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CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 2014 // ISSUE NO.311

Home 114

The Italian Job Philip Shutze’s 1926 Italian Baroque “Pink Palace” is transformed into Palazzo Rosa at the 2014 Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House & Gardens.

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Personal Space With the help of a few friends, Kathryn Stockett fashions a light and bright abode full of personality.

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Creative Couplings Six husband-and-wife design duos prove that passion paves the way for profound success.

Style 14

Studio Visit: Michael Dines Known for his atmospheric approach and large-scale landscapes, the painter thinks big from his Inman Park studio.

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In conversation with: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, who celebrated the company’s silver anniversary in 2014.

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Style News AH&L visits Noah J. & Co.; new introductions at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center and beyond.

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Behind the Design: Le Fat

Smith Hanes

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French café concept Le Fat.

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Life 36 37 38 160 8 159

Calendar Cultural happenings around Atlanta Naomi On personal style Dish Dispatches from the local culinary scene Etc. Life … according to Marcia Editor’s Letter Resources + Ad Index Cover photographed by Erica George Dines

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ATLANTANS ARE FASCINATED WITH houses. Not just their own abodes, but also those of their neighbors, and possibly even a perfect stranger’s—particularly when there’s “lineage” involved. Residences designed by the likes of Philip Trammell Shutze or Neel Reid have become ingrained in the public consciousness; indeed, many of us assume collective ownership and a tremendous sense of responsibility for them. Case in point is the banner reading: “Sorry for the inconvenience. Neel Reid’s house will rise again,” which went up on Habersham Road just days after a fire destroyed the better part of a circa-1924 Neel Reid home in Buckhead. I certainly wasn’t the only one who breathed a sigh of relief as I drove past the rubble. Home tours and showhouses are one of the main ways style-savvy Atlantans feed their decorating fix, and this year’s Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House & Gardens proved worthy of its grand, Italianate bones (it, too, was a Shutze, Reid and Hal Hentz masterpiece). One of the city’s most recognizable homes, Atlanta’s “Pink Palace” was treated to a dramatic makeover by more than 20 of the city’s leading industry talents. Our coverage starts on page 113, so even if you visited the estate during the showhouse, you can enjoy it twice—and Elizabeth Ralls Editor in Chief allow the intrigue to continue. @elizabeth_ralls | twitter

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Michael Dines

KNOWN FOR HIS ATMOSPHERIC APPROACH AND LARGE-SCALE LANDSCAPES WITH PHOTOGRAPHIC-LIKE DETAILING, THE PAINTER THINKS BIG FROM HIS INMAN PARK STUDIO. WRITTEN BY

WHEN MICHAEL DINES decided he wanted his artist studio closer to home, he just built it—right in the backyard of his circa-1905 Queen Anne bungalow in Inman Park, where he lives with his wife, Erica, and two daughters, Eva and Grace. “Basically,” the painter says, “I created a space where I could paint the kind of paintings I want to paint.” Translation: It’s a place for big paintings—like 20-foot-long and 10-foot-high landscapes rendered in earthy colored acrylics. The size of a twocar garage, the studio has 15-foot vaulted ceilings and barn doors that swing open to let in the fresh air (and the smell of Confederate jasmine hanging over the doors). Pass by on a weeknight, and you might catch Dines in his paint-stained shorts and a t-shirt, with reading glasses clipped to the 14

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collar, listening to Pandora and brushing away at his latest work. Dines, 51, is a Parkersburg, West Virginia native. After graduating from Fairmont State, where he played basketball, he moved to Atlanta in the mid-’80s and made a name for himself in the ’90s gallery scene with sizeable, moody landscapes punctuated with small blocks of resin. Trees featured heavily in his work, and still do. But, Dines says, “It’s not important to see the trees. I want the viewer of the painting to see and feel moisture in the air, or the absence of light.” In the ’90s, Dines’s gallery work was so in demand that show after show sold out. Drained by the sheer volume of work he produced during those years, Dines opted to take a hiatus that stretched for seven years. During that time, he worked with

George Dines

Erica, a well-known interiors photographer, to help build her business. He also met interior designers and collectors along the way, who often asked, “When are you going to start painting again?” These days, Dines works directly with those designers and collectors. His paintings range from small- to medium-sized still-lifes that vibrate with incandescence to oversize race horses and sailboats (“Because that’s where I would rather be,” he says), to those darkly pastoral landscapes (minus the resin blocks) that have become wildly popular. In his studio, he’s constantly experimenting. “I love when there are accidents in the art,” he says. “I don’t know if it’s intentional accidents, or accidental intention, but it’s the act of letting go.”

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STYLE NEWS

In conversation with:

Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams Earlier this year, home furnishings purveyor Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams celebrated its 25th anniversary. The eponymous design duo—who recently visited their Atlanta showroom in honor of its silver celebration—have transformed the company from a small, upholstery-focused operation to a multifaceted global brand that currently encompasses linens, lighting, rugs and more. Here, the pair discuss their new collection, recently released book, Who We Are, and what’s quintessential to each of their pieces.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON

HOMES AS PERSONAL DESIGN LABS.

THE ATLANTA DESIGN COMMUNITY?

BW: That’s very much true. A lot of the

Bob Williams: People take a lot of pride

things we design come from needs we

in their homes here, so that makes the

see in our own homes. The new Vera

design community very essential. It

sofa, for example, satisfies our need for

also creates a lot of competition among

interaction. Its curved shape is conducive

designers, which is great, because

to conversation, encouraging people to

no one can take the easy route. They

turn toward each other.

constantly have to stay inspired and push themselves.

HOW HAVE YOUR DESIGNS EVOLVED OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS? MG: Our

Items from the 2014 spring collection include, clockwise from top center: Parsons table in white quartz; Chester sofa and Vega coffee table; the Vera sofa; Dumont sofas and Lawson chest; and the Major chair.

SPEAKING OF INSPIRATION, WHAT

first collection had a modern country feel

WAS THE MOTIVATION BEHIND THE

that has evolved over the years to have

NEW SIGNATURE COLLECTION?

more of a tailored, midcentury look. One

Mitchell Gold: There are time periods

thing that hasn’t changed, though, is our

that we're really infatuated with and right

emphasis on comfort. It’s always been—

now there’s a lot of inspiration from the

and continues to be—paramount in each

early to mid 70s. You’ll also find a lot of

one of our pieces.

silver accents, whether it be stainless steel, silver fabrics, etc., in honor of our

HOW HAS YOUR DYNAMIC EVOLVED?

25th anniversary.

MG: We have a great dynamic that has gotten better with age. After 25 years of

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IN YOUR NEW BOOK, WHO WE ARE

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(ASSOULINE), YOU REFER TO YOUR

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Tufted banquettes, dramatic draperies, a cut-

glass chandelier and mohair barstools aren’t exactly common decorative elements in Austin, Texas, eateries, but the city’s hottest grand gesture, known as LaV—crafted by DAVID BAKER of McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and SUSAN FERRIER of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors—has struck a chord in a town known for its laidback look. Built from the ground up and inspired by a 1920s warehouse, LaV’s industrial facade and steel window banks are the perfect counterpoint to more refined details like a pewter-topped bar, and oversize landscape paintings by Atlanta artist Michael Dines.

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DESIGN DISTRICT: LOS ANGELES

WINDOWS TO THE WORLD its sixth-annual Legends event in May with a three-day celebration of design that included window displays custom-crafted by top designers from around the world—including Athens, Georgia-based Tami Ramsay and design partner Krista Nye Schwartz, both of CLOTH & KIND. Paired with Sydney Harbour Paint Company, the design duo drew their inspiration from the novel Goldfinger (this year’s theme was Novel Interiors: Storytelling by Design) and sourced product from area artisans like textile designers Clay McLaurin and Kate Roebuck and artist Sally King Benedict. clothandkind.com

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY BUFF STRICKLAND (LAV); GREY CRAWFORD (LCDQ)

Los Angeles’s La Cienega Design Quarter kicked off

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STYLE NEWS

Shell Shock

Chip Cheatham of CHIP & COMPANY takes one of his favorite

materials beyond the beach with a dramatic collection of elaborately layered shell mirrors and lamps available at MARTIN NASH. A collaboration with Stephen Wood, the pieces are a study in natural contrasts, like the handcrafted mirror with saddle oyster and purple mussel shells, pictured. “I love the organic play of light that comes through in the shells, which are lacelike in fluidity,” Cheatham says. martinnash.com

FLORAL FANTASIA A design house best known for its traditional handpainted wallpapers, DE GOURNAY takes a slight departure with its newest collection by adding updated flair. Case in point is the oversized Lilium, pictured, which employs an exquisitely rendered floral motif (tumbling flowers) the brand is synonymous with, but in a more contemporary manner—as seen in Campion Platt’s bedroom design for Holiday House Hamptons. De Gournay is available at Ainsworth-Noah. ainsworth-noah.com

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MATTHEW STUDIOS founder and designer Katherine O’Brien, a New York-based lighting

designer who regularly collaborates with Jamie Drake and Nate Berkus, recently launched her own line of crystal, lighting and home accessories she says are “inspired by the natural architecture and geometry of crystal.” The small Thea knob, pictured, is crystal carved to fit a geometric hexagonal polished metal base hardware, and prices range from $130 to $175; the large is $390. Available locally at

Belgian Beauties

“After collecting chairs I’ve fallen in love with over the years,

it made sense to reproduce my favorites in fresh painted finishes,” says Mary Holland, who introduced a collection of chairs in varying shades of cream and frets at HOLLAND & CO. and MACRAE. It also gave her the chance to contrast the finishes with upholstered seats in bright Belgian linens, like orange, aubergine and citron green. Pictured: Bleu-painted Belgian side chair in orange linen; fireside Louis XVI chair; and a cream-painted side chair. hollandandcompany.com; macraedesigns.com

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COURTESY OF DE GOURNAY; ALL OTHER PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID CHRISTENSEN

Matthew Quinn’s MQ Collection and at Ainsworth-Noah. matthew-quinn.com; ainsworth-noah.com

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STYLE NEWS

Hit the Wall Creating custom colorways for a designed-in-theUSA wallpaper that comes prepasted and boasts a two-week turnaround might seem too good to be true, but DETROIT WALLPAPERS, available through MARTIN NASH, offers just that. The independent studio’s seven collections (which include the childfriendly line, Sprout) are the ideal solution for consumers looking beyond the mass market for a dash of customization or a boutique feel. Did we mention the wallpaper’s strippable, too? martinnash.com

Snake Charmer Slithering its way back into favor, the snake-print

trend is once again taking over the fashion and interior design worlds. For a striking—and edgy—take on the Parsons table, Michelle Bradley of BRADLEY wrapped this side table with snake-printed leather and added a brass drawer for an effect that’s as glamorous as it is tactile. bradley-usa.com

Pretty, Please

PAUL +, which recently welcomed two new lines, includ-

ing New York-based lighting and home accessory company Matthew Studios and Barcelona-based Kettal’s outdoor collection, to its spacious Atlanta Decorative Arts Center showroom, also boasts fresh offerings from Mattaliano, such as the cast-glass Conique chandelier, Rockefeller chair with goldleaf frame and Frank walnut-and-vellum four-door cabinet—as well as the Keith Fritz Victory dining table.

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BEHIND THE DESIGN

Le Fat

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CHEF GUY WONG ENLISTS SMITH HANES STUDIO TO DESIGN HIS NEW VIETNAMESE-MEETS-FRENCH CAFÉ CONCEPT ON ATLANTA’S WESTSIDE. AH&L EXPLORES ITS UNIQUE DESIGN ELEMENTS. WRITTEN BY Elizabeth

Ralls

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO SEPARATE Smith

Christensen

And, in a carefully cultivated mix that

Hanes from Atlanta’s increasingly

could only be attributed to Hanes, Asian

sophisticated restaurant scene. A

and Parisian influences mix easily in

designer who has built his niche crafting

the newly reimagined space, from the

industrial-chic eateries—in which patrons

eight-foot-tall tramp-art temple behind

are as intrigued by the cuisine as they

a repurposed bistro-style hostess

are by the environment in which they

stand to a collection of vintage French

dine—Hanes understands the integral

posters holding court alongside custom-

role a restaurant’s design can play in

designed Southern pine benches.

relaying its narrative. In fact, his thoughtfully designed

Still, Hanes’s design influence on Le Fat (an abbreviation of “The Fat Rooster,”

restaurants—think The Optimist, No.

an initial name for the restaurant) is

246, JCT.Kitchen and Watershed on

deceptively subtle, and invokes a homey

Peachtree—have raised the bar for even

feeling that invites patrons to stay awhile,

the most casual of eateries. Case in point

from the custom flourescent light fixtures

is the Westside’s newest addition, Le

(which are actually LED) topped with

Fat, chef Guy Wong’s recently launched

craft-paper shades to the wallpaper with

Vietnamese-meets-French café concept.

cabbage roses that “you might find in

Located in the former Yum Bunz

an old hotel in a small French town,” he

space, Hanes says it was important

says. Other interesting details include

to infuse Wong’s new neighborhood

chevron-patterned oak floors in the bar

concept with “charm, feeling and soul.”

(the bar is a handsome, old-fashioned

With that in mind, he enlisted a host of

walnut), and the geometric “hex” tiles.

local craftspeople, including Andrew

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“The main thing I wanted to create was

Crawford, Bjork Studio, Skylar Morgan

a comfortable neighborhood place for

Furniture Design and Chris Hagen,

people come experience his food,” Hanes

to custom-craft furniture, fixtures and

says. It’s clear that Le Fat was designed

upholstered pieces for the space, which

with as much passion and personality as

will seat close to 70.

the chef who will occupy the kitchen.

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DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS

A SECOND GLANCE AT THE RESIDENTIAL AWARD WINNERS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS (ASID) GEORGIA CHAPTER FOR 2014 Kitchen or Bath // Bronze Lyndsy K. Woods, Allied ASID, L. KAE Interiors, Inc.

Product: Custom Design by Industry Partners // Silver The Mohawk Group,

“Dudley Residence”

“Silk Road Collection”

Singular Space: Residential // Silver Melanie Turner, ASID, Melanie Turner Interiors “The Residences at The St. Regis Atlanta”

Apartment, Condominium, Loft (Smaller Residences) // Silver Ann Wisniewski, ASID, AJW Designs, Inc. “The Belvedere”

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Kitchen or Bath // Silver Stephen Pararo, ASID, Seble Bebe Mengistu,

Product: Custom Design by ASID Practitioners // Silver Rita Carson Guest, FASID, John

Pineapple House Interior Design “Lakeside Master Bath”

Guest, Allied ASID, Carson Guest Inc. “Alston & Bird LLP Custom Secretarial Station”

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Residence Over 3,500 Sq. Ft. // Bronze Stephen Pararo, ASID, Seble Bebe Mengistu, Pineapple House Interior Design “Indian River Retreat”

Singular Space: Residential // Bronze

Model Home // Silver

Stephen Pararo, ASID, Seble Bebe

Melanie Turner, ASID, Melanie Turner

Mengistu, Pineapple House Interior

Interiors “East Kingston”

Design “Terrace Turnaround”

Product: Custom Design by Industry Partners // Gold Philippe Starck, AXOR/Hansgrohe

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Show House // Silver William Peace, ASID,

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OUT & ABOUT

Ones to Watch

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles was a proud media partner of the sold-out Rathbuns' Watch List event, presented by the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC), which paired up-and-coming chefs from across the South with an equally stellar group of soon-to-be design superstars from the Atlanta design community. Held inside an empty, all-white showroom at ADAC, the event featured more than 10 high-style room vignettes designed for each visiting chef, and was hosted by culinary giants (and brothers) Kevin and Kent Rathbun, who were gracious, affable hosts. Photography by Sarah Dodge

Top Kimberly Sundt, Amy Musarra and Melissa Wilson; Kevin and Kent Rathbun. Middle Vignette designed by Clay Snider Interiors for chef Nick Reppond of Mississippi; Exquisitely designed food by one of the region's up-and-coming chefs to watch; Vignette designed by Kerry Howard of KMH Interiors for chef Andrea Upchurch of Charleston. Bottom Judy Carlisle and Canaan Marshall; Michel Boyd, Julie Witzel and Martin Nash.

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LIFE

ALI HARPER

A R T S / / C U LT U R E / / D I N I N G

American Idyll

The 2014 Serenbe Designer Show House, presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, opens for tours Saturday,

September 6. Nestled in the heart of Serenbe’s newest real estate collection, Swann Ridge, the English-inspired cottage, accessed via footbridge, will feature spaces created by 12 Atlanta-based designers. Tour the house through September 28, Thursdays through Sundays and by group appointment. serenbe.com/events

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1. The ATLANTA FINE

and tastings at Sur la Table.

ARTS FESTIVAL returns

The event will preview tastes

to Piedmont Park, bringing

from Atlanta culinary authori-

together acclaimed artists

ties including Ford Fry, Kevin

and art enthusiasts from

Rathbun and Anne Quatrano,

across the country. From

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Sept. 13-14, enjoy fine art,

org 4. Zoo Atlanta’s creative

live music, local bites and

cocktail bash, JAZZOO, is

artist demonstrations.

returning for its sixth year.

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2. MUSE & CO. FINE ART's

backdrop, guests will enjoy

“Modern Naive” exhibit

fare from 30 of Atlanta’s

introduces contemporary

best restaurants, open

artist Barbara Olsen, known

bars and live entertainment

for her shimmering colors

from four stages. 9/13.

and storytelling skills. The

Vip $175; General $100.

show, running through

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September 30, will also

tribute to its Southern roots,

feature new works from

ANNE IRWIN FINE ART’s

gallery artist Ron Irwin.

“Southern Artists Painting

9/5-9/30. (770) 594-9511;

Southern Scenes” exhibit

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3. Atlanta helps kick off the

show features a selection

2nd annual James Beard

of local and regional

Foundation’s TASTE AMER-

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ICA with a two-day affair

landscapes and cityscapes.

featuring a benefit dinner, cu-

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AROUND TOWN WITH

Naomi Von Habersham The great Diana Vreeland once said of style: “It helps you get up in the morning.” I wholeheartedly agree. I possess far more enthusiasm and optimism for the day if I’m clad in a well-cut pant suit or a lady-like sheath than I do if I’m donning, say, a tracksuit. But Vreeland went on to say that, “Without it [style], you’re nobody.” Ouch. I think that’s taking it a bit too far, don’t you? Of course, style means different things to different people. To some, style is a pair of custom ‘BB’ pumps by Manolo Blahnik, while to others it’s a pair of comfy Belgian loafers. No matter how you define “style,” you shouldn’t confuse it with its cousin, “trendy.” Having true style does not mean following trends, but rather having the temerity to express your unique point of view—even if it’s not what’s hot at the moment. Maybe that means decorating your dining room with your favorite wallpaper at a time when wallpaper isn’t cool, or bedding down with printed sheets despite being told that chic people only sleep on white sheets. Style is not being different for the sake of being different, but having the confidence to live as you wish to live. And on that note, I’ll leave you with a list of what I find to be stylish. My notions of style may not be to your taste, and that’s exactly as it should be. Style means having the freedom to define it anyway you wish.

ILLUSTRATION BY EMILY ROBERTSON

Style is …

Ç A library full of books that have actually been read Ç A collector who spends years assembling his collection Ç Serving a bottle of fine wine alongside a bowl of Ritz crackers Ç Scenting one’s home with old-school Rigaud candles Ç Binging not on the latest must-see TV, but rather on old episodes of “The Bob Newhart Show” Ç Geraniums, hollyhocks, Shasta daisies, and other old-fashioned flowers Ç Antique Queen Anne or Chippendale chairs placed around a sleek glass dining table Ç Enjoying a tray supper in the bedroom Ç Preserving—and using—the butler’s pantry in an old house

LIGHTING • FURNITURE • CUSTOM UPHOLSTERY WALL DÉCOR • TABLETOP ACCESSORIES To the Trade. AmericasMar t Showroom, Building 1, Floor 13, Suite F4 Mon. thru Fri.: 10-4 / 404.594.2930 / ReginaAndrew.com 37

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LIFE DISH

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Scoop Westside Atlanta recently welcomed BARTACO, an upscale Mexican-style street-food concept from the team behind Barcelona Wine Bar. Menu highlights include fish tacos, wild boar rice bowls and pork tamales, while the beverage program features a range of classic Mexican libations. Also, don’t miss the rotating billboard sitting atop the restaurant that features work by local artists. (404) 607-8226;

In the kitchen with:

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Matthew Weinstein

WOODFIRE GRILL’S NEW HEAD CHEF STEPS UP TO THE PLATE WITH GREAT APLOMB WRITTEN BY Sejal Bhima

Hugh Acheson’s latest culinary venture, THE FLORENCE, opened its doors in Savannah this summer. Occupying a restored historic ice factory, the two-story restaurant is churning out Italian cuisine with Southern ingredients (think balsamic glazed pork ribs with dandelion greens and panna cotta with blackberry amarena). The space also features a café serving coffee

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and pastries beginning at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends.

(912) 234-55222; theflorence savannah.com MIDTOWN RESTAURANT WEEK returns this month, offering special prixe-fixe menus at popular dining destinations such as South City Kitchen, The Lawrence, STK and Ecco. 9/6-9/12. atlrestaurantweek. com for full list of participating restaurants. Turner Field once again plays host this year’s GREAT ATLANTA

BEERFEST. Anticipated to be the largest turnout yet, patrons will enjoy over 150 beers, wines and healthy ciders. Ticket prices vary. 9/6. greatatlantabeerfest.com

WOODFIRE GRILL BY DAVID CHRISTENSEN; THE FLORENCE BY EMILY B. HALL

FOLLOWING THE RECENT DEPARTURE of Woodfire Grill executive chef Tyler Williams, former sous chef Matthew Weinstein is stepping into the spotlight at this Atlanta stalwart as the restaurant’s new top toque. It’s a well-deserved move for the Virginia native who’s been honing his culinary skills since age 16, working in kitchens from New York to Washington, D.C. and eventually Atlanta, where he relocated in 2013 after being personally recruited by Williams.

“I was really influenced by Tyler’s style of plating,” says Weinstein. “We’ll be cooking up the same dish on a particular night a dozen times, but we’ll plate it differently each time. It keeps you having fun and interacting with the food, something I think that guests can sense and appreciate,” he explains. And while patrons may anticipate the same seasonally driven, ingredient-focused cuisine that Woodfire Grill has become synonymous with, they can also expect a breadth of scrumptious wood-oven fish dishes, a specialty of Weinstein’s. “I love cooking fish because its delicate nature makes it a challenge and affords you the opportunity to be creative,” he says. This month, look for his bagel-and-lox inspired Alaskan king salmon with a red onion puree, pea-and-mint cream cheese, bagel crumbs and watermelon radish— thoughtfully plated, of course.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS General Information & Tickets...........................................................4 Sponsors.............................................................................................7 Opening Night Preview Party….........................................................8 Dine at Serenbe….............................................................................10 Shops at Serenbe.............................................................................14 Special Events...................................................................................15 Private Group Tours + House Programming....................................18 Letter from the Founders................................................................20 Letter from Artist in Residence Co-Chair........................................20 About Serenbe................................................................................22 The Arts at Serenbe .......................................................................26 About the Art Farm….......................................................................30 Floor Plans…....................................................................................32 Designers.........................................................................................36

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SERENBE

DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE

September 6-28 | Swann Ridge

Thursday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m. *Private group tours available during the week by appointment. Contact The Inn at Serenbe: (770) 463-2610.

tickets Showhouse Admission $20 Tickets available online at serenbe.com/ events and on-site exclusively at the Bosch Experience Center at Serenbe.

proceeds The Art Farm is a growing artist and residency complex at Serenbe that will house and support visiting and permanent artists aligned with the Serenbe Institute, Serenbe Playhouse, Artist in Residency program and Film Society. The Art Farm is collaborating with Rural Studio, the design-build program of Auburn University, to construct and ďŹ eld test three live-work artist studio cottages. All proceeds from the 2014 Serenbe Designer Showhouse will support building the second cottage.

parking Parking for the Serenbe Designer Showhouse is in the Grange neighborhood of Serenbe.

directions Only 35 miles from Atlanta, Serenbe is located just south of the airport in beautiful Chattahoochee Hills. Enter the Serenbe community from AtlantaNewnan Road, turning onto Selborne Lane, take the ďŹ rst left at Gainey Lane, then follow the signs for showhouse parking. The entrance to the designer showhouse is accessible at the bottom of Gainey Lane on a pedestrian footpath and then across a pedestrian-only bridge. This will lead you directly to the front door of the showhouse. Detailed turn-by-turn directions can be found at serenbe.com/contact. Once you have completed the main showhouse, please proceed to the second Swann Ridge house to tour the designer kitchen. *Please, no parking within Swann Ridge. 4

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September 6 – 28 THURSDAY – SUNDAY The showhouse will feature 12 designers over three floors.

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OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW PARTY Friday, Sept 5, 7-9 p.m. Join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and art as we celebrate the opening of the 2014 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse. Be the first to walk the pedestrian footbridge, tour Swann Ridge and explore the designer showhouse and second house model kitchen. The event begins at 7 p.m. as you cross the footbridge to the main home featuring 12 designers on three levels. Take in the natural landscape of Serenbe from the expansive living room overlooking the woods and back across the bridge. Refreshing cocktails and seasonal bites will be served featuring Serenbe Farms organic produce, and guests will have the opportunity to meet the showhouse designers, who will be on hand to discuss their work. Art will be featured throughout the showhouse and available for sale with a percentage going to the Art Farm—its mission being to create a place and space for artists to live, work and create. *Tickets to the Opening Night Preview Party are $75 and can be purchased at www.serenbe/events.

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SHOPS AT SERENBE From unique antiques to a general store, art galleries, home decor, a sweet shop and more, Serenbe has plenty of places to explore beyond the designer showhouse, not mention our three award-winning farmto-table restaurants. Wander before or after you see the Showhouse, but either way, don’t miss out on all Serenbe has to offer.

BLUE EYED DAISY blueeyeddaisy.com Bakeshop & Cafe 9065 Selborne Lane Monday & Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday & Saturday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. BOSCH EXPERIENCE CENTER boschexperiencecenter.com Sustainability Education Center 10640 Serenbe Lane Thursday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. *Exclusive on-site ticket sales during showhouse hours SERENBE FARMERS AND ARTISAN MARKET facebook.com/serenbeMarket Farmers & Artisan Market, Cooking Demos & Live Music Selborne Green, 9110 Selborne Lane Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. THE FARMHOUSE AT SERENBE serenbefarmhouse.com Restaurant 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Rd Lunch: Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. & Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dinner: Thursday - Saturday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 2 for 1 Cocktail Hour: Thursday-Sunday 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. *Private group lunch can booked Monday through Friday

SELBORNE SWEETS selbornesweets.com Sweet Shop 9131 Selborne Lane SERENBE FARMS serenbefarms.com Organic Farm 8457 Atlanta Newnan Road Tours Saturday 12:30 p.m. and by appointment SERENBE REAL ESTATE OFFICE serenberealestate.com Real Estate 9055 Selborne Lane 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment SERENBE TRAILRIDING serenbetrailriding.com Horseback Riding 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road Visit website to book ride SPA AT SERENBE spaatserenbe.com Spa 9135 Selborne Lane TWIG facebook.com/TwigSerenbe Candles, Gifts, Housewares and More 9077 Selborne Lane GREENHOUSE greenhouseserenbe.com Antiques and Home Decor 9117 Selborne Lane

THE HIL the-hil.com Restaurant 9110 Selborne Lane Tuesday - Thursday: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. HONEYCOMB CONSIGNMENT Womens Consignment Store 9110 Selborne Lane THE INN AT SERENBE serenbeinn.com Inn 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road NEWINGTON GALLERY newingtonphotography.com Photography Gallery 9133 Selborne Lane PAISLEY SALON paisleysalon.com Hair Salon 9059 Selborne Lane PEACHTREE BIKES peachtreebikes.com Bike Shop & Rentals 9119 Selborne Lane RESOURCE facebook.com/ResourceSerenbe Gifts and Home Decor 9110 Selborne Lane

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SPECIAL EVENTS OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW PARTY Friday, September 5 at 7 p.m. $75/person Join us in the bucolic Serenbe community to celebrate the opening of the first Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse with cocktails, seasonal bites and live music. On Church

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Our 14th Annual Event includes inspired tastings by more than 95 renowned culinary artists, winemakers and brewers, live music, expansive silent auction, famous cake raffle, hayrides and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit Georgia’s growing organic farming community and the scholarship fund for women in the culinary, beverage and hospitality arts.

Tickets are $125 for adults 21 and older, $50 for youth 16-20, $35 for youth 13-15 and free for children 12 and under.

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AIR DINNER Saturday, September 6 at 6 p.m. Your $50 donation not only supports an artist to live and work in Serenbe for a day, but is also your ticket to this exclusive Artist in Residence Board Dinner. HAYRIDE & ANIMAL FEED Saturdays/Sundays at 1 p.m. The Inn at Serenbe, $5/person SERENBE FARMS TOURS Saturdays at 12:30 pm $5/person INN AT SERENBE GARDEN TOURS Sundays at 2 p.m. $5/person WINE TASTINGS Sundays at 3 p.m. $5/person with showhouse ticket; The General Store CHATT HILLS MUSIC PRESENTS GRANVILLE AUTOMATIC Saturday, September 20, 8 p.m. $15/person CHEF CHRIS HASTINGS BOOK SIGNING Sunday, September 21, 1 p.m. Complimentary with showhouse ticket CLOSING PARTY AT THE ART FARM Saturday, September 27, 6 p.m. $50/person Enjoy a final private tour then head across the street to the Art Farm for a bonfire, drinks, food truck and a live band to close out the night. Scheduled events confirmed at the time of printing. Please check serenbe.com/events for new and updated schedule. 15

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PRIVATE GROUP TOURS + HOUSE PROGRAMMING Private group tours are available Monday - Wednesday for groups of 10 or more. Group lunch at The Farmhouse at Serenbe can also be booked for groups of 10 or more. A complimentary Serenbe community tour can be included before or after your group Farmhouse lunch. To book a group tour or lunch, contact the Inn at heather@serenbe.com or (770) 463-2610. The second Swann Ridge showhouse features a designer kitchen and will offer culinary, interior and design workshops and demonstrations. Entrance to these programs is complimentary with your 2014 Serenbe Designer Showhouse ticket. Seated space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Programming includes cooking demonstrations, book signings, table setting tips, flower arranging and more. Programming details including dates and times available at serenbe.com/events.

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LETTER FROM SERENBE FOUNDERS steve & marie nygren

If you want to change the world, start in your own backyard. We discovered the property now known as Serenbe on a weekend outing to introduce our children to the Georgia countryside in 1991. Over the course of the next three years we found that our time on the weekends and time together as family, brought us peace and serenity. So in 1994 we moved to the farm full time and stepped off the insatiable treadmill of life. In 2000 we realized the need to protect the woods and lands that had become our home. That journey has led us to become placemakers, where we are rediscovering what it means to build community and create place, to think about life as a piece of art where we can bring beauty to the small moments in life. It has always been extremely important to our family to celebrate the arts. From the lampposts in the Selborne neighborhood to the site-specific theater of Serenbe Playhouse, our goal is to integrate the arts into every aspect of life here. We are excited to invite you to visit the 2014 Serenbe Designer Showhouse, and stay for a meal, a weekend or call it home for a lifetime.

LETTER FROM ARTIST IN RESIDENCE + ART FARM CHAIR janice barton The non-profit Serenbe Artist in Residence (AIR) is dedicated to sustaining nature, passion, community and creativity. To accomplish this, we provide artists of the highest caliber uninterrupted time and a welcoming community in which to create. Visiting artists of unique talent and creativity, both visual and performing, share their passion through performance and dialogue and help us continue to create a sense of place enhanced by art and artists. AIR fosters and supports accomplished artists from around the world, and in 2015 we will begin housing those artists at the Art Farm at Serenbe. AIR is excited to partner with Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Serenbe with the goal to expand the Art Farm as a place for artists to live, work and convene. The Art Farm complex deepens Serenbe’s values—nature, passion, art and community—and will be here for us, our families, our neighbors and our friends in the years to come. Thank you for your support of this vision by visiting the 2014 Serenbe Designer Showhouse.

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» Serenbe is pioneering a new community

» Serenbe’s architectural planning sets

model connected to nature on the edge of Atlanta. A neighborhood with fresh food and fresh air that makes well-being as natural as nature itself. A purposeful community where people live, work, learn and play in celebration of life’s beauty. Where connections between people, nature and the arts are nourished. » Serenbe is set among acres of preserved forests and meadows with miles of nature trails that connect homes and restaurants with arts and businesses.

a new standard for community living and engagement by remembering the past. Each of the four neighborhoods will have complementary commercial centers focused on the elements of a well-lived life: arts for inspiration, agriculture for nourishment, health for wellbeing and education for awareness. » Year-round cultural events include outdoor theater from Serenbe Playhouse, culinary workshops and festivals, music events, films and lectures, boutique shop-

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THE ARTS TS S AT SE SERENBE ER SERENBE INSTITUTE The Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture & the Environment is a non-profit organization that exists to make Serenbe a community that passionately explores, embraces and expands the connections between nature, culture and the art of living. The Serenbe Institute develops, incubates, presents and facilitates a wide range of programs and events furthering its mission to cultivate our community’s creative, intellectual and ecological qualities. Today the Institute supports the following programs at Serenbe: outdoor theatre with plays and musicals, artist residencies, intimate musical performances, lectures, artist dialogues, a renowned fellows program, film screenings, photography, concerts, films in the wildflower meadow, cabarets, theatre camps, education, visiting authors and playwrights and public art. Since its inception the Institute has established a Film Society, Serenbe Fellows and the Art Farm plus the fully realized arts units with full-time directors, The Serenbe Playhouse and Serenbe Artist in Residence (AIR) which both have a full slate of annual programming.

» serenbe artist in residence (AIR) program The non-profit Serenbe Artist in Residence provides artists of the highest caliber uninterrupted time and space in which to create. Invited artists are provided studio, housing, a stipend and a deeply interested and supportive community at Serenbe. Since its inception four years ago, over 25 artists have participated in AIR residencies and have contributed hundreds of days of art and culture to the community. Notable past artists have included Paul Vallinksi, Lora-Faye Whelan, Cornelia Conrads, Bernice McFadden, Sarah Kay, Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston. Learn more at airserenbe.com.

» serenbe playhouse Serenbe Playhouse believes that theater is an art form with a unique power to illuminate the human experience, and honors this by producing artistically rich, open-air theatrical performances for audiences throughout Metro Atlanta. By reducing the barriers between audiences and actors, the playhouse provides numerous opportunities for engagement, conversation and collaboration. Serenbe Playhouse is a pioneer in modeling Green Theater Practices by producing plays with a commitment to social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Learn more at serenbeplayhouse.com.

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Brandon Hinman is the Director of Serenbe’s Artist in Residence Program and the Art Farm. He graduated from Furman University with a degree in Philosophy, and has studied Storytelling and Art History. A Georgia native, Brandon spent a decade working afar in residencies and property management, food events, and cultural programming. He especially enjoyed the creation of a popular roving supper series in Boston called Wink Supper. Brandon is a dedicated advocate and strategist for the residency model, with a deep commitment to artistic and social experimentation and innovation. His work centers on creating platforms in which artists and other creative thinkers can deepen their practice and broaden their process. He brings a particular interest in how residencies re-establish the practice of making art in a specific place, within a community of intention. It is Brandon’s hope that his work with the Artist in Residence Program and Art Farm will encourage creative practioners to frame and re-frame the experience of Serenbe.

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Brian Clowdus is an actor, educator, director and producer. Brian received his BA in Theatre & Dance from Amherst College graduating Magna Cum Laude. With highest distinction for his Thesis Work, he holds an MFA in Acting from The University of South Carolina. He has performed/directed in Tokyo, London, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, NYC, LA and in almost every other major city in the United States. He has had the fortune of working with many major theatres and entertainment companies including: The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Surflight Theatre, Shawnee Playhouse, Park Avenue Theatricals, New Bedford Festival Theatre, The British American Drama Academy, Holland America Cruise Lines, Tokyo Disney, The Debaun Performing Arts Center, New London Barn Playhouse, The LAB Theatre, Theatre South Carolina, Aurora Theatre, Fabrefaction Theatre Company, Stagedoor Players and of course, Serenbe Playhouse. Brian was named one of Atlanta’s Most Eligible Bachelors by Jezebel Magazine and is featured in the May issue of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine’s 2014: 15 under 40.

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THE ART FARM AT SERENBE Serenbe was designed with the arts in mind, including the Art Farm, a 40-acre complex that will serve as the central place for artists, the arts and culture at Serenbe. This complex is deeply rooted in process, education and creating multiple platforms for creativity. Artists, practitioners, and researchers will come here to deepen their practice and broaden their creative connections. Currently The Serenbe Institute is limited in the number of artists it can bring to Serenbe each year. The aspiration is to convene and house multiple artists at a time, and the Art Farm is a response to this need and creates an essential physical place for the arts at Serenbe. The Art Farm is collaborating with Rural Studio to construct the first wave of live-work artist cottages. Rural Studio is an off-campus designbuild program of Auburn University, established in 1993 by D.K. Ruth and Samuel Mockbee to give architecture students a hands-on educational experience. The artist cottages will be based on Rural Studio’s 20K House project that began in 2005 as a research project to address the need for affordable housing, provide an alternative to the mobile home and accommodate potential homeowners who are unable to qualify for commercial credit. The objective of the Art Farm Rural Studio collaboration is to design and build a model house that could be reproduced on a large scale by a contractor. The proceeds from the 2014 Serenbe Designer Showhouse will directly benefit this important initiative at the Art Farm. *Learn more about Rural Studio at ruralstudio.org

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2 JANIE HIRSCH J. Hirsch Interior Design Kitchen

4 MELANIE MILLNER The Design Atelier Living Room

6 JAMES WHEELER J. Wheeler Designs Powder/Laundry/Hall

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“The foyer and staircase illustrate the story of a family of collectors. Reflecting the philosophy of KMH Interiors, pieces from the family’s history are paired with new selections. The result is a colorful, transitional space that depicts the blend of past and present, leaving room to add to their collection.”

“Along with the home’s English Cotswold character, the kitchen represents classic design that is the heart of the home, offering a place of comfort and ease for entertaining. The modern features, mixed with eclectic details provide a timeless and functional kitchen for everyone to enjoy.”

“This room introduces a new take on the classic Cotswold style home, using contemporary artwork and eclectic furnishings to infuse this dignified home with a bit of youthful modernism.”

Kerry M. Howard is a native of South Carolina where he attended Anderson University. He has a BA in Art with a concentration in Interior Design. Kerry is the president of KMH Interiors located in Atlanta, Georgia, where he practices residential design. His firm has been published in several local and national magazines. Kerry was on TOP Design, season 2, in 2009 for Bravo TV, and most recently a featured designer on HGTV’s Design Wars. He is known for his perfect pairing of Transitional Interiors. He is allied member ASID, and is currently serving on the Georgia chapter’s board.

J. Hirsch Interior Design has been designing award-winning interiors for over 24 years. Janie, a Louisiana native and the daughter of an architect and watercolor artist, moved to Atlanta following a stint in New York City working for a lighting designer. The signature of J. Hirsch Interior Design includes an eclectic combination of classic furnishings and antiques with a strong connection to architectural elements. She uses color as a neutral, along with texture and pattern to bring a quiet sophistication to client’s homes. Hirsch has been featured in Traditional Home, Décor, Beautiful Homes, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Interiors Southeast, among others.

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Lanah Jackson is a lead designer and Executive Vice President at Robert Brown Interior Design in Atlanta. Lanah has spent the last decade applying her clean, sophisticated aesthetic to fine residences across the nation. Recent projects include the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Atlanta, the Kips Bay Show House in New York, and several private residences that will appear in print over coming months. Lanah has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Interior Designers, and in 2011, Clinton Smith, Editor in Chief of Veranda magazine, selected Lanah as a winner of the ADAC Rising Star award. This Spring, Lanah was instrumental in the launch of Townhouse by Robert Brown, a new retail store in Buckhead featuring extraordinary goods from around the world. Robert Brown Interior Design robertbrowninteriordesign.com (404) 917-1333 #SerenbeShowhouse

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LIVING ROOM // MELANIE MILLNER

“This warm, comfortable gathering room is the perfect spot to curl up and read a good book, watch your favorite movie and/or spend time with family and friends. Inspired by a relaxed palette of colors, the vibe of the room will calm your spirit and wrap your soul with a feeling of simple luxury.” Melanie Millner is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Interior Design. She moved to Atlanta in 1990 and started her own design firm in 1993. Over the last 20 years, she has acquired residential and corporate clients in the Southeast. She has completed corporate spaces in Mexico, United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong and China. With her creative and sophisticated approach to design, Melanie’s loyal client base continues to utilize her skills in numerous ways to create environments that change the way people live and work. Her projects have been featured in many publications including Interior Design Magazine, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and The Atlanta Journal & Constitution. The Design Atelier thedesignatelier.com (404) 365-8662

MASTER SUITE // YVONNE MCFADDEN

“The room encompasses a tailored collection of modern furnishings and antiques, serving as a weekend haven for city dwellers. The crisp black and white palette creates a juxtaposition between the built environment and the natural landscape.” Yvonne McFadden graduated from The Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in Interior Design and is an active member of ASID. She has over 10 years experience and founded her firm after 5 successful years with a prestigious design firm. Yvonne’s work has appeared in multiple publications. As an Atlanta based interior design firm, Yvonne McFadden LLC is a small team of professionally and academically trained interior designers with a true passion for what they do. The firm’s work embraces the concepts of simplicity, practicality, and functionality to create luxurious, high-end spaces. Ultimately the goal is to enhance the lifestyles of clients by understanding their way of living and designing accordingly. Yvonne McFadden, LLC ymcfaddenllc.com (843) 267-7530

POWDER ROOM, LAUNDRY & MUDROOM // JAMES WHEELER

“Designing the powder, laundry room and mudroom gave me the opportunity to show that every day spaces can be sophisticated. I’ve used a color palette of jewel tones and I’ve applied out of the box elements, including wall coverings and fabrics, to elevate each room’s aesthetic.” Recognized for his sophisticated Southern style, magnetic personality, and steadfast ability to deliver exactly what his clients want, interior designer James Wheeler creates warm, livable spaces that tell a story. A Georgia native, James founded J. Wheeler Designs in 2012 after a decade of experience in designing residential interiors throughout Atlanta and the Southeast. His classic meets contemporary style has been injected into small and large scale spaces, from condominium residences to vacation properties. James and J. Wheeler Designs have been featured in media outlets like House Beautiful, Elle Decor and HGTV Remodels. J. Wheeler Designs jwheelerdesigns.com (404) 907-8605

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MEET THE DESIGNERS REAR PORCH // HOPE VANZANT

“This quaint space will have the perfect atmosphere for the serene backdrop of the Serenbe woods, and it will keep up the English Cotswold feel. My color palette is inspired by soft, yet sophisticated earth tones with a splash of texture and bold prints which help you feel like the outdoor space is truly part of the Serenbe woods.” Hope Vanzant, principle of HMS Designs, is one of the leading designers on the south side of Atlanta. She established HMS Designs in 2000 and has worked in the Serenbe community with many clients over the last few years. She has also had the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent clientele on the south side. Her design can span the many styles and influences that a community like Serenbe showcases. She is known for her attention to detail and desire to execute the client’s vision for their home. She has a showroom in Peachtree City, as well as Atlanta, that showcase the many facets of her resource offerings. HMS Designs hmsdesign.com (203) 831-8600 38

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GENTLEMAN’S OFFICE & HALL // JULIE WITZEL

“With its abundance of natural light and stunning views, this room lent itself as a place for creativity and repose. A well-edited and clean-lined interior, in a masculine color palette, makes this the perfect office space for the work from home professional.” J Witzel Interior Design is a full-service interiors firm specializing in modern designs that reflect each client’s individual style and spirit. With over 10 years of professional design experience, principal designer and company founder Julie Witzel, ASID, offers an approach that pays special attention to the architecture, balance, scale, light and color of an interior space. Witzel began her career with an award-winning Atlanta design firm, working her way up quickly from intern to project manager for their high-end residential design projects throughout the country. In 2009, Witzel became certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and in 2011 was nominated by ADAC as one of their “Ones to Watch.” Julie Witzel Interior Design jwitzeldesign.com (770) 639-5791

GUEST RETREAT & BATH // KAREN FERGUSON

“We chose a natural palette to honor the Serenbe philosophy that people can live more fully when connected to nature. By painting the window a dark color, the viewer’s eye is led to the lush trees outside, creating a visual extension of the space into the outdoors. The grasscloth wallcovering evokes the bark and other earthly elements surrounding the home. The use of sumptuous linens and refined furnishings creates a luxurious retreat for guests.” Karen Ferguson established Harrison Design Associates’ interior design studio in 2000, becoming the firm’s youngest and first female design director. Ferguson has built an impressive body of national and international projects, won numerous industry awards and garnered frequent media coverage. With her appreciation for the beauty of classical architecture and her fresh perspective on traditional design, clients seek her guidance on every aspect of their interiors, from space planning to selecting and creating custom finishes, furnishings and accessories. Harrison Design harrisondesign.com (404) 365-7760 #SerenbeShowhouse

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TERRACE FAMILY ROOM // MELANIE DAVIS BRACEY

“I wanted the terrace living space to reflect the European architecture of Swann Ridge and the comfortable, livable, and casual feel of Serenbe. Everyday living.” Melanie Davis Design was founded in 2001 after Melanie graduated from the University of Georgia. She approaches her design work as an artist giving her an innate understanding of scale, color, composition, detail, and light. Her interior design work can be seen in the recent design books by Rizolli, Classical Interiors and Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House, magazines including Garden & Gun and Kitchen & Bath Ideas, and blogs including The Peak of Chic and Red Clay Soul. Current projects span from a south Georgia farmhouse to a sailboat in Nova Scotia. Melanie was one of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles “20 Under 40.” Melanie focuses on long term design projects where she is able to collaborate with the architects and home owners from the initial plan stages through the entire construction and decorating process. Melanie Davis Design melaniedavis.com (678) 362-3951

TERRACE BED & BATH // NIKI PAPADOPOULOS

“Following my design philosophy of mixing scale, pattern and texture, The Artist’s Retreat is a calm space where the creative mind can unwind, recharge and wander. Filled with books and curiosities any object could be an unexpected source of inspiration.” Niki Papadopoulos is a classically trained Atlanta-based interior designer. She spent the early portion of her career with highly praised Atlanta firm, Laslie-Williams Inc. Following Mark Williams and joining the celebrated architecture and design firm Mark Williams Design Associates in 2007, Niki honed her design skills creating both residential and commercial spaces. In 2011 Niki was named one of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles “Top 10 Under 40” and one of ADAC’s “Rising Stars.” With an aesthetic best described as “classic with a contemporary twist,” Niki’s spaces are characterized by a strong emphasis on architecture, use of neutral palettes with punches of color, and sculptural furnishings. Mark Williams Design Associates markwilliams-design.com (678) 539-6886

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Departments 4

EDITOR’S LETTER

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STYLE Fall favorites: workout and resort fashions

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BEAUTY The best finds for fall

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FITNESS Take your yoga practice to a new level

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FAMILY Retreat for an easygoing family beach getaway

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WELLNESS Real food in today’s skincare treatments

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CULINARY Mountain beauty meets modern style

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ROMANCE Explore five romantic destinations

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SICILY Find luxury at its finest in Italy

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SEDONA Enjoy pure bliss in Arizona

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BARCELONA Take an adventure through Spain

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SAN JUAN Puerto Rico’s emerging scene

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Simply Magical

Discover a sense of inner peace at Rosalie Bay, an

Steps away hike rainforests, swim in waterfalls, snorkel coral reefs, soak in natural hot springs and more.

Tune in to your mind, body and nature with daily yoga, power walks, healthy cuisine and farm-to-spa-table treatments at the new riverfront spa. Help endangered sea turtles on Rosalie’s black sand beach.

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Surround yourself in luxury at the Sanctuary at Two Rivers Yoga Center.

DO YOU HAVE A TRAVEL BUCKET LIST? I made one about five years ago, and recently I was able to knock off a few destinations, several of which you will find in this issue. I hope that as fall nears, you’ll take the time to plan a healthy getaway— one that revitalizes and renews your body and mind—before the busy holiday season is upon us. I am excited to share incredible global travel finds within this issue, from Kauai to Sicily. You’ll discover where to find the best family beach time in the off-season and how to gain balance through cool new spa treatments in Arizona. Plus, we’re bringing you mouthwatering culinary finds from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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As always, we showcase the best in fitness, culinary, beauty, style and wellness in this issue, including super foods for your skin, a fantastic yoga retreat in Costa Rica, sizzling finds in Puerto Rico, and a few reasons to travel to Amsterdam—as if you need more than one! Please stay in touch with us via Facebook (facebook.com/ healthytravelmag) and Twitter (@ alisonlewis). We love hearing from you. Here’s to increased passions in travel, fitness, wellness and healthy getaways!

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1 SUPERFISHAL STAND-UP

5 HELLO TOKYO ZENA CLUTCH

PADDLEBOARD The SUPerFISHal

This leather clutch is a fun nod to

is the newest creation from Jackson

one of our favorite cities. $298;

Kayak that is certain to revolutionize

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the stand-up paddling market.

45 COOLER This versatile cooler,

The ability to stand and cast a line

with its 26-can capacity and easy

in any water anywhere will strike

portability, is infused with that

fear in fish worldwide. Its width,

legendary YETI toughness—made

length and thickness not only offer

from roto-molded polyethylene. It is

incredible stability, but also afford

also UV-resistant, heavily insulated

users the ability to load it up for

and indestructible. It’s perfect for a

overnighters or take along the kids.

day on the lake. $349.99; yeticoolers.

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BY LOLË You never know when

chic leather satchel with color block

you’ll have to pick up a few things

detailing looks great for fall airport

after a yoga or Pilates class. Use

travel and works for smart daytime

this bag to carry your mat to the

or evening wear. $398; katespade.com

studio, and then transform it into

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a larger duffle bag when you go

ADAPTOR Color-coded plugs allow

shopping later. $80; lolewomen.

you to easily adapt electronics in

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more than 150 countries. Essential

BALLET FLATS Yosi Samra was

for frequent fliers or those on a

one of the original innovators of

multi-country itinerary, the four-in-

the fold-up flat. The shoes fold

one adapter is the first product to

to fit into a 5- by 3-inch package,

utilize a color-coded world adapter

perfect for tossing in your handbag

system that makes finding the

for convenient shoe changes on

right plug for your trip as simple as

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matching the colors. $25; flight001.

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new QuietComfort 20 headphones

the renowned horsemanship of a

are the first in-ear, noise-canceling

Hawaiian princess, the Ka‘iulani

headphones from Bose. They deliver

makes a strong statement with a low

a stunning breakthrough in noise

profile. These features include high-

reduction, audio performance and

character leather, custom breadfruit

comfort, and offer two ways to

leaf detailing, full-length zipper,

listen—one to shut out the world and

leather pull tab and three-point

one to keep you connected. They

buckle adjustability. $190; olukai.com

fit in your pocket and only weigh 1.5 ounces. $299.95; bose.com

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1 LOVE CONDITIONER Nip frizzy

5 AFTER-SUN SOOTHING GEL For

hair in the bud (and simplify

calming comfort and an immediate

your morning routine) by using a

decrease in skin’s temperature after

specialized smoothing conditioner in

excess sun exposure, this potent

the shower. This creamy concoction

compound of proline and water

calms frizz and loosens tangles,

lily extract combine to soothe,

making your whole hairstyling

desensitize and gently alleviate sun-

process a lot simpler. $27.50;

sensitive skin. $38; pevonia.com

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EYE PALETTE With six mix-and-

For guys who want hold and a

match shades, this eye palette is the

natural finish, this pliable wax with

epitome of autumn chic. This set

matte definition will add style (and

features everything you need to take

humidity resistance) to untamed hair.

eyes from day to night, including the

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perfect base shadow, a pretty array

TEA BATH & SHOWER GEL This

of metallic pastels and a dark shadow

luscious gel combines pure extracts

for lining. $52; bobbibrowncosmetics.

of green, white and black teas,

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which provide soothing, all-natural

EYE BRIGHTENER This eye product

benefits for a perfectly cleansed and

improves the appearance of dark

nourished body. $28; juaraskincare.

circles and crow’s-feet by harnessing

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the power of a unique blend of

blend of soy and vegetable waxes,

ingredients that helps minimize the

the warm scent of this candle is a

signs of aging. It contains vitamin C

bouquet of white jasmine, gentle

to enhance collagen synthesis and

rose and a hint of fresh coconut.

brighten skin tone as well as kinetin,

Ten percent of sales are donated

which minimizes fine lines and

to Walubi, a charitable relief

wrinkles and improves skin’s ability

organization dedicated to aiding

to retain moisture. $90; obagi.com

the poor and disaster-hit areas of

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Indonesia. $32; juaraskincare.com

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JADIENCE This herbal extract is

seconds, you get the look of a

formulated with mori albae, ginseng

professional manicure without the

and angelica, which are highly

30 minutes in a salon. The unique

effective in relaxing sore and tight

formula fights yellowness (caused

muscles and alleviating symptoms

by polish stains, age or tobacco),

of inflammation, discomfort and

softens cuticles, oxygenates and

bruising. It is approved by world-

whitens the nail, removes odors and

class athletes and is perfect to use

brightens the overall appearance

before and after physical activities.

of nails. This makes it perfect for

$18; jadespacollection.com

the times you literally can’t spare a minute. $39 for a pack of 8; talika.com

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FITNESS

Peace and Serenity By LAUREN LIPPEATT

IN COSTA RICA, THERE IS A SAYING that represents the country’s way of life and culture: ¡Pura Vida!—“The Pure Life!” It means to live a life of authenticity and truth, to leave as little of an impact on our planet as possible, to live without worry, to go with the flow and to enjoy the moment. The Sanctuary at Two Rivers yoga retreat on the Nicoya Peninsula embraces that mantra with warmth, ease, love and grace. Years ago, cocreator Jeff Gossett had a vision of a completely self-sustaining, ecologically 8

friendly, environmentally healthy refuge for guests to visit, recharge and connect to nature. The Sanctuary’s name describes it perfectly. It is a place of peace and serenity where time seems to stand still and the word “worry” loses all meaning. In the solitude, tranquility and remoteness of Costa Rica sits a small village of guest houses, a pool house, yoga space and kitchen—all solarpowered and connected with paths of stone through a tropical landscape. The communal covered outdoor eating

space is a gathering post for all guests to dine and share stories and is merely steps away from one of three waterfalls located within walking distance of the property. Every meal is announced by the blowing of a conch shell—a lovely, low-pitched noise that can be heard from within any of the open-air, screened-in guest rooms on the 40acre property. All meals are vegetarian (with a vegan option) and incorporate the ancient science of Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic

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culture of India. The chef prepares every meal fresh from the best quality ingredients found on the island and around the world. Mornings include the rich, dark coffee Costa Rica has become known for, as well as a healthful breakfast. In the Ayurvedic tradition, lunch is the largest meal of the day because that is when energy and digestion are strongest. The Sanctuary is a retreat center specifically built for yoga. Various yoga teachers throughout the world lead one-week retreats or four- or five-week yoga teacher trainings. During my stay, I enjoyed the yoga and adventures of Alchemy Tours, lead by yoga teacher Silvia Mordini and her partner in love and business, Jacob Young. They are a jet-setting (and adorable) couple who travel all over the world leading

groups of 10 to 30 people through week-long yoga retreats focusing on personal empowerment, goal-setting, rejuvenation, self-reflection, adventure and relaxation. With Alchemy Tours, my group enjoyed two yoga practices a day, one in the morning and one in the evening, in the open-air pagoda. This breezy, welcoming space backs up to the jungle, where the calls of tropical birds and monkeys and the soft splashing of distant waterfalls accompany you during your practice. I easily could have spent the entire week-long retreat relaxing at The Sanctuary—practicing yoga, lounging by the pool, snoozing in hammocks, taking advantage of the spa services, but I enjoyed a day hike to three impressive waterfalls and a surfing

adventure. I felt the wind in my hair and experienced stunning views of the peninsula while boating to a snorkeling spot near Tortuga Island, with whale and dolphin sightings along the way. The week was the perfect balance of relaxation, exercise and adventuring. At the end of the retreat it was difficult to leave the family atmosphere created by owner Jeff, manager Liz Lindh, the staff at The Sanctuary and the four resident dogs. The entire team treated everyone not as guests, but as family members who had finally come home. Silvia and Jacob of Alchemy Tours were the quintessential hosts for a week in a jungle paradise. Until next time, ¡Pura Vida! 011 5068544 342; santuarycostarica.com; (872) 228-9642; alchemytours.com

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FAMILY

Autumn Family Fun: Sandestin Retreat to the Florida Panhandle for an easygoing family getaway By ALISON LEWIS

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE IDEAL place to make fall memories, look no farther than Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Located on the Florida Panhandle and just a five-hour drive from Atlanta, you’ll find the best spots for quality time and so much more. Here’s a list of our top 10 favorite family things to do. 1. BEACH. Head to one of the most gorgeous strips of beach in the world, and enjoy 7 miles of pure white sand. Build a sandcastle, roast s’mores over a bonfire or just swim or kayak in the Gulf of Mexico. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a parasailing trip high above the blue-green waters. 2. BIKE. Explore Sandestin’s amazing property on bicycles. The bike shop is open daily and is located in Baytowne Marina. Breeze past incredible sights, such as golf courses, sparkling

swimming pools, tennis courts, lakes and more. 3. EXPLORE JOLEE ISLAND. Plan a picnic or walk around this 5-acre nature park lush with Florida pines. It’s located near Baytowne Wharf. 4. FISH. Grab a rod from the marina or bring your own, and cast a line at any of the 72 stocked catch-and-release ponds right on the Sandestin property. 5. PADDLEBOARD. Rent YOLO Boards (stand-up paddleboards) at Baytowne Marina. It’s easy to master this activity and a total blast for the entire family. If you have little ones too small for their own boards, they can ride on the front of yours. 6. GOLF. There are four championship courses here, so golf lovers can choose where to spend a day or even just an afternoon at a practice range. The views are worth the cart ride alone.

7. TENNIS. Sandestin is the ideal place to work on your family tennis game. Enthusiasts can choose from 15 hard HydroGrid clay courts. See schedules for daily clinics. 8. BAYTOWNE. The Baytowne Adventure Zone is a must for kids who want to try an amazing zip line, ropes course, tower climb or Eurobungy. If you want a break from the heat, head indoors to The Blast Arcade and Laser Maze for clean, air-conditioned family fun. 9. MINI GOLF. Take a swing at the Dunes Putting Course for a one-of-akind mini-golf experience. The 18-hole course is challenging fun for the entire crew. 10. HUNT CRABS. Grab your flashlight, net and a bucket, and head to the beach to search for crabs. You may just see some fireworks while you’re there. (866) 912.3224; sandestin.com

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WELLNESS

Super Foods for Your Skin Spas are incorporating ingredients from the pantry into their skincare treatments, and you can do the same at home by K AREN ASP

DON’T BE SURPRISED if during your next spa treatment your therapist takes a minute to mash up food—say, an avocado—before slathering it on your face. Skincare so real you could literally eat it? You bet. Of course, women have been using food on their skin for thousands of years. Yet that interest has recently escalated, perhaps driven by women’s desires to be more natural. “Today, women are becoming as concerned about what they put on their skin as they are about what they eat,” says Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist in New York City and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection. As a result, spas around the country have risen to the demands, incorporating real food in their treatments. For instance, at the Spa at Sea Island in Saint Simons, Georgia, the coconut rose body polish incorporates a handmade scrub made with ground coconut, coconut oil, rose

petals, sugar and almond oil. But can foods really benefit the skin? In a nutshell, yes. “Although food products for the skin aren’t regulated like skincare products, which have to back claims with scientific studies, some foods such as green tea, berries and mushroom extract have been thoroughly researched and proven to have skin benefits,” says Jessica Wu, M.D., dermatologist in Los Angeles and author of Feed Your Face. SO WHAT FOODS MIGHT BENEFIT YOUR SKIN? Here are seven to stock your pantry with: AVOCADO: The fatty acids in this fruit restore your skin’s lipid layer, helping you stay hydrated. GROUND ALMONDS: They exfoliate the skin without irritating it. “Almond oil is also a source of fatty acids and an antiinflammatory,” Vargas says. HONEY: Honey not only has antibacterial properties, but it also can speed

healing of wounds and burns and hydrate skin. The one caveat? “Make sure you’re using medicinal honey, which has been sterilized,” Wu says. OATMEAL: “Proteins called saponins in the oats help dissolve oil and loosen dirt and makeup from your pores, which can help prevent breakouts,” Wu says. PUMPKIN AND YAMS: Both are loaded with antioxidants that protect the skin against sun damage and preserve elasticity. “Their enzymes also make these veggies great exfoliators,” Vargas says. SOY MILK: This anti-inflammatory helps reduce swelling (which is why Wu recommends it for puffy eyes) and hydrates the skin to make crow’s-feet appear softer. YOGURT: “The naturally occurring lactic acid acts as a mild alpha hydroxy acid, loosening dead skin cells and making skin look and feel smoother,” Wu says.

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Wonderful Wyoming Mountain beauty meets modern style By CAROLYN O’NEIL

A VISIT TO JACKSON HOLE PROMISES moose sightings, mountain vistas, world-class skiing, fabulous fly-fishing and cowboy boots year-round. Add herds of grazing elk, galleries popping with contemporary Western art, river rafting adventures and interesting local cuisine, and you have the makings of a wonderful time in Wyoming. Jackson Hole’s menus feature a variety of local fare, including craft beers, cheeses, wild huckleberries and game. “Buffalo and elk have a huge draw on our menu,” says executive chef Kevin Humphreys, of Spur Restaurant & Bar at the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa in Teton Village. He says, “Buffalo 12

is similar to grass-fed beef. It’s a lean meat and has a dry-aged beef flavor.” Popular dishes on the menu at Spur include buffalo sliders and fries covered in elk gravy, a play on the Canadian dish called poutine. “There’s an emerging dining scene here, and the majority of restaurants use local ingredients as much as possible,” says Humphreys. At Hayden’s Post in the Snow King Hotel, the region’s products proudly star on the menu, such as a Wyoming Whiskey Manhattan and a Wyoming Angus Beef Burger served on buns made by artisan bakers at 460 Bread. There’s even a restaurant called

Local. There, you’ll find coffee-rubbed elk medallions with a huckleberry demi-glace. During the summer months, when visitors come to hike, bike, raft and flyfish, there’s plenty of trout and locally grown vegetables on the menu. If you’re not game for game, the Jackson dining scene is diverse. Bin22 is a wine and tapas bar with charcuterie platters and creative salads. The menu at Il Villagio Osteria features Mediterranean fare for mountain appetites, including house-made fennel sausage for pizzas and pastas and dark chocolate “salami” for dessert.

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GAME-ON NUTRITION

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Both buffalo (bison) and elk are lean meats with

DRINK UP!

Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa; tetonlodge.com

fewer than 200 calories per 4-ounce serving.

Dehydration occurs much more frequently in

Snow King Resort Hotel & Grand View Lodge;

As with beef and lamb, bison and elk are good

Jackson Hole than at lower elevations because

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sources of vitamin B12, iron and zinc.

the relative humidity is very low. Dehydration can

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson

sap one’s energy, cause headaches and affect

Hole; fourseasons.com

The fresh air and abundance of outdoor activities really ramp up an appetite for mealtime

athletic performance. Take frequent water or

in the mountains. Allison Arthur, an editor of

fluid breaks during vigorous activities such as

WHERE TO GRAZE

Dishing, which is a guide to dining around

snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, hiking

Jackson Hole and Teton Valley, says there are

and mountaineering.

Teton Village: Spur Restaurant & Bar; 307-732-6932 or tetonlodge.com/spur-dining Il Villaggio Osteria; 307-739-4100 or jhosteria.com Jackson: Bin22; 307-739- WINE (9463) or bin22jacksonhole.com Hayden’s Post; 307-734-3187 or snowking.com Local; 307-201-1717 or localjh.com Snake River Grill; 307- 733- 0557 or snakerivergrill.com

advantages to living with cool temperatures at high altitude. “Your body has to work harder to

DON’T DRINK UP!

stay warm, and you can consume more calories.

Enjoy the impressive wine lists and craft beers,

Not that we need another excuse to eat and

but drink responsibly. The effects of alcohol are

drink, but every little bit helps.”

dramatically increased at higher altitudes and can be twice as strong for the regular sea-level

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inhabitant. Also, hangovers will be worse at high

Mountain beauty comes with a caution. The town

altitudes.

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of Jackson is 6,200 feet above sea level, and the peaks at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort top

SLATHER ON!

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort; jacksonhole.com

off at 10,450 feet. While only about 5 percent of

High altitude predisposes one to sunburn

Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris; jacksonholewildlife-

visitors suffer from acute mountain sickness—

because there is less atmosphere to filter out

safaris.com

with symptoms such as headaches, nausea and

ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen is mandatory. UV

insomnia—every visitor should be aware of the

filtering sunglasses protect your eyes.

WHERE TO CONNECT

effects high altitude has on the body. Here are

JH Tapped app (available on iTunes and Google

health tips for handling high-country living.

Play) lists events, weather conditions and dining options.

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SWEET SICILY A LAND OF EXTREMES AND CONTRASTS, SICILY THE MAGNIFICATION OF ALL THINGS ITALIAN. IT IS ALSO AN ISLAND OF SUPREME HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE AND GASTRONOMIC DELIGHTS.

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FIRST TRIP TO SICILY and my first villa experience were one in the same. After spending a few nights at Rocca delle Tre Contrade, I arrived at this conclusion: There’s simply no better way to enjoy Sicily. Complete with 11 bedrooms and space for 22 guests, you’ll also find incredible views and a staff going to extra lengths to provide the supreme comforts of home. Rocca delle Tre Contrade is just an ideal spot to visit with family and friends as it is for an intimate destination wedding. The 360-degree panoramic views take your eyes to the sparkling Ionian Sea on one side and the lava peaks of Mount Etna on the other. The inviting scent of lemons and other citrus permeates the air each time you step outside; lemon groves, fruit orchards and vegetable gardens enhance the estate. Relax by a private infinity pool, and enjoy the most delicious food you have ever tasted.

ACCOMMODATIONS Breathtaking views are standard in each of the spacious bedrooms spread across three floors. Furnishings are an elegant blend of antique, reclaimed and original pieces, which hint at the villa’s mid-19th-century origins. A calming color palette and tasteful art are found throughout the estate and complement stylish but comfortable armchairs, sofas and king- and queen-size beds. Baths are designed for guests who love top-modern fittings, local marble and largestone basins, tubs and showers. The property was recently restored by local architect Angelo Vecchio, who retained the original masonry of lava stone and white Siracusa limestone, which can be seen in the magnificent arches throughout the five living areas. Vecchio departed from traditional building techniques only for the new kitchen and dining areas, which incorporate polished concrete floors and glass walls.

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OUTDOORS Enjoy the panoramic terrace with a wide selection of al fresco dining options. Take steps through the lava stonewall to the L-shaped infinity pool. Swimming in one direction, you’ll feel as though you’re heading out into the Ionian Sea. Turn around, and you’re facing Mount Etna. Relax, swim or practice sunrise/sunset yoga poolside. It will be an experience you’ll never forget.

SERVICE The staff at Rocca delle Tre Contrade includes Antonella, a delightful and incredible cook, caretakers, housekeepers and a waiter. You’ll never lift a finger during your stay. Just let the manager know a day in advance whether you’re dining in your room, and the staff will take care of the rest, showstopping centerpieces included. Enjoy homemade muesli every morning accompanied by yogurt and fantastic breakfast cakes. (Warning: The freshly squeezed bloodorange juice is quite addictive.) For dinner, enjoy polpette, or chicken/veal meatballs, Pasta á la Norma and Involtini di melenzane con spaghetti. thethinkingtraveller.com/thinksicily

WHAT TO SEE 1. MOUNT ETNA The tallest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna is the dominating feature of the eastern part of Sicily. When Etna erupts, travelers from all over the world come for a glimpse. Hike with a guide to gain expert knowledge. A cable car can take the sweat out of the trip up, but the descent past Valle Del Bove with its deep canyon of spent lava flows is mesmerizing. Take the villa’s 4x4 excursion in a Land Rover. You’ll veer off the beaten track to see fascinating aspects of this volcano that an ordinary tourist won’t. A volcanologist will accompany you for insight into one of Europe’s most fascinating treasures. parcoetna.it

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right to left The huge dining area adjacent to the kitchen is perfect for classic Italian dining. Enjoy spectacular views outdoors at the south-facing infinity pool. The views outside are equally as bewitching come day or night.

2. PLANETA WINERY One of Sicily’s foremost producers of

7. TAORMINA Taormina is one of the most popular

quality wines, founded in 1990 by the Planeta family, this winery put Sicily on the modern wine map. It now boasts 350 acres of vineyards divided among five estates, reflecting the diversity of Sicilian wines and grape varieties. They are currently producing more than 2 million bottles per year. planetawines.com

destinations in Sicily, where you’ll find beautiful buildings, breathtaking views, amazing shopping and bars and restaurants galore. Have lunch by the sea at Mazzaro Taormina, which has a cable car to take visitors to and from the seaside resort. The main attraction is the Teatro Greco Theater, which began hosting performances in the 3rd century. It’s worth the walk thanks to spectacular views of Sicily.

3. THE CITY OF CATANIA Sicily’s second largest city, Catania is a delightful square where Mount Etna is ever present. Several volcanic eruptions have destroyed Catania, the most devastating occurring in the 17th century. The old part of the town was rebuilt in Baroque style, with large open squares and avenues. Have lunch at Pizza Duomo for the best salads, pizzas, appetizers and desserts. 4. VENDICARI NATURE RESERVE Situated on the southernmost

part of Sicily’s east coast, Vendicari is a mixture of sandy dunes, beaches and coastlines. You may see flamingos in addition to all kinds of migrating birds. The reserve is an ideal place for walking, running, swimming and sunbathing. 5. NOTO Destroyed in 1963 by an earthquake, this lovely

town was rebuilt from scratch. The buildings are Baroquestyle, but each hosts its own design. The predominant material used is local compacted limestone, which absorbs the sun’s rays and transforms the buildings with a soft honey glow. The sunset is unreal here, so don’t miss it.

8. THE MADONIE ADVENTURE PARK If you’re staying in or near the Madonie National Park, head for Il Parco Avventura Madonie, where you’ll find an adventure playground in the woods, including rope ladder-walking, tree-climbing and cable slides. It is also possible to go mountain biking (bikes and helmets provided), trekking and horseback riding. There are picnic areas and, if you phone ahead, you can request local products such as cheeses, hams, sausages, etc. 9. GOLF Il Picciolo in Castiglione di Sicilia is the oldest course

in Sicily and has played host to a number of international tournaments, including Ladies European Tour events. Very few courses in the world boast a smoking volcano as a backdrop—but Il Picciolo is one, laid out as it is in a stunning location on the slopes of Mount Etna. This proximity to Etna and its regular eruptions provides the unusual hazard of lava flows on many of the holes, and with trees and vineyards also constantly in play, there is a premium on accurate driving. ilpicciologolf.com

6. SYRACUSA A must during your Sicily travels, Syracusa

features fabulous restaurants and trattorias. Stop at the Piazzo del Duomo, a wonderful pedestrian square home to the cathedral built on the site of an ancient temple of Athena. You’ll also find a morning street market with an excellent assortment of wines and Sicilian delicacies. The archaeological site is home to a Greek theater that dates back to the 5th century.

10. HORSEBACK RIDING ON ETNA Head to Centro Ippico

Amico del Cavallo in Misterbianco for this incredible adventure. amicodelcavallo.com; tel. 329 9509849 or 095 461882 Alternatively, in summer, horses are also available at Parco EtnAvventura in Contrada Serra La Nave in the town of Ragalna, southern Etna. etnavventura.it; tel. 333 1515904

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PURE BLISS Experience one of the best resorts in Red Rock Country. By ALISON LEWIS

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Don’t Miss: 8 OnSite Indulgences L’APOTHECARY BLENDING STATION This blending station might have been the most fun parts of my trip thanks to the opportunity to blend my own organic herbal bath salts and scrubs with Lotus Wei products and L’Auberge’s signature essence and aromatherapy. Lotus Wei handcollects exotic flower essences worldwide and infuses them into transformative elixirs, mists, skin serums and natural perfumes. Flower essences are bio-energetic infusions of flowers that work with the body’s acupuncture meridians to enhance clarity, peace and happiness. Design your bath salt,

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YOU ARE IN NEED OF A REJUVENATING GETAWAY to refresh your mind and body, put L’Auberge de Sedona on your list. I was completely exhausted when I arrived, coming off major deadlines, an 80-hour workweek and single-mom duties. I arrived at my creek-side cottage next to Oak Creek in Sedona’s Red Rock Country, ready to relax to the core. The first night, I dined on my patio, enjoying Scottish salmon with golden and red beets amidst the sycamore trees and bright stars. During the next two nights, I slept a total of 23 hours in this peaceful place, an ideal spot for me to totally unwind. The spa at L’Auberge de Sedona is just the place to bring your body back into balance and a state of harmony. I enjoyed two of the resort’s newest spa treatments, the first of which was the Quiet Mind, inspired by the Quiet Mind flower blend from Lotus Wei. This treatment is designed for guests who are learning to turn off their minds to best experience the massage. The treatment begins with several relaxation techniques and includes the use of essences of germanium, bird of paradise and passion flower—all said to promote letting go and encouraging the dissolution of muscle tension. As the mind calms, a deeply relaxing massage takes over. The Feet in the Creek Treatment is perfect for those who want to reconnect with nature and themselves. I started by wading into the water, feeling the creek sand between my toes while I breathed in the Sedona air. After that, I was accompanied to a lounge chair beside the creek, where I soaked my feet in a tub of water and fresh rose petals while listening to the rushing water. Next, I received a head, neck and shoulder massage followed by a foot reflexology treatment with L’Auberge’s signature L’Apothecary flower essence serum (a blend of rose, rosemary and lemon blossoms). Said to help reduce stress and aid in overall sense of well-being, this reflexology treatment cured not only my back pain but my stress as well. (855) 905-5745; lauberge.com

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body scrub or body oils while learning about the healing aspects of fragrant herbs and flowers. (I made a sugar scrub consisting of roses, lavender, rose hips, cardamom and cacao; it’s my favorite shower product.) Inspired by the spa’s natural surroundings, the concept was a way to connect guests with the creek, while also creating a way for them to take a piece of Sedona home.

FULL-MOON MEDITATION Head to the edge of the creek with a yoga instructor and a fl ashlight, where you’ll sit and meditate for 10 minutes. Then go inside, where you’ll make a list of the things that don’t serve you anymore and burn the piece of paper in the fi re. Lay in savasana (the “corpse pose” in yoga) while you listen to Native American fl ute sounds to clear the mind and soothe the soul.

RED ROCK HIKE Enjoy the outdoors in one of nature’s most spectacular settings to vortex sites including Bell Rock, Airport Loop and Cathedral Rock.

GM JOG Join the general manager for an early run through Sedona’s beautiful trails.

HEALING CHINESE TEA TASTING Savor rare Chinese teas and learn about their therapeutic benefits. You’ll leave energized.

EVENING STARGAZING Join a local astronomer as he leads you to the starry wonders of Sedona.

DUCK FEEDING Participate every morning beside the creek.

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clockwise from top left Visit La Boqueria, one of best markets in the world. Located in the city of Barcelona, the Park GĂźell is one of the most beautiful icons in the city. The four columns at the Magic Foundation. The ceiling at Park GĂźell, La Sagrada Familia church.

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A SENSUAL ADVENTURE THROUGH

BARCELONA

Invigorate the five senses in this Spanish city by indulging in the finest gastronomy and relaxation the Mediterranean lifestyle has to offer By K AREN ASP

BARCELONA IS A CITY THAT AWAKENS YOUR SENSES. Strolling through this lively metropolis, you’ll hear street guitarists playing flamenco music, catch nose-tingling scents of Catalan dishes and take in vibrant shades of reds, yellows, greens and blues everywhere you look. Call it a wellness journey, if you will—one that will work its way into your soul.

SEE: Begin your journey by checking into the chic Hotel Arts Barcelona, one of only two hotels on the city’s almost five-kilometer beach. You’ll then have access to prime real estate from which to catch awe-inspiring sunrises over the Mediterranean. You can also easily meander to the beach to test your stamina with stand-up paddleboarding, play beach volleyball or run along the boardwalk behind the beach. (Just be prepared to skirt around the older men who gather by the dozens to play dominoes, munch on bread and cheese and sip vermouth.) If you’re looking for an intriguing visual experience, visit the Basílica de la Sagrada Família. This modern masterpiece by famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí was built in 1882 and is scheduled for completion in 2026. Continue to be dazzled by Gaudí at Park Güell, where you’ll find unique artwork, beautiful gardens and wonderful city views.

HEAR: Although you could spend hours listening to the crash of the waves on the beach, make your way to La Rambla, the famous pedestrian-only boulevard. Here, you’ll find street musicians (and buskers of every kind, including the famous human statues). Or visit the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, a hill that overlooks the city, which features a music and light show several nights a week. Montjuïc, by the way, is also home of sites from the 1992 Olympics as well as art galleries and museums.

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For a true feast for the senses, step foot in La Boqueria, one of the world’s best and largest public markets. Of course, there are dozens of other markets where you can buy fresh fruit, cheeses, seafood or a snack for picnic lunches. In fact, I also enjoy popping into the Mercat de la Barceloneta, a quaint neighborhood within walking distance of Hotel Arts. While at La Boqueria indulge your tastebuds at small restaurants—Bar Pinotxo, a famous tapas bar, is always a crowd pleaser—or just nibble as you peruse, sampling everything from nuts to olive oils and chocolates. Get an even bigger chocolate fix by stopping at Mauri, a well-known pastry and chocolate shop in the city. My recommendation: A Catalan specialty called catànies, caramelized Marcona almonds surrounded by white chocolate (or a similar concoction) and dusted with cocoa. Cap off your Barcelona tasting tour with a glass of wine, cava or even a beer (Barcelona brews its own pilsner called Estrella Damm, which is quite tasty) at one of the city’s many tapas bars. Head to the charming Gothic Quarter, or stop by Monvínic, a hip wine bar, or Torre d’Alta Mar, a restaurant that stands 75 feet off the ground and offers 360-degree views of the city. You can also find an outstanding wine list and locally inspired tapas at Arola, Hotel Arts’s upscale restaurant where, if so inspired, your server will relay the fine art of “making” bread with tomato, a Catalan specialty. The process involves rubbing a piece of crusty bread with garlic and cut tomato, and topping it with a drizzle of olive oil and pinch of salt. One bite may just convince you that no matter how long your stay, it will never be enough to get your fill of this Mediterranean lifestyle. hotelartsbarcelona.com, barcelonaturisme.com 23

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BY GINA CHRISTMAN

SAN JUAN

ONCE A TOURIST DESTINATION OF DEBATABLE RENOWN, THE HISTORICAL CITY OF SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, IS COMING BACK TO LIFE AS THE DARLING OF THE CARIBBEAN

SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL IS HAPPENING IN SAN JUAN. Among the glimmers of a growing prosperity is a new zeal for conservation—natural and cultural. Flourishing from this effort is San Juan’s emerging art and design scene which is attracting businesses, such as Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Aaron Stewart Home, as well as a cooler, more cultured class of traveler. It is an exciting time to visit San Juan and witness the town, formerly known for crumbling buildings and lawbreakers, morphing into a clean, bustling cultural center full of music, laughter and infectious pride. The newest source of pride lives in a formerly rundown area of San Juan’s Santurce neighborhood called Tras Talleres where an emerging culture is rooted in an unlikely art form—graffiti. This isn’t subway-style street art. On the contrary, these massive murals are commissioned (it’s an honor reserved exclusively for Puerto Rico’s most notable artists), and are considered a clever way to bedeck abandoned buildings and also vital ones. Even amateurs get in on the celebration—there is an annual festival where the paint cans come out, the bars open and the neighborhood literally “goes to town” on its mission. This revitalization is evidenced throughout San Juan, and we can’t think of a better reason to plan a visit. It’s really quite magical. EXPLORE THE NEW ARTSY VIBE RIGHT FROM YOUR HOTEL For a rich, experience-filled family vacation convenient to all points of interest, including this exciting new art scene, the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris

Casino on Avenida Ashford in the Condado neighborhood is the perfect home base. It is here that the inspiration to explore more of San Juan’s artsy soul takes root. The lobby of the hotel itself showcases magnificent works by several local artists along with beachy details, such as a massive, carved “Coral Reef” wood sculpture that welcomes guests at the hotel entrance. Now that you’ve caught a bit of the cultural fever, here’s good news: From now until December 31, 2014, visitors staying at the San Juan Marriott Resort have an opportunity to experience the latest art scene developments through a special, customized package called the “Artsy San Juan.” The package includes a threeto four-hour exploration tour of the history and emerging art scene of Santurce and Old San Juan along with four tickets to Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR). Laid out in several galleries on two floors, the MAPR showcases the colorful heritage of local art. The collection runs the gamut in terms of media and eras, but pay particular attention to the rich history of the country’s poster art, perhaps the harbinger of the current graffiti revolution. The package also includes a refreshing bonus: a 30-minute mixology class with a Red Coral Lounge bartender. Daily breakfast for two adults and two children is included along with city view accommodations. (To book, see “Planning Your Trip.”) The San Juan Marriott Resort itself is a luxurious, sprawling enclave of things to see and do. The recently renovated guest rooms are tastefully upscale, very bright and roomy

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with lovely all-marble bathrooms. Many of the indoor public spaces have a subtly lit, swanky vibe. The lobby is the virtual heartbeat of the hotel, with its immensely high ceilings and comfortable seating clusters, a favorite spot for intimate gatherings during the day or evening cocktails before dinner. At night, the Red Coral Lounge in the lobby transforms into the most energetic bar in Condado, with dancing and live entertainment. In the morning, guests can grab a pastry or sandwich along with a cup of highly regarded Puerto Rican coffee in the lobby pop-up shop called Coffee Merchant. Just off the lobby is the bustling casino where, as a surprising and homespun gesture, waiters pass around complimentary cups of steaming chicken soup or small sandwiches to guests from 5-7 p.m. The hotel’s Ocean Club Spa offers all the amenities of a world-class facility where services can be enjoyed in either treatment rooms or poolside cabanas. The spa’s attendants are beyond courteous and accommodating. The Ocean Club Fitness Center caters to guests’ health and wellness, offering yoga, water aerobics, weights and personal trainers. Physical activities extend out to tennis courts, a two-level pool complex and 500 feet of private beach. The San Juan Marriott Resort can also arrange other excursions, all designed to help guests get deeper into the heart and soul of this island. Here are a few don’t-miss destinations located within a short distance from the hotel.

colorful streets and historic Spanish Colonial architecture. This barrio offers all the charm and authenticity of its heritage without feeling too touristy. As you walk along the streets, you’ll find a shopper’s paradise—from local cigars, Panama hats and hand-crafted souvenirs, to luxury shops such as Louis Vuitton and Coach—along with many cafés and restaurants that serve up classic Puerto Rican food and drink. Stop in the home of the very first piña colada at Barrachina restaurant, or go to restaurant El Jibarita for their signature sangria and a plate of bacalaitos (fried cod fish) or yuca frita (cassava fries). PLANNING YOUR VISIT For a city that is an ultra-popular Caribbean vacation playground, San Juan is, after all, American; therefore it is easy to get to from any major airport in the continental US. Once you get there, it’s extremely simple to maneuver without the need for a passport or other travel hassles. San Juan Marriott Resort rates for the “Artsy San Juan” package start at $349/night and a minimum two-night stay is required. (To reserve, call

1-800-228-9290 or visit www.marriottsanjuan.com and use promotional code: P91.)

CONDADO The San Juan Marriott Resort lives in San Juan’s ritziest neighborhood, Condado, which feels almost like another city entirely. It hugs the gorgeous stretch of beach, and the hotels and sophisticated bistros dotted along the tree-lined Avenida Ashford give the area the glittery feel of Miami Beach. Cartier, Ferragamo and Gucci are located here. Explore Candado (and most of San Juan’s neighborhoods) on foot in order to absorb the exuberant spirit of the locals. FORTS If you’re up for a little exercise with your history lesson, explore the ramparts and grounds at Castillo de San Cristobal, the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. Built to protect against land-based attacks on San Juan, it covered 27 acres when it was finished in 1783. The rich and fascinating history of this massive compound is eloquently illustrated through exhibits and plaques throughout the fort. A short distance west from Cristobal castle is the 16thcentury Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Construction on the castle began in 1539 when Spain was in control of San Juan. It’s from here that the Spanish forces fended off various maritime attacks, and you can peek through windows where cannons once stood. The old lookout towers offer 180-degree views where the ocean meets the bay, and the massive lawn in front of the Castillo has become a favorite place for sun napping and kite flying. OLD SAN JUAN Situated between Castillo de San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe el Morro, the area of Old San Juan extends the cultural experience with its many galleries,

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DINE LIKE A LOCAL While you are traipsing around Santurce, take a break from art-seeing to enjoy a real Puerto Rican lunch where lucky locals eat, La Casita Blanca. This restaurant in the Villa Palmeras neighborhood was born when an abuela (grandmother) began cooking at home for family, then friends. Her food was so good, more and more people came to eat until the logical next step was for her to open a lunchroom. Dishes are authentic to what you would find on the stove in any local home kitchen—chillo frito (fried baby snapper) or carne guisada (stewed beef). Most entrees come with the standard side mound of rice and beans or mofongo—a dense scoop of fried green plantains (or sometimes cassava) mashed together with broth, garlic, olive oil and pork cracklings or bits of bacon. Desserts are excellent, too, and the decor is—ahem— authentically unglamorous: The most notable fixture in the indoor dining room where we sat was a huge tree that grew through the floor and poked right out of the ceiling.

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clockwise from top left The pool complex at San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino; Bronze “muse” sculptures representing various art disciplines greet visitors at the Centro de Bellas Artes in Santurce; La Casita Blanca—where the locals go for authentic fare; A Warhol-inspired example of Santurce’s graffi ti art revolution; Don Q is just one of the many premium rum brands of Puerto Rico.

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Stir It Up!

Discover joy in Jamaica, where the reggae beat syncs with the rhythm of the ocean’s waves.

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By BOB COOPER

JOY. I SAW IT ON THE GRINNING FACES of uniformed Jamaican schoolchildren; I also saw it in their parents’ brightly painted homes, many striped in the yellow and green colors of the proudly flown flag. I heard it in the music that spilled out from every village church on Sunday mornings and nightly from every ramshackle bar. I tasted it in the tropical fruits and coffee beans picked in the hills, delivered daily to the street markets and resort restaurants of Ocho Rios and Port Antonio, the two (of six) coastal cities popular with visitors to Jamaica. Yes, Jamaica stirs the soul with its joy. Look no further than the musical creations of reggae king Bob Marley and the jubilant, post-race celebrations of sprint king Usain Bolt. For a nation smaller than Connecticut and less populous than Iowa, Jamaica has shared with the world more than its share of joyful performers. The intoxicating geologic brew of steep, tropical mountains and smooth, white-sand beaches is found in few places outside the Caribbean, yet, unlike other Caribbean islands, Jamaica is often overlooked by U.S. travelers. It’s worth a look, as it’s less crowded than the Bahamas, easier to get to than Cuba and kinder on the budget than most Caribbean countries.

Splash & Slide Most Jamaican resorts supply kayaks and snorkeling, while diving, windsurfing, kiteboarding and hopping aboard party catamarans also generate joy on the water. But the land activities are more full of surprises. Bobsledding and waterfall hiking in Ocho Rios, anyone? Made famous by the movie Cool Runnings, Jamaican bobsledding (on rails, not snow) is the main attraction at the Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures, where you and the kids can also plunge down a water slide or canopy zip line after riding up a chairlift. Nearby is the equally popular hike up Dunn’s River Falls on a natural staircase of shiny limestone boulders. Plan on holding hands with strangers to form human chains in the waist-deep water. That’s almost normal compared to equestrian swimming at Sandy Bay’s Chukka Horseback Ride n’ Swim. It starts with a tame trail ride through mango and guava trees but finishes at a gallop in saddle-deep water in Chukka Cove. It was hard to tell if my horse, Mancha, was swimming laps or prancing on tippy toes, but my guide assured me, “It’s fun for him.” For me, too. More fun awaited in the mile-high 29

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Horseback riding in the ocean? It’s a must in Jamaica. opposite page, left to right Healthy breakfasts are offered each morning at Jamaica Inn; the inn’s cabana suites are beachfront.

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Blue Mountains, where my group rode cruiser bikes for 10 downhill miles through a rainforest reserve and past rows of coffee plants to a waterfall. On this particular Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour, a soaking thunderstorm transformed the narrow road into a waterfall itself. But my namesake Bob’s wisdom rang true: “Don’t worry/about a thing/’cause every little thing/gonna be all right.”

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Lazy Luxury Coastal resorts are plentiful in Jamaica, but few boast the luxury of Jamaica Inn, arguably the best on the island. You needn’t stay in a cottage (each with a private spa tub, outdoor shower and ocean-view deck) to enjoy all that the resort has to offer. No matter what accommodations you choose, options include croquet on the lawn, morning yoga on the private beach, swimming in the private cove, or indulging in a moonlight couples massage. (Or, do as I did one morning: take the inn’s glass-bottom kayak out for a 90-minute roundtrip paddle to the British colonial heart of Ocho Rios). While the inn’s restaurant brings the outdoors in, with all tables open to the tropical flower-perfumed air, the rooms keep the outside world out, with no TVs, radios, desks or clocks to distract you from romance. (800) 837-4608; jamaicainn.com

Family Friendly Goblin Hill Villas is typical of Jamaican accommodations that welcome kids. The hillside spread near Port Antonio

offers duplex-type units with comfy living rooms, TVs and kitchens. There’s no restaurant, but a personal cook will shop and prepare breakfast, lunch or dinner by arrangement. While the kids are at Goblin’s playground, pool or PingPong tables, you can stroll the nature trail and gardens or relax on the Great Lawn’s Adirondack chairs, which face the turquoise ocean and San San Beach. After 5 p.m., you can drain Red Stripes at the resort’s Tree Bar, wedged into the branches of a 300-year-old ficus. (876) 925-8109; goblinhill.com

Jerk Joints These roadside establishments are not sports bars—they serve jerk chicken, which is as much a staple of local tastes as Blue Mountain coffee, Red Stripe beer and white rum. The chicken is marinated in allspice and other spices on a pimento wood fire to ensure its uniquely piquant taste. Wash it down with one of the aforementioned national beverages, and you’ll be an honorary Jamaican.

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Fall into Romance Five diverse and idyllic destinations perfect for stealing away with your other half this season by SHELBIE LANDRY and ALISON LEWIS

FROM HIKING AND EXPLORATION to wine tasting and spa treatments, Healthy Travel has gone coast to coast to help you find the most romantic vacation resorts for two, regardless of the occasion, destination or activity preference, these resorts offer an escape from the harried and hectic and the chance to reconnect and relax with the one you love. 1. ST. THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS Featuring gorgeous views, world-class dining and a new romance package, Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort promises an unforgettable island escape complete with Caribbean views and tropical sun. With the romance package, couples can share Champagne and fresh fruit upon arrival, a buffet breakfast each morning and a dinner at one of the resort’s signature restaurants. Choose the Royal Suite, a bi-level, loft-style bedroom with outdoor balcony space, separate bath and shower, a whirlpool and a sofa bed, or the Morning Star Villa with a beachside view. (340) 776-8500; marriott.com

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over a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates, daily breakfasts throughout their stay and a photo frame memento of their romantic visit. Start your day with an easy hike on the Goat Trail in the San Bernardino National Forest. The trail will lead you to dip your toes in the Deep Creek Hot Springs and take in stunning views of the surrounding mountain range. Upon return to the resort, soothe any sore muscles at the Spa of the Pines with a custom couples massage or body treatment that incorporates indigenous natural plants and scents such as pine, sage, lilac and holly. Wind down at sunset on a chartered boat tour of the lake. As you pull into the resort’s dock, make a stop on the beach for a well-deserved s’more by the fire, followed by a romantic dinner with panoramic lake views. (909) 336-1511; lakearrowheadresort.com 3. MONTAUK, NEW YORK With its ocean views, world-renowned spa and therapeutic pools, the newly renovated Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa offers couples the optimum in luxury relaxation. Listed as one of Vogue magazine’s “world’s best spa resorts” and also a prime wedding destination, the resort’s tradition for romance and seclusion with a Hamptons flair is sure to please anyone. (631) 66-2345; gurneysinn.com

4. NEWBERG, OREGON At The Allison Inn & Spa, couples are

invited to revel in the natural beauty of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country. Couples can hike short trails on the property or take advantage of the area’s vast hiking opportunities, including a 9-mile country trail winding through amazing foliage and wildlife. Guests may also enjoy the tastes of the region at the resort’s signature restaurant, which offers local and seasonal ingredients and an extensive wine list with more than 800 choices. (877) 294-2525; theallison.com

5. ASPEN, COLORADO With its new private bath service, Hotel Jerome offers a personal therapist to draw a bath, and provides you with an option of three therapeutic bath salts or Argan bath oil. A fruit plate is also provided along with any other food and beverage item. Also enjoy one of Hotel Jerome’s many Auberge Adventures, Night Rafting and Private Beach Dinner. You’ll appreciate the allure of the great outdoors with a scenic evening float trip in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. Begin your adventure in the late afternoon with a short transfer to the river, and take in the scenery, wildlife and setting sun. Arrive at a private beach area adorned with tiki torches, and enjoy a gourmet dinner made by your private chef. At the conclusion of dinner, guests will board the rafts again, but this time with night vision goggles to experience the water and wildlife by night. (970) 9201000; hoteljerome.com

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The most recognizable doors in Atlanta—visible from Buckhead’s stately thoroughfare, West Paces Ferry Road—were treated to

a dramatic makeover at the deft design hands of interior designer Barbara Westbrook for the 2014 Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators Show House & Gardens. Opening into the airy Grand Salon, Westbrook played with scale and proportion to complement the room’s existing handpainted murals and grand Italianate architecture.

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THE ITALIAN JOB AT THE 44TH ANNUAL DECORATORS’ SHOW HOUSE & GARDENS, NEEL REID AND PHILIP SHUTZE’S 1926 ITALIAN BAROQUE “PINK PALACE” IS TRANSFORMED TO PALAZZO ROSA THANKS TO ATLANTA’S TOP TALENTS

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Grand Salon (left and previous pages) BARBARA WESTBROOK, WESTBROOK INTERIORS Westbrook was drawn to

this airy space for its original handpainted linen wallcovering. Taking her cue from its deep tones, she opted not touch the original moldings, mantel or over-mantel mirror. Instead, she mixed in antiques from Robuck & Co. with deep, modern Verellen sofas from Bungalow Classic. “The house is a grand example of Italianate architecture. Why fight it?” she asks. An overscaled coffee table by R. Hughes anchored the room, while maple trees and towering orchids added another layer. “Every piece is as rich as the wallcovering. It gives the room a depth that belongs in the 21st century.”

Morning Room JOHN OETGEN, OETGEN DESIGN INC.

“It was great to re-imagine this space,” offers Oetgen, who also designed the room for the 1979 Show House. Both years, Oetgen utilized the transitional space that connects two grand rooms for a small dining area. This year, he incorporated a playful bird theme with a mix of pieces from Parc Monceau, Robuck & Co. and Jerry Pair. “Returning to the house reassured me that there is or was a creative force in architecture,” he states. “Atlanta is full of gems from the past and this is one of those.” 116

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Solarium ROBERT BROWN, ROBERT BROWN INTERIOR DESIGN “The Solarium has

such stunning architecture that it was important to showcase it,” says designer Robert Brown, who left five pairs of French doors open and un-covered to allow its bones to shine. To make the soaring space more intimate and livable, he painted the 16-foot ceilings and walls the same dark grey velvety tone and created two seating areas of furnishings from Townhouse by Robert Brown, Parc Monceau and MacRae.

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Family Living Room TIMOTHY CORRIGAN, TIMOTHY CORRIGAN, INC. Because this space overlooked the

pool, Corrigan wanted to create a sea of blue that would bring the outdoors in. He accomplished this using a recently released collection he designed for Schumacher. “The entire room is bathed in a watercolordesigned fabric that was inspired by the French Mediterranean resort town of Cap Ferrat,” he says. Mirrored panels reflect the garden and pool outside, mimicking the French doors on the opposite wall of the long, narrow room. “Nothing makes a room feel more cozy and thoroughly elegant than draping an entire room,” Corrigan says.

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Kitchen DESIGN GALLERIA KITCHEN AND BATH STUDIO

Principal Matthew Quinn envisioned the home’s new owners as empty-nesters with dogs and a passion for cooking and entertaining. Challenged with an asymmetric layout and an obstructive structural post, the Design Galleria team resolved these obstacles by partitioning off a pantry area to rebalance the room and by using the center post as an anchor for the cantilevered arm of a custom light ďŹ xture. The island is topped with leathered Cielo quartzite countertops from Marmi Natural Stone. A black-and-brass hood and range by LaCornue, customized Miele coffee bar and a dog feeding station bring a livable luxury to the space.

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Teen Retreat TISH MILLS, HARMONIOUS LIVING WITH TISH MILLS This year’s showhouse space held

special meaning for Mills as her 16 -year-old daughter served as both the inspiration, and the lucky recipient of the European-infused design. The space was abloom with fabulous flourishes fit for a teen like Romo fabrics sourced through Travis & Company and an antique carved trunk nestled at the foot of the bed from Parc Monceau. “I love this idea of a girl having a hope chest,” Mills explains. “This room is actually a sweet 16 birthday present to my daughter,” she reveals. “This room will be her bit of Paris in Atlanta.”

Dining Room MELANIE TURNER AND CRISTI RAJEVAC, MELANIE TURNER INTERIORS Turner

and her team dared not touch the circa-1926 Venetian murals which were original to the home. “I let the murals play center stage,” she explains. “Having a soft design touch was more important than putting my ‘stamp’ on the place.” To brighten the room, she painted the chair rail to match the existing crown molding, added custom cream-colored dining chairs and a chandelier from Circa Lighting wrapped in an ethereal cloud of tulle. “I used bright and soft elements to bring a sense of airy lightness to the space,” Turner states.

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Master Bathroom

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CLAY SNIDER, CLAY SNIDER INTERIORS IN COLLABORATION WITH DESIGN GALLERIA KITCHEN AND BATH STUDIO

MICHAEL HABACHY, HABACHY DESIGNS IN COLLABORATION WITH DESIGN GALLERIA KITCHEN AND BATH STUDIO Describing the aesthetic as “Palm Beach with

“By converting the master bedroom into the master bath, we achieved a spa-like experience so that the homeowners might feel they are always on vacation while they are home,” offers Snider, who revamped the room with the help of Design Galleria’s talented team. Matthew Quinn worked closely with Crossville Tile and Store to select elements that echoed the architecture of the classical home, while Snider used draperies to soften and define spaces like the lady’s dressing table.

a modern twist,” Habachy harkened back to classic modern and Art Deco designs from the 30s and 40s. “There is something nostalgic about those glamorous resorts in Palm Beach and Miami Beach,” he says. After completing a gut renovation with the help of Design Galleria’s expert team, the sparkling new pool house featured black-and-white herringbone tiled floors, Habachy’s signature trellis-patterned mirrored walls, a new bar design, and was adorned with an antiqued glass-blown chandelier from Brooklyn-based design studio Apparatus. “It’s the first piece that I found for the room, and it set the stage for my whole whimsical theme,” Habachy says. 127

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Guest Retreat

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“Our goal in its design was to create a refuge—a space where our guests would feel welcomed and special,” offers The Mercantile’s Barbara Heath. Health was inspired by Jim Thompson’s latest fabrics, and mixed textiles in shades of rich jade, soft aqua and seafoam. The effect was echoed the hues in a painting by Atlanta artist Melissa Payne Baker from Huff Harrington Art Gallery, which hung over the desk.

Topol decided to rethink the study as a more livable space. Since the room did not have bookshelves, or a room to include them, he says he re-conceived the space as an art room with modern media conveniences and comfortable furnishings from Century Furniture and Brunschwig & Fils fabrics and wallpaper. “I have found that most show houses don't show how people could really live,” Topol explains. “After all, comfort is the ultimate luxury.”

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Master Terrace LANCE JACKSON AND DAVID ECTON, PARKER KENNEDY LIVING Crisp whites,

a Greek key motif and faux-bamboo elements informed Parker Kennedy Living’s cabana-style design. Inspired by Estee Lauder’s Palm Beach estate, vintage furnishings like stools covered in Scalamandré’s zebra fabric and a pie crust-shaped table from Baker added a whimsical touch to the retreat. The designers envisioned the homeowners enjoying their morning coffee or evening cocktails in the space. “It is great place to start and end each day,” Jackson suggests.

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Master Bedroom TRACI RHOADS, TRACI RHOADS INTERIORS

“The late afternoon light that streamed in through the windows just before sunset inspired me to bring in the different colors of the sky offset by earth tones of the landscape,” explains Rhoads. An accent wall papered in Jim Thompson’s Ikat print offered a bright pop of color against neutral furnishings like an upholstered headboard from Stanton Home Furnishings and area rug by Keivan Woven Arts, while a chandelier by Allan Knight available through Paul Plus picked up the hue.

Master Sitting Room JIMMY STANTON, STANTON HOME FURNISHINGS Tasked with converting

the master bathroom into the master sitting room, Stanton replaced the tile with a herringbone wood floor and removed the tub, vanity and shower. “We had a lot to do in that little space,” he remembers. Stanton kept the coffered ceiling and appointed the comfortable quarters with furniture, art and accessories, all from Stanton Home Furnishings. “I imagined the occupants lighting a fire, opening the doors to the outdoor space and relaxing with a good book,” he says.

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Grand Hall LAURA WALKER, VERDE HOME BY LAURA WALKER A four year stint in

Italy informed Laura Walker’s fascination with the marbleized papers so well known in Florence. Walker’s hand-tufted rug of wool and banana silk with a marbled effect—one of her original designs—is part of her Verde Home Grand collection and served as the main inspiration for the room. “It is exciting when you can design a room from the rug up,” she explains. “I would want the owner to stop and feel good in a room that they would pass through so many times each day.”

Upstairs Gallery MICHEL BOYD, SMITHBOYD INTERIORS

“My background is in fashion, and I believe that building rooms and choosing furnishings is as personal and specific as clothing,” explains Boyd. Pulling inspiration from the architecture of the home, he selected a rug from his SMITHBOYD collection at Verde Home and crafted a custom oval ottoman with brass turned legs to echo the arches above the doors in the upper hall. A chandelier from Circa Lighting and antique lamps from Parc Monceau provided the finishing touches. 133

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Carriage Entry & Hall RANDY KORANDO, BOXWOODS GIFTS & GARDENS “We are big proponents of bringing

the outdoors in and the indoors out,� explains Korando, co-owner of Boxwoods. Pulling elements from Boxwood retail locations, Korando selected a framed series of gilded leaf botanicals hung over an antique French console and live plants like a potted Ming Aralia to bring a touch of nature indoors. A chandelier from Circa Lighting and a custom cobalt settee added a polished patina to the side entry.

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Powder Room JAMES T. FARMER, JAMES FARMER DESIGNS

Farmer took his cues from the Venetianinspired legacy of the home, but with a nod towards today’s comforts. Farmer selected ikat paper and linen check window treatments by Stroheim to draw upon the vibrant hues found in the Venetian paintings of the harbor and other coastal scenes. The intimate space also allowed him to employ classic elements in fresh ways, like the lantern light fixture from Circa Lighting or hammered pewter bath fixtures from J. Tribble of Atlanta. “Taking delights from the past for today’s enjoyment is always such a fun project,” he declares.

Breakfast Room MARIA MCLAURIN NUTT AND CLAY MCLAURIN, MCLAURIN INTERIORS Maria

McLaurin Nutt focused on the warmth and beauty of nature for this sunny space, which was also informed by the debut of nephew Clay McLaurin’s new textile patterns. They highlighted the “Weeping Willow” fabric by hanging a large framed watercolor by Clay, which represented the beginnings of this pattern. With very little usable wall space and lots of doorways, hanging the Ainsworth-Noah chandelier slightly off center in the narrow room allowed Nutt to accommodate a plush seating and dining area.

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Guest Retreat Bath and Dressing BRYAN KIRKLAND, BAK DESIGNS When designing the guest

retreat bath and dressing area, Kirkland was inspired by the Roaring Twenties, “when everything was all about glamour,” he says. Imagining Hollywood starlets of a bygone era needing an escape to pamper and primp, Kirkland crafted a dressing area where the closet would be today. The dramatic space is punctuated with powerful pops of vibrant orchid and whimsical touches like the “Flower Head” series of photographic prints by Gibson-Spizman.

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LOREN AUDREY TAYLOR, ANNA ABRAMS DESIGN (left) Originally designed as a service

KELLIE GRIFFIN, KELLIE GRIFFIN INTERIORS, INC. With the help of Anne

staircase, Taylor re-imagined the area as a family stairwell. Challenged by the small footprint of the landing, she utilized custom antiqued mirrors by Brooks & Black Fine Framing to add depth to the small space and removed a closet door to create a vignette where the lady of the house might make a quick call or attend to the business of running a busy home. Taylor completed the space’s eclectic yet luxe look with crystal finials, custom leather rail covers, chandeliers from Circa Lighting, Baroque ceiling medallions, Dupioni silk portieres and a flame-stitched stair runner.

Irwin Fine Art, Keivan Woven Arts, Edgar Reeves and Jay Scott Studios, Griffin created a modern gallery in this transitional space. Lee Jofa’s “Tara” fabric lent a sense of grandeur to the stairwell and reminded the designer of the infamous scene with Scarlett O’Hara’s drapery-fashioned dress. “A fresh approach on a traditional and timeless pattern naturally seemed fitting for my grand stairwell drapery treatment this year,” she declares.

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LILA PRYOR FRANK, LILA PRYOR FRANK INTERIORS AND ALLYSON KIRKPATRICK, ALLYSONK DESIGNS Frank and Kirkpat-

JANICE PALMER, PALMER DESIGN GROUP, LLC “I wanted the occupants

rick set out to craft a “secret garden” designed to complement the classical symmetry of the home. Riffing off existing elements like the terracotta roof and black wrought iron fence and gate, the designing duo used tiles left over from the roof to outline the garden border. The white-andlavender Janus et Cie fabric-draped daybed and armchairs provide flowing movement and a pop of crisp color against the green of the garden, while sculptural midcentury iron chairs add a touch of whimsy.

of the house to feel like they are literally at a retreat someplace far away,” says Janice Palmer of the guest retreat terrace she designed outfitted with luxurious appointments from Frontgate and Habersham Gardens. “Time stops and this is their time read, sleep and relax, to just enjoy the moment and forget everything.”

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Resources GRAND SALON Westbrook Interiors Antique leather chair, walnut stool, large walnut daybed/ottoman: Robuck & Co. Round side table: R. Hughes. Verellen Owen Condo sofa and linen fabric: Bungalow Classic. Antique area rug: Sullivan Fine Rugs. Custom Roman shades: R. Hopkins & Co. Antique secretary and music stand: Foxglove Antiques. MORNING ROOM Oetgen Design Chandelier: Donghia. Antique daybed, George III-style cockpen chair, leopard pillows: Parc Monceau. Center table: Robuck & Co. English convex mirrors: Foxglove Antiques. Sang de boeuf vase: International Art Properties. SOLARIUM Robert Brown Interior Design Furniture: Townhouse by Robert Brown, Parc Monceau and MacRae. Lighting: Ainsworth-Noah and Townhouse by Robert Brown. Upholstery: Tecnosedia. Art: Bernd Haussmann from Anne Irwin and Auguste GaruďŹ from Townhouse by Robert Brown. All fabric: Jim Thompson. FAMILY LIVING ROOM Timothy Corrigan, Inc. All fabric, tape trim and cording: Timothy Corrigan Collection for Schumacher. Rugs: Patterson Flynn & Martin. Faux mirrored doors: Living Tree Designs, Ballground, GA. Ceiling wallcovering: Donghia. Wave lounge chairs, Wave sofa,

Scallop console tables, Tuscany Curule benches, Lafayette side tables and Lafayette coffee table: Timothy Corrigan Collection for Schumacher. Chandelier: Currey & Co. with shades from Reborn Antique. Ostrich Egg Lamps and hand-carved mirror: Timothy Corrigan Home. Louis XVI-style columns, 19th-century vases, French urn lamps and side table, Timothy Corrigan Antiques. KITCHEN Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio Lighting: Circa Lighting. Sconces: Masterpiece Lighting. Tile backsplash: Crossville Tile and Stone. Decorative Hardware: Matthew Quinn Collection. Window treatments and accessories: McLaurin Interiors. Refrigerator and refrigerator drawers: SubZero. Range: LaCornue. Dishwashers and coffee machine: Miele. Warming drawer, microwave drawer and steam oven: Wolf. Cabinetry: Downsview Custom Cabinetry. Countertop material and fabrication: Marmi Natural Stone. Hood and island light bracket: Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath. Plumbing: Rohl at Guy Gunter and Associates. DINING ROOM Melanie Turner Interiors (MTI) Window treatment, table skirt base layer and napkins: Schumacher. Table skirt topper: Jim Thompson. Dining chairs: Melanie Turner Interiors with

Schumacher fabric. Console: custom-designed top with malachite ďŹ nish by MTI and BRADLEY. Antique rug: Keivan Rugs. Settee: Minton Spidell Medici Sofa at Paul Plus. Sconces: drianna triple sconce at Visual Comfort. Chandelier: Circa Lighting. TEEN RETREAT Harmonious Living by Tish Mills Furniture: Ballard Designs and Parc Monceau Antiques. Fabrics: Romo Fabrics through Travis and Co. Lighting: Studio B5b Collection by Tish Mills; Parc Monceau Antiques. Accessories: Studio B5b Collection by Tish Mills; Ballard Designs; and Parc Monceau Antiques. MASTER BATH Clay Snider and Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio Cabinetry: Downsview Custom Cabinetry. Countertop material and fabrication: Marmi Natural Stone. Plumbing: Rohl and Toto at Guy Gunter and Associates. Bathtub: MTI Baths. Shower glass: Atlanta Glass and Mirror. Lighting: Circa Lighting Tile: Crossville Tile and Stone. Decorative Hardware: Matthew Quinn Collection. LOGGIA Habachy Designs Fabrics: Designers Guild, Ainsworth-Noah, Paul Plus, Jerry Pair, KB Contract. Acrylic drapery hardware: Lux Hold Ups. Mother of pearl tiles in custom wood screen: Maya Romanoff. Glass globe chandelier: Apparatus Studio through R.

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Dazzling Details Michael Habachy’s proud peacock was a much-buzzed about element in the loggia. A cozy corner in the guest retreat by Barbara Heath of The Mercantile. A gallery wall in the upstairs master bathroom, complete with a mantel by Francois & Co., by Clay Snider and Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio. A detail in the Melanie Turner Interiors-designed dining room. An energetic outdoor retreat by Parker Kennedy Living.

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Hughes. Rugs: Even and Staron. Sofa: Bernhardt Interiors by Charles Ray. Coffee table: Bradley Acrylic table: Spectrum at Ernest Gaspard. Lounge Chair: Jacques Garcia at Baker Furniture. Pair of urns: Logan Gardens. White peacock: Vonda Mills Exotics. All natural quartz crystals and accents: Tritter Feefer. Framed parrot photos: Leila Jeffreys. Tile: Crossville Tile. GUEST RETREAT The Mercantile All Fabrics: Jim Thompson Fabrics. Upholstered furniture: Collaboration with Bjork Studio. Art: Elizabeth Stockton, KD Gallery, Stephanie Wheeler. STUDY Stan Topol & Associates Wallcoverings, draperies and trim: Brunschwig & Fils. Banquette and swivel lounge chairs: Century. Telephone table: Matthews & Parker. Side table: Ainsworth-Noah. Floor lamps: Circa. Table lamp: Wicker Works. Art and mirrors: Myott Studios. Andirons: Parc Monceau. Rug: Kammy & Co. Accessories: Go Home and J. Douglas. MASTER BEDROOM Traci Rhoads Interiors Wallpaper on accent wall, drapery fabric, Roman shade and bedding fabric: Jim Thompson. Other walls: Philip Jeffries. Pillows on sofa: R. Hughes Atelier. Upholstered bed: Stanton Home Furnishings. Coco sofa: Kristin Drohan Collection. Acrylic cocktail table: Allan Knight at

Paul Plus. Round bedside table: Baker, Knapp & Tubbs. Oval back accent chair: Dian Arm Chair by Michael Taylor at Ainsworth-Noah. Area rug: Keivan Woven Arts. Chandelier and sconces: Allan Knight at Paul Plus. MASTER SITTING Jimmy Stanton All furnishings, accessories, art and lihgting: Stanton Home Furnishings. MASTER PORCH All fabrics: Scalamandré. Furniture, lamps and accessories: Vintage, Parker Kennedy Living. Pagoda chandelier: VanCollier Furniture. HALLWAY SmithBoyd Interiors Wallcovering: Ernest Gaspard. Floral accent wallcovering: Donghia. Custom SmithBoyd ottoman: Bradley. SmithBoyd collection bracelet rugs: Verde Home. Chandelier: Circa Lighting. Console: Baker, Knapp & Tubbs. Antique lamps: Parc Monceau. Art: Pryor Fine Art, Bill Lowe Gallery and Susan Zinger Fine Art. CARRIAGE ENTRY AND HALL Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts All furnishings and accessories: Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts. Lighting: Circa Lighting. POWDER ROOM James Farmer Designs Walls: Benoit Ikat Teal from Stroheim. Drapery: Biron Strie Check Aqua from Stroheim. Vanity cabinet: J. Tribble. Toilet: Kathryn by Kohler. Lighting: Chandelier by Circa. Rug: Azra Fine Rugs. Bird art collection: Dearing Antiques. Ad-

ditional art and accessories: James Farmer Designs, Lighting: Circa Lighting. BREAKFAST ROOM McLaurin Interiors All fabrics: Clay McLaurin Studio at Ainsworth-Noah. Antiques: Robuck & Co. Side chairs: Holland and Company. Rug: Moattar. Drapery and pillow fabrication: R. Hopkins & Co. Furniture: Custom settee and arm chair upholstery by Bjork Studio. Art: Clay McLaurin Studio and Anne Irwin Fine Art. Lighting: Ainsworth-Noah. GUEST RETREAT DRESSING ROOM Bryan Alan Kirkland Designs Fabric and wallpaper: Osborne and Little. Art: “Flower Heads” Art by Artist Spizman/Gibson at Bill Lowe Gallery. FAMILY STAIRCASE Anna Abrams Design Antique mirrored wall: Brooks & Black Fine Framing. Finials: The Finial Company at Duralee. Stair Rail Leather Saddle: Rich Leather Co. Chandeliers: Aerin at Circa Lighting. Lamp: Edgar-Reeves. Sconces: Lamp Arts. Table: Edgar Reeves. Stool: Formations at Jerry Pair. Runner: Stanton Carpet. Console: Provenance of Atlanta. Art: Anne Irwin and Pryor Fine Art. Accessories: Tritter Feefer. GRAND STAIRWELL Kellie Griffin Interiors Fabric: Lee Jofa. Lighting: Jonathan Rickert. Art and Accessories: EdgarReeves and Keivan Woven Arts.

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WITH THE HELP OF A FEW FRIEND DS, BEST-SELLIING AUTHOR KATHRYN STOCKETT FASHIONS A LIIGHT AND BRIIGHT ABODE FULL OF PERSONALIT T Y AND CHARM M IN BROOKW WOOD HILLS WRITTEN BY Sejal

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Kathryn Stockett relaxes in the living room of her updated Brookwood Hills abode. The author relied upon architect D. Stanley Dixon and designer Caroline Normark, both of whom are neighbors, to “create a livable space that’s warm and fun and that the entire neighborhood has come to love and enjoy,” says Normark.

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It’s always a family affair at author Kathryn Stockett’s home. Stockett’s mother, Ruth, and daughter, Lila, enjoy the backyard, which includes a covered porch with seating and living areas for entertaining and a chicken coop. opposite Inspired by the leafy gold chandelier, Stockett and designer Caroline Normark created a posh look in the dining room with a moody color scheme and gilt accents.

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EVERY HOME HAS A STORY TO TELL. Author Kathryn Stockett’s renovated bungalow in a leafy Brookwood Hills enclave conveys a narrative of family, friendship and a whole lot of soul. When it came time to reimagine her 1920s home, Stockett turned to close friends (and neighbors), designer Caroline Normark and architect D. Stanley Dixon, to transform the cramped structure into an airy abode. “I really wanted the home to be more livable. It was very chopped up and we had so many walls between us that our family never saw each other,” says Stockett. To create a more open floor plan, Dixon enlisted contractor Wright Marshall to reconfigure the house, including widening the once long and narrow family room by 8 feet. The larger space now opens up onto an expansive covered porch that acts as an extension of the family room—perfect for the regular neighborhood soirees Stockett’s known for hosting. Once the perfect proportions were in place, Stockett and Normark set out to fill the home with unique finds to pack in the personality. “She has an eclectic sense of style, so her one request was that the home not resemble a showroom,” recalls Normark. The duo scoured local vintage shops and Web sites such as Etsy, One Kings Lane and even eBay for rare and interesting pieces such as a

sculptural square coffee table in the family room or the colorful rug mounted on canvas that now acts as a work of art in the same space. “I love online shopping at night,” shares Stockett. “With a glass—or two—of wine in hand, I’ll stay up late browsing sites like One Kings Lane and a few days later, new packages will arrive on my doorstep. I don’t always look at dimensions, just color and form.” It’s here that Normark’s deft design skills came into play, often finding the perfect place for Stockett’s beloved treasures, as well as those of boyfriend and journalist Wyatt Williams, like his record player. A relic from Williams’s disc-jockey days, it holds special meaning for Stockett. “Having music—and a part of him—in the house is such a gift,” she says. Normark also helped up the style quotient in Stockett’s home by introducing a slew of bright colors and bold patterns. In the guest bedroom, for example, she repurposed a traditional sleigh bed with a luxe velvety orange slipcover, while a Cisco Brothers sofa in the family room was given new life with a whimsical blue Romo fabric. “She’s certainly not afraid to push the envelope,” says Normark. The heart of Stockett’s home though, lies not in its unique design, but in the lifestyle it fosters—for her family and the entire neighborhood. With essentially an open-door policy, one might 143

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“We had so many walls between us that our family never saw each other,” says Stockett of the home’s original footprint. “A more open floor plan makes for a better family.”

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find a large gathering of the neighborhood children around the kitchen table for a shared meal while adults sip cocktails in the spacious backyard. Daughter Lila’s chicken coop is also a popular draw. “Lila delivers fresh eggs every Monday to her clientele throughout the neighborhood,” says Stockett. “I hope this home is as fun a place for my daughter to grow up in as it has been for me to live in so far,” she adds. The bungalow’s quirky nature also acts as a muse of sorts for the writer. Currently penning her second novel, there’s no nook off limits. “I pace a lot,” Stockett says of her writing process. “So you can find me on the back porch, by the chickens, in a bedroom—practically everywhere! This home my personal sanctuary.” And most importantly, it’s a true reflection of the author. “The home’s modest exterior matches her private, quiet demeanor that’s reserved for the outside world,” says Normark, “but as soon as you step inside, it reveals her true personality—vibrant and full of life.” See Resources, Back of Book. A custom steel-framed, white oak-topped table by Stephen Balcom doubles as a cooking prep and dining space in the airy kitchen. Normark outfitted a kitchen nook with two chairs from Etsy, providing the perfect spot in which to curl up with a good book. Stockett says her favorite feature is the limestone floor from Walker Zanger; its herringbone pattern not only offers visual interest, but was “specifically chosen to disguise dirt.”

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above Unique furnishings such as vintage Tom Robinson chairs from Travis & Co. and a round table from South of Market add character to the front living room. left The family room features many of Stockett’s online ďŹ nds, such as the coffee table and console purchased through One Kings Lane. Her original Cisco Brothers sofas were reupholstered in a lively Romo fabric. opposite In the guest bedroom, Stockett and Normark selected a punchy orange Duralee fabric to slipcover the repurposed sleigh bed.

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CREATIVE COUPLINGS THESE SIX LOCAL HUSBAND-AND-WIFE DESIGN DUOS PROVE THAT PASSION PAVES THE WAY FOR PROFOUND SUCCESS WRITTEN BY

Kate Abney PHOTOGRAPHED BY

Angela Morris and Rob Brinson

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Jill Sharp Brinson & Rob Brinson JILL SHARP STYLE + ROB BRINSON PHOTOGRAPHY ESTEEMED STYLIST AND Ballard Designs creative director Jill Sharp Brinson began her life with undeniable vivacity, and basically never slowed down. A native of New Canaan, Connecticut, she lived in Tokyo before kicking off her career in California, but it wasn't until she moved to Atlanta that she met her husband of 14 years, High Point, North Carolina, native and acclaimed photograper Rob Brinson. The pair first met during a professional meeting, when Jill interviewed Rob to gauge the ins and outs of the Atlanta photo scene. “Years later, we married in the very loft where I first met him. It was wild,” she says. “We started working together but also maintained many separate accounts: him shooting, me styling and creative directing and working on private residential design work.” Clad in thousands of window panes, the 6,500-square-foot industrial space at King Plow Arts Center has become symbolic of Rob’s work in the fashion, lifestyle and interior realms. More recently, it’s housed Jill’s vast trove of worldly treasures, and served as the site of her elegant new series of pop-up shops, STABLE, which will be followed by an autumn Shibori workshop set to segue into a denim show and sale. Rob, meanwhile, is pooling local talent to assemble an extraordinary Atlanta film school concentrating on the production and directorial aspects of the industry. “I wanted to do it in a way it wasn’t being done anywhere else in the country,” he says, citing his commitment to buck the status quo. “Innovate or vacate,” he proclaims. Both powerful personalities with uncommonly confident instincts, the Brinsons do not often overlap work, but they do use each other as sound boards quite frequently. With neither prone to vacillating, inflexibility can sneak its way in, but by relying on honesty, the duo always seems to circle back to the same page. That much is evident in the currently-under-wraps house (called “Peace Mill”) they recently built together at Serenbe, an enrapturing residence Jill calls “a serious mix of who we are.” For now, we’re standing by for the big reveal. 149

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Vivian Bencich & John Bencich SQUARE FEET STUDIO

LEED-ACCREDITED ARCHITECT JOHN BENCICH and architectturned-interior designer Vivian Bencich met as graduate students at Georgia Tech in 1989. But it was more than a decade before they converged to form Square Feet Studio, a firm the couple created to resolve the disconnect they noticed between the interior design and architecture worlds. Embracing a philosophy of simplicity and sustainability, the Square Feet Studio team of eight works in harmony at their BeltLine-adjacent, LEED Gold-certified office, which is furnished with Herman Miller chairs, salvaged steel desks and a Skylar Morgan table tailor-made for their “meetings of the mind,” Vivian says. The couple has also carved out communal pinup areas, project stations and a “room within a room,” so the principals can power through ideas while sipping on coffee. 150

Square Feet Studio projects are renowned for weaving storylines visitors can connect with, whether the firm is enhancing a building’s historical blueprint or crafting fresh character for first-generation spaces—this much is evident in their award-winning projects (accolades from AIA, IIDA and ADAC keep stacking up) as well as their showroom designs for industry veterans like Ryan Hughes and Jared Paul. All told, these two “divide-and-conquer” types live by one sage piece of advice: Always have a sense of humor. Success, they recognize, is more than just spending time together; it’s also paying attention. “Working together is not unlike the mechanics of marriage,” says John. “You need to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, make collective decisions, have each other’s back, but tell your partner if you think they’re wrong, too. And, always trust your gut.”

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Nancy Duffey & Ryan Duffey

J. RYAN DUFFEY ARCHITECT, INC. + SCOUT FOR THE HOME INTERIORS

ATLANTA NATIVE NANCY DUFFEY MAY COME from an enviable design lineage (her grandmother is acclaimed designer Carolyn Malone), but she’s never been one to rest on her laurels. After earning an art history degree from Ole Miss, the designer cut her teeth with Dan Carithers, Susan Bozeman and Summerour & Associates, where she landed in 2006. It was there that she met her future husband, Ryan Duffey, a bright West Texas native with an architecture degree from Notre Dame. “Our first project together was in Savannah,” Ryan recounts. “After a great dinner out, I let it slip that I had feelings for her. Initially, I don’t think it changed anything, but I had planted a seed!” That seed blossomed, and the couple wed in 2009. Shortly thereafter, the pair teamed up to open Nancy’s East Andrews retail boutique, Scout for the Home, while Ryan opened his practice, J. Ryan Duffey Architect, in 2011. At first, collaborations were sporadic, but as Nancy’s focus shifted to interiors in 2014, they traded the store for a joint office space—where their two dogs and daughter can also play—allowing them more team-up time than ever. To wit, the duo has completed renovations in Brookhaven and Druid Hills. “When we are collaborating on a project, our best ideas come when our minds are at ease: on the porch, a neighborhood walk with the dogs or cooking dinner,” Ryan says. And their talents shine separately, too; Nancy is pairing up on projects with a few other local architects, though she remains her husband’s biggest fan. Ryan’s sound reputation reflects his dedication both in the studio and in the field. With second homes in the works at Serenbe, Seagrove Beach and Lake Burton, his designs are also bringing dreams to fruition for a lucky few—including the Duffey’s growing family. 151

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Michelle Martin & Greg Martin

KOLO COLLECTION + ATLANTA MADE

MICHELLE AND GREG MARTIN MET ON A BLIND DATE in 2000, then married a little over a year later, barefoot on a beach in St. Lucia. Just two years after their union, they debuted Kolo Collection, the Westside outdoor furniture store that has commanded countless fans—designers and consumers alike—in the 12 years since. This sweeping success is partly due to their combined pedigree: Greg’s grandparents had owned the only furniture store in his hometown of Ellis, Kansas, so he learned the ropes well before trying his hand at law and music management—and boomeranging back to his true passion. Michelle has spent her entire career in the design trade, beginning her journey at the Atlanta Decorative Arts center in 1988. While Michelle is a problem solver, Greg is the idea generator, always asking, “What is the next big thing?” He commands the business arm of the company while Michelle masters sales. And thanks to their neighborly approach, they’ve established an atmosphere that’s inviting and upbeat. Customers come to peruse top-of-the-line inventory by Brown Jordan, DEDON, Royal Botania, Fermob, Manutti, Walters Wicker, Loll Designs, Jensen Leisure and Mamagreen. So when Michelle decided to parlay their following into an adjacent new concept, Atlanta MADE, in 2013, Greg was nothing short of supportive. Her dream of corralling the best local talent quickly amassed a huge fan base, garnering numerous media accolades. Currently splitting duties for two stores, the partners overlap less these days, but always remain in sync. “We sell what we love and believe in,” Michelle says. Case in point: Kolo’s latest venture, the Grill Zone, which opened in July, and a new e-commerce site certain to catapult it to even more stratospheric success.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER LAURIEL LEONARD and former medical account rep Craig Smith first crossed paths 20 years ago, when Craig spotted Lauriel across a furniture showroom. Lauriel’s best friend and the store’s owner, Tim Hobby, played matchmaker, setting up the pair on a blind date that turned out to be “the best I ever had,” she recalls. After marrying two years later, they launched Dex Industries in 2000—the culmination of a creative spark from Craig, who conjectured that concrete countertops would be a chic addition to their new kitchen. He mixed the first batch in the garage, and after designers like Michael Habachy praised the results, the rest of the design world followed. In the years since, the couple has collaborated with bluechip brands such as Ann Sacks, Clodagh and the Rockwell Group, while Dex Industries has mushroomed to 20 employees. Everything from seashells to soda bottles show up in their artful, often recycled terrazzo materials. Beyond countertops, their commissions include furnishings, tiles, sinks, even exterior ductal cladding for a Louis Vuitton boutique. Though they’ve contributed to The Setai Miami Beach and The Regent Palms in Turks and Caicos, they keep busy close to home, too, from their 100-year-old, 65,000-square-foot industrial headquarters made of—what else?—concrete. Their advice to married moguls: “It either works or it doesn’t. The good news is you find out quickly if it doesn’t,” Lauriel says with a laugh.

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RANDY AND COURTNEY TILINSKI MET THROUGH mutual friends in 1992, then found their paths continually crossing. “I had a crush on Courtney from the first day I met her, but was extremely shy,” Randy confesses. “We finally got there, though. The first time she went to New York, I gave her a list of places to go.” The devoted couple wed in 1996, and nurtured big dreams of going into business together. Though Courtney began her career in fashion, the pair first teamed up at the now-defunct Virginia-Highland shop Maddix Deluxe, where she served as CEO and buyer, and Randy as chief financial officer. With the help of the store’s original owner, current Jamestown Properties COO Michael Phillips, they boldly opened Bungalow Classic on the Westside in 2000, around the time Bacchanalia was first making its mark. “We traveled to New York, L.A., San Francisco and Paris … and we saw these glimmers of ideas we wanted to replicate in a more affordable city,” says Randy. “We knew no one could do it as expansively as we could in Atlanta.” To this day, their light-filled, 154

bi-level showroom on Howell Mill Road feels just as collected, worldly and interesting as ever. “I can be a bit more formal and classic, while Randy can lean a bit more primitive or modern,” Courtney explains of the aesthetic they brilliantly layer together. “We’ve learned to give and take in that sense, to create something that can coexist,” adds Randy, who typically handles finances and tackles the “big picture” of the showroom design. “He sets up the foundational sofas and chairs, and I come back in to do the pillows and lamps,” Courtney says. That lighting includes Suzanne Kasler, Aerin Lauder, Mr. Brown, Made Goods and Simon Pearce. This month, the couple will introduce eight patterns in six colorways of exclusive Clay McLaurin textiles and toss pillows. And while their boutique of Verellen linen furniture remains a point of pride, they just welcomed a half-dozen additions to their own line of upholstery. “Designers love it because it can be customized,” says Randy. “I think everyone enjoys the fact that they can have something special.”

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Life … According to Marcia

OUR SENIOR CONTRIBUTING EDITOR REVEALS WHAT’S ON HER RADAR THIS MONTH

I’m over the moon for … My new Pucci Caftan from Neimans for my last few minutes at the beach. Can someone call Capri and get me a free ticket?

I have a hankering for … Crème brulée French toast with bourbon macerated strawberries from One Eared Stag. I have only recently recovered from my post-divorce, moneysaving French toast and pancake dinners. While I swore then that another Aunt Jemima bottle might send me to a psych ward, time heals all (food wounds included) and this is worth living for.

Don’t walk, but run … To the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see the giant topiary sculptures at “Imaginary Worlds: New Kingdom of Plant Giants,” complete with gorillas and orangutans and frogs, before it closes next month. If they leave me there alone, I may Edward Scissorhands up an Anabelle handbag topiary.

I’m currently obsessing over …

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I have to have … A French gilt mirror with hardcore bling like a bunch of swags and putti from Jacqueline Adams Antiques. I might, just might, be able to stand the wrinkles on my face if I can view them in a trumeau and some low-wattage bulbs. (Okay, candles might be better.)

ILLUSTRATION BY JACQUELINE BISSETT

clockwise from left Imaginary Worlds at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Marcia Sherrill Home Collection Koi pillow, $129, at Joss & Main. 18th-century French gilded Louis XVI mirror, circa 1780, from Jacqueline Adams Antiques. Printed chiffon caftan coverup, Emilio Pucci, $1,590, at Neiman Marcus. French toast from One Eared Stag.

Joss & Main, for their flash-sale chic furniture. My all-time fave is the Anastasia chaise—perfect for a fainting couch (and with my daughter, Anabelle starting at Tulane this fall, I have a whole lot of fainting in my future). It also doesn’t hurt that jossandmain.co.uk will carry the Marcia Sherrill Home Collection’s Koi pillow. Brits dig that fish!

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