Sunday, May 17, 2009

The House that Keeps Haunting Me

Last year, I did a post on a home that was new on the market and stood out because of its distinctive decor: sophisticated, beautiful, transitional in style and very appealing.  The house had me at the front door - a beautiful shade of blue, which in combination with the cream painted brick and the putty colored shutters makes a striking and inviting exterior.  The fascade is highly symmetrical, yet distinctive with its rounded entrance and small porthole window above the entry.

 I wrote about a room in this house again in my 'one picture' post - a blogger challenge in which I had to pick one picture that best represents my design style.  I chose this picture because of the soft palette, the mix of traditional and contemporary elements, the clean lines, and the soothing, tranquil feel of the room.

Shortly after posting my 'one room' post, I received my Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine in the mail (one of my favorite magazines for its coverage of the highlights of the Atlanta art and design scene - and the beautiful Atlanta homes that are featured, many of which I drive by several times a week).  The house was featured on the cover, and the article filled in all of the background on the house and the room that the real estate listing could not; the home is one of the oldest homes in Buckhead, and was renovated by famed Atlanta architect Neel Reid in the 1930s.  The designer is Margaret Bobsyshell, who decorated the house with a crisp color palette that was inspired by famed decorator Dorothy Draper.  The paint color in my 'dream bedroom' is milk pail by Martha Stewart; the linens are by Leontine, and the beautiful bed is by Julia Gray
(This picture: photography Erica George Dines)

To read the entire article, please visit the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles site.  New to the site is a digital version of the magazine, definitely worth checking out.  To subscribe to Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, click here.  To see the real estate listing for this house, please click here.

Postscript: after my friend from the Architecture Tourist commented, I looked up the house in the tax records. I was quite surprised to see the transformation that the house has undergone in the past 10 years. It is amazing what a renovation can do!