Friday, October 9, 2009

New on the market: a Summerour designed home

One of my favorite areas to walk the dog is in the Haynes Manor neighborhood of Atlanta, and as I walk I often wonder what the homes look like on the inside. Thanks to the wonder of online real estate listings, I sometimes get to have a peek into some of my favorite homes. Such was the case recently when I saw a sign on the yard of a home I have long admired.

The architect of the home is Keith Summerour, one of Atlanta's most well respected names in architecture. As soon as I saw the pictures in the listing, I knew that great care had been taken in both the architectural and interior design of the home.

I am not sure how this architectural style would be described, but the overall result is beautiful, classic, and streamlined, with a distinct European flair.

The entry and its metal overhang (there must be a name for this) are the focal point of the front fascade of the house.

In the entry, on the left is the dining room, through an arched doorway.

The real estate listing includes a picture of the dining room table all set for entertaining. White tulips - my favorite!

One of my favorite rooms in this house is the music room/library. This picture is taken with a wide angle lens, which works well for real estate photos because it enables more of the room to be seen. I like how the door is off center to allow for room for the piano. Sometimes it makes more sense not to have a door centered on a wall.

This picture of the room probably gives a better idea of the true size of the room (the previous picture was probably taken with a special lens in order to get a full view of the space). I really love the arrangement in this room; there is a grand piano, but also a seating area and bookshelves. All of the walls, molding, and built-ins are painted out in taupe, with a contrasting black trim on the windows, which gives the space a cohesive and cozy feel.

The foyer can be seen from this angle, and it opens into a stair hall. Great sconces on either side of the opening.

The stair hall opens to the living room. I love houses that have a living room that can be seen when looking to the back of the house from the front door. A backless settee is effective in this space, as it provides seating, but does not block the view of the fireplace. I am unclear what the living room opens to on the left; I suspect it is a wall (with the kitchen on the other side), and the family room on the right. Some architects do not like for the living room to have any kind of view into the kitchen.

A view of the living room from the side; I assume that the hall to the right goes to the master bedroom. The doors on either side of the fireplace open to the loggia, which also has a fireplace.

The family room is a nice space, and on the right (not seen) opens to the loggia which is behind the living room.

This picture shows how the family room and the kitchen are open to each other, yet separate. I am very curious what is behind the wall on the left - the one with the vertically oriented piece of art. Perhaps it is kitchen storage or the kitchen pantry.

Here is a good view of the kitchen and the casual dining space, which are in one big room and seem to have a well thought out design. I really like the painted black trim that is consistent in the public rooms of this house, and it is particularly striking in this kitchen that is predominantly white. I wonder what is inside that corner door to left of the windows? Perhaps it is the pantry. If this is the case, I suspect that the appliances are against the wall on the left, not seen, because I do not see a refrigerator.

The master bedroom is a great space, done in a rich chocolate palate with a touch of robin's egg blue in the window treatments.

A view of the loggia off the family room and living room. This space feels like a real room with its beautiful rug and clock above the fireplace.

The loggia opens to the back yard, which has a pretty creek view.

I hope you enjoyed this tour! This is one of those homes that I immediately felt as if I could very happily live with its floorplan, a sense I often get when I see homes designed by Keith Summerour. His architectural style has great European flair, with flowing floorplans that really make sense for 21st century life. For more information on this home, please see the real estate listing, by Harry Norman Realtors. For more information on the architect, please see the Summerour and Associates website. If you have been in this home, please email me and let me know what you see through the opening in the living room, and where the fridge is located!

All images are via the real estate listing.