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.

Classic Glamour

A craftsman style home in Midtown brings glamour that never goes out of style.

By Kaleigh Blessard | Photos by Doug Roth Photography

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The home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Wellborn III was built in 1911 by John Banks Yonge. Yonge was given the land by his mother as a gift for his marriage to Sarah Whittle Emmel of Macon. John Yonge’s mother, following her marriage to Edward Ellis Yonge, lived all her life in the antebellum home at 2200 Oak Avenue, now called the Yonge-Key-Tyler house.

The house was home to John and Sarah Yonge from 1911 until 1926. The Yonges had no children, and following the death of John, Sarah inherited the house and lived there until moving to Florida. Dr. and Mrs. William L. Cooke subsequently purchased the house. After the death of Mrs. Cook in 1967, her great-nephew Frank Kieffer Martin, who later became mayor of Columbus, bought the house. It was home to the Martin family until 1986. The Wellborns purchased the house in 2003 from Mr. and Mrs. Len Perkins and, after extensive renovations to both the house and grounds, moved into their completed masterpiece in 2005.

The Wellborns have a family connection to the house, as its builder, John Banks Yonge, was the brother-in-law of Sam’s grandfather, Harris Gardner. The home is elegant, but warm and inviting. It has been the site of numerous social, charitable, and political events, expansive enough for large crowds and intimate enough for family celebrations.

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Jean Puckett was the home’s interior design. She had several pieces created for the public spaces, as well as artwork for the home. The flooring throughout the house is oak and heart pine, and the first and second floor hallways are hand-stained parquet pattern. The home is furnished with a mixture of comfortable pieces, commissioned and collected pieces, and family antiques. Several English and French pieces were purchased from That Added Touch.

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The majority of the high-end kitchen appliances were purchased from Daniel Appliances. The kitchen is modeled after the English Smallbone concept, using period cabinets and lighting fixtures. White Cherokee Georgia marble is on the counters in the kitchen and adjacent butler’s pantry. The kitchen island was made by a local craftsman. The work surface is heart pine with a base designed for maximum storage and seating. The base has a custom wash which compliments the color palette of the kitchen. The copper hood above the stove was hand-crafted. The kitchen can be closed off with beautiful wooden pocket doors that have a semi-circular arched glass transom. This feature is not only lovely, but functional for entertaining.

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The visionaries leading the team were contractor Larry Bussey and Reneau de Beauchamps, period designer. Their input is evident in the quality of construction and the amazing details of design throughout. A continuous thread runs through the house and brings every architectural element into a harmonious whole. Every facet was customized to retain the character of the period, while creating standards of current comfort. The one original crystal chandelier is in the dining room—it was taken apart and meticulously cleaned and restored. The majority of the lighting fixtures were acquired from antique dealers, internet searches, renaissance lighting, or from historically accurate reproductions.

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After rearing their family in Midland for over 25 years, The Wellborns felt it was time to move closer to town.  They worked with Jack Jenkins for about two years designing a smaller house that would reflect the best of Southern styles on the front with Italianate features on the back. As the time to begin the process grew closer, the lot theyhad purchased for the site did not meet our requirements. They began a search for new property, which resulted in our purchase on Oak Avenue with additions and renovation ideas submitted by Jenkins. The focus in the renovation was to completely update all systems of a 1912 house, while maintaining the integrity of a historically significant midtown home. This was painstakingly achieved with the involvement of numerous professionals who brought the project to completion over a period of three years.

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The landscaping was done by Ben Page, a landscape architect from Nashville, along with Bob Best and Pete Page of Columbus. Gary Gullatte handled most of the plant installations, while Neal Womack was in charge of the lawn installation and landscaping the side yards. The home is equipped with a John Ford Sprinkler System and drip systems. Among the plants in the yard are 450 different varieties of fine Camellias, a large day lily collection, and many more indigenous plants, trees, and shrubs.

The porch that wraps around the front of the house is like an additional room with a dining area and a living area. The ceiling fan, recessed lights in the high wooden ceiling, and woven shades to deter sunlight when needed mean it is welcoming any time of the day. It harkens to a time when families gathered together for slow talks and watching the neighbors passing by.

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The home features 5 bedrooms, which includes a master area on the first floor that can be closed off in its entirety, as well as a smaller master suite on the second floor. There are 5 and 1/2 bathrooms. One of the bathrooms has a tiled steam room with a barreled ceiling, preventing dripping condensation, and built in areas for reclining. There is rheostat lighting and a full shower inside the area. It rivals the spa rooms of well-known retreats and provides a respite from the busy world outside.

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The back of the house has a brick-tiled logia that opens out from a spacious multi-purpose room accessed by tall glass French doors. These areas work in tandem to connect the interior and exterior spaces—perfect for entertaining. The open-air porch has Tuscan columns supporting a cedar arbor and is covered in confederate jasmine. This space is a nod to the Italianate back of the house originally conceived on paper.

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.

Midtown Revival

This historic Midtown home is on the market for the second time since 1939. The Georgian style house is centrally located in one of Columbus’ trendiest neighborhoods and in close proximity to the vibrant Downtown.  


Midtown is quickly becoming one of the hottest areas to live in Columbus. Just a short distance from Downtown, Midtown provides residents with the perfect opportunity to live, work and play all in the same area. North Columbus was once the place to be, but recent moves by the young, urban professionals who have been flooding the area have subverted that assumption. Columbus’ newest cohort of the young, wealthy and fun have chosen to invest their time and money into the rebirth of Midtown and Downtown. This beautiful historic home is located in the heart of that vibrant area.

Located in Wildwood, the Georgian house was built in 1939 and remained relatively untouched until it was purchased by Chris Harman and his husband.  They remodeled it with the help of Sam Hartin Construction Company and have upgraded this traditionally decorated home to the highest standards. At 2,000 square feet of traditional elegance, the Wildwood home is a perfect fit for anyone.

The living room beautifully displays the carefully curated pieces the Chris and his husband collected over the years. The artwork comes from Chris’ personal collection and his favorite piece hangs above the mantle. The landscape work came directly from the Governor’s Mansion in Illinois. The comfortably ornate lounge chairs near the gas log fireplace were purchased from Hinson Galleries.  The antique coffee table was purchased at Scott’s Antiques. One notable piece is tucked away in this room: the antique trunk that originated from the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

 The kitchen was completely revamped upon the arrival of new owners. The brand new, stainless steel appliances are JennAir from Daniel’s Appliances. The beautiful marble countertops were installed by Innovative Marble in Pine Mountain. The custom cabinetry located here and throughout the house was installed by Peach State Cabinets. The beautiful hardwood floors visible in this room and throughout the house came Columbus Flooring and More.

The kitchen was completely revamped upon the arrival of new owners. The brand new, stainless steel appliances are JennAir from Daniel’s Appliances. The beautiful marble countertops were installed by Innovative Marble in Pine Mountain. The custom cabinetry located here and throughout the house was installed by Peach State Cabinets. The beautiful hardwood floors visible in this room and throughout the house came Columbus Flooring and More.

 The sunroom provides the perfect get away on a rainy day. The oversized club chairs were purchased from Hinson Galleries. The delightfully wild footstool was purchased at Scott’s Antiques. The linen drapes were custom made.

The sunroom provides the perfect get away on a rainy day. The oversized club chairs were purchased from Hinson Galleries. The delightfully wild footstool was purchased at Scott’s Antiques. The linen drapes were custom made.

 One of three bedrooms, the master bedroom is a haven at the end of a long day. The antique-style four-post bed was purchased from EJ Victor.

One of three bedrooms, the master bedroom is a haven at the end of a long day. The antique-style four-post bed was purchased from EJ Victor.

GREEN ISLAND HIDEWAY

Taking a break from the everyday grind, George and Donna Atkins retreat their North Columbus getaway just off the Green Island’s Lake Oliver. By Stephanie Reeves . Photos By Doug Roth

Green Island’s picturesque Lake Oliver has long been a welcoming home for the Atkins. This 4 bedroom, 4 and half bath home was built in 1975. It was completely renovated by current homeowners George and Donna Atkins, in 2008. Jack Jenkins did the architectural work
on the home, while George’s wife Donna did the decorated interior and chose the colors.

The house sits off Lake Oliver across from the Green Island Golf Course, on over 2 acres in Green Island Hills. The style of the home is ranch with an added modern twist from the floor-to-ceiling glass on the back of the house. There is also a deck off the back of the home and one off of the swimming pool, which has a fountain with a covered gazebo. The home also features an enclosed boathouse with boat slip and floating dock.

The owners enjoy the calming, relaxing view of the lake. “We’ve never lived anywhere we’ve
enjoyed more. The effect the lake provides. The view is different everyday,” Atkins says. Previously living in a 200-year-old town home in Virginia, they knew this was the place for them when they saw the ever-changing views that were offered up by living lakeside. They enjoy eating dinner on the back deck, looking out over the water, and spending time with friends on their pontoon boat.

Even though the home sits off in the woods, on the lake, it is close to all the shopping and only
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A COUNTRY LIFE

Nestled in the Georgia countryside, the Wolff family home is prime for hunting and is in the perfect location for city fun or a quick, peaceful retreat. By Andrea Hayes. Photos By R.Caligaris

Avery and Luke Wolff always dreamed of building a country house or cabin on the Wolff family property since they’d first been married, but other things always seemed to get in the way. As their boys got older and entered high school, they realized that their time with them at home was growing increasingly short, so they decided to realize their dream home before their sons left for college.

With the help of architect, Jack Jenkins, and builder, Steve Anthony, construction on the five bedroom, six bath home was finished in late December 2013. And by New Year’s Day 2014, the family was ready to spend their first night in the new house.

Completely surrounded by woods, the home sits on a ledge overlooking a beautiful wooded
bottom. In the winter months, the bottom is flooded for ducks, but drained in the summer to
plant corn. Luke’s father and his wife also have a home on the property nearby and he does most of the farming.

The Wolffs have always loved the rustic style. “I love English and European antiques, but I also
love the rustic, rugged look, so this home is a good blend,” Avery shares. She continues, “Jack
Jenkins wanted it to look like we found an old cabin in the woods and simply built onto it. I
think we’ve achieved that look pretty well.”

“With four boys, everything has to be almost indestructible” Avery tells us. But with the help of interior designer Leslie Wolfe of Benton Parker Design, the Wolff home is not only beautiful, it can withstand nearly anything. “I certainly can’t have a house that is too delicate to live in. We hadn’t been in the house for four months when they had already broken a sofa!” Clearly tough, durable fabrics and furniture were a must for this active family. Many unique features can be found in the Wolff home. For instance, “one bedroom is a bunk room that can sleep a lot of boys.” Another one of the family’s favorite features is the fire pit. “We love sitting out there around the fire and talking. Sometimes you have to get outside to get away from technology and force yourselves to talk face to face, especially with teenagers.”

This gorgeous home is full of life and a rustic style uniquely its own. Perfect for this family,
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PARADISE FOUND

Bordering both Georgia and Alabama, the beautiful Lake Harding offers homeowners and nature lovers over 156 miles of shoreline. When Dr. Carl Savory and his wife, Carol, needs a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, theirbnpeaceful retreat on Lake Harding is the perfect place to sit back and unwind. By Andrea Hayes. Photos By R.Caligaris

Sitting directly on the lake, the deck and cabana give the family a great outdoor space to entertain during the warm spring and summer months. The beautiful landscaping done by Pete Page Landscaping makes the ambiance all the more tranquil by providing a lovely view all the way around the house.

Overlooking the beautiful Lake Harding, this sitting room is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the scenery. With furniture supplied by Hinson Galleries, this room showcases the Savory’s love for nature and hunting even more. It also offers just the right amount of natural sunlight for reading, relaxing or taking a short nap.

In charge of renovating this magnificent space, Howard Bantlett of HoBart Builders, knew that Carl needed ample space to house his many big game trophies. This two story trophy room, with wood paneled walls, exposed beams, and recessed lighting, does just that.

As an avid hunter, Carl needed ample space to store the trophies brought back from 10 different African safaris he’s taken over a span of 16 years.

With the help of interior designer Ashley Holt, the Savory’s kitchen reflects a more contemporary, industrial look. The cabinets (provided by Highland Design Gallery in Atlanta) are the perfect complement to the stainless steel appliances – provided by Daniel Appliance. The look is made complete with vintage bar stools by Restoration Hardware, island lamps from Uttermost Lamps, kitchen fixtures by E & E Plumbing, and original posters from Carl’s own war collection adorning the walls.

A view of the trophy room shows off a beautiful painting of Dr. Savory during the Vietnam War, given to him by one of his patients, over the beautiful stone fireplace. With warm, neutral colors this room serves as the perfect man cave for Dr. Savory to sit and relive his numerous hunting excursions.

A classic four poster bed sits in the master bedroom along with plush chairs provided by Hinson Galleries. The shutter style blinds let in just the right amount of sunlight, while the warm colors enhance the cozy feeling in the room. A painting by Helena Meeks hangs over the bed to complete the calm mood resonated throughout the master bedroom and the entire house.

Perfectly placed on the beautiful Lake Harding, the Savory’s home is the perfect weekend getaway to relax and take in the lovely sights of nature.

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Waverly Hall Paradise

Builder Brinegar Inc. turns adition upside down, giving a Federal style house a bright outlook and a modern-day attitude. 

By Andrea Hayes. Photos By Dough Roth Photography.Aerial Photos by James Gates

 

The 8400 sq.ft. house sits on 96 acres of gently rolling green pasture. There is a small fishing pond, guest cottage and a 15 horse stall stable on the property. The house has a master bedroom on the main floor as well as a guest suite. There are 3 additional bedroom suites on the second level as well as a nursery, game room, and children's play area. On the main level
the formal and informal areas are well defined. The elegant foyer leads to a formal living room continuous to a large formal dining room.

The house has 6 fireplaces, 3 with granite, 2 marble, and 1 Tennessee Field stone faced with custom mantels. The front and rear porches are perfect for enjoying the picturesque scenery.
The architectural style of the new house was inspired by a Federal style home which existed on the premises. The home also includes six fireplaces with custom mantles. Sitting on approximately 96 acres of land, the property also includes a two bed room, two bathroom guest house, three barns and a pond. The house was built by Brinegar Inc. in a 22 month period.

The formal living room features 26' ceilings & vast windows that allow the flow of natural light. The custom wood work makes this home stand outfrom the rest. Living room opens to spacious dining room.

With approximately 96 acres of land, this two story traditionalstyle home boasts three barns, a private pond, stables and ample room for family, friends and pets to roam and enjoy the
land yet convenient to work, shopping, and schools.

 

Gourmet kitchen equipped with custom cabinets and under cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliances, double ovens, and Thermador 6 burner professional range. The kitchen is open with two 10' Granite Islands, granite counters,built-in sub zero refrigerator & freezer, granite fireplace
with custom mantel, and ample cabinet space.

Inviting family room with beautiful coffered ceilings, granite fireplace, Brazilian cherry hardwood floors with view of formal dining room opens into casual dining area and the expansive kitchen.

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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 colordrunk would make that dream come true.

                                         By Andrea Hayes

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.

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.

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.

“I wanted the house to reflect happiness and I believe color is a huge factor for moods.”  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.

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. 

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