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NOVEMBER 2012

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ISSUE NO. 290 | VOLUME 31, NO. 11

NEUTRAL TERRITORY In a Buckhead home with classical overtones, designer Robert Brown melds timeless architecture and contemporary art with aplomb

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MODERN HISTORY Bon vivant Tony Conway transforms a legendary Buckhead property into a new spot for special events

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EVER AFTER Atlanta designer Bill Cook turns his fantasy home in the mountains into a stone-and-wood reality

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CLASSIC REMIX Birmingham designer Tammy Connor and Atlanta architectural firm Pak Heydt & Associates embark on a sensitive restoration of a Philip Shutze gem

104 THE ALLURE OF MOROCCO After visiting Morocco and Egypt with a coterie of Atlanta designers and architects last spring, Beth Webb creates a setting inspired by the journey

with a celebration of the world’s cultures; William T. Baker’s latest tome and a new competition exhibition at MODA

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CALENDAR A slew of evocative art shows around town NAOMI Our arbiter of the eccentric preps for Thanksgiving dinner FOOD Dispatches from the local culinary scene ETC. Marcia sets the tone for beautiful remembrances

IN EVERY ISSUE 4 Editor’s Letter 111 Ad Index & Web Links

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WELCOME

In 1979, when a little book titled Atlanta at Home was published to serve as a benefit for Egleston hospital, a landmark residence designed in 1939 by Philip Shutze graced its cover. Fast forward 33 years and that home is being published again—in this month’s issue (beginning on page 92). Long before renovations began, the new homeowners called upon experts in architecture, landscape architecture and interior design to not only make the house work for a 21stcentury family of six, but also to respect its heritage. The result is a house that honors both Shutze’s original design and the homeowners who came before them. However, this house is no museum. Although it’s filled with beautiful things, nothing is too precious —it is a living, breathing thing that has never been full of more life. For a house approaching its 74th birthday, what more could you ask for? Clinton Smith Editorial Director

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Modern HISTORY Bon vivant Tony Conway transforms a legendary Buckhead property into a new spot for special events Tony Conway is a busy man. In addition to being the celebrated mastermind of A Legendary Event, one of the city’s premier special events companies, he is fast at work ushering in a new era of style and elan at the former Anthony’s. Located in the heart of Buckhead, this new venue—3109 Piedmont Estate and Gardens— promises to bridge the allure of Old Atlanta with the modern-day amenities required by today’s cosmopolitan clientele. Amid a flurry of last-minute selections and fi nal touches, Conway took a few minutes to answer our questions about the property. The events arm of your company, A Legendary Event, produces everything from cocktail parties to grand galas. How did the idea for 3109 Piedmont Estate and

Gardens (“Estate”) come about? I have been looking for

another venue in the city to hold events for a couple of years. When this opportunity came up, I knew it would be perfect for restoration—a three-acre landmark in the heart of Buckhead. We call it a legendary location! What excites you the most about Estate? For A Legendary Event, this new venue will offer us the opportunity to give our guests another option in the Buckhead area for weddings and events. I am also excited that we are doing a great job in preserving this 1797 antebellum home. What kind of events can Estate accommodate? Estate is proving to be the perfect location for the wedding industry as well as the corporate event. With 14,000 overall square feet of space, the venue can host up to 350

DECKED OUT IN FURNISHINGS FROM ATLANTA’S MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS SHOWROOM, ESTATE’S SUNPORCH FEATURES FLOOR-TO-CEILING LEADED GLASS WINDOWS THAT OVERLOOK THE LUSH LANDSCAPE. GUESTS TO THE SPACE MIGHT BE TREATED TO THE SOUNDS OF A BEAUTIFUL BLACK BABY GRAND PIANO, WHICH IS HOUSED ON THE SAME FLOOR.

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MARRYING THE PAST WITH THE PRESENT, THE SECOND FLOOR FEATURES FOUR RESIDENTIAL SALONS THAT HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND FURNISHED BY MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS. THE BILL LOWE GALLERY HAS CURATED WORKS OF ART FOR ALL OF THE SPACES. OWNER TONY CONWAY, TOP RIGHT, IN ONE OF ESTATE’S HISTORIC CORRIDORS.

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guests for a cocktail party, or a seated dinner and dancing for 170—and even a corporate luncheon for 200. I like to say that Estate is for weddings, events and moments in between. “Moments in between”—we love that. Why now? Although Atlanta has some amazing event venues, there is always the need for more event space. What types of services are you offering? Valet parking, catering, event design, floral design and entertainment. In addition to the storied history of the property, which dates back to the 1700s, what sets Estate apart from other venues in town? I think the three acres are amaz-

ing. What Ed Castro Landscape is doing to enhance the property will be wonderful. The residential salons that Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams are creating on the second floor are amazing, and Bill Lowe of Bill Lowe Gallery has selected wonderful pieces for Estate. The

outdoor courtyard will offer an area for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail events. Our creative director Steve Welsh and president Dave Lishness are rounding up the team and overseeing all of the attention to detail. Estate officially opens this month. (404) 350-6672; legendaryevents.com

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Ready for TAKEOFF The Atlanta History Center kicks off the holiday season with a celebration of the world’s cultures “Passport to Celebrations,” the Atlanta History Center’s newest event, features global style with a Southern accent. This two-month-long display of holiday tablescapes depicts cultural traditions around the world. Opening November 14 and continuing through the end of December, the event—chaired by Debbie Neese and Karen Spiegel, and supported by the Members Guild—incorporates stylish table decor and settings interpreting secular and religious holidays around the world. Grouping holidays according to the season, guests will enter the Goldstein Gallery to visually engage the harvest festivals: Thanksgiving, Succoth and the African Festival of Yams. Holidays reflecting the winter solstice— Christmas, Chanukah and Diwali—will continue the voyage around the globe to include Venetian and Brazilian Carnivals; Chinese, Ethiopian and Persian New Year’s; as well as the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, Buddha’s Birthday, Ramadan and Dias de Muertes. Also on view will be the Art Wall, featuring works by international artists now living in Georgia, curated by Marianne Lambert and her daughter, Anne Lambert Tracht. Among the 35 designers creating vignettes and tablescapes are Dan Belman and Randy Korando, Ann Davis and Martha Reeves, Courtney Giles, Raymond Goins, Suzanne Kasler, Carter Kay and Nancy Hooff, Patricia McLean, Bill Musso, John Oetgen, Barbara Roos and Chris Macksey, Melanie Turner, Beth Webb and Barbara Westbrook. “Passport to Celebrations” opens November 14, with a gala featuring a cocktail buffet of international fare and live music. Tickets for the opening night party begin at a donation of $175 per person. To see a complete list of designers and their respective holidays, and to purchase tickets to the gala, go to atlantahistorycenter.com.

American STYLE William T. Baker’s latest book offers a snapshot of his design work from across the United States From an incredible Adirondack-style house in Cashiers, North Carolina, to a refined beach house in Jacksonville, Florida, Atlanta residential designer William T. Baker’s latest book, Great American Homes: Volume II (Images Publishing, $90), offers a survey of his recent work from around the country. Unlike his previous books—including New Classicists and the first volume of Great American Homes—which captured a number of luxury residences in Atlanta, this second installment of an eventual three-part series showcases a number of estate homes, vacation properties and accessory buildings, such as a sports pavilion in Indiana. Not only does this latest book capture the evolution of Baker’s nearly 30-year residential design career; it also shows the changes that have taken place in American architecture and home building over nearly three decades. “The message of the three volumes is that the American

THE SOUTH’S NEXT WAVE Beginning November 11, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) will present “The South’s Next Wave: Design Challenge.” Part exhibition, part competition, “The South’s Next Wave” pairs designers of interior spaces with object designers who, together, will create vignettes throughout the museum. Curated by David Goodrowe and Tim Hobby, the exhibit will showcase those who exemplify the myriad new directions the Southern aesthetic has taken. museumofdesign.org

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dream is still alive,” says Baker. “People are still building great houses. Even though the housing boom may be over, the next generation is starting to build their dream homes, and these books are really documents of the American dream in its current form for this generation.” Great American Homes: Volume II, which features a foreward by noted design author Stephen Salny, can be purchased at amazon.com or wtbaker.com.

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Years ago, I swore up and down that I would never host Thanksgiving dinner again. Mind you, my decision was made after that disastrous holiday when I burned the Butterball, Mr. von Habersham got drunk on Beaujolais Nouveau, my brother Bubba choked on a Brussel sprout (he survived), and my not-so-adorable niece and nephew took permanent markers to my Scalamandré curtains. Ever since that debacle, I have enjoyed many a solo Thanksgiving dinner at The Colonnade, where I always order the turkey and dressing with a stiff martini. Now that’s something for which I like to give thanks. This year, however, I have had to renege on that promise. The von Habersham clan is coming to town, and they expect yours truly to serve them a feast. I’m going to have to put out a gracious plenty on the buffet table alongside my Herend Rothschild Bird china and Francis I silver. But read my lips: No scorched turkeys. I’m going to rely on others to do the cooking, and who better to help me prepare this all-American meal than the latest all-American food craze: food trucks! I admit that before my first visit to the Atlanta Food Truck Park, I assumed it was going to be similar to getting a hot dog at the Dairy Queen window. Boy, was I wrong. Who knew that one could order fish and chips, Cuban sandwiches, chicken and waffles and even pudding, and all from such cute little trucks, too? It’s a veritable smorgasbord situated next to I-75 on Howell Mill Road. With so many options, it’s going to be hard to narrow down my Thanksgiving menu. Should I stick to Southern food and order from the barbecue or mac ‘n’ cheese truck? What about giving my meal some international flair with Asian-style fish tacos or kabobs? I’m banking on King of Pops to have their Banana Puddingflavored popsicles that I can serve for dessert. Do you think any of the trucks’ chefs plan to cook a whole turkey? Decisions, decisions. The one thing I do know with certainty is that no matter which food truck dishes I serve to my guests, it won’t involve my calling the Butterball Turkey Helpline!

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Where to Eat: Thanksgiving >> Putting a healthier spin on one of the year’s most decadent meals, PARISH’s to-go a la carte Thanksgiving menu features organic, locally harvested ingredients. Top off dinner with traditional tarts or indulge in the eatery’s sweet potato-and-marshmallow pie. Orders must be placed by November 18. 240 North Highland Ave., Atlanta 30307. (404) 681-4434 parishatl.com

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>> An annual favorite, the family-style Thanksgiving feast at 103 WEST’s Buckhead ballroom presents order-from-the-menu entrees prepared by Executive Chef Jeff Riedel and a packed-out dessert buffet from talented pastry chef Joseph Geoncz. 103 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta 30305. (404) 233-5993; buckheadrestaurants.com/103-west

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“With its slightly sweet and tangy flavor, chopped persimmon works great for salads. I like to also mix in orange blossom honey and pomegranate seeds for their nice floral components and how they highlight persimmon’s sweet and sour flavor profile. The frisee adds a crunch and bitterness, while the hazelnuts and their oil give the whole dish a toasted, autumnal feel.” –Chef Craig Richards, Ecco

“Persimmon pudding is a favorite this time of year, not only for the fruit’s sweet, delicate flavors but because it also brings back fond memories of my grandmother, who used to make it, as well.” –Chef Ann Quatrano, Bacchanalia, Quinones, Star Provisions, Abattoir, Floataway Café

“The key to enjoying a perfect persimmon is to eat it when it is ripe. They’re a great addition to salads, but also delicious to use in making compotes and chutneys. If you want to enjoy them in their original state, you can eat Fuyu persimmons like an apple or pear with the skin, while the Hachiya variety can be cut length-wise and eaten from the skin with a spoon like a mango.” –Chef Asha Gomez, Cardamom Hill

THE SCOOP CHEF SHANE DEVEREUX comes full circle as he leaves his post at TOP FLR and makes his return to PEASANT BISTRO, the French-inspired eatery he helped open in 2008. A menu revamp is Devereux’s first order of business, focusing on classics such as steak frites, croque monsieur, beef bourgignon and more. 250 Park Ave. NW, Atlanta 30313. (404) 230-1724; peasantatl.com Buckhead’s 10 Degrees South, known for its sophisticated South African flavors, recently opened a sister outpost, YEBO RESTAURANT & BAR, in the space once home to The Grape and Latitude in Phipps Plaza. Although offering a similar menu as 10 Degrees South—a fusion of Portuguese, French, Malaysian, Indian and Mediterranean fare—the bar is kicking it up a notch with organic custom cocktails that capture the African nation’s vibrant culture. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta 30326. (404) 467-4988; 10degreessouth.com ▼ Atlanta’s Westside welcomes WEST & MILL BISTRO with Belgian-born chef Tom Leroy at the reins. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the new eatery is serving up Europeanstyle fare (think ham and shrimp croquettes with fried parsley or vol-au-vent) in a rustic modern atmosphere. 1000 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta 30318. (678) 9748953; westandmill.com


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TABLE OF CONTENTS About the House.......................................................................................................8 Sponsors .............................................................................................................. 10 Welcome Letter...................................................................................................... 12 Committee ............................................................................................................ 12 Special Events ........................................................................................................14 The Alliance Theatre................................................................................................ 16 About the Builder ................................................................................................... 18 Floor Plans ............................................................................................................24 Foyer Square Feet Studio ......................................................................................26 Living Room Beth Webb .....................................................................................28 Gentleman’s Study Tammy Connor ......................................................................30 Dining Room Jim Howard ..................................................................................32 Kitchen & Butler’s Pantry Lyndsy Woods ...........................................................34 Mudroom, Laundry & Back Stair Hall James T. Farmer III with Maggie Griffin ....36 Breakfast Room Gretchen Edwards......................................................................38 Family Room Liz Williams ...................................................................................40 Library Laura Walker ...........................................................................................42 Nursery Michel Boyd............................................................................................ 44 Young Boy’s Bedroom Barbara Heath .................................................................46 Upstairs Study Chris Holt ....................................................................................48 Master Bedroom Amy D. Morris...........................................................................50

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November 16 – December 9, 2012 As you meander through the hilly and sometimes hidden streets of Atlanta’s prestigious Chastain Park, you pass by stables, cyclists, runners, both modern and classic homes, and sometimes a treasure that causes you to pull over and just look. This year, on Dudley Lane, you have such a moment. With exteriors of stone and brick, multiple entrances, peaked rooflines and graceful columns, this home has the feeling of an updated New England farmhouse, welcoming and comfortable while still elegant and inspiring. French doors lead to a tiered pool area, visible from the kitchen and breakfast room. The first-floor rooms, designed for both entertaining and intimacy, are showered in light, with custom floors and ceilings. We welcome this newest neighbor to Chastain Park and to Atlanta. The Christmas House will be open to the public for tours Thursday through Sunday, beginning Friday, November 16, and ending December 9. Traditional highlights of the annual Christmas House include the Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts Holiday Boutique, the Holiday Tabletop display, Product Showcase and ongoing programs and seminars. A Champagne and Candlelight Opening Night Party will be held Thursday, November 15, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Opening Night tickets are available for $125 per person at AtlantaChristmasHouse.com.

LOCATION The home is located at 4775 Dudley Lane NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 ( just south of the Dudley Lane/Powers Ferry Road split). Please note: There is absolutely NO PARKING at the Christmas House.

PARKING & SHUTTLE Complimentary parking and continuous shuttle service are available nearby at Chastain Horse Park, 4371 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 (near the intersection of West Wieuca Road NW). Detailed directions can be found at AtlantaChristmasHouse.com.

DIRECTIONS

FROM BUCKHEAD Powers Ferry Road forks off of Roswell Road, just north of the Piedmont Road intersection. Chastain Horse Park is approximately two miles on the right, just past West Wieuca Road. FROM I-285, NORTH PERIMETER

Take the Roswell Road exit, heading south. In approximately 2.5 miles, turn right on West Wieuca Road. Continue on West Wieuca until it dead ends into Powers Ferry Road. Turn right. Chastain Horse Park will be on your right.

DATES Opening Night Party—Thursday, November 15 Opens to the public—Friday, November 16 Closes—Sunday, December 9 Closed Mondays through Wednesdays, and Thanksgiving Day

HOURS Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, Noon-5 p.m.

ADMISSION Advance tickets $18 each; $20 each after November 15th and at the door Groups of 10 or more: $15 each Children 12 and under are admitted free To purchase tickets, go to AtlantaChristmasHouse.com. Tickets are also available at select locations, which are listed on the website.

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WELCOME LETTER Dear friends, On behalf of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Levantina, and our 2012 Sponsors and Designers, we welcome you to the 44th Annual Christmas House, benefitting the Alliance Theatre. Thank you so much for joining us. As in past years, an A-List of designers and vendors have come together to create magnificent rooms, all decked out for the holidays. Of course, putting the Christmas House together takes a lot of people and many hours, but the joy for all of us is seeing you walk through the rooms with “ooohs” and “ahhhs,” taking notes with ideas for your own homes. We all know how hectic the holidays can become. So we hope this can be a small holiday gift to yourself: An afternoon in beautiful rooms, absorbing the holidays, gathering inspiration, and finding a few hours to simply pause and enjoy time with your friends. We hope you enjoy this year’s Christmas House and take away a list of ideas—some that will be checked twice—and a stocking full of holiday spirit. We wish you and your friends and family a peaceful, inspired and always-remembered holiday. Thank you for letting us share a part of it with you.

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SPECIAL EVENTS Thursday, November 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Levantina and The Alliance Theatre invite you to join us for the

CHAMPAGNE & CANDLELIGHT TOUR OPENING NIGHT SPONSOR & PATRON PARTY AND DESIGNER RECEPTION Cocktail Attire • $125 per person Make checks payable to the AH&L Christmas House Mail to: AH&L, 1100 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE, Suite 685, Atlanta, GA 30342 by November 10, 2012 Your check is your reservation, or buy tickets at AtlantaChristmasHouse.com

OPENING DAY: Friday, November 16, 1 p.m.

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DISCOVER THE JOYS OF CHRISTMAS AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH JENNIFER PICKENS Christmas at the White House is a popular coffee table book that documents the lavish private and public Christmas celebrations and traditions spanning half-acentury inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the world’s most remembered address. Authored by Jennifer Pickens—a Dallas researcher, political fundraiser and event planner—the 408-page book is beautifully illustrated with more than 500 exquisite photographs, many of which have not been seen before. It is the first documented and published history of how First Families have decorated and celebrated Christmas. Voted one of the “Top Ten Great Gift Books” by USA Today, Christmas at the White House is full of lively text and anecdotes gathered by Pickens from interviews with First Ladies, their families, social secretaries, artisans, photographers, museum staff, volunteers, historians and chiefs of staff. Copies of Pickens’ most recent tome, Pets at the White House, will also be available for purchase at the Christmas House. With charm, wit and compelling photographs, the author reveals how pets have played an important role in the White House throughout the decades, not only by providing companionship to the Presidents and their families, but also by humanizing and softening their political images. The book starts with the Kennedy family and their menagerie of pets and continues through 10 administrations—and more than a half century—to the Obama family and First Dog, Bo. Throughout the pages are more than 200 exquisite photographs—images of Presidents with their pets in quiet moments as well as more animated times of play—most of which have never been seen before. This poignant collection of stories and photographs is a must-have for pet lovers and lovers of American history alike.

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Now in its 44th season, Atlanta’s nationally acclaimed Alliance Theatre, recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award® and the beneficiary of Christmas House, creates the powerful experience of shared theater for diverse people on two stages for youth and adult audiences. Under the leadership of Susan V. Booth, the Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, the Alliance Theatre is a national theater with a local address, reaching out annually to almost 200,000 patrons and members of the community. Known for its high artistic standards, the Alliance has created a large body of new American musicals with a strong track record of Broadway, touring and subsequent regional productions, including Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Alfred Uhry’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, and Sister Act. Most recently, the Alliance transferred Bring it On: The Musical to Broadway. The Alliance creates and nurtures the plays and careers of early career playwrights through the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwright Competition, providing a premiere for the winner as part of the regular season and national networking opportunities for four finalists. The Alliance Theatre offers extensive education and outreach programs for all ages. For more information about this season’s productions, education projects or volunteering opportunities, visit AllianceTheatre.org.

Recent productions of “Wizard of Oz” (top) and “A Christmas Carol,” (above). Photography by Greg Mooney.

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FOYER “A foyer is a welcoming space that provides a transition from the outside world to the comfort and security of the home. This particular foyer has a niche on axis with the living room fireplace so we’ve placed a cozy settee here as a place to perch.”

VIVIAN BENCICH & KELLY HEYER Square Feet Studio Vivian Bencich (IIDA) founded Square Feet Studio with husband John in 2001 with the desire to seamlessly combine interior design and architecture in one distinctive practice. The firm’s portfolio includes various project types—from private homes to restaurants, retail, corporate offices and adaptive reuse. Kelly Heyer (LEED-AP BD+C) joined the Square Feet Studio team in 2012 after graduating from Georgia Tech with her Master’s in Architecture. She grew up in Texas and brings a strong interest in all facets of design and sustainability. Heyer is currently enjoying working on the design of her parents’ house in Fort Worth. Square Feet Studio 154 Krog St. NE Suite 170 Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 688-4990; squarefeetstudio.com

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GENTLEMAN’S STUDY “A well-designed gentleman’s study should feel as if it’s a sanctuary or an escape. A comfortable chair and good lighting are essential to a pleasant experience.”

TAMMY CONNOR Tammy Connor Interior Design Tammy Connor has built her reputation on creating timeless interiors infused with a casual Southern elegance. Seamlessly integrating antiques, contemporary pieces, personal collections of clients and fabrics of varying textures— with subtle yet studied color palettes—is the trademark of Connor’s interiors. Prior to founding Tammy Connor Interior Design, she received a degree in Studio Art and Art History from Wake Forest University, and a degree in Interior Design from The American College of Applied Art. Connor is a professional member of ASID and a NCIDQ-accredited designer.

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KITCHEN & BUTLER’S PANTRY “Layering several different types of lighting—task, ambient, decorative and accent—in the right locations is a critical design element. The wrong lighting can detract from even the most well-designed kitchen.”

LYNDSY WOODS L Kae Interiors Interior designer Lyndsy Woods loves to create spaces that blend design with functionality. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design, Woods honed her skills by working closely with customers and prominent builders around Atlanta. With a strong understanding of the construction process, she is dedicated to addressing the details that make a project come together. Woods continues to pursue her passion for creating spaces that balance function with comfort and style by now leading her own company, L Kae Interiors, which was established in 2009.

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BREAKFAST ROOM “A breakfast room should be truly multi-dimensional—a space where you can relax with a cup of coffee in the morning, socialize over drinks with friends or enjoy a family dinner—so it’s important to create a timeless, comfortable spot with good lighting.”

GRETCHEN EDWARDS Gilstrap Edwards Interior Design Gretchen Edwards, owner of Gilstrap Edwards Interior Design, enjoys designing high-end homes throughout the Southeast. Her design experience also includes commercial restaurant design and premier showhouses. Edwards is a South Carolina native with a degree in Interior Design from The American College of the Applied Arts. She founded her firm in 1996. With a penchant for sophisticated colors, comfortable seating and layers of luxurious textures, Edwards’ timeless interiors have been featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Better Homes and Gardens, Traditional Home and Window & Wall Ideas.

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FAMILY ROOM “When designing a family room, comfort in furniture and fabric is most important. This can be achieved without compromising a casual but elegant vibe for the room.”

LIZ WILLIAMS Liz Williams Interiors, LLC Liz Williams is an Atlanta native and a graduate of the College of Charleston, and holds a B.F.A. in Interior Design from Georgia State University. After working for Carter Kay Interiors for five years, Williams started her own design firm in 1998. She has been published in Better Homes and Gardens, Cottage Style, Décor, Decorating Magazine, Window and Wall, Bedroom and Bath and Baby Decor. 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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In a Buckhead home with classical overtones, designer Robert Brown melds timeless architecture and contemporary art with aplomb Written by Jennifer Boles

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Designer Robert Brown is taken with artist Robert Kuo’s Peking Glass vases, especially when grouped en masse on a McGuire table in the foyer. Depending on the season, flowers or branches are often displayed in them. The painting is by Thornton Dial. The Lucite chair is by Geoffrey Bradfield, available through Travis & Company. opposite The designer’s skill at mixing old and new is beautifully showcased in the foyer. A brassframed antiqued mirror adds patina to the space, as do the antique console and antique bergère from Jane Marsden Antiques & Interiors, the latter still wearing its original fabric. An ottoman upholstered in an Old World Weavers striped print is tucked under the console for additional seating. The artwork is by Don Cooper, who is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery. preceding spread In the living room, artist Sarah Emerson’s painting of a deer commands attention, thanks to its prominent placement above the fireplace. Given the painting’s strong colors and composition, Brown decided to enhance the piece by placing antique deer antlers next to it. In the center of the space, a custom Bradley Hughes table provides an anchor for three separate seating areas. Emerson is represented by Whitespace Gallery.

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esigners often find themselves playing marital counselor or psychologist, but diplomat? In a way, the latter might accurately describe Atlanta designer Robert Brown’s role when decorating a young family’s Buckhead home. It wasn’t that the homeowners were at odds. Far from it. Rather, Brown was charged with negotiating a peace accord between the home’s classical architecture and the homeowners’ cache of ultra-contemporary art. As Brown succinctly puts it, “The challenge was in coming to the middle ground.” Because the owners’ art was to be the focal point of the interiors, everything was chosen to enhance the collection. Notes Brown, “If art is a major consideration, you have to make sure that you think of what the backdrop will be.” In this case, the designer created a neutral background by painting most of the home’s walls chalky white, a color often used in museums. And yet, fabrics and accessories in shades of dusty pastels were introduced to soften the “sturdy” architecture and bold artwork. Furniture presented another opportunity for Brown to “bridge the gap” between old and new. In the living room, traditional an-

tiques—a holdover from the owners’ previous house—stand alongside contemporary, clean-lined furnishings. Nowhere, though, is this generational mix of furnishings more apparent than in the master bedroom, where classical furniture shapes and an elegant folding screen mix with a modern Lucite cocktail table and a soft, contemporary color palette. The husband’s study is where Brown’s sensitivity to balance and harmony proved especially valuable. Taking an iconoclastic approach to decorating a classic, dark wood-paneled room, Brown bypassed the expected traditional furnishings in favor of contemporary pieces that don’t compete with the room’s eclectic art. “The upholstery and furnishings could stand on their own, and yet they don’t overpower what the art is doing,” he explains. While a mix of such diverse elements might seem incompatible, Brown succeeded in striking a most attractive compromise. Thanks to his gimlet eye and design savvy, the designer was able to meld everything to create a harmonious environment. Call it picture perfect. SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK. 77

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Designer Robert Brown was charged with negotiating a peace accord between the home’s classical architecture and the homeowners’ cache of contemporary art. As Brown succinctly puts it, “The challenge was in coming to the middle ground.” The result is a striking home where the two effortlessly coexist.

Clean-lined furniture, modern lamps and a painting by artist Jimmy O’Neal provide contemporary counterpoints to the study’s traditional paneled walls. Brown chose a Rogers & Goffigon blue-gray plaid fabric for the sofa, a nod to the husband’s English roots. The artwork on the side table is by Tom Swanston. opposite Challenged by the study’s dark paneled walls, Brown brought light into the room through his use of mirrors, acrylic accessories and a pale-toned rug from Rugs by Robinson. The designer crafted a more modern backdrop for artist Liana Repass’ pastel on paper—hung above the mantel—by wrapping the chimney breast in a Phillip Jeffries sateen fabric. 78

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left A soft color palette and sumptuous textiles envelope the master bedroom. The sofa is covered in a Rogers & Goffigon fabric, while the A. Rudin slipper chair is upholstered in a damask by Romo. Paired with a Lucite cocktail table from Travis & Company, the pieces create an intimate sitting area. The screen is from William Word Antiques, and the room is anchored by a rug from Stark Carpet. below Lamps from Baker ank a bed by Hickory Chair. The mirrors feature shagreen-like frames.

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Homeowner Bill Cook and architect Michael Faust created Laurel Nest from a mix of architectural styles from across the Appalachian region, as well as from details reminiscent of antique storybook illustrations. Cook’s Weimaraners, Ethyl and Sprocket, await guests near the front entrance.

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above and opposite Architect Michael Faust designed the asymmetrical mantel and stonework surrounding the fireplace and passageway to mimic a riverbed with driftwood woven throughout the rock, including the sculptural roots, which add visual support to the base of the fireplace. Cozy and comfortable seating was given priority in the living room. above right A collection of antlers–antique and quirky, real and resin– are hung throughout the house, but are concentrated in the foyer.

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ONCE UPON A TIME, Atlanta designer Bill Cook decided that his mountain home was just too small. He wanted to be able to share the magical feeling he had every time he escaped to his Highlands, North Carolina, cottage with more friends and family. So Cook decided to tear down his post-war weekend home (Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, August 2005) and expand up until it was just right. “When I cross the state line, I feel bathed in the green light through the trees, and relief and relaxation wash over me—like I’m stepping into a storybook,” says Cook. “I wanted to take that feeling even further with the design of the house.” The designer worked with architect Michael Faust, and the early plans were inspired, in part, by Grimms’ Fairy Tales with exaggerated pitched roofs and more ornate details. Cook drew back a bit. “I didn’t want people to drive up and feel like they were going to be baked into cookies,” Cook laughs. “But I did want the home to look conjured from the imagination, like a dream.” So fairy tale images were blended with the local architectural 85

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A large windmill from Holland and a diorama of a Scottish loch retreat add interest and fun to the finer antiques displayed in the dining room. The lush flowers on the dining table are repeated in floral motifs throughout the house, including in Oriental rugs, draperies and even needlepoint. right Accordion pendant lights in stainless steel add an unexpected edge to the stone and wood that make up much of the kitchen.

influences of the Appalachian region. “Dutch and Scottish details were added as a nod to his family heritage,” says Faust. The result is Laurel Nest, a home tucked into the hillside with exhaustive attention to detail inside and out. Confi ned to rebuild on the previous home’s footprint, Faust took the opportunity to vault the foyer and second story in perfect proportion to the house, which suffuses the residence with airiness and light. Cook salvaged an array of objects from the demolition, reusing kitchen cabinets, light fi xtures, wisteria vines and laurel branches—anything that might work with the new concept. Then he and Faust set out to fi nd quality reclaimed wood and materials indigenous to the area, giving the new house instant character. Stonework was designed to look as if incorporated from the ruins of an old house. The hallway into the living room is a grotto that appears as a natural extension of the stone above the mantel. “I didn’t want to overkill the stonework,” said Cook. “This is not the Flintstones’ house.” Cook was determined to be in by Christmas and started moving in while the paintbrushes were still going because there was a lot to unpack. 86

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clockwise, from left Cook kept his mother in mind, as well as Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother, when designing the “lady’s guest room.” From the English antiques to the wallpaper and wainscoting, every inch of the room is embellished. Next to the vanity, silver travertine and stacked stone frame an openair shower complete with tactile pebble flooring. A side niche at the front entry offers a spot to shake off the dust of the day.

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right With Scottish blood on his father’s side and a proud history of Scottish culture in the Highlands area, Cook decided to recreate the look of an old Scottish manor for his master bedroom. “It’s my favorite room,” Cook says. “I love its comfort and luxury.” below Faust highlighted the vaulted ceiling in the space with beams, painted and stained wood paneling, and dormers, which let the light stream in.

“I did edit my old collection,” he says. “Then I gathered during the building process. Now, if I fi nd something new, I have to pull something to switch it out or the house would be bursting at the seams.” While designing, Cook was inspired by the personalities of friends and family, even the memory of one of his most beloved dogs, Diesel. But overall, he aimed for a balance between luxury and comfort. His guests had to feel invited into the fantasy. Humble pieces mix with fi ne antiques, and dogs and people alike are encouraged to put up their feet and relax. “I want visitors to be able to peer inside that feeling of loosing your way in the woods and fi nding yourself in a place of refuge.” The layers, the history and the patina that fi ll the house may be the story, but it’s the welcomed flow of friends and family that creates the fairy tale. SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK. 90

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For the restoration of the mural in the home’s foyer, architect Yong Pak and designer Tammy Connor called on artisans intimately familiar with architect Philip Trammell Shutze’s work, as well as that of artist Athos Menaboni, the Italian-born painter commissioned by Shutze in 1939. Athens artist Jill Biskin spent more than four months painstakingly completing the restoration of Menaboni’s dogwood mural. The lamp, chest and mirror are from Parc Monceau. Rug, The King’s House Oriental Rugs.

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HERE’S A GREAT SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY that comes with owning a Philip Trammell Shutze-designed house. One of America’s finest classicists, he designed residences from the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center to the Italian Baroque Calhoun estate in Buckhead, each boasting a level of craftsmanship and grandeur that have become part and parcel of Atlanta’s collective architectural heritage. In the rare case that a Shutze-designed house changes ownership (many, like this one, change hands without officially landing on the market), it’s with bated breath that Atlanta’s modern-day tastemakers hope a historically sensitive renovation will ensue. Indeed, the current owners of the Shutze-designed PattersonCarr House, a 1939 Colonial Revival on Northside Drive, recall project manager James Jordan of Pak Heydt & Associates breathing a visible sigh of relief when he witnessed part of the interior design installation—two years after the couple embarked on a renovation of the historic home. (As a young man, Jordan had spent time at 95

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the house; maintaining a renovation appropriate to the standards of previous owner, Atlanta grande dame Anne Carr, was imperative to him, as well.) “This house is complex in its subtleties,” explains Birminghambased interior designer Tammy Connor, who worked in conjunction with Yong Pak to revive the home’s glory days. Those subtleties would require calling on artisans with encyclopedic knowledge of Shutze’s nuances as well as that of Athos Menaboni, the Italian-born painter commissioned by the architect to create a mural for the foyer which, due to water damage, was not exactly ready for its close-up when the current owners moved in. Because this refined farm-style home was originally designed by Shutze to have the appearance of being built over time, modifying the floorplan and putting on an addition was a no-brainer, says Connor. In fact, an untrained eye might find it difficult to discern where the original floorplan starts and stops. The owners, parents to four teenagers, set out to modernize the house for their busy lifestyle, blowing out the back of the house to make room for a combined kitchen, family and breakfast room, along with a fourth bedroom upstairs and a new master closet and bath. Outside, they were particularly sensitive to the grounds’ luscious 96

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The original kitchen was more utilitarian. The renovated space— which now includes a new kitchen, breakfast area and family room, all of which open up to each other—needed to suit the modern needs of a busy family of six. “This is the part of the house the family really lives in,” says Connor. The kitchen cabinets are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon. The range is by La Cornue and the stools are from English Accent Antiques. opposite The breakfast area opens onto a cutting garden with a fountain, while a pair of custom paneled doors conceals the wife’s office.

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clockwise, from top Exquisitely designed locker-style cabinets keep clutter to a minimum just outside an unexpectedly chic laundry room. Wallcovering, China Seas. The family room is an inviting place to take a seat and relax. A painting by Winslow Homer hangs above a French console. The room’s paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Bleeker Beige. The mudroom, part of the new addition, provides a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors.

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above Elegant Calcutta Gold marble on the floor and in the shower creates a unified look in the brandnew master bathroom. A stand-alone tub from Waterworks makes the room as elegant as it is relaxing. A painting by Pierre Bittar hangs on paneled walls designed by Pak Heydt & Associates. left The master bedroom, part of the ground-floor addition, opens to a small garden. opposite Connor transformed a French trumeau mirror into a headboard by adding side panels. Windows—painstakingly rebuilt to imitate the originals, with shutters that fold neatly into pockets in the window jambs—were left unadorned, as the shutters provide for privacy.

gardens, the product of previous owner Anne Carr—a longtime champion of horticulture and founder of the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center. Though they opted to remove tennis courts to make room for a pool and poolhouse, the owners worked with landscape architect Richard Anderson to transplant boxwoods, hydrangeas and more elsewhere on the property. One of the most endearing things about this house, says Connor—in addition to its harmonious proportions—is the constant conversation between inside and out. “The home was designed on an axis so that the surrounding landscape and formal gardens could be seen from various focal points inside the house,” she says. The designer established a natural, earthy palette for the interiors that would not only invite the outdoor gardens in, but also allow the home’s spectacular architectural bones to regain their rightful place. And that desire to respect, not overshadow, the estate’s aesthetic integrity will prove the home’s enduring legacy. Editor’s Note: Tammy Connor will be designing the Gentleman’s Study at the 2012 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House, which opens November 16. Go to atlantachristmashouse.com for more details. SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK. 101

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For years, the current homeowners had admired the house from afar; the wife would drive by with her grandmother when the cherry trees were in bloom and the husband, who has a degree in architecture, had always been fascinated by it. Renovating the house to fit their needs was a dream come true.

In front of the estate’s gun house—which contains a living area, bar, office and recreation room—is a vegetable garden. “One of the biggest compliments we’ve received from friends of Mrs. Carr is that she would have loved what we did,” says the homeowner of the property’s meticulously designed gardens, which she “inherited” from of one of Atlanta’s most devoted horticulturists, Anne Carr. A pair of tennis courts was removed from the property to make room for a pool and poolhouse. Jill Biskin, the artist commissioned to restore the Menaboni painting inside, was also responsible for creating the swimming pool design, inspired by a David Hockney painting. “It’s extremely modern and not at all what you would expect would go on the property,” says the homeowner of the hand-laid tile “scribble,” but they couldn’t be more pleased with the result. opposite Connor, who received the Shutze Award from the Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) earlier this year for her work on another Shutze project, says this refined farm-style home was originally designed to have the appearance of being built over time—making it the perfect candidate for a sensitive renovation. 102

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top row David Austin roses rest atop an assortment of Moroccan tiles from Ann Sacks and Renaissance Tile & Bath. Rosemary flourishes in the courtyard. Currey & Company’s Souk table features intricate detailing. The bowl is from Scout for the Home. bottom row Figs and dates are arranged on a platter from Scout for the Home. The tea service includes fresh mint from the garden. The glasses and tray are from Scout for the Home. The pierced lantern is by Currey & Company. opposite The tea pot is from designer Beth Webb’s personal collection; it belonged to her grandmother. Pomegranate salt and pepper shakers, Scout for the Home.

READING LIST Food from Morocco by Paula Wolfert (Ecco Publishing, $45). PLAYLIST Moroccan Flavours album by various artists ($8.99; amazon.com). SHOPPING LIST ZamouriSpices.com for tagines, Moroccan copperware, spices and more. INSPIRATION “My Marrakesh” blog by Maryam Montague (MoroccanMaryam.typepad.com) 106

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AST APRIL, A GROUP OF ATLANTA DESIGNERS and architects traveled to northern Africa for an annual conference that’s held for professionals within the design community. The Atlanta contingent—of which there were about a dozen— joined other members of the Design Leadership Network from across the United States for this year’s event, which was held in Marrakech, Morocco. As a precursor to the event in Marrakech, Marmi Natural Stone, one of the sponsors, escorted a handful of Atlantans on a trip through Egypt. In addition to touring the company’s facilities in Cairo and some of its marble quarries, the group crisscrossed the area over the course of five days—from the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Karnak to the Great Pyramids. At the official Design Leadership Summit in Marrakech, members participated in four days of design-related lectures, seminars and networking events, along with architectural tours, sightseeing and guided shopping tours of the souks within the city’s medina. Social events included cocktails at Jardin Marjorelle (the former home of Yves Saint Laurent), a grand nighttime feast in the desert and in-

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