Home Base A busy Brookhaven couple creates an intown retreat feature:
Giannina Smith Bedford Photos: Sara Hanna Photography
arrie and Paul (Paton) Faletti are constantly on the move. Carrie, a real estate agent with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, runs from client meetings to home showings, while Paton, president and CEO of automotive consultancy NCM Associates, is based in Kansas City and commutes to Atlanta on the weekends. When the 30-something husband and wife aren’t working or traveling, they like to relax and entertain in their four-bedroom, threeand-a-half-bath Brookhaven townhome with friends, family and their four-legged babies, Chihuahuas Pumpkin, Patch and Peanut.
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“We really like to travel, but we always like to come home. I think that’s when you know you have it right,” Carrie says. “I think your home should represent who you are, but also who you want to be.” Carrie and Paton met at Marist School while still in high school. After going on a few dates, Paton (two years Carrie’s senior) left for college, but the couple rekindled their flame at the University of Georgia. They got engaged before Paton graduated; he then moved to Munich to pursue his lifelong passion, a career in the automotive industry (he’s since worked for luxury car
brands like BMW Group and Maserati). The couple married four weeks after Carrie’s college graduation and lived in Germany and England before returning to their hometown of Atlanta in 2003, armed with an appreciation for all things European. In fact, they purchased their townhome in 2005 in large part because of its location near shops and restaurants on Dresden Drive that provide a European-like walkable lifestyle. Although the Falettis built and moved into a larger home nearby and used the townhome as a rental property from 2007 to 2010, they were drawn to move back in