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I’m not a cook but, as of late, have become a really good eater. The proof is in my expanded waistline. The kitchens—or should I call them culinary temples?—in this issue offer an array of delectable design ideas. Many of the spaces came to fruition through extensive remodels, but I’ve already gleaned several take-away ideas without having to knock down walls or raise ceilings. I recently replaced the light fixture in my own kitchen and feel like I have an entirely new space; it’s infinitely more inviting when I’m zapping a microwave dinner or plating Chinese take-out. Maybe when I have one of the La Cornue, Viking or Wolf ranges featured in the kitchens of our contest winners and feature stories, I’ll feel more inspired to cook. Until then, I’ll just have to get my waistline to cooperate.

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KITCHEN OF THE YEAR WINNERS In our roundup of the city’s finest kitchens, we present a quad of spaces that reflect the top trends for the new year. This year’s contest judges zeroed in on a variety of styles, showcasing rooms to suit every taste. And while none of the winners can be considered uber-traditional or mega modern, all exhibit considerable diversity, revealing how to combine the best of old and new, and classic and contemporary, design influences. From exacting decorative touches, to serious storage solutions, this portfolio demonstrates that the kitchen of your dreams really can be all things at once: original, functional, inviting and—above all—chic. 13


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Tailored to PERFECTION A young family’s dream kitchen is bestowed with expertly integrated cabinets and extraordinary custom touches MEET THE HOMEOWNERS While the man of the house works as an adviser in medical revenue cycle management, the lady of the house—a former business owner—took time off to focus on their two young daughters. The couple chose to build a historically influenced home in Brookhaven with the help of Neely Design Associates, an architectural firm backed by a strong reputation for sound kitchen design. THEIR STYLE The owners desired an eat-in kitchen that would be their family’s ultimate hub while establishing distinct separation from the more casual family room. For the interiors, they called upon designer Brian Watford to deliver a comfortable space that combined a mix of practical, yet stylish furnishings within a calming color palette. 14

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FAVORITE FEATURE The lady of the house called for a secretary-style desk where she could pay bills, write letters and stash her laptop—then conceal it all at a moment’s notice. The man of the house is partial to his own custom cabinet—which acts as a convenient charging station for his cell phone as well as a nightly repository for personal items. THEIR BEST ADVICE “Know exactly what you want up front, then select an architect or designer who will walk you through every step of the process,” says the owner. “We were very detailed. We allocated enough space and then got very specific about how we were going to use it. We even inventoried everything we had to help find a home for it in the new design, so we knew exactly what every cabinet was going to do.”


“The homeowner knows how he entertains and lives, and the rest was just extra,” explains designer Matthew Rao. “He didn’t want two of this, and three of this and six burners on the stovetop. He knew that a five-burner induction cooktop was plenty for him, a one-bowl sink was enough for him and one dishwasher in the kitchen was enough for him.” Many of the elements in the room were kept minimal to showcase the beauty of the surrounding outdoors, which command full view thanks to a towering gridded window. The Kohler Karbon faucet is angular to meld with the clean lines established in the space; because its design doesn’t require pullout attachments, it’s minimal, too.

Designer Insights A PERFECT FIT With the help of builder Mark Hammersmith, associates Frank Neely and Christian Reed devised a walnut cutting board insert for the prep sink. When the sink is in use, the board fits neatly into a slot directly above; when not, it creates a continuous span of counter space CLEAR VIEWS A retractable range hood delivers utility

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without detracting from the views into the family room. Meanwhile, a large window over the sink allows the cook to keep “constantly aware of the back yard,” notes Neely, while an arched window leading to the loggia also floods the kitchen with natural light. Forged-iron hardware on the windows is in keeping with the home’s Tudor influences. GATHER ’ROUND Interior designer Brian Watford opted

to eschew the traditional wood table for something more industrial and durable. He found a zinc-topped option at Scott Antique Market that’s held up amazingly well to everyday use by the young girls. Its size and shape are exactly the right proportion for the space, softening the strong lines of the room. FINISHING TOUCHES Fixtures with an industrial feeling

were chosen for their substantial look, but Watford went for a polished nickel finish to brighten the effect, “like a great piece of jewelry,” he says. Historic but streamlined hardware fits the theme while a classic farm sink is paired with a traditional, but not too country, faucet. INGENIOUS INNOVATION Making the most of the expan-

sive space between the sink and windowsill, Neely built metal-lined drawers into the wall to accommodate everyday items such as soap and sponges, then tiled the entire backsplash so that the drawers virtually disappear.

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WHITE OUT Even with the vast expanse of cabinetry, expert integration helped this large room feel both airy and intimate. But it was the wash of white that kept the look simple. “Even with a lot of cabinet profiles, keeping it monolithic in color really simplifies a complicated room,” says Neely. The lightness also enhances the architectural shadow lines Neely executes so well. Dark wood ceiling beams break up the monochromatic look while creating continuity with the home’s Tudor style.

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History in the MAKING Two designers create a kitchen that honors a Midtown bungalow’s many storied years—and preserve it for the next 100 Mark Edge is an internationally celebrated jewelry designer known for his timeless, eco-luxe creations. Creative and art-enthused, Edge has a keen appreciation for historical appropriateness and quality, which is why he fell for the 1909 Arts and Crafts bungalow in Midtown he’s called home since 2008. HIS STYLE Edge has an affinity for great design, regardless of genre or era, making him a good match for the talents of long-time friend and designer Amy Wikman, owner of Björk Antikt & Studio. Wikman holds a master’s degree in historic preservation and thus welcomed the opportunity to accurately restore the bungalow, which—built by former Atlanta governor William J. Northen and listed on the NaMEET THE HOMEOWNER

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tional Register of Historic Places—had never before been renovated. FAVORITE FEATURE When it came to the kitchen, the duo strived for high impact without extreme expense. Namely, Edge found a discount wholesaler with an unused pallet of marble priced at less than $3 per foot. They boldly covered every inch of exposed wall with the stone, transforming the whole space at a cost close to that of painting. HIS BEST ADVICE “If you’re embarking on a restoration, set a budget and stick to it,” Edge says. “In the beginning, I became obsessed with details and was often tempted to give in, but I asked Amy to be my conscience. I’d say, ‘What about this?’ and she’d say, ‘Why do you want to spend money on that? This is going to look just as good.’”


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A glass-door refrigerator was best for this kitchen; the iconic item brought the room to a new level while contributing airiness. “This is the way Mark really lives; he can keep its contents neat,” Wikman says. “Few people would be able to keep the contents as tidy as Mark, but it works for him.” Sub-Zero BI-36UG classic stainless steel glass-door refrigerator, subzero.com for showroom locations

above This handsome kitchen is remarkable in that it was executed on a relatively small budget—one of Wikman’s greatest design strengths. “I like to approach a room like I do an outfit; you pick a few great pieces, you budget for those and then you fill in around them,” Wikman explains.” It’s about determining what is most important to you.” right Ridges in the fluted fireclay sink are repeated in the glass display cabinets, keeping the look airy, but not too transparent, while vintage-inspired stools play off the lightness apparent throughout the space. “I love the stained wood on the seat,” says Edge, who notes how well it coordinates with the rich finish on the island and French doors. Unlacquered brass hardware that the two found online will develop a lovely patina over time.

Designer Insights CLEVER CURVES Edge wanted a kitchen island but the

number of windows and doors in the room reduced the amount of available space. The curve of an ellipse made the most of the available space and was an easy shape to navigate. For Wikman, it was also important to get the “X” shape on the base just right, which is why her cabinetmaker went back to the drawing board more than once. Topped with two layers of White Fantasy quartzite, the island has the look of natural marble but is easier to maintain. Likewise, black Atlantic brushed granite on the perimeter is a durable alternative to soapstone. CUTTING COSTS Wikman and Edge employed a lot of ingenuity when selecting materials and making design decisions. One of the most impressive things about this kitchen renovation is that it came in under $50,000, due in large part to the cabinets they used. “One thing that makes cabinetry great—and expensive—is the interior,” Wikman explains. “It’s the cool drawers, pull-outs and shelves. We didn’t use any of that, so it was a great way to cut costs.” The duo also saved money by forgoing finish-grade wood for the cabinets, instead concealing any uneven details with paint. WHAT LIES BENEATH Edge had been carrying around a

magazine clipping of his dream kitchen, featuring marble hex tile floors, for years. But underneath the owner’s linoleum floor, Wikman explains, was gorgeous, original heart pine. “I said, ‘Mark, most people would spend a fortune to have heart pine floors in their kitchen. You have them; you have to use them!’” It was organic design decisions like these that helped create the most effective and budgetfriendly results. SO BLUE Wikman extracted a deep teal from the marble and echoed the color on the ceiling, adding tons of drama to the room. The shade could be considered off-trend, but that didn’t matter to Wikman. “Most designers would have been scared to use that color,” notes Edge, “but she pulled the right teal out of the marble. It was the right color.”

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Belgian BELLE Inspired by a showhouse, a homeowner calls on the same team of designers to transform her kitchen into a calming retreat Having owned an interior design business for 18 years, Sherrill Perry knew exactly how she wanted to transform the kitchen of her Buckhead townhouse. Her husband, Don, who heads a successful Atlanta-based commercial real estate company, Lavista Associates Inc., shares her appreciation for attractive spaces and sound design, and so gladly allowed her inspiration to take flight. THEIR STYLE Sherrill had long admired a kitchen by Morgan Creek Cabinet Company—one created in concert with interior designer Beth Webb and Summerour & Associates for a showhouse at Lake Keowee (previously published in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles). Using that Belgian-inflected design as their basis, Morgan Harrison and his team MEET THE HOMEOWNERS

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adapted the contemporary design in a way that suited the Perrys’ more traditional home. FAVORITE FEATURE Sherrill loves that the cabinetry extends to the ceiling, a design decision that could have seemed counterintuitive due to the room’s towering heights. The subtle integration makes it feel less like a kitchen and more like an elegantly paneled wall. THEIR BEST ADVICE Having a favorite kitchen as her starting point allowed Sherrill to select the best designers to deliver the Belgian look she wanted, which in turn gave her the confidence that all would turn out right. By using her condominium’s builder, Ted Jacobson, as the contractor, she also ensured that installation went off without a hitch.


Designer Insights DARING DIMENSIONS Using the proportions of the room as his guide, designer Sean McNeish created architectural cabinetry with an oversize stile-and-rail, making the panels themselves seem smaller in comparison. This allowed the larger cabinets and widerthan-normal drawers to appear visually balanced. EASY UPDATES Designer Morgan Harrison notes that the Belgian look is excellent for those seeking quick updates to the kitchens of older homes without changing the layout or appliances. “All we have to change is the cabinetry, and nothing else. If you have a very traditional home, but desire a kitchen that’s a little less formal, Belgian-style cabinets work well because they combine contemporary looks with Old World materials,” he notes. “These are also kitchens that you’ll never tire of; they will never go out of style.”

above Making the most of a tight corner of the room is a built-in appliance garage for stowing small gadgets. It allows the homeowners to stay clear of the refrigerator door swing and keeps everyday essentials at their fingertips. left Having been friends with designer Beth Webb for nearly 20 years, Sherrill, a designer in her own right, consulted her expertise throughout the design process, so that her touch is evident in many of the details. Lamps that Sherrill sourced during one of her own shopping excursions were wired to the countertops to keep them stationary, adding warmth to the overall design. below Continuity of surface materials creates a sense of minimalism, resulting in a quiet, calming look.

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SUBTLE SOLUTIONS Because the home is located in a condominium, it was not practical to move appliances or shift the locations of walls. Thus, the designers maintained the appliance locations, instead integrating Sub-Zero refrigerators within the cabinetry and building an architectural casing around the existing stainless steel hood, all of which serve to downplay the utilitarian look of the room. FURNITURE-INSPIRED The island, made of reclaimed oak and treated with a dark gray glaze, blends beautifully into the existing floor, appearing to rise out of it like a piece of furniture. This design move was important considering the room’s close proximity to the living spaces; subtle details like this allow the kitchen to become a chic backdrop for the adjacent living room and study. SIMPLY CHIC Keeping the number of surfaces to a minimum was essential in maintaining this room’s simple look. The designers chose a sophisticated soapstone for sharp contrast with the cabinetry while, working with designer Beth Webb, Sherrill selected that same soapstone for the island to maintain continuity. Similarly, a soapstone farm sink from Rohl is almost a perfect color match, allowing it to blend seamlessly with the surrounding counters.

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Family JEWEL A renovated home in an Atlanta suburb gets a turnkey kitchen that suits its grand proportions as much as its refined sense of style MEET THE HOMEOWNERS Dianna Hellman, a homemaker, and her husband, Rick, a researcher for Nioxin Hair Care, had appreciated the work of Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio for years. In fact, the firm had previously created a marvelous kitchen for Dianna’s mother, so the couple had no doubt that Design Galleria would be the best choice to renovate the kitchen of their Alpharetta home. THEIR STYLE The Hellmans wanted a space that would accommodate family life with their two teenage children as much as holiday entertaining. Their former kitchen was small and impractical, with inadequate room for appliances. But Design Galleria’s Laurie Lehrich was able to expand the space in a way that melded with the grand family 24

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room beyond. “Dianna’s very feminine, so she wanted the room to be a little dressy, but the Hellmans are also very informal and comfortable to be with. The kitchen needed to reflect both styles.” FAVORITE FEATURE Dianna favors the custom Scagliola hood from Francois & Co., which features a pewter stack as well as decorative corbels that contrast with its clean lines. The dark gray cabinetry is Rick’s favorite element. It’s very en vogue, Lehrich notes, and adds drama. THEIR BEST ADVICE Thoroughly research kitchen styles, as well as the design professionals you might want to work with, so you’ll know that you’re picking the best one for you. Selecting a firm with a history and staying power will engender complete confidence in their work.


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Holloway readied the fantastic Calacatta Paonazzo marble for the island top and backsplash. “New sealants in the marble market are making it extremely durable for everyday use,” notes Lehrich, “making it a more realistic option for clients who may have overlooked it in the past.” SIZE MATTERS “Dianna loves how big this working space is, especially when they have parties that are catered,” says Lehrich. “Even when they have multiple people working in that kitchen, there’s plenty of space for everyone to perform their own tasks.”

Solid brass domed knobs with a coined edge and polished nickel finish complement the cool tones of the room and add sparkle. Available through the Matthew Quinn Collection, ADAC West, 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite B5A, Atlanta 30305. (404) 9743560; matthewquinncollection.com

above Design Galleria’s Laurie Lehrich worked on this project from start to finish, delivering the exact kitchen the Hellmans had envisioned. right A coordinating butler’s pantry stows serving pieces and offers smart liquor storage, while Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers are as convenient for the children’s snacks as they are for keeping desserts close at hand during parties. Lehrich paneled their fronts to look like an elegant bank of small drawers, which balances with the tall display cabinets, their diamondpatterned glass sharing the exact proportions of those in the mirror between them. A pewter countertop above it is used as a convenient—and chic—coffee bar.

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING Ample storage was an essential for this kitchen, and Lehrich was able to deliver more than enough for all of the homeowners’ things. Dianna loves the fact that display cabinets let her show off her favorite china as well as special crystal pieces from her grandmother. The appliances—even a less-traditional Miele refrigerator— were all integrated seamlessly into the cabinetry, and a morning bar close to the breakfast table features a coffee station as well as a microwave concealed by pocket doors. THE PERECT GRAY The couple went through several

variations of gray-blue finish options before deciding on the exact shade they had originally seen in the Design Galleria showroom. The darker tone proved to be the perfect complement for the striking gray-veined marble and cream-colored walls. CROWNING ELEMENT Together with the cast-stone and pewter hood, a glamorous French La Cornue range and glimmering herringbone tile backsplash help to anchor the room and create a charming focal point.

Waterworks’ classic Julia wallmounted pot filler with cross handles adds equal parts functionality and glamour to the primary cooking space. Available through Waterworks, 1 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta 30305. (404) 266-1080; waterworks.com

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Bradley E. Heppner (NCARB) received formal training at one of the nation’s premier schools of architecture, the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Heppner graduated in 1996 with a bachelor of architecture degree and certificate degree in historic preservation. While attending the University of Cincinnati, Heppner served two years as an apprentice to a variety of firms, including an international design firm in New York where he gained exposure to a wide range of architectural projects both domestic and international. After relocating to Atlanta in 1996, he continued his training with such notable design firms as Jova, Daniels, Busby and Summerour & Associates. In 2005, Heppner founded Bradley E. Heppner Architecture, LLC, which currently serves clients throughout the Southeastern United States and internationally. The firm’s work has been featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Traditional Home, Southern Living and Hearth & Home. bradleyeheppner.com Janie Hirsch (ASID) graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor of interior design from the School of Architecture. As owner of J. Hirsch Interior Design for 20 years, Hirsch has designed homes across the Southeast and has received numerous local, regional and national design awards for personal and model homes. She has participated in the Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House & Gardens, the Alliance Children’s Theatre Christmas House, Atlanta Magazine’s Dream Home, the Roswell Woman’s Club Designer Show House and Christmas at Callanwolde. Hirsch’s designs have been featured in numerous publications, including Southern Accents, Beautiful Homes, Décor, Decorating and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. jhirschinteriors.com Lenia Pilkonis (CKD, CBD, CAPS, IDEC) received her B.F.A. from the University of West Georgia and her M.A. in interior design from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is the owner of p3 Interiors, LLC, a residential design firm specializing in kitchen/bath design and interior design services. Pilkonis is a registered interior designer (NCIDQ certified) and a certified kitchen and bath designer with more than 18 years of experience in the design industry. She is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the Universal Design Alliance and the National Art Education Association. Pilkonis has won multiple awards and is a resource for several publications across the country, including Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Better Homes and Gardens (specialty issues), Cooking Light, Dallas Metro Home Improvement, Marietta Daily Journal and Custom Home. Barbara Shelton (CKD, Allied ASID, CAPS) received her B.S. in interior design from Florida State University. Shelton is a certified kitchen designer through the National Kitchen & Bath Association, an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Design and a Certified Aging in Place specialist. After eight years with her own design business, Shelton joined the team at Insidesign in 2010. With her background in construction, she works closely with the builder and architect to create a smooth transition into the kitchen and bath space for her clients. Shelton works in the metro Atlanta area but also has projects as far afield as Lake Michigan and St. Simons Island. She has served on the board of the Georgia Chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association for the past five years and is the current president of NKBA.


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As the retail arm of Bell Custom Cabinetry, headquartered in a 35,000square-foot showroom and manufacturing facility in Alpharetta, Inspirations Kitchen & Bath is able to swiftly deliver custom kitchens tailored to each client’s vision. After designing a kitchen and all of the baths in the 2010 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House, this generations-old firm is forging into 2011 with its new Signature Collection of flush-inset cabinetry and a permanent luxury kitchen display at Phipps Plaza.


Cook’s TOUR We stopped in at more than a dozen top kitchen showrooms around the metro area to find out what’s new and what’s next for 2011

1. The chic, transitional BeauxArts Collection may be the perennial favorite at Siematic’s Buckhead showroom, but ecoconscious and cost-minded clients are increasingly drawn to newer, more compact models such as the SC10, pictured, for their value, functionality and earthy good looks. Soft, nature-inspired colors like slate, greige, putty and heather are also trending for 2011.

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3. Fusion Design Group isn’t your typical kitchen showroom; instead, it’s a consortium of independent architects and designers leasing space under the same roof on Miami Circle. The in-store displays represent just a small cross section of what these diverse talents—including Emmye Otto Cherry and Shirley McFarlane, pictured—can deliver to clients, and span a broad range of price points and styles. This Arts and Crafts-inspired vignette is one of the latest. 4. Known for pioneering curved kitchen cabinetry—Artika, pictured—Pedini is defined by more than 50 years of meticulous craftsmanship and ultra-sleek, cuttingedge Italian design. High-modern European furnishings from the likes of Bonaldo and Porada are also found at the company’s Midtown showroom, while owner Lee Bryan operates his eponymous interior design firm from the back of the store. 5. Located on the ground floor of Terminus in Buckhead, Poggenpohl is a German kitchen cabinetry line with more than a century of staying power. In addition to being the exclusive dealer of Porsche kitchens, the company recently introduced its new +ARTESIO line, which adds leather and glass surface options to its offerings. A collage of kitchen panels, pictured, represents just a small snapshot of the materials available—solid woods, veneers and melamine, acrylics, and matte and highgloss lacquers in 1,650 colors. 6. At Fusion Design Group in Buckhead, aluminum-framed back-painted glass cabinetry—complete with soft-close doors and sophisticated interior compartments—reflects the height of modernism. Yet, it’s one small part of the design story in this showroom, which features looks ranging from pure contemporary to everyday Italian.

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As the name suggests, Diversified Cabinet Distributors in Norcross offers a fantastic range of kitchen styles. Having recently created a kitchen for the 2010 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House, DCD is also welcoming lots of new product for 2011, including wide-rail door styles from its major cabinetry lines— from the likes of Merillat, Kraftmaid and Crystal Cabinet Works, pictured— as well as DeNova granite, quartz and solid-surface countertops.

7. From its ADAC showroom in Buckhead, Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio, led by principal Matthew Quinn, continues to set trends in the kitchen industry on a national level. Honesty and purity of materials is on the rise at this showroom, as craftsmanship and texture make their mark. This spring, the firm will also welcome a new collection of cabinetry—Caseworks, by Atlanta architect Peter Block. 8. In the heart of Midtown, SCIC Atlanta stocks some of the sexiest Italian kitchens in the city. A black-and-white display from the Milano/Navigli collection reveals the hallmarks of its European design with upto-the-minute materials, configurations and appliances. SCIC’s factory in Italy was also recently certified 100 percent green, making it the first of its kind in the world. 9. More than a dealer of its signature appliances, The Viking Store in Brookwood is also a superb source for cookware, gadgets, tools and cutlery. Focused on quality over variety, the store primarily stocks standout products hand-selected by chefs and staff. Plus, the on-site Viking Cooking School offers classes to budding gourmands throughout the year. 10. Having celebrated one year in Ansley Mall this past October, The Cook’s Warehouse’s 6,500-square-foot flagship store boasts two fully functioning kitchens as well as thousands of tools for the passionate cook. Classic brands like Capresso, Cuisinart and Swiss Diamond remain big sellers, but kitchenware from Joseph Joseph, SodaStream and Le Creuset, pictured, are leaders for the new year.

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Kitchen & Bath Concepts recently installed a sleek new kitchen display at the front of its Roswell showroom, featuring red lacquer cabinetry, rich soapstone, sleek onyx and gray countertops from the new Corian Private Collection of surfaces, pictured. Owner Jim Meloy and his team have welcomed the easy-care materials because they offer the look of concrete, lava rock and natural stone while standing up marvelously to everyday use.

11. Operating out of a residential-style building in Dunwoody, family-owned Thelen Design Build takes a neighborly approach to its design projects, frequently blending seamless updates into more traditional homes. Since the firm employs its own designers, builders and installers, it’s able to deliver what’s expected, on-time and on-budget. Tile selections for an inprogress project, pictured, illustrate the firm’s creative, hands-on approach.

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12. Visitors to Poggenpohl’s Buckhead showroom are greeted by an impressive kitchen display reflecting the trend toward open floor plans, as well as textured melamine in a “teak” finish, a manmade surface with an organic appearance. Handle-less drawers, power-assisted touch controls and sleek aluminum accents are just a few of the modern features that wow Atlanta clients. 15. CSI Kitchen & Bath Design Studio runs the gamut of current styles and genres, keeping three exclusive lines of cabinetry—Jay Rambo Company, Leicht and Schrock—always at the ready. The 22,000square-foot Norcross showroom showcases this variety with a colorful range of kitchens, from a vivid citron unit greeting guests on arrival to a French Country display at the very next turn. SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK. 33


STYLE ( focal point) KITCHEN + BATH NEWS >> Randall Brothers Inc., established in 1885, has opened a 5,000-

square-foot showroom at its Marietta Street location. Randall Brothers carries more than 2,500 products, including windows, doors, moldings, columns, hardware and more. 665 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta 30318. (404) 892-6666; randallbrothers.com >> Ferguson Enterprises on Miami Circle has doubled the size of its showroom. More plumbing, sinks and appliances than ever are on display for a variety of kitchen and bath needs. 764 Miami Cir. NE, Atlanta 30324. (404) 495-9919; ferguson.com >> Rose Hall Kitchen Galleria has expanded its Marietta location with new vignettes. The showroom features state-of-the-art cabinetry, countertops and appliances. 1062 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta 30068 (770) 971-5300; rosehallkitchens.com >> The Interior Motive has opened a new kitchen and bath showroom in Roswell. Called “The Works,” it features baths, kitchens, cabinets, tile, flooring, appliances, lighting and much more. 10800 Alpharetta Hwy. (404) 349-2202; theinteriormotive.com >> The former G & L Marble on Armour Circle has a new name on the door. Stone Marble & Granite is now operating at 129 Armour Drive. (404) 349-2202; bottegastone.com >> After 50 years serving in-town Atlanta from its Bishop Street lo-

cation, Cowan Supply will move to 3032 Bankers Industrial Drive in Doraville. Now a Kohler Premier Showroom, the new location—more than twice the size of the former one—will feature an even wider variety of plumbing, tubs, sinks and more. (404) 351-6351; hajoca.com >> Prime Sales of Atlanta has added Steve Woodward to the team. Revelle Countertops and Liebherr Refrigeration are now part of Prime Sales, along with the existing lines of plumbing, sinks and tubs. Mountain City Business Park, 40 Confederate Ave., Jasper 30143. (706) 3011004; primesalesofatlanta.com >> Morgan Creek Cabinet Company was honored with the 2010 Restoration Award from the Acworth Downtown Building Authority. The company—located in a historic building originally built in 1848—recently celebrated more than 30 years of manufacturing cabinetry in Acworth. 4346 Southside Dr., Acworth 30101. (770) 975-9244; morgancreekcabinets.net >> Moda Floors & Interiors has moved from Collier Road to 1417 Chattahoochee Avenue, in the process more than doubling its offerings in flooring, tile and stone. (404) 477-3744; modafloorsandinteriors.com >> A special thanks to the industry partners who helped Gwinnett Technical College with a new building dedicated to kitchen and bath design. Gwinnett Tech is one of only two Georgia colleges to offer full-time kitchen and bath design courses. 5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville. (770) 962-7580; gwinnetttech.edu

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ing. We love to live and play outdoors, and homes that take advantage of their site and open themselves up to the elements feel more connected to their location and are enjoyed by their owners more.–Stephen Pararo + Living rooms and dining rooms for entertaining; whether you are serving caviar or Beanie Weenies! –Jared Paul + Today, most clients have traveled to the most luxurious resorts around the world and want to bring that feeling into their own home. There is a vast array of beautiful products that can evoke feelings of a first class spa. –Cindy Davis + Consistently,

kitchens and baths are great investments, but I think that whatever makes your home more appealing and comfortable for you will also always be a good investment emotionally and financially. –Carole Weaks

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+ Where you spend the most time, where you need the most comfort, where your technology is located, or most importantly, where your spouse deems the most important. –John D. Oetgen + For those who

don’t want to make investments in the permanent structure of their home, I feel art is the best investment. One glance at a special image can change a dull day to something exciting!

–Barbara Heath + An outdoor space that connects to the house, adding “real use” square footage to your home. By adding a water feature, patio or screened porch, you will feel like you are on vacation every day. –Melanie Turner WHAT TYPES OF ROOMS OR DETAILS ARE CLIENTS REQUESTING THAT THEY HAVEN'T IN THE PAST?

+ Value for the investment and something that will make a design statement without being too trendy. –Doug Weiss + Our clients are asking us to re-invent their homes, incorporating new

items with their own treasures. –Barbara Heath + Simple, functional and clutter-free. Comfort is foremost. –Jill VanTosh + The right details for the right reason, that say and mean more. Each project charts its own course, but the Food network has actually gotten people interested in cooking well and often. They not only want a great-looking kitchen, but one that really works. In the past, we created massive kitchens with acres of Calacatta Gold marble, but there is a new curiosity in stepping outside the box. It’s refreshing. –Jim Howard WHAT ELEMENTS OF THE HOME DO YOUR CLIENTS MOST WANT TO CHANGE (OR WANT TO CHANGE FIRST)?

+ We’re seeing more emphasis being placed on the areas that are used daily and less on those that are just for show. A formal dining room that becomes more casual most likely will be used more. –Carole Weaks + It is the intangi-

bles, like atmosphere, proportion, color, light and the architectural details

and decoration, that provide good structure and bones. Put yards of expensive fabric in an ugly room, and it is still an ugly room. –Jim Howard + To add comfort, energy efficiency or convenience to their lives. More people are asking for clean, livable spaces rather than to re-create a barn in the Cotswolds or a chateau in France. –John D. Oetgen + They want to achieve more open space, to knock out small areas and create openness to get more natural light and conserve energy. –Jill VanTosh + Clients want to brighten and lighten. I’m hearing, “This room is so dark; it’s depressing. What can we do?” –Maria McLaurin Nutt + Clients are “nest-

ing” more than ever before, so they want to be comfortable in the spaces where the family gathers. They’re requesting that their bedrooms be sanctuaries, a place to escape.

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STYLE ( trends) + We are seeing clients wanting to change a lot of exterior details in the past year or so. We have seen a lot of major changes, such as complete exterior re-facing (new brick or hand finishing textures to stucco exteriors). New garage doors and overhauls on landscaping run a close second. –Cindy Davis IN THIS TIME OF INCONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION, ARE SMALLER HOMES REALLY THE NEW BIG?

I am finding that my clients want to downsize and get out from under extensive household maintenance issues! –Beth Webb

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+ No, smaller homes are smaller homes, and big homes are still big. Very few have been torn down to build smaller. There is still conspicuous consumption among us. It is just masked to look more humble. Also, people are following the same purchase route as always, just more on a budget. –John D. Oetgen + What we’re seeing is people recognizing what they actually need and not following a formula for what might work for other people. For example, we have a couple with grown children and lots of grandchildren who have decided to upsize rather than downsize because they want a home large enough to celebrate family occasions. On the other hand, we have clients doing the exact opposite because they don’t want the upkeep of a largehome. –Carole Weaks

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approaches and furniture placement, a smaller home can become very spacious feeling. The more important every square foot becomes, the greater the effort is put into its design.

–Doug Weiss + There will always be big houses for people who want and can afford them, but for the moment, we are seeing renovation take on a new relevance. –Jim Howard + With our “wired” society, we all are multitasking many times over. Technology allows us to do this, but at the same time, we require downtime in relaxed settings. I don’t know if that necessarily requires “small” as much as it requires cozy, non-confused spaces. –Barbara Heath HOW DID YOU APPROACH SOLVING A REMODELING DILEMMA FOR A CLIENT?

+ Good design, good time frame, good contractor, good budget and good insight into the client needs, not to fashion. –John D. Oetgen + Have a contractor that

you trust with your life!

–Maria McLaurin Nutt + We are opening up spaces to make larger living areas and getting away from the separate namable rooms like living room and dining room. One very unique thing we are doing a lot is removing walls between bedrooms and bath

rooms to make one completely open, connected space. –Stephen Pararo WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS AND FINISHES ARE CLIENTS REQUESTING (OR YOU ARE SPECIFYING) FOR THEIR HOMES?

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+ Natural everything: linen, cotton, wool, marble and wood. –Stephen Pararo + Wallpaper! De Gournay, Arena, grasscloth from Stark, Kravet and Jerry Pair. Flat, washable paint finishes on walls. Color on ceilings. Marble slabs for backsplashes and as walls in baths. Antique reclaimed stone floors. Patterned wood floors. And faux bois! – Patricia McLean

uniqueness, but when the time comes to pull the trigger on something that might be a WHAT IS YOUR LATEST STYLE stretch for them, they sometimes get cold feet. OR DESIGN OBSESSION? + My latest design obsession or But like life, nothing style would have to be this new ventured, nothing “Bohemian,” exotic, traveled gained. Men still want wood, but now we have elegance. I love to mix bold pops of color with unexpected developed new methdetails such as a clean, refined ods of finishing and Baker table and beautiful panstaining. Wood floors, libraries and ceilings are els of washed, beachy linen. just as wonderful when Spiritual and religious influences are becoming a large exthey are cerused, bleached, white-washed pression of design. –Cindy Davis or limed as they are in the “trophy dark wal+ I am over all the imnut.” mediate gratification! –Jim Howard Quality and craftsmanship take time. + Simple, timeless and classic finishes. White marble and wood-planked walls. –Melanie Turner + Warm woods, beautiful stone, marble agates, lots of washes and translucent palettes. –Beth Webb + They want good clean design, more natural and unpretentious. –John D. Oetgen + Most of my clients have children and pets, so durable, easy-to-clean fabrics, rugs and carpets are usually top priority for them. But of course, they still want some style. –Corey McIntosh

–Beth Webb

+ Brass and gold. –Jared Paul + My latest design style is definitely using a fresh, clean palette with splashes of color to balance rich, dark wood furniture. My latest accessory obsession is Elizabeth Lyons’ hand-blown glass. –Maria McLaurin Nutt + I’m obsessed with

reading and have hundreds of books on design, architecture and landscape. Lately though, I have devel-


oped a keen interest in lacquer from the ’30s, great hardware and fittings, ancient mosaic floors and just trying to do it all a little better. –Jim Howard + Photography. Creating virtual interiors with photography and collage. –John D. Oetgen + Breathing new life into old things through the use of paint, refinishing or reupholstering. I love the idea of eliminating as many things from the landfills as I possibly can. –Corey McIntosh + Lacquered furniture. Every room should have at least one piece, no matter how large or small. –Barbara Heath WHAT TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING FOR THE KITCHEN AND BATH?

+ People don’t seem

quite so interested in having baths large enough to entertain in, thank heavens, and we’re seeing more emphasis on a kitchen that actually functions without running yourself ragged because it’s so spread out. –Carole Weaks

+ Fewer cabinets, open shelves, bigger usable pantries for the kitchen and separate his-and-her baths. –Melanie Turner + Baths must have easy access to showers with no shower curbs. Tubs that remain easy to get in and out of for the

coming years and baths that endure and grow with the homeowner. –Jill VanTosh + We’re moving away from granite. It’s been done to death. Clients want more interesting and unusual surfaces for kitchens, baths, butler pantries or stone furniture tops. Travertine, marble and soapstone are making quite a comeback. –Corey McIntosh

+ Many people know that my favorite color is blue, no matter the shade, but in general, I am in love with Donald Kaufman paints and the palette that is slightly off from the routine. DKC-45 is a color that conjures a memory of homemade pistachio ice cream on a hot summer day. –Barbara Heath

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+ I am absolutely being

+ I just did this in my own home—I moved all my accessories, art and furniture out of my living room and, one piece at a time, artfully repurposed and repositioned. I was amazed at how many items did not make it back into the room and how much more we enjoy the room! –Barbara Heath

drawn into these wonderful, soft, tonal WHAT PAINT COLORS ARE palettes of gray. The YOU BEING DRAWN TO new slate grays have so RIGHT NOW? much soft movement + Grey and yellow. –Jared Paul that allows you to de+ The same as always: any sign with incredible shade of white, sky blue and pops of color such as beautiful mineral colors like soft canary yellows, bronze, steel, smoke, silver, blushed peaches, violets nickel and unfinished brass. and even the atomic –John D. Oetgen orange, for color + I remain true to white splashes without full commitment. –Cindy Davis because it suits any palette. However, I + I’ve always been drawn to love the robust effects fresh, clear colors that are not of orange and a dash of muddy. They are always soothpepper. –Jill VanTosh ing to live with. + Peacock blue lacquered walls. This color combines two things I love the most—the ocean and the sky! Dark walls always give you more depth. –Melanie Turner + Prussian blue; it is deep and captivating. I just lacquered a library in it, and wow; the clients love it! It’s great with curtains that are the same color, grayed down. –Jim Howard + Slightly cooler earth tones, browns and golds that have a little more gray pigment, bringing them into the taupe family. –Doug Weiss

–Rita Carson Guest WHAT ONE TIP CAN YOU OFFER TO PERK UP A ROOM, IMPROVE ITS FUNCTION, OR OVERHAUL THE LOOK OF ANY SPACE WITH MINIMAL EFFORT?

+ Ask yourself what you

can do to make it more functional. Can you enjoy an intimate meal in your living room or library? –Doug Weiss

clients that a neutral backdrop is essential for a room’s longevity. It’s so easy to change a pillow periodically or upgrade your art collection. You can change your bedding, switch out lamps or even just the shades! –Beth Webb

+ De-clutter. Close

your eyes, count to 10 and start throwing away any item that is not used, worn out, always hated or out of proportion; and if it’s sentimental, store it for the right time and place. Get rid of old window coverings; it’s better to have nothing. Design built-in features to hold any clutter. –Jill VanTosh

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SEJAL BHIMA ▼ Over the past several years, World of Rugs & Furniture has evolved into a full-scale lifestyle outpost. Given the addition of furniture, accessories, wall décor, gifts and an in-store design service center, the store has fittingly been renamed The Foundry to celebrate its growth though the on-site flooring gallery will keep the original World of Rugs moniker. Another notable update includes the addition of 25,000 square feet to its in-store warehouse that houses furnishings ranging from Lexington to the more upscale Caracole and Lauren by Ralph Lauren lines. 1530 Ellsworth Industrial Dr., Atlanta 30318. (404) 352-0072; thefoundryatl.com

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METRO SHOPPING Specialty furniture retailer I.O. Metro makes its clockwise from top A rug from Moattar, Ltd.’s graphic Moderno collection. The La Rosa bowl from Alessi’s pop-up shop at SWITCHMODERN. The former World of Rugs gets a makeover and a new name: The Foundry.

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mark on Georgia’s design scene with openings in Snellville, Cumming and Marietta. In all three locations, visitors will find a rotating selection of merchandise as diverse as the music streaming through the stores. But it’s the company’s in-house product development team, along with sourcing from 14 countries, that makes this eclectic emporium of modern furniture, art, lighting, bedding and accessories really shine. iometro.com for locations

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Frazier and Bodin Few architecture firms have left as lasting an imprint on Atlanta as Frazier and Bodin. While the firm’s work is familiar to many Atlantans, few recognize the firm and these architects. During the formative years of what is now considered “Old Atlanta,” Charles Frazier and Dan Bodin produced as important commissions as their more renowned peers and had a client list that could match any firm in the city. Charles Frazier was born in Griffin in 1883 and attended the Georgia School of Technology, now Georgia Tech, before there was an architecture program. After completing two years of study, Frazier apprenticed with two local architecture firms before hanging his own shingle in 1908. To this day, he’s recognized for his designs of Coca-Cola heir Asa G. Candler, Jr.’s Druid Hills mansion, Briarcliff, and the James Floyd residence, Boxwood, in Ansley Park. Daniel Herman Bodin was born in 1895 in Svana, Sweden, and immigrated with his family to Youngstown, Ohio, when he was 5 years old. Bodin attended Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, where he studied architecture under Henry Hornbostel. After graduating in 1920, Bodin was hired by Hornbostel as a draftsman and worked on Callanwolde, the Tudor mansion built by Charles Howard Candler on Briarcliff Road. Hornbostel designed only a few Atlanta residences and is more recognized for his master planning and design of Emory University. After the completion of Callanwolde in 1921, Bodin remained in Atlanta and began working for Charles Frazier. He quickly became the firm’s principle designer and was made a partner in 1926. The firm flourished from 1926 until Frazier’s death in 1939, focusing on residential commissions and working primarily in the Tudor, Georgian and Colonial Revival styles. Frazier and Bodin is perhaps best known for its work with the Black family, who developed the Tuxedo Park area of Buckhead. Continued on page 79 46

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from left A sketch for light fixtures on the James Henry residence shows the firm’s attention to detail. Frazier and Bodin designed living rooms that were often lowered from the adjoining entry halls. Elaborate Regency cornices, pilasters and mantels were used despite a wide variety of exterior styles ranging from Federal to Tudor Revival. Dan Bodin in 1920. Helen Comstock featured the foyer of the Floyd residence on the cover of her 1965 book, 100 Most Beautiful Rooms in America. Aquilla J. Orme’s Georgian Revival home was regularly featured in the society column of The Atlanta Constitution, which claimed events there were of “interest of society throughout the South.” An early plan for Tuxedo Park, home to many Frazier and Bodindesigned homes.

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PHOEBE HOWARD’S ELEGANT STYLE HELPS A BUCKHEAD COUPLE USHER IN A NEW ERA

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The dining room of Tom and Karen Chapman’s Buckhead townhouse is a testament to decorator Phoebe Howard’s love of symmetry. She designed it around Karen’s existing artwork and dining table, which the decorator describes as a “contemporary twist on a doublepedestal table.”

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Left Decorator Phoebe Howard takes a restrained but comfortable approach to her interiors. Below Playing off the walled garden just beyond the French doors, Howard brought the outside in on the terrace level, peppering the space with soft greens. Here, too, she designed a custom cabinet with fretwork detailing along the back wall. “I wanted to showcase Karen’s Blanc de Chine collection while adding some storage. I chose to paint the inside green to really make the white pop,” she explains.

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Every home has a story to tell. Some pay homage to family heirlooms while others reveal tales of architectural inspiration or reflect a collector’s passion. But this Peachtree Heights townhouse shares a story of new beginnings. Homeowner Tom Chapman first met decorator Phoebe Howard in 2006 at the urging of his late wife’s best friend. “His wife had always done everything in the way of housekeeping and decorating,” recalls Howard. “So, throughout the course of re-decorating his Florida condominium, I helped Tom discover his own style.” That set the stage for the decorator-client relationship to

blossom into a cherished friendship by the project’s end—so much so, in fact, that he turned to Howard again when he began a new chapter in his life several years later. He was remarrying, and the new couple would be moving into his four-story townhouse in Buckhead. Tom and his wife, Karen, wanted their residence to be a streamlined yet comfortable oasis—and Howard delivered just that. Her trademark use of soft monochromatic shades helped play up the home’s calm and subtle aesthetic. A palette of soft ivories, taupes, greens and blues—used for every facet of the rooms, from the fur-

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“The family room gets used heavily, so they wanted comfortable seating and the ability to relax and kick your feet up,” recalls Howard. To that end, the custom ottoman features a sturdy raffia upholstered top. A Kimo Minton sculpture from Tew Galleries adds whimsy to the room’s relaxed ambience.

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“The bedroom had low ceilings so, to make the space feel roomier, we used a soft mushroom color on the walls,” says Howard, “Then we used ivory curtains and carpeting to soften and expand the space.” Plush bedding in luxurious fabrics adds to the room’s sumptuous feel.

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Howard delivered on the Chapmans’ request for plush seating in the master bedroom by upholstering the ottoman and chairs in a soft chenille fabric.

niture to the window treatments, right down to the accessories—gives each space an inviting ambience. But equally important was editing the homeowners’ individual possessions. For instance, Howard utilized Karen’s extensive art collection, transforming the townhouse into a gallery of treasured photography, paintings and sketches. “Along with combining items from both of their homes, I introduced a lot of fresh, new pieces, as well,” says Howard, pointing out items like the 1940s Italian-inspired chandelier that takes center stage in the dining room. A work of art in its own right, it’s made up of dozens of hand-blown glass horseshoes beautifully arranged on a series of rings. Likewise, a custom display cabinet on the terrace level also commands attention. Howard designed the piece herself to showcase Karen’s exquisite Blanc de Chine vases and jars; an interior coat of pale green paint plays up every line and curve of the delicate white porcelain. Throughout the home, Howard brought to life the Chapmans’ vision of an airy abode. Their reaction to the final product? “They loved it and were so excited,” shares Howard. “They got married right around the time they moved into the home, so it was a double celebration. We toasted to their union and a new beginning. It was a very happy time.” SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK.

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and fixtures, and have dimmers on all of them. Experiment with different colored lightbulbs; pink, for instance, casts a soft glow at night. + Art and antiques can add a lot of dimension and depth to a neutral room. In fact, I think it is hard to pull it off without them. + Use a variety of textures to add interest, in both fabrics and rugs. Also, reflective surfaces—metal finishes, mirrors and glass—add a welcome touch of sparkle.


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RECIPES FOR SUCCESS A BEVY OF ATLANTA DESIGN PROS REVEAL FIVE OF THEIR LATEST KITCHEN CREATIONS

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Fresh Interpretation This new northern French-inspired home actually features two kitchens—one is a more glamorous space, while an adjacent prep kitchen handles the heavy-duty work. Architect William B. Litchfield and decorator Jackye Lanham devised the home’s scheme, which was to create the feeling of a stone cottage nestled in the woods. It’s an idea they continued into the kitchens, as well. “The vocabulary of the house dictated the materials,” says Litchfield. “Plaster walls, beamed ceilings and iron windows, all of which are so romantic.” Wide-plank French oak floors and materials such as marble and zinc round out the mix. PHOTOGRAPHED BY ERICA GEORGE DINES

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Form and Function Litchfield and Lanham designed the upper cabinet to take on the appearance of a furniture piece. The idea of the metal bracket came from the homeowner; the inspiration for its shape was taken from a motif that Litchfield used on the exterior of the house. Dramatic arched casement windows flood the prep kitchen with natural light. Appliances are cleverly tucked away, while mercury glass lanterns and hand-forged hardware add couture-like touches.

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Red Hot When it came time to create a new kitchen for an Atlanta couple’s vacation home in the Blue Ridge mountains, designer John Oetgen and kitchen designer Ann Sullivan put a modern spin on a country aesthetic, redefining any preconceived notions of what a mountain kitchen should look like. “The entire house has more of a contemporary feeling than that of a nostalgic mountain home,” says Oetgen. The finish on the kitchen’s upper cabinets complements the wood walls throughout the rest of the house, but since the kitchen is also the home’s darkest room, the red makes it feel connected to the adjacent living area (which features jewel-tone colors), but detatched at the same time. “And the green marble was just a natural fit,” says Oetgen. “It picks up on the colors of the gardens, as well as the panoramic mountain views.” Subtle accents such as the red knobs on the Wolf range and the Le Creuset cookware add to the room’s colorful tour de force. PHOTOGRAPHED BY MALI AZIMA

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New Meets Old Preparing for the day she’d build her dream kitchen, designer Carter Kay’s client had been cutting out inspiration pictures of what she wanted and keeping them in a notebook for 15 years. “She didn’t want a small redo,” says Kay. “But she wanted to keep any renovation within the lines of the existing Dutch Colonial architecture.” The resulting design is a clean, simple, almost ethereal space. Plaster walls—which make the room glow— are consistent with the rest of the house. Kay and her client were assisted in the renovation by architect Keith Summerour and kitchen designer Cynthia Ziegler, making sure the owner’s cherished collections of pewter, antique stoneware and Wedgwood creamware would be within easy reach. Kay designed the burnished steel range hood, which was fabricated by local artisan Charles Calhoun, and the island was inspired by a vintage French table. Contemporary Italian fixtures above it can be raised or lowered depending on the task at hand. PHOTOGRAPHED BY EMILY J. FOLLOWILL

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Cottage Charm Although architect William B. Litchfield was called by his clients to do a kitchen/living/dining room renovation, the project evolved into redoing porches, baths, the upstairs and terraces. Eventually, the entire house had been transformed. Working with designer Betty Burgess, whom the client has known since high school, the goal was to create “a kitchen with soul,” says Litchfield. Painted shiplap poplar boards envelope the entire kitchen while painted knobs on the cabinetry keep the room understated. But nothing, not even accessories like antique transferware, can take away from the star of the room: a French La Cornue range. “It’s like a work of art,” Litchfield adds. Charming brackets tucked beneath the upper cabinets cozy things up, bridging the gap between the cabinetry and the travertine countertops. “They make the cabinets look like they’re not just hanging off the wall. They feel like they belong,” says Litchfield. PHOTOGRAPHED BY ERICA GEORGE DINES

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Contemporary Classic When it came time to renovate their 1920s bungalow, architect A. Richard Bunn and his partner Ken Felts had one goal. “We wanted to keep the context of the house intact,” says Bunn. With that in mind, he devised a plan that allowed for a European-style kitchen to work within the framework of the home’s traditional architecture. The design began with the granite countertops. “I wanted something that wouldn’t show the mess I make,” Bunn says with a laugh. The stone he chose features beige, black and gray accents that set up the rest of the room’s vocabulary. For the island, Bunn selected a wenge stained oak finish to contrast with the painted perimeter cabinets. The kitchen is connected to an adjacent sitting area, so he designed a strong linear visual device, dubbed the “cloud,” above the island that better integrates the two spaces. A stainless steel wrap hides the range hood. Outdoors, Bunn created a more rustic space, explaining “I never wanted a mountain house for weekends, so that’s how the cooking fireplace and oven evolved.” Each stone was hand-set, and the organic placement—with little mortar shown— remains true to the bungalow’s original style. “It’s somewhat evocative of an old ruin,” Bunn adds. Corrugated pipe covers, which take on a modern rustic feel, camouflage masonry flues underneath. PHOTOGRAPHED BY DAVID CHRISTENSEN STYLED BY KATE ABNEY

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2 ) David VanArsdale VanArsdale founded the multidisciplinary design firm People of Resource in 2009. But his accomplishments date back much further. Prior to founding the business, VanArsdale taught industrial design at Georgia Tech and was creative director and co-founder of thing farm. “I came to Georgia Tech planning to study physics, but soon found industrial design and never turned back,” he explains. There have been awards along the way, including a Downtown Design Excellence award from Central Atlanta Progress. But, he says, “the idea of ‘a greatest accomplishment’ doesn’t really matter to me. Any chance to design, and feel the rush of solution, is the greatest accomplishment until the next. If I could do good work for the rest of my life, I would consider that a dream realized.”

3 ) Tug Helmer A self-described “hard-charging, progressive-minded, eccentric-yet-polite and formal Southern man,” Helmer came home to Atlanta after graduating from the London campus of American College, focusing on commercial real estate. Helmer recently found himself caught up in another business, too. “Through real estate ventures in North Carolina, I met a logger who, among other things, makes kiln-dried firewood, and he encouraged me to do it here. Despite Atlanta being in a dense forest, firewood has been underserved here, so I formed Sam’s Kiln-Dried Firewood with the idea of professionalizing this cottage industry.” What’s more, Sam’s is restoring several railroad repair buildings in Mechanicsville to bring the pre-Civil War locomotive complex back to life.

4 ) Lee Kleinhelter She’s an unabashed “obsessive compulsive stylist,” taking on anything in sight—right down to her son’s toy box. “It’s an illness I’ve happened to parlay into a career,” laughs Kleinhelter, owner of Pieces, the Buckhead hot spot known for clean-lined furnishings with a twist. “I’m just passionate about the visual; I really, really love good design.” This trailblazer was only in her 20s when she realized her passion for styling and product, as well as her penchant to reimagine vintage finds. “Over the past six years it’s just evolved. We’ve learned a lot of things the hard way, by trial and error, but mostly it’s been a smash hit and we’ve developed a following that I’m grateful for. I made the leap because I was young and naive enough to think I could do it. Thank goodness I did.”

5 ) Ryan Hughes After graduating from UGA with a degree in business administration, Hughes followed his passion for interior design by accepting a position at Ainsworth-Noah & Associates. After analyzing the industry for several years, he recognized a need for unique products in the market. The result of his research is the new 4,000square-foot R. Hughes showroom, filled with collections exclusive to the area. “The vision literally came to me in the middle of the night; there were so many great products not yet in Atlanta and I wanted to bring them here in an outsidethe-box concept,” says Hughes. “I’ve always loved White Provision and when I saw the space it just felt right to me. The lines that I carry aren’t those that would normally be in a traditional design center, so it was a happy marriage.”


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6 ) Mali Azima While in high school, Azima toyed with the idea of photography as a profession, but ended up pursuing a degree in fashion design instead. While working for Dallas interior designer Paul Garzotto, fate stepped in. “He had hired a photographer to take shots of store merchandise but I didn’t think they were good. My boyfriend at the time encouraged me to take some and, before long, we were designing his advertising.” Not long after, they were designing advertising for other clients, too. These days, her interior photography is published internationally. “I try to capture energy in my photos,” she explains. “I want people to feel like they’re in the room, to feel the tension created by the objects within. It’s important to move people.”

7 ) Brian Patrick Flynn “I’m a television producer-turnedprofessional decorator,” says Flynn of his circuitous path to the design world. “I have absolutely zero formal training in design but, when I was in college, I got an amazing internship that turned into a paid job producing prime-time news. Months later, I took a job behind the scenes assisting designers on a home makeover show. Now I produce broadcast and online design shows during the day [Movie & a Makeover on TBS], and take on my own clients nights and weekends. Basically, I’m a bona fide decorating addict.” What’s more, Flynn— with his unapologetic, cinematic and playful sense of style—is the brains behind DecorDemon.com, the wildly popular design website, and also writes editorial and blog posts for hgtv.com.

8 ) Dawn M. Bennett After graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Clemson University and obtaining her Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Bennett launched her career at TVS before joining Harrison Design Associates as a project architect. Today, in addition to running her own practice— and being one of the few female architects practicing in Atlanta—Bennett is a principal at Splice Design, a firm that offers a complete range of services including architecture, communication, research, strategy and urban design. Bennett considers herself a modernist but “I do a little bit of everything,” she says. “Working at Harrison taught me about traditional style and proportion. It’s always better to break the rules [of design] once you understand the rules.”

9 ) Niki Papadopoulos Papadopoulos’ work has been described as “bold, brilliant and inspired,” for which she gives much credit to her father. “I know that my creativity and work ethic are derived directly from him. It has been just the two of us since I was 10 and he always told me to do what makes me happy.” Professionally speaking, that includes a career she loves—with Mark Williams Design Associates—and a blog, yummyscrumptious.blogspot.com, where she regularly shares insight on her world of design. Not bad for a former aspiring fashion designer. “I woke up one day and decided to change my major,” she says. “It was completely impulsive. I walked into the interior design department and thought, ‘I might like this.’”

10) Amy D. Morris Morris’ résumé reads like a “Who’s Who of interior design in Atlanta.” While studying at the Art Institute of Atlanta, Morris interned with the renowned firm Gandy-Peace, which piqued her interest in contemporary work. Then, after receiving her B.F.A. in interior design, Morris worked with Barbara Westbrook for five years. That experience paved the way for Morris’ own firm, Amy D. Morris Interiors, where this purveyor of style specializes in transitional design: classic rooms with a fresh, sophisticated spin. Since being named as a 2009 AH&L Bath of the Year contest winner (and being featured on two subsequent covers since), “things just keep getting better,” says Morris. “But everything that’s happening right now is so great, I can’t imagine it getting any better!”

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“Frazier and Bodin” continued from page 46 The firm designed the majority of the houses that were built in the neighborhood prior to World War II, setting the tone for the entire development. Frazier died in 1939, and Bodin continued as Daniel H. Bodin Architect until World War II brought a halt to most building. After the war, Bodin formed a partnership with Willard Lamberson that continued until Bodin’s death in 1963. The residences Frazier and Bodin designed for Hugh P. Nunnally, Charles B. Nunnally, Charles King and Robert “Bobby” Jones are perhaps the firm’s most celebrated. In fact, the Nunnally house on Blackland Road was the background for many a photograph during the premier party of Gone With The Wind and became an iconic image for the growing Southern city.

RESOURCES JAN.11 (who to contact) PAGES 14-15: (Tailored to Perfection) CUSTOM CABINETRY AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Frank Neely and Christian Reed, Neely Design Associates, 1447 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 844, Atlanta 30309. (404) 817-0807; neelydesign.com INTERIOR DESIGN Brian Watford, Brian Watford Interiors, 820 Piedmont Ave. NE, Suite 2, Atlanta 30308. (404) 898-0660; brianwatford.com BUILDER Mike Hammersmith, Mike Hammersmith General Contracting, (404) 351-5227 ICEMAKER Scotsman DISHWASHER Asko UNDERCOUNTER REFRIGERATOR U-Line ALL OTHER APPLIANCES Viking through Builder Specialties, 6582 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross 30071. (678) 317-0223; builderspecialties.net FAUCET Perrin & Rowe single lever with sidespray in polished nickel, through Rohl, rohlhome. com FARM SINK Shaw’s Original Farm Sink, 36” in white, through Rohl, rohlhome.com BACKSPLASH TILE Walker Zanger glossy Sumi-e Brick Glass Tile in Ohara Natural PERIMETER COUNTERTOPS Antiqued Absolute black granite through Stone Solutions of Atlanta, 1000 Eastside Dr., Marietta 30060. (404) 456-8274; forstone. com ISLAND COUNTERTOP Honed Calacuttu Gold marble, through Stone Solutions of Atlanta LIGHTING Restoration Hardware Benson Pendant in polished nickel BAR STOOLS Restoration Hardware Vintage Chair in tobacco wood and steel ZINC-TOP TABLE Scott Antique Market BALL SLIDE WINDOW HARDWARE Bronzed brass by David Lee, Century Woodwork Inc., 1581 Stone Ridge Dr., Stone Mountain 30083. (770) 939-4113; centurywoodwork.com PAGES 16-17: (History in the Making) HOMEOWNER Mark Edge, Mark Edge Jewelry, (404) 237-3040; markedge.com; northenedge.com ARCHITECTURAL, INTERIOR AND KITCHEN DESIGN Amy

Wikman, Björk Antikt & Studio, ADAC West showroom D-4, 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Atlanta 30305. (404) 350-8133; bjorkantikt.com CAD ASSISTANCE Stephanie Werner, (404) 317-6200; betterthananapkin. com GENERAL CONTRACTORS Chad and Jim Draper, Draper Construction Company Inc., (770) 267-6545 CUSTOM CABINETRY Jason Kennedy, (678) 794-8158 CUSTOM COUNTERTOPS CONTRACTOR Ronnie Smith, Marblesmith Inc., Hiram 30141. (770) 443-3254; marblesmithinc.com TILE CONTRACTOR Sammy DeJeu, (678) 451-5536 RANGE Wolf RISER SHELF AND HOOD Wolf REFRIGERATOR Sub-Zero BI-36UG DISHWASHER Miele ICEMAKER AND WINE COOLER Electrolux Icon FAUCETS Chicago Faucets, (847) 803-5000; chicagofaucets.com SINKS Fluted Fireclay sink in white, Whitehaus, (800) 527-6690; whitehauscollection. com BUTLER’S PANTRY/BAR SINK Square Hammered Stainless Bar Sink from Van Dykes Restorers, (800) 558-1234; vandykes.com CEILING COLOR Benjamin Moore Yorktowne Green HC-133 PAINTED CABINETRY AND TRIM Benjamin Moore Gettysburg Gray HC-107 PAINTED DOORS Benjamin Moore Black Bean Soup 2130-10 BUTLER’S PANTRY CEILING COLOR Benjamin Moore Timothy Straw 2149-40 WALL COLOR Benjamin Moore Gettysburg Gray HC-107 MARBLE ON WALLS Verde Chipilino marble ISLAND COUNTERTOP White Fantasy Quartzite, International Granite & Marble, 123 Interstate West Pkwy., Lithia Springs 30122. (770) 739-5677; igmcorp.com/atlanta PERIMETER COUNTERTOPS Atlantic Brushed Granite, International Granite & Marble CUSTOM WINDOW BLINDS Kathy Babbs, Window Images, (404) 438-1518; window-images.com UNLACQUERED BRASS CABINET HARDWARE House of Antique Hardware, (888) 223-2545; houseofantiquehardware.com ANTIQUE HARDWARE AND DOORKNOBS

David Jenkins Hardware, Atlanta. (678) 207-7170 and H. Rault Inc., New Orleans, LA. (504) 895-5346; hrault.com ANTIQUE FRENCH DOOR HARDWARE Eugenia’s Antique Hardware, (770) 458-1677; eugeniaantiquehardware. com STOOLS Peddlers Home Design. (800) 391-4927; peddlersdesign.com ART Homeowner’s own PAGES 20-21: (Belgian Belle) KITCHEN DESIGN AND CUSTOM CABINETRY Morgan Creek Cabinet Co., 4346 Southside Dr., Acworth 30101. (770) 975-9244; morgancreekcabinets.net PRINCIPAL DESIGNER Sean McNeish INTERIOR DESIGN Beth Webb, Beth Webb Interiors, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 11B-4, Atlanta 30305. (404) 869-6367; bethwebb. com and Homeowner Sherrill Perry BUILDER/CONTRACTOR Ted Jacobson, Bentley Properties. (404) 626-1487 DESIGN CONTRIBUTOR Becky Sue Becker, CKD, CAPS, Designs by BSB, 2147 Riverbirch Ct., Lawrenceville 30044. (404) 456-8799; designsbybsb.com SOAPSTONE COUNTERTOPS G & L Marble Inc., 2590 Jason Industrial Pkwy., Winston 30187. (770) 920-9383; glmarble.com SOAPSTONE APRON-FRONT FARM SINK Rohl, through G&L Marble ALL APPLIANCES Sewell Appliance, 7455 Trowbridge Rd. NE, Sandy Springs 30328. (404) 255-0640; sewellappliance.com FAUCET Existing HARDWARE Matthew Quinn Collection, ADAC West Suite B5-A, 349 Peachtree Hills Ave., Atlanta 30305. (404) 974-3560; matthewquinncollection.com LAMPS Scott Antique Market BAR STOOLS Bungalow Classic, 1197 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta 30318. (404) 367-8522; bungalowclassic.com PAGES 24-25: (Family Jewel) CABINETRY AND KITCHEN DESIGN Design Galleria, Downsview Cabinets 600 Series with custom paint and glaze GENERAL CONTRACATOR Wade Garmon, Legend Basements Inc., (770) 772-9004 DESIGN ENGINEER Mai Miyata, Design Galleria CABINET INSTALLATION Bent Anderson, Scan Technique, (770) 380-9812 COUNTERTOP FABRICATION Rob and Ronnie Holloway, Holloway Tile & Marble, (770) 926-9013 CABINET HARDWARE Matthew Quinn Collection RANGE Cornu Fe by La Cornue, through Design Galleria PENDANT LIGHTING South of Market, 345 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite 100, Atlanta 30305. (404) 995-9399; southofmarket. biz BUTLER’S PANTRY Custom pewter countertop by Design Galleria ANTIQUE MIRROR AND ANTIQUE GLASS INSERTS Roger and James Wall, Advanced Glass Designs, (770) 475-8433; advancedglassdesigns.com NICKEL DOTS IN MIRRORED BACKSPLASH Renaissance Tile & Bath, 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite C1B, Atlanta 30305. (404) 231-9203; renaissancetileandbath.com POLISHED NICKEL SINKS AND FAUCETS Waterworks, 1 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta 30305. (404) 266-1080; waterworks.com TILE INSET BELOW HOOD Waterworks polished Aqualinea French Vanilla Herringbone Tile (custom) STONE HOOD WITH PEWTER STACK AND ROCOCO CORBELS Francois & Co., 425 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Building 1, Suites 4 & 5, Atlanta 30305. (404) 842-9946; francoisandco.com ALL APPLIANCES Through Rick Alexander, Distinctive Appliances, 2000 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE, Suite A, Atlanta, 30324. (404) 876-6181; distinctivevacuums.com MARBLE Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio ISLAND FAUCET Waterworks Julia Deck-Mount Faucet with Lever Handles in Nickel POT FILLER Waterworks Julia Wall-Mounted Pot Filler with Cross Handles in Nickel PERIMETER FAUCET Waterworks Julia Bridge 4-Hole Mixer Faucet with Lever Handles in Nickel REFRIGERATOR Miele WALL OVEN Wolf MICROWAVE GE Profile DISPOSALS Franke BUTLER’S PANTRY REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER DRAWERS Sub-Zero DISHWASHERS Miele WINE STORAGE Sub-Zero ICE MAKER Sub-Zero PAGES 28-33: (Cook’s Tour) 1. Siematic, Two Buckhead Plaza, 3050 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 145, Atlanta 30305. (404) 567-5320; siematicatlanta.com 2. Inspirations Kitchen & Bath, 1250 Alpha Dr., Alpharetta 30004. (770) 751-7861; inspirationskb. com 3. & 6. Fusion Design Group, 800 Miami Cir., At-

lanta 30324. (404) 264-1321; blog.fusiondesignatlanta. com 4. Pedini of Atlanta, 800 Peachtree St. NE, Unit C, Atlanta 30308. (404) 817-3313; pediniatlanta.com 5. & 12. Poggenpohl, Terminus 100, 3280 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 125, Atlanta 30305. (404) 816-7275; atlanta. poggenpohl.com 7. Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE., Suite 234, Atlanta 30305. (404) 261-0111; designgalleria.net 8. SCIC Atlanta, 855 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 6, Atlanta 30308. (404) 975-4320; scicatlanta.com 9. The Viking Store, 1745 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30309. (404) 745-9064; vikingtogo.com 10. The Cook’s Warehouse, 1544 Piedmont Rd., Suite 403-R, Atlanta 30324. (404) 815-4993; cookswarehouse.com 11. Thelen Design Build, 4720 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody 30338. (770) 3939008; thelendesignbuild.com 13. Diversified Cabinet Distributors, 5250 Brook Hollow Pkwy, Norcross 30071. (678) 325-3600; dcdcabinets.com 14. Kitchen & Bath Concepts, 11444 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell 30076. (770) 442-9845; kitchenandbathconcepts.com 15. CSI Kitchen & Bath Design Studio, 6527 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Suite C-2, Norcross 30071. (770) 729-1999; csikitchenandbath.com PAGES 50-59: (Neutral Territory) INTERIOR DESIGN Phoebe Howard, Mrs. Howard, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 23, Atlanta 30305. (404) 816-3830; phoebehoward.net PAGES 50-51: WALL COLOR Benjamin Moore Cream Fleece TRIM COLOR Benjamin Moore White Dove MIRROR & SERVER Mrs. Howard LAMPS Baker WAVE CHAIRS Pierce Martin DINING CHAIRS Hickory Chair DINING TABLE Dessin Fournier through Grizzel & Mann CHANDELIER Vaughan Designs CURTAIN FABRIC Schumacher CURTAIN TRIM Passementerie through Travis & Co. PAINTING Claude Bauret Allard PHOTOGRAPHY Frederic Ohringer through Fay Gold Gallery PAGES 52-53: BOOKCASE Mrs. Howard BLANC DE CHINE VASES AND JARS JF Chen CURTAIN FABRIC Rose Tarlow through Ainsworth-Noah SECTIONAL Hickory Chair PILLOW FABRICS ZR/Travers and Lee Jofa OTTOMAN Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams CHAIR Hickory Chair RUG Merida GRASSCLOTH Gramercy PAGES 54-55: WALL COLOR Benjamin Moore Cream Fleece TRIM COLOR Benjamin Moore White Dove SOFA Baker CHAIR Baker COCKTAIL TABLE Julian Chichester SQUARE END TABLE & PILLOWS Mrs. Howard ROUND END TABLE Beeline Home CURTAIN FABRIC Schumacher CURTAIN TRIM Passementerie through Travis & Co. PAGES 56-57: WALL COLOR Benjamin Moore Cream Fleece TRIM COLOR Benjamin Moore White Dove CURTAIN FABRIC DOGWOOD SCULPTURE Kimo Minton SOFA & CHAIRS Baker PILLOWS & PAINTING Mrs. Howard ROUND END TABLE Arteriors Home RUG Crescent PAGES 58-59: WALLPAPER Farrow & Ball CARPET Stark HEADBOARD Mrs. Howard PAINTINGS OVER BED Peter Schroth through Sears-Peyton Gallery COVERLET & SHAMS Yves DeLorme DUVET RB Casa PILLOW FABRIC Donghia BED SKIRT FABRIC Schumacher BENCH Hickory Chair CURTAIN FABRIC Duralee CURTAIN TRIM Schumacher CHAIRS & OTTOMAN Baker END TABLES Oly FLOOR LAMPS Robert Abbey CHARCOAL DRAWING Rocio Rodriguez through Fay Gold Gallery CURTAIN FABRIC Duralee CURTAIN TRIM Schumacher PAGES 62-73: (Recipes for Success) PAGES 62-65 & 70-71: (Fresh Interpretation & Cottage Charm) William Litchfield, William B. Litchfield Residential Designs Inc., (404) 467-4600; litchfielddesigns.com/ PAGES 66-67: (Red Hot) John Oetgen, Oetgen Design Inc., (404) 352-1112; oetgendesign.com PAGES 68-69: (New Meets Old) Carter Kay, Carter Kay Interiors, (404) 261-8119; carterkayinteriors.com. Cynthia Ziegler, Cynthia Ziegler, Inc., (404) 313-1823; cynthiaziegler.com. Keith Summerour, Summerour Architects, (404) 603-8585; summerour.net PAGES 72-73: (Contemporary Classic) A. Richard Bunn, Studio ARB Architecture, (404) 588-1980

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INTERVIEW BY

MARCIA SHERRILL

Alexa Hampton Senior Contributing Editor Marcia Sherrill talks with the New York interior designer on the eve of her visit to Atlanta this month

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PUBLISH YOUR LATEST WORK, THE LANGUAGE OF INTERIOR DESIGN? As a person who loves words and language, it occurred to me

that I was employing design to convey certain notions and qualities on behalf of my clients, in order to express their tastes. Then it dawned on me that if I could portray design as a language, perhaps people would see that it could be learned—that it wasn’t this mysterious and mystifying category.

HAMPTON’S WORK INCLUDES, FROM TOP, LIGHTING FOR VISUAL COMFORT, INTERIOR DESIGN, FURNITURE FOR HICKORY CHAIR AND A NEW BOOK. BELOW, HAMPTON IN NYC.

DID YOUR FATHER—THE LEGENDARY MARK HAMPTON—ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO INTO THE BUSINESS? My father was an excellent, nurtur-

ing parent. He let my sister and me find our own professional passions. My sister always knew she would be an actress and I always knew I’d be an interior designer. He and my mother just wanted us to be happy. WHAT WAS YOUR HAPPIEST MEMORY FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD?

Any time spent in Italy is a great memory. I went for the first time when I was 8 and was immediately smitten. On top of that, my parents met in Florence, Italy, on a blind date, so it’s also a sentimental favorite. And, of course, there’s the buffalo mozzarella. My family traveled all the time. Now that I am married to a European, we continue the trend. DO YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM YOUR TRAVELS? COULD WE DROP YOU DOWN IN SUB-ARCTIC JUNEAU AND FIND YOU SKETCHING AN IDEA FOR AN IGLOO? I draw inspiration from everything.

It may be on a trip to the kitchen or a trip to Tokyo, but there is always so much to look at. If I were in Juneau, I don’t know that I’d design an igloo, but maybe I’d have a new interest in snow-white interiors. WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW THAT YOU HAD DESIGN ENCODED IN YOUR DNA?

Always.

CAN YOU EVER GO INTO A ROOM AND NOT THINK ABOUT DESIGN? It’s the strangest thing,

but yes, I can tune it all out. This has proven to be a self-preserving skill since my apartment resembles nothing so much as a Fisher Price outpost. Dreadful primary colors rule my living room. WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? Personally, my children. Professionally, I’m most

proud of my work ethic. I know that’s not a glamorous answer but I always want to be a hard worker. Certainly, there are many times when I’m tempted to be lazy. But, between my decorating business and my product design— fabrics, furniture, carpet, lighting, mantels, artwork and plates—I don’t dare. However, I do manage to watch a bizarre amount of TV. HOW DO YOU HANDLE CELEBRITY? Puhleeze! I’m a designer, not a celebrity!

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+ Hampton is the featured designer for the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market in January at AmericasMart. She has been tapped to highlight the home offerings at market, including the launch of “HD Home,” the new high design category and curated lifestyles collection featuring some of the nation’s most inspired home furnishings and décor manufacturers. On January 14, Hampton will lead a keynote address focusing on her new book and the legendary designs of her firm, Mark Hampton Inc. Following the presentation, Hampton will appear at HD Home—in “Center Hall” on the first floor of Building 1—to celebrate the addition of the designer home furnishings and accessories showcased in this exclusive new area. americasmart.com

TO READ AN EXPANDED VERSION OF MARCIA SHERRILL’S INTERVIEW WITH ALEXA HAMPTON, VISIT OUR WEBSITE, ATLANTAHOMESMAG.COM


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