Saturday, September 12, 2009

New on the market: the home from my favorite magazine article

One of my all time favorite articles from Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles featured a charming home in the Ansley Park area of Atlanta. I have not written much about Ansley Park, because it is not on my beaten path, but it is a lovely area of Atlanta. Ansley Park was developed in the early 20th century, and features beautiful homes of a variety of styles appropriate to the time when they were built (1913-1930) and several of the city's best parks. Ansley Park is located North of downtown Atlanta, and west of Piedmont Park, between Piedmont Avenue and Peachtree Street; as there are several parks and a golf course in this area, the neighborhood has a charming look and feel that balances proximity to the amenities of the city with the beauty of manicured lots and a park-like setting.


Here is a picture from the home - I am sure all of you recognize it - I have featured this beautiful vignette at least a dozen times on my blog! The interior design for the home was done by Liz Williams, one of my favorite designers. Image via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, photography by Erica George Dines.


Here is another picture from the home, via the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles article - this picture has also been on my blog more times than I can count. I love the lines of the bed, the lamp, the curtains. The whole arrangement is incredibly pleasing to the eye.


The living room of the home. This is my kind of room, with its soft oushak rug and gentle color scheme. The Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles article noted that the owners of the home were engaged to be married when they purchased the home, and needed to combine her beachy, feminine style with his darker toned, more contemporary style. They called on designer Liz Williams to help them bring their styles together, with a calm and elegant result.


Here is the foyer of the home, and designer Liz Williams (posing for the article in AH&L). Recently, when chatting with Liz, I learned that the beautiful home of her clients is on the market. I love it when a 'magazine featured' home goes on the market, because then I get to see the rest of the home! And here it is, a charming Ansley Park gem (in the words of AH&L). ALl images below via the real estate listing.


So few homes featured in magazines show the exterior, so it is gratifying to see how the home looks on the outside. I have a fondness for homes that have a door on the side, so reminiscent of the homes in Charleston. This home was built in 1930, and has recently undergone a full renovation to make the home fresh, young, and equipped with all of the modern amenities that families of the 21st century would expect.


The entry, which features a round table and an open lantern.


The living room, which looks surprisingly true to the picture from the magazine. Often a room is styled for a magazine shoot, and ends up looking quite different from the 'real life' version. Although the magazine pictures were exceptional, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the owners and realtor did not use the magazine pictures in this listing. Often magazine pictures are geared towards vignettes, and closely cropped shots, but when people are looking at real estate, they need to see the flow of the house. The realtor did an excellent job showing the open, light and airy feel of this room, and its flow to the front hall.


I loved seeing this picture, because it has the settee and botanical prints that I have long admired! I read that they were in the dining room, but I could not picture it. Now I can! This room is open to the living room, yet defined. Again, these real estate pictures really show the flow of the rooms.


The gourmet kitchen.


The family room, which is great to see as it was not pictured in the magazine.


I loved seeing a full view of the bedroom, with its sculptural Lewis Mittman bed (one of my favorites), the beautiful lamps on the bedside table, and the chaise lounge in front of the window. I dream of having a chaise lounge in my bedroom - wouldn't it be a great place to read a book? I can't quite tell what is above the bed - perhaps framed intaglios? This room is also filled with light, such a wonderful attribute in a bedroom.


A lovely nursery with custom valances.


The home has a secret garden style swimming pool area, with the pool surrounded by plants and shrubs that make it feel like a room outside.


This is one of my favorite features of the property: a pool house with columns, and an elephant fountain that flows into the pool.


The pool house looks like the retreat of the man of the house, with its hunting decor - and interestingly enough, what looks like a beautiful contemporary Dusty Griffith painting displayed among the taxidermy.


The pool house also has a pool table and a kitchen - truly the perfect retreat.

For more information on this home, please click here to see the real estate web site. For more information on Liz Williams Interior Design, please call (404) 816-9868 (she does not have a website yet, but you can see more of her work on Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles). I hope you enjoyed this tour of another wonderful home on the market in Atlanta!

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