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RENAISSANCE FAMILY This art-filled, kid-friendly abode weaves together the pretty and practical


Above: Renaissance woman Debra McDavid is a singer, actress, mother and wife, not to mention a talented interior designer.


January/February 2017 | Simply Buckhead


Giannina Smith Bedford


homas and Debra McDavid’s love affair began with music. The couple of 25 years met on the campus of Yale University where Debra was studying opera and Tom classical violin. Over the last two decades, they’ve composed a life melody through various careers (including as professional musicians), cities and residences. In 1998, they settled in Atlanta, where Tom grew up and now works as a Morgan Stanley financial advisor. Debra stepped into acting and is currently the host of “Atlanta Shorts” on PBS-PBA30. In 2009, she also released a music album titled Sleep Little One, Lullabies of the World, that she produced and sang on (and Tom played on). This multi-talented woman also dabbles in interior design, which has allowed her to infuse her and her husband’s love of all things creative—and functional— into their stone and shake-shingle Buckhead home. They share the abode with their 6-yearold son, Mason, and Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Toy Poodle mix), Jett. The McDavids purchased the newly built, 7-bedroom, 7 ½-bath abode in August 2015 to be closer to Mason’s school, Westminster.


They loved the home’s open layout, but upon move-in, Debra used her stylish eye to upgrade the back porch to match the rest of the architecture. The brown columns were encased in white, a new railing was added and the floor was painted a light gray to give the space a sophisticated feel. Outfitted with an outdoor sofa by Laneventure through Logan Gardens, a custom quartzite table fabricated by Iron Studios and a cozy cream-colored cowhide rug, the porch is just one of the many spaces the McDavids enjoy with friends and family. Another favorite hangout is the downstairs basement, where Debra transformed an unfinished room into Mason’s “rec room” complete with a basketball hoop, stained plywood walls and cement floors painted with a shiny navy finish. “It’s very fun, like an indoor basketball court, or you can play tennis or golf,” Debra says. “When Mason has a play date, I just put them all in that room.” But the hallmark is the state-of-the-art media room furnished with a lounge-on-me white leather sofa, Jonathan Adler chairs Debra recovered in black crocodile to “up the wattage a bit” and black-out curtains to

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