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PERSONAL SPACE A cheery, relaxed aesthetic prevails in an airy Alys Beach retreat by Atlanta designer Kay Douglass WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH R. RALLS

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GOING GREEN The 2009 Cashiers Designer Showhouse provided an abundance of stylish and eco-friendly decorating ideas WRITTEN BY CLINTON SMITH

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DESIGN DOSSIER A fashion industry veteran is poised to shake up Atlanta style with an eponymous new shop BA∏H WINNERS Three very diΩerent, yet very personal prize-winning baths demonstrate that you truly can achieve the custom look of your dreams KI∏CHEN & BA∏H NEWS The hottest insider buzz on local kitchen and bath showrooms, design awards and more DREAM KI∏CHEN AH&L builds a luxury kitchen at Phipps Plaza

FOOD Peaches reach the height of ripeness, much to the delight of Cynthia Wong, one of Decatur’s most revered local pastry chefs FOOD NEWS Summery, Southern hospitality at in-town eateries, tasty farmto-table burgers and seasonally sweet watermelon reimagined for savory dishes HIS∏ORY A team of architects and designers restore Grady Chapel back to its former glory, while keeping Philip Schutze’s original vision intact EVEN∏ The splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains takes a backseat to the beauty of local gardens at Mountains in Bloom 2010 CALENDAR Roots are revisited at shows celebrating diverse cultures, galleries play host to a bevy of trailblazing talents and technical expertise reigns


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WELCOME (on the cover) The essence of summer comes in various forms, and this month’s issue covers the gamut of good taste, stripped of its formality. The one constant of the season should be to slow down and (forgive the expression) take some time to smell the roses. Summer is fleeting and, come October, we’ll be wondering how summer passed so quickly. I’ve yet to finalize my own vacation plans, but I’d love to find a resort or hotel with baths as luxurious as this year’s Bath of the Year contest winners (page 14). Each one is like an at-home spa retreat. Soothing style also comes in the form of dreamy getaways just a short drive from Atlanta. Local designer Kay Douglass imbues an Alys Beach, Florida, vacation home with an air of laid-back luxe, while a top-notch roster of Southeast design stars puts its stamp on a showhouse benefiting the Cashiers Historical Society in North Carolina. And contributor Angie Mosier muses on the allure of peaches; now that’s what I call the essence of summer! However you spend the month—and the rest of the season—take some time to relax a bit. After all, what’s your rush?

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Editor’s Notebook

Luxury Redux

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ANN MASHBURN Proving that her passion for fashion runs deep, this local tastemaker opens an eponymous boutique

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THE HOUSE THAT ANNE MASHBURN SHARES WITH HER HUSBAND, SID, AND THEIR FIVE DAUGHTERS, IS A TRUE FAMILY HOME. PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE MASHBURN CHILDREN GRACE THE WALLS IN THE FAMILY ROOM. OPPOSITE: ANNE MASHBURN AT HOME. HER SENSE OF STYLE IS EVIDENT IN HER WELL-EDITED SELECTIONS—EVERYTHING FROM CLOTHING TO FURNITURE.

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Her husband, Sid, owns one of the top men’s clothing shops in the country, located at Atlanta’s Westside Urban Market. And in early June, Ann Mashburn literally took her place next to him, having opened her own clothing store just a few doors down. Her namesake shop, she says, is an “edited collection of things I love. There are wonderful clothes in this city and lots of places to find them. This is simply my point of view, reflecting my experience as an editor and all my years at fashion magazines.” Her fashion résumé, in fact, includes experience at Vogue, where she worked for Polly Mellon—whom Ann still counts as an important fashion mentor. “She was my very first boss in New York and the greatest fashion influence in my life,” Ann says, “and actually one of the greatest personal influences, as well. She was the fashion editor of Vogue, and I loved and hated her enormously.” So what was the impetus for this venture? Ann gives much of the credit to her five daughters, ranging in age from 9 to 20. “Like it or not, we have a family business. But with five girls, we are way more interested in women’s fashion in this house,” says Ann. “They kept saying ‘Mom, come on. You have to do this.’” Ann hopes that her store is the female counterpoint to her husband’s. “We are very similar

in our tastes, perhaps owing to the fact that we grew up together, in a way; we met in New York at age 23. Both shops are just edited collections of what we love and think wonderful. Either we find it or we make it.” But, she’s quick to add, Ann Mashburn is about personal style more than fashion. “It’s not about beauty; it’s about confidence and style. I want people to feel good about how they look, help them create their own style.” It’s no diΩerent from the lessons she’s taught her own girls. MY HOME REFLECTS…love and conflict, a busy house

where we are all learning to love each other better. I GET MY BEST INSPIRATION…

when I am trapped behind the wheel of a car while fetching my daughters. MY FASHION SENSE OF STYLE IS BEST DESCRIBED AS...great

(I hope). I have a few diΩerent styles, I would say, that all kind of work for me. THE ACCESSORY I WON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IS…my phone. IF YOU LOOKED IN MY CLOSET, YOU’D SEE...a mess. MY FAVORITE WAY TO ENTERTAIN AT HOME…doesn’t matter as

long as they are friends and family—and will eat what I set before them, happily. I am keen on compliments! THE ONE BEAUTY PRODUCT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IS…my Mason

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THE ONE PLACE IN ATLANTA I ALWAYS TAKE GUESTS IS…

our shop, Sid Mashburn. I am very proud. MY SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE

FAVORI∏ES A∏ HOME

IS…Annick Goutal Eau

d’Hadrien and Jo Malone Verbena; I switch between them. MY FAVORITE MUSEUMS ARE…

clockwise from top left A label from Ann Mashburn’s new boutique. Her husband’s namesake shop, which is just a few doors down from her own at Atlanta’s Westside Urban Market. Ann Mashburn returning home. Pretty Ballerinas, one of her latest fashion finds.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for its grandeur, and the Frick—and the Louvre and d’Orsay, of course. WHEN I GET AN UNEXPECTED DAY TO MYSELF…I can’t imagine! THE PERSON I LOOK UP TO MOST

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THE FIRST THING I SEE WHEN I WAKE UP IS…Sid.

FAVORITE ARTISANAL FOOD:

MY SUNDAY ROUTINE…

Pleasant Ridge cheese from Wisconsin—and anything Anne Quatrano cooks FAVORITE ARTIST: Henri Rousseau FAVORITE FURNITURE STYLE: French

MY LATEST FASHION DISCOVERY

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW

teacher, Arleen Wood. I have met few people in my life who are as full as she. MY SIGNATURE COLOR IS…navy blue. I am crazy for anything nautical with stripes. THE CAR I DRIVE IS…a black station wagon.

IS…a wonderful shoe company

ABOUT ME IS…I am incredibly

that makes the most fabulous ballet flats; they’re classic, wellpriced and have no labels— perfect. It’s Pretty Ballerinas from London and Montreal.

impatient (though there are six people who live with me who are very clear on that fact).

THE PLACE I LOVE TO TRAVEL IS…anywhere in Europe.

is church, sports, homework and family dinner.

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FAVORITE FASHION DESIGNER:

I don’t have one but I think Miuccia Prada is brilliant FAVORITE DINNERWARE: I have beautiful Gien red toile plates with bugs on them FAVORITE FLOWER: Peony FAVORITE MUSIC: Anything my girls play on the piano FAVORITE WINE: I don’t have a favorite; I am not the least bit picky

IS…lately, my girls’ piano

ANN MASHBURN IS ABOUT PERSONAL STYLE MORE THAN FASHION. “IT’S NOT ABOUT BEAUTY; IT’S ABOUT CONFIDENCE AND STYLE. I WANT PEOPLE TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT HOW THEY LOOK, HELP THEM CREATE THEIR OWN STYLE.”

FAVORITE TABLE LINENS: My wellworn Pierre Deux cloth napkins that we have used at every meal for 20-plus years; they are full of happy memories and a few stains

MY PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL MOMENT CAME WHEN…the en-

gagement article written up in Sid’s hometown paper listed me as “the fashion editor of Vogue.” I was the assistant to the fashion editor.

FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE:

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STYLE CREATIVE COMPROMISE TO STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN THE WIFE’S DESIRE FOR A FREESTANDING TUB AND THE HUSBAND’S NEED FOR A BUILT-IN JACUZZI, HEATH DEVISED AN OVAL TUB DECK, MADE EVEN MORE VISUALLY APPEALING THANKS TO ITS UNEXPECTED PLACEMENT OF VERTICAL SUBWAY TILES. MARBLE AVAILABLE THROUGH ARCHITECTURAL STONE ACCENTS, 3661 PRESIDENTIAL PKWY., ATLANTA 30340. (770) 248-1247; ASAGRANITE.COM

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ERICA GEORGE DINES Ç PRODUCED BY

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21ST ANNUAL BATH CONTEST

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

The Ultimate LUXURY For their newly built home on the edge of a North Atlanta country club, homeowners Ed and Cathy Johnson called upon the deft design instincts of The Mercantile’s Barbara Heath MEET THE HOMEOWNERS Ed Johnson is a leader of an Atlantabased corporation and travels frequently for work, so he requested the convenience of resort-like amenities in his master bathroom. Cathy, a CPA by trade, is an active stayat-home mom who helps keep their four children—two girls and two boys—engaged in activities around the clock. THEIR STYLE The Johnsons’ look is traditional but—at the same time—serene, simple and understated. Designer Barbara Heath took these fundamental desires and injected the freshness of new products and ideas while melding their masculine and feminine preferences into one harmonious look. 14

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FAVORITE FEATURE While Cathy favors the elegance of her custom vanity, Ed was particular about the jetted soaking tub. “He had recent back surgery, so he insisted on a therapeutic Jacuzzi tub. I picked out a few options and made him go to the showrooms to sit in and try them all,” Cathy laughs. The shower, which they both adore, features Ed’s favorite rain showerhead, which he discovered at Reynolds Plantation. THEIR BEST ADVICE “Look at lots of homes and lots of bathrooms, and save several pictures of what you like,” says Cathy. “Take plenty of notes; that way, a skilled designer can help you combine your favorite things in a way that works for you.”


Designer Insigh ts… THE PERFECT PIECE “Cathy and I shopped for antiques together and loved one buffet we found at Scott’s. My cabinet maker studies the production of English antiques, so he was able to recreate a vanity inspired by that very buffet, right down to the casters. The custom design allowed us to hide things like plumbing that we wouldn’t have been able to with an actual antique.” Custom vanity by Brian Young, Nottingham Antiques, 44 Bennett St. NW, Atlanta 30309. (404) 352-1890; nottinghamantiques.com

RESORT QUALITY

GLAMOROUS TOUCHES DECORATIVE ACCENTS FROM THE MERCANTILE, LIKE CUT-CRYSTAL CANISTERS, CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMFORTABLE FEELING OF THIS LUXURIOUSLY SPACIOUS BATHROOM. THE SWAROVSKI CHANDELIER CAME FROM THE DINING ROOM OF THE JOHNSONS’ FORMER HOME. ALL ACCESSORIES AVAILABLE AT THE MERCANTILE.

“I wanted to give them a sense of luxury, as if they were at a wonderful resort. An in-shower bench, hand-held sprayer at the tub and a tilt-glass panel in the shower are a few of these conveniences. The husband also loved the rain showerheads at Reynolds Plantation, so the couple tracked down the exact style for their master bath.” Michael S. Smith For Country showerhead P214400-00 for Kallista, available through Ferguson Enterprises, 764 Miami Cir. NE, Atlanta 30324. (404) 495-9919; ferguson.com

A PROPER MIX “It’s funny to mix the word ‘efficient’ with ‘luxury,’ but the two things have been incorporated here— as with the vanity. One side stores the wife’s cosmetics and the other provides locked storage for her personal treasures.”

HIDDEN LAIR “The husband’s water closet backs up to his home office and, as we were paneling that room, we saw a great opportunity to turn one of those panels into a secret passage. Before, he had to walk all the way around the house and through the master bedroom to get to it; now, it’s right at his fingertips.”

STYLISH MUST-HAVES Glass knobs with nickel accents from Restoration Hardware complete the look with a sparkle. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 3142, Atlanta 30326. (404) 240-2844; restorationhardware.com

HER FAVORITE HUE

STYLISH MUST-HAVES On the ceiling: Breath of Fresh Air, Benjamin Moore. Heath mixed this pale blue with three parts white.

“Blue is almost a universal favorite, and it is the wife’s favorite, but getting the right shade of blue is more difficult. The Murano glass lamps and art by Elizabeth Stockton were the catalysts that brought the neutral scheme together. We used a very, very pale blue on the ceiling, which feels very serene.” All art and accessories available through The Mercantile, 1430 Dresden Dr., Suite B-100, Atlanta 30319. (404) 816-0060; mercantileatlanta.com

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STYLE SLEEK SURFACES WHITE-LACQUER CABINETRY AND SIMPLE CORIAN COUNTERTOPS PROVIDE THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE IN THIS VISUALLY STREAMLINED SPACE. CABINETRY BY CUSTOM TRIM HOMES, 5221 PALMERO CT., SUITE 204, BUFORD 30518. (404) 324-0313; CUSTOMTRIMHOMES.COM. COUNTERTOPS BY TODD COLLINS AT MARMI NATURAL STONE, 5433 GOSHEN SPRINGS RD., NORCROSS 30093. (770) 921-7601; MARMISTONE.COM

WRITTEN BY

KATE ABNEY Ç PHOTOGRAPHED BY

ERICA GEORGE DINES Ç PRODUCED BY

RACHEL CARDINA LASSERRE

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Outside IN Taking advantage of lush outdoor views, Catherine and Byron Cocke have created the modern sanctuary of their dreams in a historic Atlanta suburb

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BATH CONTEST WINNER

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MEET THE HOMEOWNERS Catherine Cocke, a designer at Musso Design Group, and her husband, Byron, took on an ambitious renovation to a one-story Mid-century modern home originally designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright protégé. They transformed it into a California modern-inspired retreat to accommodate their growing family, including three kids under the age of five. THEIR STYLE Catherine is the design guru in the duo, with a passion for all genres of design. “I am clean-modern or transitional at heart,” she says, “but I really enjoy an eclectic mix. I’m always up for a challenge; I think that’s what keeps things interesting.”

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FAVORITE FEATURE “I couldn’t do without the custom Corian tub,” Catherine says. “The kids and I love bathing in there; there’s nothing like taking a long, hot bath at the end of the day. It’s so spacious, almost like a small swimming pool.” Byron, on the other hand, is smitten with the open shower and its high-performance rain showerheads. THEIR BEST ADVICE “Take your time, and be sure that you have all your materials before you begin,” says Catherine. “Have a few samples shipped from the quarry, especially if you’re using natural stone. I also think spending extra on that special item that will make or break your bathroom is so worthwhile.”


STYLISH MUST-HAVES Dual Hansgrohe Raindance S 300 AIR showerheads were selected in lieu of those with traditional curved edges. These are oversized, clean-lined and air-injected for incredible water pressure. Available at Ferguson Enterprises, 764 Miami Cir. NE, Atlanta 30324. (404) 495-9919; ferguson.com

Designer Insigh ts… THE SHAPE OF THINGS “[Architect] Scott West was instrumental in creating the rectilinear shapes found on the tub, vanity, shower troughs and windows. The vanity was meant to float, so you could walk around the back of it. In the end, I pushed it against the wall to get that upper cabinet storage, but its shape still works to elongate the room.”

MARVELOUS MARBLE “I knew an enormous amount of tile would be needed to fill the space, so whatever I found had to be very classic, large in scale and add a lot of interest. I kept coming back to this marble because it was such a pure white with vivid gray contrasting veins running through it. I ordered several samples to ensure that the entire batch had the same pattern and clarity.”

SPACIOUS SOAK “I wanted a two-person tub, and I love the sleek look of a rectangle. But, once the room started to come together, I realized that it was going to take a massive one to anchor the space. I found a Kohler undermount tub that was really big and comfortable, and had the tub surround custom fabricated from Corian. It ended up being a lot less expensive than some freestanding tubs I had looked at and was super-comfortable, too.”

WARM WELCOME

CLEAR VIEW A PAIR OF SLIDING-GLASS DOORS, PLUS A 10X10-FOOT STOREFRONT GLASS WINDOW AND ARCHITECTURAL SKYLIGHT, CREATE A FEELING OF BEING ENSCONCED BY GLASS. JUST BEYOND, TREES FORM A HEDGE OF PRIVACY FOR EVEN THE MOST MODEST USERS.

STYLISH MUST-HAVES Honed Calcutta Luna marble from Walker Zanger was chosen for its vivid contrast of pure white and gray. 791 Miami Cir. NE, Atlanta 30324. (404) 365-9991; walkerzanger.com

“We put a thermal break in the large storefront window, which keeps it really well insulated, so it’s actually pretty cozy to use the shower. And because of the radiant-heated floors, we are able to warm the space without having to blast tons of forced air in the winter. I love having toasty floors throughout the bathroom.”

SMART ART “The six-foot floating wall [which fronts the master closets] was Scott’s idea; it makes the room open and airy while the art niches make it feel kind of like a gallery. I pushed the depths of the niches as far back as I could to make room for large sculptures, and we added a broad opening for a 30x40-inch painting.”

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STYLE RUGGED WALLS SPLIT-FACE TRAVERTINE TILE ADDS WARMTH AND TEXTURE TO THE WALLS, WHILE ITS UNDULATING PATTERN MIMICS THE INSET SNAKING SHELF AS WELL AS THE ELABORATE CURVES ELSEWHERE IN THE ROOM. “IF YOU TAKE A MONOCHROMATIC APPROACH, YOU MUST WORK WITH TEXTURE AND FORM,” NOTES SPRANG. “ADDITIONAL COLORS WOULD CREATE CHAOS, AND THAT’S THE LAST THING YOU WANT IN A BATHROOM.” AVAILABLE AT G&L MARBLE, 129 ARMOUR DR. NE, ATLANTA 30324. (404) 261-7444; GLMARBLE.COM

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MEET THE HOMEOWNERS After their daughters left for college, empty nesters Ron and Claudia GriΩin downsized to a smaller home. But the couple found their new bathroom cold, cavernous and impersonal. Ron, a senior oΩicer for a Fortune 10 company, works 80 hours per week so he wanted a bathroom that was highly eΩicient. Claudia, a homemaker, was looking for the ultimate space in which to relax and unwind. THEIR STYLE Although the GriΩins lean toward traditional style, designer Gunter R. Sprang gave them a warm modern renovation that was a departure from their normal proclivities—a work of art in its own right for these avid collectors.

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FAVORITE FEATURE Both love the built-in television and sound system, which allows Ron to catch up on CNN during his morning shower and Claudia to watch her favorite programs while enjoying a soak in the tub. THEIR BEST ADVICE “Throw out your preconceived notions about how a bath should look,” says Ron. “Think about what you really want in your space and how to expand upon it, then find someone creative who takes pride in the details.” Adds Claudia: “This bath was kind of a leap of faith, but Gunter made a 3-D model of how the space would turn out. When I saw that, I knew it would be perfect for us.”


BRIGHT SPOTS A VARIETY OF LIGHTING—INCLUDING SCONCES, SPOTLIGHTS, CAN LIGHTS AND A CONTEMPORARY CHANDELIER—IS SET ON DIMMERS, MAKING IT EASY TO CREATE ANY MOOD. CHANDELIER, PLC LIGHTING “BUBBLES” CONTEMPORARY CRYSTAL FLUSH-MOUNT CEILING LIGHT, THROUGH ARCADIAN LIGHTING, (909) 393-0911; ARCADIANLIGHTING.COM. VANITY SCONCES, MEDUSA ADA BY GLOBAL LIGHTING, 545 FRANKLIN AVE., MOUNT VERNON, NEW YORK 10550. (914) 591-4095; GLOBALLIGHTING.COM

Designer Insigh ts… FRESH FOCAL POINT “Many designers place a tub in front of a window, but people are closing the shades. The bathroom is a room of privacy; with the curves, I tried to create coziness in a space that didn’t feel so exposed.”

CARPATHIAN ELM VENEERS “A burled veneer is neither horizontal nor vertical; it’s neutral, so what dominates is the shape I gave to the cabinet. Here, I bought twice as much veneer as needed to get the perfect pattern, lined up the pieces and book-matched them so you don’t see a repetition.”

TAILORED STORAGE “Every drawer is customized, and his and her sides are very, very different. I asked the homeowners to put everything they used into baskets, and then I customized the interiors of the drawers to fit them. An appliance garage conceals things like the electric toothbrush, shaver and radio clock, and keeps the countertops clean and clutter-free.”

SCULPTURAL CEILINGS

STYLISH MUST-HAVES Paint: “Greenwich,” Ralph Lauren Paint

“The ceilings in the room were 10 feet high, so we built three soffits in multi-layers to bring down the height. With the soffits, we cut through the ceiling like a sky. If you think about the sky, clouds open up and all of a sudden you see a blue sky and it’s exciting. The layers make it interesting.”

HIGH-TECH LUXURIES “The television is applied to the back of a door that opens into a closet with a mirror on the other side you’d never know it was there. Integrated speakers let the homeowner watch the news during his morning shower.”

STYLISH MUST-HAVES Kohler “Purist” two-handle faucets are strategically placed for pure convenience. The lavatory faucets are wall-mounted, making clean-up a breeze, while the tub’s are ergonomically positioned for easy adjusting during an extended soak. Available at Ferguson Enterprises, 764 Miami Cir. NE, Atlanta 30324. (404) 495-9919; ferguson.com

SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK.

STYLISH MUST-HAVES The elliptical “Naos” tub by BainUltra was essential for complementing the curved lines of the space. Available through European Sink of Atlanta, 2655 Buford Hwy, Atlanta 30324. (770) 936-0512; europeansinkatlanta.com

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STYLE ( baths) ABOUT OUR JUDGES TIMOTHY S. ADAMS, AIA – OWNER AND PRINCIPAL OF T.S. ADAMS STUDIO, ARCHITECTS After rising to the ranks of principal at Harrison Design Associates, Timothy S. Adams, AIA—a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture—formed T.S. Adams Studio, Architects in 2001.Today, Adams has oΩices in Atlanta and Grayton Beach, Florida. The boutique architecture firm specializes in distinctive designs for residential, community and commercial projects. Each of its custom projects is rooted in history yet reflects modern, innovative elements suited to today’s lifestyles. Services include exterior and interior architecture as well as interior design. JIM MELOY, CKD – PRESIDENT OF KITCHEN & BATH CONCEPTS President of the design/build company Kitchen & Bath Concepts, Jim Meloy, CKD, has more than 35 years experience creating

unique kitchens and bathrooms. He is past president of the Atlanta chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, a licensed Georgia contractor and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Meloy’s designs have garnered more than 60 awards, including eight from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. His projects have been featured in showhouses, local and national television, trade publications, Kitchen & Bath Showcase books and such publications as Designer Baths, Trends, Traditional Home, Signature Kitchens & Baths, Woman’s Day Kitchens & Baths and Atlanta Magazine. LENIA PILKONIS, CKD, CBD, ASID, CAPS, IDEC INDEPENDENT DESIGNER AT P3 INTERIORS, LLC Based in Villa Rica, Lenia Pilkonis is a registered interior designer, certified kitchen/bath designer and certified aging-in-place specialist who concentrates on kitchen, bath, residential and small commercial projects. She is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association and American Society of Interior Designers as well as the Interior Design Educator’s Council. Pilkonis has won multiple

design awards and is frequently called upon as a resource for publications across the country, including Cooking Light, Dallas Home Improvement, Marietta Daily Journal, Custom Home and Better Homes & Gardens’ special interest publications. MARK WILLIAMS – OWNER AND PRINCIPAL OF MARK WILLIAMS DESIGN ASSOCIATES After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in architecture, Mark Williams worked at architectural and interior firms large and small, and then helped found Laslie-Williams Inc. in 1998. In 2007, he opened a new design collaborative, Mark Williams Design Associates, which focuses on both architectural and interior design. Williams and his design associate, Niki Papadopoulos, work on projects ranging from high-end residential to multi-family, commercial and educational design. With their multidisciplinary design team, these two can provide a good understanding of how the built environment and the objects that occupy it can balance one another.

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Showered WITH STYLE Standouts from the 2010 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago reveal the latest lineup of must-haves

PART OF HANSGROHE’S PURAVIDA COLLECTION, THIS ALL-CHROME LAVATORY FAUCET FEATURES A SINGLE-LEVER HANDLE AND A GRACEFULLY CURVED SHAPE, PLUS ECO-CONSCIOUS WATER FLOW. AVAILABLE AT EUROPEAN SINK ATLANTA, 2655 BUFORD HWY., ATLANTA 30324. (770) 936-0512; EUROPEANSINKATLANTA.COM; HANSGROHE-USA.COM

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SHOWHOUSE BY MOEN INTRODUCES A HIGH-END, MODERN POT FILLER IN CHROME OR STAINLESS STEEL THAT EXTENDS TO 24 INCHES. BOASTING A FLOW OF UP TO 5.5 GALLONS PER MINUTE, IT’S THE PERFECT FINISHING TOUCH TO A CHEF’S COOKING STATION. AVAILABLE AT MARIETTA WINNELSON COMPANY, 225 OLD CLAY ST. SE, MARIETTA 30060. (770) 427-6669; MARIETTAWINNELSON.COM; SHOWHOUSE.MOEN.COM

FISHER & PAYKEL’S LATEST DISHDRAWER COMPLETES THE COMPANY’S NEW MODULAR KITCHEN SYSTEM; IT JOINS A SINGLE OVEN, COOKTOP AND 36-INCH COOLDRAWER IN AN ERGONOMIC COLLECTION THAT’S THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE INDUSTRY. AVAILABLE AT SEWELL APPLIANCE CO. INC., 7455 TROWBRIDGE RD., SANDY SPRINGS 30328. (404) 255-0640; SEWELLAPPLIANCE.COM; FISHERPAYKEL.COM

THREE NEW TILE COLLECTIONS BY ANN SACKS INVITE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES FOR INTERIOR APPLICATIONS. FROM LEFT, INDAH TEAK TILES, AVAILABLE IN FIVE FINISHES AND SEVEN MOTIFS; SERPENTINE, A CHIC COMBINATION OF SILVER AND MILKY WHITE HUES; AND OBSIDIAN, A SUPER-STRONG GLASS-LIKE TILE CUT FROM COOLED MOLTEN SILICA. AVAILABLE AT ANN SACKS ATLANTA, 351 PEACHTREE HILLS AVE. NE, SUITE 207, ATLANTA 30305. (404) 264-0255; ANNSACKS.COM

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MADE FROM MATURE MOSO BAMBOO, LENOVA’S DOUBLE-BOWL, APRON-FRONT KITCHEN SINK HAS EXCEPTIONAL COLOR AND STANDS UP BEAUTIFULLY TO DAILY USE. AVAILABLE AT ELEGANT EDITIONS, 674 MIAMI CIR. NE, ATLANTA 30324. (877) 542-0088; ELEGANTEDITIONS.NET; LENOVASINKS.COM

BARBARA BARRY’S NEWEST SCONCE FOR KALLISTA, PART OF THE COUNTERPOINT COLLECTION, FEATURES A ROCK CRYSTAL BACKPLATE AND SLEEK MODERN STYLING. TOGETHER WITH THE DESIGNER’S NEW STARBURST COLLECTION FOR ANN SACKS TILE, IT ADDS THE IDEAL TOUCH OF GLAMOUR TO A BATH. AVAILABLE AT RENAISSANCE TILE & BATH, 349 PEACHTREE HILLS AVE., ATLANTA 30305. (404) 231-9203; RENAISSANCETILEANDBATH.COM; KALLISTA.COM. ANN SACKS TILE AVAILABLE AT ANN SACKS, 351 PEACHTREE HILLS AVE. NE, SUITE 207, ATLANTA 30305. (404) 264-0255; ANNSACKS.COM

KOHLER’S KALLOS GLASS LAVATORY HAS THE LOOK OF CUT CRYSTAL, A LUXE DESIGN THAT CLEVERLY CAMOUFLAGES TOILETRIES IN THE STORAGE SPACE BENEATH IT. AVAILABLE AT PDI PLUMBING, 1121 HUFF RD., ATLANTA 30318. (404) 352-5003; PDIPLUMBING.COM; KOHLER.COM

JENN-AIR’S 42-INCH FRENCH-DOOR REFRIGERATOR, COMPLETE WITH A BOTTOM FREEZER, OFFERS THE WIDEST INTERIOR DIMENSIONS OF ANY FLUSH REFRIGERATOR ON THE MARKET. AVAILABLE AT BUILDER SPECIALTIES, 761 MIAMI CIR. NE, SUITE D, ATLANTA 30324. (404) 233- 6105; BUILDERSPECIALTIES.NET; JENNAIR.COM


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LIFE (news) KITCHEN + BATH NEWS >> After fewer than two years in business, kitchen showroom SCIC Atlanta is expanding and will double the size of its space in Midtown Atlanta. SCIC Atlanta, 855 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30308. (404) 975-4320; scicatlanta.com >> Buckhead Kitchens of Distinction has added a second showroom in Roswell. Aptly named Complete Kitchens of Roswell, it oΩers Italian and American cabinetry. Complete Kitchens of Roswell, 30 E. Crossville Rd., Suite 140-A, Roswell 30075. (404) 846-5823. >> Fusion Design Group on Miami Circle is growing. Welcome aboard Lee Woodall, CKD, as well as interior designer George Taylor and architect Gary Tilson. Fusion Design Group, 800 Miami Circle, Suite 100, Atlanta 30324. (404) 262-1547. >> Premier Surfaces in Alpharetta will continue to fabricate granite, quartz and stainless steel surfaces but has added Revelle, Dex and Craft-Art Wood Tops to its everyday lineup. Premier Surfaces, 845 McFarland Pkwy., Alpharetta 30004. (770) 475-0004; premiersurfaces.com >> Sherle Wagner plumbing and fixtures are now on display at European Sink Atlanta, where they are sold exclusively in the metro area. European Sink Atlanta, 2655 Buford Hwy., Atlanta 30324. (404) 936-0512; europeansinkatlanta.com

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At an event held at Builder Specialties on Miami Circle, Designer Shon Parker receives the Grand Prize Award for our 2009 Bath of the Year contest.

>> The 2008/2009 Sub-Zero/WOLF International and Regional design awards were held in May at The Breakers in Palm Beach— and Atlanta was well represented. Congratulations to Robin Pittman of Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio for placing third of all entries worldwide in the International Kitchen Design Contest. Congratulations also goes to the collaborative eΩort of Dawn Bennett Architect (404-384-1142), Karen Ferguson of Harrison Design Associates (404-365-7760) and Shirley McFarlane, CKD, of Fusion Design Group (404 262-1547) for their winning project in the Regional category.


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IN MAY, ATLANTA HOMES & LIFESTYLES SPONSORED A LUXURY LIVING SHOW AT PHIPPS PLAZA. PRESENTED BY GEORGIA NATURAL GAS AND SPONSORED BY B98.5 FM, GLOBAL IMPORTS BMW AND PHIPPS PLAZA, THIS LIVING KITCHEN WAS THE ANCHOR FOR A SERIES OF COOKING CLASSES AND EVENTS MAY 6-9, THEN REMAINED IN THE MALL FOR VIEWING THE REST OF THE MONTH.

WRITTEN BY

CLINTON SMITH Ç PHOTOGRAPHED BY

ERICA GEORGE DINES Ç PRODUCED BY

CLINTON SMITH & RACHEL CARDINA LASSERRE

WHILE THE KITCHEN IS ANCHORED BY CLASSIC DESIGN PRINCIPLES, A UNIQUE MIX OF MATERIALS AND FINISHES GIVES IT A FRESH VERVE. KITCHEN DESIGNERS MICHAEL BELL AND PAUL CASTELL, WITH INTERIOR DESIGNER GRETCHEN EDWARDS, SELECTED A WALNUT FINISH FOR THE KITCHEN ISLAND; AN EXOTIC MOTHER OF PEARL QUARTZITE WAS CHOSEN FOR THE ISLAND. THE WALL CABINETRY FEATURES A LIGHT CREAM-COLORED PAINTED FINISH WITH A PEWTER GLAZE AND IS ACCENTED WITH CALACATTA FANTASTICO HONED MARBLE AND SHINY MOSAIC GLASS TILES. INTEGRATED REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER UNITS BY VIKING ARE BALANCED AT THE OTHER END OF THE KITCHEN BY GLASS-FRONT DISPLAY CABINETS. FLORAL DESIGN BY LUSH LIFE HOME & GARDEN, (404) 8419661; LUSHLIFEHOMEGARDEN.COM. ALL ACCESSORIES, WILLIAMS-SONOMA, PHIPPS PLAZA.

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Today’s kitchens are all about the mix. Here, a contemporary faucet by Hansgrohe is a nice juxtaposition to the kitchen’s traditional cabinetry.

The appliance garage is not only a perfect spot for this KitchenAid mixer, but also any array of small appliances. The microwave below it is by Viking.

An undermount single-bowl stainless steel sink by Julien features both a removable colander and a bottom grid (ideal for drying fine glasses).

Bell Custom Cabinetry’s detailing is both stylish and functional. Here, a hidden storage compartment doubles as an architectural element when closed.

HIDE AND SEEK

STACK IT UP

STONE STORY

GLASS ACT

More hidden storage puts most-used ingredients and spices within arm’s reach. Le Creuset cookware from Williams-Sonoma. Range, Viking.

Deep drawers allow for optimal storage of plates and other dishware. Removable and interchangable pegs allow for personal customization.

Calacatta Fantastico honed marble was specified for the counters and backsplashes that flank the range. Cappuccino machine, Williams-Sonoma.

Medici Mosaics’ Bellini Glass was chosen as a focal point for the area behind the range. Available through A & S Marble and Granite Imports.

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WARMING TREND

FINAL TOUCHES

UNDER FOOT

There’s no need for frequently used items to be hidden away. Here, beautifully finished sliding shelves allow for easy access to cooking essentials.

A custom panel warming drawer from Viking allows food to stay at temperature settings ranging from 90ºF to 250ºF.

The polished nickel cabinet hardware from The Matthew Quinn Collection is known for its heft, durability and stylish proportions.

Oversize Pewter Fossil honed limestone tiles—each one, 18 x 18 inches—add a subtle pattern to the kitchen’s design scheme without being overpowering.

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KITCHEN DESIGNER MICHAEL BELL & PAUL CASTELL INSPIRATIONS KITCHEN & BATH 1250 ALPHA DRIVE, ALPHARETTA 30004 (770) 751-7861; INSPIRATIONSKB.COM INTERIOR DESIGNER GRETCHEN EDWARDS GILSTRAP EDWARDS INTERIOR DESIGN 345 PEACHTREE HILLS AVENUE, NE, ATLANTA 30305 (404) 869-4401; GILSTRAPEDWARDS.COM

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anchor—and star—of the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Luxury Living Show, held this past May at Phipps Plaza, was no doubt the Luxury Kitchen designed by Inspirations Kitchen & Bath. The expression “dream kitchen” took on additional meaning with this endeavor. Sure, it was filled with topnotch Viking appliances, amazing cabinetry and exquisite surfaces, but our event emcee Carolyn O’Neil put it best: it was the kitchen of our dreams not only because of its good looks and amazing features, but also because it was literally constructed over the course of two nights after the mall closed while most of Atlanta was sleeping! The kitchen—located in the mall’s Monarch Plaza— was abuzz with activity all month. It started with coverage

ACCESSORIES WILLIAMS-SONOMA, PHIPPS PLAZA (404) 237-0912; WILLIAMS-SONOMA.COM

on Fox 5’s Good Day Atlanta and CBS Atlanta’s Better Mornings, followed by cooking demonstrations put on by some of the city’s top chefs, including Virginia Willis, Alisa Barry and Tom Catherall, as well as special guest Jennifer Bushman working in partnership with the Georgia Natural Gas TrueBlue Schools Program. As the month progressed, mall guests had the opportunity to check out the kitchen on their own—opening drawers, discovering clever storage solutions and exploring all of the unique details and craftsmanship that went into its construction. And though the kitchen was up for almost 31 days, and has since been dismantled, it now seems like it was just a dream—except, of course, to the thousands who saw it. 35


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GEORGIA NATURAL GAS® The state’s leading natural gas provider and its customers are strengthening communities and families Georgia Natural Gas customers are playing a role in helping the environment and creating healthy communities. From recycling to healthy eating, Georgia Natural Gas is dedicated to making Georgia’s communities better places to live. Its Recycled Natural Gas and TrueBlue Schools programs are ways for its customers, from families to seniors to large and small businesses, to become involved. As the first-and-only gas marketer in the state to obtain recycled natural gas from a landfill, Georgia Natural Gas is helping to conserve our precious natural resources. “This is just one of the many ways in which we give back,” says John Jamieson, Senior Vice President, Retail Operations. Kids, parents, teachers and businesses are pitching in to create learning environments that help kids develop and grow – and in healthy ways. Through community programs like TrueBlue Schools, Georgia Natural Gas is providing a simple and easy way to help customers earn significant funds for schools. Georgia Natural Gas has a goal of helping Georgia schools raise $2 million, and it’s working at schools across the state. At Ford Elementry in Cobb county, the vision is to create a community with a passion for lifelong learning that enriches the mind, body and spirit. “TrueBlue Schools is helping us achieve that goal. It is the perfect blend of raising money for our school and teaching kids about the community and the environment,” says Catherine Padgett of Ford Elementary School. “It’s so easy to participate, and it only takes a minute of your time to get involved.”

MAKE YOUR SCHOOL TRUEBLUE Get involved in helping your community’s schools raise much needed dollars in three simple ways.

1. Sign up at www.trueblueschools.com and designate your school. 2. Become a TrueBlue Coordinator for your school. 3. Be an advocate and spread the word about TrueBlue Schools.

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THREE REASONS TO CHOOSE TRUEBLUE SCHOOLS 1. It’s Real Dollars for a Real Difference. To date, 827 schools have earned more than $390,000 through Georgia Natural Gas TrueBlue Schools. Some schools have earned more than $5,000 in a few months.

2. The Earnings Add Up. Georgia Natural Gas donates to your school $100 per new customer for the first year. TrueBlue School’s funds are paying for everything from the basics, like books, to musical instruments, playground equipment and eco-friendly projects.

3. It’s a “Healthy Fundraiser.” The Georgia PTA recognizes TrueBlue Schools as a “Healthy Fundraiser.” It supports the school’s commitment to promoting healthy behaviors and reinforces lessons about healthy lifestyles with little effort and a great return.

10 BENEFITS OF COOKING WITH GAS Georgia Natural Gas sponsored Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ Luxury Living Show at Phipps Plaza, with the main attractions being a custom, natural gas kitchen built in the mall and a Mother’s Day weekend event featuring chefs including TrueBlue Schools family eating expert Jennifer Bushman. She offers some tips about how Georgia Natural Gas provides an easy way for families to make healthy meals. 1. LOWER ENERGY USE Cooking over electric uses more energy than natural gas and costs more. 2. NO RESIDUAL HEAT When cooking with natural gas, you can leave the pan on the burner, turn it off, and know that your food will not continue cooking.

“Grilling with gas, both indoors and out, is my favorite way to cook! And it’s a great option to cook light for the family.” - Jennifer Bushman, Family Eating Expert

3. MORE PRECISE RESULTS The temperatures are truer and make it easier for the ingredients to come together to create a perfect meal. 4. LESS FAT When your pan is hot enough, it’s naturally nonstick. Your food browns and it uses less fat. 5. MORE MOIST FOOD When cooked at the proper temperature to allow browning and caramelization, foods are more tender and delicious. Cooking over gas also allows vegetables to maintain more vitamins and minerals and keeps fish from falling apart. 6. LOW AND SLOW You can choose less expensive cuts of meat, add your favorite cooking liquids and set the temperature to the perfect low setting. Foods can cook for several hours to create tender dishes that are delicious and easy on your pocketbook. It’s the ultimate in “one-pot” cooking! 7. GOOD GRILLING Natural gas fits right in with a popular summertime activity – grilling out! From cleanup to bypassing long lines to fill the propane tank, natural gas is as important to grilling as a perfect marinade. 8. CHOICES ABOUND Gas ranges come in a variety of styles, choices and sizes. From an apartment-size-two burner cook top, to professional ranges with several burners, cooking over natural gas can meet all needs. 9. EASY CLEAN UP Natural gas stoves require less maintenance than electric. Clean up is a snap because all the parts can be removed to catch drips or spills. 10. RAIN OR SHINE A natural gas stove works even when the power is out. 37


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A REAL GEORGIA PEACH

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STEVE POMBERG Ç PRODUCED BY

CLINTON SMITH

Using her kitchen as a laboratory, a Decatur pastry chef rethinks the possibilities of the state’s favorite fruit

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PICKLED PEACHES ARE A BRILLIANT WAY TO PRESERVE THE SHORTSEASONED FRUIT AND ARE FANTASTIC EATEN ALONGSIDE MEATS AND ARTISANAL CHEESES. OPPOSITE: CHEF CYNTHIA WONG’S MINI PEACH PIES, ALL STYLED DIFFERENTLY, SPEAK TO THE SIMPLICITY OF CLASSIC RECIPES. NO FANCY FILLINGS OR “TWISTS” TO THESE—THE FLAKY CRUSTS GIVE WAY TO A SWEET AND TART FILLING THAT ONLY FRESH SUMMER PEACHES CAN PROVIDE.

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the dining room of Decatur’s Cakes & Ale restaurant, light is streaming through the windows. It’s morning on a day that the restaurant is closed but, still, the kitchen is active. The restaurant’s pastry chef, Cynthia Wong, sometimes uses a day oΩ to test recipes and today, it’s peaches—fresh, local peaches. Georgia peaches, in a childhood memory, were available all summer long and then some but, admittedly, summers seemed longer back then. In Atlanta, it felt as if there was a farm stand on every other corner, marked by produce trucks tipping with peach-filled wooden baskets. The fuzzy texture, intoxicating smell and sweet taste seemed more intense than they do today. More than a romantic, exaggerated memory, they really were more available—and more intense. Because small, local farms have been struggling, peaches and other produce are often picked before they are ripe and then held in refrigeration while being shipped all over the country, resulting in fewer great peaches and fewer farm stands. Searching for the cheapest peach, rather than spending a little more on Georgia fruit from a farm stand or grocer who understands local food systems, has threatened not only our local economy but the taste of the fruit, too. To get the true, ripe flavor back into our food; chefs like Wong are leading the charge. All over the South there are still family farms growing varieties of peaches with names like June Gold, Dixie Red, Topaz, Elberta, Sunbrite, Springcrest, Ruby Prince and White Lady. Happily, some farmers ship their ripe fruit as soon as it’s picked and some still have on-farm stands. Just two hours south of Atlanta—in Ft. Valley, Georgia—Al and Mary Pearson of Pearson Family Farms continue to

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grow peaches in the summer (and pecans in the fall) on the same land that Al’s family has farmed since 1890. Work on the peach trees starts in January. The Pearsons typically spend two months pruning; thinning the peaches takes up April and May while harvest covers June and July. Al and Mary, who employ 200 people during harvest, are proud of their farm and their eΩorts to grow the best peaches possible. But Al, who grew up in the family business, knows the challenges of farming well. “Our money literally does grow on trees,” he says, explaining that many things can stunt the trees’ growth, from weeds and insects to wild hogs and deer. “And with the constant threat of hail, freeze, tornadoes and drought, it always seems a miracle that a crop is ever harvested. “Successful farming today requires a blend of art, talent, hard work and faith. It is a real challenge to grow and deliver to the market the ‘Queen of Fruits’—a Georgia peach—but the rewards of doing that job well make the eΩort worthwhile.” Back at Cakes and Ale, Wong—with a bushel of peaches, sugar, flour and a restaurant kitchen all to herself—heats up the ovens. Drawing on memories of peach pie, she takes what she knows about producing the perfect crust and fashions mini-pies into tins that have turned black with use. She plays with the patterns of the top crusts—a crosshatch here, a lattice there, even a solid version with just enough slits to allow the steam to escape. Atop the pastry, a sprinkling of granulated sugar looks like crystals and, as a fork is pushed through the little pie, a burst of peach-scented steam escapes. It’s perfect. Homemade peach ice cream is another summertime standard that the chef refuses to make too “fancy pants.” With a nod to peaches and cream, she blends just enough sugar to sweeten without covering up the 40

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flavor of the fruit. The result is a well-balanced, old-fashioned ice cream that will find its place on top of a brown butter tartlet or, better yet, in a bowl all by itself. Chef Wong has been cooking for 20 years, pulling stints as a pasta maker for Via Elisa and a food stylist/recipe tester for Alton Brown before beginning to develop her own recipes. She made a big noise with her “Phatty Cakes,” rich ginger cookie sandwiches filled with mascarpone cream that she’d started to sell in specialty markets. But when Chef Billy Allen and his wife Kristen (the owners of Cakes & Ale) recruited Wong to be their pastry chef, they got the Phatty Cakes with the deal. On this designated recipe-testing day, the chef’s husband—John David Harmon, a spe-

cialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market and a fine cook himself—shows up with an experiment of his own that he cooked up at home and brought in for lunch. Pulled, smoked chicken and a simple slaw made of cabbage and Vidalia onions mixed with “Alabama white sauce” gets piled on top of bread, creating a riΩ on a pulled barbecue sandwich. In a stroke of genius, Wong pulls out a jar of pickled peaches and piles some on top. The combination is, not surprisingly, delicious. Taking advantage of having the restaurant all to themselves, the couple turns an impromptu working lunch into something of a date. Harmon serves his wife and they compliment each other on their recipes, ending the meal with a bite of perfect peach pie and a scoop of peach ice cream.


CHEF CYNTHIA WONG’S HUSBAND, JOHN DAVID HARMON, WAS INSPIRED BY ALABAMA’S WHITE BARBECUE SAUCE AND TOSSED HIS PERFECTLY SMOKED CHICKEN IN A TASTY MIXTURE OF MAYONNAISE, CAYENNE AND CIDER VINEGAR. THE SLAW IS A SIMPLE VIDALIA ONION AND GREEN CABBAGE MIX, AND THE WHOLE AFFAIR IS TOPPED OFF WITH PICKLED PEACHES. A BROWN BUTTER TART GETS A COOL SCOOP OF PEACH ICE CREAM. OPPOSITE: WONG AND HARMON, BOTH SOUTHERNERS, MET WHILE THEY WERE EACH TRAVELING IN SPAIN. THEY QUICKLY BONDED OVER GOOD WINE, AGED GOAT CHEESE AND IBERICO HAM, AND HAVE BEEN EATING AND COOKING WELL TOGETHER EVER SINCE. ATLANTAHOMESMAG.COM FOR PEACH RECIPES

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LIFE SEASONAL DELIGH∏ On a hot summer day, nothing is more refreshing than a cool slice of watermelon. Although this large fruit can be found year-round, it peaks during warmer months. So as this juicy summertime staple is at its pinnacle of sweetness, Atlanta chefs are duly packing fresh watermelon into this season’s flavorful menus.

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THE SCOOP GIVING FAST FOOD AN UPSCALE TWIST, DOGWOOD GUARANTEES LUNCHTIME PATRONS THAT ITS DELECTABLE ENTRÉES WILL BE SERVED WITHIN 20 MINUTES OF PLACING AN ORDER. OTHERWISE, THE MEAL IS ON THE HOUSE. 565 PEACHTREE ST., ATLANTA 30308. (404) 835-1410; DOGWOODRESTAURANT.COM

>> TWO URBAN LICKS SERVES UP A DELICIOUSLY CONCOCTED WATERMELON MOJITO THAT MIXES VODKA, SUGAR-PICKLED WATERMELON, LIME AND FRESH MINT PICKED FROM THE RESTAURANT’S OWN GARDEN. 820 RALPH MCGILL BLVD., ATLANTA 30306. (404) 522-4622; TWOURBANLICKS.COM >> PARISH’S WATERMELON SOUP ACHIEVES THE PERFECT BALANCE OF SWEET, SPICY AND SALTY.

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CAYENNE AND RED WINE VINEGAR CUT THROUGH THE SWEETNESS OF THE SEEDLESS WATERMELON, WHILE A TOUCH OF BUTTERMILK GIVES THIS INVENTIVE STARTER A CREAMY TEXTURE. 240 N. HIGHLAND AVE., ATLANTA 30307. (404) 681-4434; PARISHATL.COM >> HAVEN’S NEW SUMMERTIME SMALL PLATE ALSO EXPERIMENTS WITH SWEET AND SPICY IN A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF SUGAR BABY WATERMELON, VALBRESO FETA, PEA SHOOTS AND CRISPY GARDEN

BUCKHEAD’S POSH LW CHOCOLATIER HAS ADDED EUROPEANSTYLE COFFEES, ESPRESSOS, CAPPUCCINOS AND LATTES TO ITS INDULGENT INVENTORY OF FINE CHOCOLATES AND OTHER CONFECTIONS. ENJOY THESE ITEMS TO-GO OR IN THE SHOP’S NEW OUTDOOR PATIO. 3060 PEACHTREE RD. NW, ATLANTA 30305. (404) 372-7541; LWCHOCOLATIER.COM

JALAPEÑOS. 1441 DRESDEN DR. NE, ATLANTA 30319. (404) 969-0700; HAVENRESTAURANT.COM >> BAKESHOP’S CHILLED WATERMELON SORBET, SERVED ON A BED OF WINE BASIL GELÉE, IS SURE TO INVIGORATE TASTE BUDS. THIS COOL TREAT IS JUST RIGHT FOR ANY MOMENT OF A WARM SUMMER DAY. 903 PEACHTREE ST. NE, ATLANTA 30308. (404) 892-9322; BAKESHOPATL.COM

>> AS PART OF ITS “PASSPORT TO FRANCE” DINING SPECIAL, INTERCONTINENTAL BUCKHEAD’S AU PIED DE COCHON TRANSPORTS TASTEBUDS TO THE FRENCH RIVIERA. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THE UPSCALE BRASSERIE IS FEATURING FOOD AND WINE SPECIFIC TO WORLD-RENOWNED REGIONS OF FRANCE. THIS MONTH, THE FOCUS IS ON THE FLAVORS OF THE SOUTHEAST, WHICH HAS A DISTINCT MEDITERRANEAN INFLUENCE. 7/19-7/25. 3315 PEACHTREE RD. NE, ATLANTA 30309. (404) 946-9070; AUPIEDDECOCHONATLANTA.COM

>> TAP TOASTS THE NATION’S BIRTHDAY ON JULY 4 WITH ITS ANNUAL PATIO PARTY. WHILE NOSHING ON TRADITIONAL PICNIC FARE, ENJOY THE BEST SEAT IN THE CITY TO CHEER ON RUNNERS IN THE PEACHTREE ROAD RACE. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT WILL ALSO BE FEATURED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. 7/4. 1180 PEACHTREE ST., ATLANTA 30309. (404) 347-2220; TAPAT1180.COM

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>> IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL BERRY MONTH, LOEWS HOTEL HAS PARTNERED WITH DRISCOLL’S—THE NATION’S LEADING PRODUCER OF FRESH BERRIES—TO GIVE HOTEL GUESTS A SWEET, PATRIOTIC TREAT. OVER THE JULY 4 WEEKEND, A “BERRY CONCIERGE” WILL BE STATIONED IN THE LOEWS’ LOBBY AND AT POOLSIDE, POURING COMPLIMENTARY RED, WHITE AND BLUE COCKTAILS (AND MOCKTAILS) EACH AFTERNOON. SMOOTHIE DEMONSTRATIONS WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE. 7/2-7/3. 1065 PEACHTREE ST., ATLANTA 30309. (404) 745-5000; LOEWSHOTELS.COM

HAMBURGERS GO GREEN AT DECATUR’S NEWEST CULINARY ADDITION, FARM BURGER. THE RESTAURANT USES 100 PERCENT GRASS-FED BEEF FROM CATTLE RAISED ON LOCAL PASTURELAND. OTHER MENU HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE BURGERS MADE OF PASTURE-RAISED TURKEY, CHICKEN AND LAMB AS WELL AS HOUSE-MADE ACCOMPANIMENTS SUCH AS DIPS, PRESERVES, FARMSTEAD CHEESES AND FRIED OKRA. THE GREEN THEME IS EVEN APPARENT IN THE BUILDING’S ENERGY-EFFICIENT DESIGN AND RUSTIC DÉCOR. 410 WEST PONCE DE LEON, DECATUR 30030. (404) 378-5077; FARMBURGER.NET


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THE DOWN HOME DERBY AH&L JOINED A ROSTER OF SPONSORS AND PATRONS TO RAISE CRITICAL FUNDS FOR THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION May 1st was the date, Canton, GA was the place to be as a spectacular evening unfolded, full of delights and surprises. The Kentucky Derby soirée, produced by Sean O’Keefe Events and hosted by Terry Brown and Showcase Ltd. Equestrian, was staged in a barn transformed into the elegant—and very authentic—grounds of a traditional Southern estate. All the fun served to benefit The Child Development Association’s mission to enable children of low-income, working families to make a great start toward a bright future. For more information on The CDA, visit www.cdakids.org. Photos by Kate Byars Photography. Top photo, from left: Lori Christman with “Nice;” Below, clockwise from left: Caroline Hoogenboom from Persimmon Creek Vineyards with Deniz Mazlum; Sandra Cornejo, Alvaro Galvis, Gail Albert (event chair); Victoria Mynatt; Elwyn and Lynne Gaissert; Mario Insenga and his daughter Mariel.


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Sacred SPACE In a rare collaboration, classical architects and artisans from around the city rally to restore a Philip Shutze-designed chapel at Grady Memorial Hospital

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ERICA GEORGE DINES

BOX PEWS WERE DISMANTLED AND REMOVED FROM THE CHAPEL TO BE STRIPPED AND REPAINTED WITH AN OILBASED FINISH. KNEELERS, WORSE FOR THE WEAR AFTER 50 YEARS OF USE, WERE REUPHOLSTERED UP TO ANTIMICROBIAL STANDARDS AND HAND-NAILED WITH BRASS TACKS, LIKE THE ORIGINALS. THE BLACK-AND-WHITE MARBLE FLOORS, LONG SUBJECTED TO CLEANING WITH LINOLEUM WAX, WERE STRIPPED AND RESTORED.

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There are few things that invigorate Atlanta’s classical architecture community more than the work of local legend Philip Trammell Shutze. So in 2008—when rumor had it that the 50-year-old Shutze-designed Goddard Memorial Chapel at Grady Hospital had received funding for a historical restoration—Jonathan LaCrosse of D. Stanley Dixon Architect, Steve Markey of Harrison Design Associates and Clay Ulmer of NCG Architects jumped at the chance to preserve the landmark. “It’s this unique, classical 18th-century chapel designed in the 1950s that takes its place among a labyrinth of mod-

ernism,” says LaCrosse. “And that’s part of its power as you walk through the maze that is Grady Hospital.” The second-to-last project Shutze designed, and his last ecclesiastical space, the Goddard Chapel is now considered the most intact Shutze design in existence, thanks to a collaboration that united not only architects, builders and contractors but also the Goddard family and foundations attracted to the importance of chaplaincy. The primary goal: to restore the chapel to its original state, in keeping with Shutze’s vision. The first order of business was to undo a few well-meaning but misguided


LEFT: THE RESTORATION OF THE INTERFAITH GODDARD MEMORIAL CHAPEL AT GRADY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL RECEIVED AN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE FROM THE GEORGIA TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION. PLUS, IT WAS RECOGNIZED FOR ITS CRAFTSMANSHIP BY THE INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE & CLASSICAL AMERICA (ICA&CA). THE RAISED PODIUM AND PULPIT WERE AMONG THE MAJOR DESIGN ELEMENTS THAT WERE PRESERVED. BELOW: THE RESTORATION TEAM FOUND THAT MANY OF THE ORIGINAL GRAY-BEIGE PAINT FINISHES—ORIGINALLY HAND-RUBBED WITH PUMICE STONE AND OIL—HAD SINCE BEEN SLATHERED WITH COMMON WHITEWASH BY UNSKILLED PAINTERS. GILDED DETAILS, TOO, HAD LOST THEIR LUSTER, HAVING BEEN SPRAY-PAINTED GOLD AND SUBSEQUENTLY TURNED BLACK. RESTORATION INVOLVED REFINISHING THE WOOD AND RE-GILDING GOLD ACCENTS.

“updates,” such as restoring the luster to gilding that had been spray-painted gold (which subsequently turned black), removing layers of whitewash from what had once been hand-rubbed paint finishes, and refinishing marble floors that had been subjected to years of cleaning with linoleum wax. Restoring that authenticity, however, proved challenging, as many of the chapel’s unique design elements had either worn thin to the point of disintegration (as with many of its kneelers) or simply disappeared (like the crimson damask draperies which reportedly walked out the door on the shoulders of a homeless person). In addition to being resourceful—they hired artisans and contractors intimately familiar with Shutze’s residential work—the restoration team experienced several fortuitous moments. Just before the project began, George Smith, the architectural project manager for Grady, unearthed original blueprints in hospital storage. And on the day Mr. Goddard’s relatives came to review finishes for the chapel, the architecture team stumbled upon the original cross, standard and brass book stand, which had been gathering dust in a hospital closet. Lacrosse likes to attribute the incidents to divine intervention from Shutze himself, particularly after spending hours at the Atlanta History Center delving into historical records only to accidentally uncover an image of the chapel in a 1962 issue of Atlanta Magazine. “It was like the ghost of Shutze was handing it to us,” he says. But restoring the chapel to its former glory proved most compelling. “The space is an architectural masterpiece that’s restored people’s spirit,” Lacrosse says. “Seeing it look like a church again, how much people care about it and how much architecture matters became a labor of love for a lot of people.”

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Breathtaking BEAUTY The annual Mountains in Bloom garden festival celebrates the splendor of nature

THE FLAME AZALEA IS NATIVE TO THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS. FITTINGLY, THIS SHOWY SHRUB WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED THROUGHOUT THIS YEAR’S MOUNTAINS IN BLOOM GARDEN FESTIVAL IN HIGHLANDS, NORTH CAROLINA. PROCEEDS FROM THE EVENT WILL BENEFIT THE BASCOM, A NON-PROFIT VISUAL ARTS CENTER THAT FEATURES A 2,500-SQUARE-FOOT RECONSTRUCTED BARN IN WHICH TO CREATE THREE-DIMENSIONAL ART.

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Perched high upon the Blue Ridge Mountains, the picturesque community of Highlands, North Carolina, draws visitors year-round—to enjoy its enchanting waterfalls, lush forests and stunning vistas. But this month, dazzling home gardens take the spotlight as the town welcomes more than 1,000 nature enthusiasts to celebrate the 12th annual Mountains in Bloom garden festival. The four-day aΩair gives attendees exclusive entrée to five exquisite gardens in the charming Bowery region. With each outdoor space boasting distinct creativity, the tour promises to be a visual feast. This year’s festival also includes a flower-themed lecture and demonstration by renowned New Orleans author and designer Beverly Reese Church. Plus, the third annual flower show/photography competition is sure to inspire the senses. “Mountain Memories” serves as this

year’s theme, with prizes being awarded in three divisions: horticulture, artistic design and photography. And a perennial highlight of the festival is the home and garden market. Featuring live plant materials and unique items for the garden, porch, patio and home, it’s an inspirational boon for seasoned gardeners and novices alike. Proceeds from the festival will benefit The Bascom, a non-profit visual arts center located in Highlands; the newly built campus features more than 30,000 square feet of exhibition, studio and instructional space for adults and children. Mountains in Bloom also marks the opening of a traveling photography exhibit at The Bascom. “Heroes of Horticulture”—set to run from July 8 through September 5—is a stunning collection of iconic American landscapes at risk of being forgotten, such as Charleston’s Angel Oak and the tree peonies of Linwood Gardens. The 2010 Mountains in Bloom garden festival will take place 7/87/11. For complete information, including ticket prices, tour times and special events, visit mountainsinbloom.com or call (828) 526-4949.


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 Gregg Irby Fine Art re-

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cently debuted a new website and, in a timely turn, new paintings from many of its emerging artists. Soft landscapes by Kay Flierl and abstract expressionist paintings by Sara Cameli are just a few examples of the works available for perusal on the newly updated website, as well as in the gallery, which is tucked away behind the historic Sardis Church in Buckhead. (404) 941-9787; greggirbyfineart.com  In a special solo show,

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Gallery hosts its second annual National Black Arts Festival soirée and artist talk this month. The event features standout works by esteemed African American photographers, from the vintage “contact sheets” of Malick Sidibe to the abstract self portraits of Demetrius Oliver to the provocative close-ups of African American men by Don Camp. A reinterpretation of the Confederate flag by Atlanta artist Okeeba Jubalo and a survey of popular African hairstyles by Nigerian artist Ojeikere will also be showcased, with an

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artist talk by Camp rounding out the evening. 7/16, 5-8 p.m. (404) 492-7718; hfgallery.org  “Sustain,” a solo exhibi-

tion by seasoned artist Chakaia Booker, opens at the ACA Gallery of SCAD, featuring abstract sculptures created from sustainable materials such as discarded tires. The artist’s photogravures of the process— recently created on the SCAD Atlanta campus— are just as mesmerizing as the sculptures themselves, resonating with historically inspired verve in black-andwhite. Together, the two series of works advance complex commentary regarding societal views of strength, race and our connections to the natural environment. 7/15-8/29; opening reception 7/15, 6-8 p.m. (404) 815-2931; scadexhibitions.com

Pryor Fine Art welcomes the works of Atlanta artist JeΩ Cohen, featuring iconic views of Atlanta scenery such as his well-known Water Tower series. Each photorealistic piece, formed by an amalgamation of individually painted tiles, is at once disjointed and amazingly complete, the intricate details of each tile diΩering only slightly in color and linear composition. The pieces connect to form one harmonious whole that allows the eye to dance around the energetic compilations. 7/15-31. (404) 352-8775; pryorfineart.com  Alan Avery Art Com-

pany’s newest artist, Michele Mikesell, combines human and animal imagery in her imaginative, anthropomorphic forms. The artist’s innovative way of looking at everyday figures

is smartly matched with her technical expertise, influenced heavily by abstract and German expressionism, children’s art, 17th-century Dutch masters and the current pop surrealist movement. Additionally, her works exhibit a fine balance of paint application and removal; by wiping, scraping and sanding, Mikesell creates incredible textures. Simultaneously on display at the gallery are the allegorical paintings of John Westmark, which incorporate paper sewing patterns into figurative works. Through 7/24. (404) 237-0370; alanaveryartcompany.com  “Bastille Day,” Huff Har-

rington Fine Art’s annual French invitational commemorating the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution, arrives for its third year with a special selection of French artists. Works by Georges Nasri, Christian Nepo, Andree Thobaty, Ewa Rzeznik and Pascal Bouterin join those by American painters who are inspired by French artistic traditions. A mix of abstract, representational and Impressionist paintings—in media that include oil, watercolor and mixed media—make up this exceptional exhibition, which will kick oΩ with a spirited fête featuring live music. 7/14, 6-8 p.m. (404) 257-0511; huffharrington.com


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third major Atlanta exhibition with Martica GriΩin’s “The Colorful South.” A Georgia artist smitten with the southern states, she takes a unique look at this culturally rich geographic area. Using colors as symbolic representations of each state— from Kentucky’s golds, grays and blues to North Carolina’s fresh aquas and earthy browns—GriΩin encourages the viewer to think more carefully about the cultural, natural and local elements that define them. Through 7/14. (404) 351-1737; austinhillart.com

visual eΩect that contrasts beautifully with the otherworldly subject matter. The similarly delicate works of Olivier render botanical imagery via graphite on wood panel, topped with a glossy resin finish; the results are endearingly whimsical and almost cartoonish in nature. Lastly, Atlanta local Mazzetta—who spends part of each year in Umbria, Italy—creates rich, modern renditions of ancient frescoes using plaster and paint. 7/15-8/20; opening reception 7/15, 6-9 p.m. (404) 869-0511; tewgalleries.com

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collaboration by several forward-thinking artists this month. With “Seepages,” artist and curator Caroline Lathan-Stiefel brings together the mixed-media sculptures of Thomas Vance, drawings on paper and largescale paintings on Tyvek by Arden Bendler Browning, paintings by Kate Stewart, sound installations by Van Stiefel, and mixed-media paintings and collages by John Otte as well as LathanStiefel’s own sculptural installations, made from found industrial and organic materials. Through 7/31. (404) 688-1892; whitespace814.com

newest show, “Wish You Were Here,” welcomes Rani Garner and Margo Balcerek, two talented artists who have perfected their own takes on the romantic landscape. Traditional in nature, Garner’s works play oΩ the nostalgia of familiar getaways while Balcerek’s are nondescript and almost dreary in appearance, all the while emitting a soft glow. 7/1-7/22. (404) 261-8273; lagerquistgallery.net

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mer show presents the works of Bernardo Roman Palau, Stephen Olivier and Amy Mazzetta, all of whom bring fresh perspectives to the Atlanta art scene. Palau’s works are hyper-surrealistic yet sensitive; layer upon layer of intricate glazing forms a soft

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painter Denise Wellenstein joins forces with mixedmedia artist and sculptor Kimberly Dean for a joint show entitled “Murmurs.” Dean’s figurative ceramic sculptures are the perfect foil for Wellenstein’s graphic and vibrant oils on canvas. Dean will also exhibit mixedmedia works featuring figures fraught with sad and sometimes sinister countenances. 7/24-8-14. (404) 377-0733; theseengallery.com

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421 Blackland Road ANNOUNCING THE COMPLETION OF THE NEWEST CUSTOM DESIGNED RESIDENCE IN THE HEART OF BUCKHEAD on the best street in Tuxedo Park. Recipient of the 2010 Southeastern Designer of the Year award for Best Kitchen, by Design Galleria. Uniquely and impeccably designed, this home is built to the highest level of quality and has a hand cut exterior stone and limestone façade. Interior design and finishes by William Stewart Designs include textural and natural finishes that compliment open architecturally designed living spaces. SMART AND ECO-FRIENDLY The materials and systems used in the residence are high efficiency insulation and geothermal HVAC that also heats the 70’ infinity edge pool year round. This smart home has the latest in computerized lighting, security and audio throughout. The screening room seats 9 and has state of the art technology including audio equipment by Macintosh. Please visit www.421blacklandroad.com for more photos.

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Summer is calling, and it’s an invitation to get outdoors— or at least bring the outside in. This month, our designers unveil unfussy, inviting and inspired designs that play up the beauty of their natural surroundings. At a whitehot stucco house in idyllic Alys Beach, Atlanta designer KAY DOUGLASS enlists vivid orange accents and natural textures for understated impact. Better still, the home’s well-conceived architecture helps to blur the lines between inside and out, its plunge pool, courtyard and shaded terrace blending seamlessly with the interior spaces. Meanwhile, in a rustic mountain setting high above the city—at the 2009 CASHIERS DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE—a “green” theme makes communion with nature resoundingly evident in each designer room, incorporating earthy shades of green, brown and natural linen at every turn. Back in Buckhead, residential designer ROBERT NORRIS translates his innate creativity to his garden, a landscape that appeals to all of the senses.

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After searching for the perfect outdoor fabric— one that would both stand the test of time and withstand harsh elements like sun and rain— Atlanta designer Kay Douglass settled on a parachute-like material similar to the one used for the flags flying on the beach. 52


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BATHED IN WHITE “The living room is super ethereal and peaceful,” says Douglass of the light-filled space, where cool cleft-slate floors are the perfect complement to white-hot stucco walls. In this space, a Galbraith & Paul fabric-covered basket light provides just the right amount of metallic glint to anchor an area that includes slipcovered sofas and a black wood coffee table from Douglass’ shop, South of Market. The clutter-free design is in keeping with the designer’s cleanlined European aesthetic.

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clockwise from top left The secluded master bedroom opens up to a plunge pool in the courtyard. On the terrace, outdoor loungers from West Elm get glam thanks to orange basket lanterns overhead that impart a soft glow at night. Architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Platper-Zyberk designed this home, where everybody’s favorite feature is a concrete sofa complete with bolster and contrasting trim. Alys Beach is known for its European-meets-Caribbean aesthetic. 55


ON THE BRIGHT SIDE Intense pops of orange are the perfect complement to bamboo-paneled walls in the combination kitchen/dining area. Open to the outdoors on either side, the airy space has a bright, cheery feeling.

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KAY never met a blank canvas she didn’t like. A crisp, white backdrop, in fact, seems to provide this interior designer with all the inspiration she needs to bring a house to life—with her signature blend of texture, color and character. Perhaps that’s why Douglass couldn’t resist making her mark on the spaces between the whitewashed walls of a West Indies-inspired Alys Beach cottage designed by architectural greats Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. “We vacation in the Florida Panhandle quite a bit, and it became clear from the moment we first saw Alys Beach that our aesthetics lined up well,” says Douglass of the New Urbanist enclave’s striking architectural design. Also setting the stage for the designer’s singular style was the beach home’s floor plan, oriented around—and opening to—outdoor spaces that include a plunge pool, courtyard and shaded terrace. “It’s really just one big open-air home,” she says. An airy, island feeling is apparent from the moment guests step through the main entrance, where they are greeted by a long, narrow loggia Douglass designed to resemble a hotel lobby, a “great place to kick back with a cocktail.” Here, she created cozy back-to-back conversation areas with cushioned wicker chairs and eye-popping orange spheres mounted on custom-made wood pedestals. “Second homes present the perfect opportunity to do something fun that you wouldn’t typically do in your primary home,” Douglass says. “We wanted to create the unexpected, so that as you walk through the house all these little surprises start happening.” Although the designer is typically frugal with color in her projects, it’s the strategically placed bursts of cheery orange that make a less-ismore statement against this home’s monochromatic palette. “Orange has a sense of strength and whimsy,” Douglass says, “which is perfect for a beach house full of life!” As stylish as it is fresh, the unexpected mandarin hue plays the part of the perfect accessory. It is a warm complement to bamboo-paneled walls in the kitchen, has a dramatic presence in the courtyard in the form of parachute draperies and adds a visually stimulating accent in an all-white guest suite. In each space, a disciplined palette allows the designer’s penchant for creating character-rich objets d’art to shine. In the living room, for instance, Douglass pieced together petite swatches of hand-printed French fabric, mounted them on taupe-colored linen, and framed them in large, tan panels for a fresh spin on original artwork. She also transformed boxlike wood fragments into decorative objects, mounting one with an iron barrel strap and another with a simple white sphere. Douglass’ keep-it-simple philosophy, though, doesn’t keep the designer from accessorizing smartly. In the kitchen, she softened a mix of 57


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QUIET COMFORTS In a guest suite, Douglass flanked a partitioned wall—which also serves as closet space—with back-to-back pairs of twin beds, an ideal solution for sleeping several beach guests. opposite, clockwise from top left In the master bedroom, Douglass framed an industrial fragment, which has unintended nautical appeal. Linen fabrics and a glass-and-driftwood lamp give the space an organic feeling. In the hallway, a found object becomes a focal point when placed atop a statuesque piece of rough-hewn wood. Douglass converted a guest suite upstairs into a sitting area. An armchair upholstered in oysterwhite linen and a gnarled root table share the stage with a rustic pedestal, mounted with a sleek sphere.

materials, including slate floors and bamboo cabinetry, by adding feminine skirts to the island’s metal barstools. And to keep the light-filled living room from feeling white-hot, she opted for illumination by candlelight in the fireplace in lieu of heavier, warm-looking wood. Even show-stopping pieces—such as the Galbraith & Paul fabric-covered basket light in the living room, the gnarled root table in the sitting room and the orange lanterns holding court over chaise lounges in the shaded terrace—are a testament to Douglass’ understated grandeur: subtle but sensual, elegant without being pretentious. SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK. 59


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THE 2009 CASHIERS DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE PROVIDED AN ABUNDANCE OF STYLISH AND ECO-FRIENDLY DECORATING IDEAS WRITTEN BY CLINTON SMITH

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LAUREN HAWKINS OF LAUREN AND COMPANY graced the home’s front entrance with a lush mix of container gardens and hanging plants.

With this year’s Cashiers [North Carolina] Designer Showhouse just a month away (it’s being held August 25 through September 5), Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles is looking back at last year’s successful tour, which benefited the Zachary Tolbert House and the Cashiers Historical Society. Last year’s showhouse saw record-breaking numbers in terms of attendance and fundraising; pent-up demand to see the home was so strong that more than 400 people turned out on opening day. And while proceeds annually benefit the Zachary Tolbert House and the care of its grounds as well as its staΩ and dozens of community projects—including Pioneer Days, chamber music concerts and symposiums about its curatorial work—last year’s tour allowed the Cashiers Historical Society to make an additional donation of $28,000 to the Cashiers Valley Community Council. The 2009 home had a “green” theme. Not only did all of the rooms feature eco-friendly design ideas but some of the green movement’s most celebrated players also turned out to talk about ecofriendly lifestyles. Two of Atlanta’s leading ecovangelists, Laura Turner Seydel and Jillian Pritchard Cooke, headlined the first weekend with a green message that has been at the forefront of Atlanta’s design consciousness, but is not yet so evident in the mountains. Celebrated Atlanta chef Ann Quatrano (of Star Provisions, Bacchanalia and Floataway Café fame) created a special luncheon, followed by a presentation about her own farm, its joys as the backbone to her restaurants and the importance of locally grown foods making a quiet footprint as they find their ways to local tables. The 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse, to be held inside the prestigious Wade Hampton golf community, will again feature a topnotch group of Southeastern design talents, including several participants from Atlanta—Bob Brown, Suzanne Kasler, Bill Peace and Carole Weaks. For more information, see the program in next month’s issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles or visit cashiershistoricalsociety.org. 61


Using neutral-colored, eco-friendly textiles and recycled items turned into objets d’art, DES-SYN’S JILLIAN PRITCHARD COOKE put a contemporary spin on the living room of this rustic mountain home.

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An on-trend color scheme and bold patterns were prevalent in the dining room outfitted by A COUNTRY HOME’s EDDIE ALVAREZ and GEORGE OLIVER.

Designer LYNN MONDAY of MONDAY’S HOUSE OF DESIGN created a clever solution for displaying wine bottles that is a work of art in its own right. Acrylic nesting tables add modern verve against the room’s rough-hewn backdrop.

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CAROLE WEAKS of C. WEAKS INTERIORS infused the sunroom with a fresh ivory, pink and pale green palette, reected in everything from from the rug and fabrics to the accessories and succulents.

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In the artist atelier by JOHN MAYBERRY of JOHN MAYBERRY INTERIOR DESIGN, a carefully curated mix of furnishings takes on a sculptural sensibility.

TRACI KEARNS of ALCHEMY DESIGN STUDIO specified a rustic-yetcontemporary sculpture for the home’s stairway.

A guest room designed by MARJORIE JOHNSTON and WENDY BARZE of MARJORIE JOHNSTON & COMPANY features a variety of patterns, making for one beautiful bed.

HAL AINSWORTH AND WINTON NOAH of AINSWORTH-NOAH & ASSOCIATES styled the home’s soothing kitchen with white pottery and accessories.

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FRANCIE HARGROVE of FRANCIE HARGROVE INTERIOR DESIGN enlivened a guest room with upholstery and linens that feature an eye-catching red-andwhite check pattern.

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Because the mountain climate is ideal for alfresco entertaining, CHERYL BENITEZ AND AUDREY WOOD of MOUNTAIN HOUSE INTERIORS designed a welcoming outdoor space that could rival any indoor dining room. A mélange of stylish art and accessories round out the comfortable sitting room designed by ANN SHERRILL of RUSTICKS.

The home’s lower level featured the ultimate getaway room. DESIGNER TISH MILLS of HARMONIOUS LIVING BY TISH MILLS eschewed traditional mountain furnishings, opting instead for a mix of styles, including wicker-andrattan arm chairs that anchor the space.

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A SECRET GARDEN Robert Norris takes great pleasure in sharing his garden with others. “One of my favorite things is to have [friends] feel the plants with their hands,” he says. “Most are so amazed by the wonderful textures of the leaves! To brush your hands against the leaves of many herbs and blossoming plants is an encounter in itself—to smell the aroma of the garden.” The granite wall was added to create privacy and a portal to the back yard.

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RESIDENTIAL DESIGNER ROBERT NORRIS TENDS TO HIS PASSION IN HIS BROOKWOOD GARDEN WRITTEN BY HEATHER J. PAPER

PHOTOGRAPHED BY ERICA GEORGE DINES

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EXOTIC VIEWS “I wanted the pool to have structure yet feel exotic and natural,” says Norris. “The Fallopia—Japanese Knot Weed—would not be for everyone, but it has such a transparency to it and I love the way it intertwines like a floral arrangement through the other plants.” right Large stone steps, leading to the pool, are complemented by wooden handrails crafted by local artist Buzz Stone. below The perfect place to take in the view of the pool and the surrounding gardens, this sitting spot is flanked by a Eucalyptus tree that Norris planted nine years ago from a one gallon container. “I didn’t think it would make it,” he says, “but I have had to top it three years in a row to keep it from getting taller.”

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a word, Robert Norris describes his Brookwood garden as “serene.” But this private sanctuary is so much more than a place to pause and reflect amid lush vegetation. It’s another creative outlet for this busy residential designer—he is a partner in the firm Spitzmiller & Norris— and it’s a natural extension of his living space. And, perhaps most of all, it’s a constant reminder of his family “roots.” “I had a ‘fairytale’ grandmother—she ironed sheets, was a great cook and had flowers everywhere,” says Norris. “And my father took

after her; he grew beautiful begonias, roses and hostas, which are still some of my favorites today. From the age of 5, I had a huge fascination with the garden. Watching my first seed sprout was miraculous, and I got more involved each year. My mother was a good gardener, too, so when I lost my father at 16, I talked to her about plants.” Those lessons learned during his formative years have undeniably served Norris well, evidenced by the grandeur of his garden today. He bought the house in 1993 but—demonstrating great patience for someone with his passion—didn’t start working on the garden until 71


1999, when he renovated the residence. And, he admits, there was work to be done. “The front yard had a huge magnolia dead-center with the front door, and you couldn’t get anything to grow under it. The back had a huge wooden deck, Hackberry trees and no privacy plantings around the property.” Thus, Norris started with a clean slate, wanting to put his personal stamp on the landscape. “I wanted the garden to be cottage-style and I put a pool in at the same time,” he says. “The sound of water is very tranquil. Overall, I wanted the garden to feel natural but still have a sense of structure, so I incorporated boxwoods and evergreens. My goal was to have it look established and nestled, so you couldn’t tell how long it had been there.” It’s hard not to notice that container gardens are prevalent throughout and that, too, is by design. “I lived in an apartment while I was in architecture school and, after that, I rented a house, so I did container gardens. And my passion for them grew stronger and stronger,” Norris explains. “I knew I couldn’t renovate here right away so I continued with containers; they add interest, warmth and imply symmetry to a garden. Plus, with the right plants, they’re low maintenance. They can even work with our drought conditions.” 72


SECLUDED AND SERENE A pair of simple wood-slat chairs on the pool terrace is surrounded by lush plantings that include Hinoki False Cypress interlaced with Chaemecyparis Obtusa and Variegated Fallopia Japonica. opposite top For visual interest and implied symmetry, Norris likes to incorporate containers into his garden. These include eye-catching combinations such as English Boxwood and variegated English ivy, Blue Agave with an American variegated variety. opposite bottom “I like this view of the back of the house,” says Norris. “It feels sequestered and serene.” The now-established landscaping makes the renovated house feel like it was always there.

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The breathtaking beauty of this garden makes it hard to believe there are ever missteps, but Norris readily admits there are—and he’s just fine with that. “Since it’s a hobby, I’ve certainly made my mistakes,” he says, “but, like a child, some things you just have to learn on your own—what works best where, the art of pruning, how to adapt to drought conditions. In a way, the garden has trained me. As the garden ages, it pushes me out of the box; I’ve learned so much about textures and layers.” But for Norris, the appeal of his garden goes far beyond its visual and aromatic lure. “Being in the garden is a very spiritual thing for me,” he says. “During the hardest times of my life, I can put my hands in the garden and it touches my soul. It’s very therapeutic because I’m entranced, not thinking of anything but the garden and nature itself.”

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above Before the renovation, Norris’ front yard consisted of little more than Liriope grass and a huge magnolia tree on axis with the front door. Today, it’s exceptionally inviting, filled with plantings that include boxwood and creeping Jenny as well as Star Magnolia and Bloodgood Red Maple trees. opposite A rock wall with an arched garden gate was added five years ago. “It reminds me of the gardens in Charleston,” says Norris, “where you open the door and have an element of surprise upon entering.”

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Growing up in the South in a family that boasted many veterans, the Fourth of July was practically as important as Christmas. We had soldiers among us. Greatgreat-grandfather John fought in the Civil War and was a decorated orthopedic surgeon. Grandfather John was a surgeon in the Great War, and four of his brothers—and some brothers-in-law—also fought in World War II. With Daddy’s Korea experience, and seven cousins back from Vietnam, we were all about the freedom that our men and women had earned us. Uncle Billy was one of the honor guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, so we had bravery and beauty. And we were all proud. Even Grandmother Nanny served as a commissioned oΩicer and nurse in World War I. We children were in awe of our family soldiering. The 4th was not just an excuse to gather all 62 cousins and aunts and uncles together. It was more. There were, of course, fireworks that rivaled those of our nation’s capital. No one in our family was bothered by the illegality of the possession and distribution of fireworks; the more dangerous and incendiary the better. So, at Aunt Anne and Uncle Holt’s house we gathered. There were a dozen or more of those long plank-style picnic tables, and the women had starched the red-and-white check tablecloths to a razor-sharp crispness. Watermelons were cut up and served in little “decorative” shapes. Red Jell-O molds boasted floating white marshmallows and barbeque was cooked on an outdoor grill built of concrete. We ate our dinner on the run while racing each other, scrambling away from hyperactive dogs and loose horses that the older kids used to frighten us—the whole scene conjuring up battle images like Appomattox. With the swilling of each Pabst Blue Ribbon the parents grew louder, arguing politics and telling tales of their

war-time experiences, Daddy invariably “beating” Uncle Dickie, who tried to compare his “life-threatening” doctoring far behind enemy lines to Daddy’s artillery experience on the Korean peninsula. Daddy was always insisting that, with Uncle Dickie as surgeon, the only men in harm’s way were the unwitting patients. The whole evening would pass with mock-fights and flung accusations until exhausted children would rally one last time to sing the national anthem. And since there were always a couple of guitar players in the crowd, that would usually segue into something by Peter, Paul and Mary. From the “Battle’s Red Glare” to “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” we became a family for peace. Now when we gather for the 4th we remember those golden summer nights, as well as our fathers and mothers. We remember the serenity and comfort of those evenings, and cherish the telling and re-telling of the same stories to our children. We know exactly what the 4th of July is supposed to be about. We can eat our canned baked beans, our scorched hot dogs and our family dessert—ambrosia—in peace. I am free to design handbags and decorate houses and write columns without censure. We are free to argue politics. Oh, to be free!


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