Family First

By: Olivia Sheehan Photography by: R. Caligaris

When winding down the Malloy’s secluded, tree-lined driveway, you get the feeling that you are driving down a mountain road in High-lands, NC. Off of Old River Rd., in the Woodbridge Community, Melissa and Frank Malloy have created a breathtakingly picturesque residence set on eleven acres of lushly wooded, private land. When the couple married almost three years ago, they sought to curate a home with their personal influences, tastes, and familial history in mind. The two shared a love for the serenity and retirement of the outdoors, and began combining their visions to custom build the house of their dreams. The home, which was recently completed in early Spring of 2019, boasts five bedrooms (all featuring full baths) and two powder bathrooms. Nestled in the back, is a cool and private outdoor space fit with a lounging area, grill, and sunny pool. The impressive residence sits atop a grassy hill and carries an air of grandeur, yet seamlessly blends with its bucolic surroundings and the creek below.

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The design process began with a request for a home that reflected European flare and featured an attractive outdoor living space. Melissa and Frankworked with custom builder Ray Brinegar and architect Jeff Ribnik (of Earth Wood Studio) to locate the property and begin the construction of their dream home. In addition, they collaborated with Laura Burbrink, of Laura Burbrink Designs, to select the exterior and interior finishes. The creative process allowed the couple to explore and hone in on their own personal architectural and interior aesthetics. Frank’s stylistic approach derived from his affinity for industrial/rustic components, while Melissa’s taste is centered towards a more refined, transitional look.

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The result is an elegant amalgamation of the two styles, which can be seen throughout the home in elements, such as the exposed beams and neutral, airy palette. The couple says they were careful to maintain the balance of the two modes by blending textures, finishes, clean-line metal pieces, and traditional stained pieces. They chose to keep formal areas of the home traditional, including the dining room, powder room, master bedroom/bathroom, while incorporating a more casual rustic presence in the great room, bar area, media room, and outdoor space.

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When entering through the grand double doors at the front of the home, you are welcomed with an open, light-filled foyer and great room. Lavish two-story ceilings create a sense of sublime space for guests who enter, which is further complemented by the airy white walls. To the right of the foyer is a curving staircase, a result of the unique turret on the outside of the home, which leads to a double-sided second floor walk above. The inspirational area is meticulously decorated with enjoyable decor, and plush couches from Hinson Galleries. They center around a natural stone fireplace that brings a sense of the outdoors into the pristine space. Floor to ceiling bowed windows, custom designed by Ray Brinegar, fill the back wall and allow natural light to pour into the space. Flooring by Columbus Flooring and More; mantel by Foster Wood Products.

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The kitchen is located in the heart of the home and is open to the great room. The area is not only beautifully crafted but built to entertain multiple guests and family members, with island seating and a casual dining area for six. The large island boasts a fabulous marble countertop, custom made by Macon's Market Surfaces. Cabinets from JBI Custom Cabinetry fill the space from floor to ceiling and conceal a hidden pantry. Again, the balance of industrial and transitional elements can be seen in the kitchen area. Traditional patterns appear in the herringbone backsplash by Acme Brick Tile and Stone, while being crafted in contemporary marble. The rustic brass lamps, courtesy of Ferguson lighting, make the space feel more casual and contrast with the traditional white cabinetry.

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The hallway to the master bedroom features furniture by Park Hill Collection and sourced by Laura Burbrink Designs, and the barn doors leading to Frank's office is from Simply Southern Home Décor in Opelika, AL. From the kitchen, the home’s open concept continues, leading to a wet bar and billiard room. The space was influenced by Franks’ industrial taste, and features iron light structures, rustic brown brick, and darkly stained cabinetry. Adjacent to the pool table is a uniquely repurposed wooden bar top that allows guests to sit or lounge. The area is perfect for entertaining the adults or a quick game of pool. The goal of Interior Decorator Laura Burbrink was "to create a house that had to work with the family, be durable, low maintenance, and inviting," she says.

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One of the most important spaces in a home is the master bedroom, which serves as a place to relax and unwind after a long day. Frank and Melissa have certainly captured this essence in theirs. The master suite is accessed through a gallery off the great room. When entering, your eyes are drawn upwards to an impres-sive cathedral ceiling, complete with shiplap stained cedar trusses. The room comes with its own screened porch that overlooks the pool and backyard. Melissa uses the private, serene space for prayer each morning.

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The master bathroom is a dream space with an array of amenities that create a spa environment in the comfort of the couples own home. With two separate marble-top vanities, crafted by Market Surfaces, the two can get ready for the day with ample space. The room is also fit with a linen cabinet, free-standing tub, private toilet room, and coffee-bar. But perhaps the most impressive element of the bathroom is the large walk-in shower. It features gleaming white marble tiles, courtesy of Acme Brick and Tile, and multiple shower heads.

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Construction of the Malloy family’s dream house began with a request for a great outdoor space. This de- mand was certainly met with a cool and convenient back porch area, accessible through the home’s billiard room. The large porch is perfect for entertaining guests, relaxing, and connecting with nature. It featurescathedral-style ceilings with stained cedar beams and posts that cover a fireplace, sitting/dining area, and special grilling space. The built-in grilling space houses Melissa’s father’s grill. He taught Frank how to grill and was excited about the family’s new home, but passed before construction was complete. His grill serves as a memorial, and makes him feel present whenever the family cooks out. The spacious porch overlooks a lavish pool,created by Don Dowdy of Pools by Design, and the sprawling backyard. Landscape in the front and back of the house by Ken Ellison of Bloomers. Deck and outdoor furniture by Summer Classics and Scott’s Antique’s.

First Impressions

By Marla Caligaris, Photography by R. Caligaris

Interior Designer Sarah Romeo and her husband Frank, transformed their Midtown dream home by missing traditional and contemporary furnishings for a sophisticated yet family-friendly result.

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Sarah and Frank Romeo's goal from the first moment they saw this house was to create a house that felt and looked as though they lived there for a long time. When Frank and Sarah first started dating in 2015, she would come visit him in Columbus. They loved driving around midtown looking at all the beautiful houses. The first time she saw the house, she was immediately was drawn to it. She loved the classic style and the beautiful front yard with the large japanese magnolia. After their wedding in February of 2017, the couple made the move and purchased their midtown home. All the renovations throughout the house were done by Herndon Construction. The couple repainted all the rooms in the house and redid the floors. They also remodeled the kitchen and laundry room about a year after they had moved into the house. Later they moved their laundry room from the first floor off the kitchen to the second floor. They added a powder room and office on the first floor where the laundry originally was located.

This mid-century structure was built in 1959 for Mr. and Mr. Shackelford, when Mr. Shackelford was the President of the Columbus Mutual Loan Association. The home is a two-story colonial revival style home with doric columns highlighting the front entrance and the porte-cochere.

The home features a central theme, the juxtaposition of the old and the new, traditional and contemporary. Sarah wanted to give it that hint of antiquity with a decidedly romantic feel to each room. At the same time she wanted the house to be a relaxed, comfortable family home.Sarah, being an interior designer, was able to balance old and new. She combined unique pieces with family heirlooms, that helped create a home that is incredibly beautiful yet very personal.“ Now that we have the home of pur dreams, we look forward to having our children grow up here, and we love that." she added.Sarah was able to incorporate a pop of gold on every room. One of the things that the couple love the most about the house is how easy each room transition from one room to the next.The walls features the same color ballet white by Benjamin Moore throughout the house. This allows things like art or the fabric on windows accessories to be the focus not the color of the wall.

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When the mint green chinoiserie fabric on the draperies was manufactured ten years ago, Sarah decided that at some point in her life she would use this fabric. Because it’s linen, the traditional print therefore isn’t as dressy. The oversized sofas in a champagne linen by Lee Industry are comfortable for Frank and his friends to use but are still formal and dressy looking. The antique library cabinet is Sarah’s favorite piece and was purchased at William Word antiques in Atlanta. The two antique library pieces on opposite ends of the room give balance to the modern chandelier by Louise Gaskill and the glass coffee table in the center of the room.

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The owners wanted a formal dining room but not so formal that you felt like you couldn’t hang out and have a dinner party. The two matching French commodes were a wedding present and are from Olgethorpe Antiques along with the Venetian chandelier. The ceiling is wallpapered in a gold leaf by Philip Jefferies and adds glamour and warmth. Sarah loves how at night it catches the light off the chandelier. Silk panels by Pindler and Pindler add a feel of formality, while the dining room table by Tritter Feefer and the slip covered chairs add a casual element. The antique oushak rug from Vintage Persian Rugs adds not only another traditional element to the room but also a pop of orange which is repeated in subtle ways throughout the main rooms. Flower arrangement by Betsy Illges.

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The sunroom features sa large velvet sofa by Lee I tries. Frank and Sarah use this cozy room as their family room to relax and watch movies. The valances are Schumacher fabric and the bamboo blinds underneath can be pulled down to darken the sunroom for movie night. The modern designed rug is a Turkish Dhurrie and adds another layer of coziness in the sunroom. The antique carved dolphin side table is topped with an acrylic top and was purchased at the Antiques and Garden Show in Nashville.

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Sarah and Frank wanted to open up the kitchen and make it more functional for them and to take advantage of all the natural light. Jamie Herndon helped them remodel the kitchen into a light filled functional space with beautiful finishes. The countertops are Carrara Calacatta from Walker Zanger, as well as the backsplash, adding a modern take on subway tile. Peach State Cabinets in Columbus built the custom cabinetry. The gold kitchen faucet and pot filler were purchased at Fergusons in Columbus, and all the appliances are from Daniel Appliances. The hanging lanterns are by Visual Comfort and the hardware is from Masterpiece Lighting. The Carlton V fabric on the valence was the color inspiration for the kitchen.The blue in the fabric is the used throughout the kitchen and into the bar. Flower arrangement by Betsy Illges.

The contemporary design bar features a beautiful blue Hague paint color by Farrow and Ball. The wallpaper is by Philip Jefferies and features a grass cloth with gold rivets. The countertops are Carrara Calacatta from Walker Zanger in Atlanta. The gold sink is from Fergusons and blends in well with the other pops of gold in this room.

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When Sarah found out she was having a boy, she wanted to focus on blue and greens. The fabric called puff which she had made into the drapery panels, was the inspiration for the room. The fabric has dragons on it and is a pattern baby Marshall can grow with. Sarah wanted to make sure the nursery felt happy and bright. The nursery also has old and new elements. The custom daybed by R. Hopkins is new and is upholstered with Schumacher fabric with Matouk bedding. The chest was given a refresh by Chris Loftin. The chest was in her brother’s room as a child and was pine. Sarah had it updated by Chris Loftin by painting it in white lacquer with navy blue piping. The modern chandelier and lamps are from Visual Comfort and the wool rug is by Stark.

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The master bedroom is a light and airy retreat for Sarah and Frank. Crisp white bedding by matouk features a mint green monogram and gives the room a traditional feel along with the antique starburst and matching French chests. The leather headboard from Century Furniture and matching gourd shaped lamps from Visual Comfort add some modern elements.

Lake Haven

By Helen Sanders | Photos by Roberto Caligaris

An 80’s cape cod style cabin gets a face lift when the Peeks turn their waterfront property into a rustic, modern oasis for the whole family.

An 80’s cape cod style cabin gets a face lift when the Peeks turn their waterfront property into a rustic, modern oasis for the whole family.

A s the heat of the summer seems to last almost year round in Georgia, residence search for a cool escape. Luckily, Georgia has some of the most pristine lake front properties available. When Rachael and Will Peek were searching for their new getaway home, they fell in love with an 80’s cape cod style cabin that had a stunning view of Lake Harding. It was clear the home needed a little TLC, so the Peeks decided to make it their own with some major renovations. “We didn’t want to end up with a large home, but one that feels comfortable for our family of five and could be used as a guest house,” Rachael Peeks explains.

The family called on contractor Tim Gregory to create a home that would fit their life style. Needing to reinvent the floor plan, they found themselves striping the house down to it’s bones. By raising the roofline of the home, they were able to add a second story with a spacious bedroom and bathroom for their children. “We didn’t want it to feel like a finished attic space, we wanted it to be a comfortable room for the boys,” Rachael explains. They added a boat house so they could also enjoy Lake Harding from the water. The home originally had two decks, so the family decided to improve one deck and expand the kitchen onto the other deck. With an opened floor plan, their vacation home truly feels like an oasis as they are able to host family gatherings and watch their kids spend time with one another.

The Peeks drew inspiration from their exquisite view, as blue and soft green hues throughout the home resemble the water surrounding their property. Easily becoming their favorite room in the house, the Peeks back porch has plenty of seating for family dinners looking out over the water. On cool summer mornings, you can find Rachael Peek enjoying coffee and a book on the side deck. The use of reclaimed wood from an old home in Hurstboro, AL to make the railing, kitchen ceiling, and bar countertop add character to the home. The spacious kitchen encourages pro and amateur cooks alike. As a staple of any family home, the kitchen flows into the family room, where you can find the Peek’s children relaxing after a day on the water. Although you may want to hide away in this home, the beautiful yard landscape, created by Pete Page, draws the family into the yard for roasted marsh mellows and flag football. The getaway is just a short drive away from their home in Fortson, GA, making it as accessible as it is beautiful.

The back porch provides tons of seating with these antique, tin stools and a large couch. The family mixed floral and striped prints to give the outside space a casual, fun aesthetic. The bright blue and yellow colors pair seamlessly with the view of the water.

The back porch provides tons of seating with these antique, tin stools and a large couch. The family mixed floral and striped prints to give the outside space a casual, fun aesthetic. The bright blue and yellow colors pair seamlessly with the view of the water.

With abundant views of Lake Harding, the Peek's refurbished side porch is the perfect place for a family breakfast. The Peeks dress the table with orchids and surround it with four wicker chairs for seating. With a hogwire railing, one's view of the lake is unobstructed.

With abundant views of Lake Harding, the Peek's refurbished side porch is the perfect place for a family breakfast. The Peeks dress the table with orchids and surround it with four wicker chairs for seating. With a hogwire railing, one's view of the lake is unobstructed.

The family room is the heart of the home, and this living room reflects the family’s vibrant personalities. The wooden floors throughout the home were found under the carpeting of the original house, and have been restored by Bone Flooring. The light fixture from The Big Chandelier gives off just enough brightness, without overpowering natural light from the huge windows. The coffee table from Currey & Co. has been the make-shift table for many dinners in front of the TV.

The family room is the heart of the home, and this living room reflects the family’s vibrant personalities. The wooden floors throughout the home were found under the carpeting of the original house, and have been restored by Bone Flooring. The light fixture from The Big Chandelier gives off just enough brightness, without overpowering natural light from the huge windows. The coffee table from Currey & Co. has been the make-shift table for many dinners in front of the TV.

The remodeled master features a beautiful, wooden stained ceiling and huge windows for added natural light. The warm taupe rug from Flooring and More adds comfort, while the textured blinds by Berendt Company Shutters let in the desired amount of light on sunny mornings. The throw pillows from Romo Fabrics bring color to the room.

The remodeled master features a beautiful, wooden stained ceiling and huge windows for added natural light. The warm taupe rug from Flooring and More adds comfort, while the textured blinds by Berendt Company Shutters let in the desired amount of light on sunny mornings. The throw pillows from Romo Fabrics bring color to the room.

The guest bedroom features a reclaimed wood closet door by Tim Gregory and white furniture. The bright comforter and extra bench seating makes this room a guest favorite.

The guest bedroom features a reclaimed wood closet door by Tim Gregory and white furniture. The bright comforter and extra bench seating makes this room a guest favorite.

The upstairs bathroom features a claw foot tub and a custom made marble top vanity which offers views of the front of the house.

The upstairs bathroom features a claw foot tub and a custom made marble top vanity which offers views of the front of the house.

The stair railing, made with reclaimed wood by Tim Gregory, leads you to the newly built, second floor of the home. The high ceilings allow for a wet bar and seating area under the stairs. The wooden legged bar stools and reclaimed wood counter top add rustic charm to this space.

The stair railing, made with reclaimed wood by Tim Gregory, leads you to the newly built, second floor of the home. The high ceilings allow for a wet bar and seating area under the stairs. The wooden legged bar stools and reclaimed wood counter top add rustic charm to this space.

The beautiful expanded kitchen is Rachael Peek’s favorite part of the house, and it’s clear why. Originally an extra porch, the family enclosed the porch to create a large kitchen. The fixtures, from Ferguson Enterprises, break up the rustic pieces with modern elements. The off white cabinetry, by Braden Berendt, shows off the tall, reclaimed wood ceilings by Tim Gregory. The rustic light fixture, by The Big Chandelier, makes the marble counter tops, fabricated by Joe Waller, the belle of the ball. The stainless steel appliances are all GE from Harvey’s. The kitchen bar stools from Serena & Lily offer a casual seating area for the family.

The beautiful expanded kitchen is Rachael Peek’s favorite part of the house, and it’s clear why. Originally an extra porch, the family enclosed the porch to create a large kitchen. The fixtures, from Ferguson Enterprises, break up the rustic pieces with modern elements. The off white cabinetry, by Braden Berendt, shows off the tall, reclaimed wood ceilings by Tim Gregory. The rustic light fixture, by The Big Chandelier, makes the marble counter tops, fabricated by Joe Waller, the belle of the ball. The stainless steel appliances are all GE from Harvey’s. The kitchen bar stools from Serena & Lily offer a casual seating area for the family.

Hilton Retreat

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A reimagined Georgian Cottage on Hilton Avenue in Columbus, shows that an old, character-filled home can feel like a retreat with fresh landscaping and an interior renovation. A classic brick exterior and slate tile roof creates quite a charming home for this family.

By Emily Flournoy | Photos by R. Caligaris

When Lonnie and Merett Alexander first saw their future home on Hilton Avenue, they were not entirely sure that the house was right for them. But a spark of vision, centered around creating memories and family lifestyle, coupled with a little help from some talented renovators, brought new life into the place, turning a ‘house’ into a ‘home.’ “I have always loved this house,” says Merett. “When it came on the market I thought about it, but the timing wasn’t right.”

After several unsure trips, Merett returned to the property with architect Jack Jenkins, who would help her see the potential of the property, and bring her and Lonnie’s vision to light.

“Jack and I saw what the house could be. It has such wonderful bones and structure,” she said. “I brought Lonnie back the nextday, and we made an offer.”

Merett, acting as the head contractor for the project, collaborated with a talented team of individuals to plan and complete a comprehensive renovation. On her team were architect Jack Jenkins, consultant Hal Averett, wood worker Rick Brettle, and Leslie Wolfe with Benton Parker Design along with their design associates Lindsay Higgins and Lindsay Slice.

“There are just so many things that we did to this house,” said Merett about the renovations. “This project was my pride and joy.”

Mixing a blend of modernism while still maintaining rustic feel and history of the home, the team accomplished a laundry list of projects. “We moved the laundry room from the backdoor closer to our bedroom turning that area into a bar, we completely opened up the upstairs area and redesigned the floor plan creating two bedrooms, we combined two downstairs bedrooms to create a master bedroom with a master bathroom, and we repurposed the old master closet and half-bath into a new laundry room.”

Built in 1964 by the Trussells, the home has been renovated several times by different owners, and Lonnie and Merett have done the largest renovation to date. “We have three girls, and the renovations were able to suit our family’s needs and lifestyle,” Merett said. “We changed the inside, but we left the exterior of the house the same.” Merett added that living in their newly renovated home was like living in the country, and that their friends admire the openness of the place as well as its inviting quality.

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KITCHEN: A neutral pallet in the kitchen creates a clean and custom look in this space. The cabinets were done by Frady Woodworking and are a grey-beige color and really maximize the storage space. Innovative Marble did the honed Carrera countertops with a waterfall edge on both side of the island, which adds a custom feel. An Italian handmade tile backsplash adds another layer of texture in this timeless kitchen. All of the appliances are from Daniel Appliance and the large apron front sink is from Ferguson. The stunning oversized gold lanterns above the island are from Visual Comforts and add the perfect amount of glam to the space. Columbus Hardwood & Tile did the flooring throughout the home, and the dark stained solid wood floors bring a modern feel to the home.

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DINING ROOM: The traditional pieces like the antique table, cane chairs, and sideboard work well with the upholstered end chairs, lamps from Curry and Co., and draperies. The overdyed blue oriental rug adds a pop of color yet still keeps with the traditional feel. The foyer entry to the dining room was shifted to allow for the staircase. The large table and cane backed chairs are from Scotts Antiques in Atlanta and were refinished by Wade White, and the two hostess chairs are covered in a contemporary wood grain fabric done by Leslie Wolfe.

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STUDY: This study was the one room in the house that the homeowners did not have to touch. With all of the woodwork on the walls and ceiling, it feels as though you have gone back in time. Not just any desk would look good in this room so the large antique desk with an inlayed leather top is perfect for the space. The built-ins add a great place to put books and décor to this old world office. The painting above the fireplace was done by Bucky Bowles before the homeowner’s father passed away and has great meaning for them. It is of Lonnie and his father hunting.

Bucky specializes in sporting art, which is primarily bird hunting and fly-fishing. It is his passion, and he paints oils and watercolors of other subject matter ranging from marsh and low country landscapes to dogs and waterscapes.

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BREAKFAST ROOM: The bay window allows lots of natural light to flood through into in kitchen and also creates a perfect spot for a breakfast table. Patterned draperies add color to the space and the white chairs add to the cottage feel of the home. A large round wood table and chairs from J Douglas Atlanta is just the right size for this family.

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MASTER SUITE: This master bedroom and en-suite used to be two small bed- rooms but have now been converted to a roomy closet, bathroom, and one large bedroom. This allowed for the homeowners to have a spacious retreat to come home to after a long day. French accents in the bedroom include the wood and upholstered bed from Avasa and the wood side tables. The light colored linens in the room make for a serene and calming feel and the wool rug from Dash and Albert makes for a soft walk across the room. Large mirrors and custom draperies from Rusty Frazier create luxurious feel and make the room seem taller. The charcoal portrait of the homeowner’s three girls was done by Gary Pound and adds a personal touch to the space.

The master bathroom is bright and light with white cabinets and marble counters. Sconces on either sides of the mirrors fit well with this traditional, yet updated feel. The wood doors add a dark contrast to the room and the free-standing soaker tub makes for a luxurious feel. A spacious walk-in shower has a beveled subway tile and arabesque inlay in the niches. Storage is not an issue in this bathroom with two large vanities and a built-in with drawers.

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MASTER BATHROOM: The master bathroom features lighting from visual comforts, marble countertops, and custom mirrors. The plumbing is from Ferguson and the tile is from Acme.

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FAMILY ROOM: The family room is the heart of the house. A staircase formerly separated this room and the kitchen, but was removed for better flow. Built-ins were taken out to simplify the space and, the ornate fireplace surround was used from the one taken out of the living room. In the seventies, this room was used to be what was called a “Florida room” and had shells, Florida décor, and skylights. Those have since been removed, and now the space has a large sisal rug layered with a cow hide and a comfy blue sofa. Neutral tones are offset with brightly colored artwork throughout the room. The homeowners have some great colorful pieces of art in this home; Penley, Erin Gregory, Cheryl Connolly, and Laura Park are just some of the talented artists. 

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DAUGHTER'S ROOM: Neutral tones in this young girl’s bedroom keep a calm, relaxing feeling without being boring. The French style furniture like the upholstered tufted headboard and the antique dresser add detail and character to the room. The modern side tables add storage and still keep with the French style. The crisp, white coverlet makes the space feel bright and airy against the pale grey walls and beige bed. The geometrically patterned wool rug is the perfect base to layer the linens and furniture on in this bedroom. With all of the windows in this room, plantation shutters from Frazier Blinds and Shutters were a perfect addition to add functionality and character to the space.

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FRONT: Several large trees were taken out of this yard for better sightlines, but the yard still feels shaded and lush. The landscaping was done by Pro Lawn, and NG Turf did the Zeon Zoysia grass. Boxwoods and topiaries make for a classic cottage feel as one enters the home. Alexander Contracting did the grading for the driveway and Allen Asphalt paved it. Elite Masonry did the cobblestone boarder.

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BACKYARD/POOL: Jed Holcomb created the hardscaping around the pool area which allowed for ample seating areas to relax in this backyard. Adding on a garage to the home allowed for a perfect place in the backyard for what one might call a pool porch or an outdoor living space. A stone fireplace by Elite Masonry is the main focal point with a blue stone hearth that matches the outdoor kitchen countertops. The homeowner designed a custom coffee table for the space that ties all the wood elements together. Sapele wood was used for the beams and some cabinetry and draws your eyes up to the vaulted ceilings. Comfortable, grey wicker seating over a fun colored rug creates a cozy spot for outdoor entertaining. Pool and jacuzzi by Aqua Creations.

True Colors

When Columbus natives, Dianna and Josh Harbour, were looking for the perfect place to settle down and realize their true colors, they knew Athens was the right fit for their family. Jenna Buck-Gross of color drunk would make that dream come true.
By Andrea Hayes

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For the Harbour family, dreams really do come true. After spotting her dream home in 2009, Diana, and her husband Josh Harbour, were amazed to find that the house Diana always wanted was still empty four years later. At 11.5k square feet on 24 acres of land, this three story, 5 bedroom, 7 bath home sits in the middle of northeast Georgia, as a little piece of Georgian heaven.

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Fond memories of her childhood left Diana eager to build her life with her family in the country. Built in 2008, the home went into foreclosure and was “still on the market quietly” when the family began searching for a new home in 2012. “The house itself just looked like a happy country home” Diana shares. And thus, her dream began.

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A traditional Southern style home, with an open floor plan, “high ceilings and great bones”, the Harbour home is “airy, light and warm”. Redesigned by interior designer Jenna Buck-Gross of colordrunk Designs, the Harbour’s have transformed the house into their ultimate dream home.

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Vivid, lively colors fill the home, incorporating the fun, youthful spirit of the family in every room. “The living room and kitchen are decorated in my favorite colors: aqua and orange,” Diana tells us. “I wanted the house to reflect happiness and I believe color is a huge factor for moods.”

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Charming patterns and fabrics (mostly by Lilly Pulitzer for Lee Jofa and Thibaut) help bring the
colors and moods together, and as a result, the Harbor residence instantly brings a smile to the
faces of the homeowners and visitors alike.

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Wood floors and granite countertops add the perfect contrast and help enhance to the beauty of the home even more. “Over the kitchen cabinet is a sign that says “Create Happiness.” Happiness is a choice and it’s up to you to create it,” she finishes. And happiness is surely felt inside this home.

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Complete with two decks, a playground, for the children to enjoy summer afternoons, and an air jet tub by Kohler, the home is the perfect place for entertaining and spending some down time with family and friends. While sitting in the beautiful and historic Athens, Georgia, close enough to town life, but far enough away to offer peace and serenity when the family needs to retreat and relax, the Harbour home is the epitome of Southern living

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Barn Anew

Once a horse barn, now an interior design workspace, 

this versatile structure is bringing a southern family closer together 

by bringing this interior designer’s work a little closer to home. 

By SCOTTIE DECLUE PhotosBy ROBERTO CALIGARIS 

If it takes a special eye to spot a diamond in the rough, then interior designer Leslie Wolfe has twenty-twenty vision – and this time, the diamond was in her own backyard. Leslie, along with help from her team of talented contractors, has transformed a time-worn and dilapidated horse barn at her homestead in LaGrange, Georgia into a charmingly ordered interior design workspace that now houses her design company, Benton Parker Design, and the results are metamorphic to say the least. 

The project began as a means for Leslie to spend more time with her husband and three children. “I was desperate to find a solution to balancing time between my family and my very full-time job,” she says. “I contacted Jack Jenkins and got him to look at the potential of the barn, and we decided that it would be easy to convert the horse barn into my design barn.” From there, Jack created a rendering for Leslie, who then took on the role of general contractor, and the project was officially underway. 

The design barn sits right behind the main house on the 60-acre property and is roughly 1,500 square feet. The original building, which was constructed in 2008 and abandoned for a brief period, received a ground-up restoration and has been completely modernized as well as outfitted for Leslie’s workspace needs, which include designing and consultations with clients. The barn is a showspace for sure, but it certainly feels occupied and worked in. Case in point: the office, stock room, and hayloft upstairs are littered with design items used by Leslie when she’s working. 

The building consists of six main areas: an entryway, a main room, an office, a kitchen, a stockroom, and hayloft-turned-showroom upstairs. The design vocabulary is quite fitting for the charming southern farmhouse feel –reclaimed heartwood pine beams, tongue-and-groove boarding, restored sliding barn door from the original tack room, and even burlap and sailcloth upholstery. A sheer white finish on the walls and ceiling create a stark contrast with the richly finished interior wood designs, and the hand-loomed, vegetable dyed Persian rugs really tie the rooms together. Leslie says that the neutral colors in the barn were designed to be a less-intrusive backdrop so as not to compete with the colors that clients are reviewing. 

Leslie often shares the workspace with two other designers – Lindsay Slice and Lindsay Higgins – who work with her on various projects. “They are a huge part of my team, and I am so thankful for them,” she shared. 

TOP: The main room is the first space one enters in the barn. It is filled with a large, wooden table made from reclaimed lumber, which is set beneath a no-pane, lantern-esque chandelier. Aidan Gray did the main table, the upholstery for the dining room chairs is from K. Krypton, and the beautiful chandelier is from Curry and Co. Chandeliers who also did light fixtures in other rooms. All throughout the barn are tongue-and-groove pine board walls with nickel gap, which were installed by Rick Britelle who also did the framing and trim work. Additionally, Edwin Madan from LaGrange helped Leslie create the beautiful beams in the main room from reclaimed heartwood pine. The main room has a daybed, which has been upholstered in burlap and sailcloth. A fiddle leaf fig breathes fresh air into the corner of the room, and its forest green color creates nice contrast with the white walls.

RIGHT: Leslie’s office, which is connected to the main room, follows the downstairs themes and has an open feel to it, which comes from the large windows, large doorway, and cutout allowing Leslie to see into the main room from her desk. The cutout was the original opening to the horse stall. The desk was also done by Larry Duquette of Duquette Cabinetry. The chandelier is reclaimed wood from Low Country Originals. 

TOP LEFT: The kitchen shoots off of the main room and follows the themes of the downstairs area with similar paint and flooring. The countertop is quartz and is complemented by walnut shelves secured with plumbers pipes for braces. The quartz came from MSI and was fabricated by Mike Jenkins of Took for Granite. The custom kitchen cabinets are by Larry Duquette of Duquette Cabinetry. Appliances came from Daniel Appliance. TOP RIGHT: The stockroom is where Leslie queues up items for her ongoing projects and is connected to the main room downstairs. Instead of a traditional door, Leslie transformed the original door from the old tack room into a sliding door to create the entrance to the stockroom. The concrete floors that run through the office, main room, and stockroom were poured by Dexter Evans of Construction Services of LaGrange, who also did the stone work on the exterior. The concrete downstairs was poured over the original dirt floor, and red clay and sawdust were left in the concrete for a rustic accent. The shelves holding the items are industrial style made from reclaimed wood. RIGHT: This area is where Leslie keeps all of her fabrics and wallpaper samples. Originally, the upstairs area served as the old hayloft. The flooring upstairs, also installed by Rick Britelle, is white-oak, which was hand-distressed. Rusty Frazier handles all of the drapery and shutters for Leslie’s clients, and he carefully crafted rods for all of her hanging samples out of plumbers pipe. ADDITIONALLY, The General lighting throughout the barn is from Visual Comforts, Currey and Company and Low Country Originals; and the exterior copper lanterns are from the St. James Company. Building materials, windows, and doors were all from Valley Fir, and the iron spindles were by Aaron Land of A&D Metal Works. 

PROFILE 

Leslie Wolfe is married with three kids and lives with her family in LaGrange, Georgia. She is the owner of the interior design company, Benton Parker Design, which was established in 2006. Her mother inspired her to design by taking her to antebellum homes and architecturally stunning locations in Europe as a child. She attended Auburn University and received a Bachelor’s degree in interior design. She strives to embrace the style and taste of her clients and has done so on many occasions throughout her professional career.

Tasteful & Timeless

A Columbus midtown home renovated by Sam Hartin Contracting Co., keeps its traditional roots by incorporating timeless art and antiques with modern decor.                                                    Text by Emily Fournoy photos by R. Caligaris

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Located in the highly sought after area of Midtown, this charming, 2,600 square foot home, a Colonial Revival style, was originally built in 1945 for Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Julius, President of Acme Laundry. The home has kept its original charm, but has been given a refreshing look with a stark white for the majority of the house accented with an iron ore color by Sherwin Williams on the window trim. Its main architectural features are centered on the front entry with a welcoming arms staircase and classic Doric columns over the pediment. 

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Upon entering Chris' home, one can look all the way through the hall, to the den, and outside to the garden beyond. Light flows throughout this home and original glass pocket doors allow Chris to open up or separate the adjoining rooms. A large-scale print wallpaper adds visual interest to the foyer with two corner chairs that look as though they were made for the space. Chris' late husband Mark Porter was on the collection committee at the Columbus Museum and that is what inspired their love for art which is seen in this space and throughout this 1940s home.

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Chris purchased two modern art pieces at Scott's in Atlanta to add a punch of color to the dining room's neutral color scheme. The round pedestal mahogany table, Chippendale chairs, and English mahogany sideboard from his grandmother give the dining room a traditional feel, while the chandelier and crystal sphere lamps add a modern touch. This elegant room makes for a great entertaining space for Chris and his guests.

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The den is a sophisticated, light-filled room where Chris can read, watch TV, and gaze outside to the garden. The room also functions as his home office for Wildwood Gardens with a custom bookcase from Peach State Cabinets. Textured grass cloth walls, an antelope pattern rug by Stark, and a plush sofa by Lee Jofa lend a neutral backdrop to the space. Large gold lamps on either side of the sofa bring a metallic element to the room. Orange throw pillows by Valentino and an Asian, orange coffee table add a bright color to the den and also tie into the patio space, just beyond the wall of custom-made transoms and fixed doors

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This room, besides being a space to watch TV and gaze out to the garden, also serves as Chris' office. The upholstered chairs in a greek key design give this side of the den style an comfort. The painting below was a wedding gift to Chris and Mark from Amber and Charlie Mordic. it was painted from a photograph of the two of them on their wedding day in New York City.

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Large windows, sidelights, and a glass paneled wooden door allow the interior to flood with light. Lush green landscaping and elements of rod iron really make the house stand out. Purchased just a year ago by local landscape designer Chris Harman, the home has been beautifully updated in the interior spaces and the landscape of the property.

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Neutral tones with grey and black accents reflect the exterior of the home in this master bedroom. Elements like the collection of art framed in bamboo and the combination of fabrics give the master bedroom a subtle Asian feel. Custom made draperies, in a repeating trellis pattern by Thibaut, give the room some geometric interest and Carlton V fabric in the print, Puff, ties the room together. The room makes for a calm, serene retreat at the end of a long day. GUEST ROOM: An EJ Victor four poster mahogany bed gives this guest room a large focal point. Thibaut fabric draperies and pillows add an Asian touch which is carried throughout the home. The pop of red-orange in the shams, and the bamboo inspired lamps provide a modern touch to this traditional room. A herringbone patterned straw rug adds a layer of texture and makes for an inviting place for guests to stay.

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Stepping off the den onto the brick patio, one gets a feel at just how talented Chris Harman, the owner of Wildwood Gardens, is. Each tree, bush, and container was well thought out to give this outdoor space a sense of privacy and peacefulness. Betsy Illges had the cushions recovered in a Hermes inspired-color scheme of orange and brown to add a pop of color to the teak outdoor furniture by Summerchase from Hinson Galleries

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The compact, but super functional kitchen was completely redesigned to allow a custom island, topped with honed Georgia marble from Innovative Marble. New island cabinets from Peach Cabinets were built and Jenn-Air stainless steel appliances from Daniel Appliance were installed. Jeremy Frost with Precision Floors laid the hardwood floors throughout the home, including the kitchen, and Chris had them stained in a rich Jacob Bean. The back splash is an arabesque shaped Carrera marble tile from Jenkins, and Mitch Goare installed the the two inch wooden window blinds.

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Betsy Illges helped Chris choose the brown and white Miles Redd Schumacher fabric to add not only a visual interest, but something unexpected in the home's formal living room. This gives the room a modern, edgy feel without it being overwhelming. The painting over the mantel, once hung in the Governor's mansion in Illinois, and is flanked by two blue and white Chinese porcelain vases. The tufted sofa is beige velvet and the vintage burgundy leather barrel-back chairs are from the 1940s. The blend of these styles create a well-designed living room.

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Let It Shine

Text by Caroline Wellborn | Photos by Roberto Caligaris

With a perfect mix of the sleek and the sublime, the Harris' home in Green Island radiates a refined and understated glamour.

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The home of Dr. and Mrs. Jay Harris boasts a design that is both contemporary and Georgian. Nestled in the beautiful Green Island Hills neighborhood, the home exudes a youthful vibe perfectly suit for a young family while at the same time staying true to the ar- chitectural roots of the region. The house was built in 1938 for Mr. Edward Swift Shorter, with Atlanta’s Henry Tombs serving as the home’s original architect. Over the past eighty years, the home has changed many hands andwithstood the tornado of 2007 until finally falling into the graces of the Harris family.

Prior to touring the home, Dr. and Mrs. Harris believed that they had madea final decision on where to move their family. A lot had been purchased,house plans had been drawn, and building was about to commence on what they thought was to be their new abode. When Mrs. Brittany Harris’s real- tor advised her to look at this house before building began, the home had been standing empty in Green Island for the past three years. While it wasnot love at first sight, something about the home convinced the Harrises toforgo their building plans. Perhaps it was the classic white painted brick, or the perfectly private location. Regardless, during her last minute visit Brit- tany knew that she could see her family inhabiting the charming residence for years to come. With features from their original building plans already in this gem of a home, all that was left to do was make it their own.

Under the guidance of architect Jack Jenkins, a floor plan was drawn out tobetter suit the family. After they purchased the home in 2015, four months were spent renovating mainly the main floor. The kitchen and master bed- room were relocated, and a small dining area was added. The bright roomsfull of natural light, open floor plan, and Beth Beaudoin’s interior designcomplement what remains of the home’s older architecture. The four bed-room, four bath sits on five acres and features a guest house, a wine cellar fit for 500 bottles, and a stunning pool and pavilion redone in 2008 after the2007 tornado by Superior Pools and Jack Jenkins. These are just a few of the home’s beautiful qualities.

The redone interiors are what truly set this home apart from the rest. Interior designer Beth Beaudoin says, “Working with Mrs. Brittany Harrison this project was so much fun and a true collaboration. She has a definitepersonal style, and we worked hand-in-hand to bring her vision to life. The Harrises had some great existing pieces to work with, and we layered innew pieces that we sourced from all over! Brittany is a dedicated research- er, so she was the perfect partner to help me put this puzzle together. This home truly reflects Brittany and Jay and is a perfect fit for the precious Harris family”.  Join SVM as we show off this unique Green Island treasure.

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THE STUDY

The citron sofa adds a splash of color to the otherwise neutral hued study.The Zak & Fox and Schumacher pillows tie in perfectly with the black and white photography by Suzanne Hughston. The Moroccan wool shag rug and chandelier from West Elm make the room feel chic and polished.

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LIVING ROOM

The kitchen opens up to the bright and airy living room. The largely neutral room is accented with eye catching splashes of persimmon and turquoise. The Lee Industries sofa and chairs with their neutral Jane Churchill-Adler fabric serve as blank canvases for both the bright floral Brunschwig & Fils and turquoise Manuel Canovas pillows. The sleek concrete and steel custom cocktail table is byBrent Miller. The black marble fireplace has remained untouched since 1938 and perfectly comple-ments the black wooden chairs by Noir and the dark walnut finish of the wood floors.

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MASTER

The master bedroom is another product of the Harris’s renovations. Originally the space for the den, the chandelieris another original fixture. The fourteen foot vaulted ceilingand crisp white walls give the room a modern feel, while the four poster mahogany bed, custom bedding from Legacy Linens, toile fabric pillows and drapery by Schumacher,and antiqued mirror dresser from Restoration Hardwareensure a traditional Southern touch.

 

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LAINE’S ROOM

Originally the master bedroom, this bedroom features a peach al-cove fit with a chandelier from Stray Dog, beautiful Pine Cone Hillbedding, and spunky throw pillows with fabric by Columbus native Lulie Wallace. With built in window seats overlooking the terrace on the opposite wall, this room is a girl’s paradise.

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ANNA’S ROOM

The light toned blues and greens present in this room create the ideal space for the Harris’s daughter Anna to play and relax. The light blue walls perfectly comple-ment the retro floral pattern shams and the green dust ruffles.

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KITCHEN

Standing where the original formal dining room was, the kitchen features a gorgeous carrara marble island with a stainless steel apron sink and overhead lanterns from Circa Lighting. A six burner wolf gas stove complete with a custom zinc stove hood by Ed James of Cotton Custom Metals resides opposite the island. The Harrises added the breakfast room duringrenovations, and fit it with drapery by Galbraith & Paul and a bamboo chandelier by Currey & Co. The doors leads out to a screened in porch perfect for outdoor dining.

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BASEMENT FAMILY ROOM

Located right off of the pool, the basementfamily room was also redone in 2008 by Jack Jenkins following the tornado. The brick floorsallow for the children to come into this Spanish inspired room still dripping wet from a swim, making this the perfect space for gatherings with friends.

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BACK PATIO

The backyard gardens is a personal oasis for the Harrieses,and its easy to see why. They created an environment that brings the outdoors in and the indoors out with right decoration and space.A cement coffee table adds an element of ageand can withstand the himidity.

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POOL PAVILION

Perhaps one of the best features of the home, the pool pavilion was redone in 2008 by Jack Jenkins after tornado damage. Superior Poolscreated an outdoor oasis that can be used year round (the family loves to heat the pool on Christmas Eve for a dip in December!) With outdoor furniture from Restoration Hardware, and an outdoor concrete table by Brent Miller Designs, this pavilion is the ideal space to enjoy time outside, no matter the season.

Tuscan Getaway

A piece of Italian fantasy comes true when the McGrory’s moves into a house they had long coveted, transforming it with their own bold vision. 

When building her north Columbus home, Kate McGrory sought inspiration from all over the world. She fell in love with this Tuscan inspired home via her Texas roots. She had left behind her dream home in Ft. Worth and wanted to recreate the style of many Ft. Worth homes here in Columbus. 

Her family broke ground on her new house in 2013. She was torn between the Italian style she loved and a beautiful French style. It seemed inconceivable that she would choose anything but an Italian style. “When it came time to look at oor plans and house styles, we kept going back to that style,” she explains. The rustic Tuscan home, which has four bedrooms and four and a half baths, in Stonewood Farms, is located in perfect proximity to their lake cabin, places of work and children’s school. The plot is ve to six acres, allowing for ample space for their family.