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CONTENTS JUNE 2012
INSIPRING SPACES Highlights from Inspiration House, a designer showhouse in conjunction with the 2012 Cathedral Antiques Show & Tour of Homes
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60 PERFECT POISE Atlanta designer Elizabeth Elsey nurtures an English-style garden, from fledgling to fabulous WRITTEN BY HEATHER J. PAPER
READY FOR TAKEOFF Within Atlanta’s new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal are four high-flying works of art PRODUCED BY CLINTON SMITH
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PROFILE: MONICA PEARSON At home with the legendary news anchor and her husband John NEWS Elad Yifrach, designer and founder of the luxury decor company L’Objet, discusses his recent collaboration with famed Italian fabric house, Fortuny.
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Q&A Catching up with celebrated Chef Art Smith CALENDAR Abstract artwork takes the spotlight in galleries around town NAOMI Our resident tastemaker sets her sights on jolly ol’ England FOOD NEWS Dispatches from the local culinary scene ETC. Marcia celebrates summer—in style
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MONICA PEARSON After nearly four decades on WSB-TV, the Channel 2 anchor prepares for a more relaxed lifestyle on a lakeside oasis she shares with husband John
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clockwise, from above “I didn’t want a home for display, I wanted a home that I could be splayed out in,” Monica jokes. One of the home’s most restful and relaxed space is the upstairs landing, where the couple can read a book, watch the water or take a snooze. One of Monica’s big purchases before moving to Atlanta in the ’70s was a cherry dining room table and set of chairs. The investment paid off; today, it holds court above a rug that she and John bought during their travels to Turkey. “My favorite spot is sitting at the dining room table looking out the window at the lake,” Monica says. The couple in the living room. “This house was built for our retirement. We wanted to be able to live in it no matter how inﬁrmed we got. We don’t ever have to go upstairs if we don’t want to. It’s designed to be low maintenance.”
Monica Pearson. Really, just call her Monica. She’s been on a first-name basis with Atlantans for as long as most viewers can remember. A hard-working and vivacious anchorwoman for WSBTV Channel 2 Action News since 1975, Monica has covered everything from Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Peace Prize to the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. But with her retirement on the horizon (her final day will be July 25), Monica knew she was long overdue for a vacation—or at least a home with a view that would make her and her husband, John, feel like they were constantly on one. The pair searched for lake houses on Oconee, Lanier, and even
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as far as the Alabama state line. But it wasn’t until a colleague suggested a lake much closer to Atlanta—just 30 minutes south of the city—that their dream home came closer to fruition. “It was so ideal,” says Monica of the location. “I can still go to the Symphony, see True Colors plays, go to the High, or to my favorite restaurants in Buckhead,” she says, “and it’s an easy drive home.” And while Monica still waxes poetic over her Ansley Park home— a 1906 Arts and Crafts-style house she loved for a quarter-century, once she and John found the perfect property, they began to design a home that was uniquely suited to their needs, working with builder
clockwise, from top left African artifacts line a shelf in the guest room that was given to the Pearsons by builder Ruben Calleiro. In her new home, Monica needed plenty of wall space to hang her genre-bending pieces of African art. In the family room, a painting by Bahamian artist Maxwell Taylor hangs above two ship-inspired pieces by Atlanta artist John T. Riddle. In one, wooden spoons are a metaphor for slaves packed in ships during the Middle Passage; in another, the ship represents the passage of music from Africa that became the roots of Jazz. The master bedroom, designed in calming blue tones, opens to a screened-in porch, which overlooks both the lake and a garden full of ‘Monica’ rose bushes. Tasked with updating pieces from daughter Claire’s room at the family’s Ansley Park home, interior designer Jennifer Greene refreshed a four-poster bed and bureau with hints of green and altered draperies from her former room to create a beautiful valance, says Monica, which makes Claire feel right at home whenever she visits. Boasting one of the best views in the home, Monica calls this guest room the “mothers’ room.” It’s where her mother and John’s mother stay when they visit, and it overlooks the lake and pool terrace.
Ruben Calleiro to make it open, comfortable, light-filled and fun. Avid collectors of African American arts—their genre-bending collection includes works by Romare Bearden, John T. Riddle, David Driskell and Maxwell Taylor—the house also needed plenty of wall space. And that’s where interior designer Jennifer Greene came in, building rooms around prized possessions, and in many cases, making room for new ones, such as the shadow boxes she created for Monica’s 1940s Francisco Rebajes copper jewelry. But equally as important as her art collection were pieces Monica’s earned, inherited, or been given throughout the years. “I look
around this house and I see family and friends in almost everything,” she says. And whether it’s the breakfront upstairs displaying her mother’s prized Blue Willow china or a Mike Luckovich cartoon drawn in her honor, it’s evident that there’s an interesting story behind each painting, sculpture, piece of furniture or carving. Despite each piece’s unique and far-flung roots, though, if there’s one word that describes her personal style, it would be “ecumenical,” she says. “Our home is eclectic, but it’s warm and inviting. I’m comfortable in this house no matter what room I’m in. And to me, that’s the whole reason for having a home.”
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left to right A portion of Monica’s boot and shoe collection. The Pearsons enlisted Ruben Calleiro to create a Montana-style home on their lakeside retreat; the builder worked with Pella and DoorSmith to custom-design the front door and matching his-and-hers garages to establish a commanding entrance to the home. An upstairs hall displays a collection of portraits, photographs and other memorabilia Monica’s been given during her tenure at WSB-TV. “These are my uniforms,” says Monica of her coordinated-by-color on-air attire in her impeccably organized closet.
In Monica’s Own Words IN MY RETIREMENT , I’m going to start out working on my Masters at UGA in telecommunications and I’m starting my own website, atoeinthewater.com. It will launch August 1st. What I’m going to do is go to places you may have thought about going but were afraid to try … I’m going to go stick my toe in the water and tell you if it’s just right or if it’s too cold. WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO ATLANTA , you couldn’t go shopping on Sundays—blue laws were still in effect. On Saturday night, the sidewalks were rolled up and everybody stayed home and went to church on Sundays. GOING ON THE AIR IN 1975, NO WOMAN, NO BLACK, HAD EVER DONE THE 6 O’CLOCK NEWS.
I can remember people not being very nice in person or on the phone because they thought it was not a place I should be. But I also remember the support of people like John Pruitt, who protected me, befriended me, and just is still my heart. MY MOTHER RAISED ME WITH A LOT OF MOTTOS. My favorite is, “It’s what you do with what you have that makes you what you are.” I LOVE TO DRESS UP. I love black tie affairs. I love wearing evening gowns and all the stuff that goes with it. If I could live all of my life in formal attire and my husband in a tuxedo, I would be happy, because I love the feel and the elegance. MY TRIP WITH ANDY YOUNG—THAT WAS THE MOST MAGICAL THING
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I’VE EVER DONE IN MY 37 YEARS OF REPORTING.
The name of the series was “Africa—Continent of Possibilities.” We did a series of reports and a half-hour special. In the series of reports we showed a woman from Atlanta, Susan Mathis, who was making a difference with her game preserve, Mateya, by putting people to work. To see her appreciation for all-things African, that was amazing. And to go to Senegal and see a lake that is literally pink and to know that if you could get a really good road there, what it could do for the infrastructure of the country. TRAVELING WITH ANDY YOUNG WAS LIKE TRAVELING WITH A ROCK STAR.
But it was also the kind of story that caused me—and we did a piece on it—to ﬁnd out what my roots were and it was extremely touching. I USED TO THINK THAT MY BEST YEARS WERE MY TWENTIES. But now I have the home of my dreams, the man of my dreams, my daughter is grown, my mother is happy. These are my best years. My sixties are my best years. Age ain’t nothing but a number. It’s your attitude that counts. I LIVE AT SAKS. Almost everything I own is St. John. JOHN AND [BUILDER] RUBEN CAILLERO BOTH LOVE TO TALK. And they would write little bible verses on the wood beams in the house. So behind every wall in this house is a bible verse. I felt like from the beginning this house was built on sacred, blessed ground. Everything just came together.
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Objects of DESIRE Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles contributor Meg R. Sparwath talks to Elad Yifrach, designer and founder of the luxury decor company L’Objet, about his recent collaboration with famed Italian fabric house, Fortuny.
The beautiful patterns and pigments in Mariano Fortuny’s fabrics; he created a unique pigment that feels vibrant and distressed at the same time. I wanted to transfer that magic to dinnerware and create designs that are innovative and new, yet very time-honored. I was in Venice and immersed myself in the city. I went to museums and the Fortuny archives; I walked around town and took pictures of everything. I wanted to keep his vision and respect who he was as an artist. And I wanted the designs to hold true, as if he had designed a tabletop line himself. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PIECE FROM THE FORTUNY LINE? The Rabat box—it is a decorative box, one of three. The boxes have actual fabric on them; each has a different fabric and design element, interpreted in a hand-cut brass pattern. IS IT TRUE THAT AS A BEVERLY HILLS INTERIOR WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR FORTUNY POUR L’OBJET?
DECORATIVE PLATES, BOWLS, BOXES AND MORE ARE PART OF A NEW COLLECTION FROM L’OBJET, IN COLLABORATION WITH FORTUNY.
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DESIGNER YOU WERE FRUSTRATED WITH YOUR OPTIONS, WHICH LED TO THE BIRTH OF L’OBJET? Yes, there were times when I
couldn’t find accessories and dinnerware that had the
beautiful attention to detail I was looking for.
LOOK FOR DESIGN INSPIRATION EVERYWHERE YOU GO? Yes. I spend about 70 percent of my time traveling to places like Spain, France and Greece, where I get a great deal of inspiration. It could be an architectural element I see or a person walking down the street dressed in an unexpected way, or even the taste of a particular food. IF YOU WERE ONLY ABLE TO CONTROL ONE ASPECT OF A DESIGN—TEXTURE, COLOR OR FINISH—WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE? It would
have to be texture. I’m very big on texture; it forces you to ignite a different sense. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT NEXT FROM L’OBJET? We are expanding the Fortuny collection with bowls, mugs, dinner plates, vases and canisters. The collection has one big statement piece, an 18-inch round platter with a gold finish, which will be introduced in the fall. The L’Objet collection is available through OwenLawrence, 1200 A Howell Mill Road, Atlanta 30318. (404) 869-7360; owenlawrence.com
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Chef ART SMITH Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles chats with the chef and restaurateur about home cooking, his popular Buckhead restaurant and what charity means to him CHEF ART SMITH AT HIS BUCKHEAD RESTURANT, SOUTHERN ART AND BOURBON BAR, LOCATED WITHIN THE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL.
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Atlanta is the New York City of the South. I grew up coming here and discovering the big city life. I’m so excited to be closer WHY ATLANTA AS A HOME FOR SOUTHERN ART?
to home and to bring a taste of home to Atlanta. The city has a lot of great Southern restaurants including Miller Union and Empire State South, but who doesn’t
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BOURBON BAR INCLUDE GRILLED SWORDFISH, CHICKEN FRIED SWEETBREADS WITH A COUNTRY HAM CORNMEAL WAFFLE, SAVORY HEIRLOOM SQUASH SOUP AND, OF COURSE, BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN.
like a proper-made biscuit with Southern flour, lard, butter and some delicious artisan ham from local farms? Yes, I was the one to say, “Get rid of the raw bar because there is no ocean out the back door.” There’s plenty of ham nearby so let’s fill it up with ham. It’s a great Southern artisan food. HOW INVOLVED WERE YOU IN THE DESIGN OF THE SPACE? We filled the ceiling with artwork by local artists. It was inspired by the Philippe Starck-designed restaurant South Beauty that I visited in Beijing, China. The recipes woven into the carpet were not my idea but I absolutely love it. It is wonderful to know my family’s recipes are woven into a big city restaurant carpet. WHERE DID THE INSPIRATION COME FROM FOR THE BOURBON BAR? YOU FEATURE MORE THAN 70 BOURBON OF-
OK, you’ve got ham and biscuits, what about drinks? Well, as I talked about in my book, Back to the Table, we know iced tea is the wine of the South but bourbon is the cognac of the South. Southerners love their bourbon straight up or in mint juleps, the regional drink. EVERYBODY IN THE CITY IS ARM WRESTLING
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OVER YOUR BISCUITS AND HAMS. WE LOVE BENTON’S. WHAT’S YOUR FA-
I don’t have a favorite ham. Of course, I love Benton’s for its smoky flavor but they are all my favorites. In fact, I don’t eat ham unless it’s from my Ham Bar, freshly sliced by Chef Anthony. WHAT DO YOU COOK FOR YOURSELF AT HOME? I am about to cook a pot of artisan butter beans that a dear, fancy Italian chef friend of mine gave me in New York. I’ve got some salt pork, and now I need to find the cornbread. Yum! CHARITY IS AN INTEGRAL VORITE?
PART OF YOUR BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY. WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT INITIATIVES? Common Threads was created out of love for children, because
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▼ ITALIAN ARTIST PIETRO PICCOLI CAPTURES THE VIBRANT SPIRIT OF THE MEDITERRANEAN IN HIS LATEST COLLECTION AT R. ALEXANDER GALLERY. THROUGH 6/29. 309 EAST PACES FERRY RD., ATLANTA 30305. (404) 841-1184; RALEXANDERGALLERY.COM
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GEORGE LONG’S NEW WORK AT MARCIA WOOD GALLERY EXPLORES HUMAN BEHAVIOR THROUGH DELICATELY EXECUTED, NUANCED IMAGES OF CHILDREN CREATED BY SKILLFUL APPLICATIONS OF GRAPHITE, OIL AND VENETIAN PLASTER. THROUGH 6/9. 263 WALKER ST., ATLANTA 30313. (404) 827-0030; MARCIAWOODGALLERY.COM 24
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Adiós, Mykonos. See you another day, St. Tropez. This summer, everyone who is anyone (plus those of us who think we’re someone) will be in London. In fact, London hasn’t been this hot since the early 1980s when Prince Andrew was dating Koo Stark, the soft-porn star. Now that was a torrid affair! First up this summer is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration. It’s going to be a jam-packed four days with all of the pomp and pageantry that the English do so well. There will be a Royal Pageant on the Thames, a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral and the BBC concert at Buckingham Palace, not to mention private lunches and dinners galore. That’s a lot of partying, and I’m getting knackered even thinking about it. Then there are those annual highlights of the London summer social season: Royal Ascot and the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party. I prefer Ascot as it’s a little old-fashioned and crusty (like me), plus it gives me the opportunity to wear my Philip Treacy feather-and-tulle hat! I haven’t a clue what to wear to the Serpentine Gallery soiree, as it’s probably going to be full of PYTs wearing LBDs. S.O.S! The biggest event this season, though, has to be the Summer Olympics. I had my heart set on attending both the badminton and the synchronized swimming competitions, but the only tickets I could come by were those for handball. I don’t even know what handball is! At least I can take consolation in the fact that I do have tickets for Wimbledon. Lawn tennis is such a civilized sport—except for those grunting female players. With all of that screaming, you would think they were giving birth out on Centre Court! And just like the old days, when I lived in London, I plan to dine at my former haunts like The Ivy, J. Sheekey and Annabel’s, where I can get the sustenance I’ll need to keep up with this grueling social whirl. It’s amazing what a good sticky toffee pudding can do for the body and the soul! 25
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IN THE DEFT HANDS OF TWENTY DESIGNERS AT THIS YEAR’S CATHEDRAL ANTIQUES SHOW’S INSPIRATION HOUSE, FINE ANTIQUES, MID-CENTURY OBJECTS AND VINTAGE FINDS WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY CLINTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHED BY ERICA GEORGE DINES NEVER LOOKED AS NEW
Earlier this year, the Cathedral Antiques Show & Tour of Homes celebrated its 41st anniversary with an array of events, including lectures from celebrated New York designers Jeffrey Bilhuber and Richard Keith Langham. The second-ever Inspiration House was located within the Deanery on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. Philip and was a laboratory for designers to showcase antiques and vintage furnishings in a way suited to our modern-day lifestyles. On this spread, rooms by Elisabeth Jordan, Laura Walker Baird and Lindsay Coral Harper are representative of the joie de vivre found throughout the house.
A pair of Sicilian armchairs, circa 1840, ﬂank a painting by Bernd Haussmann, who is represented through Emily Amy Gallery. A Tuscan armoire, circa 1698, stands out against walls painted in Organdy by Benjamin Moore. The ceiling is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Smoke Embers. An ikat runner is draped over a modern chair. Framed antique prints serve as a focal point in the keeping room. The fabric for the curtains is by F. Schumacher. Unless otherwise noted, all of the room’s furnishings, including the silk-and-wool handwoven Tibetan rug and Gus Modern sectional sofa, are available through Verde Home by Laura Walker.
KEEPING ROOM Laura Walker Baird, Verde Home by Laura Walker WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THIS SPACE? We started with the rug, which is 50 percent silk and in a calming color palette. With the loft-style sofa, both of these foundation pieces gave us the feeling of ‘comfortable luxury’ that we wanted to convey. WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES OF WORKING IN THE SPACE? The biggest challenge was that the family room opens directly onto the kitchen. Also, it is not a large room but needs to accommodate the largest number of people in the most comfortable way. We had to be economical. The ﬁreplace is also a focal point, and is directly opposite of the kitchen, making furniture placement a bit tricky. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE COLOR PALETTE IN YOUR SPACE AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT? We wanted the room to feel warm and cozy. Since the space is directly off of the kitchen, it’s likely that it would be used consistently by a family throughout the day. We wanted to successfully marry contemporary pieces with antique elements, so the color palette was very important. We chose a purple-pink tone for the walls to give it a youthful ﬂair, which was toned down with gray on the ceiling and on the backs of the builtin bookshelves, giving it sophistication and balance. WHAT DID YOU WANT VISITORS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR DESIGN? That you can put a very contemporary nickel chandelier in front of an antique mirror and not have it feel out of place. Successful design is all in the curation, and, thus, it’s the collection of the individual pieces that make a room personal and alive. 34
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KITCHEN Design by Hammersmith; Styling by Mimi Williams, Mimi Williams Interiors The kitchen of the Deanery at the Cathedral of St. Philip was completely remodeled last year by Hammersmith, a residential remodeling and design-build architectural ﬁrm. Sleek cabinets, concrete countertops and a glass tile backsplash brought contemporary, European styling to the 1980sera home. The commercial-style appliances are by Wolf and Sub-Zero. For this year’s Inspiration House, Designer Mimi Williams juxtaposed the room’s clean, modern lines with contemporary art, sculptural accessories and overscaled objets d’art that feature a bit of patina and age. 37
A “Tears of Ireland” oval mirror hangs above a Regency-style bookcase. Both are part of a pair and available through Parc Monceau. The crystal hexagon buffet lamp is from Circa Lighting. Venetian walnut dining chairs, circa 1760, are from A. Tyner Antiques. The Gothic-style six-light gilded lantern and mid-century gilded-and-black iron sconces are from Parc Monceau. The “Sepia Ink Spot” artwork is by Mora Robinson, who is represented through Belvedere. A French settee from Parc Monceau is adorned with antique Verdure tapestry fragment pillows from Foxglove Antiques & Galleries. Italian carved panels, also from Foxglove, hang above it. The paint color is custom and the Asian-style screen, zebra-print rug and stone table are from the designer’s own collection.
DINING ROOM Amy Morris, Amy D. Morris Interiors HOW DO YOU APPROACH THE DESIGN OF A ROOM? The client is usually the inspiration because the space should really be a backdrop to how they live. In this case, however, since there wasn’t a client, we took our cue from fashion. WHAT PARTICULARLY INSPIRED YOU IN FASHION? Color and prints, with the main print being the zebra rug. WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES OF WORKING IN THE SPACE? The only real challenge was having a vision for a single room rather than having it ﬂow with an entire house. Since it wasn’t truly in conjunction with the other rooms in the house, we really had to create something that would pop. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE COLOR PALETTE IN YOUR SPACE AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT? Bold and rich. We found fabrics that were an exact match to a fashion advertisement we had seen at the beginning of the season. We then took those fabrics to the paint store to be matched. WHAT DID YOU WANT VISITORS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR DESIGN? A good color palette will always leave a lasting impression. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR ROOM? The bold color combination that provides a dramatic backdrop for the antiques.
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LIVING ROOM Rick Anthony Bonner, Bonner, LLC HOW DO YOU APPROACH THE DESIGN OF A SPACE? I never design any room in a vacuum. I begin every project by learning about and
understanding the family who will inhabit that space and how it relates to the home as a whole. For this project, the living room serves as a hub for a family who prizes its time together creating and enjoying music. WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES OF WORKING IN THIS SPACE? I couldn’t have asked for a better space architecturally, for its placement within the house, or for the amazing windows that ﬂooded the room with natural light. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE COLOR PALETTE IN YOUR SPACE AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT? The color is crisp and elementally neutral, favoring form as the expression. I chose the palette—grounded by walls in a pure, bright white—to place emphasis on the forms of the individual elements of the room, as well as the composition and utilization of the space. WHAT DID YOU WANT VISITORS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR DESIGN? I wanted visitors to learn that interior design can be transformative, helping people live their best lives. There is no singular deﬁnition of a ‘living room,’ and I want visitors to understand that the right living room for them is the one that reﬂects the way they live. 41
clockwise, from above Dawn Trimble’s Sir John Soane-inspired passageway. Marcia Weber’s landscaping for the home’s front entrance. Robert Spiotta’s foyer. opposite The terrace by Shawn Miles Bailey of Home Decorators Collection.
TERRACE Shawn Miles Bailey, Home Decorators Collection WHAT DID YOU WANT VISITORS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR DESIGN? Exterior spaces can be as beautiful and comfortable as your interior spaces. With today’s technological breakthroughs in durable materials, the outdoor furniture and rugs of today blur the lines of indoor and outdoor pieces, so get creative! PASSAGEWAY Dawn Trimble, White Box Interiors WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION? The Soane Museum in London, England. Because my space was rooted in neoclassic design, I decided to work with the wall trim and paneling. If a room has good ‘bones’ to begin with, it helps with creating a narrative for the room. By keeping your background simple, it’s possible to unify a variety of antique items—by scale, shape, size and texture—into a holistic space. MAIN ENTRANCE LANDSCAPING Marcia Weber, Gardens to Love HOW DO YOU APPROACH THE DESIGN OF THE SPACE? Inspiration for the small parterre garden planted with cyclamen came from old garden books in our office library. We needed that bright pink color as a visual snap to a dull late-winter week. And the hot pink was used inside the house, as well. FOYER Robert Spiotta, Robert Spiotta Decorative Arts, Ltd. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR SPACE? The room’s greatest challenge is also its greatest asset: it is multivalent. It has to be experienced simultaneously on several different levels, spatially and psychologically. So, I love the artwork I chose, especially the piece you experience when you walk in the front door—the kinetic, sensual photograph on silk by Mexican teenage artist Camila Apaez Rubio. 43
LIBRARY Lindsey Coral Harper, Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors HOW DID YOU APPROACH THE DESIGN OF THE LIBRARY? My jumping-off point was the carpet. I wanted to do a rich, jewel-toned room, glossy from ﬂoor to ceiling. So when I found the inkblot carpet from Doris Leslie Blau, I ﬂipped! It looked like a Rorschach, so I thought that my room could double as an ‘in-home shrink’s office.’ HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE COLOR PALETTE IN YOUR SPACE AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT? The color in my room was Mulberry by Benjamin Moore. It is a beautiful deep pink-plum color that I pulled out of the carpet. There was only a smidge in the carpet, so I ran with it. The carpet had other rich colors and a lot of platinum, so I mixed in black and white to balance it. WHAT DID YOU WANT VISITORS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR DESIGN? Several things. I love the unexpected, and I wanted to take your typical library and turn it on its head. It’s okay to push the envelope and go a bit modern in a traditional space. A bold, rich color can work in a small room. Hopefully, it made people realize that it’s OK to think outside of the box. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR ROOM? That’s difficult. I love the paint color and the carpet was divine, but that chandelier was pretty dynamite. And that curtain fabric—ooh la la! 44
The Tony Duquette California Sunburst Chandelier is from Remains Lighting in New York. The paint color is Mulberry 2075-20 by Benjamin Moore. The valance fabric is Silver Satin by Pindler & Pindler. The black leather-and-square metal nailhead trim on the valances is by Samuel and Sons. Curtain panel fabric is India by Elitis. The wallpaper lining the back of the bookshelves is Pheasant by Twigs, a Venice, California-based company. Dan Edge hung the wallcovering. The black and white leather bound books were provided by E. Lawrence Ltd. The large painting is by Jen Bradley, represented through Emily Amy Gallery. The Rorschach-style paintings are by Jay C Lohmann, New York. The carpet is Madagascar by Doris Leslie Blau, New York. The vintage desk if from Parc Monceau. The ottoman is from Mid-Century Antiques in Stamford, Connecticut, and the custom slipcover was created by Genesis Upholstery, New York. The lamp is by Christopher Spitzmiller. All accessories in bookshelves, Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors. Two vintage Milo Baughman chairs, Slate Interiors, Charlotte, North Carolina. The chairs are upholstered in a Kravet Fabric; the throw pillow fabric is Groundworks for Lee Jofa. Pair of brass-and-glass side tables, circa 1960, Duane Antiques, New York. The bar was redesigned with tile and ďŹ ttings from Ann Sacks and Kohler and stocked with liquor from H&F Bottle Shop.
The lady’s retreat is painted in Clay Beige OC-11 by Benjamin Moore. The framed antique jade pieces and antique trunk are available through Elisabeth Jordan Interiors. A former closet was transformed into a petite work station. The Colefax & Fowler wallpaper, Summer Palace, is available through Travis & Company. The custom drapery panels with velvet borders were designed by Elisabeth Jordan. The custom wall-mounted desk, bulletin board, oval stool and painted étagère are available through the designer’s ﬁrm, Elizabeth Jordan Interiors. The brass lantern is from Edgar-Reeves Lighting & Antiques.
LADY’S RETREAT Elisabeth Jordan, Elisabeth Jordan Interiors WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE LADIES RETREAT? My inspiration was a woman like most of my friends here in Atlanta. She has a husband, children and a job—and is devoted to all of them. I wanted to create a calm space that would allow her the opportunity to relax, reﬂect and renew herself. A place where she could have a cup of coffee in the morning to plan the day that is just beginning or a glass of wine in the evening to reﬂect on the day that has passed. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE COLOR PALETTE IN YOUR SPACE AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT? The color palette I chose was very neutral. I wanted to make a jewel box of lavender in the office niche and then have touches of that color that complemented the creams and beiges in the larger space. I chose this palette because I am drawn to rugs, furniture and fabrics that reﬂect a well-worn patina, and I create color and interest in the layering of similar tones in different textures within a space. WHAT DID YOU WANT VISITORS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR DESIGN? I wanted them to ﬁrst have a sense of overall calm as they entered the room and experienced the ‘retreat’ I was creating. Then, as they looked more closely at the space, I wanted them to appreciate the attention to detail, from the framed antique jade pieces to the custom drape tables to the layering of textures in the fabrics and trims on the upholstery and pillows. 46
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The lounge chair is by Warren Platner for Knoll. The Art Deco Bibliotek, circa 1920, is from Finland and is by Eliel Saarinen. It is available through Björk Antikt & Studio. Etagère by Milo Baughman, available through City Issue. The oval-framed portraiture of collected ocean debris that hangs above the sofa is part of Pam Longobardi’s Drifters Project. A photograph by Gail Foster hangs behind the desk. The handknotted Tibetan Rug is by Stark Carpet. Swedish Empire Sofa, circa 1920, is from Björk Antikt & Studio. Tolomeo’s Off Center Suspension Lamp by Michele De Lucchi and G. Fassina hovers over the center of the room. It is by Artemide, available through Illuminations Contract. FontanaArte’s polished aluminum-and-steel Vertigo Floor Lamp by Marco Acerbis is to the right of the desk. Next to the sofa rests the Aloes Lamp by Charles of Paris, available through Baker, Knapp & Tubbs.
GENTLEMAN’S LOUNGE Jason Todd Bailey and Tom Williams Jr., Jason Todd Bailey, LLC and T. Williams Design HOW DO YOU APPROACH THE DESIGN OF A ROOM? We each start by listening, observing, and contemplating possible solutions. We try to realize what the space will become, wants to become and needs to become. WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION? The classic, innovative, industrial, intellectual, masculine and leisurely aspects of early 20th century culture. More speciﬁcally, the client being a modern day interpretation of Clark Gable. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE COLOR PALETTE IN YOUR SPACE AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT? Deep, rich, and seductive. We wanted the pieces to be contained ‘within’ the space like a cocoon. The color acting like a backdrop to the high-styled pieces. WHAT DID YOU WANT VISITORS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR DESIGN? That you can mix pieces from various time periods and styles and achieve a cohesive, functional and aesthetically pleasing result without it feeling overpowering.. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR ROOM? While the pieces we selected were exquisite, and some extravagant, the room was very comfortable and inviting. 51
MASTER BEDROOM Summer Loftin and Scott Reed, Summer Loftin Antiques and S. Reed Design WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE MASTER BEDROOM? The space embodied the opulence of a 1940s Fifth Avenue penthouse, tailored for a 2012 lifestyle. WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES OF WORKING IN THE SPACE? Though large, the room was awkwardly planned, and low ceilings made the room feel dark. The ﬁrst act was to install a custom crown molding that created depth and gave the illusion of height. HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THE PALETTE? A color palette of rich Kelly green, black and cream—accented with the hint of gilt—provides the backdrop for ﬁne antiques and bold artwork. Placed upon a pair of Directoire armchairs, silk velvet pillows that are heavily embroidered in gold thread were the muse around which the room evolved. Drapery in a Jim Thompson silk recalls the sophisticated stylings of Dorothy Draper while feeling fresh and au courant. WHAT DID YOU WANT VISITORS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR DESIGN? The master bedroom ﬁnds a harmony of comfort and purpose, aesthetics and function. Antiques and modern art culminate to create a space for both work and repose, where each corner holds a different experience and tells the story of travel, knowledge and imagination. 52
A carefully curated collection of antiques furnishes the room. A 19th-century English secretary is strategically placed to strike a sense of symmetry along the far wall; its original antique mirrors reﬂect light that casts shadows across the ceiling. An English regency table and a smaller Arte Moderne iron gueridon by Parisian artist Poillerat sit next to a pair of Directoire armchairs. Placed in marching order on a Regency period server are a set of 16th-century Chinese burial talismans, each carrying a musical instrument to symbolize the love of music and its transfer into eternity. In stark contrast is a vivid work by Mississippi artist Richard McKey, titled “Dance Forever,” ﬂanked by a pair of Neoclassical sconces. The strong architectural lines of the iron bed echo the graceful curves of 1920s Chinoiserie demilunes. Antique Spanish mirrors ﬂank the bed. A bench in the style of Louis XVI rests atop an Oushak rug. The designers used a Jim Thompson silk fabric for the room’s draperies and comforter.
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MASTER BATH Jenny Rothman, Designer, Hammersmith HOW DO YOU APPROACH THE DESIGN OF A ROOM? Holistically. WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION? The words clean and pure. DESCRIBE THE COLOR PALETTE IN YOUR SPACE. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT? The materials were chosen for their clean, modern lines—in shades of soft white, gray and espresso—as well as for their purity, softness, contrast and subtle drama. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR ROOM? It’s a tie between the subtle “cross” pattern designed into the ﬂoor and the use of indirect lighting. The bath is an interior space with no natural light, but natural light was mimicked by creating white laminated panels on the sides of the shower, backlit with ﬂuorescent tubes. The freestanding vanity was also backlit to provide more dramatic yet subtle lighting.
BEDROOM Chris Holt, Holt Interiors WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION? It really began with a color idea, and then I found several fabrics that served as inspiration. The rest sort of developed from there. I wanted it to be classic but fresh. I like to bring timeless things together in a way that doesn’t feel old or routine. HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR COLOR PALETTE? I wanted to create a masculine yet romantic mood, and use a soothing, calming color palette. I was so inspired by a deep teal color that I essentially wanted to create an entire room around it. WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES OF WORKING IN THE SPACE? Maintaining appropriate scale and proportion. The upstairs of the home only had 8-foot ceilings and the room was fairly small, so I had to make it feel grand but not out of scale. GUEST BATH Brooke Merrill, Brooke Merrill Home WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR ROOM? I love how the custom wallpaper turned out. Since we used native Georgian coastal foliage as the inspiration, we named the paper “Richmond Hill.” Wallpaper designer Bethany Travis and I had the best time collaborating on the design; the snake sunning on the rock was the perfect touch to the wallscape. That motif also led us to create the custom snake fabric for the Roman shade. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE COLOR PALETTE? We used a mix of browns, grays, teals and chartreuse—my favorite color palette. Chris Holt, the designer of the adjoining bedroom, had already chosen these colors and was gracious enough to let me piggyback off the palette for my bathroom. It added a touch of thoughtfulness that visitors appreciated, even if on a subconscious level. 56
Pratt & Lambert’s Cloud of Winter 19-26 blankets the guest room’s walls. Three other Pratt & Lambert paint colors were also used in the space: Silver Birch 18-31, on the ceiling; Silver Lining 32-32, for the trim; and Forest Night 24-19, for the accent stripe. The custom upholstered bed with iron canopy was designed by Holt Interiors and built by Mario Hernandez and Iron Studio. Bedside lamps, Baker, Knapp & Tubbs. The Turkish Transitional Rug is from Keivan Woven Arts. The antique fruitwood commode, circa 1795, is from William Word Fine Antiques. Lynn Geesaman’s photograph, “Peaover Hall Garden,” hangs above it. The artist is represented by Jackson Fine Art. The antique French desk, circa late 18th century, is from Ainsworth-Noah & Associates. The photograph over the desk is osef Hoﬂehner’s “Jet Liner,” available through Jackson Fine Art. Wicker chair and mirror are from the designer’s own collection. above Brooke Merrill’s adjacent guest bath featured a complementary color scheme. Vanity by Bell Cabinetry. Sink by Xylem. The mounts are swiss antiques from A. Tyner Antiques. Fabric and trim by Beacon Hill.
For the nursery, the designers started their color scheme by incorporating bright yellow. From there, berry red and light gray were added. The colors are grounded with the ﬂax-colored chairs, a brown-and-white rug and the white crib. Colorful block-printed pillows—handmade in Athens—and whimsical accessories add a ﬁnishing touch. below In the guest bath, designer Susan Currie chose Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White paint as the background for the mural.
NURSERY Allison Harper and Nancy Pendergrast Duffey, Allison Harper Interior Design and Scout for the Home WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION? Versatility. We wanted to create a nursery with a neutral envelope, where the investment pieces would work for a girl or boy, and the accessories and paint could be tweaked to personalize the room for each child. We also wanted the space to be fun, so we mixed more graphic, modern pieces with antiques. WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES OF WORKING IN THE SPACE? The main challenge of working with the space was the slanted wall above the crib. We chose to highlight the area by painting the wall with chalkboard paint and hanging large sconces. This gave the area interest that drew the eye away from the issue of the slanted wall. GUEST BATH Susan Currie, Susan Currie Design WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION? One day I was looking at images of bluebirds against a snowy winter landscape and that sparked my imagination. Connecting what we see outdoors led to creating an unexpected and elegant bath. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE COLOR PALETTE? The color scheme came naturally and it all revolved around the colors seen on bluebirds. As you study bluebirds, thereâ€™s much more than blue. I noticed the warm russet tones on their breasts and discovered that the Calacatta Gold marble reinforced this hue, with the golden veins mixed with gray tones against a creamy white background.
ATLANTA DESIGNER BETH ELSEY NURTURES AN ENGLISH-STYLE GARDEN, FROM FLEDGLING TO FABULOUS WRITTEN BY HEATHER J. PAPER PHOTOGRAPHED BY MALI AZIMA
This view through the parterre garden leads through arches covered with New Dawn climbing roses mixed with Will Goodwin clematis. Korean boxwoods, granite cobblestones and American boxwoods line the pea gravel path. opposite New Dawn roses embody the sense of serenity found in this garden.
I In the parterre garden— ﬁlled with white foxglove, blue delphinium, Nikko Blue hydrangeas, Lily of the Valley and Japanese Beech ferns—a whitepainted Henry Hall bench is ﬂanked by large specimen American boxwoods. The terraced bed behind the bench and retaining wall is ﬂanked with two Yoshino cherry trees and ﬁlled with white impatiens, green and white caladiums, wild ginger and Autumn ferns.
It’s hard to believe that, when interior designer Beth Elsey and her husband built their home nine years ago, the garden was non-existent save for a demilune brick retaining wall, a pair of Yoshino cherry trees, a few magnolias and some American boxwood. But gardening was in Elsey’s blood, so to speak. “My mother, an avid gardener herself, was a great source of inspiration,” she explains. “She had a beautiful garden which she created and planted entirely on her own, as well as a greenhouse and, later, a vegetable garden. From a very young age, I remember watching her enthusiasm as she would install a new grouping of plants shared from a friend’s garden or her sheer delight when the garden would be in full bloom.” Elsey admits that, initially, she struggled with the odd shape of the lot, ultimately spending a few years trying to bring some semblance of order to the space while working toward some speciﬁc goals: She wanted the privacy of a cocoon, a beautiful view from every window, and a feeling that the garden was an extension of each interior room. “My sister-in-law, Gretchen Musser, is a landscape architect and helped me work out the overall concept,” Elsey says. From there, a curved brick walk lined with Korean boxwoods and granite cobblestones was installed from the side gate, which leads to a small parterre garden immediately behind the screened porch. Next were the rose arches to ﬂank the entrance to the pea gravel path in the parterre, which was lined with cobblestones, and Korean boxwoods and American boxwoods at each corner. Each section within the parterre was ﬁ lled with Nikko Blue hydrangeas and under-planted with Lily of the Valley, and obelisks were added to bring in another structural element. “I have always loved the order and symmetry of an English garden,” Elsey says. “It has a calming effect for me, that mixture of structure and looseness, evergreen and seasonal. Even though it looks like it would require a lot of maintenance, once established, it is relatively easy to maintain.” With the hardscape ﬁ rmly in place, it was a chance encounter at a local nursery—where she ran into hometown friend and garden designer, John Cox—that led to the picture-perfect ﬁ nishing touches. “From that fortuitous encounter, we began a wonderful collaboration on my garden, which also blossomed into a great friendship,” Elsey recalls. “We added fabulous Italian terra cotta containers ﬁ lled with both seasonal and perennial plantings, adding dimension and structure in just the right scale. His vast knowledge and keen eye were instrumental in helping me bring the garden to its current state. “I love the surprise of seeing the ﬁ rst blooms of ﬂowering quince heralding spring, having mounds of gorgeous hydrangeas to clip for arrangements in early summer, the sasanqua laden with its pure white blooms in the fall and the juxtaposition of the velvet faces of blue pansies against the structure of boxwoods in the winter. I can honestly say my garden brings me tremendous pleasure every single day.” SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK. 63
PALE BLUES, CRISP WHITES AND RICH GREENS FORM A CALMING PALETTE IN THE LUSH GARDEN
Blue Star Creeper takes on a lace-like quality. opposite, from top Elseyâ€™s preferred shades of blue are prevalent both indoors and out, appearing here in the form of Nikko Blue hydrangeas in Italian terra cotta pots. Large specimen American boxwoods are set in custom wood planters. The lounge chairs and ottomans are by Janus et Cie, and the pillow fabric is by Travers. Copper lanterns are by McLean Lighting Works, available through Paul + Raulet. Inside a parterre, a whitepainted obelisk is covered with Vanso Blue Light clematis. White foxglove and blue delphinium peek up behind the boxwood hedge with Nikko Blue hydrangeas and a large specimen American Boxwood in the background. 64
Suspended over the transition area just beyond the security checkpoint is Donald Lipski’s Swarovski crystal-laden piece, “Rebilace.” The conical sculpture is lit from within and reﬂects a brilliant, natural light that cascades over the space. opposite “Veneers” by Amy Landesberg is a 640-foot-long art wall that uses glass, steel, color, pattern and light to engage passengers. Each panel of the piece depicts wood grains from extinct or endangered tree species. “Veneers” is also a functional work of art, as it divides areas within the pedestrian corridor between concourses E and F (the new international terminal).
WITHIN ATLANTA’S NEW MAYNARD H. JACKSON JR. INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL—WHICH OPENED MAY 16—ARE FOUR HIGH-FLYING WORKS OF ART COMMISSIONED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE AIRPORT PRODUCED BY CLINTON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHED BY DAVID CHRISTENSEN
Perm Permanent art has been be a staple at Atlanta’s main airport since 1979, when former Mayor Maynard Jackson commissioned 14 pieces for the then-new main terminal. Since then, the Airport Art Program collection has grown to include more than 250 works, in addition to ongoing rotating exhibits. For the new Concourse F, which also bears Jackson’s name, a number of largescale, site-speciﬁc pieces were commissioned. Most of the works are on view to anyone traveling through Concourse F—also known as the new international terminal—while others can only be seen by select passengers. Travelers who arrive at certain gates, for instance, will be privy to one particular piece as they make their way through clearance at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, while others may miss the installation that connects Concourses E and F if they don’t have connecting ﬂights. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles photographed the new pieces before the terminal opened, so regardless of your ﬁnal destination, you can see all of the artwork here—no passport or boarding pass required.
Made of acrylic and liquid crystals, “airFIELD” by Uebersee is a suspended, interactive sculpture with two intersecting parts. From certain angles, the form resembles a bird taking ﬂight. Electricity is synced with aircraft arrivals and departures, and pulses through the acrylic pixels, changing their transparency and creating the illusion of movement ﬂowing through the piece. opposite “Light Waves” is an interactive light and sound installation that immerses the space in color and music as well as the “indigenous sounds” of Georgia. Passengers will affect the musical tones by simply walking past the wall sensors, or they can compose music by “playing” the sensors with their hands. The artist, Christopher Janney, has said that he doesn’t build sculpture so much as musical instruments.
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Lazy DAYS Heaven. I’m in heaven and my heart is beating wildly. Why? School is out, and that means that all of the “Momma-it’smidnight-and-I-have-atest-tomorrow-on-abook-I-haven’t-read” craziness is behind me. For now, at least. Summer is here, and my daughter Annabelle and I are headed out for some fun with a capital F. June is the month to try on new and easy summer looks. Of course, I like looks that also push the limit. With caftans and full-length summer dresses all the
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rage, I’m getting out my vintage Geoffrey Beene dress and will be wearing it all of the time. I don’t care about the sequins. I just need to head over to Lenox Square and find some flats to which I can adhere some matching sequins with my glue gun. Anabelle is horrified by this wardrobe choice, but what’s new? The one thing she and I can agree on is that we’re going to miss Screen on the Green at Piedmont Park. There is nothing like an evening picnic and watching a movie on the big screen.
It reminds me so much of the drive-ins of my youth in Birmingham. Except this time I’m not sneaking in with the neighborhood kids, hunkered down on the backseat floorboard with brown grocery bags full of popcorn. If I don’t make it to the Starlight Six DriveIn on Moreland, CinéBistro at Town Brookhaven is tops on my list. Along with Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages, they’ll serve you lamb lollipops, crab dip and meatloaf sliders! Summerfest in Vir-
ginia-Highland is also around the corner. I’ll remember to bring sunscreen this year. The theme for the parade is “wild animal safari,” which is so apropos. I can dress up like my favorite wild animal ... me! And with the heat index rising, I’ll duck into the High Museum to cool myself and view the new exhibit, “Picturing New York/Picturing the South.” Since I live in both places, I can’t wait to see the show. Look for me—I’ll be the one with the hand-held fan from Hammacher Schlemmer.
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Marcia kicks off summer with a to-do list