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PERSONAL ∏REASURE In a community all but forgotten by the hustle and bustle of modern-day Atlanta, Barbara Westbrook counts her personal home as the perfect reprieve WRITTEN BY KATE ABNEY

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S∏YLISH SPACES A∏ WORK Designer Suzanne Kasler and architect Stan Dixon grant us an intimate, unprecedented peek at their Buckhead oΩices WRITTEN BY CLINTON SMITH AND KATE ABNEY DESIGNING DUOS Pursuing careers that run the gamut from shop owners to interior designers, these eight pairs of mothers and daughters—having chosen to work together—give a new spin to the age-old adage “like mother, like daughter.” MORE IS MORE A noted California designer comes to Atlanta for an evening of glamour and fun WRITTEN BY CLINTON SMITH

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PROFILE: EMILY GIFFIN This lauded Atlanta storyteller releases the fifth in a series of bestselling novels and lets us in on all of her favorite things OU∏DOOR LIVING Three chic outdoor spaces spotlight the best of local design, while we round up stylish weather-ready pieces for every personal taste PERFEC∏ PORCHES A new coΩee table book, penned by the president of SCAD, oΩers a captivating tribute to America’s most treasured outdoor space

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FOOD NEWS Blueberries arrive in markets this month to invigorate local menus; plus, three seasonal events and two new spots for crave-worthy cuisine CALENDAR Mesmerizing exhibits, elegant garden tours, a name change for a leading gallery and a landmark expansion for a favorite in-town destination

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FRESH. FEARLESS. FUN.

The tastemakers on this page and throughout this issue are redefining local design’s new attitude—and we like the direction it’s headed. After a cold, gloomy winter and not-so-sunny spring, the people in this issue usher us into summer with élan and optimism, not to mention a wealth of expertise and insight. Here’s to local design—now and in the future!

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EMILY GIFFIN Dubbed a “modern-day Jane Austen” and a “dependably down-to-earth storyteller,” this Atlanta author is back with her fifth novel, set for publication this month

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A STACK OF ATLANTA AUTHOR EMILY GIFFIN’S BEST-SELLING TOMES. OPPOSITE: GIFFIN, AT HOME IN HER DEN.

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Emily Giffin’s previous novels—Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof and Love the One You’re With—are bestsellers and have been translated into 29 languages. And, more than 5 million copies are collectively in print worldwide! On May 11, her latest, Heart of the Matter ($26.99, St. Martin’s Press), will debut and it has already been called her most ambitious, layered and emotionally charged novel to date. GiΩin’s books are known for their endearingly flawed characters and emotional complexity; three of them have even been optioned for the big screen. Something Borrowed has been fast-tracked for an early 2010 shoot by the production companies of Hilary Swank and Edward Burns. (At press time, actress Ginnifer Goodwin has been cast as Rachel, one of the lead characters.) A Chicago native, GiΩin graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, she moved to Manhattan and practiced litigation at a large firm for several years while she paid back her school loans, writing a novel in her limited spare time and dreaming of becoming a writer. Despite the rejection of her first manuscript, GiΩin persisted; she retired from the legal profession and moved to London to pursue her dreams fulltime. It was there that she began writing Something Borrowed (2004), a story

of a young woman who, upon turning 30, finally learned to take a risk and follow her heart. One year later, GiΩin’s own gamble paid oΩ as she completed her manuscript, landed an agent and signed a two-book deal on both sides of the Atlantic. The following summer, Something Borrowed—hailed as a “heartbreakingly honest debut” with “dead-on dialogue, real-life complexity and genuine warmth”—became a surprise sensation and GiΩin vowed never to practice law again. After her husband accepted a job at Newell Rubbermaid, the couple moved from London to Atlanta. “I can’t imagine a better place to raise a family,” says the author, who is also the mother of three small children. MY HOME REFLECTS…a love of books, art and photographs. I view my home as a sanctuary filled with memories—and decorating as the ultimate form of self-expression. I GET MY BEST INSPIRATION…on long walks, alone, and from latenight phone conversations with my sister and friends. MY FAVORITE SHOPPING SPOTS FOR CLOTHING ARE…Sandpiper,

Poppy’s, JeΩrey and J.Crew. THE ONE BEAUTY PRODUCT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IS…La Mer lip

balm. I buy them by the halfdozen. There are two on my desk right now. WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME IS…that I don’t drive

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THE PERSON I LOOK UP TO MOST

The National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern, both in London. I prefer smaller museums with more manageable collections.

IS…anyone at the top of her

WHEN I GET AN UNEXPECTED

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DAY TO MYSELF…I love catching

a matinee. There is nothing more satisfying than being alone in the middle of a dark theater with a box of Raisinets.

WAYS TAKE GUESTS IS…the Georgia Aquarium. It is beyond compare. We took the kids to London one year and they thought the aquarium there was a pet store.

MY FAVORITE PLACE FOR QUIET

THE PLACE I LOVE TO TRAVEL

CONTEMPLATION IS…my attic of-

IS…anywhere exotic and very

fice, although some of my best writing has taken place in the din of a crowded coΩee shop.

diΩerent from home. My favorite trips have been to South Africa, Israel and Iceland. And I adore France— from Provence to Paris, Normandy to Nice.

MY FAVORITE WAY TO ENTERTAIN AT HOME IS…casually, with close

friends on the back porch.

game—whether a stay-athome mother or Hollywood producer. I admire confidence and authenticity.

clockwise from right A cozy reading nook at home. Orchids are always in bloom at the Giffin residence. The Georgia Aquarium is Giffin’s go-to spot for out-of-town guests. The cover of Heart of the Matter, which debuts this month. For entertaining, Giffin relies on the “Convivio” collection of dinnerware by Match, available through The Mercantile, (404) 816-0060.

MY PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT CAME WHEN…my first

FAVORITE TABLE LINENS: Vintage

novel, Something Borrowed, hit The New York Times bestseller list. THE CAR I DRIVE IS…a mini-van. Perhaps from living in Manhattan and London, I have zero car pride or interest. And with three children, I am all about convenience and ease. MY SIGNATURE COLOR IS…navy, although I am currently enjoying turquoise and purple in both fashion and home accents—and book jackets! MY SUNDAY ROUTINE…varies, but it always involves family time. My current favorite is to take my kids to Dunkin’ Donuts where we read together (and I try to resist that second doughnut).

FAVORITE FASHION DESIGNER:

THE FIRST THING I SEE WHEN I WAKE UP…is my BlackBerry on

my nightstand and the emails that came in from the West Coast while I was sleeping.

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FAVORITES AT HOME

Dolce & Gabbana FAVORITE DINNERWARE: Convivio

White by Match FAVORITE FLOWER: Orchid FAVORITE WINE: a very cold,

crisp Sancerre FAVORITE ARTISANAL FOOD:

Blue cheese from King Island, Australia FAVORITE ARTIST: Robert Motherwell FAVORITE MUSIC: Ray LaMontagne and other sensitive male vocalists FAVORITE FURNITURE STYLE:

Soft contemporary FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE:

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STEP INTO THIS POOL HOUSE DESIGNED BY MANDY CULPEPPER AND YOU’RE INSTANTLY ENVELOPED IN COTTAGE COMFORT. ONCE A GARAGE, THE SPACE IS OUTTTED WITH A MURPHY BED AND A FULL KITCHEN/BAR, MAKING IT IDEAL FOR ACCOMMODATING OVERNIGHT GUESTS.

ECOSMART FIRE STEEL-AND-BRONZE OUTDOOR LANTERN UTILIZING RENEWABLE, CLEAN-BURNING DENATURED ETHANOL FUEL, $3,990. AVAILABLE AT KOLO COLLECTION, 1189 HOWELL MILL RD., ATLANTA 30318. (404) 355-1717; KOLOCOLLECTION.COM

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playful TEAK DESIGNER PENTAQUE GAME SET, $170. AVAILABLE AT DESIGN WITHIN REACH, 2451 PEACHTREE RD. NE, ATLANTA 30305. (404) 841-2471; DWR.COM

SANTA BARBARA DESIGNS GARDEN LATTICE UMBRELLA IN SUMMER SKY AND WATERMELON REGATTA FABRIC ON A PLANTATION TEAK FRAME. AVAILABLE THROUGH LOGAN GARDENS, 351 PEACHTREE HILLS AVE. NE, SUITE 506, ATLANTA 30305. (404) 231-4808; LOGANGARDENS.COM; SBUMBRELLA.COM


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MCKINNON & HARRIS PAVILION VI CLUB CHAIR, INSPIRED BY LATTICE MOTIFS FOUND AT THOMAS JEFFERSON’S ACADEMICAL VILLAGE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, SHOWN IN WICOMICO WHITE WITH NATURAL CUSHIONS, $8,830. AVAILABLE THROUGH LOGAN GARDENS, 351 PEACHTREE HILLS AVE. NE, SUITE 506, ATLANTA 30305. (404) 231-4808; LOGANGARDENS.COM; SBUMBRELLA.COM

THIS POOL HOUSE DESIGNED BY BOB BROWN HAS A LOOK THAT’S JUST AS FUN AS IT IS FUNCTIONAL. BRIGHT RED ARMCHAIRS POP AGAINST THE OTHERWISE NEUTRAL INTERIOR, WHICH INCLUDES PRETTY BROWN-ANDWHITE FABRICS.

vibrant JACQUES GARCIA OUTDOOR CHI CHI SIDE TABLE IN BRONZE WITH NAILHEAD TRIM, $1,450. AVAILABLE THROUGH BAKER, KNAPP & TUBBS, 351 PEACHTREE HILLS AVE. NE, SUITE 206, ATLANTA 30305. (404) 266-0501; MCGUIREFURNITURE.COM; KOHLERINTERIORS.COM

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HAND-EMBELLISHED BROCADE HIGHBALL AND ROCKS GLASSES IN TURQUOISE, ORANGE, CHARTREUSE, WHITE AND PLUM, $18 EACH. AVAILABLE AT B.D. JEFFRIES, 3736 ROSWELL RD., SUITE B, ATLANTA 30342. (404) 231-3004; BDJEFFRIES.COM


KETTAL LANDSCAPE DAY BED IN PREMIUM ROUGE CHINE FINISH AND PEARL LINEN PANELS, $7,923. AVAILABLE THROUGH LOGAN GARDENS, 351 PEACHTREE HILLS AVE. NE, SUITE 506, ATLANTA 30305. (404) 231-4808; LOGANGARDENS.COM

SINA PEARSON COLORFAST COLORES DE MEXICO OUTDOOR FABRICS WITH A TEXTURAL OTTOMAN WEAVE SHOWN IN PONCHO, SERAPE AND REBOZO STRIPES, $136 PER YARD. AVAILABLE THROUGH MAINSOLUTIONS, 1231 COLLIER RD. NW, SUITE A, ATLANTA 30318. (678) 244-8100; MAINSOLUTIONSLLC.COM

AN OVERSCALE ORAL FABRIC DRESSES A PAIR OF ARMCHAIRS WHILE THE SOFA IS DECKED OUT IN AN INDOOR/OUTDOOR MATERIAL. ADDING MORE PATTERN TO THE MIX, DESIGNER BOB BROWN USES A MEDIUM-SCALE PRINT FOR CASUAL CURTAINS AND A COTTON RUG IN A GLEN PLAID. CENTRAL TO THE SEATING AREA IS A MARBLE-TOPPED COFFEE TABLE THAT’S PERFECT FOR DRINKS AND HORS D’OEUVRES.

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It’s a garden that’s a legend in its own time. Created by design talents Ryan Gainey and Alex Smith, this horticultural masterwork was inspired by the late Rosemary Verey. Gainey, who befriended Verey two decades ago, introduced her to one of his favorite clients—the present-day owner of this spectacular Buckhead garden. “This client knew Rosemary very well; they were very good friends,” notes Smith, a onetime Verey protégé. So naturally, when it came time to create this complex plot, all parties agreed that it should honor Verey’s work and memory. Gainey worked with architect Marc Mosley and landscape designer Peter Coyne to ensure precision in the knot garden planting. “Making a garden is one thing, but maintaining a garden is precious; it requires a tremendous amount of maintenance,” Gainey says. “The genius behind a garden like this is having someone who can perpetuate it.” That’s where Smith came in. After Gainey laid the groundwork, Smith and his team carefully coaxed the knot pattern; precise pruning and frequent shearing over the last four years have resulted in a garden that appears to genuinely weave in and out. It’s highly structured and sophisticated, yet “still dynamic and fun,” notes Smith, which is why it’s so wellsuited to the homeowner’s lively personality. See more of this garden at AtlantaHomesMag.com


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private worlds, conveying the essence of one’s home. In more than 250 photographs of 40 homes, Perfect Porches illustrates how varied these iconic American spaces can be. From Kentucky to California and beyond, Wallace beautifully captures this icon of architecture, varied as it may be. Wallace will be signing copies of Perfect Porches during SCAD Style April 26-May 6 at SCAD Atlanta. For time and details, visit scad.edu.


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>> 4TH & SWIFT MIXES BLUEBERRY SHRUB (MADE BY BOILING, STRAINING AND BOTTLING THE FRUIT), DEPAZ RHUM AGRICOLE AND TANGY LEMON JUICE WITH GINGER BEER OR SODA FOR AN INVENTIVE COCKTAIL, TOPPING IT OFF WITH FRESH BLUEBERRIES. 621 NORTH AVE. NE, SUITE B-100, ATLANTA 30308. (678) 904-0160; 4THANDSWIFT.COM >> EINSTEIN’S ACCENTS ITS CINNAMON-SMOKED PORK TENDERLOIN WITH A BLUEBERRY JUS FASHIONED FROM CHICKEN STOCK REDUCTION, BOURBON AND BROWN SUGAR. THE TENDERLOIN IS IMMERSED IN A SALT-SUGAR BRINE TO ENHANCE THE FLAVOR AND

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>> IN A STAND AGAINST CHILDHOOD HUNGER IN AMERICA, MORE THAN 50 LOCAL CHEFS WILL CONVERGE AT THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM THIS MONTH FOR SHARE OUR STRENGTH’S 22ND ANNUAL TASTE OF THE NATION ATLANTA. THE GOURMET FOOD AND WINE EVENT WILL FEATURE FOOD SAMPLINGS, AUCTIONS AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AS WELL AS CELEBRATED PROS SUCH AS KEVIN RATHBUN, SCOTT SERPAS AND KEVIN GILLESPIE. 5/6, 7:30-10 P.M. 225 BAKER ST. NW, ATLANTA 30313. (404) 581-4000; ATLANTATASTE.ORG

>> PEACHTREE ROAD FARMERS MARKET RETURNS THIS MONTH WITH A FRESH HARVEST OF FESTIVITIES. IN ADDITION TO PLENTIFUL PRODUCE, THE MARKET WILL FEATURE ALL KINDS OF CULINARY PAGEANTRY, INCLUDING LES DAMES D’ESCOFFIER CULINARY YARD SALE, COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY BOCADO’S TODD GINSBERG AND CANOE’S CARVEL GRANT GOULD, TO NAME A FEW. 2744 PEACHTREE RD. NW, ATLANTA 30305. (404) 3651078; PEACHTREEROADFARMERSMARKET.COM

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>> WESTSIDE PROVISIONS DISTRICT, A COLLECTIVE JOINING WESTSIDE URBAN MARKET AND WHITE PROVISION, TEMPTS VISITORS WITH BACK-TO-BACK HAPPENINGS THIS MONTH. THE “PASSPORK” SHOPPING EVENT COMMENCES APRIL 20, FEATURING GOURMET FESTIVITIES AND PRIZES, CLOSING WITH THE SECOND ANNUAL SPRING INTO GREEN FESTIVAL ON MAY 1 THAT WILL MARK WHITE PROVISION’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY WITH EATS, MUSIC, CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES— AND THE UNVEILING OF THE “PASSPORK” SWAG WINNERS. 1198 HOWELL MILL RD., ATLANTA 30318. (404) 872-7538; WESTSIDEPD.COM

THE SCOOP CHEF SHAUN DOTY CALLS UPON THE PASSION FOR QUALITY INGREDIENTS AND TOP-NOTCH CUSTOMER SERVICE HE HAS LONG BROUGHT TO THE LOCAL RESTAURANT SCENE WITH A NEW BURGER CONCEPT ON THE WESTSIDE. YEAH! BURGER PUTS PATRONS IN CHARGE OF THE PREPARATION, ALLOWING THEM TO DECIDE BETWEEN BEEF OR BISON, GLUTEN-FREE OR FRIED, AND ORDERING ONLINE OR AT THE COUNTER. THE RESULT IS A BRISK CASUAL EXPERIENCE PEPPERED WITH A HEALTH-CONSCIOUS ATTITUDE. 1168 HOWELL MILL RD., SUITE E, ATLANTA 30318. YEAHBURGER.COM JEFF MYERS, THE VIRTUOSO BEHIND PLUSH MIDTOWN LOUNGE TOP FLR, RECENTLY EXTENDED HIS EXPERTISE TO A NEW RESTAURANT/WATERING HOLE/MUSIC CLUB—SOUNDTABLE, ON ATLANTA’S EAST SIDE. LOCATED AT THE CORNER OF BOULEVARD AND EDGEWOOD AVENUE, THE HIP NEW DINING ESTABLISHMENT TAKES AN IRREVERENT APPROACH TO GOURMET CUISINE BY EMBRACING “STREET-TO-TABLE” FARE THAT’S BOUND TO BEGUILE THE CITY’S MOST INFLUENTIAL MOVERS AND SHAKERS. 483 EDGEWOOD AVE., ATLANTA 30312. THESOUNDTABLE.COM TO MARK ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY, THE SHED AT GLENWOOD RECENTLY COMPLETED EXTENSIVE EXTERIOR RENOVATIONS, DEBUTING A NEWLY LANDSCAPED AND COVERED PATIO JUST IN TIME FOR THE ADVENT OF WARMER WEATHER. A METAMORPHOSIS HAS BRIGHTENED THE MENU AS WELL, WITH THE ARRIVAL OF LIGHTER DISHES, SUNDAY BRUNCH SPECIALS AND A “HARVEST NIGHT” CELEBRATING SEASONAL SPECIALTIES EVERY THURSDAY. 475 BILL KENNEDY WAY SE, ATLANTA 30316. (404) 835-4363; THESHEDATGLENWOOD.COM


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Will Corr, Clayton Santiago and Sherry Williams team up for a group show at Emily Amy Gallery that revisits the unconventional media and unusual materials of found objects and household substances. The creative processes behind these contemporary art works—made from such materials as coΩee, tar, sawdust and rust—result in rich, dimensional pieces that warrant further exploration. 5/14-6/30. (404) 8775626; emilyamygallery.com  New works by John West-

mark debut at Alan Avery Art Company in conjunction with Buckhead’s First Thursdays Art Walk. Incorporating paper sewing patterns into his paintings, Westmark depicts dramatic scenery 30

the natural world. Her colorful, impressionistic oils on canvas are distinguished by strong brush strokes and a sense of escapism to these faraway lands. 5/4-6/12. (404) 351-1737; austinhillart.com

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and, often, familiar figures from myths, folk tales and fables. The paper patterns within help reinforce the notion of storytelling. 5/6-7/24. Additionally, a collaborative show scheduled for May 6 at Alan Avery Art Company, in addition to a number of other Buckhead galleries— Catherine Kelleghan Gallery, Copeland Collection & Frabel Glass, DE Fine Art, The Sportsman’s Gallery and Twenty21 Collections/ Gallery Rodin—will serve as a benefit for the Atlanta Humane Society. Ten percent of all proceeds from the evening’s sales will go toward this deserving cause. (404) 2370370; alanaveryartcompany.com  “Rain Forest,” a new ex-

hibition by Jacqueline Carcagno Weyman, opens at Austin Hill Art as the gallery’s second oΩicial show. Propelled by the belief that art, like nature, has its own interior life, this Savannah-based artist creates bold, energetic works that act as lively tributes to

exhibition by contemporary artist Andy Moon Wilson is on view this month at Get This! Gallery. The innovative artist’s layered, multifaceted works seem to reference architecture, order and mathematics while tackling otherworldly patterns and forms so vividly that the show’s title, “Laserwarrior,” seems a perfect fit. 5/15-6/16. (678) 596-4451; getthisgallery.com  The Savannah College of

Art and Design unveils Alexandre Arrechea’s second solo show in the Southeast—“The Rules of Play,” at the ACA Gallery. The exhibition is an assemblage of the past five years of the Cuban artist’s career and includes drawings, sculpture and video. The artist takes a unique approach, reworking functional objects into structural entanglements, thus sparking commentary on authoritative influence in our globalizing culture. 5/7-7/2. (404) 815-2931; scadexhibitions.com

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Art, Doug Foltz’s “The Sea, the Sky and the Space in Between” is a glowing collection of landscapes, seascapes and marsh scenery captured in the quietude of overcast or early morning light. Despite the expanse of his chosen vistas, Foltz’s paintings are nearly devoid of animated living creatures. Instead, the sky and clouds suggest movement and energy in these untouched lands. 5/6-6/19. (404) 257-0511; huffharrington.com  Husband-and-wife duo

Michah and Whitney Stansell continue to capture the imagination with drawings, paintings, sculptures and video installations at Whitespace. Utilizing classical diptych and triptych styles, the multi-part works are paired with film and video components to mirror the creative methods of each. Through 5/15. Opening later this month, a multimedia collaboration by artist Julie Puttgen, poet JS van Buskirk, musician James R. Carlson and animator Matt Gilbert reveals vibrant, electrifying works that turn amorphous shapes into surrealistic compilations. 5/21-6/19. (404) 688-1892; whitespace814.com


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With her mesmerizing oil paintings of individual flowers rendered in intricate, hyper-realistic detail, Deborah Bigeleisen takes a traditional approach to art and turns it upside down. Energetic and intimate, her paintings—currently on view at DE Fine Art— exude a sense of color, detail and glazing reminiscent of the 17th-century Dutch and Flemish masters but also oΩer an aesthetic that’s well-suited to modern settings. 5/6-5/22. (770) 300-9733; defineartgallery.com 

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Cooper Gallery kicks oΩ the inaugural Southeastern Regional Art show, bringing unconventional art works—like those made of glass, clay and wood—to the spotlight. More than two dozen up-and-coming or non-traditional artists are featured, granting the group a dynamic venue for exposure to discerning collectors at the gallery’s Miami Circle location. 5/21-7/31. (404) 266-0102; vespermann-coopergallery.com

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Garden unveils the second phase of its outdoor expansion this month, doubling the size of the garden and adding dazzling new features that include a 600foot-long, 40-foot-high reverse-suspension bridge that links the garden to 15 acres of nearby woodlands, granting visitors a bird’s-eye view of native and exotic plants. Along with the Cascades Garden—flanked by palms, banana plants and wispy gingers—and a new edible garden, it highlights the wonders of well-conceived green space in an urban setting. Tickets, $20; $30 the day of the tour. (404) 591-1575; atlantabotanicalgarden.org  After operating under

the moniker of Bennett Street Gallery for more than 20 years, Susie Pryor’s

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LIFE (calendar) signature showplace for her own works, as well as those by hand-selected contemporary talents, has recently been renamed Pryor Fine Art. The change is aimed at strengthening the gallery’s national presence as it welcomes several new artists, including Michael Moon, Helen Shulman and Maggie Taylor. Taylor’s pigmented digital prints, made by layering found imagery with her own photography, are whimsical and mysterious but also have a soft allure. They join pieces by Kenson, Harry Paul Ally, JeΩ Cohen, Rebecca Kincaid and Courtney J. Garrett as part of the gallery’s current group show, on view through 5/31. (404) 352-8775; pryorfineart.com  SCAD Style, a free annual

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series of events that brings the biggest stars in art, fashion and design to Georgia, features appearances by a number of luminaries this year, including Atlantabased, internationally acclaimed interior designer Suzanne Kasler; former Domino magazine style columnist Rita Konig; Michael Bruno, founder of 1stdibs.com; RuΩian, a designer of Victorian-inspired fashions; New York-based furniture and interior designer Clodagh; Nicole Phelps, Executive Editor of Style.com; and Eddie Ross, stylist extraordinaire and one-time House Beautiful associate decorating editor. Visit scadstyle.com for the complete schedule. Through 5/6. (404) 253-3100; scadstyle.com

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High Museum of Art once again to present its sixth annual Artful Garden Tour. This year’s featured spaces include a formal French garden adorned by hydrangeas and intricate waterfalls; a three-acre plot featuring a fruit orchard, woodland amphitheatre and irrigated vegetable garden; and a terraced garden linked to a deck and patio by a custom wooden bridge. Plen-air artists will be painting in several of the gardens while works in glass, metal and clay will also be interspersed throughout the locations. Visitors can also take part in special garden classes supported by Pike Nurseries throughout the month of May. Tickets, $20 per person or $25 after 5/12. 5/15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (404) 733-4521; high.org/gardentour  On Mother’s Day week-

end, the annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour grants access to 11 private gardens not previously open for tours, as well as the wondrous Decatur garden of Ryan Gainey and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which proceeds benefit. Guests will find a wide array of design ideas in everything from small-scale urban gardens to the expansive Buckhead oasis of Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and his wife, Stephanie. Tickets, $20 in advance or $30 the day of the tour. Children 12 and under admitted free. 5/8-5/9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (404) 591-1575; atlantabotanicalgarden.org


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Grilled Steak Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Arugula Recipe courtesy of Jennifer Bushman

This is a fantastic idea for dinner, lunch or a picnic. Just wrap the sandwiches in foil and you’re off. Grilling with gas is also a great option to cook light for the whole family. It eliminates the need for oil, and caramelizes the natural sugars and fats, which give food a fantastic flavor. 4 four-ounce sirloin steaks ¼ cup balsamic vinegar ¼ cup red wine 2 tablespoons olive oil ¼ cup unsalted butter 6 cups white onion, thinly sliced 1 cup chicken broth 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar 4 brioche or ciabatta bread, sliced in half 6 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon chipotle in adobo 1 cup arugula or another leafy green like watercress 4 plum tomatoes, sliced Place the steaks in a resealable plastic bag. Mix together the balsamic vinegar, red wine and olive oil. Pour mixture over the steak and marinate in the fridge for 30-40 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a frying pan, add the onion and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes. Add the broth, and white wine vinegar and cook until the liquid is evaporated and the onions are very soft. Remove the steaks from the marinade and pat dry on paper towel. Transfer the marinade to a pan, bring to a boil and cook for 2-3 minutes, until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Heat the grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Brush the steaks with the reduced marinade and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side then transfer onto a warmed plate. Cover and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Slice the steaks diagonally into strips. Lay the steak on the bottom half of the rolls. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and the chipotle. Spread on the top of the rolls. Top the steak with the tomato, arugula and onions. Replace the tops of the rolls and serve.

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With each new customer that signs up, GNG will give your school $100 per customer for the rst year. Georgia Natural Gas has stepped up to the plate and created the TrueBlue Schools Program, which makes it easy for everyone to get involved, give to schools and feel good about it. They have a goal of helping Georgia schools raise $2 million. As a matter of fact, 750 schools throughout Georgia have earned more than $390,000 so far. And they are using these funds for all kinds of academic and enrichment projects, from books and musical instruments to playgrounds, Smart Boards and even organic gardening projects that encourage kids to play in the dirt, grow and cook their own food, and share with local community shelters.

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TrueBlue Dollars Making a Difference Ford Elementary School is dedicating TrueBlue Schools funds to cultivate more than 40 gardens where students learn science and nutrition. Portions of the school-grown produce go to community food banks and area shelters.

Level Creek Elementary Arugula and watercress are known to be “Superfoods.”

They help the body fight cancers when eaten regularly. They also add a little peppery flavor to make dinner something special. For more tips and recipes, log on to TrueBlueSchools.com/cooking.asp

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CHEF PROGRAM Georgia Natural Gas TrueBlue Schools has teamed up with family and kids cooking expert Jennifer Bushman to show kids and their families how to make meals that are easy to prepare, take little time to make and are good for you. Please join Jennifer Bushman on Saturday, May 8, in the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Kitchen for a fun, interactive “kids in the kitchen” experience. She’ll also cook with B98.5’s Vicki Locke to show moms how to create a power pantry and make “good-for-you” dishes in minutes.

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INTERIOR DESIGNER GRETCHEN EDWARDS Gilstrap Edwards Interior Design, L.L.C. Gretchen Gilstrap Edwards is celebrated as one of the Southeast's premier interior designers. A South Carolina native, with a passion for design and exceptional industry experience, Edwards founded her own company, Gilstrap Edwards Interior Design, in Atlanta in 1996. Edwards' work primarily centers on private residences, including unique expertise in lakefront home design. She enjoys working with clients to deliver their own individuality to projects and to ensure that the end results suit the clients' lifestyle and specific needs for each particular space. Edwards' experience ranges from Atlanta's Symphony Decorators' Show Houses to commercial restaurant design to a high-rise condominium complex. In 2003, Edwards was nominated for “Southeastern Designer of the Year” by the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. She was featured as one of Atlanta's top 24 designers in the October 2001 issue of Jezebel. Gretchen was also considered one of "6 Young Designers Worth Watching" by Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles and also was included in the magazine's "Twenty under Forty" designers. Gilstrap Edwards Interior Design has been showcased in numerous charity events including DIFFA's Dining by Design, Children's Healthcare Festival of Trees, Emory's Veneralia Ball and the Alliance Children's Theater Guild Christmas House. Edwards' work has appeared in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Better Homes and Gardens. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in interior design from the American College for the Applied Arts.

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This month, we get down to the science of deft design, unveiling square one for top Atlanta tastemakers—the stylish starting points from which their most inspired ideas spring. Designer Barbara Westbrook’s personal home in the Whittier Mill Village Historic District has a certain slow, collected look that represents the way we really live today, and acts as a constant anchor for her grounded approach to interiors. Our profile of local mothers and daughters who conspire to create beautiful spaces is a mélange of good taste and inherited expertise—both of which are exemplified in the delightfully diverse looks they all champion. Lastly, an architect and designer whose workspaces help define their creative visions show us that business, as much as home, can be stylish, comfortable and inviting every day.

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IN A COMMUNITY ALL BUT FORGOTTEN BY THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF MODERN-DAY ATLANTA, BARBARA WESTBROOK COUNTS HER PERSONAL HOME AS THE PERFECT REPRIEVE WRITTEN BY KATE ABNEY

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“I love living here,” says Westbrook of her little home in The Whittier Mill Village, a quiet neighborhood on the Chattahoochee River that dates back to 1885. “At first, I envisioned it being a temporary spot, but I’ve made it so cute that I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s a very warm little community.” The Philip Moulthrop bowl is one of Westbrook’s favorite pieces. “It was a splurge and I’d wanted one ever since I worked for Charles Gandy. I remember he used to have one in the conference room, and it was my first introduction to a Moulthrop bowl,” she says. “So I finally bought one for myself. I just love that sleek shape in wood. It’s kind of a nice contrast to the rustic coffee table and soft linen slipcovered sofa.” The antique French cane chair ratchets back like a cot, making it quite an exceptional find. “It’s so sculptural; the original caning is in perfect condition and the carving is really beautiful.”

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left “The living room has really nice light,” says Westbrook. “It’s a great nighttime space but it’s just as pretty in the daylight. I love to open up the window treatments; they’re all just linen scrim and they filter everything.” below A makeshift drafting nook—complete with a drafting stool and articulated vintage lamp—offers Westbrook the ideal spot to sit and sketch. A simple Roman shade makes it easy to adjust the light while a roomy leather club chair and wool throw provide a comfortable spot for contemplation.

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Barbara Westbrook may be known for creating some of the most breathtaking residences from Buckhead to West Palm Beach, but the abode she calls home—nestled humbly in the Chattahoochee River valley—is more unassuming than you’d expect. From the outside, it’s a simple brick-and-clapboard structure. But inside, it’s every indication of this designer’s comfortable, layered style. It was almost four years ago that Westbrook decided to leave behind a larger home in her suburban neighborhood to search for something a little smaller, somewhere slower in pace. Happily, one of her colleagues had recently purchased a home in just such a place, an oftforgotten community known as the Whittier Mill Village Historic District, and made the suggestion that set things in motion. The aging village—laid out in a crescent around a turn-of-the century cotton mill—was one of the first to rise from the ashes of the Civil War and survives today as one of Atlanta’s oldest residential communities. While some of its structures have succombed to the test of time, the storied mill houses and a few commercial buildings, like the old country store, remain. It is the latter that Westbrook has made her home. Just nine miles from the designer’s Buckhead oΩice, it seems like a world away. And that’s exactly what she’s grown to love about it.

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During the workweek, Buckhead is her stomping grounds—where she works, meets friends for dinner and attends church functions. But back home, she takes pleasure in daily strolls through the park, sketching cabinetry in her drafting nook, and curling up with favorite books and her two beloved cats. With modest proportions but high ceilings, the 1,000-square-foot space allowed Westbrook the perfect opportunity to work her decorating magic. “I knew that I wanted to create privacy and delineate the space without losing the sense of volume,” she explains. “Even though it’s only 1,000 square feet, because of the tall ceilings it feels very open, not cramped.” Getting straight to work, Westbrook completed much of the renovations in six short weeks, including the addition of a custom kitchen and two 8-foot floating walls to separate the living, sleeping and dining areas, plus a fresh coat of paint. Because Westbrook had participated in many show houses over the years, she had a treasure trove of “gently used” pieces in storage, a few of which she knew would work beautifully in the space, so she took very little from her former home. In the breakfast room, the designer paired modern white Klismos chairs with a well-worn monk’s leather tooling table for a smart juxtaposition of sleek and rustic


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A blue Swedish armoire contains Westbrook’s collection of coats; its crackly finish serves as the perfect foil for a petrified wood table, nailheadtrimmed chairs and a pair of intricately adorned pillows from South of Market. A lampshade with an architectural illustration speaks to the designer’s love for historically sound design, while a collection of art above represents her most individual tastes. “Art is always incredibly personal, for clients and for myself,” she says. “Usually, there’s a little memory attached to each piece. I enjoy having that at home.”

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In the breakfast room, a rusted iron lantern feels right at home amid the rugged interior walls. Westbrook keeps a matching fixture at her Buckhead office, and says it generates so many inquiries that she’s thinking about having reproductions made. The Swedish wedding cabinet holds her household paperwork on the bottom and everyday sundries on top. The modern white Klismos chairs are from Donghia. Antique leather tooling table, through J. Tribble Antiques. opposite Linen panels conceal pair-upon-pair of covetable footwear. A petite step ladder helps make the most of the vertical space, granting access to storage above and serving as a frequent perch for Westbrook’s orange tabby, Okie. 62

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The bedroom is practical but pretty, thanks to a dreamy iron bed and glamorous Art Deco chaise with gilt accents, freshly upholstered in heather gray wool. The fruitwood veneer wardrobe is more than deep enough to contain all of the designer’s clothes, but the gorgeous finish is just a bonus. The walls throughout the home are awash in Pemetic Trail, a warm Sherwin-Williams neutral that Westbrook says goes with just about anything. opposite Westbrook may not have the luxury of traditional bookshelves in her small space but that hasn’t stopped her from displaying tomes at every turn. Stacked atop and under tables, the lovely overflow speaks to how we really live today. “Books give you such a sense of who a person is and add warmth to a space,” notes the designer. “I love to see stacks and stacks of them.”

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while, next to her bed, she piled a round Art Deco table high with stacks of magazines and books, plus a few sophisticated tortoiseshell boxes for stowing odds and ends. “I like anything glamorous,” she notes. “Even though this space is a little rough around the edges, I threw in a little glamour.” It’s also a case study in maximizing a small space. Fortunately, the building’s previous life as a general store gave Westbrook 18 feet of shelving in which to store the essentials. Draped casually with linen, they provide a place for almost everything, from cleaning supplies to baskets of sweaters to the owner’s prized collection of shoes. “I have a little bit of a shoe fetish,” she laughs. Beyond that, she’s filled the space with a number of handsome case pieces. One standout is a red painted chest with bronze edging from Linda Horsley Antiques, which cleverly doubles as a bedside table. “It’s my favorite piece,” says the designer. “I love everything about it, and I think I’ll love it the rest of my life.” Additionally, in lieu of closet space, armoires and wardrobes contain clothes, coats and an array of household necessities. “I think the thing about a space like this, where storage is limited, is that it keeps you from collecting too many things you don’t need,” notes Westbrook. “You have to put things back where you found them—there’s a spot for everything and, if not, it’s chaos. You aren’t tempted to accumulate things like you would in a house with a big basement, when many times you don’t even know what’s down there.” Like a luxurious approach to loft style, her home exudes a scaled-down, modern way of living—an unexpected mix in a building as historical as this. Still, it maintains the comfortable, inviting style this designer brings to all of her projects. Onethousand square feet may not seem like much at first measure but, for Westbrook, it’s turned out to be the perfect fit. SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK. 65


FRESH PERSPECTIVE Designer Suzanne Kasler’s 60-inch square work table is the hub of her firm’s office and is adorned with objects that inspire her. Table by Dwellings. Shades by Conrad. opposite The sofa and coffee table in the lobby are the original pieces that inspired similar ones for her furniture line with Hickory Chair. The floor lamp is one of her designs for Visual Comfort.

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Natural light has long been at the heart of Suzanne Kasler’s work. And inside her top-floor aerie at The Galleries of Peachtree Hills—where she is surrounded by a consortium of luxurious arts, antiques and home furnishings shops and just steps away from the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center— that’s no exception. Sunshine reverberates from the moment of arrival, when clients and visitors are greeted by the soft shimmer cast by Venetian plaster walls. Smartly laid out and executed (she spent years doing commercial design work), Kasler’s personal work space anchors the main oΩice area and—much like the hub and spokes of a wheel—is surrounded by those of other members of the design team, who work at built-in counters that line the perimeter of the room. Though most everyone works in that main room, Kasler designed the space so that each person has a sense of privacy. “We’re all able to work in tandem, but without being distracted,” she says. 68

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On a similar note, Kasler eschewed the idea of a formal conference room, opting instead for a large table in the open-air space. “I like the concept of our clients being a part of the whole design process,” she says. “And when our clients come to visit, they end up getting to know all the design staΩ—and they love that. We do, too.” In addition to residential and commercial projects, it’s here that Kasler and her team work on new product development, including an extensive line of furniture with Hickory Chair, elegant lighting with Visual Comfort and stylish rugs by Safavieh. This fall, Kasler will introduce accessories, rugs and wall art for Ballard Designs and, in Spring 2011, her fabric collection with Lee Jofa will debut. Undoubtedly, each piece will feature Kasler’s light touch.


SMART SPACE The library is a multifunctional space; it works equally well for keeping fabric samples and meeting with vendors. Tables, West Elm. Chairs, Pottery Barn. Lamps, Circa Lighting.

BEAUTY IN THE DETAILS opposite, clockwise from top The lobby features an organic wood chair that Kasler bought at the Paris ďŹ&#x201A;ea market and a painting by Atlanta artist Dusty Griffith. The cabinet is by Mattaliano and the sconces are vintage. A design scheme for an upcoming project features a litany of fabric swatches. Copies of her latest design book adorn her desk. right Kasler and her team in action.

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SWEEPING VISION Oversize drum shades by Boyd Lighting help to delineate the office’s work areas. Behind the half wall that’s lined with storage units from IKEA are work stations for members of the design team. A similar setup anchors the opposite side of the room. Conference table from Mecox Gardens. The ottoman is from Kasler’s collection for Hickory Chair. opposite Kasler’s own work space features personal mementos, including her collection of Eiffel towers and other objets d’art. “It’s funny how those things can inspire a finish or a patina on something,” she says. “They do a lot for how we stay up-to-date and continue to be creative.” The lamp is a Kasler design that’s available through Circa Lighting.


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GROUNDED IN THE CLASSICS Stan Dixon mastered the classics under the tutelage of such greats as Norman Askins, whom he credits specifically as one of his greatest influences. opposite Favoring tradition in every cultural iteration, Dixon casts a wide net for inspiration. “Our style is very classical but it’s also a mix,” he says. “It’s American, European, Mediterranean, French, English; it’s very eclectic.” In that same spirit, a vignette in the entryway—comprising contemporary lamps, a limestone table, Federal-style gilt mirror, English chair and a rustic French basket—reveals the firm’s delightful range of disciplines at first approach. The floors, constructed from French oak boards and distressed to look like original château flooring, impart a time-worn effect.

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FOUR-TIME SHUTZE AWARD-WINNING ARCHITECT D. STANLEY DIXON CALLS UPON HIS WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND PASSION IN HIS FIRM’S WELL-CURATED BUCKHEAD DESIGN LAB WRITTEN BY KATE ABNEY

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SEEDS OF INSPIRATION above Like any well-studied master of design, Dixon understands the impact of juxtaposition. Mixing a modern classic table with a more traditional iron garden chair and a rustic wood cabinet, he accomplishes just that in the studio. above right The timeless quality of the firm’s lettering was conceived by Dixon’s wife, Shannon, and serves as a chic representation of their personal style on everything from stationery to the signage on their streetfront window. right An 18th-century zinc dormer, iron finials salvaged from a French building, antique marble mortars used as plant pots plus his children’s handprints and footprints, set in Lucite, are just a few of the objects that Dixon finds endlessly inspiring.

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EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE Dixon uses an antique card catalogue to organize literature for various architectural materials— windows, doors, bathroom fixtures and more—that he can easily reference for clients during meetings. Dixon’s personal office, right, grants him a scenic view of the foot traffic just outside his window.

Atlanta architect Stan Dixon lives for his work, a fact that’s evident from your very first meeting at his sun-splashed headquarters at 2300 Peachtree Road. Situated on the street level of a posh Parisian-style complex, the elegant workspace sets the stage for this firm’s award-winning approach to classically rooted yet innovative residential design. A symphony of light, refreshing colors and refined touches lends the ideal backdrop for inspiration, thanks in large part to the objects Dixon’s chosen to adorn it.

These carefully selected design elements are the sort he loves to look at every day, serving as constant reminders of the quality D. Stanley Dixon Architect remains dedicated to with every project. The dimly lit library, complete with a French parquet-and-iron custom conference table, is where ideas make their way from blueprint to construction; to that end, noticeably warmer, moodier hues were used to encourage an environment of pensive consideration. Meanwhile, in the light and lively

studio—where music often ups the energetic atmosphere—a fast and free exchange of ideas thrusts projects toward their creative best. “We do have our harried moments; it’s not calm all the time,” the architect admits, “but on the whole, it’s a very pleasing way to spend your working hours. What most people say about our oΩice is that it’s so peaceful. I like the fact that our clients love coming here. It feels like an extension of my home, actually, which is part of the reason I love it so much, too.” SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK. 75


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INTIMATE IMPRESSIONS Much of the reason Dixon is so attuned to interiors is because his wife, Shannon, is an interior designer in her own right. Her touch is evident throughout the office in its elegant styling, lighting scheme and collections of objects. An assemblage of architectural elements in the entry hall is as diverse in periods and styles as the sources from which Dixon and his wife culled them: one is from Scott Antique Market, another is a limestone sample from a house his firm designed in Florida, two are from antique stores in Nashville and yet another is from Poland. “Whether we’re shopping the Paris flea market or Wyatt Childs in south Georgia, we enjoy looking together for things to go in the office as much as our home,” he says. The statuette, which he uncovered at the Paris flea market, is actually a plaster study for a would-be bronze sculpture. The oil on canvas is an architectural study of New York buildings by artist Stephanie Laffont.

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PROCESS OF ILLUMINATION clockwise from top left Inspiration boards are intricate snapshots of current and past projects—and the ideas that have inspired them. “I think something we really do well is listen to our clients, but we’re also not shy about telling them what we think would work best,” says Dixon. “If it’s a renovation, we try to make it look seamless; if it’s new construction, it should blend in with the surrounding neighborhood. A house should feel natural, as if it has evolved over time.” An architectural model for a past project in Greensboro, North Carolina, exemplifies just that, while a basket at the front of the office serves a clever place for interior designers, landscape architects and contractors to drop off plans and blueprints. The team tags those they’ve reviewed and returns them so that pickup is a cinch. Ledges on the walls of the conference room-cum-library provide propping stations for an ever-changing array of floor plans, renderings and materials planned for current projects. The antique architectural studies were found on a trip to the Paris flea market.

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Margaret Bosbysh ell & Clary Bosbysh ell

Margaret Bosbyshell, of Margaux Interiors Ltd., started her interior design business in 1982 and last September her daughter Clary joined the biz, after graduating from the University of Georgia and working in fashion merchandising in Savannah. Perhaps it was meant to be, as Clary grew up going with her mom to the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center and antique stores, and being inspired by the homes her mother designed. Over the years, Margaret has designed residential and commercial projects all over the country—everything from a ranch in Colorado to a loft in Tribeca to a home in Nantucket. The firm’s mission is to create a chic and timeless look that emulates the lifestyles of their clients, whether that’s a Dorothy Draper-inspired residence for a Buckhead family (see Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles May 2008) or a more classically based residence like this Brookhaven home in which the two were photographed. “All of our jobs look diΩerent,” says Margaret. Working on projects where no two look alike is precisely what keeps it interesting, not only for themselves but also for their clients. Margaret Bosbyshell and Clary Bosbyshell

Ch eryl Womack and Alison Womack Jowers

Cheryl Womack and Alison Womack Jowers have tackled design commissions large and small, including primary and secondary homes, yachts and commercial spaces. When they aren’t working on client projects, the two are regulars on the charity show house circuit, frequently participating in high-profile show houses that give back to the community, including the Atlanta Symphony Associates Decorators’ Show House & Gardens. Cheryl’s background in art history and design initially led her into the field of interior design and she established her business, Cheryl Womack Interiors, in 1985. Daughter Alison studied business administration at The University of Georgia and interior design at Georgia State University. She joined the business in 2000, adding a fresh and modern approach to Cheryl’s traditional style. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles voted Alison to its “20 under 40” list of highly regarded designers in 2007. As a boutique firm, personal attention is a hallmark of their approach and, most importantly, making the process fun is always their goal. Cheryl Womack and Alison Womack Jowers in the foyer of Alison’s recently decorated home. 79


Teri Duffy & Megan Hamilton

Instead of “Like Mother, Like Daughter,” the headline for this story should be “Like Mother, Like Daughter, Like Granddaughter.” After all, design is a passion that truly runs in designer Teri DuΩy’s family. Her mother was a designer in St. Louis, thus passing the design genes down to her at an early age. And, like DuΩy, daughter Megan has also been immersed in residential design as long as she can remember—drawing house plans during classes in second grade, always in trouble for not paying attention to her school work. So it was a natural progression for her to enter the design field. During college, Megan realized her passion was too strong to ignore and, after an internship with Sims Patrick Studio, the mother/daughter duo came together to create a dynamic design partnership. Combining their diΩerent design sensibilities, the team merges comfort and practicality with sophistication while being mindful of a project’s architectural surroundings. And while Atlanta is home, they have also completed projects in St. Louis, Chicago, New York, Colorado, California and Florida. Teri Duffy and Megan Hamilton in the living room of a client’s home.

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Dotty Tra vis & Ann Tra vis Da vis

Dotty Travis is a maverick of Atlanta design—first, with a shop on Peachtree Road and, second, as a pioneer of the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center with one of the leading trade showrooms. With one eye on the classics, Dotty has always kept the other on the cutting edge, looking for “the next big thing” to bring to Atlanta. It might be furniture from France, textiles from Italy or hand-painted wallpapers from England, to name a few. Daughter Ann Travis Davis has long been at the helm of their showroom, Travis & Company, which continues to be an inspiration for the local design community with classic fabric lines such as Manuel Canovas and Pierre Frey as well as fresh additions such as Fromental’s hand-painted wallpapers and textiles by Of the Young and the Restless. The style-setting showroom displays continue to set the standard by which all others are measured. Dotty Travis and Ann Travis Davis at Travis & Company, their showroom inside the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center.

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Gail Dearing, Katie Dearing N ewton & Betsy Dearing Berry

Actually, this mother/daughter duo is a trio! More than 30 years ago, Gail Dearing had no idea that her love for antique American wicker would mature into one of the longest-lived antique businesses in Atlanta. After her business partner retired, Gail was joined by her daughters, Katie and Betsy. Katie, who worked post-college at both Sotheby’s and Christies, is an accomplished source for French and English antique furniture. Betsy joined forces with her mother and sister in the late ’90s, swiftly taking the business onto the burgeoning world-wide Web. She not only developed the Dearing Antiques Web site but also partnered with noted antiques purveyor 1stDibs.com for an increased online presence. The sisters love buying trips, whether they’re headed to the South of England or a local antiques market. Today, the shop maintains an ever-evolving inventory of English period antiques, majolica, French country furniture and other decorative items. Betsy Dearing Berry, Gail Dearing and Katie Dearing Newton at their Miami Circle shop, Dearing Antiques.

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Kath ryn Leach & Willow Leach

Kathryn Leach is an internationally recognized interior designer and owner of Kathryn Leach Home, a home furnishings boutique in Buckhead. She began her career as an in-house interior designer for Turner Broadcasting System, where she designed the original CNN Headline News on-air set. Her next professional step was as director of design for Nix, Mann & Associates, in charge of all health care and corporate oΩice projects. In 1988, she launched Leach Associates, Inc., specializing in corporate and residential environments as well as those in the health care and hospitality industries. Kathryn’s creative process led her to become involved with creative organizations such as The International Color Marketing Group. Serving as chairman of the group’s Color Forecasting Committee allowed Kathryn to hone her instincts and passion for projecting colors. In 2008, with her daughter Willow—who has an artistic eye and a background in theater—she opened Kathryn Leach Home, featuring luxury and original items that include fine linens, lighting, furniture, accessories and art.

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Willow Leach and Kathryn Leach at Kathryn Leach Home

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Jane Marsden and Janie Marsden Willis

Jane Marsden has been in the antiques and interior design business for more than four decades, fascinating not only because of her longevity in the field but also because of her unique background in math, chemistry and accounting—not the typical college training for a designer (although it did lay the foundation for later business ventures). With a degree in business-economics, daughter Janie Marsden Willis also took a non-traditional path to the field. After working at her mom’s antiques shop during the summers, Janie joined the firm full-time in 1983. Looking to create interiors that are timeless, versatile and livable, Jane and Janie work together and separately on projects, with their passion for design matched only by their love of antiques. Jane Marsden Antiques and Interiors, located in the elegant 2300 Peachtree Road complex, carries one of the country’s largest selections of Chinese, English and Japanese Imari porcelains from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as a wide range of English and European furniture and lighting. Jane Marsden and Janie Marsden Willis at their shop, Jane Marsden Antiques and Interiors

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Ann Platz & Courtney Platz

Designer Ann Platz loves beautiful things— houses, fabrics, rugs, paintings, clothes, jewelry, you name it. “I grew up on my father’s family Low-Country plantation, ‘Willbrook,’ about 60 miles inland from Charleston. As a child, I drank in my family’s ability to live graciously in this surrounding while often visiting my grandmother in Charleston.” As she matured, Ann discovered a talent for interior design. “I love color. I love pattern. I adore designing rugs so much that I designed 40 Lacey Champion rugs for one client. Every new client is a new palette, new ideas and new creativity—it’s never the same!” Likewise, daughter Courtney grew up in a world of color. “When I was eight, Mother enrolled me in art class. After one lesson I hung out a sign oΩering lessons and five children signed up. Enough said. I was on my way!” Citing her mother as her design mentor, Courtney notes their similarities and diΩerences. “While my mother is classic and pearls, I like to play on the edge—eclectic.” In addition to starting a successful lampshade line, last year Courtney became a medical missionary to Haiti. “As director of strategic operations for Emergency Physicians International, one of my jobs is to design the interiors of the orphanages that I raise money to build. This has been incredibly rewarding.” Courtney Platz and Ann Platz at a client’s home designed by Ann Platz Interiors.

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A NOTED CALIFORNIA DESIGNER COMES TO ATLANTA FOR AN EVENING OF GLAMOUR AND FUN WRITTEN BY CLINTON SMITH

top Hutton Wilkinson signs copies of his latest book, More is More, in the Jordans’ red-lacquered library. above The home’s grand, candle-lit foyer was the main gathering spot for the evening’s event.

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Although the arrival of a renowned California design luminary in Atlanta last fall may have lacked the glare of the paparazzi’s spotlight—this is, after all, not L.A.—the event didn’t lack for star power, local or otherwise. Businesswoman and philanthropist Valery Voyles Jordan and her husband, Rob, opened the doors of their elegant William T. Baker-designed home to welcome designer Hutton Wilkinson, the man at the helm of the legendary Tony Duquette design firm. Herself a collector of his highly prized jewels, Jordan hosted an intimate gathering of Duquette devotees, design enthusiasts and other local tastemakers (co-sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Saks Fifth Avenue) to celebrate the launch of More is More, the follow-up tome to the best-selling design book on Tony Duquette that he co-wrote with design journalist Wendy Goodman. The new book alone had people swooning, but a trunk show and informal modeling of jaw-dropping Tony Duquette jewels proved to be the evening’s piéce de résistance—sparkling, shimmering and easily outshining any light the paparazzi could have cast on the evening.


above Host Valery Voyles Jordan and guest of honor Hutton Wilkinson. below On display in the dining room were special copies of Tony Duquette and More is More, both tomes ensconced in a limited edition slipcase covered in a Jim Thompson fabric resembling malachite—a hallmark of Duquette’s design work. Wilkinson will be signing copies of the books from 6-9 p.m. on May 5 at Belvedere on Miami Circle. A trunk show of new fabrics from the Duquette collection will also be shown.

left The Paris Snowflake screen is from the Tony Duquette Collection for Baker Furniture. above Dazzling Tony Duquette jewels—on display in Valery Voyles Jordan’s home office—are available locally through Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza. right Instead of a red carpet arrival, guests entered on a green “carpet” fashioned from the Royal Ermine fabric from the Tony Duquette collection for Jim Thompson. background Two fabrics from the Tony Duquette collection for Jim Thompson.

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LLS22 JUNIOR LEAGUE OF ATLANTA jlatlanta.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 KAMMY & CO. kammyco.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 KATHRYN LEACH HOME leachassoc.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 KIVA DUNES kivadunes.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 LIBERTY ORIENTAL RUGS libertyrugs.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 LUSH LIFE lushlifehomegarden.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 MARCIA WEBER GARDENS TO LOVE gardenstolove.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LLS8 MARVIN WINDOWS avi-atlanta.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 NEW BEGINNINGS newbegginingswelcoming.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 NOW & AGAIN CONSIGNMENT SHOP nowandagain.net . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 PAUL ROBINSON FINE ART paulrobinsoninc.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 PEACHTREE BATTLE TOUR OF HOMES choa.org/hometour. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 PHILLIPS MECHANICAL SERVICE phillipsmechanicalservice.com . . . . . . . . . 92 RUSSELL LANDS russelllands.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,3 SHARE OUR STRENGTH strength.org . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 SHOWHOUSE DESIGN STUDIOS, INC. showhousedesignstudios.com . . . . . 93 SOVEREIGN sovereignbuckhead.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 SPACEMAKERS spacemakersclosets.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 SULLIVAN FINE RUGS sullivanfinerugs.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 SYDNA WORTHINGTON sydnaworthington.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 THE MERCANTILE mercantileatlanta.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Vol. 29, No. 5 ©2010 by Network Communications, Inc. 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PAGES 58-65 (personal treasure) INTERIOR DESIGN Barbara Westbrook, Westbrook Interiors, 2991 Hardman Court, Atlanta 30305. (404) 355-9430; westbrookinteriors.com PAGES 58-59 WHITE LINEN SOFA "Charlotte" by Verellen, through South of Market COTTON LAMPS Jerry Pair CANED ACCENT CHAIR Jerry Pair SMALL ROUND STOOL Designer's own; purchased in Malawi, Africa COFFEE TABLE Flea market find RECTANGULAR SIDE TABLE Lovetrain Antiques PLUM LINEN CHAIRS Lee, covered in Pindler & Pindler 9650 Lennik-Plum fabric. ANTIQUE TAPESTRY PILLOWS South of Market CARVED WOOD BOWL By Philip Moulthrop, through The Signature Shop & Gallery ROUND TILT-TOP TABLE Lovetrain Antiques CHOCOLATE SISAL RUG Designer Carpets PAGES 60-61 PALE WOOD ARM CHAIR Lovetrain Antiques ANTIQUE LEATHER CLUB CHAIR Robuck & Co. Antiques DRAFTING STOOL Designer's own ARTICULATING VINTAGE LAMP Remains Lighting ART Purvis Young, through Myott Studio FLOOR LAMP Holly Hunt BLUE SWEDISH ARMOIRE Lovetrain Antiques PETRIFIED WOOD STUMP B.D. Jeffries FLOOR LAMP Bungalow Classic ART Portrait by Cornel Rubino; watercolors purchased at Scott Antique Market and in Venice, Italy PAGES 62-63 ANTIQUE MONK'S TOOLING TABLE J. Tribble Antiques WHITE KLISMOS CHAIRS Donghia SWEDISH WEDDING CHEST The Stalls PHOTOGRAPHY OF MILK JUGS Todd Murphy, through Jackson Fine Art RUSTED IRON LANTERN Designer's own BLACK SISAL RUG Designer Carpets WOVEN BASKETS South of Market DRAPING FABRIC Classic Cloth "Giotto" fabric in Driftwood 1071/12, through Grizzel & Mann PAGES 64-65 IRON BED Custom through Westbrook Interiors ART DECO SIDE TABLE J. Tribble Antiques MARBLE LAMP Purchased as base from Jill Dineen at Scott Antique Market; fabricated into a lamp TORTOISE SHELL BOXES Scott Antique Market RED FRENCH CHEST Linda Horsley Antiques TUFTED ART DECO CHAISE Scott Antique Market FRUITWOOD ARMOIRE Scott Antique Market LEATHER-COVERED SIDE CHAIRS Darrell Dean Antiques, Washington, D.C. PHOTOGRAPHY Todd Murphy and Elliott Erwitt, through Jackson Fine Art OIL PAINTING OF FEMALE FIGURE Purchased at a folk art festival MONOGRAMMED SHEETS Yves Delorme WHITE ART DECO CHAIR Pieces GOLD TWIG BRANCH TABLE Mattaliano through Jerry Pair WALLS THROUGHOUT HOME Pemetic Trail by Martha Stewart for Sherwin-Williams (discontinued) PAGES 66-77 (stylish spaces at work) Suzanne Kasler, ASID, Suzanne Kasler Interiors, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 21B, Atlanta 30305. (404) 355-1035; suzannekasler.com Stan Dixon, AIA, D. Stanley Dixon Architect, 2300 Peachtree St., Suite C-101, Atlanta 30309. (404) 574-1430; dsdixonarchitect.com PAGES 72-73 FEDERAL-STYLE GILT MIRROR Custom by Howell Jones FRENCH VINEYARD BASKET Wyatt Childs Inc. CONTEMPORARY LAMPS Custom design by D. Stanley Dixon; fabricated by Lamp Arts Inc. LIMESTONE CONSOLE TABLE The Stalls FLOORING Wyatt Childs Inc. ANTIQUE ENGLISH CHAIR Designer’s own PAGES 74-75 SAARINEN-INSPIRED TULIP TABLE Ikea 1920s IRON GARDEN CHAIR WITH GREEK KEY DETAIL Scott Antique Market PAIR OF ANTIQUE MARINE LANTERNS Antiques & More SINGLE IRON LANTERN A. Tyner Antiques ZINC FRENCH DORMER Wyatt Childs Inc. IRON FINIALS Circa Antiques CONTEMPORARY LAMP Custom by Stan Dixon; fabricated by Lamp Arts Inc. MARBLE MORTARS USED AS PLANT POTS A. Tyner Antiques ANTIQUE CARD CATALOGUE Savor CONTEMPORARY VASE Design by Frank Gehry PAGES 76-77 PLASTER STUDY Designer's own, purchased at the Paris flea market ARCHITECTURAL REMNANTS Collected from various antique stores OIL ON CANVAS "Blue Castles" by artist Stephanie Laffont, through The Art Connection CUSTOM IRON-AND-PARQUET BOARD CONFERENCE TABLE Designed by Stan Dixon; fabricated by A&P Ironworks and Wyatt Childs Inc. FRAMED ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES Paris flea market SCONCE A. Tyner Antiques OFFICE BUILD-OUT, Neal Gasaway, Gasaway Homes, Roswell, (770) 992-6291 PAGES 78-85 (designing duos) womackinteriors.com, margauxint@aol.com, tduffyandassociates.com, travisandcompany.com, dearingantiques.com, leachassoc.com, marsdenantiques.com, annplatz.com PAGES 86-87 (more is more) Visit tonyduquette.com for information on books, products and jewelry. Jim Thompson fabrics available through Jerry Pair, ADAC, (404) 261-6337; jerrypair.com

CORRECTION The picture on page 14 of the March 2010 issue was photographed by Emily J. Followill. emilyfollowill.com

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LIFE

Mother’s DAZE Marcia reminisces on the coming of age of her doting, design-enthused daughter

WRITTEN BY

MARCIA SHERRILL Ç PHOTOGRAPHED BY

STEVE POMBERG

(web) ALL OF MARCIA’S COLUMNS CAN BE FOUND AT ATLANTAHOMESMAG.COM

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Mother’s Day, this year, is all about design— with a capital “D.” And I’m not talking about the handbag collection that my daughter and I are launching, Anabelle by Marcia Sherrill. We fight like dogs about the lowliest cosmetic case and her constant refrain is “Momma, you know nothing about handbags!” (This after 28 years in the business!) But this time it’s all about interior design, for which I apparently have no talent or understanding, either. As mothers, we all lament the aging of our darling babies, toddlers and preschoolers as they pass from the time of adoration into the era of disdain. We miss their tiny, sweaty hands grasping for us in a crowd, their sneaking into our beds late at night after a bewildering dream or unabashedly kissing us goodbye on their way to nursery school. Then, before you know it, they are text-messaging, cell-phone-wielding, rolling-eyed enemies set on their own path of righteousness. But back to design. Anabelle, as an infant, slept in a paradise on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. Nestled beneath the elms, her nursery had a mural I’d painted of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh that rivaled the works of Michelangelo; I spent hours atop a rickety wooden ladder, covering the ceiling with tree limbs from the Hundred-Acre Wood. My mania might be explained today by postpartum depression but, at the time, I just wanted my baby to bask in a bower of cartoon happiness. Then she got older and, after a call from a magazine, I transformed her room into a French paradise. Pink ribbons crisscrossed the walls in a giant trellis with gold floral castings at the center of each ribbon crossing. There were French day beds and a partially gilded screen with dancing ladies. My mother, Jojo, even dug out her rusty Singer to whip Pierre Frey fabrics bought on sale into

drop-dead window treatments and bedding sumptuous enough for a duchess. Anabelle was photographed in a tutu with her French bulldog, Star Baby. Alas, she outgrew all that “antique junk” so when we moved to The Paces apartments I prudently took all of her own abstract paintings and went to B. A. Framers so I could create floor-to-ceiling walls of her art. So far so good; an Anthropologie spread and shocking-pink silk dupioni window treatments suited the eight-year-old self-described modernist to a “T.” But when we moved after the divorce, she announced that she was contemporary and I was antique; therefore I would have no say in her room. That presented a very immediate problem since we (reduced in circumstance) would be sharing a room. She vetoed every suggestion. Every fabric. Every lamp. Even a mural of drawings of 1960’s Vogue illustrations did not pass muster. Having reached an impasse, we slept for months on a mattress in an otherwise-empty room. And then she went to her dad’s for a week. Now, as I write this column, she is working away on her computer in a bedroom crammed with faux-finished bookcases, settled in her 18th-century caned twin bed (one of a pair picked up for a song on Craig’s List) atop a vintage Deco Oriental rug. Behind her looms the mural copied from Vogue. She hasn’t noticed yet.


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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles  

May 2010

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