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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

January 2020

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles offers entrée into the city’s most inspiring residences. Readers view exquisite interiors and innovative architecture, with beautiful spreads illustrating everything from the latest looks to timeless classics. The magazine is also a champion of supporting local food traditions and regional cuisine created by the city’s finest chefs and food artisans. It is a definitive guide to Atlanta’s hottest homes, top design professionals, premier showrooms, delectable restaurants, residential real estate and cultural events.

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12 Issues


1 min.
fresh expressions

JANUARY! There’s nothing like turning the page towards a new calendar year and the feeling that exciting and unexpected opportunities are waiting to reveal themselves, like chapters in a freshly cracked book. Here at Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, we’re embracing new beginnings, but not without paying tribute to the past. With this issue, we celebrate the retirement of our longtime publisher, Gina Christman, who spent 37 years building and cultivating not just this powerhouse of a magazine, but also a dynamic, living brand that extends well beyond the printed page to two wildly popular showhouses, our annual Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse & Marketplace (November-December) and Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens (April-May). Her imprint on Atlanta’s design-loving community is unmistakable; in addition to making the careers of many a designer,…

2 min.
character building

WHAT DO YOU DO when a dated kitchen has good bones? For a Sandy Springs couple, the answer was to resurrect its potential. To accomplish that, they enlisted designer Karen Ferguson of Harrison Design, and first on her list was to strip away unnecessary layers and heavy, outdated finishes—like a dominating stone-clad hood that instantly aged the space—and breathe new life with clean lines and handsome materials. “We made the kitchen feel more spacious with polish and shine without sacrificing its charms,” Ferguson says. The repetition of distinct materials—like unlacquered brass, varying shades of walnut, detailed quartzite and pewter—was key in anchoring the kitchen. The bleached walnut island was topped with luminous Bianco Cristallo quartzite countertops which beautifully reflects light from the antique-inspired mirror-lined pendants that hang from above. The main apron-front…

2 min.
height of elegance

RENOVATING A HIGH-RISE KITCHEN is no easy feat: Stubborn floor plans, cumbersome HVAC ducts and tricky drainage logistics aren’t for the faint of heart. Yet the only thing Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio could see was potential. “The young homeowners wanted a more open flow between the kitchen and comfortable living room, all within a more traditional aesthetic,” Quinn says about the Park Avenue condominium. For that to be achieved, the kitchen needed to be reconfigured, with the sink moving to the kitchen island—a complex undertaking for a high-rise with neighbors that are literally underfoot. But the new central island was eventually realized, serving as the anchor for the room, its alder wood handsomely aligning with the paneled hood and new opening to the hallway. “The goal was to…

2 min.
sleek and sophisticated

AS THE CHILDREN OF a Buckhead family grew into college-age adults, the homeowners realized their 1929 family home needed to reflect this new chapter of life, especially the kitchen. Cue Laurie Lehrich of Cardea Home and architect D. Stanley Dixon, who served a fresh kitchen renovation that transitions from pancakes to parties with ease. “This was a massive renovation well beyond the kitchen, and Stan Dixon and his team really shined by transforming the small, closed-off area into a larger, lighter room with more open space,” Lehrich says. To adjust to their empty nest, the homeowners wanted to create a kitchen arrangement that would accommodate the grown members of their family, from festive gatherings to leisure time for just the couple. The island, for example, was designed with opposite bar seating in…

2 min.
classic, redefined

WHILE IT FEELS LIKE kitchens and dining rooms resemble each other more often than not, especially in the age of constant pinning, posting and engaging, Melanie Millner of The Design Atelier created a distinctive, one-of-a-kind space that still harkens back to classic design principles. “The homeowners wanted a kitchen that felt unique to the Atlanta market,” Millner shares about her clients’ Buckhead renovation. To make their custom dream a reality, a new open floor plan was imperative so the family could gather and entertain with ease. Handsome walnut statements were incorporated throughout the kitchen, most notably on the custom island and hood, both handcrafted by Marcel Olariu of Kingdom Woodworks. Warm gray paint on the walls and perimeter cabinets give the room a fresh aesthetic without feeling too modern, while Cristallo quartzite…

2 min.
delicate balance

SEAMLESSLY CONNECTING a historic structure with new construction is a delicate undertaking. The secret recipe is making it indecipherable where the original home ends and the addition begins, a feat masterfully achieved by architect Frank Neely and designer Jessica Bradley in this Brookwood Hills renovation. The adjoining kitchen and dining room is the home’s main artery, as well as the connective tissue between the old house and new construction. Neely said it was important to connect the addition visually, so white cabinets, trim work and molding were “packaged” together, functioning as a whole rather than as individual parts so it appears to be original to the house. The thoughtful, highly functional layout allows the homeowner to cook and gather with ease—especially with three young children underfoot—while still feeling like a distinctive living…