offers sliding, bi-fold and wall-mount door applications. “Demand is growing for homes that are more flexible and easier to adapt to changing space needs.”

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The latest hardware technology, capable of moving multiple 400-pound panels, turn sliding interior doors into movable walls that can be used as space dividers. “Sliding panels of wood, metal, glass or fabric are becoming popular design tools for multiuse spaces,” Johnson says. For example, in a finished basement, sliding panels are an easy, versatile alternative to fixed walls. Panels can be used to open a basement rec room for parties, or they can create privacy and division when the room is being used for two different purposes at once—such as a home office for parents and a play area for children. “This modern track technology—and new thinking about how to use movable walls— can help a family ensure they don’t outgrow their floor plan as their lifestyle needs change,” Johnson says.

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Replacement windows Replacing windows is often seen as a costly and intimidating project, but if you choose energy-efficient products (look for the Energy Star logo), you should see a drop in your energy bills. And don’t let the season be your excuse to postpone a window-replacement project— windows can be replaced in cold or hot weather. According to research by Simonton Windows, www.simonton. com, the average time a window space is “open” during a replacement job is just 8-10 minutes. So with the excuses aside, it’s time to start considering the options. Kirk says that traditional double-hung windows are popular among Atlanta homeowners. “Much of the local architecture is Colonial, and homeowners often like to keep the look of their traditional wood windows and divided lites without having to deal with the maintenance issues the oldstyle windows present,” he says. 22

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When reviewing the energy-efficiency data for your window options, look for the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient and the U-Value of the product. “The U-Value scale is 0-1, so every little bit makes a difference,” Kirk says. “Any company offering a product with a U-Value higher than 0.30 is generally doing you a disservice. Homeowners should demand values closer to a 0.26 or lower for optimal performance.” New glass technology also offers improved low-E standards and better seals that are more resistant to condensation and seal failure, which Kirk notes is common to the Atlanta area. “For example, foam- and polycarbonate-based seal systems outperform metal-based seals,” he says.

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Skylights also have advanced to include solar-powered ventilation offerings, which utilize small solar panels to charge a remote-control system that allows you to open and close the skylight. The beauty of this product is that it requires no wiring, resulting in an easy and cost-effective installation. The solar panel also doesn’t have to be exposed to direct sunlight—it also works on cloudy days and with indirect light. As an added bonus, integrated rain sensors can close the skylight automatically in case of inclement weather. With the latest advancements and techniques, replacing windows and doors is a rewarding home remodeling project that will boost style and energy efficiency. “Choose the window or door that best suits your home style, material preference and budget,” Kirk says. “If a company only has one style or type of window, get multiple proposals. Windows and doors are not a one-sizefits-all approach.” www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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4. Double check the paperwork that comes with your new windows. If you requested Energy Star-qualified windows, make sure the stickers are on the product. Your installer will be checking to make sure each window comes in perfect condition, but you should also look over the windows. And, make certain to save your warranty information in a secure location. 5. Pre-determine with your installer how much space will be needed to operate inside and outside your home for each window. Some furnishings may need to be moved away from windows or covered up. On the outside, ladders may need to be used in gardens or bush areas to reach the windows for replacement. 6. Decide and communicate with the installation team which doors you wish them to use to gain access to your home, which restrooms are available to them and what procedures you feel most comfortable with for home access.

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If you have avoided decorating with “modern” themes in the past because the word evoked pictures of cold, sterile homes devoid of personality, take another look! Today’s modern style is colorful, simple and every bit as comfortable to live in as any other design theme. “To me, modern design is all about creating serene spaces by utilizing clean lines and functional forms,” says Alpharetta-based interior designer Pipa Bradbury of Pipa Bradbury Design, www.pipabradburydesign.com. “These spaces then become backdrops for showcasing unique art.” Modern design dates back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, and the style has evolved throughout the years. As modern design gained popularity, some people even viewed the style as rebellious. “‘Modernism’ was a rejection of very ornate design styles that felt very layered, such as Gothic, Renaissance and Victorian looks,” says Atlanta interior designer Rachel Greathouse of Rachel Greathouse Design, www. about rachelgreathousedesign.com. “Now, I think modern design maintains its roots, which embrace minimalism, lack of clutter, spaces use of metals and woods and bold primary colors for accents, with black, white and neutrals for large objects and furniture. It evolves with the times, incorporating pop culture and forms. technology to some level, but I believe it stays true to its style.”

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Alpharetta-based interior designer Pipa Bradbury, of Pipa Bradbury Design, www.pipabradburydesign. com, designed this Buckhead home and considers it her favorite modern residential space. The home represents a creative merging of modern design with international flair. “I mixed modern and Italian contemporary furniture with some retro items, many of which were collected by the clients during their years of living in different countries,” Bradbury says. Throughout the home, unique textured geometric patterns contrast with a monochromatic palette, all within the clean, open spaces that are so important to a modern space. Pops of color in rugs, pillows, fabrics and abstract artwork add personality and interest throughout the home. To make the look even edgier, Bradbury used rudimentary shapes of simple forms. “I think this project is a great example of Atlanta modernism,” she says. “The southern architecture provides a warm and beautiful backdrop to the modern and contemporary pieces. The overall effect is very inviting and luxurious – very southern!”

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Single-family homes can be built using modern style, but transitioning a typical Atlanta home to a modern design can be tricky. “Atlanta homes are generally compartmentalized spaces filled with crown molding, chair rails, trim, paneled walls, coffered ceilings, etc.,” says Zach Azpeitia of Pineapple House Interior Design, www.pineapplehouse.com. “Creating modern sensibilities in older southern residences generally means mixing styles and periods. However, you can certainly create a modern look with the right furniture pieces and placement.”

Important elements Whether you want to give your entire home a modern makeover or you just want to add some ultramodern touches, there are certain elements you can use to achieve a new look. Remember, modern design does not have to be cold and stark. “Most homeowners who love modern design also want their space to be warm and inviting,” says Katie Insogna of Rubicon Construction, www. rubiconcnst.com. “Fortunately, a streamlined, modern interior can also be luxurious and welcoming, layered with classic elements full of texture and interest.” Here are some suggestions for achieving a modern look in your home: • Modern rooms highlight space, simplicity and function. They are usually open planned, with furniture on legs to create open space around each piece

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Interior designer John Ishmael, owner of Nandina Home & Design, www.nandinahome.com, in Atlanta, sees modern design in Atlanta as a bit of a hodgepodge. “I believe modern design lives in Atlanta in many different variations, like rustic modern, European modern and industrial modern as well,” Ishmael says. The design of this Inman Park loft was inspired in part by the variety of art that the homeowner already had. “We mixed the client’s vast art collection with a clean-lined upholstered sofa, several black-leather-and-chrome chairs, a gray Womb chair and a ghost chair, which are all strong examples of ‘modern’ furniture,” Ishmael says. The dark colors with bright accents, along with a variety of modern-themed light fixtures, all combine to turn this space into a perfect example of a modern Atlanta loft.

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Atlanta interior designer Alejandra Dunphy, of Alejandra Dunphy Design Studio, www.alejandradunphy.com, says one of her favorite local projects features modern design throughout the entire home. “It’s a beautiful, mid-century-inspired house with Frank Lloyd Wright design elements,” Dunphy says. Nearly everything about the house is modern, from the sunken living room design to the clean-lined dining room. All the rooms are designed with clean lines, light and dark furniture with pops of color in the accessories and abstract, modern art. The home as a whole is sleek and clean, and the design is striking in its simplicity—one of the keys of modern design.

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Laying the groundwork If low or little maintenance is your goal, start with soil testing to check the pH level of where you hope to plant. “Investing in soil preparation is well worth it, and you’ll start out three steps ahead if you’ll do that,” says John Kenna, president of Water, Color & Stone Inc., www.watercolorstone.com. “Soil testing is really one of the best values. That way, you have absolute concrete knowledge about the pH of the soil, what the nutrient levels are. If your pH is not correct, more than 50 percent of the nutrients that are in that soil cannot be available to the plant because the plant can’t take it up if the soil pH is not right.”

Water wise “Designing a plan with plants, trees and lawns that require less water is key to low maintenance,” says Rick Kaldrovics, president of Outside Landscape Group, LLC, www.outsidelandscapegroup.com, in Alpharetta, adding that one particular technique—that of grouping plantings by water needs—could help you save on water bills. “We will place higher water-use plants in one section of the garden and lower water-use plants in another. Therefore, you can minimize the time-consuming tasks of running all over the yard to try to cover everything. You can concentrate your efforts of watering to specific sections of the landscape.” Before selecting grass or plantings, Hodges suggests that you “consider drainage and potential erosion problems. Drainage problems can be a potential nightmare and can lead to a lot of expense for both your home and landscape,” he says. “Think about how and where your water is to leave your property. It is sometimes hard to believe how enormous the rainstorms can get in Georgia. Plan for the worst, and you will never have any problems.”

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Another consideration: Properly installed irrigation systems, which Hodges says “can significantly reduce time and costs of maintenance. Rather than hand-watering your landscape with a cumbersome, inefficient hose, consider installing drip irrigation or other forms of irrigation that can save time, effort, money and natural resources. Recent advances in irrigation technology have significantly reduced the price and increased the availability of systems that work well for small landscapes.” In cases where you do choose to water on your own, Ron Kastings of Lowe’s Atlanta-Edgewood, at 1280 Caroline Street NE in Atlanta, www. lowes.com, suggests that you water newly installed plants every day for the first 30 days and two to three times a week after that.

Plant selection Proper plant selection and placement can help decrease maintenance. For example, plants that require little pruning will be easier to maintain over time. “By selecting the right plant for the size of the space, you won’t have to prune to keep size in check later,” says Julie Thaxton of the online design service Get More Curb Appeal, LLC, www.getmorecurbappeal.com.

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❍ Carolina Jasmine/Carolina Jessamine ❍ Lady Banks Rose —Sources: Lowe’s; Charles Hodges, Ltd. Gardens; King Landscaping, www.erickinglandscaping.com; Pandora’s Phlox; Arcoiris Design Gardening, www.arcoirisdesign.com

Tools of the Trade Ready to play in the dirt? Here are some items you might want to pick up first. Latex palm-coated garden gloves Round-tip shovel Hand pruners Loppers Leaf rake Garden hose with hand wand Small tarp for carting off debris and moving plants from one spot to another ❍ Mulch ❍ Pre-emergent weed control ❍ Fertilizer ❍ Compost ❍ Soil3, www.soil3.com, organic humus compost —Sources: Get More Curb Appeal, LLC; Charles Hodges, Ltd. Gardens; Super-Sod, www.supersod.com ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍ ❍

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Catherine Buckley, co-owner of Pandora’s Phlox, www.pandorasphlox.com, a horticultural services company, agrees, adding: “Many times you will see a loropetalum or holly planted right in front of a window. These two plants in particular are fast growers, especially in the sun. Ultimately, they will grow up in front of the window and will need constant maintenance to keep them down below it. With constant maintenance, the shrub will, over time, lose its natural appearance.” Light level and plant size also should be considered when seeking to create a low-maintenance landscape. “Probably the first thing is understanding the light requirements of the area you’re beginning to landscape,” says Todd Guilmette, of Unique Environmental Concepts, www.uniqueenvironmental.com. Guilmette says a typical new installation should last between five and seven years—with seasonal maintenance—before you’ll need to look at a possible renovation or enhancements. “The right plant in the right location is important to creating a low-maintenance landscape,” says Guilmette. “Your plant palette needs to relate to the area in which you are landscaping.” As for design, consider grouping annuals by color for a big impact minus the heavy upkeep. “The mailbox, the front door and the back door are smart locales,” says Thaxton. “Start by improving the area around the front door, and then work out toward the street. Next, hit the backyard. If you use all of the same color and same plant, you’ll get even more bang for your buck.” “Choosing perennials is also a good low-maintenance idea, as they come back year after year,” says Barbra Fite, co-owner of Pandora’s Phlox. Though decks, porches, hardscapes and other outdoor structures may require more of a financial investment, Hodges says they can help offset landscape maintenance as well as provide additional living space. “The lowest maintenance landscapes consist of living areas of stone or pavers that can act as an extension of the home. These multipurpose areas with fireplaces, fire pits, cooking areas, simple

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water features and seasonal color in planters can be enjoyed as an outdoors extension of the home and are very simple to maintain.”

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Prevent problems A poorly maintained landscape actually can create more work, so minimizing problem areas can help decrease maintenance. “If lawn sections have withered away or thinned out, fill them in,” says Kaldrovics. “Bare areas in the lawn invite weeds and erosion, both of which require time to clean up or tend to. If you can fill it in with sod or seed with success, start there. If shade has prevented the lawn from growing, perhaps make the area into a planting bed and add some plants or groundcover. “Bare planting beds benefit from filling in as well. If your planting beds are down to dirt, top dress with a fresh layer of mulch or pine straw to again minimize weeds or erosion. Even better, fill in with a grouping of plants or groundcover and, as it fills in, there will not be any need to mulch again, and therefore you have installed a permanent solution to no mulching, no weeds and no erosion.” When using mulch, which can help regulate moisture, Kenna suggests going with pine or hardwood. Kenna also adds that compost may be available in your area at little or no charge and to contact your county extension service for more local landscaping tips and advice. By taking a few steps to plan your landscape, you will be able to enjoy an outdoor space that looks great and is easy to maintain, leaving you proud and others taking another look. Editorial Resources begin on page 69.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS Windows and doors brighten and beautify

By Kathy Kantorski

Searching for new windows and doors for your home may seem overwhelming. Here are some tips and trends to help with the decision-making process.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS P. 18-24 Energy Star, (888) 782-7937, www.energystar.gov. Johnson Hardware, www.johnsonhardware.com. Mill Works Furniture LLC, 6820 Meadowridge Court, Suite A-5, Alpharetta, GA 30005, (678) 662-4815, www.weatherworksshutters.com. NanaWall Systems, www.nanawall.com.

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North Georgia Replacement Windows Inc., 1210 Warsaw Road, Suite 1000, Roswell, GA

30076, (770) 888-1604, www.ngwindows.com. RENU Atlanta, 3110 Moon Station Road, Suite 130, Kennesaw, GA 30144, 404-99RENUATL, www.renuatlanta.com. Simonton Windows, www.simonton.com. Therma-Tru, (800) 537-8827, www.thermatru.com. VELUX, www.veluxusa.com. GBC Announcement Ad_5.07.pdf SPECIAL SECTION

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redecorating, Atlanta homeowners increasingly are turning to modern design for a fresh new look. Ready for your own modern makeover? Turn the page for ideas, tips and resources.

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Studio, (404) 455-5812, www.alejandradunphy.com. Modern Atlanta, www.modern-atlanta.org. Nandina Home & Design, 245 North Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, (404) 521-9303, www.nandinahome.com. Pineapple House Interior Design, 190 Ottley Drive, Atlanta, GA 30324, (404) 897-5551, www. pineapplehouse.com. Pipa Bradbury Design, (678) 697-2142, www. pipabradburydesign.com. Rachel Greathouse Design, (404) 3106205, www.rachelgreathousedesign.com. Rubicon Construction Inc., 403 W. Ponce de C

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by Shandra Hill Smith “Most people want a landscape they feel like they own and not a landscape that owns them,” says Charles Hodges of Charles Hodges, Ltd. Gardens, www.hodgesltdgardens. com. “They want a beautiful, enjoyable space without the hours of tedious maintenance.” While turning your yard into a showpiece won’t happen without some effort, low-maintenance results are possible. The key is to plan before planting, including smart features from the beginning. www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30341, (678) 262-7117, www.erickinglandscaping.com. Lowe’s Atlanta-Edgewood, 1280

Caroline Street NE, Atlanta, (404) 658-8650, www.lowes.com. Outside Landscape Group, LLC, 11435 N. Fulton Industrial Boulevard, Alpharetta, GA 30009, (770) 754-1188, www. outsidelandscapegroup.com. Pandora’s Phlox, (404) 668-5482, www.pandorasphlox.com. Super-Sod, (770) 516-3255, www.supersod.com. Unique Environmental Concepts, 7021 Mableton Parkway, Mableton, GA 30126, (404) 691-9310, www.unique-environmental. com. Water, Color & Stone Inc., (404) 277-6372, www.watercolorstone.com. www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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makeoverofthemonth Dream Design

Makeover by International Stone & Design, (770) 820-4957, www.isdgranite.com, and Christina Ray Design, www.christinaraydesign.com BY LAURA JUDY

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Before International Stone & Design and designer Christina Ray recreated this Alpharetta kitchen, the space was dark and inefficient. The new space is filled with light, from the colors used throughout the room to the elegant chandeliers, canned lighting and under-cabinet lighting. The off-white cabinetry is highlighted with a chocolate glaze and custom-made faux-iron inserts, and the Persa Pearl granite used throughout is sure to become a conversation piece. The main focus of the room is the extra-large • han elIer kitchen island, which is fully equipped with ample prep and Kathy Ireland Home, storage space as well as two sinks and two dishwashers. These www.kathyireland.com homeowners love to entertain, and their new kitchen will help them get the job done while also wowing their guests with its richly planned design.

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THERE ARE SAVINGS WAITING INSIDE YOUR HOME.

EARTHCENTS CAN HELP YOU FIND THEM. Georgia Power’s EarthCents program provides rebates and incentives to help customers make home efficiency improvements. To learn about all the ways we can help you save, go to georgiapower.com/earthcents.

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