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ISSUE NO. 294 | VOLUME 32, NO. 3
114 FRESH PERSPECTIVE Antiques impresario and showroom owner Mary Prillaman views her treasured collections in a whole new light thanks to the intuitive eye of designer Susan Ferrier
126 BUILT TO LAST A new home at Rosemary Beach is the result of a collaboration among talented design minds, as well as homeowners committed to quality
136 SIMPLY THE BEST Armed with a plethora of elegant furnishings and fine art, decorator Stan Topol fashions an impeccable home for a busy family at The St. Regis Hotel & Residences
OUTDOOR STYLE An exclusive round-up of inspiring spaces, new products and expert advice that celebrates the arrival of spring
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CALENDAR The American Craft Council show returns to Cobb Galleria; Emily Amy Gallery closes its doors and a group show at Pryor Fine Art 21 NAOMI Our dilettante-in-chief recounts the blizzard of decades past 22 FOOD The 21st annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, plus a new cookbook from chef Richard Blais and more local culinary news 152 ETC. Marcia pays tribute to man’s best friend
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SPRING IS HERE! IT’S TIME TO GET OUTSIDE! OUR EXCLUSIVE ROUND-UP OF INSPIRING SPACES, NEW PRODUCTS AND EXPERT ADVICE CELEBRATES ATLANTA’S FAVORITE SEASON
Matthew Klyn’s landscape design firm, Garden, has long been known for its ‘modern organic’ approach to outdoor living. That same aesthetic is now available in a wide selection of container gardens, terrariums and floral arrangements at Garden’s Westside retail location, which also features a greenhouse with exotic plants. 1080 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta 30318. (404) 9419154; gardenatl.com 11
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STYLE (outdoor living) Source lounge chair and ottoman by Gloster, price upon request. Authenteak, (404) 525-1995; authenteak.com
Ceramic pagoda lanterns, $125 each. Neiman Marcus, Lenox Square. (404) 233-7575; neimanmarcus.com
INSPIRING SPACE: A screened porch sitting area by designer Beth Elsey is as elegant as any indoor room. Sofa, lounge chairs and coffee table, Veneman Collections. Sofa and chairs covered in Sunbrella fabric. Lanterns above sofa, Holland & Company.
Encore Azalea has released four fresh new varieties for spring. Autumn Sunburst, Autumn Ivory, Autumn Jewel and Autumn Lily all add lovely color and texture to landscaping schemes. Habersham Gardens, (404) 873-2484; habershamgardens. com; encoreazalea.com
Inspired by the world’s most beautiful gardens, the Villa Paloma Palm Bead Bracelet is made of 18k gold and green aventurine beads, $750. Tiffany & Company, Phipps Plaza, (404) 261-0074; tiffany.com
Hourglass dining table by Amalﬁ Living, starting at $1,165. Kolo Collection, (404) 355-1717; kolocollection.com
“The days of big and bigger are over. Now, the public is embracing suitable scale in houses and gardens. As both get smaller, the details are more important than ever. We’re having requests for veggies along garden borders, outdoor ﬁ replaces, pools and water-recycling elements.” –Marcia Weber, Gardens to Love
Fleurs d’Indienne candle, $280. Hermès, (404) 233-1011; hermes.com
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Terracotta urn and oil jar by Italian Terrace. Logan Gardens, ADAC, (404) 231-4808; logangardens. com; italianterrace.co.uk
“TERRACOTTA POTS BY ITALIAN TERRACE ARE SOME OF THE BEST I’VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME. I WAS INTRIGUED WHEN I DISCOVERED THE LINE BECAUSE IT’S SO FRESH AND DIFFERENT; WE’VE USED QUITE A FEW IN OUR PROJECTS.” –Alex Smith, Alex Smith Garden Design
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STYLE (outdoor living) Chevron Stripe indoor/outdoor rug, $19 to $229 (depending on size). Ballard Designs, (800) 536-7551; ballarddesigns.com
MODERN INSPIRING SPACE: A sleek pool area at a contemporary residence in Morningside offers a pared-down approach to outdoor living.
Link Outdoor folding side table in chic stainless steel and plantation teak. Available through Ainsworth-Noah & Associates, ADAC, Atlanta. (404) 239-8462;; ainsworth-noah.com
BEST SELLERS One of the best-selling gardening books at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s gift shop is Proven Plants Southern Gardens. Other popular tomes include The Painted Garden Cookbook and The Nonstop Garden.
Architecture by Bradley E. Heppner Architecture; landscape architecture by Howard Design Studio; furnishings by Amy D. Morris Interiors
Ligne Roset’s Fifty chair and stool, $1,990. Ligne Roset, (404) 541-1212; lignerosetatlanta.com
“This year, I am using a lot of green and white in planting design. The combination can’t be beat! My favorite greens are boxwood, Pachysandra, fern and holly. Whites to pair with these include Mount Hood, Thalia or Erlicheer Daffodils; Maureen, White Triumphator or Mondial Tulips; or Excelsior White Foxglove. Containers made of zinc or limestone look great with this color combination.” –John Howard, Howard Design Studio Terrarium tools, $48 for set. Anthropologie, (404) 237-4175; anthropologie.com
Dedon Sea-X lounge chair, price upon request. Kolo Collection. (404) 355-1717; kolocollection.com
Terrarium, $39. Urban Ouﬁtters, (404) 264-8849; urbanouﬁtters.com
“A FAVORITE NEW PLANT OF OURS IS FARFUGIUM; IT’S A JAPANESE PLANT THAT WORKS AS A GREAT SUBSTITUTE FOR HOSTA. SOME HAVE BIG, BOLD LEAVES AND OTHERS, A MORE CRINKLY TEXTURE. IN LATE FALL, THEY PRODUCE BIG, YELLOW, DAISY-LIKE FLOWERS.” –Bill Hudgins, Lush Life Home & Garden
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Boulder cocktail table by Stone Yard. Available through Paul + Raulet, ADAC, (404) 261-1820; paulraulet.com
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STYLE (outdoor living) Made of 100 percent recycled plastic, the Pitch birdhouse by Loll Designs is completely maintenance-free, $79. Room & Board, (404) 682-5900; roomandboard.com
RUSTIC INSPIRING SPACE: The porch at the Palmetto, Georgia, country home of Jared Paul and Kelley Harris blends southern hospitality with a modern verve. Vintage table and quilt. Dr. No dining chairs designed by Philippe Stark for Kartell.
“FOR SPRING CONTAINER GARDENING AND LANDSCAPING, I’M DRAWN TO WHITE AND GRAY. I LOVE TO USE PLANTS WITH A DUSTY, GRAYISH TONE— LIKE EUCALYPTUS, DUSTY MILLER AND ARTEMISIA— BECAUSE THEY PAIR BEAUTIFULLY WITH WHITES, BLUES AND EMERALD GREENS. I’LL USE THEM ALL SPRING.” –Brian James Davis, Cachepot Floral Design & Garden Design
Botanical Interests debuted 30 new varieties of seeds for 2013, from $1.59. Pike Nurseries. pikenursery.com Camp Wannagetaway collection of outdoor fabrics by Perennials. Grizzel & Mann, ADAC, (404) 2615932; grizzelandmann.com
Medium Marine Flush Mount ﬁxture, $567. Circa Lighting, (404) 233-4131; circalighting.com
“Garden is now carrying unique concrete products such as oversize spheres and aerated concrete features and seats. Concrete is mixed with soils, stones and other natural elements to create off-color and lightweight garden ornaments. These one-of-a-kind, handmade features make a ﬂat lawn or a shady nook colorful and architectural.” –Matthew Klyn, Garden
Cedar chicken coop with planter, $1,299. WilliamsSonoma, (404) 812-1703; williams-sonoma.com
PORCH: MALI AZIMA
Having planted nearly 100,000 trees since its inception in 1985, Trees Atlanta continues to hunt for ways to rid our surroundings of invasive species, while reducing the need for toxic herbicides and preserving our native plant life in the process. Last summer, Trees Atlanta (treesatlanta. org) augmented its popular Urban Goats program with 100 new sheep, kicking off the program at Chastain Park. Protected by shepherd Brian Cash and a group of guard dogs, the hungry ﬂock munches up to 150 cubic feet of kudzu, privet, wisteria and English ivy a day—of great beneﬁt to the nation’s most heavily forested urban area. The second phase of the two-year partnership continues throughout this year, when the sheep will tackle greenspaces including Chastain Park, Morningside Nature Preserve and Freedom Parkway at the Carter Center. Individuals may sponsor sheep or goats for $100 each. —K.A.
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Naomi von Habersham Do you realize that this month marks the 20th anniversary of the Blizzard of ’93? It’s hard to believe that two decades have passed since Atlanta suffered through the storm that dumped two feet of snow on us! I remember the blizzard well; in fact, I still get perturbed thinking about it. Before the storm hit, I had spent two weeks preparing for a dinner party that I was to host. I had pored over my cookbooks by Nathalie Dupree, Craig Claiborne and Lee Bailey, compiling a menu that I thought sounded tasty. I had shopped for groceries at Harry’s, ordered over-the-top ﬂoral arrangements from Marvin Gardens and even bought a new outﬁt from Snooty Hooty for the occasion. And then, the day before my party, Channel 2’s Glenn Burns informed us that a blizzard was on the way and was expected to blanket the city with not inches, but feet, of snow. I simply couldn’t believe it, so I turned to Channel 5’s Ken Cook. His forecast was the same. And, you know, if both Glenn and Ken give the same forecast, it’s a fait accompli. Well, what could I do? I had beef tenderloin and crab meat in the fridge, a case of Veuve Clicquot in my wine cooler, and two dozen Rhodes Bakery cheese straws in the pantry. I told myself that a blizzard couldn’t possibly hit Atlanta. But, it did. Snow fell and the power promptly went out. No dinner party. No TV. No Ken and Glenn to get me through the storm of the century. All I had to subsist on was some Champagne, cheese straws, Triscuits and cans of Underwood Deviled Ham Spread. Let me tell you, there is nothing glamorous about sitting around your frigid house for days, huddled next to the ﬁ replace while wearing a Blackgama coat and Dearfoam slippers. It’s a scene that I care not to repeat anytime soon. But, I suppose with global warming and all, a blizzard probably won’t hit Atlanta again during my lifetime. That’s just ﬁ ne with me. I can’t bear the thought of eating Triscuits and ham spread again. 21
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Plates Full of Posies Edible ﬂowers grace local menus, just in time for spring Written by Kate Abney
Top Chef darling Richard Blais recently unveiled his latest cookbook, TRY THIS AT HOME: RECIPES FROM MY HEAD TO YOUR PLATE (Clarkson Potter, $30). Featuring more than 100 recipes highlighting the Atlanta chef’s signature style, the tome includes a foreword penned by Tom Colicchio.
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sticky-sweet honey butter cake with a fragrant lavender filling, complemented by buttercream and white chocolate ganache, then garnished with lavender florets or sugar-frosted cherry blossoms. (404) 554-1100; modernbuckhead.com >> Find even more delicate beauty at BACCHANALIA, where a plate of peeled mus-
Local chefs dish on their favorite creations that incorporate this versatile ingredient
“I like to showcase the natural taste in local foods, and this aromatic dish is the perfect example. Start by combining minced shallots, chopped jalapeno, juicy navel and sweet blood oranges and red grapefruit. Toss with a little avocado oil, sea salt and cracked black pepper. Then dice up a fresh avocado in large chunks and mix in. Tuck the mixture into an endive leaf and top with fresh wild lump crab. Lastly, fresh cilantro or basil is a must for the garnish!” –Ashley Clemence, Graft
“Vegetarian avocado tacos are a favorite of mine. I cut a Haas avocado into eight wedges and dip them in buttermilk. Next, roll the wedges in Japanese panko bread crumbs before frying in canola oil. When the avocado is golden brown, I season it with salt and ﬁnish the taco with crispy queso cotija, oven roasted tomatoes and spicy poblano chile pesto; it’s all wrapped in fresh homemade corn tortillas. As a healthier alternative, you can also opt to grill or char the avocado wedges over a direct ﬂame.” –Chad Clevenger, Alma Cocina
“The velvety texture of avocados makes them a great ingredient for whipping up a rich mousse. I start by mixing a pureed avocado with fresh cream, green peppercorn and just a touch of sea salt. This makes the perfect, pillowy bed for pan-seared scallops dotted with lime gastrique. Lastly, I garnish the dish with ﬁnely chopped celery leaves.” –Ria Pell, Ria’s Bluebird Cafe
THE HIGH MUSEUM ATLANTA WINE AUCTION returns for its 21st year as the city’s premier wine soiree, as well as the number one charity wine auction benefiting the arts. Festivities kick off with the Secret Cellars Tour, which grants exclusive access to some of Atlanta’s top residential wine cellars. Then a series of elegant dinners held in exquisite private estates across the city will have taste buds in a tailspin as acclaimed chefs prepare savory dishes to complement rare wines. Select restaurants will also be taking dinner reservations for special multi-course meals not found on their regular menus. The event concludes with the highly anticipated live and silent auctions, where unique vintages, fine art, exotic excursions and other posh prizes are up for bid. 3/203/23. For ticket prices and a full schedule of events, visit atlanta-wineauction.org.
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EDITOR’S LETTER 10 FASHION Essential items for spring travel 12 WELLNESS Nutrition expert Carolyn O’Neil reports on 6
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FAMILY Dolphin adventures that create lasting memories 48 MADE FOR ROMANCE Editor-in-Chief Alison Lewis checks 14
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20 FOR WOMEN ONLY It’s not that men aren’t allowed, but these destinations are great for girlfriend getaways 28 SEA & SKI Steal away to great escapes in the sand or snow 38 RETREAT TO MEDITATE Rebirth and reinvigoration in picturesque Riveria Maya 40 PAR FOR THE COURSE Three unique locales offer unrivaled golf experiences ON THE COVER The wellness programs offered at Canyon Ranch Miami Beach Hotel & Spa are the epitome of healthy travel. Photograph courtesy of resort.
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When an idea becomes reality, it is an amazing t hing. Almost 10 years ago, I thought of a great magazine concept. Why not create a travel magazine focused on health? This idea was somewhat selﬁsh because it combined my passions: travel, ﬁtness and health. It came into focus over the last few years while I have been traveling more frequently for work and with my three children. The realization of this dream occurred when I met Gina Christman, publisher of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. As we sat on the beach, I told her about my desire to launch Healthy Travel magazine. Is there a better setting to pitch a magazine idea? To say the least, she loved it. It was the perfect ﬁt since Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles has been very successful with Travel South, a digestsize publication published quarterly. Since leisure travel is so appealing to its current readers, Healthy Travel is now replacing Travel South, and it will be published in March, May, September and December 2013.
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Wellness tourism is a growing trend across the world, and travelers are seeking new ways to stay active and healthy on vacations. We will showcase the best in healthy travel ideas, including ﬁtness, culinary arts, wellness, beauty, style, family and romantic travel. In our premiere issue, you’ll discover some of our favorite locations to head to this spring. Plus, some of our favorite spa cocktails, healthy girls’ getaways, prime golf destinations, fun swims with the dolphins and an ultimate romantic retreat. We hope you are as excited as we are for Healthy Travel. Stay in touch with us on Twitter (@healthytravmag) or on Facebook (facebook.com/ healthytravelmag).
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RITZ-CARLTON, BUCKHEAD. SANGRIA BLANCO, COURTESY OF BOCA RATON RESORT & CLUB.
DRINK YOUR VEGETABLES
COURTESY OF THE RITZ-CARLTON, PALM BEACH. SPA IN A GLASS, COURTESY OF BEN ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY/THE
Herbal teas and lemon-infused spring water may be beverage basics, but now spas are adding beverages with even more beneﬁts to their menus. Five wellness-inspired cocktails served at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, North Carolina, include refreshing blends of beet juice, broccoli, cucumber, herbs and edible ﬂowers with a kick from vodka, tequila, rum, brandy or even moonshine. The garden green-colored Hummingbird cocktail features vodka muddled with fresh pea shoots, a splash of local honey and a ﬂowering pea tendril garnish. Because the drinks are made with vitamin- and antioxidant-rich fresh fruit and vegetables, they count as a health and beauty treatment, too. What you won’t ﬁnd in these potent potables, however, is a lot of alcohol; each drink calls for only an ounce or so of spirits. “We are trying to focus on ﬂavor and nutrition with less alcohol,” says executive chef Johannes Klapdohr. “That way, you can enjoy the beverage without hitting the wall.” Massages, facials, saunas and steam baths may be the main focus during spa time, but resorts are raising the food-and-beverage bar with menus designed to complement the restorative experience.
CUCUMBER PEPPER ELIXIR, COURTESY OF KEN LEUNG/THE BOYS CLUB. PAUSE, PLAY AND PERFECT COCKTAILS,
If lounging in a ﬂuffy terrycloth robe with the calming sounds of New Age music and the scent of ﬂowers in the aromatherapy-enhanced air isn’t enough to transport you away into a world of spainduced bliss, then add a liquid layer of escape—the spa cocktail.
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opposite Cucumber-Pepper Elixir. this page, left to right Pause, Play and Perfect; Spa in a Glass; Sangria Blanco.
CUCUMBER-PEPPER ELIXIR from theboysclub.net, a cocktail blog
PAUSE, PLAY, PERFECT
SPA IN A GLASS
ice. Yield: 1 cocktail
from the Eau Spa at The Ritz-Carlton,Palm Beach, which has three signature drinks–Pause, Play and Perfect.
from The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, in Atlanta
Note: You can ﬁnd Green Machine Smoothie drink at Whole Foods Market or other health food stores. If you can’t ﬁnd pea shoots, you can substitute sprouts.
1/2 MEDIUM CUCUMBER, CHOPPED
2 OUNCES CUCUMBER-BLACK PEPPER TONIC
1 OUNCE ALOE JUICE
2 OUNCES GIN
1.5 OUNCES GREY GOOSE L’ORANGE
1 OUNCE PURE AGAVE NECTAR
1/2 TEASPOON FRESH LEMON JUICE
1 OUNCE CHAMBORD
1.25 OUNCE FRESH LIME JUICE
CUCUMBER SLICES FOR GARNISH
0.5 OUNCE CRANBERRY JUICE
.75 OUNCE GINGER BEER
0.5 OUNCE PINEAPPLE JUICE
CUCUMBER SLICES AND MINT LEAVES
RASPBERRIES FOR GARNISH
Combine ﬁrst four ingredients; top with Champagne and garnish before serving. Yield: 1 cocktail
Process cucumber in a food processor or blender until smooth. Transfer cucumber puree into a glass; add next four ingredients, mixing well. Pour over ice in a tall glass, top with a splash of soda, and garnish before serving. Yield: 2 cocktails
Add tonic, gin and lemon juice to a shaker ﬁlled with ice. Cap the shaker and shake vigorously until well combined, allowing ice to break up and melt slightly, about 20 to 30 seconds. Strain into a lowball glass with a few small ice cubes, garnish with cucumber, serve chilled. Yield: 1 cocktail
PLAY 1.5 OUNCE RASPBERRY VODKA 0.5 OUNCE GODIVA DARK
CUCUMBER-BLACK PEPPER TONIC
0.5 OUNCE GODIVA WHITE RASPBERRIES FOR GARNISH
SPA PALAZZO SANGRIA BLANCO from Via Spa Palazzo, Boca Raton Resort & Club 2 BOTTLES WHITE SPANISH WINE
Note: You can ﬁnd aloe juice at Whole Foods Market or other health food stores.
1/2 CUP SPANISH BRANDY 1/4 CUP SPANISH ORANGE LIQUER 1 ORANGE, JUICED 1/2 CUP SUPERFINE SUGAR 1/2 CUP FRESH STRAWBERRIES, SLICED 1/2 ORANGE, HALVED, THINLY SLICED 1/2 LEMON, HALVED, THINLY SLICED 1/2 PLUM, PIT REMOVED, SLICED INTO WEDGES 1/2 PEACH, PIT REMOVED, SLICED INTO WEDGES 1 (10 OUNCE) BOTTLE CLUB SODA,
1 CUP WATER 1 CUCUMBER, GRATED 1/4 CUP GRANULATED SUGAR
Combine ﬁrst three ingredients and garnish before serving. Yield: 1 cocktail
1 OUNCE VODKA, MUDDLED
2 OUNCES LEBLON CACHACA
1 TABLESPOON PEA SHOOTS
3 LIME WEDGES
2 TABLESPOONS HONEY
2 OUNCES GREEN MACHINE SMOOTHIE
1 OUNCE CANE SUGAR
1 TEASPOON FRESH LIME JUICE
2 TABLESPOONS BLACK PEPPERCORNS
Place all ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and let steep for 45 minutes or overnight. Strain tonic into an airtight container. Refrigerate until ready to use. Yield: 2 cups
from Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands, North Carolina
LIME WEDGE FOR GARNISH
Combine ﬁrst four ingredients and garnish before serving. Yield: 1 cocktail
Combine vodka and pea shoots until thoroughly mixed. Add honey, green juice and lime juice, mixing well. Serve over
Combine wine, brandy, orange liqueur, orange juice and sugar in a large pitcher and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add fruit and stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours. Stir in club soda just before serving. Serve sangria in large wine glasses. Yield: 4 cocktails
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From ﬁrst touch to ﬁnal splash, something about oneon-one time with dolphins provokes joyous awe and lasting memories. But of the innumerable encounter opportunities available to vacationers today, three unique experiences beg mention and consideration when planning the optimum dolphin memory-making experience for the family.
Written by SHELBIE LANDRY
» A six-hour ULTIMATE TRAINER FOR A DAY PROGRAM is available for guests who want a full day of education and fun, including customized dolphin and sea lion training sessions and Atlantis’ exclusive double dorsal tow and signature Dolphin foot-push. » A BEHIND-THE-SCENES An amazing place in itself, the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas contains a 14-acre marine and rehabilitation area where one can choose
DOLPHIN RESEARCH CENTER
from four unique experiences at the expansive Dolphin
Perhaps a bit closer to home, the Dolphin Research
Cay: beach pass, shallow water interaction, deep water
Center in Marathon, Florida, offers much more than just
scooter interaction, and—the ultimate—trainer for a
the “get wet with a dolphin” experience. This research
» The 60-minute SNORKEL THE
day. From merely observing the facility’s dolphins at a
facility also hosts a multitude of educational programs
RUINS OF ATLANTIS program
private beach to getting intimate with both trainers and
designed for school, special needs, and college students
animals, Atlantis redeﬁnes the typical dolphin excursion.
correlating with its rescue and research efforts of
allows up to eight guests at a time the chance to snorkel the Ruins Lagoon—the resort’s largest marine exhibit—alongside giant rays, sleek sharks and hundreds of schools of tropical ﬁ sh.
the surrounding marine life. Consequently, their day
TOUR of Atlantis’ world-class facilities and animal hospital hospital will teach guests the basics of animal care, feeding and diagnostics.
DOLPHIN DISCOVERY CENTER
programs include such packages as Researcher for
On the British Virgin Island of Tortola, the Dolphin
a Day and Paint With a Dolphin, where one can not
Discovery facility offers four different packages.
only get close to the mammals, but also learn about
Most notable of these, the Dolphin Royal Swim has an
their intelligence and capabilities in an effort to better
exciting foot-push and the potential to reach speeds
understand them. You can also participate in a playful,
of more 20 miles per hour during the dorsal tow. With
structured, interactive swim experience—the 20- to
the Tortola full-day experience, you’ll experience the
25-minute Dolphin Encounter. During orientation, a
dolphin encounter of your dreams, plus a complete
trainer will demonstrate basic hand signals so that
tour of the largest island in the BVI, including a relaxing
you can ask the dolphins for a variety of interactive
behaviors—including the energetic dorsal pull.
» DEEP WATER SWIM allows guests to swim in deep water with dolphins by either using a personal scooter or swimming freely with a mask and ﬁ ns.
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It’s not that men aren’t allowed, but these destinations are great for girlfriend getaways Written by ALISON LEWIS
Girls’ Night Out—whether it’s cocktails and lighthearted gossip or a total dinner-and-dish session—works just ﬁne for a midweek pick-me-up, but now ladies want just a little bit more, and Girlfriend Getaways have become a booming trend in the travel industry. It’s estimated that women will spend $125 billion dollars on travel next year, and they now inﬂuence 85 percent of all travel decisions and comprise 40 percent of all business travelers. “Girl getaways are not only a time for friends to escape the housework, homework and other family chores for a short break,” says nutrition author and columnist Carolyn O’ Neil. “But, also, women are taking the time to care for themselves so they can better take care of others. From spa treatments to long walks, shopping, and talks with girlfriends, there’s an element of wellness woven into these popular mini-vacations.” Massages for your mental health? Yes, please. We’ve rounded up three favorite spots with an emphasis on healthy living. Book a weekend with your closest friends and escape the exhaustion of your daily schedule for a couple days. We guarantee you’ll head back home feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to tackle your never-ending to-do list.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead Atlanta, Georgia
An innovative new spa experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, topped our wish list for a healthy girls’ getaway. With the debut of the Spa Level last fall—the ﬁrst of its kind—guests can get ﬁrst access to spa appointments, as well as consultations with the spa concierge to select customized treatments. Guests are also personally escorted from their Spa Level accommodations to the treatment rooms. “We’ve turned from accumulating things to accumulating experiences,” says Sandra Ryder, the hotel’s Area Director of Public Relations. “Memory is powerful. Remembering a moment in time with friends, learning about a new place, watching a sunset in lovely surroundings—the traveler feels richer for the experience.” We’re not suggesting you completely skip the retail therapy, though. Bliss out during your personalized spa day, but make sure you cross the street at least once to experience the shopping playgrounds of Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.
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Southern-Inspired Treatments Sweet Tea Body Buff
The delicate aroma of black tea enhanced with lemon and sweet almond honey lifts the spirit, while sugar crystals gently exfoliate. An application of a moisturizer—rich in antioxidants, aloe and shea butter— completes this treatment.
Sout hern Comfort Facial
top row, left to right After a day of shopping at the South’s ﬁnest shopping malls, enjoy spa quiet time with the girls. Be sure to try the pineapple-mint or cranberry-pomegranate water in the spa before your treatment. The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, welcomes you with passion fruit green apple tea. The apple is cored, rubbed with lemon inside to prevent browning and ﬁlled with the tea. The Sweet Magnolia Pedicure is pure foot heaven. bottom row, left to right Molton Brown amenities are featured on the Spa Level. Every spacious treatment room is dimly lit with candles to create a calming environment.
This deep cleansing aromatherapy facial, eye treatment and scalp massage includes a dry brush body exfoliation, application of warm mineral cream combined with essential oils, and an organic cotton duvet wrap.
Red Clay Body Wrap Indigenous to Georgia, red
clay’s high mineral content is excellent for toning skin. After a dry brush exfoliation, warm red clay detoxiﬁes during a thermal wrap designed to stimulate circulation and metabolism, eliminating toxins and easing fatigue.
Sweet Magnolia Pedicure
Recline in the spa’s zero gravity massage chair surrounded by the sweet aroma of Georgia’s favorite ﬂower. Feet are immersed in a delicate bath, gently exfoliated, treated with PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE RITZ-CARLTON, BUCKHEAD.
a cooling mask, cucumber heel therapy and a hydrating parafﬁn treatment. A foot and leg massage follows, enhanced with warm basalt stones and a soufﬂé of white magnolia petals deepened with saffron, sandalwood, mimosa and gardenia. This treatment concludes with a polish application in the color of your choice.
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top row, left to right Rejuvenate with yoga on the roof at Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa. After a morning of ﬁ tness classes, experience pure relaxation poolside. bottom row, left to right The resort’s indoor climbing wall. Guest rooms merge contemporary elegance with wonderful beachfront views. Spacious bathrooms feature spa-like details.
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Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach, Florida
From a morning walk on the beach to a thrilling climb on the two-story rock wall, Canyon Ranch Miami Beach Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to renew your spirit in a weekend. Savor the sparkling pool, healthful gourmet cuisine and even organic wines with your best friends. With one of the largest spas in South Florida, Canyon Ranch offers any activity your healthy heart desires—from ayurvedic body rituals, maternity massages and touch therapies to beach programs such as boot camps, yoga and sand castle building. Named one of “America’s Most Slimming Vacations” by Health magazine and boasting various “Best Spa Awards,” Canyon Ranch’s indoor offerings include Kinesis, mind/body training, Pilates and a rock climbing wall. Offsite outdoor activities include golf, tennis, surﬁng and kayaking. “Women today are so busy driving successful careers and home lives that the average to-do list has grown extensively, and, in turn, pushed ‘me’ time further down the list,” says Charlotte Prescott, Spa & Fitness Director at Canyon Ranch. “Girlfriend getaways ﬁll their desire to share valuable connections and experiences with close friends. With wellness and beauty on the minds of most women, a getaway to a spa checks all the boxes!” Canyon Ranch will host their second annual Beauty Week in April. The goal: Get summer-ready with fresh, fun consultations and treatments like mini-facials, luxurious scalp massages, aesthetic technology demonstrations and more, including jewelry showcases and trunk shows.
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Mindfulness meditat ion Learn practical meditation
exercises to increase relaxation, reduce stress and cultivate a deeper sense of presence. Presented by Brad Kerschensteiner, this lecture covers the beneﬁts and principles of mindfulness meditation as well as guided meditation. Check with concierge for dates and times
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this page Enjoy time with friends after a day of visiting California’s wine country. Sonoma County has 13 distinctive wine regions. All of the resort’s pools at the inn are fed with its own source of thermal mineral water. opposite The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa features California Mission-style architecture.
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa Sonoma, California
For more than 85 years, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa has been a terriﬁc spot for health-minded travelers. Known for casually elegant accommodations, sensational cuisine, luxurious spa treatments and world-class golf, the inn has recently unveiled 30 newly renovated signature Mission Suites and a premier Winemaker Suite. Experience ﬁtness classes such as yoga, water yoga, Zumba, Pilates, TRX training, bike tours and complimentary specialty hikes in this rustic setting, followed by decadent cheese and olive oil tastings. The property’s crown jewel is the 40,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa, home to one of the country’s only geo-thermal healing mineral waters. The inn offers nightly wine tastings, too, where you can enjoy a glass of local vino with the girls while you chat with esteemed winemakers. 26
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Exploring Wine Country Dinner at Sant é
Try Chef Andrew Cain’s locally inspired dishes that showcase the fresh bounties of Sonoma.
Girls on t he Greens
exclusive privileges at the classic Sonoma Golf Club, the former home of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship Tour, so hit the links for a round with your pals.
Morning Bike Tour
Explore the back roads of picturesque Sonoma Valley, which offers spectacular views of surrounding vineyards.
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Steal away to great escapes in the sand or snow Written by ALISON LEWIS
Usually the words “sea” and “ski” come to mind when thinking of exotic spring travel. And while there’s deﬁnitely room for water skiing in our top seaside destinations like Florida’s Panhandle and Bermuda, we’re thinking more of the icy variety. That’s right—spring is the perfect time of year for frolicking in the sand or snow. From Tahoe to Telluride and the Gulf to the Caribbean, we’ve put together the ultimate in good-for-you family vacations.
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Deer Valley Resort is a wonderland for both novice and expert skiers. opposite The white sandy shores of Sandestin Golf & Beach resort on Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gulf Coast make it a popular warm-weather destination in the spring. 29
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The Fairmont Southampton One of the world’s incomparable luxury resorts, The Fairmont Southampton offers endless possibilities for recreation and relaxation, including an award-winning par-3 golf course, spa and ﬁtness center, pools, a private oceanfront beach club complete with shaded chaise longues, a PADI scuba dive center, snorkeling, water sports, tennis courts and more. Kids will enjoy daily programs at Explorers Camp, and no one will complain about what’s for dinner with 10 on-site restaurants, cafes and lounges serving food for all tastes. Staying on track during vacation isn’t impossible at The Fairmont Southampton. All of the resort’s restaurants offer menus that address restrictions such as gluten allergies, DASH/Hearty Healthy or diabetes, and preferences such as raw, vegan and macrobiotic diets. The Fairmont Fit program makes it easy to work out on the road, with hotel-loaned workout gear supplied by Reebok. The Willowstream Spa is one of the most exclusive resort spas in Bermuda, with its 31,000-square-foot spa that includes an indoor pool, outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean and 15 treatment rooms where treatments can be customized and tailored to heighten the spa experience. We love the ﬁtness walks that allow guests to see the beauty of the South Shore while getting a little exercise. Beach yoga is offered at 6:45 a.m., a nice way to start the day in Bermuda. (866) 540-4497; fairmont.com/southampton-bermuda
The Fairmont Hamilton Princeess Located downtown in the heart of Hamilton, just steps from Bermuda’s ﬁnest restaurants, shops and attractions, The Fairmont Hamilton Princess offers unsurpassed amenities, including fresh and saltwater pools, an outdoor putting green and some of the island’s most celebrated restaurants. 30
clockwise, from top left Explore Bermuda’s immaculate 20.5-square-mile island by bike. This overhead view of The Fairmont Southampton private beach club is where relaxation, snorkeling and diving are at its best. Relish every minute of your view while enjoying the outdoor Jacuzzi at Willow Stream Spa. opposite, top to bottom A charming streetscape in Rosemary Beach, Florida. All rooms at Fairmont Southampton offer spectacular balcony views of the ocean.
One of them, Heritage Court, is known for having the best afternoon tea in Bermuda. Guests can take the private ferry to the Southampton property to enjoy its private beach, spa and golf course. (866) 540-4447; fairmont.com/hamiltonbermuda
Rosemary Beach Located on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, you’ll ﬁnd the quaint New Urbanist town of Rosemary Beach. The architecture of the community—including its rental homes, lofts, cottages and carriage houses—is described as “New Orleans meets the West Indies, Charleston and the Caribbean.” Causal and upscale eateries and stylish boutiques dot the town’s main artery, and all of the restaurants are dedicated to the town’s ethos of green living. Be on the lookout for the new luxury hotel opening on the beach side of the town in late spring. (850) 278-2030; rosemarybeach.com
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IN BERMUDA » Don’t miss the excellent iced coffee and smoked salmon wraps at Common Ground Restaurant, the Island Conch chowder at Port-O-Call Restaurant or the refreshing Rum Swizzle at The Swizzle Inn. » Reserve an afternoon for touring Tom Wadson’s Organic Farm at Luke’s Pond Southampton. » Book horseback trail rides along the beach with guided groups, riding lessons or private rides. Contact Spicelands Equesterian Centre at (441) 238-8212. » Explore Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve and The Botanical Gardens. Both are family favorites. Be sure to look for the Bermudiana (Bermuda’s ofﬁcial ﬂower), hermit crabs and the Bermuda Petal bird. » Go for a swim in the calm waters at Horseshoe Bay, touted as the most famous beach in Bermuda. Be sure to bring your snorkel gear or a beach towel to take in the scenic views both underwater and on land. 31
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Sandestin, Florida It comes as no surprise that Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the No. 1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, and was recognized for having one of the top 10 beaches in America, according to Good Morning America. The property beckons guests with 2,400 acres, seven miles of beaches and 30 charming neighborhoods that offer 1,300 vacation rentals, including condominiums, villas and townhomes. This resort is healthy travel at its best, counting among its amenities four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, 72 ﬁshing lakes, a ﬁve-acre nature park, running and biking paths, a basketball court, putting and ropes courses, ziplining, a ﬁtness center and spa, and a 113-slip marina with paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing and sailboat lessons. (866) 912-3224; sandestin.com
Now in its 27th year, the Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running event of its kind on the Gulf Coast. Held at the charming Village of Baytowne Wharf, the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals”—so named for its popularity and grandeur—features one-of-a-kind seminars, wine dinners, grand tastings and culinary experiences. This year’s festival is April 18-21. sandestinwinefestival.com
Seaside, Florida Just east of Destin lies the magical town of Seaside. Designed for walking and riding bikes, pathways intertwine houses in this community for just that purpose, where you’ll take in the charming sites such as white picket fences and pastel-colored homes. If you’re looking for something less abstract and more educational, book a 90-minute walking tour through The Seaside Institute with Mark Schnell, principal of Schnell Urban Design, to learn more about the New Urbanism movement within the town. Nine different beach pavilions offer outdoor activities such as a croquet lawn, swimming, tennis and even Petanque courses. Visit the Seaside Farmers Market—held every Saturday and twice a week during summer—for local, seasonal produce. Don’t miss the chance to stock up on healthy fruits and vegetables for your beach vacay. (850) 231-6107; seasideﬂ.com
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clockwise, from top left Savor the large selection of healthy smoothies and juices at Raw & Juicy in Seaside. The town is also home to the freshest wraps in Northwest Florida. Reconnect with the children at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Start your day off on the right foot with healthy breakfast fare at Raw & Juicy. Be sure to taste the local honey, hot sauce, salsa and homemade breads at Seaside’s Farmers Market. opposite Voted as one of the best Florida destinations for families, Seaside offers kayaking, biking, swimming, tennis and outdoor movies and concerts.
Favorite Food Trucks RAW & JUICY
Jennifer Kuntz’s holistic dishes are served straight from this shiny food truck, and everything is straight-up delicious. The menu includes raw juices, real food smoothies, raw food beach snacks, and one of the best breakfasts around. You can’t go wrong with the cashew-coconut yogurt with homemade granola and seasonal organic fruit, and make sure you grab a bag of kale chips for later.
BAREFOOT BBQ Get some of the best barbecue on the beach from this retro, tiki-style food truck, serving hormone-, steroid-, and antibiotic-free meats and sides right by the sea.
WILD BILL’S If there’s such a thing as good-for-you hot dogs, you’ll ﬁnd them at this food truck. Made with organic meat from grass-fed cattle, these tasty hotdogs come in natural lamb casings without soy, ﬁllers, gluten or nitrates. 33
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SKI clockwise, from above Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake on the North American continent. The sun shines there 75 percent of the year. The altitude at the Empire Summit at Deer Valley is 9,570 feet. Start skiing early in the morning for pure ski solitude. opposite Overlooking the town of Deer Valley.
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Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah The sole “ski only” in Park City, meaning no snowboarding, Deer Valley Resort combines outstanding amenities and impeccable service that guests rave about. It’s not just the service that attracts worldwide attention—the terrain and on-hill amenities are ﬁrst-class, too. The resort boasts more than 2,000 acres of slopes, 21 chairlifts, 100 ski runs, six bowls, 11 restaurants, 500 ski instructors and 300 inches of powder annually. Plus, the resort sells a maximum of 7,500 lift tickets per day to avoid overcrowding. With three elegant day lodges, hundreds of luxury accommodations, and a renowned ski school and children’s center, Deer Valley is a great option for active families at every age. (800) 4243337; deervalley.com
Northstar California Resort, Lake Tahoe, California It can be a challenge to ﬁnd a destination that ﬁts the bill for every skier in your group—until you set your sights on Northstar California Resort, now delivering epic winter fun after $30 million in recent on-mountain upgrades. Northstar’s 95 trails descend from the mountain’s 8,610-foot summit and hit an intermediate sweet spot, but experts won’t miss a thing touring tree-lined black-diamond runs in the new Sawtooth Ridge backcountry. Snowboarders ﬁnd heaven on the Pinball trail or by dropping into the new 22-foot Superpipe designed by Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White. For kids, it’s about more than just ski school. There’s the new Burton Riglet Park (for 3- to 6-year-olds), plus village activities like the Apex Bungy Trampoline and a large ice-skating rink surrounded by ﬁre pits. At night, gather for a stargazing snowshoe tour complete with Celestron telescopes. Stay at
the mid-mountain, ﬁve-star Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe—and not just for the luxury accommodations, though they’re abundant. Enjoy ski-in, ski-out access and seasonal organic menus at Traci Des Jardin’s Manzanita, or spend an entire day at the spa with its dry-heat lodge, pinyon pine steam room and heated outdoor pool overlooking the mountain. northstarattahoe.com; ritzcarlton.com; manzanitalaketahoe.com
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Nestled at the base of Deer Valley, this brand-new, serene, boutique-style day spa specializes in holistic treatments such as acupuncture and chakra balancing. (435) 649-949; ZANTESPA.COM
MONTAGE DEER VALLEY Ski in or out of this spa from the Empire Canyon area of the resort, where you can enroll in their signature Wellness Program along with your massage or facial. (435) 604-1300; SPAMONTAGE.COM/ DEERVALLEY
STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE Utah’s only ﬁve-star AAA Five Diamond property—located midmountain for easy ski in or out—went through a major renovation in 2011. Be sure to check out their wellness studio catered to skiers. (800) 453-1302; STEINLODGE.COM
BEACH AND SEASIDE, FLORIDA. STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE, COURTESY OF STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE DEER VALLEY. NORTH LAKE TAHOE, COURTESY OF RESORT/JEFF DOW. MORE INFORMATION: GOTAHOENORTH.COM. SCARP LODGE IN CRESTED BUTTE, COURTESY OF RESORT/DAVID MARLOW.
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS: SANDESTIN GOLF & BEACH RESORTS, COURTESY OF RESORT. DEER VALLEY, COURTESY OF DEER VALLEY RESORT. FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON AND FAIRMONT HAMILTON, COURTESY OF RESORTS. ROSEMARY BEACH AND SEASIDE, COURTESY OF ROSEMARY
warm up at t he spa
clockwise, from top left Empire Canyon in Deer Valley features ﬁreplaces and a touch of antique and brass furnishings. Gunnison Airport is the closest to Crested Butte. Take a ski break and get pampered at the Stein Erikson’s 23,000-square-foot spa. opposite, clockwise from top Scarp Ridge Lodge was built entirely within the existing shell of a 19th-century corrugated iron structure, a former miner’s club and dance hall. Experience the best Northstar has to offer in snowboard lessons. This seven-bedroom property offers the elegance of a traditional ski lodge with amenities of an urban loft. Overlooking Crested Butte.
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Scarp Ridge Lodge, Crested Butte Part of Eleven Colorado’s mission to provide adventure without sacriﬁcing luxury, this exquisite ski getaway is located on the 12,000-foot slopes of Scarp Ridge, overlooking the river valley in Crested Butte. Opened just over a year, the intimate lodge home features ﬁve suites with king beds and a plush bunk room that sleeps an additional seven people. Perks are plentiful here: breakfast and lunch prepared by your personal chef and all-inclusive activities like cat skiing on Eleven’s private terrain. (You’ll be picked up in front of the lodge and whisked away to more than 1,000 acres of private terrain, plus enjoy lunch and après ski cocktails served on the mountain.) Other options include snowshoeing trips and, during summer, world-class mountain biking, rock climbing, river rafting, ﬂy-ﬁshing and more. The best part? All gear is included, so guests can travel without cumbersome extra luggage. (866) 479-4677; elevenexperience.com/scarpridge-lodge
Telluride Telluride is consistently rated a top ski destination because of its natural beauty and comforting small-town vibe. Whether on a run or the slope side, you’re guaranteed a memorable vacation in this charming, historic mining town that’s tucked into a jewel-box canyon at nearly 9,000 feet. Ski terrain is easily accessed from the town, or hop on the free gondola and head to Mountain Village where more thrills await. Children and skiers of all levels should take advantage some of the best ski instructors in the country for group lessons—just be sure to book ahead for private
consultations. All of your mind, body and ﬁtness needs are readily available in this small town. We love The Peaks resort for its full workout center and spa—the largest in Colorado— with amazing views of the San Juan Mountain range. At the Telluride Yoga Center, choose from a variety of classes like hatha ﬂow, ashtanga, vinyasa and kundalini. Because you’ll burn so many calories in this active ski enclave, treat yourself to a fabulous dinner in this foodie town, where there are no chains. Go for rustic charm at 221 South Oak, elegant dining at Cosmopolitan of Telluride, or choose from a great lineup of aged steaks at the Chop House in New Sheridan Hotel. If you want casual family fun, head over to Floradora Saloon for burgers or La Cocina de Luz for organic Mexican fare. tellurideskiresort.com; thepeakresort.com; tellurideyoga.com
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The white sand beaches at the Viceroy Riviera Maya. opposite Rain shower treatments at the resort are performed in an outdoor spa cabin. 38
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Ret reat t o Meditate REBIRTH IN RIVIERA MAYA Written by NINA KOKOTAS HAHN
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF VICEROY RIVIERA MAYA.
One of the largest of the ancient Maya regions of Mesoamerica, the Riviera Maya—and all its postapocalyptic letdown—may not be the ﬁ rst place that comes to mind when you imagine a restorative retreat. It was, after all, at the heart of the Mayan prediction that the world would meet its doom on 12/21/12. We’re all still here, of course, and that’s really no surprise given most Mayans never actually believed the world would end on the epically dreaded date, only that the date marked the end of one long calendar and the start of another. This is one of many things I learned on a recent trip to Playa del Carmen, one of the Riviera Maya’s most exclusive coastal gems. Like the rest of this area, Playa del Carmen has exploded with authentic, Mayan-inspired rituals and treatments that prepare the mind, body, and spirit for a brand-new start. Abundant in the months leading up to 12/21/12, and picking up speed with renewed fervor since the start of the new Mayan calendar, these authentic, soulful experiences can be found at every type of resort in Playa del Carmen, from value-focused, all-inclusives like Sandos Caracal Eco Resort & Spa (from $260; sandos.com) to the ultra-luxe Rosewood Mayakoba (from $768; rosewoodhotels.com). I arrived at the 41-villa, adults-only boutique Viceroy Riviera Maya in search of spiritual rejuvenation and a more personal experience (villas from $468;
viceroyhotelsandresorts.com). From the moment I set foot on the lush canopied paths of my jungle-wrapped home away from home—one of 11 new luxury villas sprawling some 1,700 square feet—the resort felt to me like one giant present waiting to be unwrapped. The most obvious present was revealed as the jungle opened up to the bright white beach and turquoise sea. The ﬁrst gift came just after I landed at the resort, with a happenstance stumble upon a shaman blessing. Ogling the candlelit, mystical Wayak Spa en route to my room, I met the resident shaman who prayed over me as he waved smoking herbs to help purge bad energy. From the incredibly calming and exotic copal incense wafting throughout the resort and my private backyard oasis—complete with a plunge pool—to the meditative paths leading to quiet groves for art-making and journaling, I felt the internal ﬁeld clearing and my soul quietly opening. The spa’s reputation preceded itself, and I couldn’t wait for the 90-minute, shaman-led temazcal, a traditional Mayan sweat lodge ceremony that uses steam and healing herbs to purify the body and spirit. I was hooked at the start as we prayed to the seven Mayan
gods for blessings before entering the warmed adobe, symbolic of Mother Nature’s womb. Later, I visited the spa again for a tzolkin massage, which incorporated healing herbs that were brushed vigorously against my body. The setting was gorgeous and relaxing, with a secluded, candlelit wood platform shrouded in white mosquito netting and situated next to a small waterfall. Beyond the resort’s many Mayan offerings, including a detox program ranging anywhere from three hours to two days, there were plenty of healthy experiences in which to indulge. Morning vinyassa ﬂow yoga on the Viceroy’s private pier was a favorite, but my days stayed effortlessly active with excursions that included snorkeling along the second largest barrier reef in the world and biking the archaeological site of Cobá, where you can climb Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan. With each day that passed, I found myself feeling reinvigorated, reﬂective, and grateful. Returning home, the collective feeling amounted to something akin to true balance, which may just be a hidden Mayan message.
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THREE UNIQUE LOCALES OFFER UNRIVALED GOLFING EXPERIENCES Written by ALISON LEWIS
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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise so many deals are brokered outside of stuffy boardrooms on the golf course. Nothing relaxes your mind like a leisurely day spent playing the greens amidst breathtaking scenery on world-renowned courses. Factor in an amazing resort with award-winning amenities, and you have the perfect all-play, no-work vacation. From as far away as Scotland to more convenient stateside locales, these three picturesque pro-level clubs and courses will provide memorable vacation experiences for golfers of all skill levels.
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Turnberry Resort Scotland
Now a part of the Starwood Luxury Collection, this newly renovated golf resort on the jagged, gorgeous west coast of Scotland is well-known for its hospitality, award-winning spa, ﬁne Scottish cuisine and many outdoor activities, especially golf. Home to four Open Championships, this ﬁve-star property offers a wide array of courses and programs. One of the premier links academies in the world, the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy offers indoor and outdoor lesson areas. Facilities include swing analyzers, 16 covered bays, an open-air driving range with target greens, an extensive short game area, the Cairngorms putting course, and the nine-hole Arran Academy Course taught by a team of PGA professionals. For those hoping to ﬁne-tune their game for the resort’s championship courses, the TaylorMade Performance Lab enhances visitors’ overall experience with tour-quality club ﬁtting by Motion Analysis Technology (MAT-T System), which uses high-speed cameras and specially designed software to evaluate setup, swing and impact dynamics. Once completed, this information is used to tailor clubs for the participants that ultimately perfect their golﬁng experience. 42
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Scotland’s most gorgeous sunset is over the Turnberry Lighthouse. A blend of Edwardian tradition and timeless design, Turnberry Resort ﬁrst opened in 1906 as the world’s ﬁrst golf resort. opposite, clockwise from top left Experience the serene view of the Ailsa Craig from the 9th tee. Challenge your golf game amidst the stunning coastline. Kohler Waters Spa is the ideal place to relax and replenish your body after full day on the course.
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A rest ful haven with
beautiful views over the Irish Sea, The Spa at Turnberry provides the ideal place to relax and revitalize.
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clockwise, from top right Inspired by the nearby locales of Savannah and Charleston, Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina channels true southern sophistication. Every day at Palmetto Bluff brings a new experience and memory. Its greens are some of the best kept in the world. opposite Enjoy a blissful experience with views over the Irish Sea at The Spa at Turnberry.
The American Club Resort Kohler, Wisconsin
The Ailsa course at Turnberry, named for the isle of Ailsa Craig 11 miles off the coast, is an unforgettable experience replete with breathtaking views and difﬁcult shots. Consistently voted the best course in the United Kingdom by several leading golf publications, this course has been host to four Open Championships and, in turn, some of the most amazing moments in golﬁng history. Finally, the Championship Kintyre course perfectly complements the Ailsa course with undulating greens, magniﬁcent ocean holes, elevated tees and lush fairways. This course’s signature 8th hole creates a panoramic view and unforgettable blind second shot to a green surrounded by a gully of rocks. (800) 325-3589; turnberryresort.co.uk
Continually ranked as one of the “Top 100 You Can Play” by Golf magazine, The American Club Resort in Kohler, Wisconsin, is home to two distinct public golf courses designed by Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye. The Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run courses are ranked by Golf Digest and each contain two separate courses within themselves. Whistling Straits, a daily fee course open to the public, features the Straits course—located on Lake Michigan— and the Irish course, with its nearly 2,000 trees and scenic water views. The Straits course is ranked No. 3 by Golf Digest on its list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses,” and features a walking-only ﬁve-mile course that played host to the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships as well as the 2007 USGA Senior Open and the upcoming 2015 PGA Championship and 2020 Ryder Cup. The Irish course, ranked No. 35 in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Course,” was also designed for walking play, but carts are available upon request. 45
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From Scot land t o Sout h Carolina, golﬁng resorts continue to
evolve to meet the needs of a new generation of players and their families. The amenities off the course are as awe-inspiring as many golf course views.
TURBERRY RESORT, COURTESY OF RESORT.
BLUFF, COURTESY OF PALMETTO BLUFF.
RESORT, COURTESY OF KOHLER CO. PALMETTO
PHOTAGRAPHY CREDITS: THE AMERICAN CLUB
top row, left to right Bring your “A” game to the May River Golf Course at Palmetto Bluff. Clubs at the ready. Nestled along a two-mile stretch of Lake Michigan, Whistling Straits features rolling greens, deep pot bunkers and grass topped dunes. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff offers pampering charm. bottom row, left to right One of the most famous golf views in the world: The Ailsa Golf course 9th Hole at Turnberry Resort. Invigorate yourself with the best in hydrotherapy treatments at Kohler Waters Spa.
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Blackwolf Run’s beautiful 36-hole public facility has the combination of playability and challenge for any player. Its two 18-hole courses, the River course and the Meadow Valleys course, were named the year’s best new public courses by Golf Digest, and both underwent major maintenance in 2011 for last year’s U.S. Women’s Open. “In designing Blackwolf Run, we wanted to make a resort-type course where players of varying ability will enjoy themselves,” says Dye. “I put a gambling element into the course, where the player will be greatly rewarded for taking a chance, but penalized if the gamble fails.” (888) 444-2838; americanclub.com
Palmetto Bluff Bluffton, South Carolina
This elegant, Lowcountry retreat is home to the May River Golf Club, ranked one of the “Best Resort Golf Courses” by GolfWeek this year. Featuring a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course that meanders through 7,171 yards of the May River Forest, this club’s 18-hole course was rated No. 51 in Golf magazine’s “Top 100 Golf Courses 2012” and made Golf Digest’s 2011 poll of “The World’s Best Golf Resorts.” The wide fairways—surrounded by century-old
live oaks, strategic bunkers, beautiful Bermuda greens and gentile, undulating slopes—provide a scenic but challenging playing experience. With its state-of-the-art practice facility, handsome clubhouse and skilled instructors, the May River Golf Club experience is consistently ranked among South Carolina’s best. Want to stay and play forever? Consider membership at this classic club— the initiation deposit is 100 percent fully refundable and playing privileges cover all family members through age 24. Full use of practice facilities, short game areas and bag storage are included. As an added beneﬁt, once family members turn 25, they are entitled to 50 percent off the guest of member golﬁng rates. (866) 316-5262; palmettobluff.com 47
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Editor-in-Chief Alison Lewis checks into an idyllic Los Cabos resort Written by ALISON LEWIS
LAS VENTANAS AL PARAISO, A ROSEWOOD RESORT—the ultimate beach hideaway in Los Cabos, Mexico—is made for romance. The property, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, has been on my bucket list for at least a decade. However, when I picked Las Ventanas for our launch issue “romance” story, I hadn’t the faintest idea that the resort is the couple’s expert, with an entire romance department to boot. I initially chose this resort for its beauty and location, but at Las Ventanas, your romantic dreams truly become reality. Their experts assist in planning all romantic moments, from weddings to ﬁnding the perfect place to “pop the question.” No detail is ever too small in creating romantic memories that last a lifetime. For winter guests, Las Ventanas has revealed new beach cabanas—the only ones in Mexico to feature private plunge pools and Jacuzzis. These cabanas allow for up to four guests to relax and enjoy the resort’s spectacular views, while a private butler offers refreshing welcome drinks, iPads and iPods, Evian spray and sunscreen. Of course, full food and beverage service is offered. Las Ventanas’ signature Beach Cinema experience can also be arranged in the cabanas for the ultimate dine-and-dive-in private theater.
our favorite romance options MOONLIT POOLSIDE DINNER: Your dinner table is
ROMANTIC RITUAL: This
TEQUILA CLASS FOR TWO:
couples treatment begins with an aromatic foot soak, full-body exfoliating massage, pressure point facial and soothing rose petal bath for two served with signature cocktails.
Have a private party together while you learn about the history and distillation process of tequila and indulge in a tequila tasting.
CARRIAGE FOR TWO: Take a
Sleep under the stars and watch the sunrise in the comfort of your own suite surrounded by nature.
stroll on a horse-pulled wooden carriage where you take in the colorful sunset with a bottle of Champagne or wine.
COOKING CLASS FOR TWO: Enjoy a private cooking class with the resort chef in the fragrant herb garden and its open-air kitchen. 48
SLEEP UNDER THE STARS:
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: Las Ventanas can print a love letter or poem on ﬁne paper, put it in a bottle and place it in the sand where your loved one can ﬁnd it. rosewoodhotels.com
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LAS VENTANAS AL PARAISO, A ROSEWOOD RESORT
actually in the inﬁnity pool with lit candles and ﬂowers ﬂoating around you while a poolside waiter takes care of everything you could ever need.
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Explore the Ellijays
Where 80 miles north of Atlanta might as well be a million miles. Whether you’re looking to get away to our beautiful mountains for a little hiking or mountain biking, looking for a place to reconnect with family and friends, or for a place to kick back and relax, you’ll find it in Gilmer County. Quaint shops, local restaurants,and friendly people will make you feel right at home. So come stay awhile and find out why Georgia’s Apple Capital is just the right medicine to keep the doctor away.
For a free Visitor’s Guide, call 706.635.7400
Start your trip with us!
Gilmer County Chamber & Welcome Center 696 First Avenue East Ellijay, GA facebook.com/theellijays
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World Renowned Golf, a Variety of Accommodations, Endless Lake Activities. Fine Dining
Lake Oconee GREENE COUNTY, GEORGIA
For more information about Lake Oconee and Vacation Packages, visit www.visitlakeoconee.com or call 866.341.4466
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THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ATLANTA
Saturday, March 23, 2013 10AM - 4PM y Sunday, March 24, 2013 11AM - 5PM
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A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR TOUR OF KITCHENS SPONSORS Platinum Sponsorship Level
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LETTER FROM PRESIDENT & TOUR OF KITCHENS CHAIR Dear Friends and Patrons, Since 1997, when the Junior League of Atlanta held its first Tour of Kitchens, the event has grown exponentially and is now a two-day tour featuring 14 homes with amazing kitchens and our Toast of the Tour kick-off party equally as amazing. Now celebrating our 16th year, the Tour of Kitchens has evolved into the Junior League of Atlanta’s largest event fundraiser, raising more than $1 million to support the mission of the Junior League of Atlanta (JLA). Our mission is to educate and empower Atlanta’s women and children to not only be self-sufficient, but to succeed. The Junior League of Atlanta is the third largest Junior League chapter in the world, with nearly 4,000 members. We serve as a much-needed volunteer resource and catalyst for positive change through our partnerships with more than 80 nonprofit organizations in Atlanta. This year, JLA members will provide over 75,000 volunteer hours to our Atlanta area partners, an investment worth almost $2 million. And, through our Tour of Kitchens fundraiser proceeds, we will be able to further our reach and ability to directly benefit women and children at risk.
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Evyan O’Keefe, Chair and Camille Kesler, President
So, we’d like to take this opportunity to say ‘Thank you!’ to all of our members who work to make this fundraiser a success, to our friends, patrons and supporters who fund these efforts by their ticket purchases and sponsorships, to the designers and homeowners that allow us a peek into their fabulous homes, and especially to Brad Hanner, Associate Publisher of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, who has been a vital and treasured partner in these endeavors from Day 1. As we celebrate 96 years of service to our community, we are proud that the Junior League of Atlanta’s training and experience continues to prepare our members to be the most effective in their volunteer work, while also fueling their commitment to community service. That is what our “Journey of a Lifetime” in this organization is all about and what the Junior League offers every woman who believes in service to her community. Thank you so much for your support. Enjoy the Tour! Warmly,
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Wadette Bradford, Chair-Elect and Evyan O’Keefe, Chair
Camille Kesler 2012 - 2013 President The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.
Evyan O’Keefe, 2012 - 2013 Tour of Kitchens, Chair The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.
Women Transforming Communities www.jlatlanta.org
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THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ATLANTA TOUR OF KITCHENS COMMITTEE MEMBERS Leadership Camille Kesler, President Michelle Wells, President-Elect Marie Hannon, VP of Fund Development Karen Killough, VP of Marketing & Communications Evyan O’Keefe, Chair Wadette Bradford, Chair-Elect
Kitchen Coordination Bianca VanZant - Chair Robin Aiken Nancy McKee Heather Meissen Jenna Rentz Mary Elise Rising
Macie Thompson, JLA Auction Chair Host Committee Melissa Mears - Chair Caroline Williamson
Toast of the Tour Lindsey Carroll - Co-Chair Jenn Owens - Co-Chair Beth Bailey Jennifer Barnaby Lindsey Butler Caitlin Hargrove Amber Heery Catherine Jones Lauren Leschpe Karen Lock Deana Mahan Bethany Schneider Jade Willis
Sponsorship Stephanie Sears Marketing Krunali Parekh - Chair Faith Cleeter Kali Ensley Melissa Hudson Elizabeth Hughes Lauren Kalen Allison Ratajczak Pamela Rollman Natalie Young
Houseleader Wendy Ahrenkiel - Chair Nancy Billings Ann Davis Amy Doughney Sarah Gennett Elizabeth Giordino Jennifer Jones Kate King Sarah Manning Isabel Jean-Pierre Julie Robbins Laura Smith Courtney Van Horn Elizabeth Ann Weiber House Rotator Tracy Collerain Auction Sarah Wyatt - Chair Ashley Smithson
Events Tricia Taylor - Chair Mary Brunson Sallie Cochran Garman Gordon Rebecca Krumdieck Emily Lambros Kelley Mauriello Sarah North Katie Van Tone Treasurer Lara Berg Program Angela L. Williams - Chair Katie Arminio Wendy Lewis Samantha Smith Fund Development Coordinator Cathy Ottley
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR HOST COMMITTEE
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Denise and Vernon Hendrix
Melissa and Jason Sikorski
Suzy and Ed Smith
Jennifer and Todd Barnaby
Jen and Paul Bennecke
Camille and Paul Kesler
Rebecca and Mark Bernier
Shawn and Deana Mahan
Tricia Taylor and Uwe Nischan
Stacy and Jeb Brees
Charlotte and David Terrell
Kelley and Keith Mauriello
Cara M. Turano
Alexandra and Chris Burris
Lani and Mark Mauriello
Caroline L. Vollertsen
Alicia and Chris McCabe
Rebecca and David Wallis
Yevonne and Cary Chandler
Sally S. McDaniel
Michelle and William Wells
Shannon and Shawn Cunningham
Sandra and Jack McDonald
Angela L. Williams
Lisa and Jim Dwyer
Lori Paulk Nip
Hackett and Wine, LLC
Jeffri L. Epps
Emily Anne Nolte
Sara and Chris Youd
Judy A. Freeman
Evyan and Joseph O’Keefe
Ali and Chris Gant
Patrice and Ernest Greer
Marie and Jim Hannon
Tina Price and Jon Hart
Lindsey E. Hardegree
Heather and Murray Harris
Jennifer and Leo Rose, III
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Join us for The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.
Toast of March 22, 2013
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
he Toast of the Tour party celebrates the 16TH ANNUAL TOUR OF KITCHENS, incorporating dinner, drinks, and dancing into one night of fun! This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will be held at Mason Murer Fine Art, featuring: live band, dancing, gourmet food stations, hors d'oeuvres, dessert room, premium open bars, mixology demonstrations, sports lounge broadcasting March Madness, and fabulous silent auction.
Toast tickets are $60 until February 28th, and $75 March 1st until the event. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! To purchase tickets, please go to www.TourOfKitchens.org or call 404.261.7799 Mason Murer Fine Art Dress code is cocktail attire. Must be 21 years of age to attend.
BRAD FOSTER, MIXOLOGIST
Brad Foster is the dynamic bartender at Cook Hall at the W Buckhead. With over 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry, the New Orleans native became inspired to advance his career when he began to learn about the way proper wine pairings could elevate a dining experience. In addition to being a star behind the bar, Foster is a talented musician who writes and performs regularly in and around Atlanta.
ZACHARY MONTGOMERY, GENERAL MANAGER
Zachary Montgomery prides himself on putting guest satisfaction first in his role as General Manager of Ocean Prime in Atlanta, Ga. As a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in hospitality management and a business minor, Montgomery originally began working with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants at Mitchellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ocean Club in Columbus, Ohio, in 2005, and worked his way up from associate to service manager. Sharing Cameron Mitchell Restaurantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; philosophy of delivering an extraordinary dining experience to every guest, Montgomery welcomes his relocation back down south and aims to achieve the best in culinary, beverage, service and atmosphere at Ocean Prime Atlanta.
NATE SHUMAN, HEAD MIXOLOGIST
Georgia-native Nate Shuman found his passion for mixology after working in fields ranging from design to software production failed to fulfill his creative needs. Shuman has made his name in some of Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fines restaurants and lounges including Pâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;cheen, 4th& Swift, Sound Table and Top Flr. He has been the head mixologist at Proof & Provision since its inception and has created a one-of-a-kind barrel-aged cocktail program there. w
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Saturday, March 23, 2013 Day One Events - Tour Of Kitchens
2561 Bohler Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 10:30 A.M. DAVID LAMONT - In addition to spending as much time as possible geeking out over the extraction percentages of siphon pots, David is busy building new partnerships with wholesale customers in and around the greater Atlanta area. He’s been on the customer support team for Counter Culture since 2006, but before landing in the Big Peach he spent three years living in Japan, and since then has become an expert on all of Georgia’s best ramen joints. He’s also an avid gardener and used a portion of his Counter Culture Green Fund benefit to grow raised beds for the vegetables he uses in the delicious meals he loves cooking for his family. David and his wife Cathy live with their two children, Aya and Ian, in a suburb of Atlanta called Sugar Hill – aptly named for how sweet they all are.
EMILY DAVIS - From computer geek to coffee nerd, complexity has always captivated Emily’s attention. She got her first taste of the specialty coffee world while working at Land of a Thousand Hills coffee house in 2008. By 2010, she stopped teetering between IT and coffee and joined the coffee team of Empire State South. Here, she was encouraged to develop the coffee program to match each specialty of the restaurant. Through these endeavors, in 2012, Emily was recognized by Star Chefs as the Rising Star Barista of Atlanta. Shortly thereafter, Emily joined the Counter Culture Atlanta team where she now serves as the customer representative of the Atlanta region. Emily and her fellow coffee-driver husband, Matthew of Condesa Coffee live in Grant Park where they happily plan to use coffee to take over the world. 11:30 A.M. RON EYESTER, EXECUTIVE CHEF & OWNER - New York native, Ron Eyester, came to Atlanta, and shortly after was settled in with 101 Concepts as the sous chef of the original Food 101. His many years with them prepared him for this next phase of his restaurant career as Executive Chef and Owner of Rosebud and The Family Dog. Although the kitchen is the foundation of this passion, Ron has always been intrigued by restaurant operation and its ever evolving culture.
2 P.M. EMILY MYERS - Founded Emily G’s out of a true labor of love, which through hobby and happenstance became an award winning specialty food business. Emily left her career as a counselor in the mid 2000s to pursue her dream of becoming a chef. While studying at the Midwest Culinary Institute in Cincinnati she apprenticed at the Mt. Adam’s Fish House and worked as sous chef at Chokolate Morel in Mason, Ohio. Emily G’s started as a simple playdate. Emily Myers and her neighbor took their preschool children strawberry picking at Washington Farms in April of 2008. After picking more than they could eat, they made their first batch of strawberry jam. After sharing it with family and friends, the requests for more started rolling in. Now Emily G’s jams can be found in farmers markets, online, and in retail locations nationwide. She continues to teach classes at Cooks Warehouse in Atlanta, and her class, Cooking 101, was recently featured on CNN.com. Emily G’s has grown from its humble beginning of selling four jam flavors at a farmers’ market; to currently selling 18 jam flavors, sauces and relish. The jams have been praised everywhere from Bon Appétit to the Wall Street Journal. Most recently, Myers won a sofi Silver Finalist award for her Three Pepper relish.
1594 Friar Tuck Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 10:45 A.M. ADAM WALLER, EXECUTIVE CHEF BOCADO - The Marietta native opened Cuerno restaurant in Midtown for Riccardo Ullio, who then moved him to run the kitchen at Sotto Sotto in Inman Park. He has also cooked at Abattoir and served as Chef de Cuisine at STG Trattoria in Buckhead. Adam now serves as Executive Chef at West Midtown’s BOCADO
11:30 A.M. JOSH HOPKINS, EXECUTIVE CHEF STG TRATTORIA - Josh Hopkins: A self-taught Chef first working in Charleston, SC at both Slightly North of Broad and High Cotton, Josh relocated to Atlanta to cook under Anne Quatrano at Star Provision’s Bacchanalia. Soon after, he opened Bacchanalia’s sister restaurant Abattoir, serving as Executive Chef, where he was lauded for his meat-centric “whole animal” style of cooking. Josh now holds the Executive Chef position at STG Trattoria.
12:30 P.M. JONATHAN St. HILAIRE, EXECUTIVE CHEF THE LAWRENCE GROUP - Classically trained at the French Culinary Institute, St. Hilaire began his career in New York City’s finest restaurants. After moving to Atlanta, St. Hilaire has worked at award winning kitchens such as Canoe, Spice, The Four Seasons Hotel, Woodfire Grill and Bakeshop. Once named “Best New American Chef in Atlanta” by Bon Appetit, St. Hilaire is best known as one of Atlanta’s premiere pastry chefs. His recent appointment at The Lawrence marks his return to savory cooking for the first time in over a decade.
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2:30 P.M. DAVID GROSS, EXECUTIVE CHEF COOK HALL - Bringing years of culinary excellence and a reputation as one of Atlanta’s most celebrated chefs, David Gross helms the kitchen at Cook Hall. Gross’ impressive culinary career began shortly after his graduation from the Culinary Institute of America when he became sous chef at the Atlanta Ritz-Carlton. He would go on to hone his skills in the kitchens of many of Atlanta’s finest restaurants including City Grill, Pricci, Bluepoint, Horizon, Blue Ridge Grill and Bones Restaurant.
1094 Berkshire Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 -
1779 Homestead Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 - JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ATLANTA COOKBOOK SALES
1739 East Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
An Atlanta institution since 1948, Charles Willis has proudly served threegenerations of brides with its fine china, crystal, invitations and gifts. They offer over 400 china patterns from the finest manufacturers in the world, assuring that today’s brides will find the “perfect” pattern. Their bridal registry has expanded nationwide via the website,www.charleswillis.com. Visit CharlesWillis in the heart of Buckhead at 465 East Paces Ferry Road or telephone 404-233-9487.
11A.M. LAURA RODGERS, CHEF CAROLE PARKS CATERING - Under the expertise of Chef Laura Rogers, CPC prepares foods from many regions of the world, from Classical French to Southern Barbeque. They are as skilled as they are flexible, doing something as fun and simple as a Mini Slider Station to a dish as colorful and exotic as traditional Paella amidst a Rainforest Table Scape. “We can do some unique small plates as well as amazing entrees,” Rogers says. “They feed your eyes as well as your appetite.” 1 P.M. WILL AND LAURIE MOORE - In 1998 Will and Laurie Moore started growing specialty produce for Atlanta chefs. Their farm business has grown into an innovative marketing group delivering fresh local and organic food to Atlanta’s chefs with their Moore Farms and Friends Online Market. Voted Best CSA 2010 and 2011 Creative Loafing Magazine and Top 10 Online Markets in the US by babble.com. 2-4 P.M DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES - Is the premium line of dove chocolates, backed by Mars, Inc. Allow our Independent Chocolatiers to introduce you to our 5 product lines since they are exclusive to us. We offer gourmet food, a full line of drinks, a new healthy line, specialty candies and of course a fantastic business opportunity. Chocolate is the new social network so contact Melissa Pelfrey to schedule a Tasting Party for the most delicious “try before you buy” experience.
House F. House G.
2197 Lebaron Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30345 - No event planned 1902 North Akin Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30345 NOON SARA KOOB, PASTRY CHEF - Acquired her culinary interest from her kitchen-savvy grandmothers. A native of Dayton, Ohio, she delved into the industry and attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. It was during her formal education that she developed a passion for pastry. She was fascinated with the scientific nature of the field, and her success was based on both passion and perfectionism. Originally the executive pastry chef at Canoe from 1998-2004, Sara became accustomed to the restaurant’s high standards and truly unique dining experience before relocating to Ohio to create her own catering business, Something Special Cuisine LLC. Returning to Canoe in July 2011, Chef Koob assists in developing current and regionally relevant dessert items for the menu while creating breads to complement and complete main dishes and appetizers. With true expertise and attention to precise details she prepares beautiful and delicious desserts and fresh breads that create a well-rounded finish to every meal. 1:30 P.M. ROBERT GERSTENECKER, EXECUTIVE CHEF - A 19-year veteran of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Robert Gerstenecker joined Park 75 as executive chef in 2004, which was his culinary dream come true. A former executive sous chef at Four Seasons Atlanta from 1998-2002, he helped open Park 75 and played an instrumental role in developing the menu. After four years in Atlanta, he moved to Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach and mastered the use of tropical ingredients and cooking with seafood. In between, he also worked in Hong Kong as the chef at Quo Quo, which he helped open and developed a French menu using Asian ingredients. A native of Ontario, he gained an appreciation for food from his mother. One of his favorite pastimes is planting and harvesting his own crops. In fact, Robert created a garden and bee apiary on the hotel’s fifth-floor terrace, and he incorporates his rooftop produce into the menu. He is thrilled to be living his dream as an executive Chef. 3 P.M. BARBARA O’NEILL, OWNER - Worked for a New York law firm as the director of information systems until she and her husband moved to Atlanta in 1996. In order to spend time with her young son, she did not return to work but rather served as a full-time volunteer providing computer support to the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. In this role, she was responsible for the rapid expansion of technology resources available at the shelter. The inspiration for her cookie business came in 2005 after reading a magazine article about three women who had left their careers and opened cookie businesses. She had the valuable baking skills from spending hours in the kitchen with her mom and she uses those skills today to create the wonderful cookies and treats produced daily at The Cookie Studio. Combining her passion for baking with her commitment to the shelter, she has built a business that produces award-winning treats while also providing ongoing financial support to the shelter.
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS DAY ONE TOUR OF KITCHENS Starting from Junior League Headquarters 3154 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327-1555 US
1. Start out going southeast on Northside Pky NW/US-41/GA-3 toward Rilman Rd. NW. (go 0.25 miles) 2. Turn slight right. (go 0.02 miles) 3. Turn right onto Moores Mill Rd NW. (go 1.13 miles) 4. Turn left onto W Wesley Rd NW. (go 0.17 miles) 5. Take the 1st right onto Bohler Rd NW. (go 0.34 miles) 6. 2561 BOHLER RD NW is on the left. ESTIMATED TIME: 4 minutes DISTANCE: 1.92 miles
A) 2561 Bohler Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 1. Start out going south on Bohler Rd NW toward Hanover West Dr NW. (go 0.8 miles) 2. Turn slight left onto Defoors Ferry Rd NW. (go 0.26 miles) 3. Turn left onto Collier Rd NW. (go 2.03 miles) 4. Turn right onto Peachtree Rd NW/Peachtree Rd NE (go 0.83 miles) 5. Turn left onto Beverly Rd NE .(go 0.51 miles) 6. Turn left onto Friar Tuck Rd NE. (go 0.1 miles) 7. 1594 FRIAR TUCK RD NE is on the left. ESTIMATED TIME: 12 minutes | DISTANCE: 4.53 miles
B) 1594 Friar Tuck Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 1. Start out going south on Friar Tuck Rd NE toward Beverly Rd NE. (go 0.1 miles) 2. Turn left onto Beverly Rd NE. (go 0.07 miles) 3. Turn left onto Montgomery Ferry Dr NE. (go 0.04 miles) 4. Turn slight right onto Beverly Rd NE. (go 0.16 miles) 5. Turn right onto Avery Dr NE (go 0.26 miles) 6. Turn left onto Piedmont Ave NE. (go 0.39 miles) 7. Turn slight right onto E Morningside Dr NE (go 0.54 miles) 8. E Morningside Dr NE becomes E Rock Springs Rd NE. (go 0.4 miles) 9. Turn left onto E. Sussex Rd. (go 0.14 miles) 10. Turn slight right onto Berkshire Rd NE. (go 0.07 miles) 11. 1094 BERKSHIRE RD NE is on the left. ESTIMATED TIME: 6 minutes DISTANCE: 2.17 miles
D) 1779 Homestead Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 1. Start out going south on Homestead Ave NE toward Meadowdale Ave NE. (go 0.32 miles) 2. Turn right onto Johnson Rd NE. (go 0.17 miles) 3. Turn left onto E Rock Springs Rd NE. (go 0.81 miles) 4. Turn left onto N Decatur Rd NE. Pass through 1 roundabout. (go 0.84 miles) 5. Enter next roundabout and take the 1st exit onto Oxford Rd NE. (go 0.17 miles) 6. Turn right onto Clifton Rd NE. (go 0.19 miles) 7. Take the 1st left onto E Clifton Rd NE. (go 0.21 miles) 8. 1739 E CLIFTON RD NE is on the left. ESTIMATED TIME: 7 minutes DISTANCE: 2.71 miles
E) 1739 E Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 1. Start out going west on E Clifton Rd NE toward Clifton Rd NE. (go 0.21 miles) 2. Turn right onto Clifton Rd NE. (go 0.47 miles) 3. Take the 2nd right onto N Decatur Rd NE (go 0.93 miles) 4. Turn left onto Clairmont Rd NE/US-23/GA-155 (go 3.55 miles) 5. Turn right onto Briarcliff Rd NE. (go 0.54 miles) 6. Turn slight right onto Crestline Dr NE. (go 0.27 miles) 7. Take the 3rd right onto LebaronDr NE (go 0.09 miles) 8. 2197 LEBARON DR NE is on the left. ESTIMATED TIME: 14 minutes DISTANCE: 6.06 miles
F) 2197 Lebaron Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30345 1. Start out going northeast on LebaronDr NE toward Crestline Dr NE. (go 0.09 miles) 2. Turn right onto Crestline Dr NE. (go 0.56 miles) 3. Take the 3rd left onto Oak Grove Rd NE. (go 0.19 miles) 4. Take the 1st right onto Kirkland Dr NE. (go 0.21 miles) 5. Turn left onto N Akin Dr NE. (go 0.06 miles) 6. 1902 N AKIN DR NE is on the left. ESTIMATED TIME: 3 minutes DISTANCE: 1.11 miles
G) 1902 N Akin Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30345
C) 1094 Berkshire Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 1. Start out going southeast on Berkshire Rd NE toward Lenox Rd NE. (go 0.11 miles) 2. Turn right onto Lenox Rd NE. (go 0.02 miles) 3. Take the 1st left onto Johnson Rd NE. (go 0.13 miles) 4. Take the 1st left onto Homestead Ave NE. (go 0.32 miles) 5. 1779 HOMESTEAD AVE NE is on the right. ESTIMATED TIME: 2 minutes DISTANCE: 0.58 miles
1/24/13 11:37 AM
2561 Bohler Road, NW,Atlanta, GA 30327 About the Kitchen This classic architectural kitchen was designed by Sean McNeish of Morgan Creek and Beth Jones of Summerour and Associates. The house itself, designed by Keith Summerour with his usual creative flair and built by Noah and Associates, sits in a wooded lot bordering a large equestrian park. Both the unique location and the beautiful structure of the house, full of charming surprises inside and out (one of the hallmarks of the architect), required a kitchen design that did not disappoint. The challenge was to devise a beautiful working kitchen in a tight location that was at the heart of the home, opening into a large family room on one side, a formal living room on another, and on a third side leading to a wet bar and dining room. The perimeter cabinets are painted in a hand-brushed enamel (Benjamin Moore Old Prarie), while the island design is a custom gray wash over natural cypress devised by the cabinetmakers. A thick oak island countertop by Morgan Creek echoes the wide oak plank flooring, while the leaded glass cabinet doors carefully blend with the beautiful large windows over the sink. Cabinet knobs are in patinated iron from Whitechapel, Ltd, selected by interior designer Liza Bryan.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: ARCHITECT: Summerour and Associates, www.summerour.net, 404.603.8585 BUILDER: Noah and Associates, www.noahandassociates.com, 404.347.3550 INTERIOR DESIGNER: Liza Bryan Interiors, www.lizabryaninteriors.com, 404.848.0588 CABINETRY: Morgan Creek Cabinet Company, www.morgancreekcabinets.com, 770.975.9244 PERIMETER: Countertops: Honed Granite by James Stack, www.jamesstack.com, 404.633.2122 ISLAND COUNTERTOP: Thick white oak top by Morgan Creek Cabinet Company FLOORING: Plank white oak floors from Vintage Lumber, www.vintagelumbersales. com, 706.538.0180 BACKSPLASH: Hand-made Ceramic Tile from Renaissance Tile and Bath HANDPAINTED TILES: Equipment of Culture, www.eofc.com APPLIANCES: Sewell Appliances
About the Designer Morgan Creek Cabinet Company offers a personal approach to high-end and luxury cabinets of enduring beauty. For over 30 years our customers have enjoyed cabinetry that has the natural elegance of objects carefully made by hand. We design and build cabinets for every room, always suited to meet your needs and taste.
Whether the style is one of quite simplicity or elaborate ornament, our cabinetry is a sophisticated balance of architectural design, flawless craftsmanship and carefully cultivated finishes. All of our cabinetry is designed and built in our own workshop from the finest raw materials and hardware. Our nearby design studio is located in a 19th century building in the heart of downtown Acworth. It offers designers, architects, and homeowners a showcase to explore our rich and varied collection of many cabinet styles, architectural details, hardware, and finishes. Come visit our design studio to see how our cabinetry can help make your home a uniquely personal vision.
Morgan Creek Cabinet Company Studio 4346 Southside Drive Acworth, Georgia 30101 www.morgancreekcabinets.com 770-975-9244
1/24/13 11:37 AM
Friar Tuck Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
About the Kitchen
When designing their new home, Brian and Nicola McCarthy knew that the kitchen would be the most important room in the house. They wanted a true “chef ’s kitchen” with plenty of room to work and top of the line appliances but which still felt warm and cozy. In stepped the design team of Julia Stainback-Hess of Stainback-Hess Studio, Tommy Caswell of Brookwood Kitchens, Inc. and Gary Dresser of Dresser Homes. Working together, the team created a very elegant, yet workable kitchen. The centerpiece of the kitchen is its large island which provides a generous workspace on one side and seating for four on the other. The most eye-catching feature of the island though is its beautiful Calcutta Vaticano marble counters. An iron chandelier lights the two large marble slabs that are “bookmatched” to create a gorgeous artistic effect. The sink is located in the center of the island allowing the cook to maintain casual conversations while putting the final touches on the meal. Behind the island is the cooking area with focal point being the Wolf Range. Above the range is a custom designed stucco hood, inspired by the homes exterior veneer. The counters in this area are honed soapstone. To enhance the open feel of the kitchen, there are open shelves flanking the hood, no upper cabinets, and the entire backsplash wall is covered with limestone. The slate stained cabinets are furniture quality and embrace the soapstone counters and the limestone wall. Adding to the coziness of the kitchen are the antique rough hewn timbers above and the chiseled edge hickory floors below. The overall effect is a kitchen which is suitable for the most demanding chef yet maintains a casual, inviting feel. This kitchen embodies the successful collaboration of Builder, Architect, and Designer to create a truly elegant and functional kitchen.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: ARCHITECT/DESIGNER: Stainback-Hess Studio BUILDER: Dresser Homes CABINETS: Brookwood Kitchens, Inc APPLIANCES: Sewell Appliances COUNTERTOPS: Bottega Stone and A&S Marble installed by Petitt Stones BACKSPLASH: Materials Marketing installed by Key Tile, Inc. PLUMBING FIXTURES: Ferguson Enterprises FLOORING: Pope Flooring
About the Designer
Since the late 1990s, Gary Dresser has been specializing in custom homes and renovations in the Atlanta area. Gary and his team work closely with their clients to ensure that projects run smoothly and that all of their needs are met. With keen attention to detail and a commitment to client satisfaction, Gary has earned a reputation as the builder of choice in Atlanta’s Intown neighborhoods. Thomas A. Caswell, C.K.D. Mr. Caswell, founded Brookwood Kitchens, Inc. in 1988, a native Atlantan has been designing Kitchens for the past 32 years. Brookwood Kitchens, Inc. specializes in the design and construction of kitchens and baths in metropolitan Atlanta, however their work can be found as far north as Long Island, N.Y. and as far south as Duck Key, Florida. As is the case in this project Brookwood Kitchens has collaborated with Atlanta’s finest builders, architects and interior designers to create kitchens and baths most only dream about and we will do it within your budget.
2140 Peachtree Road, NW #310 Atlanta, GA 30309 www.brookwoodkitchensinc.com 404-355-7232
Brookwood Kitchens represents the finest quality cabinetry offering a wide range of budgets. Our showroom is open to the public Monday- Friday and Saturday by appointment. Please visit our website at brookwoodkitchensinc.com.
1/24/13 11:38 AM
Berkshire Road NE, Atlanta GA 30306
About the Kitchen
This kitchen was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2013 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Annual Kitchen Contest. Interlocking elements and contrasting textures are the core of this renovation. Overlapping materials draw and guide you through the space and around the corners. Carved out ceilings create a sense of space and height, and eliminate the ubiquitous can lights that detract from most other kitchens. Ironically the dark cherry cabinets were installed by HammerSmith in an earlier renovation (featured on the 2003 Junior League Tour of Kitchens!) and were left as a backdrop to frame the new kitchen. The new owners wanted more light, more drama and more connectivity with the pool. The NanaWall creates a seamless transition and blurs the line between inside and outside. White-on-white tile and cabinet textures play with the natural light and create shadows of interest. Warm wood floors and dark accents contrast with the stainless steel and cool marble to create a sense of warmth and comfort in the otherwise sparse, modern envelope.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: DESIGNER: HammerSmith, Inc CONTRACTOR: HammerSmith. Inc CABINETS: Wood Cabinet Design/HammerSmith Custom STAINLESS STEEL COUNTER AND INTEGRAL SINK: “Rite Made/HammerSmith Custom” HammerSmith Custom CALACATTA MARBLE COUNTER: “Stone Pros/ Atlanta Kitchen” APPLIANCES: Miele integrated and Sub Zero integrated. FAUCET: Newform Forma: Chrome PULLS: Matthew Quinn Collection: Chrome BACKSPLASH TILE: Andy Blick / Custom / Ann Sacks WALL OPENING: NanaWall Doors / Custom CHANDELIER: Switch Modern
About the Designer Featured in Elle Décor and named ADAC’s Designer of the Year, HammerSmith is Atlanta’s top design and renovation firm specializing in major whole-house renovations, kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor living. Eric Rothman, co-owner, studied architecture at Georgia Tech, and later attended Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He joined HammerSmith in 1993 and has become one of the most respected residential designers of our time.
HammerSmith, Inc 807 Church Street Decatur, Georgia 30030 www.hammersmith.net
HammerSmith’s work has been featured in Better Homes, Fine HomeBuilding, Forbes, Renovation Style, Southern Living, Atlanta Homes and the Wall Street Journal, as well as PBS’s The Inspired House, CMT’s Ultimate Home and This Old House. Visit their new website at www.hammersmith.net for additional press coverage and an extensive portfolio of their work. For 21 years Warner McConaughey, founder and president, has been a leader in the industry and has assured HammerSmith delivers exceptional client care. Experience their holistic approach to creating a personal sanctuary where you interact with every room in your home every day.
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1/24/13 11:38 AM
Homestead Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
About the Kitchen The owners of this charming cottage in the Morningside area were looking for a home that they could renovate to create intimate yet functional living spaces. They fell in love with this 1940s home based on its great curb appeal and the ability to add a second floor for guest rooms. Michael Bell of Bell Cabinetry and Design Studio collaborated with the homeowners to create a small yet professional kitchen that seamlessly integrated into their primary living spaces. The simple elegance of this eternally classic kitchen combines the clean lines of flush-inset cabinetry with marble countertops, highlighting a dramatic wall of Tuileries Arabesque tile. The kitchen is outfitted with professional appliances combined with unique pullouts and storage solutions throughout. The wet bar and pantry extending off the kitchen provide an abundance of additional storage while also serving as a staging area to the dining room. One of the key design elements within the kitchen is the extra-large sliding glass doors reminiscent of an 18th century butler’s pantry. The kitchen is anchored by a furniture-style island illuminated by unique pendants. The overall design encompassed functionality and aesthetics, allowing the homeowners to combine their culinary passion with their joy for entertaining.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: DESIGNER: Michael Bell CABINETRY: Bell Cabinetry Signature Collection APPLIANCES: Viking COUNTERTOPS: Calacatta Gold from Levantina & Crystal Marble BACKSPLASH: “Tuileries Arabeque” by Walker Zanger FAUCETS: Jado and Rohl HARDWARE: Schaub
About the Designer For over 25 years Bell Cabinetry has been designing and building hand-crafted cabinetry for homes throughout Atlanta. Our cabinetry is built by skilled craftsmen at our facility in Alpharetta using only the finest woods and materials. In addition to kitchens, Bell also manufacturers cabinetry for baths, closets, entertainment centers, libraries, and pub bars. From our showroom, clients can view Bell’s talented woodcrafters and our hand-built manufacturing process in person.
1250 Alpha Dr. Alpharetta, GA 30004 770.751.7861 www.bellcabinets.com
With the addition of our design studio, Bell Cabinetry continues to grow through a commitment to understanding people’s everyday needs and requirements. Through our talented team of designers, Bell transforms inspirations into reality utilizing premium products built to withstand use and time. In addition to our custom cabinetry, Bell also offers custom closets and Wellborn Cabinets along with an extensive line of professional appliances including Viking, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Thermador and Bosch. We invite you to visit our design studio to view our manufacturing facility, experience the beauty and quality of our products, and meet with one of our talented designers to create your dream kitchen.
1/24/13 11:39 AM
East Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
About the Kitchen
Living in beautiful historic Druid Hills doesn’t always mean living with a fantastic kitchen. When the homeowners purchased this classic 1920s brick two-story, the original kitchen was gone, replaced by a poorly laid out, dark and cramped space. At the same time, the homeowners wanted to add a master suite, new family room and access to the beautifully landscaped yard. All was accomplished as part of a major addition and renovation while adhering to strict style constraints aimed to protect the historic character of the home and neighborhood. Renewal Design-Build’s program focused on creating a large, open kitchen where family and friends had room to gather, cook and socialize. By enlarging the kitchen for the work areas and island, additional space was created at the rear of the house for a brightly lit breakfast area. The kitchen has wide access to a new adjoining family room and the original formal dining room. Design details of this award-winning kitchen were inspired by the home’s classic architecture. The rich custom cherry cabinets with a raised panel door contrast with the bright Kashmir white granite countertops and glamorous crackle and glass tile backsplash. Functional elements like the new mudroom, generous pantry and beverage center allow the cook to work independently from the flow of life moving in and out of the space.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: KITCHEN DESIGN: Renewal Design-Build CABINETRY: Custom cabinets from Timberland Cabinetry COUNTERTOPS: Kashmir White Granite from Inman Park Marble & Granite Inc. BACKSPLASH TILE: Moda Floors and Interiors Haven Dew Tile with Crackle Finish Lunada Bay Japonaise Tile in Beach Forest natural glass ACCENT BORDER: Mosman Liner tile, pewter FLOORING: Moda Floors and Interiors WINDOWS: Pella DOORS & MOULDING: Randall Brothers PLUMBING FIXTURES: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Galleries FAUCET: Delta Leland Collection INSULATION: Woodman Insulation COOKTOP: KitchenAid WALL OVEN: KitchenAid REFRIGERATOR: KitchenAid
About the Designer Renewal Design-Build is an award-winning, full-service design-build remodeler offering turnkey solutions – from design concept to move-in – for major renovations, additions, kitchens, baths, decks, porches, and curb appeal projects. We bring renewal to Atlanta’s finest old homes, Craftsman bungalows, classic ranch homes and every kind of residence in between. When you work with Renewal, you benefit from an in-house team that fits all the pieces of your renovation together. From designs and finish selections, to permits and historical approvals, we make every aspect of your renovation easy, straightforward, and beautiful. A consistent Top Five Residential Remodeler, ranked by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, we are recognized nationally and locally for our beautiful designs, craftsmanship, and high business standards.
124 S. Columbia Dr. Decatur, GA 30030 404.378.6962 www.RenewalDesignBuild.com
1/24/13 11:46 AM
2197 Lebaron Drive NE,Atlanta, GA 30345 About the Kitchen Set among the treetops overlooking a ravine, this major remodel of an existing 1960s home shows what can be done with the ubiquitous ranch house. The original kitchen had never been improved, was cramped, isolated from the living areas and totally cut off from the spectacular view. Axios expanded the kitchen, raised the ceiling with linear clerestory windows for natural light and made it flow with the rest of the home. The core of the kitchen is a circular center island and circular breakfast table. The perimeter is a combination of full height cabinets and appliances to create a working wall, a combination of cabinets and counters for cooking and food prep and finally the large view windows surrounding the eat-in booth. The clerestory windows provide balanced natural light deep into the kitchen. The raised ceiling uses a simple layered sheetrock detail that culminates in the display niche at the clerestory level. Stained mahogany provides a warm, furniture grade atmosphere to the space. The custom eat-in table, also designed by Axios, is made from the same mahogany. The warm wood is complemented by the cool blues of the backsplash tile and light fixtures. A compact, but hard working “drop zone” at the rear door makes a gracious daily entrance from the carport. It also provides a locker space for each family member, appropriate charging stations and a bench for getting shoes off the feet before dirt comes into the house. The drop zone also doubles as a butler’s pantry between the kitchen and dining room, with glass front cabinets and a highlighted display niche. Careful attention to detail makes what might be a utilitarian space an elegant daily entry for the homeowners.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: COUNTERTOPS & FIREPLACE: GA Granite Inc. www.gagranite.com ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR: Bray Electrical Services www.brayelectricalservices.com CABINETRY & MILLWORK: Ryan Mathern Custom Furniture. www.ryanmathern.com
2218 Lebaron Drive NE Atlanta, Georgia 30345 404/636-0611 www.axiosarchitecture.com
About the Designer AXIOS ARCHITECTURE is focused on creating warm, modern, livable homes. We specialize in solving design problems in imaginative ways….ways in which the homeowner never dreamed possible. Principal Steve Robinson has 25+ years of experience; his work has received several AIA design awards, been published in Fine Homebuilding, Atlanta Magazine Home, Atlanta Home Improvement and two of the “Not So Big House” books by Sarah Susanka. His personal home was included in the inaugural Modern Atlanta home tour. Our attention to detail is matched only by our attention to beauty and design that provides elegance for daily living. HR CONSTRUCTION specializes in remodeling, residential and commercial construction in the greater Atlanta metro Area. Our company was founded in Atlanta by Chris Jones who has more than two decades in construction, management and customer service. Believing strongly in the team approach, we work closely with homeowners, architects, and designers to embrace subtle details, and bring plans and dreams to life. We have a commitment to details, working within a team, and staying true to the design while maintaining customer relationships. We turn houses and dreams . . . into homes.
675 Metropolitan Parkway Suite 209 Atlanta, GA 30310 404-451-9500 www.hrconstruction.biz
1/24/13 11:47 AM
N Akin Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30345
About the Kitchen This large scale kitchen, combines traditional elegance with pure functionality. This family enjoys cooking and entertaining, so it was critical to create multiple workstations. To achieve this, two islands were used to balance the space, while keeping a central line front the hood, through the kitchen to the living room fireplace. The perimeter cabinets and outer island are built out of rich cherry, while the central island is painted a creamy white with pull-down glaze. The long back wall, features a decorative wood hood and is balanced by tower style cabinets showcasing large glass doors with a custom mullion pattern.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: BUILDER: Dovetail Homes www.dovetailhomes.com DESIGNER: L Kae Interiors, Inc, www.lkaeinteriors.com CABINETS: Bell Cabinetry www.bellcabinets.com COUNTERTOPS AND BACKSPLASH: Walker Zanger, www.walkerzanger.com LIGHTING: Masterpiece Lighting www.masterpiecelighting.com
About the Designer Partnering as they do on many projects, Dovetail Homes and L Kae Interiors collaborated on this new construction project, where they could share their passion for design and building. With Dovetail homes providing the custom build service and L Kae Interiors leading on the design, the team was able to present the homeowner with outstanding customer service and build knowledge from start to finish. Dovetail Homes has over 55 years of building and construction management experience and hundreds of construction projects completed. They are committed to keeping its promises, operating with transparency, and bringing their clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision to life. L Kae Interiors was established in 2009 and is known for working to combine design elements that meld interiors and exteriors to reflect the architectural quality a home deserves.
1934 B North Druid Hills Road Atlanta, GA 30319 www.dovetailhomes.com 404.228.9267 office 678.799.8489 fax
1/24/13 11:48 AM
Sunday, March 24, 2013 Day Two Events - Tour Of Kitchens
516 Danube Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30342 -
9 West Park Court NW, Atlanta, GA 30345
No Event Planned
11 A.M. CASSANDRA INGRAM - While living in New York City and working in Marketing for a Fortune 100 company, Cassandra found herself frequenting local independent coffeehouses. These coffeehouses served the typical beverages, but were also great gathering places and an escape from the daily grind. Her desire to create a place for people to gather and passion for entrepreneurship were the inspiration for Urban Grind Coffeehouse. After working in Supply Chain Management, Cassandra obtained an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, and reinvented herself as a Marketer. She continues to work in the corporate sector as a Marketing Professional while doubling as an Entrepreneur. She created a neighborhood-gathering place, an escape from the usual grind, where you can get great coffee, tea, pastries and desserts in a warm and inviting environment that feels like home. 2 P.M. WILL AND LAURIE MOORE - In 1998 Will and Laurie Moore started growing specialty produce for Atlanta chefs. Their farm business has grown into an innovative marketing group delivering fresh local and organic food to Atlanta’s with their Moore Farms and Friends Online Market. Voted Best CSA 2010 and 2011 Creative Loafing Magazine and Top 10 Online Markets in the US by babble.com.
4590 Millbrook Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 NOON VIRGINIA WILLIS, CHEF & AUTHOR - Virginia Willis has cooked with Julia Child, prepared lunch for President Clinton, and catered for Jane Fonda. She began her culinary career tossing pizzas in college, has foraged for wild herbs in the Alps, made mustard in Dijon, crushed olives in California, and harvested capers in Sicily. Her first job in a professional kitchen was as an apprentice for Nathalie Dupree’s cooking show on PBS. She has produced over 1,000 TV episodes with Martha Stewart, Bobby Flay, and Epicurious. Her critically acclaimed book, Bon Appétit, Y’all: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking was rated 2008’s #1 comfort food book by the Chicago Tribune. Her latest book, Basic to Brilliant Y’all: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company was named one of 2011’s best cookbooks by FOX News. She was an editor for The All-New Joy of Cooking and author of Pasta Dinners 1,2,3. She owns My Southern PantryTM, a specialty artisan food line featuring heirloom organic grits, cornmeal, smoked salts, and spices. Learn more at www.virginiawillis.com.
915 Reds Ridge Court NW, Atlanta, GA 30329 12:30 P.M. TOM McEACHERN, EXECUTIVE CHEF AND PARTNER - As Executive Chef Partner of The Capital Grille in Dunwoody, Tom McEachern brings over 20 years of experience with him. McEachern was previously the Executive Chef at 1848 House Restaurant, Executive Chef at The Horseradish Grill, and most recently the Corporate Executive Chef of Ray’s Restaurants Chef McEachern draws inspiration from local ingredients to create unique daily specials and seasonal menu features. The Capital Grille, which is nationally known for its dry-aged, hand-carved beef selections and extensive, award-winning wine list, is routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, among others. In addition, The Capital Grille received the American Culinary Federation’s “Achievement of Excellence Award.” The restaurant prides itself on offering professional, attentive service in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Chef McEachern credits The Capital Grille’s reputation to its blend of menu classics and fresh twists on appetizers and sides.
2:30 P.M. DAVID WALLER, DIRECTOR -
After cooking for NBC executives and news anchors, Guess Jeans models and photographers, and guests at HF Bar Ranch in Buffalo, Wyoming, David has the experience to handle any situation at Sol Catering. Born in Tampa, he cooked at home and worked in restaurants as a teenager. Encouraged by his love for the industry and natural skill, he graduated with a culinary arts degree from Johnson and Wales University in Charleston. David first became involved with the Taqueria del Sol organization in 1994 while working at Sundown Café. In 1998, he and his wife headed west, taking a chef position at Mark Miller’s Coyote Café in Santa Fe and the catering company used by NBC for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He still remembers exactly how Ahmad Rashad likes his salmon cooked. Keeping in touch with Taqueria del Sol CEO, Mike Klank, he returned to Atlanta and Taqueria del Sol in 2002. As director of Sol Catering, he manages and cooks for off-site and catering events, so the restaurants can focus on their in-house guest.
1/24/13 11:49 AM
11 Leighton Court NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 1 P.M. DAN LATHAM – Our chef of Farm Burger Buckhead and company culinary director. Dan comes from farming families of Mississippi and the Ozarks, and is known best around Atlanta for Moto Bene, his seasonally-sourced mobile pizza oven. He cut his culinary teeth working with Mario Batali in New York for many years with various operations including Po, The Food Network and Studio del Gusto of Italian Wine Merchants, out of which he produced Babbo’s charcuterie program. After New York, he opened his own spot in Oxford Mississippi, L&M’s Kitchen & Salumeria as well as Pancetta Ranch, a small custom butcher shop to compliment, for which he earned a James Beard Nomination for Best Chef South. He most recently has been working as a consultant in sustainable meat sourcing and restaurant operations for clients such as Jim N Nick’s BBQ, the Eat Real Festival of Oakland and Los Angeles, and Burger Up of Nashville.
435 Cameron Valley Court NW, Atlanta, GA 30328 1:30 P.M. KIMMIE WILLIS - Has had a flair for Southern cooking her entire life, whether it was growing up in Memphis, TN, cooking at O’Charley’s at 15 or receiving instruction at The Art Institute in NYC. Kimmie is a mostly self-taught talent. In 2010, Chef Kimmie began working as a live-in chef for legendary Memphis rapper Lil Wyte of Hypnotized Minds, touring with his Wyte Music Records label as well. It was during this time Kimmie received attention from Fox’s hit reality TV program Hell’s Kitchen starring the fiery Gordon Ramsay. After submitting her replies and passing a series of interviews, Chef Kimmie finally received the call to begin filming the 10th season of Hell’s Kitchen. Filming ended July 2011, however, it wouldn’t air until June 2012, creating almost an entire year of anticipation. Chef Kimmie has been getting rave reviews from around the world as viewers have watched her learn how to make 5-star food, butcher down an entire cow- not. As for her next step after Hell’s Kitchen, Chef Kimmie has her sights set on the Lil Bitz catering company she will be starting with her fiancé Robert in addition to future travels and learning new cuisine. The sky is the limit for Chef Kimmie and her Southern charm in the kitchen. Follow her on Twitter @Chef_Kimmie_HK and watch her rise to culinary greatness! 3 P.M. LOUIS SPOST, EXECUTIVE CHEF, HILTON ATLANTA -
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Louis Spost has had over twenty years of experience as part of some of the finest hospitality programs in the United States. As the executive chef of the Hilton Atlanta, it is his commitment to excellence in gourmet cuisine combined with an administrative policy that encourages creativity and innovation that has allowed chef Spost to keep the Hilton at the forefront of the dynamic Atlanta culinary scene throughout his 15 year tenure with the hotel.
OLIVIER DE BUSSCHERE, EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF - Originally from Antwerp, Belgium, chef de cuisine Olivier De Busschere honed his skills at Ter Groene Poorte in Bruges and Ter Duinen in Koksijde before receiving a culinary master’s degree from ACEBE in Antwerp. During his culinary education at ACEBE, he apprenticed under Chef Harry Van Rooij and Chef Ivo Van Geel at de Kleiene Barreel, Antwerp. Upon completion of his training, De Busschere became chef de partie and then chef de rottisseur at de Kleine Bareel before leaving to pursue a sous chef opportunity at Brasschaat Country Club in Brasschaat, Belgium, where he worked with chef Eric Willekens. Under the watchful eye of these masterful chefs, De Busschere developed several of the techniques for which he is known today as well as a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary cuisine.
8870 Torrington Drive, Roswell, GA 30076 11:30 A.M. EDWIN MOLINA, CHEF - Chef Edwin Molina’s career was inspired by his mom’s traditional Mexican cooking. He helped his mom make tamales and menudo during special occasions. Preparing traditional Mexican dinners such as Chicken Mole, and Pablano enchiladas on a nightly bases helped form his passion and love for food and feeding those you love. He worked at The Roman Oven Pizzeria in Americus, GA where he learned the basics of “on the line cooking”. Afterwards, he pursued an education at Le Cordon Bleu of Atlanta. He has worked under Executive Chef Terry Dwyer of Divan, and Executive Chef Mac Lynch at Roy’s in Atlanta. The Iberian Pig taught him the beauty of Spanish cuisine where he landed his first Sous Chef Position at the age of 19. He went onto The Castellucci Hospitality Group where he was named Executive Sous Chef of Double Zero Napoletana and became the Head Pizziaol. 4 P.M. MATTHEW MURPHY, EXECUTIVE CHEF AND CO-OWNER - With more than twenty years of restaurant indutry experience, Three Blind Mice executive chef Matthew Murphy demonstrates hisutilization of the highest quality and freshest ingredients available in his seasonally inspired culinary creations. A former chef at New York City’s Le Cirque 2000, Murphy studied throughout Europe at L’Auberge Bretonne under Jacques Thorel and at Apicius in Paris. His extensive culinary background is translated on the menu through classic French influences evident in his locally and regionally inspired dishes. In addition to running the kitchen and designing the menus, Murphy also creates and develops the restaurant’s beverage program.
1/24/13 11:51 AM
DRIVING DIRECTIONS DAY TWO TOUR OF KITCHENS Starting from Junior League Headquarters 3154 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
1. Start out going southeast on Northside Pky NW/US-41/GA-3 toward Rilman Rd NW. (go 0.28 miles) 2. Turn slight left onto Moores Mill Rd NW. (go 0.62 miles) 3. Turn left onto Northside Dr NW. (go 1.13 miles) 4. Turn right onto Blackland Rd NW. (go 0.77 miles) 5. Turn slight left onto Putnam Dr NW. (go 0.24 miles) 6. Turn right onto Powers Ferry Rd NW. (go 0.33 miles) 7. Turn sharp left onto Roswell Rd NE/US-19/GA-9. (go 0.66 miles) 8. Turn right onto Lakemoore Dr NE. (go 0.49 miles) 9. Turn sharp left onto Wieuca Rd NE. (go 0.12 miles) 10. Take the 2nd right onto Danube Rd NE. (go 0.11 miles) 11. 516 Danube RD NE is on the left. ESTIMATED TIME: 11 minutes DISTANCE: 4.75 miles
I) 915 Reds Ridge Ct NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
1. Start out going east on Reds Ridge Ct NW toward Powers Ferry Rd NW. (go 0.01 miles) 2. Turn left onto Powers Ferry Rd NW. (go 0.11 miles) 3. Powers Ferry Rd NW becomes Dupree Dr NW. (go 0.03 miles) 4. Turn left onto Old Powers Ferry Rd NW.(go 0.3 miles) 5. Take the 2nd left onto Leighton Ct NW. (go 0.07 miles) 6. 11 LEIGHTON CT NW is on the right. ESTIMATED TIME: 2 minutes | DISTANCE: 0.53 miles
J) 11 Leighton Ct NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
1. Start out going north on Leighton Ct NW toward Old Powers Ferry Rd NW. (go 0.07 miles) 2. Take the 1st left onto Old Powers Ferry Rd NW. (go 0.35 miles) 3. Take the 3rd right onto NorthsideDr NW. (go 0.17 miles) 4. Turn slight right onto New NorthsideDr NW. (go 0.46 miles) 5. Stay straight to go onto Interstate North Pky NW. (go 0.17 miles) 6. Take the 1st right onto NorthsideDr NW. (go 0.62 miles) 7. NorthsideDr NW becomes Heards Ferry Rd NW. (go 0.52 miles) 8. Turn right onto Cameron Glen Dr NW. (go 0.07 miles) 9. Take the 1st left onto Cameron Ridge Dr NW. (go 0.1 miles) 10. Take the 1st right onto Cameron Valley Ct NW. (go 0.14 miles) 11. 435 CAMERON VALLEY CT NW. ESTIMATED TIME: 6 minutes | DISTANCE: 2.65 miles
F) 516 Danube Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
1. Start out going west on Danube Rd NE toward Wieuca Rd NE. (go 0.15 miles) 2. Turn left onto Wieuca Rd NE. (go 0.12 miles) 3. Turn sharp right onto LakemooreDr NE. (go 0.49 miles) 4. Turn left onto US-19/GA-9/Roswell Rd NE. (go 0.66 miles) 5. Turn sharp right onto Powers Ferry Rd NW. (go 0.49 miles) 6. Turn left onto W Park Ct NW. (go 0.02 miles) 7. 9 W PARK CT NW is on the left. ESTIMATED TIME: 5 minutes DISTANCE: 1.93 miles
K) 435 Cameron Valley Ct NW, Atlanta, GA 30328
1. Start out going northeast on Cameron Valley Ct NW toward Cameron Ridge Dr NW. (go 0.14 miles) 2. Turn left onto Cameron Ridge Dr NW. (go 0.1 miles) 3. Turn right onto Cameron Glen Dr NW. (go 0.07 miles) 4. Turn right onto Heards Ferry Rd NW. (go 1.25 miles) 5. Turn right onto Riverside Dr NW. (go 0.28 miles) 6. Merge onto I-285 E/GA-407 E via the ramp on the left. (go 2.53 miles) 7. Merge onto US-19 N via EXIT 27 toward Cumming/Dahlonega. (go 8.22 miles) 8. Merge onto Holcomb Bridge Rd/GA-140 E via EXIT 7A toward Norcross. (go 2.8 miles) 9. Turn right onto Steeplechase Dr. (go 0.86 miles) 10. Take the 2nd right onto River Cliff Dr. (go 0.21 miles) 11. Take the 1st right onto Chason Wood Way. (go 0.12 miles) 12. Take the 2nd right onto Brayward Chas. (go 0.05 miles) 13. Take the 1st right onto Torrington Dr. (go 0.38 miles) 14. 8870 TORRINGTON DR is on the left. ESTIMATED TIME: 25 minutes DISTANCE: 17 miles
G) 9 W Park Ct NW, Atlanta, GA 30342
1. Start out going east on W Park Ct NW toward Powers Ferry Rd NW. (go 0.02 miles) 2. Turn left onto Powers Ferry Rd NW. (go 1.3 miles) 3. Turn left onto Cochran Dr NW (go 0.31 miles) 4. Take the 1st right onto E Conway Dr NW. (go 0.24 miles) 5. Take the 2nd left onto Millbrook Dr NW. (go 0.02 miles) 6. 4590 MILLBROOK DR NW is on the left. ESTIMATED TIME: 4 minutes DISTANCE: 1.88 miles
H) 4590 Millbrook Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
1. Start out going northwest on Millbrook Dr NW toward Twin Springs Rd NW. (go 0.35 miles) 2. Turn right onto Mt Paran Rd NW. (go 0.47 miles) 3. Turn left onto Powers Ferry Rd NW. (go 1.63 miles) 4. Turn left onto Reds Ridge Ct NW. (go 0.01 miles) 5. 915 REDS RIDGE CT NW. ESTIMATED TIME: 5 minutes DISTANCE: 2.46 miles
L) 8870 Torrington Dr, Roswell, GA 30076 -
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Danube Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
About the Kitchen With a growing family, our client needed more room to enjoy family activities! The solution was to add a family room and master suite while enlarging the kitchen. The original living room has now become their large dining room and entrance foyer. The result is an open floor plan connecting the new breakfast room, family room and kitchen and providing terrific views of the back yard. The new side entrance to the kitchen sports a mud room with cubbies and a dutch door. The kitchen is large and light with a tray ceiling. Dark oak floors flow from the kitchen through all of the family space connecting it to the new family room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace. The new plan by architect Richard Stevens transforms this ranch house by integrating interior and exterior space with the family room, covered back porch and open patio. A large formal dining room provides the perfect space to enjoy family dinners and large parties. Addition of a covered porch on the front of the home and painting the brick completes the transformation. White cabinets with stunning marble counter tops contrast with the dark, warm hardwood floors. Stainless appliances accent the cabinetry for a beautiful cooking and entertaining center. Light stacked stone on the fireplace lends a contemporary flare to this classic home. Finally, and extraordinarily important to our busy homeowners, the entire addition and renovation only took five months to complete, from the day the water was turned off in the old kitchen to the day the owners were cooking dinner in their new space.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: CABINETS: Pearl Custom Cabinets CABINET KNOBS: Emtek in kitchen, by Top Knobs in den HARDWOOD FLOORING: Oak with ebony stain BACKSPLASH TILE: Crossville Savoy Gloss White SINK: Vigo PENDANT LIGHTS: Clemson 8” Polished Nickel from Restoration Hardware APPLIANCES: COOKTOP: Dacor 36” Renaissance Gas OVEN: Kitchen Aid MICROWAVE: Kitchen Aid 1.6 square foot REFRIGERATOR: Kitchen Aid Architect II Series with French Doors MARBLE COUNTER TOP: Colorado Gold Vein fabricated by Premier Surfaces PAINT: Benjamin Moore: KITCHEN: Cloud White DEN: Cloud White with Classic Gray trim DINING ROOM: Gray Cashmere
About the Designer Home Forge Remodeling brings a new perspective to an old industry. We are committed to bringing you the highest quality workmanship while respecting your time and your home. After working with you to design your project, our staff handles the ordering of all materials, oversees the delivery of all items before work begins in your home, and remains fully engaged as the project moves to completion. Traditional home additions can put a homeowner out of their house for an average of 8 to 10 months; Home Forge’s team moves from demolition to completion in an average 5 months, making the experience much easier for you to manage. This truly sets us apart as your remodeler of choice. Since our core craftspeople are full-time 111 New Street, Suite A employees rather than subcontractors, you are assured a conscientious group of people dedicated to your project from start to finish. Our approach allows Home Forge to deliver total quality work on a well-defined Decatur, GA 30030 and concise schedule. We are happy to put you in touch with our past clients so you can assess for yourself 404-371-0102 these two key elements of our service. Home Forge can help you with your project, from single room renovations all the way up to large home additions. www.homeforgeremodeling.com
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West Park Ct NW, Atlanta, GA 30342
About the Kitchen The owners of this 1992 Chastain Park traditional home wanted to upgrade their outdated buildergrade kitchen to a warm and beautiful open space to enjoy quality time with family and friends. The LEFKO design team’s goal was to create a refined and inviting space that would emulate the owners’ personalities and passion for entertaining. The oversized island with rounded overhang is the heart of the kitchen and has an open flow with the family and breakfast rooms. The KitchenCraft frameless Cherry cabinets feature an elegant dark glaze finish to enrich the panel profile. The cabinets transition seamlessly into the 9’ ceilings with matching stained soffits and crown molding that wrap around the breakfast room and butler’s pantry. While the 3x6 ivory tumbled marble backsplash provides a neutral and unassuming background, the stunning Typhoon Bordeaux granite top takes center stage as the lead accent for this space.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION: LEFKO Renovations CABINETS: Founders Kitchen & Bath COUNTER TOPS: Premier Surfaces BACKSPLASH TILE: Zumpano Enterprises APPLIANCES: KitchenAid PLUMBING: Moen PAINT: Emerald by Sherwin Williams
About the Designer
LEFKO is one of Atlanta’s most reputable design and build residential construction firms specializing in high quality renovations, additions and custom homes. Their select team of talented design and construction professionals work meticulously to transform kitchens, bathrooms, basements and entire homes into stunning and functionally remarkable living spaces that are a reflection of their client’s dreams, lifestyle, taste and budget. David and Marc Lefkovits, LEFKO’s co-founders and brothers, are Industrial Engineers from Georgia Tech. Their relentless focus on operational excellence is the driving force behind their company culture to make each of their customers ecstatic. Their distinctive 9 step methodology is designed to make their customer’s experience as exceptional as the final product.
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Millbrook Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
About the Kitchen
This fresh and transitional kitchen is tucked within a newly built dwelling featuring traditional Tudor and Arts & Crafts influences. Working with homeowner Sarah Bayman, who recently launched her own interior design firm, the design team selected materials and finishes that would harmonize with the soothing scheme of the architecture. In classic Frank G. Neely Designs style, the room was executed in a monolithic style—a monotone white finish washing over ceiling beams, masterfully crafted cabinetry that soars all the way to the ceiling, a custom-crafted vent hood, and intricate shadow lines that come alive as the light shifts from day to night.
INTERIOR DESIGNER: Sarah Bayman
The continuity of these features is grounded by a border of leaded-glass accents along the ceiling, bringing considerable warmth and luxuriousness to the room. The same is true for the sleek metal picture window fronting the sink, which adds a clean, contemporary accent to a traditional setting. A six-inch band of gray-green granite on the island countertop frames a larger piece in the center to deliver a truly tailored look. The client selected all GE appliances in stainless steel, but several were concealed by custom panels that allow them to disappear into the surrounding cabinetry. The flooring is a wide-plank quarter sawn oak in a finish devised by builder Patrick Davey to offer an antique look. The interior designer/homeowner’s decisions were just as hands-on. From the highly textured granite used on the backsplash and perimeter countertops to the simple, yet high-contrast cabinet pulls, every element she chose harked back to the cohesive, comfortable, wellscaled and well-lit whole designed by Frank Neely, and brought to beautiful life by Patrick Davey. Meet all of these design professionals on your tour.
KITCHEN DESIGNER: Frank G. Neely Designs CONTRACTOR: Patrick Davey, Davey Construction LLC PROJECT MANAGER: Jim Basham, Davey Construction LLC APPLIANCES: Sewell Appliance, Jeff Watson - (404) 255-0640 7455 Trowbridge Rd Sandy Springs GA 30328 REFRIGERATOR: and freezer-36” GE Built-in DISHWASHER: GE Monogram® Fully Integrated Built-In Dishwasher ICE MAKER: 15” Scotsman Brilliance Clear Ice - Machine w/Gravity Style Drain RANGE: 48 inch GE monogram professional HOOD LINER: 46-3/8” Best Custom Hood Liner with 1100cfm Best In-Line Ventilator MICROWAVE DRAWER: 24” Sharp Microwave Drawer BEVERAGE CENTER: 24” Marvel Chateau Series Under - Counter Beverage Center CABINETS: E Vision Designs, Eric Rivas (770) 317-5648 EVisionDesigns@yahoo.com COUNTERTOPS: kitchen island, surround cabinets, and backsplash Walker Zanger, Rhonda Landgrebe 404-365-5310 FABRICATOR: Stone Professionals Inc., Mauricio Gomez (404) 351-3271 ISLAND TOP DESIGN: Sarah Bayman BUTLERS PANTRY: Zinc- Jim Bradford, (770) 315-0434 BAR TOP: Walnut- E Vision Designs, Eric Rivas IRON WINDOW: RG Iron Works Rod Gibson (770) 605-3999 PLUMBING FIXTURES: Farm Sink - Rohl 4019 PDI, Ashley McCarley (404) 352-5003
1447 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 844 Atlanta, GA 30309
About the Designer Award-winning custom home designer Frank G. Neely specializes in historically accurate custom homes, contextual architecture and residential renovations for today’s homeowners as much as those who inherit them. Like his icons, Ivey and Crook, Neel Reid and Philip Shutze, Neely employs the rigor and discipline of classical architectural concepts, proportion and scale in each of his historically accurate and thoughtful homes. After earning a professional degree in architecture from Auburn University, he founded Neely Design Associates in 1997, a firm located in Atlanta’s thriving Midtown Arts District, acclaimed for its work throughout the United States and consistently honored by local, regional and national media. Having founded Davey Construction in 1997, Patrick Davey uses his decades of experience to ensure that every project entered into with architects, interior designers and clients is a seamless collaborative experience marked by careful attention to detail. The Atlanta-born-and-bred Davey received his BS in Building Construction and Contracting from Georgia Southern University in 1994 and had careers in restaurant construction and multi-family homes before returning to his roots in high-end residential construction and renovation. Davey has collaborated with many of the premier architects and landscape designers in Atlanta.
2794 Piedmont Road Atlanta, GA 30305 firstname.lastname@example.org 404-256-1436
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Reds Ridge Court NW, Atlanta, GA 30329
About the Kitchen After several years in China, the family relocated to Atlanta. Their new home, built in 1988, had an open floor plan but was ready for an upgrade. Given priority were the laundry room, pantry, and of course, the kitchen. Although the kitchen had plenty of space, the L-shaped island offered very little storage and the cooktop left little usable counter space. DCD created a timeless design, using a classic raised panel door and a subtle yet sophisticated color palette. The reconfigured island is great for food prep, buffet serving, and bar seating. The sink nestles into a bay window, with lighted glass cabinets to the ceiling, which showcase collectables from the family’s travels. Moving the cooktop against the wall with a chimney-style wood hood created a sculptural focal point while maintaining a clean line around the room. The breakfast room was large enough for a dry bar, again with glass cabinets for more collectables and barware.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Michael Nanni SUBCONTRACTOR: Diversified Cabinet Distributors CABINETRY: Merillat Masterpiece “Fairlane” Door Style; Canvas Paint on Maple Perimeter and Willow Paint on Maple Island COUNTER TOPS: “Giallo Napoleon” Granite BACKSPLASH: “CremaMarfil” Subway Marble with Glass Mosaic Accent Panel FAUCET & POT FILLER: Moen HOT WATER DISPENSER: In-sink-erator HARDWARE: Jeffrey Alexander FURNITURE: Ethan Allen APPLIANCE SUPPLIER: Howard Payne Company REFRIGERATOR: Kitchenaid DOUBLE OVEN: Kitchenaid COOKTOP: Thermador HOOD: Merillat Masterpiece MICROWAVE DRAWER: Sharp WARMING DRAWER: Kitchenaid DISHWASHER: Kitchenaid
About the Designer For 40 years, DCD has created beautiful, distinctive and well-planned kitchens and baths for Atlanta’s homeowners, builders and remodelers. Our ability to design and install cabinets and countertops to fit any style, budget and size room has made us an industry leader. As part of Masco Cabinetry, we offer cabinets from Merillat Classic, Masterpiece, KraftMaid, QualityCabinets, Shiloh, and Crystal; as well as countertops in granite, quartz, solid surface and wood. Our strength is our expertise and dedication to providing great solutions for your home. Our goal is a satisfied customer. Let us make your life easier and more enjoyable in a home you will be proud to share with your family and friends. Visit our expansive showroom, explore our website, read our blog, and make an appointment to meet with one of our talented designers. DCD will help you take your new space from concept to reality.
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Diversified Cabinet Distributors 5250 Brook Hollow Parkway Norcross, GA 30071 678-325-3600 www.DCDcabinets.com Blog.DCDcabinets.com
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Leighton Court NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
About the Kitchen Initially this kitchen renovation was supposed to be a “replace and refresh”, but once the design team convinced the homeowners to remove one wall making the kitchen six feet longer, a dramatically different kitchen was designed. The two arched front yard facing windows were originally part of a narrow laundry room. When the wall between the kitchen and laundry room was removed, the dramatic arched windows bookended the 48” wide Wolf range and the bronze and limestone hood. The over nine-foot island, topped with black walnut, holds a microwave drawer, icemaker, mixer lift and refrigerated drink drawers among other storage. The original walk-in pantry was left intact but is now disguised with antique mirrored panels similar to those used to cover the Subzero and tall dish pantry. Reclaimed wood wall cupboards hang over a custom server complete with charging station drawers for each of the three family members. Multiple lighting scenes can be created with the combination of the three unique iron and linen pendants over the island, three wall sconces and the new low voltage recessed cans. Borneo marble countertops with an antique finish on the perimeter were the perfect find to marry the home’s color palette and the bronze and copper finishes of the hood, plumbing, lighting fixtures and decorative hardware. Painted cabinets and the glazed ceramic backsplash tile provide a clean backdrop for all the different textures, colors, and sheens in this impressive kitchen transformation.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: KITCHEN DESIGN: Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio CABINETRY: Downsview Kitchens STONE COUNTERTOPS: Antiqued Borneo Marble provided by Walker Zanger and fabricated by Stone Professionals WOOD COUNTERTOPS: Craft-Art SCAGLIOLA HOOD: Francois and Co. BACKSPLASH TILE: Walker Zanger APPLIANCES: provided by Distinctive Appliances-Rick Alexander REFRIGERATION: Subzero RANGE/WARMING DRAWER: Wolf CUSTOM HOOD LINER: Vent-a-Hood ICEMAKER: Scotsman MICROWAVE: Sharp DISHWASHER: Asko SINK: Elkay FAUCET: Kohler SCONCES: Circa Lighting
About the Designer Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio has been an innovative leader in the kitchen and bath industry for over thirty years. This design firm of 20 talented professionals has created and installed award-winning projects throughout the world and is one of the most published and celebrated in the industry. We create kitchens and baths that are not simply objects to admire, but also stunning spaces that flow seamlessly into your home, enhancing the enjoyment and function of your living spaces. Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio brings the feeling of luxury to everyday life activities. Synonymous with timeless designs, unparalleled craftsmanship and commitment to an extraordinary client experience, our talented design team has satisfied the most discriminating tastes since 1979 and will create and implement the perfect design to achieve your desires. From the initial planning sessions to the finishing touches, each project is approached with a fresh enthusiasm and a unique vision for what is possible. Set apart by our attention to detail and client inspired designs, we invite you to visit us on the Junior League Tour of kitchens and at our website at www.designgalleria.net.
Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio 351 Peachtree Hills Avenue, NE Suite 234 Atlanta, Georgia 30305 404-261-0111 www.designgalleria.net
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435 Cameron Valley Court NW,Atlanta, GA 30328
About the Kitchen
This beautiful colonial-style residence has been originally owned by the client for more than 20 years. When it became time to plan key updates to improve the home’s functionality and style, it was the client’s goal to maintain classic design elements integrated with current trends. The result of professional, meticulous planning is an aesthetically-pleasing, useable space, well-suited to serve any homeowner’s lifestyle. Insidesign’s superior value and design expertise proved to be invaluable for the overall feel that the client envisioned. Bisque-white painted custom cabinetry on the kitchen perimeter paired with a rich, dark-stained central island, accented with polished nickel hardware comprise the sumptuous finish details. Careful attention was given to the material selections, including classic white marble counter tops, tumbled marble backsplash, and professional-grade Viking appliances. A large, newly-constructed window above the sink adds essential natural light throughout the new space, while pendant lighting increases the kitchen’s elegance and sparkle.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: CABINETRY: Custom Cabinetry HARDWARE: Insidesign Hardware COUNTER TOPS: StoneCrafters USA APPLIANCES: Viking Professional SINK: Elkay FAUCET: Grohe
1231 Ashford Crossing Atlanta, GA 30326 www.insidesign.com 770-673-0721
About the Designer Insidesign serves Atlanta and the Southeast with a diverse product and service portfolio, including fine cabinetry, architectural mouldings and doors, hardwood flooring, furnishings, soft goods, and a full array of design services. Offering outstanding value and convenience, Insidesign features a 10,000 square foot showroom located near Perimeter Mall that is sure to inspire and amaze both the homeowner and trade professional alike. By offering personalized consultation services, unique design solutions, and a collaborative approach to project management, the Insidesign team has established itself as one of the premier design and supply resources in Atlanta.
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8870 Torrington Drive, Roswell, GA 30076
About the Kitchen
For these Roswell homeowners, we created a light, bright kitchen that is a pleasure for cooking and entertaining. They requested a larger island with seating, a gas rangetop with good ventilation, a larger window to let in more light, a place for a television, and an elegant ambiance for entertaining guests—all without adding to the footprint of the house. Redesigning the kitchen without a peninsula gave us plenty of room for a large island. The one level island serves multiple functions—not only does it have plenty of storage and workspace, and seating for a quick meal, but it makes a perfect buffet for a party. The hood, flanked by tall countertop units, and the Wolf rangetop, with spice pullouts disguised with legs, is the focal point at the end of the room. We shifted the dining room doors to the left a bit to create more space. In addition, the refrigerator location was moved to the back wall with other tall units—one to house the Wolf convection microwave, single oven and warming drawer, and one for pantry storage. To maximize the light, double arched windows were removed in favor of one large window. We worked with the existing window cutout to avoid exterior stucco repair. The cabinets feature a soft cream finish with glazing on maple wood for the perimeter cabinets to keep the room light, and the island cabinets are in cherry with a mahogany stain for contrast. Gorgeous Splendor Delicatus granite with a demi-bullnose edge pulls both colors together. Behind the rangetop, the granite rises to a shallow ledge. The backsplash was done in a warm glazed subway tile picking up the color from the granite with a framed accent under the hood. The wood flooring was refinished in a darker stain to match other areas of the house. For the television, we designed a multi-use space with storage, wine racks and room for a flat-screen TV that can be viewed from the breakfast area and kitchen.
SUPPLIERS INFORMATION: CABINETS: Jay Rambo Co., Colonial door style. Perimeter is maple wood in Soft Cream. Island is cherry wood in Mahogany. FLOORING: Oak hardwood COUNTERTOPS: Splendor Delicatus granite w/demi-bullnose edge TILE: Adex, Crossville and Sonoma SINKS: Franke FAUCETS: Hansgrohe HARDWARE: Top Knobs REFRIGERTOR: Sub-Zero RANGETOP: Wolf OVEN: Wolf WARMING DRAWER: Wolf MICROWAVE: Wolf DISHWASHER: Miele
About the Designer CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio is celebrating its 9th year on the Tour of Kitchens. This award-winning remodeling firm founded in 1992 by Steen Clausen, CKD. We represent three lines of cabinetry—Jay Rambo Co., Leicht and Schrock—as well as Schulte Home Storage for closets, garages and more. We can design your closet, laundry room, library, bar, entertainment center, wine-cellar, home office and home theater—or build an addition. CSI is an exclusive dealer of The Galley™ sink in Atlanta. Our customer service sets us apart and creates satisfied customers who refer their friends and neighbors. We have a team of designers, installation craftsmen, remodelers and project coordinators to make sure your project is completed smoothly and on time. CSI is a licensed and insured residential contractor. We are proud to support the work of the Junior League of Atlanta for our ninth year and we look forward to seeing you soon!
6527 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Suite C-2 Norcross, GA 30071 (770) 729-1999 www.csikitchenandbath.com www.leichtstudiobycsi.com www.csiclosetsandstorage.com email@example.com
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Lending a helping hand to women and children of the Atlanta community since 1916. The Junior League of Atlanta was organized 96 years ago, with just 45 members. Today, the JLA is the third largest Junior League in the world with a membership numbering nearly 4,000 members. Since 1916, the Junior League of Atlanta has been instrumental in establishing many great organizations including the Atlanta Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shelter, the Atlanta Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, the Atlanta Speech School, CHRIS Kids, and the Power Over Prejudice Summit. This year, Junior League of Atlanta will contribute more than 75,000 volunteer hours, valued at nearly $2 million dollars, along with $250,000 in grant funding to its community partners that support its mission to improve the lives of women and children in Atlanta.
ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION The Junior League of Atlanta (JLA) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Focused on improving the health, education and welfare of women and children, JLA provides much-needed volunteer resources and funding, and serves as a catalyst for positive change through our partnerships with more than 80 non-profit organizations. JLA partners with community agencies that reflect our mission, vision and values. These include agencies that improve our community through JLA volunteer opportunities that have a measurable impact on the agency and the population it serves.
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ATLANTA 2012-2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Camille Kesler, President Michelle Wells, President - Elect Jenny Pruitt, Sustainer Representative Marie Hannon, VP of Fund Development Karen Killough, VP of Marketing & Communications Jen Bennecke, VP of Community Stacy Brees, VP of Internal Operations Teresa Ebbs, Assistant to the President Shannon Georgecink, VP of Membership Carole Hord, Advisory Planning Chairr rd Sharon Klein, Staff Liaison to the Board g & Development Meg Keiley-Listermann, VP of Training Alicia McCabe, Parliamentarian ry Aimee Moynihan, Recording Secretary ves Grayson Pratt, VP Advocacy & Initiatives Sara Youd, Nominating Committee Chair
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ANTIQUES IMPRESARIO AND SHOWROOM OWNER MARY PRILLAMAN VIEWS HER TREASURED COLLECTIONS IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT THANKS TO THE INTUITIVE EYE OF INTERIOR DESIGNER SUSAN FERRIER 115
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Designer Susan Ferrier’s deft design hand—and balancing act—is evident in homeowner Mary Prillaman’s living room, where a collection of charcoal botanicals anchors an elegant seating arrangement that includes a commanding Holland & Company Chesterﬁeld sofa. An upholstered screen frames it, adding texture and dimension to the space. A University of the South uniform from Prillaman’s great grandfather—one of three Prillaman found in her grandmother’s attic—takes pride of place above the mantel, and was the jumping point for Ferrier’s color palette. The pair of candlesticks were a souvenir from a buying trip that Prillaman took with Ferrier and architect Bobby McAlpine to Belgium. preceding pages After spotting an original Knole sofa that she, Prillaman and McAlpine fell in love with on a trip to England, Ferrier opted to design a similar piece for Prillaman’s living room. The high-sided sofa with drop-down arms, an upright back and nailhead trim has a commanding presence. Paint color, Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.
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LIFESTYLE MARY PRILLAMAN SHARES A FEW OF HER FAVORITE THINGS
An artfully arranged collection of creamware and pewter adds to the play between darks and lights in the dining room. “Susan is the best colorist in the business,” says Prillaman, who, after she had already enlisted Ferrier for the project, pored through a ﬁle of inspirational tear sheets only to ﬁnd that most of them were the designer’s projects. Ferrier chose a midnight blue hue—Benjamin Moore’s Westcott Navy—for the room’s walls and ceiling to complement the gorgeous woods from Prillaman’s antiques. The chairs are upholstered in a damask by Nobilis.
Collections: Antique water ﬁlters, corner chairs and maps of Paris. Artists: Sally Mann, Bernd Haussman and Rinne Allen. Linens: Thomas O’Brien for Target. Cocktail: The Marie Antoinette at The Ritz London hotel. Playlist: Wilco, Pylon and Lucinda Williams. Films: Little Miss Sunshine, The Royal Tenenbaums and Great Expectations. Weekend Reading: Finding Home by Bobby McAlpine. Fashion: Marni, Emerson Fry and Matta. Candle: Maura Peters’ Orange Jasmine. Next Destination: Portugal.
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A pecky cypress ceiling is the showstopper in the renovated kitchen, the perfect textural counterpoint to tall, sleek cabinets. For the room’s renovation and space planning, Prillaman collaborated with Beth Barﬁeld Designs. Ferrier made the space as reﬁned as it is relaxing thanks to furniture selections like the MacCall table from MacRae, complete with McAlpine Home bar stools, and one of Prillaman’s favorite pieces, McAlpine’s ﬂiptop highboy, topped with a sampling of her ceramic English water ﬁlter collection. The cabinets are painted in Farrow & Ball’s French Gray. Appliances, Wolf and Sub-Zero.
editor-in-chief of her most prized possessions for the refresh of her Buckhead home. And where many designers might have been overwhelmed by the sheer spectrum of choices—Prillaman has a warehouse ﬁ lled with benchmade pieces from her businesses as well as her own impeccable ﬁ nds—Ferrier was nonplussed, committing herself to ﬁ nding and using only pieces Prillaman could truly not live without, regardless of the period or style. Of particularly sentimental value were a trio of University of the South uniforms, worn by her great-grandfather, which Prillaman found stuffed in a bag in her grandmother’s attic. After having the coats cleaned, repaired and preserved in shadow boxes, she knew she wanted the collection to play a role in her home’s redesign, but it was Ferrier who envisioned the uniforms’ blue-andtan hues as the jumping point for the home’s palette. Next, the designer’s task was to create a sophisticated but livable environment for this serious collector, without it appearing too much like a showroom. “When your life is about furniture, you have to be careful. In your own home, there must be a little bit of a departure,” says Ferrier. Even so, the pair looked at pieces in Prillaman’s lines that would be “good ambassadors in tying in the new with the old,” she says. 121
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clockwise, from left In the master bedroom, the landscape painting above the mantel is an 18th-century English oil on canvas. Ferrier took the original frame from the painting and hung it in the upstairs lounge, opposite. Floor-toceiling draperies add a sense of privacy to the light-andbright sunroom, where built-ins hold a collection of Royal Doulton stoneware pitchers. Fixture from South of Market. Ferrier incorporated pieces from the McAlpine Home collection, such as the Tavish étagère and Lotus Chamber bed, into a guest bedroom. opposite, clockwise, from left While Prillaman and Ferrier took measures to make each room on the ﬁrst ﬂoor conducive to entertaining company, upstairs the pair was careful to create a more private, comfortable retreat. In the TV lounge, complete with a custom sofa, Ferrier chose Benjamin Moore’s Copley Gray for the paint color to create a cocoon-like space. The McAlpine Home Fern Knuckle chaise lounge offers a place for respite in the guest room. Antique clock faces rest atop a hide-covered console in the living room.
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If there’s one room that best captures this delicate balance, it’s the dining room, where color, pattern and texture imbue the intimate space with a rich, multi-layered patina only Ferrier could accomplish. Here, a commanding Holland & Company dining table draws energy from skirted feminine chairs and a cowhide banquette, while ﬂoor-to-ceiling draperies, along with a ﬂoating mirror, add architectural structure. It’s in the details, though, that Ferrier’s deft balance of old and new, light and dark, hard and soft, reigns. “When you’re working with a lot of different inﬂuences, it’s important to pay attention to where things are placed as you don’t want them to appear redundant or out of place,” she says. Instead, the designer imbued the house with a sense of rhythm, weaving Prillaman’s prized collections from room to room in such a way that they not only appear uniﬁed when separated, they also make the rooms feel crisp, clean, and above all, memorable. “From the moment you walk in, you can tell a really interesting person lives here,” Ferrier says. SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK. 123
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To increase closet space in the circa-1920s house, Prillaman and Ferrier transformed a former sleeping porch into an organized space for her color-coordinated wardrobe, shoes, collection of hat stands and more. “I think of clothing as a backdrop for shoes and jewelry,” says Prillaman of her personal style. “The larger and more unique the jewelry is, the happier I am.” In the master bedroom, a 17th-century reproduction Italian iron bed by Gregorius Pineo takes center stage. The white-on-white crewel fabric is by Old World Weavers. The lamps were designed from late-19th-century oak carvings. “I have so much respect for the heart and soul Susan puts into every interior,” Prillaman says. “We had total trust.”
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A new home at Rosemary Beach is the result of a collaboration among talented design minds, as well as homeowners committed to quality Written by Alyse Harral Stevens
Photographed by Erica George Dines
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With its almost cathedral-like ceiling, the living room had to offer beautiful—and comfortable—furniture to match. The Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman sofa is covered with Zimmer + Rhode fabric, both available through Ainsworth-Noah & Associates. Lucite-and-glass coffee table, Smith Grubbs & Associates. Sultanabad rug, Moattar, Ltd. opposite The home’s Charleston Single Housestyle façade complements its Rosemary Beach, Florida, surroundings. 127
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A above The homeowners credit builder Christian Tennant for executing the intricate building plans of their Rosemary Beach vacation home, including the inlayed ﬂoor and beautiful wood molding in the foyer. “With all the detailing, the entry immediately makes you feel like you’re somewhere special,” says residential designer Rick Spitzmiller. The Oly Studio chandelier, made of petite abalone shells, is from Bohlert Massey Interiors. The bluegray Swedish antique clock is from Parc Monceau. right A large 1780 Bordeaux armoire from Jacqueline Adams Antiques anchors the living room. The silk drapery fabric by Nobilis adds a layer of subtle color, and slipper chairs—covered in an Etamine fabric— offer easy-to-move seating. opposite The color in the trumeau mirror from Parc Monceau relates perfectly to the blues in the living room fabrics. Propped in the corner, the 1880s wood carving of a dolphin that designer Carole Weaks found in France may have originally functioned as the leg of a ﬁreplace surround. Chairs are from Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman and feature a Brunschwig & Fils fabric. A Greg Gustafson canvas from Tew Galleries hangs above the mantel. Bookcase lights, Circa Lighting.
fter losing out on three homes during an especially hot period in Florida real estate, Paul and Courtney Amos decided that the only way they were going to capture their dream home was to create it themselves. “We started driving down highway 30-A and when we got to Rosemary Beach, we stepped out of the car and turned 360 degrees,” Courtney says of the picture-perfect hamlet along Florida’s panhandle. “We didn’t have to say a thing. We knew it was perfect for us.” The community’s petite lot and neighborhood covenants dictated that the house’s architectural design would harken to a Charleston Single House-style residence. “We had to make every square inch livable and truly functional for this young family,” says residential designer Rick Spitzmiller, of the Atlanta architectural design ﬁ rm Spitzmiller & Norris, who worked with business partner Robert Norris to design the home. “There are breakaway spaces for people to go off and have a moment of solitude, but overall the house encourages large gatherings and time together with family and friends,” he notes. In traditional Charleston Single House style, the ﬁ rst ﬂoor is usually overlooked for the secondstory living spaces, but not so here. “We aimed to make every ﬂoor special,” says 129
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In the kitchen, designed by Spitzmiller & Norris, the hewn beams of pecky cypress are each carved out of a single massive tree trunk, hundreds of year old, which was raised out of a swamp. “I really appreciate how special that is,” says homeowner Courtney Amos. “It’s very hard to ﬁnd those types of indigenous materials.” The bell jar lanterns are available through Grizzel & Mann. Barstools, Smith Grubbs & Associates. Refrigerator and freezer, Sub-Zero. opposite “The dining room is a very small space so you really notice every detail,” says Weaks. “We had to capitalize on every square inch of it.” The banquette was custom made for the alcove by Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman and upholstered in a Henry Calvin fabric, both from Ainsworth-Noah & Associates. The dining table is by New Classics Creations, and the chairs are by Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman. Iron-and-gilt chandelier, Robuck & Company.
Spitzmiller. “The staircase is open to really connect the house and keeps any ﬂoor from feeling cut off from another.” The main level contains the living room, kitchen and dining room. In reality, the ﬂoor is all one room, but each space is given the geometry, scale and thoughtful design to make it feel separate from the others. Large windows and doors open wide to let breezes blow through. “It’s a grand house for piling people in,” says Spitzmiller. However, it’s the living room ceiling that proves to be the home’s crowning architectural jewel. Inspired by a photo Courtney found in a book on early-20thcentury architect Addison Mizner’s Palm Beach homes, multiple pieces of molding incorporate each branch of the snowﬂakepatterned, panel strap-work ceiling. “You can’t help but sit and stare at the beauty of the raw wood,” says Courtney. With such a magniﬁcent backdrop, the home’s decor had to be equally as captivating. “The architecture just demanded that we step it up a bit,” says Atlanta interior designer Carole Weaks of C. Weaks Interiors. “If we had not used strong antiques pieces and unique elements, it wouldn’t have suited the house nor the family.” Weaks traveled to France for the necessary pieces and special ﬁnds. She then focused on fabrics with personality over practicality—and then coated them with good fabric protectant to survive the harsh demands of beach life. After settling into the house for a year, the Amoses brought in Seacrest Beach designer Susan Massey of Bohlert Massey Interiors. “Susan brought in another layer of detail and a beachy feel,” says Courtney. “We had the privilege of working with an incredible team to build a new home that has some real history.” SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK.
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“The piazza has a cohesiveness that is so important,” notes Spitzmiller. “We tried really hard to use textures and materials that complemented each other and made the qualities of each stronger.” Copper lanterns are by Bevolo. opposite “We wanted the ﬁreplace sitting area to draw people out for picnics or cocktails,” Spitzmiller adds. Cast-stone mantel and face veneer designed by Spitzmiller and produced by Cutting Edge Stone. The furniture is by Janus et Cie. “Every way you approach the house you get a beautiful view of the courtyard,” says designer Susan Massey.
The house was built to accommodate large gatherings and time together with family and friends. In turn, there’s a seamless connection between indoors and out—every inch of the lot was designed for maximum efﬁciency. 133
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LIFESTYLE Atlanta designer Carole Weaks shares a few of her beach house favorites Pantry Staples: I like to pick up a few things from Bella Cucina on the way out of town—they go perfectly with wine and cheese. China: I love simple white plates that you can get almost anywhere. If the children are grown, you can upgrade to something nice from Atelier de Villatte, which has a beautiful glaze. Throw: Brahms Mount linen throws are an ideal weight. Candle: Voluspa Laguna’s are great—even the name sounds good. Weekend Reading: Nothing too heavy or serious. Anything by Nelson Demille always makes me laugh out loud. Guestroom Essential: A waffle-weave robe by Matouk. Cocktail: The best beach buzz comes from those crazy rum concoctions you never would dream of having at home.
above “The color of the bathroom is such a showstopper,” declares Weaks. The candy-colored coral wallpaper is by Osborne & Little, and the pendant light is from Edgar-Reeves. A grand 19th-century Bonnetiere armoire from Parc Monceau is paired with a lively club chair covered in a Zimmer + Rhode fabric. Metal side table, Bohlert Massey Home. right In the master bedroom, Benjamin Moore's Blue Lace paint color blankets the walls. The bed, mirrored chest and bench are by Niermann Weeks, available through Grizzel & Mann. The bench is upholstered in a Fortuny fabric. A mirror from Amy Howard Collection is from Bohlert Massey Home. opposite In the guest house, John Derian plates from Bohlert Massey Home hang over a scalloped headboard by C. Weaks Interiors, upholstered in a Manuel Canovas fabric from Travis & Co. A chandelier from Edgar-Reeves draws your eye to the ceiling, which is painted in Benjamin Moore's Heavenly Blue. The Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman loveseat is upholstered in a Cowtan & Tout fabric. Drapery fabric by Osborne & Little, available through Ainsworth-Noah & Associates. Rug, Stark Carpet.
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SIMPLY THE BEST Written by Clinton Smith
Photographed by Rob Brinson
Armed with a plethora of elegant furnishings and ďŹ ne art, decorator Stan Topol fashions an impeccable home for a busy family at The St. Regis Atlanta Hotel & Residences
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In the living room, designed by Stan Topol, a painting by artist Alice Andrews hangs above a J. Robert Scott sofa. The other painting, at right, is by Ida Kohlmeyer. Regency Sabreleg armchairs by Rose Tarlow Melrose House ďŹ&#x201A;ank a pair of vintage cocktail tables from Maison Gerard in New York that are credited to Willy Rizzo. The three yellow Peking glass vases are from JF Chen in Los Angeles. Lamps, J. Robert Scott. Antique Khotan rug, Moattar, Ltd.
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ecorator Stan Topol knows his way around The St. Regis Atlanta Hotel & Residences.
Not only has he designed a number of model residences there, he also was recently charged with making some lifestyle enhancements to the hotel’s public spaces, including the lobby overlook that now features an elegant dining area. But it’s in one of the property’s private residences that you’ll ﬁ nd Topol’s pièce de résistance. “The most marvelous thing about The St. Regis is that if you live there—and you have to live there to appreciate it—is that Atlanta is at your ﬁngertips,” says Topol. The hotel’s central location on West Paces Ferry and its world-class amenities were what ﬁrst lured his clients to purchase a residence there, but they relied on Topol to transform their house into a home for themselves and their two children. Assisted by architect Joel Laseter, Topol transformed a blank slate of a space into a series of jewel box-like rooms connected by a main corridor. “If people appreciate art, then their minds are open to the world,” says Topol. 138
The home’s entryway features a 19th-century Italian gate from Robuck & Company, which was restored by Calhoun Metalworks. A Baccarat vase sits atop a mahogany-and-brass Swedish commode. The artwork is by Larry Rivers. opposite In the living room, a painting by Sam Francis hangs above a marble-and-stainless steel ﬁreplace designed by Stan Topol & Associates and fabricated by Francois & Co. The 19th-century Russian chest, from Karl Kemp & Associates in New York, is part of a pair. The 1930s bergère, by Jansen, is from Dragonette in Los Angeles and upholstered in a Christopher Hyland fabric. An antique Khotan rug from Moattar, Ltd. anchors the space. The round Art Deco table is from Karl Kemp & Associates. Floral design by Michal Evans.
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clockwise, from above The homeowners have collected works of art by some of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century, including Jim Dine, Ida Kohlmeyer, Frank Stella and Steve Kaufman. The powder room features a wall-mounted faucet by Laura Kirar for Kallista and a repurposed antique demilune console from Sentimento in New York. The mirror is from Baker, Knapp & Tubbs. Floral design by Michal Evans. In one of the home’s other passageways, Victor Skrebneski’s Twombly Letters—B, from Holly Hunt, Miami, is paired with a collection of Baccarat glasses and a custom cabinet designed by Stan Topol & Associates. opposite A sitting area in the husband’s office includes a Miro lithograph. The William Switzer coffee table is macassar ebony with bronze hardware, and the Lucien Rollins wall lamp is polished nickel—both are available through Ernest Gaspard & Associates. The pillow fabric is by Bergamo, available through Donghia.
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In the breakfast area, a lacquered parchment dining table by J. Robert Scott appears to hover above the dark Cote de Noir marble ﬂoors from Walker Zanger. The vintage Karl Springer chairs, from JF Chen in Los Angeles, were originally designed for legendary Hollywood decorator Billy Haines. The family room is accessorized with a grouping of mounted industrial lenses from Blackman Cruz, Los Angeles. opposite The space also features a serigraph by Matisse from Raphael Fine Art in New York. J. Robert Scott’s Sonoma club chair is upholstered in Cowtan & Tout’s Penrose fabric. The copper apple sculpture is from Baker, Knapp & Tubbs. Bronze-and-limestone coffee table, Jerry Pair & Associates. Rug, Rugs by Robinson.
“And, here, my clients understood that furniture is art and fabric is art, too.” The resulting collaboration was a match made in designer heaven. “In my business as a decorator, we do a lot of things, including compromise,” says Topol. “But in this apartment, the couple to allowed us to actually work with the best of everything—from the J. Robert Scott furniture and Baccarat crystal to Larry Rivers artwork. There were no shortcuts, no substitutions.” Finer things aside, Topol is quick to point out that elegance and comfort aren’t mutually exclusive in this apartment. “They allowed me the freedom to put together rooms where people will actually sit and talk and watch TV, rooms where they will have a life together,” he says. “This apartment is everything I believe in as a decorator.” SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK.
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LIFESTYLE “Living at The St. Regis is better than having a house,” says decorator Stan Topol, who has worked on projects throughout the property. “Being here gives you the comforts of having a home, plus the security of being able to leave whenever you want.” Private elevator lobbies and concierge services are available to residences, and the views aren’t bad, either. Here, the design team worked to capture and enhance city views from the living room, family room and master bedroom. “You can create whatever you want when you buy here,” says Topol. “It’s a blank canvas.”
Maple-glazed paneling envelopes the master suite’s sitting room. Green Rain, a woodcut and intaglio work on paper, is by Jim Dine. An encaustic painting by Dusty Griffith hangs atop the bedroom’s upholstered walls that are covered in a Nancy Corzine fabric. The Mrs. MacDougall crystal balustrade lamp and Hinson swing-arm lamp are both available through Donghia. Bed and side table, J. Robert Scott. Floral design by Michal Evans. opposite In the master bathroom, a J. Robert Scott black lacquer desk serves as a vanity. A mirror is suspended from the ceiling and is ﬂanked by Downsview cabinetry. Slabs of white onyx from Walker Zanger were used for the countertops, and white onyx tiles from Artistic Tile were used for ﬂooring.
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What makes an Atlanta house a HOME? In the third installment of our year-long series examining the things that are essential to every Atlanta residence, MARCIA SHERRILL nominates man’s best friend
the South, we love our children but we worship our dogs. Only the British monarchy with its brigade of corgis can rival us in our love of canines. Growing up, we used to shower with our dogs after a day at the lake, but now they get their own days at the spa. We serve them gourmet meals. They love all of our quirks, yet they never divorce us. We treat them like they are
human, but only better. My father was so crazy for his hunting dogs that, despite knowing they should not be treated as proper indoor pets, would sleep with four retrievers at his feet, leaving Momma with a sliver of mattress and no covers. The South emerged from an agrarian society, and we have long treasured our huntin’ dogs and working breeds. In Atlanta during the 1960s, we fell in love with dogs that were truly indoor quality. Poodles and Boston terriers and collies proliferated. Lassie, anyone? Then came the advent of high-rises like The Plaza Towers, which were quickly crammed with even smaller breeds. By the time the ’80s and early ’90s rolled around, Atlantans were moving up into the lavish splendor of Park Place and the residences above the Four Seasons. We responded to the high life appropriately enough with highfalutin dogs, including Pekinese, Bichon Frise and “exotic” breeds like the Brussels Griffon and, my all-time favorite, the French bulldog. We were living in international style with truly international pets. As the new millennium rolled around, we went hog wild for Cavalier King Charles spaniels. It seems that every fashionista, decorator, ﬂorist
and chef had a Cavalier King Charles, or two. And why not? They’re adorable. But lately, another dog phenomenon is taking place. Folks are competing for the most exotic breeds and, trust me, money is no object. Hybrids such as Labradoodles and Chorkies rule the day. A friend recently told me that she had an Auss-Tzu. Thinking she had succumbed to an awful virus or something, it was awhile before I realized she had just come home with a Miniature Australian shepherd and Shih Tzu mix. Of course, nothing beats our love of an obscure dog. Head to Piedmont Park these days and you’ll see the likes of Boykin spaniels, Italian Cane corsos and maybe even a Norwegian hygenhund—we have ’em and we love ’em. But at the end of the day, nothing beats the love of a Georgia bulldog. You’ll never ﬁ nd a better friend, especially if you adopt a rescue. Their snoring and saliva notwithstanding, it’s no wonder this tried-and-true mascot ﬁ lls homes from Midtown and Mableton to Grant Park and Gwinnett. Woof! NEXT MONTH: GARDENS
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