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JANUARY 2014

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ISSUE NO. 304 | VOLUME 33, NO. 1

CLASSIC & CURRENT Interior designer Courtney Giles awakens a historic Ansley Park Home with her signature blend of color, print and shine THE RECIPE CLUB Marie Nygren and Father Austin Ford—both local legends in their own right—break bread, share laugther and spend an afternoon fi lled with hearty storytelling at the Nygren’s idyllic Serenbe abode 25 YEARS OF THE CITY’S BEST KITCHENS In honor of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ 25th annual Kitchen of the Year contest, we select our favorite designs that will stand the test of time

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2014 KITCHEN OF THE YEAR WINNERS Four diverse kitchens prove that a pared-down approach prevails NEWS The latest buzz from the local kitchen and bath scene KITCHEN DESIGN GUIDE Eight must-see local showrooms to visit before beginning your next kitchen renovation DESIGNER PICKS Interior designers, kitchen designers and architects dish on what’s trending in 2014

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TR AVEL Enjoy St. Barth in the seclusion of a stylish private villa CALENDAR Evocative art exhibitions around town NAOMI Our dilettante-in-chief ’s musings on Southern sensibilities FOOD Dispatches from the local culinary scene ETC. Marcia waxes poetic on kitchen renovations

IN EVERY ISSUE Editor’s Letter 6 Resources, Ad Index & Web Links 79

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New Year, New Perspective Whether your New Year’s resolutions are as ambitious as starting your own business, or as modest as renewing interest in a forgotten passion, there’s something refreshing about starting each January with purposeful goals and a clean slate. I, for one, resolve to be more deliberate with how I spend (or, more accurately, divide) my time. Here’s how other members of the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles staff plan to approach 2014: “To sip good Champagne—without the need for a special occassion.” –GINA CHRISTMAN, Publisher “I’d love to take at least an hour a day for myself—sans iPhone, iPad and laptop in favor of getting lost in a good book.” –SEJAL BHIMA, Associate Editor “I will water my flower pots regularly. They’ve been looking really sad this year.” –ELIZABETH ANDERSON, Art Director “In a year’s time, it’s easy to accumulate things, especially when you’re the sentimental type like myself. I’m kicking off 2014 by simplifying and de-cluttering. After all, they say less is more.” –LINDSEY WOHLFROM, Marketing/Digital Advertising Coordinator

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From a midcentury-modern home to the most traditional Buckhead abodes, this year’s contest winners prove that regardless of the home’s style, the most effective kitchen renovations reveal a pared-down approach, open layout and seamless visual flow to adjoining rooms. 11

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“The house was absolutely untouched when we began working on it. It was like finding an old car in a garage. It was such a neat place.” –Frank Neely 12

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Back to the Future

A classic midcentury residence receives a faithful renovation complete with today’s conveniences Written by Kate Abney

Styled by Ginny Branch

Photographed by David Christensen

This Buckhead gem was the work of noted midcentury architect Andrew Steiner, and it remained unspoiled by renovations in the decades before it was acquired by this creative family of five. Architect Frank Neely took great pains with its redesign, improving flow and functionality while carefully preserving Steiner’s masterful precedent. That included revamping the dated kitchen and public spaces at the heart of the home, an area he transformed by eliminating walls to create an open cooking and entertaining space. Along the perimeter, an expanse of cabinetry is topped by sliding stained-oak windows that overlook a lush front yard; a deceptively simple vent hood all but disappears against the picturesque views. Here, Neely also installed a four-inch step to set off the custom Lacanche range and coordinate with a Caesarstone island of the same width. Tailor-made with a waterfall edge, it takes on the appearance of a Parsons table floating mid-room. In the ceiling above, Neely’s telltale shadow lines are placed on the same axis as the appliance-concealing cabinetry, helping to delineate the adjoining rooms while maintaining visual flow—an effect that milk-washed oak floors selected by interior designer Amy D. Morris enhance beautifully. “We originally wanted light cabinets and dark floors but Amy inverted it, and I think it was a brilliant call,” says Neely. Beyond Morris’s choices for colors, textures and furnishings, her pick for pendants really made the space, explains Neely. “Even with all we did in this kitchen, when you walk in the room and see those light fi xtures, they absolutely knock it out of the park,” he says. “In a contemporary kitchen, God is in the details. And here, every detail counts.”

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Resources CABINETRY Ashworth Cottage Kitchens RANGE Lacanche VENT HOOD Custom fabricated by Handcrafted Metal Inc. FAUCET Dornbracht through Ferguson Enterprises COUNTERTOPS Caesarstone through Stone Solutions of Atlanta LIGHTING Haute Living DISHWASHER Miele through Guy T. Gunter & Associates SINK Blanco through Ferguson Enterprises REFRIGERATORS Sub-Zero through Carpets of Dalton COUNTER STOOLS Arborline through J. Persing FLOORS Wyatt Childs WINDOWS Custom fabricated by Century Woodwork Inc. HARDWARE Restoration Hardware ISLAND FAUCET Rohl, PDI Plumbing CLEANUP SINK FAUCET Kohler, PDI Plumbing

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STYLE 25TH ANNUAL Kitchen Contest

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20th-Century Chic

With references to late-Victorian stylings, this tailored kitchen combines varied architectural influences for a room that’s both sophisticated and restrained Written by Kate Abney

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This newly constructed home for a family of five in Brookhaven was designed by Frank G. Neely Design Associates to have the historic hallmarks of early 19th-century architecture—but with a fully equipped kitchen that blew turn-of-the-century precedents out of the water. Its layout is ideal for a wide range of activities, whether the kids are grabbing a juice box or completing schoolwork at the countertop, someone is preparing dinner or the entire family is turning it over to a caterer for at-home entertaining. A built-in fi replace is raised to direct heat to the island and barstools so that the owners can sip their morning coffee while enjoying a warm fi re. The color of its granite hearth picks up the gray veining of the chic Carrara marble spanning the perimeter countertops, while painted wood throughout the room establishes a monochromatic effect. That same wood was applied to the backsplash of the charming LaCornue CornuFe 110 range, located beneath a meticulously crafted vent hood complete with custom spice racks. Above, the intricate structure of the ceiling includes rustic wood beams made of wormy chestnut that create striking architectural shadow lines. Noticeably, cabinetry was installed on a lower scale line for a look that’s a little cozier and less grand. “I’m still a huge fan of taking the cabinets to the ceiling, but in this kitchen that shadow space softens the room,” Neely explains. “The cabinet doors and drawers are also not ornate. A very simple, almost Quaker-style panel keeps the look understated.” Wide-plank, quarter-sawn oak floors and chained-and-weighted windows with laminated glass add timeless character to the room, while herringbone wood island countertops and custom pendants selected by interior designer Wendy Meredith lend a softly tailored fi nish to the classic kitchen.

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In Perfect Balance

A streamlined kitchen for an established businessman finds harmony in sleek surfaces, warm textures and convivial features Written by Kate Abney

Styled by Ginny Branch

Photographed by David Christensen

Located in a traditional Buckhead neighborhood, this kitchen represents a solid collaboration between D. Stanley Dixon Architect and Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio. During measures to refresh a 1926 house with contemporary updates, Dixon combined three existing rooms to create a sound architectural shell for the kitchen that was bound by an expansive grid of steel windows looking out onto the backyard. The homeowner, a retired family man, had waited 20 years to remodel, and desired a “more open flow for entertaining and a modern space that was flooded with light,” says Design Galleria’s Mary Kathryn Timoney, who served as principal designer on the project. Taking her lead, Design Galleria fabricated an immaculately proportioned bank of seamless, exotic-looking Manzana cabinetry on the walls opposite the windows, where integrated, top-of-the-line appliances flank a pass-through to the home’s private quarters. On a hallway leading to the deck, a shallow stretch of touch-latch pantry cabinets stows the gentleman’s entertaining essentials. One of this room’s shining features is its unique countertop design: An astutely engineered, cantilevered stainless steel peninsula hovers above a Calacatta marble-topped storage island on casters, which can be rolled under the cantilevered counter to free up space or relegated to an opposite wall as a makeshift bar. The clean, linear effect of the room is tempered by the curving, cylindrical shapes of the Futuro vent hood and slim stainless steel pendants. Warm woods and cognac leather stools ramp up the room’s masculine yet balanced aesthetic, while—like a favorite pair of cuffl inks—a perfectly scaled Danze faucet serves as the room’s fi nal shining statement piece.

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STYLE 25TH ANNUAL Kitchen Contest

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Masculine Marvel

A sleek and sexy kitchen delivers style and substance with a contemporary scheme of gray, black and stainless steel Written by Kate Abney

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Photographed by David Christensen

For an accomplished international businessman making his own domain out of a Buckhead estate, the team at Poggenpohl completely overhauled a formerly out-of-date, cramped kitchen replete with unsightly details. The renovated results could not be more different. “He was one of those dream clients,” says designer John Coulter. “He just gave us an idea of what colors and appliances he wanted and said, ‘Now you do the rest.’ ” With the homeowner’s only directive being a dark, streamlined look, Coulter created a moody, masculine scheme using pro stainless steel appliances and dark-toned matte “Titan Gray” cabinetry with an aluminum edge. It integrates such features as a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer combo, pull-out pantry and Miele dishwasher. The hardware boasts slim lines, inset brushed aluminum and, for a bit of contrast, the upper cabinetry is composed of etched mirrored glass with soft-close engineering. It’s the perfect complement to perhaps the most impressive range on the market—Wolf. The island includes full-depth hidden cabinetry concealed behind touch-latch doors, providing ample storage without crowding the homeowner’s favorite spot for morning coffee. The home’s interior designer, Shawn Alshut of Studio A2, chose the contemporary wallcoverings and rich black floors, which lend a decidedly handsome effect to the hard-lined room while also blending seamlessly with the surrounding interiors—which are enclosed in a traditional facade that conforms to the neighborhood standard. “This kitchen is an example of Poggenpohl doing more and more work with our product in traditional homes,” says architectural sales manager Alison Weidner. “Modern kitchens are becoming much more common. They are a great way to maintain the exterior of a house in a very traditional Atlanta, while still perking up the inside.”

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About our Judges LISA BROOKS has been designing kitchens and baths for 13 years. Working in both showrooms and as an independent designer, she works directly with many different cabinet manufacturers and suppliers. Through this experience, Brooks understands the kitchen business from every angle. She is the recipient of multiple industry awards and several of her projects have been published. She has also served on the board of the Atlanta NKBA chapter and is a member of ASID and Universal Design Alliance.

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BRITTANY GARDNER is a North Carolina native with seven years of professional experience in multiple segments of the remodeling and new construction industry. She is an interior designer with advance training in kitchens and baths. Gardner is the lead designer for Timberlake Cabinetry, a division of American Woodmark Corporation that caters to top national and regional new homebuilders. She enjoys the fast-paced environment and the attention to detail required to service custom and high-volume homebuilders. As a result of her continued education, volunteer leadership services and mentoring of new designers, Gardner was recently named one of the NKBA’s top 30 kitchen and bath professionals under the age of 30.

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WILLIAM B. LITCHFIELD began his career in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia in the office of David H. Hicks, Architect. In 1994, he decided to focus on his passion for classical residential architecture and period detailing by joining the fi rm of Norman Davenport Askins, Architect. In 2005, Litchfield founded his own residential practice, William B. Litchfield Residential Designs, Inc. His namesake fi rm believes in the purity of different architectural styles and appropriate materials. It specializes in new custom period homes as well as renovations to existing residences. The fi rm tailors each design to meet the tastes and needs of the clients, with sensitivity to the site conditions and to the existing or desired architectural style.

LIZ WILLIAMS, an Atlanta native, is a graduate of the College of Charleston and holds a BFA in interior design from Georgia State University. After working for Carter Kay Interiors for five years, Williams started her own design fi rm in 1998. She has been published in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottage Style, Décor, Decorating Magazine, Window and Wall, Bedroom and Bath, Baby Décor and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Her work can be seen in Atlanta, St. Simons Island, Lake Oconee and Amelia Island as well as Highlands and Raleigh, North Carolina, and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

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By way of California, FIXTURES LIVING is opening a Buckhead outpost directly across from Phipps Plaza in the coming months. The 27,000 square-foot showroom will be the first Atlanta location for the home appliance and plumbing retailer. thepirch.com Westside welcomes MARMOLUNA TILE & MARBLE GALLERY, a new tile showroom featuring more than 60 varieties of natural stone from all over the world. 1611 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., Atlanta 30318. (404) 565-0265; marmoluna.com

HOLLAND CLOSETS has opened on the fifth floor of the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Holland Closets features Jay Rambo Cabinets and Hunter Douglas blinds and shades. 351 Peachtree Hills Ave., Atlanta 30305. (678) 566-3595; hollandinteriors.com Marietta’s newly opened KITCHEN DESIGN KORNER highlights the latest designs from Cabico Cabinets. 4235 Merchants Walk Dr., Marietta 30068. (770) 321-8669 As of the first of this month, all Atlanta FERGUSON DESIGN locations are selling American Standard plumbing products. ferguson.com for locations This spring, RESTORATION HARDWARE will be opening its second Georgia location in the former ESPN Zone space on Peachtree Street. restorationhardware.com

NOLAND COMPANY unveils its newly renovated showroom this month. The plumbing facility features American Standard, Toto, Grohe and numerous other quality brands. 4084 Presidential Pkwy., Atlanta 30340. (770) 458-2111; noland.com

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Whether you’ve signed the dotted line with a kitchen designer, or are on the hunt for the best places to select countertops, cabinetry, tile, or more, these Atlanta-area kitchen showrooms are home to some of the best new things in kitchen design. What’s hot in 2014? Warm walnuts, polished fixture finishes, stone surfaces chiseled in geometric patterns and the latest in LED lighting. Create your dream kitchen today. Go! 38

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1 DESIGN GALLERIA KITCHEN AND BATH STUDIO Look for Design Galleria’s showroom remodel to be completed this month, with two current kitchen vignettes being replaced, full cabinetry and appliance makeovers and a number of new products and lines. Also of note: Sub-Zero and Wolf New Generation Collection with a focus on integration, lime-washed finishes, quartzite countertops, new styles of LED lighting, and metal finishes, including antique gold, laser jet mosaic backsplashes and the new Design Galleria Closet Cabinetry Collection. 351 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 234, Atlanta 30305. (404) 261-0111; designgalleria.net

2 SWITCHMODERN With SwitchModern's move from Howell Mill to 14th Street comes a new 25,000-squarefoot showroom that dramatically expands the showroom’s Poliform display. Look for three full kitchens showcasing steel and stone, lacquer and glass, and Corian and wood in a variety of ways. Owners Roy Otwell and Doug Henderson say one big trend to watch for includes recessed handles that create smoother surfaces. Walnut, spessart oak (with honey-colored graining) and other woods add a richness and warmth. Look for burners seamlessly blending into the countertops, which is new in the U.S. for Poliform. 670 14th St., Atlanta 30318. (404) 605-0196; switchmodern.com

3 FERGUSON ENTERPRISES BATH & KITCHEN GALLERY Finishes are moving away from oil-rubbed and venetian bronze and even brushed nickel, says Ferguson’s showroom showroom manager Blane Case. Instead, 2014 will see more polished finishes for faucets, such as polished chrome or polished nickel, and touch or sensor faucets. White cabinets and tiles are joining stainless steel appliances in creating a cohesive, clean look. 764 Miami Circle, Suite 126, Atlanta 30324. (404) 4959919; ferguson.com

4 POGGENPOHL ATLANTA In 2013, Poggenpohl Atlanta completed its showroom renovation with all new displays designed by showroom manager and lead designer John Coulter. This year, look for the latest +Artesio kitchen line featuring glass cabinet fronts and LED lighting. The work of three of Atlanta’s interior designers—Bill Musso, Kerry Howard and Michel Boyd—is on display in the “Prop My Poggenpohl Showroom” program. Terminus 100, 3280 Peachtree Rd N.E., Suite 125, Atlanta 30305. (404) 816-7275; poggenpohl.com

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STYLE (trends) 5 SPECIALTY TILE PRODUCTS No longer relegated to only children’s bathrooms, color is emerging in mainstream tile use. And at Specialty Tile, you’ll find U-Color available in four field tile colors and 60 deco colors that can be mixed and matched to create rug-like effects. Also of note: Terracotta flooring (Viva Acustico’s line) has a contemporary twist with larger formats, straight edges and a concrete look blended in. Wood tiles features bolder patterns and longer shapes (48-inch length is the new normal) from Provenza In-Essence, Colli WOW and 14 Ora Italiana’s uonuon. Ovals, hexagons and abstract water-jet shapes also add flair to these contemporary designs. 1275-D Oakbrook Dr., Norcross 30093; (770) 246-9224; specialtytile.com

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6 CANTONI Marble seems to be having its moment, with the look of natural marble and exotic stones becoming more prominent in modern kitchens, says Scott Bonds, Cantoni’s kitchen design director. Look for more bold color and texture as well as matte lacquer in contrast to high-gloss lacquers. The Menu Collection, designed by Paola Navone for Bontempi Cucine, is available in Acacia (a textured dark wood with caramel hues). The Mood Collection, designed by Lino Codato for Bontempi Cucine, also has new lacquers and wood finishes. The Materia Collection, designed by Marco Brogiotti for Bontempi Cucine, displays the Smart finish, which mimics brushed pine. 1011 Monroe Dr. N.E., Atlanta 30306. (404) 881-8111; cantoni.com

7 PORCELANOSA A new generation of solid surface Krion countertops at Porcelanosa is helping to create a more seamless aesthetic in kitchens, says Juan Pablo Bejarano, Atlanta sales manager at Porcelanosa. Krion–a non-porous uniform material–is warm to the touch and similar in feel to stone. Made of two-thirds natural minerals and one-third organic material, Krion can be cut into sheets and manufactured in a way to create curved pieces. With no need for joints, the result is one seamless, smooth surface. 349 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite B2, Atlanta 30305. ( 404) 973-0640; porcelanosa-usa.com

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8 WALKER ZANGER Homeowners debating the merits of various stone countertop options, take comfort: Using stone and marble tiles together to create a new twist on a modern look will be hot in 2014. Walker Zanger’s new Shift collection combines multiple textures of stone in various geometric shapes. The stone surfaces are chiseled, scrapped and hammered, and shift from one texture to another. 791 Miami Circle, Atlanta 30324; (404) 365-9991; walkerzanger.com 40

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What’s trending now in kitchen design? Interior designers, architects and kitchen designers share tips for homeowners embarking on renovations in 2014.

By Lori Johnston

THE SHEER NUMBER OF POSSIBILITIES might seem overwhelming to a homeowner looking to redesign the kitchen, and delving into the details can prove challenging for even the most opinionated homeowners. So, where to begin? Hire an architect, says interior designer Carter Kay. “Very small changes, which an architect or a kitchen designer can point out, can make all the difference in the world.” Beyond securing the right team, consider not just form and function, but also personality. “My clients want fresh, clean kitchens that have soul and style but with all of the new bells and whistles,” says Bill Litchfield of William B. Litchfield Residential Designs. “There is nothing worse than walking into a good period house that has a factory-built kitchen with no personality.”

FURNITURELIKE FEEL “Find a great refrigerator, such as a full overlay Sub-Zero that looks like a killer piece of furniture or an old pantry cabinet or a glass-front refrigerator,” Litchfield says.

OPEN IT UP “Open shelves add to the streamlined look because they demand a certain amount of organization,” says Kay.

KEEP IT COMPACT “Increasing the size of the mudroom or pantry allows the primary kitchen to be a little smaller so you don’t feel like you get lost in it,” says Warner Warner McConaughey, founder and owner of HammerSmith. “Make the kitchen a sophisticated, integrated part of the house.”

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“Quartz composite countertops, painted cabinets (as opposed to stained wood) and larger-format backsplash tile” are big this year, say Mark Williams and Niki Papadopoulos of Mark Williams Design Associates.

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POSTCARD PERFECTION ONLY A HANDFUL of resort destinations in the world conjure thoughts as magical as St. Barth. Europe has St. Tropez, Ibiza and the Greek Isles, but closer to the United States, the tiny island of St. Barth offers majestic mountain scenery, beautiful beaches and the allure of a hidden retreat—all on one island with the added charm of a French accent. Whether you’re looking for a romantic cottage for two or a contemporary enclave for you and 20 of your closest friends, St. Barth is one of the few—if not the only—islands in the Caribbean that can offer such an array of private accommodations. When the island eschewed large hotel and resort development in the 1960s and 70s, private rentals became the de facto way to stay on the island (aside from a handful of small boutique hotels). And for almost 40 years, Sibarth Villa Rentals has offered entrée to not only the best private homes on the island, but also an assortment of personalized concierge services. Before you even arrive on-site, the Sibarth team will assist you in successfully fi nding the perfect abode. (They boast more than 44

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Clockwise, from top right Many of Sibarth’s rental properties boast open-air living and dining spaces. A lush view of Gustavia, St. Barth’s capital city. Luxury amenities in Villa La Petite Sereine include high-definition televisions that disappear into custom cabinets when not in use. The entrance to Villa SCL features a pathway of royal palms that gives way to a sleek six-bedroom home. Villa La Plantation’s back patio features stunning mountain and ocean views. opposite, top to bottom The terrace of Villa SAJ leads guests to the pristine sands of Lorient Beach. Past the picturesque sand dunes of Saline Beach lies St. Barth’s the most unspoiled stretch of sand and sea.

GETTING THERE Tradewind Aviation offers premium scheduled service (scheduled airline service with the comfort and convenience of private charter) to St. Barth from San Juan, Puerto Rico, which is easily accessible via Delta Airlines. Tradewind also offers flights to St. Barth from St. Thomas and Antigua. Complimentary refreshments, snacks, wine and beer are served onboard. Private charters are also

200 villas from which to choose and know the ins and outs of every single property.) Want satellite TV? Sibarth will handle it. Need to know the brands of the appliances in your villa’s kitchen? They can give you that information, too. Once on the island, the arrivals team will greet you at the airport and get you settled. Their concierge services are seemingly limitless—from the basics (like snagging dinner reservations at the much-lauded Eddy’s and Maya’s) to coordinating private fitness sessions or chartering boat excursions. The Sibarth team, headed by Ashley Lacour and Kristina Popova, is helpful in making the island feel like your personal paradise, however long you are staying. Tell them what you are looking for in a beach, and they will direct you to one of the island’s more than 20. They fully understand the idiosyncrasies of each—from the best one for surfi ng to where to go just for sunning. Looking to shop? Hermès, Christian Liaigre and Louis Vuitton all have storefronts there, and independent boutiques are plentiful in Gustavia, the island’s main town. St. Barth may be small, but it’s big on style. sibarth.com

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LIFE

▼ ANNE IRWIN FINE ART’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SHOW, “AN ARTISTIC LEGACY,” FEATURES WORKS BY DAN, DANNY AND JOHN MCCAW, THREE WELLRESPECTED CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACT PAINTERS. 690 MIAMI CIRCLE, SUITE 150, ATLANTA 30324. (404) 467-1200; ANNEIRWINFINEART.COM

▲ BILL LOWE GALLERY PRESENTS THE WORKS OF MORE THAN 10 ARTISTS WHO ARE STUDENTS OF MICHAEL DAVID’S FINE ARTS ATELIER. BARBARA BRENNER’S ENCAUSTIC WORK, “THE SEA,” IS PICTURED. 1555 PEACHTREE ST. NE, SUITE 100, ATLANTA 30309. (404) 352-8114; LOWEGALLERY.COM.

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▲ THE SECOND AND FINAL INSTALLMENT OF MARCIA WOOD GALLERY’S “ABSTRACTION” EXHIBIT SHOWCASES SMALL TO MID-SCALE PAINTINGS BY ARTISTS MAKING THEIR GALLERY DEBUT, INCLUDING LORI OTT’S COLORFUL COMPOSITIONS, PICTURED. THROUGH 1/18. 263 WALKER ST., ATLANTA 30313. (404) 827-0030; MARCIAWOODGALLERY.COM

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 CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF ARTS ADVOCATE LUCINDA W. BUNNEN, THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART DEVOTES AN INSTALLATION TO PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE BUNNEN COLLECTION. PICTURED IS CLARENCE JOHN LAUGHLIN’S “THE IMPROBABLE DOME.” THROUGH 2/2. 1280 PEACHTREE ST., ATLANTA 30309. (404) 733-4400; HIGH.ORG

▲ THE 15TH ANNUAL ART PAPERS ART AUCTION BRINGS ARTISTS AND ART ENTHUSIASTS TOGETHER TO WINE, DINE AND BUILD UPON THEIR COLLECTIONS. PROCEEDS BENEFIT ART PAPERS AND ITS PROGRAMS. 1/31, COLLECTOR’S PREVIEW, $190.; 2/1 SILENT AUCTION + PARTY, $45 ADVANCE, $55 AT DOOR. ARTPAPERS.ORG/AUCTION

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Naomi von Habersham AM I THE ONLY ONE who thinks that New Year’s resolutions are doomed to failure? I have yet to read Proust (a resolution from 1990), learn to cook Thai food (2002), take Zumba classes (2011) or marry a British aristocrat (my resolution from back in 1967!). I’m getting mighty depressed thinking about my inability to succeed at my resolutions (especially the one about the British aristocrat), so rather than make yet another list of goals that may never get accomplished, I have decided to try something new— and a little more positive—this year. In lieu of New Year’s resolutions, I have devised a short list of things for which I am grateful. First, I am thankful to live in a city that takes its decorating very seriously. Atlanta has ADAC, AmericasMart, topnotch interior designers and great shopping. In fact, I would argue that Atlanta is one of the top-tier design cities in the country. Wouldn’t you agree? However, I sure wish that someone would open a bookstore in the spirit of the old Oxford Books. I used to spend hours there looking at design books and magazines. Something else for which I am grateful is the purchase of and subsequent move of the Randolph-Lucas house, which was saved from the wrecking ball late last year by two Good Samaritans. Formerly located on Peachtree Road but now fi rmly ensconced in the city’s Ansley Park neighborhood, the house has a secure future ahead of it. I only wish that other historic houses would receive the same treatment. I guess I’ll just never understand why people feel the need to erase our city’s past. And fi nally, I thank the heavens above that Atlanta still retains some of its Southern charm. Strangers greeting each other with a friendly “hello,” respect for our elders, handwritten letters, fried chicken, collard greens, pimento cheese, the importance of home, storytelling, family traditions, a well-set table and grace under pressure are, more or less, alive and well here. Time may march on, but at least we haven’t completely lost our Southern sensibilities.

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NOW OPEN >> ZEAL has joined the ranks of the East Cobb

dining scene with a warm, approachable vibe complete with outdoor shuffleboard and a fireplace. Designed to share, the seasonally inspired menu items focus on tasty flatbreads, hearty salads and fresh twists on traditional meat entrées. The new restaurant also stocks an extensive list of locally sourced craft beers as well as wines and cocktails. (770) 5790095; zealrestaurant.com

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Popular cupcake purveyor SPRINKLES has arrived at Lenox Square. Located near the revamped first-floor entrance, patrons can sink their sweet tooths into seasonal flavors such as cinnamon sugar and vanilla milk chocolate, plus regular favorites such as coconut and red velvet. Order at the counter or take advantage of the adjacent 24-hour cupcake vending machine. sprinkles.com

>> Serving a mouthwatering mash-up of Italian and French flavors, FOUNDATION SOCIAL EATERY is making its mark on Roswell. Own-

ers Sandy and Mel Toledo aim to showcase the simplicity of ingredients such as house-made gnocchi and sausage, poached eggs, braised chanterelles and bacon. The ai3-designed space features high-top seating near the kitchen to give patrons a prime view of the chefs in action. foundationatl.com >> Last fall saw the opening of Giovanni Di Palma’s Caffe Gio, a lunchtime eatery located

behind Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano and adjacent to Antico Pizza, a conglomerate Di Palma has playfully dubbed the Westside Italian Quartiere. Now the charismatic chef has added an open-air LIMONCELLO BAR to the mix, where patrons can enjoy a range of unique flavors such as orange, fig and basil made with imported Italian lemons, plus other traditional libations such as bellinis and prosecco. (404) 347-3874 or gioschicken.com

Local mixologists share their favorite libations to ring in the New Year

“A Shine On shot is a great way to welcome 2014. It incorporates Reposado Tequila, Amaretto, ginger and fresh lime. The unique component of this shot is that you utilize the actual lime as the vessel for the final ingredient—Lemon Hart 151-proof rum. Pour the Lemon Hart into the empty lime, and light it on fire. Allow the rum to burn for a moment before extinguishing. Drop the whole lime into your glass and bring in the New Year with this spicy, delicious treat.” –Brian Boykin, Drinkshop

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“This year, I’ll be toasting the New Year with a cocktail appropriately called The Clean Slate. It starts with tangy tangerine shrub that we make in-house from tangerines and apple cider vinegar. We then add Rittenhouse 100-proof rye whiskey, a small amount of Lillet Blanc, and a squeeze of lemon topped with local Terrapin Rye Ale and finished off with orange bitters. The result is a tart, savory concoction that is the perfect way to kick off 2014.” –Bojan Popovic, Cook Hall

“My favorite cocktail to ring in the new year would be the Seelbach. This classic came about at its namesake hotel in Louisville, Kentucky in 1917. As the story goes, a waiter was carrying a tray of Old Fashioned's and Champagne which accidently spilled, causing both drinks to collide. The Seelbach cocktail has all of my favorite things—bourbon, angostura and peychauds bitters, Cointreau and Champagne. It just feels right toasting the new year with something bubbly!” –Arianne Fielder, Article 14

▲ A menu refresh at Richard Blais’s FLIP hamburger boutique introduces four new burger options—Bigger, Farmer, Fauxlafel and Raw Tuna Tartare. New savory accompaniments include crispy Brussels sprouts, seasonal soups and salads. These items, along with select fan favorites from over the years, will grace the menu through April. flipburgerboutique.com for locations. New American restaurant UNION HILL is now open for dinner service. The Chamblee hotspot that is helping to revitalize the city’s culinary landscape continues to take its menu cues from chefowner Alexis Hernandez’s vast travels. Don’t miss the Cuban Blue Plate Special of fragrant cumin-scented black beans, parsley rice and citrus pork, or the fresh Thai Noodle Salad with peanuts, cabbage Siracha and soy. (770) 458-6252; facebook. com/unionhillkitchen

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Classic&Current INTERIOR DESIGNER COURTNEY GILES AWAKENS A HISTORIC ANSLEY PARK HOME WITH HER SIGNATURE BLEND OF COLOR, PRINT AND SHINE

Written by Alison Miller Photographed by Emily Followill

Bathed in natural light and neutral tones, the airy family room is grounded by shades of orange, brown and the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colorful art collection. Sheer draperies by Schumacher. Custom sectional from Bungalow Classic in Henry Calvin fabric. Dennis and Leen chair in John Hutton fabric. Console by Hickory Chair.

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SILVER AND GOLD METALLICS, GRAY TONES AND MOTHER OF PEARL CREATE A SMASHING EFFECT, ESTABLISHING A FINE BALANCE BETWEEN TR ADITIONAL AND MODERN INTERIORS.

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Seating arrangements suitable for cocktails and entertaining trumps the need for heavy upholstery in the formal living room. Chinoiserie wallpaper by Anna French. Isabella bench by Formations in Larsen mohair with Bergamo pillows. French club chair from Niermann Weeks in Lulu DK. Klismos chairs from Wicker Works in Threads fabric.

Mirrored coffee table by Julian Chichester. Custom ďŹ rescreen by Smithworks Iron. opposite The Greek key motif on the draperies inspired this cozy but dramatic study, which is brightened with pops of yellow and white. Custom draperies by Great Plains. Coffee table from Hickory Chair. Custom wool rug by Eve & Staron. Pillow and bench fabrics from Romo.

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and affection for stylish drama in mind, Atlanta interior designer Courtney Giles was otherwise given carte blanche to transform a lovingly preserved 1911 home from classic to current for its young owners. Having upsized from a tiny bungalow to a four-bedroom house in Atlanta’s historic Ansley Park, the homeowners, together with Giles, approached the design process room by room, which allowed each space to inform the next. “All of the public spaces on the first f loor share the same colors and feel,” says Giles, who pulled out her swatch book of grays, metallics and signature shine for the project. “She wanted the dining room to look like the face of a ladies watch,” says Giles of her jewel-inspired mission. “I gave her metal tones, silver and gold, mother of pearl, diamonds and all.” The first room Giles tackled was the dining room; she then built off of that room’s glimmering tones and level of formality in the study and living room, by taking its silver tones darker. The gray office, which moonlights as an entertaining hub, boasts a bit of an edge thanks to pops of yellow, Greek key-patterned valances and a cream-painted fireplace. Chinoiserie-style wallpaper envelops the pewter-filled living room, and was designed with the couple’s company in mind. “They weren’t worried about big, heav y upholstered furniture, but more of a pretty space in which to have cocktails and easy f low,” says Giles, who remedied the room’s tight layout with a multiseat furniture arrangement. “The drop-arm chaise is my favorite piece in the house,” she says. “It’s covered in mohair, which I thought was a little daring.” The local designer has a fondness for including unexpected twists in the rooms she creates, like the lustrous

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Thanks to Giles deft design hand, the flow between rooms feels easy and seamless. Each dramatic space in the Ansley Park abode is counteracted by a serene moment in which the designer’s affinity for pattern, color and shine reveals itself.

silver, red and black f loral wallpaper she hung in the powder room. “It’s kind of dramatic in that small space, but it echoes the shine connection,” says Giles. Whimsical polka-dots on the upholstered banquettes presiding in the spacious foyer create a grand entrance and reaffirm pattern as one of the home’s leading design elements. Adept at symmetry, Giles counteracts each dramatic moment with a serene one. In the master suite, for instance, the homeowner requested an aqua-and-cream palette—cool tones that helped the small room live larger. Attached to a generous sun porch, the bedroom was kept minimal. “We installed a built-in window seat, small yet functional nightstands and an upholstered queen-size headboard,” says Giles, who completed the look with gilded accents. The neutral palette continues into the master bath and his-and-her closets, an expansion created by tearing out a spare bedroom. In the lavish bath, selections such as mother of pearl tile and a sparkling chandelier provided inspiration for a showstopping centerpiece: a nickel tub. The overall effect recalls a stylish bracelet to layer with that ladies watch of a dining room. The heart of the historic house, of course, is the family room and kitchen, which combine the couple’s passion for color and art. The window-wrapped family room, overlooking the leafy backyard, is an airy space grounded by warm orange and brown hues. “The couple already owned a big horse painting—one of them is from Kentucky— which we displayed on an easel, so that’s where the pops of orange came from,” says Giles of the bright hue that adds a youthful vibe to the space. Elsewhere, eye-catching contemporary art helps establish a fine balance between traditional and modern interiors. “The house is pretty classic with a twist…and not stuffy at all,” she says.

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Presiding over the antiques-ďŹ lled dining room is a ceiling covered in Chinese pewter tea paper by Roger Arlington. Crystal pendant from Circa. Dining chairs from Hickory Chair in Larsen silk and Nancy Corzine cut velvet. Custom banana silk rug by Eve & Staron. Trio of paintings by Alexis Walter. Silk drapes by Cowtan & Tout. Fire screen by Smithworks Iron.

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A sitting room beckons with sumptuous seating and a touch of pattern from accent pillows covered in Vaughn, Cowtan & Tout and Jane Shelton fabrics. Sheer Roman shades by Hinson. below Metallic wallpaper adds drama in a powder room. Wallpaper by Clarence House.

Sconces by Urban Electric Co. opposite The kitchen is as high-style as it is warm and welcoming thanks to Lee barstools covered in a vivid Kravet vinyl, an antique bench and decorative plates Roman shades by Schumacher. Runner from Designer Carpets.

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top left Aqua and cream tones create a serene master bedroom. Custom headboard upholstered in Jim Thompson mohair. Dust skirt, custom, Lee Jofa. Bed linens from Gramercy Home. Hickory Chair bench upholstered in Pierre Frey velvet stripr. Wool-andsisal rug from Eve & Staron. left The boutique-inspired master closet for her is concealed behind mirrored doors and lacquered cabinetry by Karpaty Cabinetry and Griffith Construction. Draperies and trim by Fret Fabrics. Rug by Eve and Staron. Window seat, Lee Jofa. 62

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A freestanding nickel tub, a sparkling chandelier hung from an arch-top ceiling and showstopping art from Anne Irwin Fine Art fashion a glamorous but serene master bath, pictured and opposite. Plumbing ďŹ xtures by Waterworks. Crystal sconces from Brighton Collection. Spiral base table by Christopher Norma. Cabinetry by Karpaty Cabinetry and Griffi th Construction.

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THE RECIPE CLUB Marie Nygren and Father Austin Ford—both local legends in their own right— break bread, share laughter and spend an afternoon filled with hearty storytelling at the Nygren’s idyllic Serenbe abode

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Food is a familiar topic of conversation among friends Father Austin Ford and Marie Nygren. They recently gathered in Nygren’s Serenbe home to cook Ford’s legendary gumbo recipe for her family. Some of the day’s ingredients, such as okra, red peppers and parsley, were plucked fresh from Serenbe’s 25-acre organic farm.

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simmering on the stove. “Yes, really get it going,” replies Father Austin Ford. The duo is preparing Ford’s hearty seafood gumbo recipe for an evening dinner with “my five most favorite people in the world,” says Nygren. Today’s intimate guest list is reserved for her husband, Steve, daughters Garnie, Kara and Quinn and longtime friend Ford. Nygren fi rst met Ford as a volunteer at his afternoon summer program at Emmaus House, a community center in South Atlanta that he founded in 1967. From its humble beginnings, Emmaus House eventually grew to be an essential support structure for the community, yet this endeavor hardly sums up Ford’s legacy. On a rare warm winter afternoon, Marie He worked to bring the nonprofit Women, Infants and Children Nygren busily chops an array of fresh bounty in her sun-soaked (WIC) to Georgia and was a steadfast civil rights activist who kitchen. The grande dame of Serenbe, an eco resort and resimarched with Martin Luther King, Jr. dential community in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga., Nygren is no When Nygren walked into Emmaus House in 1986, it was a stranger to the kitchen. Proprietress of The Farmhouse at Serenbe meeting of kindred spirits. “There was an instant friendship,” she and host of the community’s Southern Chef Series, the apron-clad says. “Plus, I thought he was one of the best cooks I’d ever met,” chef is a familiar sight—but today’s meal is closer to her heart. says Nygren, recalling Ford’s sweetbreads for which her taste buds “Should I turn up the heat?” she asks, stirring a roux that’s hold a particular soft spot.

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left to right Following in the footsteps of her mother, the iconic doyenne of Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Nygren stresses the importance of using fresh ingredients. “I love to cook with quality local food and that’s why the farm is an intricable part of Serenbe,” she says. “I always say that you have to touch and know your food, the food has to know you; it’s a special relationship.” Daughter Garnie holds a brew from Fairburn-based Ace Beer Growlers. The evening’s simple but elegant outdoor table was set with dinnerware from Crate & Barrel, Star Provisions and Bella Cucina.

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left to right Ford and the Nygren family enjoy good food and good company. Between prepping the ingredients for gumbo, Nygren and Ford share fond memories dating back to their ďŹ rst meeting in 1986. The meal begins with a glass of Belle Meade bourbon. Nygren grinds spices with a mortar and pestle. Daughter Kara enjoys a glass of the Nashville-based bourbon.

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Almost 30 years later, the pair is still discussing food. While Nygren slices fresh okra on the chopping board, Ford recounts his recipe for scrambled eggs with vinegar, a dish the Serenbe chef has yet to successfully replicate. So when Ford asks her secret to making the perfect corn bread, Nygren giddily responds that she can fi nally teach him something. The little victory is short-lived, though, as Ford promptly reminds her to check on the roux and quips that it hasn’t been tended to. Ford is always one to keep Nygren on her toes; the special dynamic between the longtime friends is a balance of great respect and witty banter. Nygren values Ford’s guidance so much, in fact, that in 2009, she turned to him for advice when the future of The Farmhouse at Serenbe was in question after its fourth chef in three years departed. Like many times before—and still a routine ritual—she and Ford sat on the porch of his Grant Park home with a glass of bourbon for him and wine for her. Within several hours, the pair fi nalized five recipes to reopen the eatery with Nygren at the kitchen’s helm. Today, she’s still top toque at the restaurant, and Ford’s shrimp and grits recipe remains a guest favorite.

Whether cooking for a restaurant dining room full of patrons or just a special few, Nygren’s appreciation for the process is palpable. “For me, cooking is a very sensual experience in that you rely on all fi ve senses,” she explains. “You’re touching the ingredients, and then—whether it’s onions sizzling or a stew bubbling on the stove—you can taste, hear, smell and certainly look at it. Cooking is one of the few experiences where all fi ve senses are essential.” Ford’s take on cooking is somewhat less poetic. “I don’t love to cook. I love to eat, therefore I have to cook,” he says with a sly smile. But his knack for creating divine dishes is apparent as Nygren’s fi nal stir of the seafood gumbo fi lls the kitchen with appetizing aromas. “His food is exquisitely delicious and this recipe for gumbo is the best I’ve ever tasted,” she proudly boasts of her friend. While Nygren sets the table with bowls of tonight’s feast in her charming backyard, she’s overcome with emotion as her “favorite five” take their seats. “Cooking is such a great gift of one’s spirit,” she says with sincerity. “It’s an act of nurturing others both physically and emotionally. But most importantly, for me, it’s an act of love every time I can bring people together over a shared meal.” 69

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LIFE SPECIAL KITCHEN ISSUE

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What makes a kitchen LOOK like a million dollars? Senior contributing editor and woman-about-town MARCIA SHERRILL waxes poetic on high-gloss red cabinetry, eclectic accessories and remodeling adventures

JOHN OETGEN AND KITCHEN DESIGNER ANN SULLIVAN PUT A COLORFUL, MODERN SPIN ON COUNTRY AESTHETIC FOR A KITCHEN THAT APPEARED IN OUR JANUARY 2011 ISSUE.

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started renovating kitchens right out of college, so forgive me if I feel like by now I should have a Master’s degree in kitchen design. It all started with my house on Stephen Long Drive—and thinking way back then that a quick renovation might just get me the seed money I needed for my handbag business. My fi rst project, I made every mistake in the book. I went through contractors like I was downing burgers at The Varsity. Now, this was before Angie’s List, so it was defi nitely hit-or-miss (or miss, miss and miss in my case.) My contractors had a litany of excuses. Their dog died, their mother died. They were in a psych ward, or rehab. By the time it was fi nished and listed for sale, I was exhausted. Thanks to its cool, sleek black cabinets and red sink, though, the house sold in less than a week. For full ask; cash. It was official. I’d caught the kitchen renovation bug. My next kitchen adventure (think impeccable molding, vintage knobs and a giant slab of Alabama white marble—and this was long before kitchens were cool!) would go on to be photographed by a glossy mag. Which brings me to one of my all-time favorite projects in which we scoured antiques stores for 18th-century farmhouse beams, reverse-painted

glass panels from a French boulangerie, onyx countertops and 17th-century Portuguese tile. That kitchen is magnificent. It also cost about a halfa-million dollars. Recently, I underwent my own kitchen renovation, opting for a stunning, high-gloss red design sourced entirely from Ikea. Paired with chrome accents, it looks like a half-amillion bucks. Today, Atlantans are spoiled with an embarrassment of riches. Ann Sacks tile, Wolf ranges and Sub-Zero refrigerators with full-panel overlays— we can customize to our heart’s content at ADAC thanks to a myriad of resources, including heavy-weights like Design Galleria and Renaissance Tile and Bath. Even Home Depot and Lowe’s offer customizable cabinets, lovely sinks and accessories…promise. Yes, we’ve come a long way from the kitchens of our youth. Gone are the laminate surfaces, ersatz-brick linoleum tile and stainless-steel cooktops. Our kitchen may be small, but thanks to antique knobs, a Chinese deco rug, a giant Jamaican acrylic flower painting, Momma’s sterling silver and Mottahedah china, it’s also chic, eclectic and irreverent. It’s us.

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