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Right: The family room and breakfast area offer additional places to sit and eat or watch the action in the kitchen. Left: Adorned in paintings of a speckled egg, Mason jar and more, the living room’s highlight is the Yamaha baby grand piano that Tom gave Debra for their 20th wedding anniversary.

“I feel beautiful art makes a huge impact on the design of the home.” – Debra McDavid

Left: The McDavids didn’t have to make any changes to the well-equipped kitchen and butler’s pantry where the granite countertops show off a hint of lavender.

from the Buckhead gallery mingle with other works from various sources: a Chinese silk painting in the basement gifted from a friend, a Steve Penley picked up at an auction and a soft, contemporary painting of a Mason jar that Debra found online and purchased from the artist when she visited Atlanta. Fine art may not be something you typically find in large numbers in the residence of a 6-year-old, but Debra has made it her goal to create a home that is glamorous but livable. In addition to not shying away from hand-picked art, she does this by combining designer furnishings with fabrics that stand the test of time.

She says guests often ask, “How can you have a young child in this house?” Her response: “I used livable outdoor fabrics that can easily be cleaned.” In the nearly all-white living room with Amy Howard custom Lucite chairs, oversized floor lamps and a glitzy Ainsworth-Noah, quatrefoil drum light fixture, the custom sofa by Bjork Studio is covered in Perennials outdoor fabric. And the Brazilian cowhide rug dispels any liquid spills. In the family room, a Ralph Lauren sofa in cotton velvet flanked by gold floor lamps from Arteriors accompany a previously glass-topped Barbara Barry coffee table that Debra contracted DEX Industries to retrofit with a white cement top when Mason was 18-months-old so he could play with trucks on it. In the nearby kitchen, with granite

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create a theater ambiance when the feature presentation rolls on the drop-down screen. “We love family movie night. Or after we put Mason to bed, Tom and I come here and watch an episode of something we are currently addicted to,” Debra says. The McDavids are also addicted to beautiful art, and the 6,500-square-foot home is a testament, with each wall showcasing a show-stopping piece. “I feel beautiful art makes a huge impact on the design of the home,” Debra says. “Our favorite, go-to gallery is Huff Harrington Fine Art.” The classic and contemporary pieces sourced

Above: The dining room features a painting by Georgia artist Andrea Costa and dining table and chairs modeled after those found at England’s Althorp Estate where Princess Diana grew up.

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Simply Buckhead January/February 2017