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While perusing the magazine, expect to find tips and products that will help you keep your craft room organized (p. 17), the perfect blanket for bundling up in Atlanta’s cold weather (p. 19), and a backyard porch where whimsical decorations meet nature and make for a happy place at home (p. 28). Want another blissful backyard escape? Check out our feature on hot tubs, spas, and pools. There’s something for everyone. You’ll see. Just turn to page 58. Write in and share some of your best experiences with our 2017 winners via social media. We’d love to hear from you! To learn more about us, go to: AtlantaHomeImprovement.com, AtlantaHomeImprovement.com follow us on (@MyHomeImprovement) and (@ATLHomeImprove).

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Photos courtesy of (middle left) Native Trails; (top middle) ILVE Appliances; (middle right) Caren West PR, photography by Sher Pruitt; (bottom middle) HGTV.

Native Trails’ lazy Susans are so pretty, they shouldn’t be hidden in your cupboard. Crafted from sustainable materials, like recycled copper, these artistic creations ($225-$395) are glamorous enough to grace even the most elegant dinner table. European Kitchen & BathWorks, 2655 Buford Hwy. NE., Atlanta. NativeTrails.net

Helen Russell, author of “The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country,” explains one of the latest design trends, Hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”). “Hygge seems to be about being kind to yourself— indulging, having a nice time.” BoConcept translates this Danish trend into furniture with cozy fabrics and modern shapes in its new Buckhead store. 309 E. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. BoConcept.com

Events JAN. 18-21 For a one-stop-shop for your home improvement efforts, take a trip to the American Home & Garden Expo. See demonstrations, experience how-to sessions, and more from local and national home and garden professionals. Atlanta Exposition Centers. AmericanHomeAndGardenExpo.com

ILVE received multiple requests for a decadently rich, glossy black finish for its Majestic collection ranges (think green energy features, triple-pane glass doors, eight-minute electric oven preheat to 350 F), they’ve made it a standard color. “Black finishes in the kitchen have re-emerged as a trending design element,” says Melissa Haber, director of sales and marketing for importer EuroChef USA. Find the Italian ranges at SR Appliance Depot, 2710 Apple Valley Rd. NE., Atlanta. IlveAppliances.com

JAN. 19-21 The Callanwolde Arts Festival features painters, photographers, and sculptors. At this indoor festival, expect to find artist demos, live music, gourmet food trucks, and dance performances. 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE., Atlanta. CallanwoldeArtsFestival.com

FEB. 9 Atlanta Clay Works will partner with restaurants such as Poor Hendrix for Empty Bowls Atlanta. Purchase a ticket (100 percent of sales go to the Atlanta Community Food Bank), select a handmade bowl, and fill it with tasty treats from participating eateries. 100 Rogers St. NE. AtlClayWorks.org

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Virtual design assistance is at your fingertips thanks to the online platform, SwatchPop!, created by locals Jessica McRae and Kristen Yonson. Fill out the online form to describe your project, from accessory selection to a complete room transformation, and they will match you with one of their nearly 50 designers who will send you clickable shopping links and a personalized design plan (starting at $50). SwatchPop.com

Custom builder Loudermilk Homes has developed an app that lets you keep tabs on your home project every step of the way. Loudermilk Connect allows homebuyers to see real-time video of construction progress, daily work logs, photos, budget, and schedule changes—it even gives you the ability to sign off on changes with your finger. 1827 Powers Ferry Rd. SE., Bldg. 6, Ste. 100., Atlanta. LoudermilkHomes.com

Atlanta native Hadi Irvani inspired friends and family with his dinner parties where everyone had to lend a hand in preparing the meal. Irvani later marketed his meal kits online and named his successful company PeachDish, a nod to Georgia’s favorite sweet fruit. Find these delicious, locally sourced kits at any Whole Foods location in Atlanta. PeachDish.com

Feb. 24 The 19th Annual Art Papers Art Auction showcases works by leading and emerging artists locally and worldwide. It offers art lovers, both seasoned and novice, an opportunity to build their collections while enjoying a great party. Proceeds benefit the awardwinning programs of Art Papers. 200 Peachtree St. NW., Atlanta. ArtPapers.org/Auction

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The High Musuem of Art will serve as the exclusive Southeast venue for pioneering Dutch designer Joris Laarman’s groundbreaking exhibition “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age.” From furniture generated by algorithms to a “living” lampshade made of genetically modified cells, his work, which can be seen from Feb. 17 through May 13, redefines the boundaries between art, science, and technology. 1280 Peachtree St. NE., Atlanta. High.org

Kick-start the new year by joining the National Association of the Remodeling Industry Atlanta Chapter in celebrating the grand opening of its new sleek and spacious office at Atlanta Noland. 4084 Presidential Pkwy. NARIAtlanta.org

Feb. 14 Building Georgia Legislative Day is hosted by the Associated General Contractors of Georgia. Have breakfast with elected officials and business leaders and enjoy a tour of the State Capitol. 200 Piedmont Ave. SE., Atlanta. ACECGA.org/events

Feb. 26 Connect with fellow women of color that are in the fields of home remodeling and construction at the National Association of Black Women in Construction, Inc.’s Business and Entrepreneurial Networking Forum. 180 Northside Dr. SW., Atlanta. NABWIC.org

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it's a thing Recycle | Upcycle | Repurpose the thing: antique vase to earthenware lamp Paul Bowman has a unique job. As the lead designer and founder of social enterprise, Design Samaritan, he rehabilitates discarded home décor into beautiful works of art. The transformed creations are then sold at stores around town. The best part? One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of each refurbished piece, goes toward providing furniture for those transitioning out of homelessness. They gift families with furnishings that will make their new space feel like a loving and livable home. One of Paul’s past endeavors involved taking a neglected vase and changing it into a chic ceramic-clay lamp.

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make it happen Bowman fell in love with the “good bones” of this dilapidated vase. To create the base for the earthenware lamp, he strategically stripped away layers of paint to produce the beautiful patina seen. To offset the bold red, he selected a beige silk shade and complementary bronze fittings. The talented craftsman then consulted with antique refurbisher Bill Long of Antiques and Beyond to wire the lamp. And with one turn of a switch, this lamp now brightens up its homeowner's life!

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Atlanta homeowners generally spend between $25,000 and

$50,000

The honeybee has been the official state insect of Georgia since 1975. A single bee must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey. Pollinators (like bees, butterflies, ants, wasps and moths) pollinate

1/3 of the food you eat.

on kitchen remodeling. SOURCE: BRITTANY ZACKS, CKD, RID, NKBA GA CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVE

One of the latest hot tickets in the design app world comes from Chairish, where you can

SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

either sell

your upscale

décor (it’s free to list on the

68%

online marketplace) or look

for one-of-a-kind items to buy.

Got pets? of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet. This is up from 56 percent in 1988. A recent study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that more than 50 percent of

Submit photos of your furnishings and the company’s curators will choose what items to sell. If you accept an offer from a buyer, you get

homeowners surveyed had undertaken a pet-related home-renovation project.

80% or more of

the transaction price.

SOURCE: AMERICAN PET PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION (APPA) AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (NAR)

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The problem:

The problem:

We are installing a hardwood floor in our bedroom. We want to glue the planks down, but I’m nervous about how to do it.

I’m trying to organize my garage, but I have so many tools with long handles—how do I keep them from falling all over each other?

The fix: You may want to consider hiring a professional. This project isn’t for the everyday DIYer. However, these two tips can make it easier. First, make sure your floor is scrupulously clean when it’s time to glue. Little bits of dirt can get stuck between the floor and the wood plank, which will keep the plank from lying flat. Second, skip buying buckets of wood adhesive, which is applied with a handheld trowel (usually a messy process). Use a caulk gun instead. Wood adhesive comes in tubes, just like caulk, which can be squeezed onto the bottom of planks in an “S-curve” pattern and then applied to the floor. No muss, no fuss.

I can laugh about it now…

The fix: A quick solution for your problem involves using PVC drainage pipes that are about 3 feet long (with a 6-inch diameter). Using a power drill, attach the pipes vertically to your garage wall by drilling in a screw at an angle about an inch from the top and bottom of the pipe. Space the pipes one foot apart and a few feet from the floor. Now you have “sleeves” where you can drop in your rakes, shovels and brooms to keep them upright and out of your way. One sleeve will accommodate one or two long-handled items—attach more pipes to the wall to store more items.

We splurged on a new hot tub in our yard as a way to ward off the winter blues. But we installed it without thinking about our trip back and forth from the bathroom to the hot tub! It’s so far from our back door, our relaxing visit to the tub becomes a shivery run when we’re ready to go inside. Next time—we’ll think about location, location, location!

The problem: Winter winds are whistling through the cracks around my bedroom window frame. Other than buying new windows, what can I do?

The fix: Try using a little-known product that’s been around for decades—rope caulk (Mortite® Caulking Cord is an example). This putty-like, nonhardening caulk often comes in rolls that are perforated, like lanes down a highway. Wherever you find a gap between your wall and your window frame, unroll a piece of the rope, tear it off to the right length and width, and push it between the window and the frame. It doesn’t stain and never hardens, so it’s easy to remove when you need to, just pull on one end and off it comes!

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DETAILS ➊ Porch Swing: This twin-size bed

swing was custom made and uses a blow-up air mattress for the cushion with a white coverlet. Order a similar design from Swinging Porch Beds, 63 Springwater Crossing, Newnan or HangingPorchBeds.com

➋ Throw Pillows: Go cozy with

these smaller silver, gray and beige cushions. PotteryBarn.com

➌ Wire Urns: Fill white metal wire urns with ferns or wrap the interior in burlap. HomeGoods.com

➍ Coffee Table: To “replicate” this

look, consider the New Orleans coffee table with natural travertine top. OutrageousInteriors.com

➎ Armchairs: Chippendale-style chairs made with beechwood and bamboo. BallardDesigns.com

➏ Silver Garden Stool: The glossy

finish adds style to the versatile seat, which can also be used as a side table. HomeGoods.com

➐ Outdoor Rug: For a similar style, turn to Poppy Kelim Azul by Capel Rugs. AuthenTEAK Outdoor Living, 1094 Huff Rd. NW., Atlanta or AuthenTeak.com

➑ Table Lamp: This Kudu furnishing resembles the horns of an African antelope. WestElm.com

Photos courtesy of Lindsey Hene Interiors, photography by Christina Wedge Photography.

Lindsey Hene • Owner and principal designer of Lindsey Hene Interiors, Hene designed this porch for her home in Milton, Ga. • Hene bends design rules to create a fresh perspective. She gravitates toward spaces that are rich in character—with a touch of whimsy. • LindseyHeneInteriors.com

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Meet the Best of 2017 Win After hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes, you have chosen the year’s best!

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Winners

(L to R, Back Row) Best Remodeling Company—Other Additions: Laura Tenuto of 5th Generation Contracting, Best Lighting Company—Exterior: Lindsey Barnhill of Southern Landscape Lighting Systems, Best Home Show: Tad Munroe and Kellie Sellers of The Atlanta Home Show/SEMCO Productions, Best Interior Design Company: Steve McKenzie of McKenzie Interior Design (L to R, Front Row) Best Place for Cabinets: Courtney Shearer of Bell Cabinetry & Design, Best Remodeling Company—Bathroom: Dale Contant of Atlanta Design & Build, Best Place for Window Treatments: Pam Cole of Georgia Blinds & Interiors, Best Painting Company—Interior: Jose Arevalo of Jose’s Painting & Remodeling

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CONTEST WINNERS

[COMMUNITY] Best Blog: Design Simplified Bee

Interior designer Cristin Bisbee Priest is the voice behind Simplified Bee. She shares her passion for interior design, home organization and entertaining on her blog. Priest loves mixing styles and incorporating kidfriendly products that stand the test of time. SimplifiedBee.com

Best Blog: DIY

Best Cooking School or Class The Cook’s Warehouse

The first Cook’s Warehouse opened in Midtown in 1995. Now, with three locations in the Atlanta area, they offer exceptional kitchen supplies and 800 cooking classes per year such as Classic Cakes for Couples Hands On and Family Sunday Suppers. CooksWarehouse.com

2 Bees in a Pod

Best Farmers Market

Best Home Tour

Best Blog: Garden

With an average of 65 vendors each week, customers have lots of choices year-round—including fruits and vegetables rarely available from the grocery store. Also find flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, breads and culinary herbs. MariettaSquareFarmersMarket.com

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Atlanta Chapter hosts an annual tour of remodeled homes that supports various local nonprofits, including 2017 charitable partner Habitat for Humanity ReStores. The Tour gives you remodeling inspiration by displaying the newest trends in interior design and products. It also introduces you to the quality craftsmanship of some of Atlanta’s star remodelers. AtlantaRemodelingTour.com

This mother/daughter team from Atlanta has a passion for decorating home interiors. They love to thrift, paint, and repurpose. Follow them on their blog as they transform cramped laundry rooms, throw pillows, and more. 2BeesInAPod.com

Marietta Square Farmers Market

Red Dirt Ramblings Photography by (bottom right) CatMax Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

Photo courtesy of NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes and Master Home Remodelers

Follow the award-winning and entertaining advice of blogger Dee Nash. She is also the author of “The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff.” RedDirtRamblings.com

Best Community Garden

Best Garden Tour

Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Garden features art exhibitions amongst its enormous outdoor and indoor plant collections. Docent-led guided tours are available to groups and self-guided tours take you to the outdoor gardens, the Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center. AtlantaBG.org

Smyrna Community Garden This bountiful community garden, located at North Cooper Lake Park, has plots of various sizes. No room in your yard for a food garden? No worries. You can rent a plot on an annual basis. Facebook.com/ KeepSmyrnaBeautiful

Best Home Show

The Atlanta Home Show/ SEMCO Productions

Three times a year, hundreds of home improvement and outdoor living companies gather to give Atlantans good advice and great deals. With celebrity appearances, product demonstrations, and a beer garden, there’s something for everyone! AtlantaHomeShow.com

NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes

Best Mortgage Lending Company Renasant Bank

Renasant Bank’s experienced professionals will guide you through the process of applying for a home loan—whether you’re purchasing a new residence, refinancing an existing mortgage or looking for a homeequity line of credit. They’ll make you feel right at home. RenasantBank.com

Best Mortgage Lending Company: Beau White and John Compton of Renasant Bank

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BEAUTIFUL HARDWOOD FLOORS CLASSIC | AGELESS | STYLISH | FAD-PROOF

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Call today to make an appointment to meet with an Enhance Design Consultant!

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MONDAY - FRIDAY 9 TO 6 | SATURDAY 10 TO 5 | SUNDAY 12 TO 5

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BEST OF 2017

CONTEST WINNERS

Best Pet Daycare Camp Bow Wow

Rest assured that, while you are away, your pet is happy and safe with the daycare’s Certified Camp Counselors® who are trained in dog behavior, first aid and CPR. You can even watch your animal all day on your phone or computer via the facility’s webcams! CampBowWow.com

Best Residential Real Estate Company—ITP Photography by (bottom left and right) CatMax Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

Christine Bradley, Keller Williams

Bradley’s passion for real estate is evident with every relationship and transaction she enters into. Her experience, tenacity and integrity assure that she leaves no stone unturned when representing clients—who always come first with her. ChristineBradley.KW.com

Best Residential Real Estate Company—OTP The WOW Team at Keller Williams First Atlanta

Homes listed by this dynamic team spend about 30 to 45 days on the market, which is roughly half of the 99-day national average. This team will sell your house so fast you’ll be saying wow in no time. BestHomesOfNorthAtlanta.com

[MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR] Best Appliance Repair Company

Best Electrical Company

What can they fix? Just about any common household appliance, including dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, washers, and dryers. TheApplianceDoctor.com

This team of licensed and expertly trained HVAC technicians, plumbers and electricians is ready to provide you with home-service solutions. They provide industry-leading guarantees and warranties and flatrate pricing for emergencies, repairs, replacements and installations. CasteelAir.com

The Appliance Doctor

Best Carpet-Cleaning Company Duraclean Cleaning and Restoration

Atlantans trust Duraclean to provide high-quality carpet, upholstery and rug cleaning using the latest equipment. They also offer emergency water damage cleanup and can respond 24 hours a day. DuracleanCarpet.com

Best Chimney-Cleaning Company Chimney Solutions

Chimney Solutions doesn’t just clean chimneys—they offer inspections, restoration services and masonry repairs in addition to installation of prefabricated or custom fireplaces and stoves. ChimneySolutions.com

Best Concrete Company Keystone Concrete Foundations

Best Electrical Company: Richard Eppers and Cagney Chappell of Casteel Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical

Keystone specializes in pouredin-place concrete footings, walls, slabs, flatwork and decorative concrete for both commercial and residential projects. Their experienced management, layout specialists and crews have the knowledge and manpower to fulfill any concrete project, large or small. KeyCFW.com

Casteel Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical

Best Flooring Refinishing Service Mr. Hardwood Inc.

Mr. Hardwood Inc. doesn’t call its staff “flooring experts” for nothing. They will refinish your floors or outfit your home with floors that last for generations. They also offer a lifetime guarantee that’s transferable for each project they do. MrHardwoodInc.com

Best Foundation Repair Company Trotter Company

The seasoned waterproofing and foundation repair specialists at Trotter Company will answer any questions you may have concerning the most complex tasks in construction—stormwater management and foundation repair. They have the experience to get the job done right. TrotterCompany.com Best Carpet-Cleaning Company: John Yancey of Duraclean Cleaning and Restoration

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We are more than just builders and remodelers; we are craftsmen who take pride in every aspect of each project. Our family has been building and renovating for over 150 years!

FPO B U I L D I N G T R U S T F O R O V E R 5 G E N E R AT I O N S

“Best of 2017” Winner

BEST

REMODELING COMPANY: OTHER ADDITIONS

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CONTEST WINNERS

Best Garage Door Company

Best Handyman Company

Trust this company with your garage door needs as they’ve been taking care of customers for over 80 years. Overhead Door’s knowledgeable technicians are at the ready to install or repair any type of garage door or accessory. OverheadDoorAtlanta.com

Looking to get a number of home repairs completed? Call the professional handymen at The Trusted Toolbox. They show up on time, get your project done and make sure you are satisfied. They even provide a warranty with all of their work. TheTrustedToolbox.com

Overhead Door Company of Atlanta

Best Gutter Company Photography by CatMax Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

Atlanta’s Best Gutter Cleaners

Avoid costly water damage to your home by keeping your gutters clog-free. Atlanta’s Best Gutter Cleaners makes handling this to-do list item easy with a stress-free scheduling process and quick turnaround times. Their crew handles all manner of roof work so you can be confident in their expertise. AtlantaBestGutterCleaners.com

Best Hauling/Junk Removal Company Bin There Dump That

Atlanta’s only residential-friendly dumpster service, Bin There Dump That provides 100 percent driveway protection, walk-in loading, and post-job cleanup. See them on HGTV’s “Property Brothers.” AtlantaDumpsterRentals.net

Best Home Automation Company

Atlanta Audio & Automation

This full-service custom electronics design and integration company provides home entertainment systems and smart-home automation solutions to make your property safe, elegant, fun and easy to use. Their systems are designed especially for you and your family’s lifestyle. AtlantaAudio.com

Best Home Entertainment Company

Greater Southern Home Recreation

Best Home Automation Company: Suzanne Longfellow and Cheryl Ampel of Atlanta Audio & Automation

Staf Picks

The Trusted Toolbox

It’s easy to see why Greater Southern Home Recreation is nicknamed “man cave headquarters.” This one-stop-shop offers necessities like pool tables, home theater seating, bars, barstools, foosball, air hockey, darts and more. GreaterSouthern.com

Best Out-of-The-Box Lawn Service Get Your Goat Rentals Best Home Organization Company: Jay Kim of Tailored Living

Best Home Organization Company Tailored Living

From custom closets, home offices, and pantries, Tailored Living provides high-quality storage and organization systems for homes and businesses. Take advantage of their free in-home or on-site consultations, designs and professional installation. TailoredLiving.com

“They ate through all of our neighbor’s overgrown vines in just one day. They paused for a few photos too.” Alex McCray, associate editor

Best Home Security Company

Ackerman Security Systems For affordable and modern home safety that delivers peace of mind, turn to Ackerman. Their homeautomation systems allow you to control your home security online from your smartphone or tablet. AckermanSecurity.com

Best HouseCleaning Service Nook and Cranny Maid Service

Tired of spending your time dusting and mopping? Let this team take over. They offer quality biweekly, monthly, or one-time cleaning for your home or office so you can get back to spending time doing what you love. NookAndCrannyMaid.com

Best Handyman Company: Chris Lalomia of The Trusted Toolbox

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“Best of 2017” Winner

BEST

UNDERDECK SYSTEMS COMPANY

Bringing Indoors and Outdoors Together Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC 2731 Faith Industrial Dr. • Suite 200 • Buford, GA 30515 Cell: 404.405.0754 • Main: 678.765.7686 • Toll Free: 855.238.5695 • Fax: 678.765.0601 •

Email: info@southeasternunderdeck.com • www.southeasternunderdeck.com

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CONTEST WINNERS

Best Waterproofing Company AquaGuard Foundation Solutions

Best HVAC Company Cool Air Mechanical

Don’t sweat it! Cool Air Mechanical has your HVAC needs under control. Serving the greater Atlanta area, this company and its skilled technicians offers a full range of services to ensure your home feels just right year after year. 770CoolAir.com

Photography by (bottom right) CatMax Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency; (middle right) photo courtesy of AquaGuard Foundation Solutions.

Best Moving Company Two Men and a Truck

This moving company provides movers who show up with a positive attitude, ready to make your local or long-distance move as smooth as possible. Their professional crew can assist you with packing and/or moving your home or business. TwoMenAndATruck.com

Their knowledgeable and cheerful sales and installation staff aims to make the painting process a highly satisfying experience. JosesPainting.com

Best Pest-Control Company

Northwest Exterminating

Is your house bugged? Keep critters out with Northwest’s Norpest Green Pest Control. This environmentally-friendly option rids your residence of nuisances while protecting the health of your family and pets. Trust the mouse to protect your house! CallNorthwest.com

Casey’s Painting

Since 1995, Casey’s Painting has been committed to customer satisfaction. They provide residential interior and exterior painting, carpentry repairs, deck and fence staining, gutter installation, stucco repairs and pressure-washing services. CaseysPainting.com

Best Painting Company: Interior

Jose’s Painting & Remodeling Choose just the right hues with the help of a professionally trained color consultant from Jose’s Painting & Remodeling.

Best PinterestWorthy Home Accents Sugarboo & Co. “At this shabbychic Brookhaven store, I always find something beautiful I must have, like prints with witty sayings.” Wyndi Kappes, editorial/social media assistant

Best Waterproofing Company: Tom DiGregorio of AquaGuard Foundation Solutions

Best Window-Cleaning Company Sunshine Window Cleaning

Best Plumbing Company The Pink Plumber

Best Painting Company: Exterior

In 1995, when Tom DiGregorio founded AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, he wanted to provide customers with top-notch service. Turn to the team here for foundation repairs, basement waterproofing and concrete leveling services. Their Certified Waterproofing & Foundation Repair Specialists perform home inspections to customize a plan just for you. AquaGuard.net

Staf Picks

For competitive rates, work that is 100 percent guaranteed and completed with state-of-the-art equipment, give The Pink Plumber a call. This group of professionals do good work for a great cause. To date, they have donated $160,000 to breast cancer research. ThePinkPlumber.com

Windows aren’t all that Sunshine Window Cleaning makes crystal clear. Its upfront pricing means you won’t be surprised by the cost of service. Your professional window washer will give you an exact price upon arrival. SunshineWindowCleaning.com

Best Roofing Company Findlay Roofing

This company firmly stands behind its work. That is why it offers a 10-year leak-free warranty. Plus, you won’t pay a penny until the job is done. See why Atlantans have trusted their roof repairs and installations to this team for 23 years and counting. FindlayRoofing.com

Best HVAC Company: Bill Mashraky and Mike Eberle of Cool Air Mechanical

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“Best of 2017” Winner

BEST

LIGHTING COMPANY INTERIOR

Stylish Family Safety Grant Park – An old bronze 2 light wall lantern Light your pooch’s path with Grank Park, an old bronze 2 light wall lantern from Atlanta-based Masterpiece Lighting & Home. Here, the staff at the privately owned business works to ensure quicker turnaround service for its clients. With each customer's personal satisfaction in mind, the owners, who are onsite daily, strive to find solutions for all lighting needs. Not priced higher than virtual web stores, homeowners turn to Masterpiece Lighting for quality products at a reasonable rate.

Pets allowed!

Call for an appointment or drop by, today!

(404) 897-9977 (MIDTOWN) (678) 578-6400 (ROSWELL) 558 14th Street Atlanta, GA 30318 Mon. - Fri. 8-5 • Sat. 9-5 www.masterpiecelighting.com

We strive for "excellence in everything"

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CONTEST WINNERS

[DESIGN/DÉCOR] Best Mattress Company Mattress Firm

If it seems like there’s a Mattress Firm on every corner, that’s because there almost is! With dozens of locations in the Atlanta area, this store, which offers competitive pricing, has become the go-to spot for new mattresses. MattressFirm.com

Best Paint Store Sherwin-Williams

Best Bath Design Company: Melissa Hagerty, Michelle Hodgin, and Ashley Klem of Traditions in Tile and Stone

Best Bath Design Company

Traditions in Tile and Stone

Family-owned since 1936, Traditions in Tile and Stone provides expertise in design and exceptional knowledge of products for your residential or commercial project. Their four Atlanta showrooms offer an extensive collection of products, as well as free design services. TraditionsInTile.com

Photography by CatMax Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

Best Fireplace Company—Interior

The Mad Hatter Fireplace, Grills and Outdoor Living

As one of the largest familyowned air duct and chimney service companies in the U.S., expect a job well done. The team here will clean your chimney or build an outdoor kitchen for you. At its Alpharetta showroom, you will find a full line of fireplaces, grills and gas logs. MadHatterServices.com

Best Interior Design Company

McKenzie Interior Design

Functional spaces with a beautiful aesthetic is one of this firm’s many talents. Tapping into their

remodel, repair, new build, child rearing, and event planning experience, the McKenzie Interior Design team, led by Steve McKenzie, creates homes that bring people together. McKenzieInteriorDesign.com

Let the professionals here help you with your next painting project. From inspiration to paint and primers or stains, sealers, and finishes, they offer it all. Sherwin-Williams.com

Best Place for Accessories White Dog Décor

Best Kitchen Design Company

Platinum Kitchens & Design The design team here will walk you through every phase of your project—from removing walls to choosing cabinet styles and finishes, their level of customer service sets them apart from other companies. Platinum-Kitchens.com

White Dog Decor features a full range of home accessories, art, furniture and lighting. They specialize in one-of-a-kind items, architectural accents and repurposed home goods. They also offer design and home-staging services and custom-made farmhouse wood furniture. WhiteDogDecor.com

Staf Picks Best Home Décor App SwatchPop! “It’s awesome to be able to get design help without having to leave the couch!” Laura J. Downey, managing editor  

Best Lighting Company: Interior Masterpiece Lighting

Whether your design style is modern or classic, Masterpiece Lighting’s certified consultants can help you choose a pristine piece for your space. From outdoor fixtures that both illuminate and add character to chandeliers that demand attention, they have options that will speak to you. MasterpieceLighting.com Best Paint Store: Piper King, Gray Kelly, and Adreon Patterson of Sherwin-Williams

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CONTEST WINNERS

Best Place for Game Tables

experience with service after the sale has been completed. GaBlinds.com

The Man Cave Store

Get your hands on card tables, arcade games, cheeky signs, seating and more at this ultimate go-to for men. Its selection of traditional and contemporary items can help you build the perfect spot to unwind. ManCaveStore.com

Best Place for Modern Furniture Design Within Reach

Best Place for Modern Furniture: George Getlik of Design Within Reach

Best Place for Carpet Myers Carpet

Make over your home with Myers Carpet. The company provides hundreds of carpet styles and types from high-quality manufacturers. Their craftsmen can also make custom rugs, with any trim from any type of carpet, to your exact specifications. MyersCarpet.com

Best Place for Consignment Furniture

Photography by CatMax Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

Finders Keepers Furnishings Known for an ever-changing inventory and beautiful displays, Finders Keepers Furnishings offers its customers everything from home décor to clothing. Popular among dealers, designers, home stagers and bargain hunters, this store is habit-forming and always busy. FKConsign.com

Best Place for Furniture Woodstock Furniture and Mattress Outlet

When you visit one of their four locations: Canton, Hiram, Rome, and Acworth, you are truly supporting a local business. Woodstock Furniture and Mattress Outlet has been owned and operated by the Aaron family since 1988. WoodstockOutlet.com

Making authentic modern design accessible, Design Within Reach offers innovative works from iconic designers and more. Each item at the shop can be seen and touched. The staff here is passionate about design—past, present and future. DWR.com

Best Place for Rugs Sharian Rugs

You don’t have to trek across the globe to find a high-quality Oriental rug. For more than 80 years, the Armenian family behind Sharian has been selling, restoring and cleaning fine rugs. Sharian.com

Best Place to Shop for Fabric

Lewis and Sheron Textiles

This four-generation textile company began in 1944 by selling dressmaker fabrics with a standout slogan: “A woman who sews, has more clothes.” Today, it is a staple for appealing and affordable fabric, trim, art, furniture and rugs that can be utilized to transform a space. LSFabrics.com

Best Place to Shop for Frames

Sam Flax Art and Design

Find all of your art supplies and more at Sam Flax Art and Design. As a leader in framing, the store’s design process allows every customer to collaborate one-onone with a framing consultant. Work with your own ideas or foster new ones to make your work of art stand out. SamFlaxSouth.com

Staf Picks

Best Antiques Store Simple Finds Interiors, Antiques & Consignment “It’s my favorite place for unique pieces for my home. Plus, they have great prices.” Susan Lesesne, media consultant

Best Professional Organizer Organized Chick

Best Place for Upholstery Bjork Studio

Drawing influence from Scandinavian design, Bjork Studio’s furniture features crisp lines. Choose from their custom pieces, which are handmade and manufactured in Atlanta, or shop their vintage collection. BjorkStudio.com

For many, a chaotic space often adds mental stress to an already hectic life. Let Organized Chick get clutter under control and restore your sense of calm. All services include free removal of donation items and helpful timemanagement suggestions. OrganizedChick.com

Best Place for Window Treatments Georgia Blinds & Interiors

According to Georgia Blinds & Interiors, window coverings are an investment that enhances the enjoyment of one’s home. The team here strives to educate consumers before making that investment. Plus, they follow-up an exceptional buying

Best Professional Organizer: Stephanie Christopoulos of Organized Chick

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CSI is a full service and licensed whole house remodeling contractor. Visit our large showroom in Norcross featuring Jay Rambo Co., Leicht, Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry, and Schrock.

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[REMODELING] Best Building Supply Company

PMC Building Materials, LLC Offering homeowners and professional contractors construction supplies to suit virtually any project, PMC is a trusted resource. The company also provides homeowners a gateway to find professionals through its service, PMCPros. PMCBM.com

Best Custom Bar Builder

Photography by CatMax Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

Classic Bars, Inc.

This business knows bars—it’s their specialty. They will work with you to select high-quality wood, materials, and appliances to fit your vision and budget. Plus, the team can build bars in four to five weeks, meaning you’ll be serving up cocktails to your crew in no time. ClassicBars.net

Best Custom Closet Company

Best Custom Designer/Build Company—Wine Cellars

Staf Picks

MOSAIC Design + Build

Best Customer Service

Whether you are transforming an outdated space or creating a new wine cellar, MOSAIC Design + Build’s team of architects and remodelers uses sustainable design and building techniques to turn your ideas into reality. MosaicGroupAtlanta.com

MODA Floors & Interiors

Best Custom HomeBuilding Company EverCraft Homes

Your house is where life happens and EverCraft Homes will make sure yours is as wonderful as the moments you’ll create in it. Whether you are renovating or building from

California Closets

Visit a California Closets showroom to experience one-of-a-kind custom closets and storage spaces. While there, explore design and material options in any of its four (Alpharetta, East Cobb, Buckhead, Lawrenceville) stateof-the-art Design Studios. CaliforniaClosets.com

scratch, EverCraft Homes delivers the services, expertise and partnership to create an abode you’ll cherish for generations. EverCraftHomes.com

Best Custom Tiny House-Building Company

“There are so many wonderful choices here. Dean Howell and his staff take the time to listen to your needs and then expertly guide you through the process.” Patti Stephens, publisher

Mustard Seed

This company’s tiny homes are built with superior products, modern designs and excellent craftsmanship. If you’re a DIYer, Mustard Seed sells tiny house “shells” to get you started on the right foot. Let them help you create the tiny home of your dreams. MustardSeedTinyHomes.com

Best Place for Appliances

Sewell Appliance

Best Custom Bar Builder: Bob Wilson of Classic Bars, Inc.

Here, customers will find an array of the latest products the appliance industry has to offer. The Sewell team is filled with experts that will help with your appliance needs. Plus, you’ll love their live cooking demonstrations, which take place in a fully furnished Living Kitchen. SewellAppliance.com

Best Custom Closet Company: Melody Rosen of California Closets

Best Place for Appliances: Mark Austin of Sewell Appliance

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Best Place for Cabinets

Staf Picks

Bell Cabinetry & Design

Bell Cabinetry’s stunning custom kitchen cabinetry makes use of innovative functions and features that will make you wonder how you ever lived without it. Their custom bathroom cabinets feature indulgent details and sleek storage solutions to create a spa-inspired retreat. BellCabinetry.com

Best Place for Flooring

Best Place for Countertops Photography by CatMax Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency; (middle) photo courtesy of Elisabeth Stubbs.

Best Place to Shop for Wooden Bathroom Vanities Enhance Floors & More

Atlanta Stone Works

From granite and marble to quartzite and more, Atlanta Stone Works not only manufacturers custom countertops for kitchens, baths and beyond, it also offers installation for a truly turnkey experience. TheCountertopPro.com

Enhance Floors & More has been helping consumers create beautiful rooms for over 32 years. Their 6,000-square-foot showroom in Marietta is filled with everything from samples to the newest decorating ideas. EnhanceFloors.com

Best Place for Doors

Jennifer’s Glassworks, LLC

This family-run business has been a mainstay for more than 40 years. Turn to the experienced professionals at Jennifer’s Glassworks for hand-selected timber doors, iron entries and stained glass. JennifersGlassworks.com

Best Place for Flooring: Elisabeth Stubbs of Enhance Floors & More

Expect the Pella staff to answer your questions and serve your needs, from the start of your project to the end. Pella.com

Best Remodeling Company—Bathroom Atlanta Design & Build

Don’t let the idea of designing your dream bathroom intimidate you. Atlanta Design & Build can take an ordinary space and turn it into a highly functional, stylish bathroom. Let them transform your personal haven so you can unwind, relax and enjoy. AtlantaDesignBuild.com

Dutchmans Casual Living Stores “I love their fun, fresh, and unique wooden bathroom vanities. They are standout pieces.” David Leonard, associate publisher

Best Remodeling Company—Historical Preservation Copper Sky Renovations

Best Place for Tile Specialty Tile

Specialty Tile’s showrooms beautifully display their top products in floor and wall installations, as well as countless special-order boutique items. Their showroom sales staff is comprised of qualified professionals with extensive product knowledge who assist you in your design process. SpecialtyTile.com

Copper Sky Renovations believes old houses are worth saving. The team here has an eye for traditional design elements, up-to-date layouts, and attention to detail. They preserve original architectural elements where possible, and add space, function and utility where needed. CopperSkyRenovations.com

Best Place for Windows Pella Windows and Doors

Best Place for Doors: Nick Pritchett and David Simmons of Jennifer’s Glassworks, LLC

Choose from a variety of window styles that provide the right performance for your home— framing your space with a look that makes it beautifully unique.

Best Place for Tile: Anne Demers, Jonathan Embrose, and Kate O’Hagan of Specialty Tile

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Best Place for Home Décor Presents

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Tuxedo Pharmacy & Gifts

Photo courtesy of CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio, photography by Kurtis Miller, Kurtis Miller Photography

Best Remodeling Company—Kitchen

CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio

Since 1992, this awardwinning, full-service design and remodeling firm has created jaw-dropping kitchens and bathrooms. Its in-house designers work with you to create a cookhouse that suits your dayto-day needs and overall taste. CSIKitchenAndBath.com

Best Remodeling Company—Other Additions

Best Residential Architect Firm

5th Generation Contracting This family-owned business now spans six generations. Their team not only walks you through your project step-bystep, they also provide excellent customer service. Expect clear communication and a job well done. 5thGenerationContracting.com

AJW Designs, Inc.

“I am amazed at the assortment of great gifts and home goods at this old-school, yet thoroughly modern, neighborhood pharmacy.” Sherri Adair, founder

AJW Designs offers residential architecture and interior design services. Ann and John Wisniewski approach clients with sensitivity to their unique desires, needs, and budget. With this in mind, their customers receive not only great design, but the benefits of increased sustainability, privacy, and security. AJWDesignsInc.com

Best Remodeling Company—Whole House

Renewal Design-Build

Take the uncertainty out of the home renovation process with the trusted professionals at Renewal Design-Build. This company guarantees that your project will be finished on time and within your budget. RenewalDesignBuild.com

Best Remodeling Company—Whole House: Peter Michelson and David Michelson of Renewal Design-Build

Best Residential Architect Firm: John and Ann Wisniewski of AJW Designs, Inc.

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Best Shower Enclosure Company: Ryan Compton of Chattahoochee Shower Doors

Chattahoochee Shower Doors specializes in the creation of frameless shower door design and installation. This familyowned business combines extensive industry experience and cutting-edge vision to conceive enclosures that make life easier. ChattDoors.com

Best Showroom for Bathrooms

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Whether you are completely overhauling an area of your home or just updating appliances and lighting fixtures, there are plenty of options at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting’s galleries. Its showrooms feature products ranging from sinks, stoves, refrigerators and more. FergusonShowrooms.com

Best Showroom for Kitchens

Kitchen & Bath Concepts

Their 5,000-squarefoot showroom is a single source for all kitchen product selections, ranging from cabinets, countertops, tile, hardware, appliances and plumbing products. Here, you can choose from Best Showroom for Kitchens: contemporary to Jim Meloy of Kitchen & Bath Concepts traditional styles for your project. KitchenAndBathConcepts.com

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[OUTDOOR LIVING] Best Arborist/Tree Company

Staf Picks

Dad’s Tree Care

Photography by (bottom left and right) CatMax Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

Dad’s Tree Care offers tree pruning, tree removal, plant health care and tree-related emergency response with fast, professional service at a fair price. Facebook.com/DadsTreeCare

Best Pool Enclosure Company DC Enclosures

Best Deck Design/Build Company Decks and More

These builders can help you make the most of your outdoor space and can create custom decks, screen enclosures, front porches, outdoor kitchens and more. DecksAndMore.biz

Best Gardener: Organic

Best Fence/Gate Company

Farmer D Organics

Atlanta Decking & Fence Company, Inc.

Not a fan of traditional privacy, picket or rail fences? Atlanta Decking & Fence Company can build a custom fence that incorporates the design elements you love to create a unique one just for you. AtlantaDecking.com

Best Fireplace Company—Exterior The Fireplace Place

Best Deck Design/Build Company: Frank Pologruto of Decks and More

Come here for full custom fireplace remodels and fascia installations. During a free design consultation with the company’s professionals, they will show you how your family can get the most out of your fireplace. FireplaceOfAtlanta.com

This is your one-stop-shop for building an edible garden. Here, stock up on organic seeds, soil, fertilizer, tools, raised beds, compost bins and more. Transform your yard into an urban oasis. FarmerD.com

“Enjoy the sun, water, and spending time outdoors without the bugs and pests―it completely changes your lifestyle!” Dawn DeSantis, media consultant

Best Home Spa Company

Georgia Spa Company

Featuring the industry’s most innovative, reliable and highquality products, Georgia Spa Company has the right fit for you. Add a hot tub to your home to de-stress, a sauna to sweat out toxins, or a swim spa to do laps. GeorgiaSpaCompany.com Best Home Spa Company: Tanner Tedeschi of Georgia Spa Company

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Best Landscape Design/ Installation Company

Staf Picks

Photography by (bottom left) CatMax Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

Plants Creative Landscapes

The team here is committed to creating and maintaining uniquely beautiful and multifunctional landscapes. People gravitate toward Plants Creative’s ideas, the quality of their craftsmanship, and perhaps most importantly, its top-notch customer service. PlantsCreative.com

Best Pet-Friendly Home Feature Atlanta Pet Doors

Best Landscape Maintenance Company Miller Landscape

The main focus of Miller Landscape’s maintenance program is to customize their service to your personal lawn preferences and everyday needs. They offer several different packages and options to keep your yard looking its best. MillerLandscape.net

Best Landscape Supply Company NG Turf

Create a lawn that will make your neighbors green with envy. This company offers more than eight varieties of turfgrass in order to provide customers with a choice that will fit their exact needs and desired look. NGTurf.com

To assist with this, they set up nighttime demonstrations at your home. This ensures that you will be able to see how the lighting will look before you commit to the installation. SouthernLLS.com

“These sturdy steelframed pet doors have a surprisingly high-quality appearance. Plus, they’re great for medium to large dogs!” AnneMarie Edwards, media consultant

Best Mosquito Control Company Mosquito Joe

Best Lawn/Sprinkler Irrigation Company Oasis Landscape & Irrigation

Best Landscape Supply Company: Nicky Dailey and Natalie Howard of NG Turf

Expect detailed workmanship and professional service from Oasis Landscape & Irrigation. For the design, installation and maintenance of residential and commercial irrigation systems, retaining walls, landscaping, drainage solutions, outdoor lighting and more, this company is your go-to. OasisLandscape.com

Best Lighting Company—Exterior

Southern Landscape Lighting Systems

Say good riddance to mosquitoes, fleas and ticks with Mosquito Joe’s misting systems that create a long-lasting pest barrier. The company also offers an all-natural mosquito repellent solution for the environmentally conscious. NorthAtlanta. MosquitoJoe.com

Best Patio Design/Build Company Atlanta Porch and Patio

By tastefully integrating stone features with custom porches, decks and sunrooms into outdoor living spaces, Atlanta Porch and Patio creates extraordinary spaces. The team here creates areas that its clients are sure to enjoy seasonally. AtlantaPorchAndPatio.com

It can be hard to see the big picture and Southern Landscape Lighting Systems knows that.

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Best Place for Outdoor Furniture

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Casual Image

Outdoor living spaces have evolved from the typical yard with a basic grill to elaborately designed havens for dining and relaxation. To provide the ultimate outdoor experience, Casual Image offers consultations and impressive product choices—all to achieve your outdoor sanctuary. CasualImage.com

Best Home Away From Home Java Cats Café

Best Play Set Company Photography by (bottom left and right) CatMax Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency.

Great Outdoors Play Systems Since opening in 2000, this company has sold and installed more than 20,000 pieces of play equipment. Whether you need a swing set, trampoline, basketball goal or commercial playground, they have you and your little ones covered. GreatOutdoorsPlay.com

Best Pool Design/ Installation Company Hilltop Pools

The professionals at Hilltop Pools have been designing and building custom residential and commercial pools, in addition to performing major pool renovations, for more than 40

years. Their design scope also offers outdoor kitchen and living spaces, spas, grottos, waterfalls and more. HilltopPools.com

Best Pool Maintenance Company Andy’s Pool Service

A pool is a great amenity that can be enjoyed by all, but maintaining it can be anything but fun. Andy’s Pool Service doesn’t only conduct regular cleanings and weekly maintenance, but can also install equipment and renovate existing pools. AndysPoolService.com

Southeastern Underdeck Systems

Trust Southeastern Underdeck Systems for its top-notch product line, which allows customers to create a beautiful and enjoyable outdoor area. With 25 color varieties, different panel textures and crown molding options to choose from, homeowners can capitalize on the extensive selection here. SoutheasternUnderdeck.com

Best Water Pond Company

Best Siding Company

SuperiorPRO Exteriors

Best Underdeck Systems: Heath Bowman, Joel Mooneyhan, and Glenn Grillo of Southeastern Underdeck Systems

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“Enjoy a cup of coffee in the cat lounge and cuddle some cuties.” Annie Paschal, editorial/ social media assistant

Locally owned and operated since 1998, SuperiorPRO Exteriors is an Elite Preferred James Hardie Remodeler. With its outstanding customer service and high-quality work performed with top-of-theline products, it is “Your Total Exterior Solution!” SuperiorPro.com

Atlanta Water Gardens, Inc.

Pond enthusiasts will appreciate the collection of fish, pond supplies, pumps, aquatic plants and accessories that can be found here. The company also offers a full line of tabletop indoor fountains that can add serene sounds to any space. AtlantaWaterGardens.com

Best Siding Company: Heber Smith of SuperiorPRO Exteriors

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like the Joneses Get serenity now with these backyard escapes. From spas, hot tubs and pools, adulting has never felt so good.

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t’s common knowledge that, short of booking a trip to a tropical island, soaking in a spa can be one of the best ways to relax and unwind physically and mentally. Studies show that even a brief dip in the spa can lower your blood pressure, give relief to physical aches and pains, reduce inflammation in your joints, and increase muscle flexibility. These Atlanta designers demonstrate how to take advantage of all those benefits by creating a beautiful space for a spa in your home or yard.

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Contemporary Suburban Hideaway To achieve a glamorous, modern look in this Virginia-Highland backyard, all the design elements of the pool, spa and patio are laid out horizontally and are broken up by bold geometric shapes, like the square Bluestone paver walkway. Simple, clean plant materials, like the Emerald Arborvitae shrubs along the fence, were chosen not only to please the eye, but also to lend privacy to the yard. Designer: Douglas Bork, owner and registered landscape architect, Elements Landscape, LLC | Elements-Landscape.net Pool Design and Installation: Jared Crawford, design associate and landscape architect, Artistic Pools, Inc. | ArtisticPools.com

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TRENDS: WHAT’S NEW • Larger hot tubs are making a splash. These tubs are two to three times the size of traditional tubs and can enable lap swimming using water jets and tether poles. • Aroma, fiber-optic light and color therapies can add to the ambience of your spa. • Think outside the spa: features that enhance the spa experience include built-in waterfalls, iPod/MP3 docks, TVs, stereo speakers, and swim-up bars. • Technology, like builtin chlorine generators, saves you money and time. You can check your spa’s water-quality status from anywhere using your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Photo courtesy of Joe A. Gayle & Associates, photography by Natural Pools by Dacor, Inc.

Mountaintop Serenity in the City Joe Gayle Jr., the designer of this spa/pool combo, describes it as “a fountain that you can swim in.” His goal was to create a water feature that’s appealing not just to people who use it, but also those who view the pool from afar. The boulders for the waterfalls were stacked to create pockets for plants to give the space a natural look. And the waterfalls weren’t just visually pleasing—they drown out noise from a nearby street. Designers: Joe Gayle Jr. and Mike Parmlee, co-presidents and designers, Joe A. Gayle & Associates | JAGFolly.com Pool Construction: Dennis Matthews, owner and designer, Natural Pools by Dacor, Inc. (Atlanta Swimming Pools) | AtlantaSwimmingPools.com

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PLANTS ADD VALUE Even though this backyard isn’t located in Atlanta, we were inspired by the creative solution that worked within the homeowners' budget constraints. The use of flora to enhance the surroundings of this ecofriendly retreat only added to its uniqueness. Let the allure of the environment encompassing your pool or spa influence the overall design. Foliage surrounding a pool or spa can serve several purposes: • Privacy: check the location of your future spa. Consider taller plants to create “walls” to block others’ views. • Beauty: invite Mother Nature in and enhance the look of your spa. But select plants that don’t flower, lose their leaves in winter or attract bugs or birds. • Safety: the stroll from the house to your spa can be slippery—use ground cover to provide traction on your walk.

Photo courtesy of Grace Design Associates, Inc., photography by Holly Lepere – Lepere Studio.

Rustic Spa Tucked Into the Landscape Margie Grace, the designer of this beautiful backyard, says her favorite part of this landscape is, “the way the stone steps embrace the tub. It’s as though the spa grew out of the earth.” Due to budget constraints, the homeowners weren’t able to install a full swimming pool in the yard. Grace’s solution? She used wooden staves, like those found in wine barrels, to create a cedar “spool,” a spa large enough to be used like a pool, but easier on the budget. Designer and Installer: Margie Grace, founder and lead designer, Grace Design Associates, Inc. | GraceDesignAssociates.com

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Set the Mood It doesn’t take much to turn an everyday soak into a spa-like experience. Here are a few ways to take alone time to the next level. • Turn down the lights and turn up the ambience with candles. For ones that are made with all-natural ingredients, try local brand, Lindbergh Candle Co. • Amplify the appeal of the space with flowers. Travis Ann Bull, owner of the Buckhead-based Travis Ann Botanicals, suggests orchids, which will thrive in the added steam and moisture. • Add relaxing aromas. The Rosewater Balancing Mist by Jurlique will hydrate your skin and bring floral notes to the air.

Photo courtesy of MTI Baths.

Inspired Nighttime Drama The deck and stairs hugging this freestanding tub from MTI Bath’s Designer Collection demonstrate the design flexibility inherent in its unique shape. Textured porcelain tiles on the walls, combined with stone floor tiles, create a dramatic opportunity to light the space. The designers advise starting with tranquil colors and then choosing water therapies for the tub—like an air bath to provide a light, full-body massage or whirlpools for deep-tissue massage for aching muscles and joints. Designers: Audrey Newsome, Audrey G. Newsome Designs, and Russell Adams, chief of design, MTI | MTIBaths.com Installer: MTI | MTIBaths.com

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Stay Extra Cool by the Pool with Mother Nature’s Perfect Decking – Grass! Nothing beats a cool dip in the pool on a warm day – until you step out onto the blazing hot deck. Many traditional hardscape or decking materials can get hot enough to cause first degree burns in just a few seconds. The simple (and more affordable) solution? Sod! The green hue of healthy sod contrasts beautifully with the blues and whites of today’s modern pool materials. The palette combination really pops. A backyard oasis surrounded by vibrant green evokes a tropical vibe. You’ll feel instantly relaxed and blissfully separated from the chaos of life “out there”. If you are worried about clogging up your filter system with clippings or dirt, you can use pavers or stepping stones. Create defined pathways on the most traveled paths – like between the pool and the patio or the pool and the back door of your home. Take care when mowing or adding chemicals to your lawn. Your landscaping company may need to be told to mow, edge, spray, and blow with their equipment pointed away from the pool. (Give them a few lessons on how to use the skimmer, too!) If you enjoy boisterous pool fun (read… lots of splashing), you can use hardscapes

around the portion of the pool that gets the most action and install sod around the rest to achieve a similar look and feel. Parents do like the softer surface that sod provides compared to hardscape decking. Kids bubble over with joy near the pool and that often means lots of running, skipping, and jumping. Sod is much kinder to tender toes, knees, and elbows! Over time, your grassy pool deck may develop yellow spots from chlorine or salt damage. Patching is easy with certified sod from NG Turf. Be sure to make note of the variety you choose, and you’ll get a perfect match every time you repair. (If you have an ozone or ultraviolet pool system, you won’t need to worry about yellowing at all!) Zoysia and Bermuda turfgrass varieties do best around a pool. They are both drought resistant and can tolerate the heavy foot traffic around a busy pool. One final note – be sure to check your local codes. Some municipalities and neighborhood covenants have strict regulations about pool surrounds and may limit or even prohibit the use of grass as a deck alternative. Available now…TifTuf Bermuda. The most sustainable and drought tolerant sod in the Southeast! Perfect for your backyard pool renovations. Call 770-431-1344 for details.

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