Built originally in 1970, this traditional ranch style home has undergone multiple renovations. Located in North Columbus, this home recently underwent a complete redecoration and backyard remodel in the hopes of updating the classic style. The owner of the home is all about finding great steals and deals. She said she had the best time finding all the unique pieces that fill her home. When recounting her antiquing adventures, she told SVM about a beautiful painting she found for only a fraction of its actual value. Pieces in the house come from all over the world.
The home of Dr. and Mrs. Allan Helm is a unique, pristine wonder located in Overlook. The classic Georgian style home was built in 1933 by C.F. Hickman. Hickman notoriously designed many historic homes that make up the Overlook neighborhood. The original owners, J. Ralph Richards and his wife, raised their family together in this home for thirty-three years. Following their sale of the home, Dr. Mercer Blanchfield purchased it for his family. He too raised a number of children there, many of which still reside in the Columbus area. The Helms are only the home’s third set of owners and have lived there since 1980.
The most intriguing feature of the house is not a single thing, but a sum of many parts. The interior has been untouched, save a kitchen renovation, since it was first built in 1933. It was completely handcrafted onsite by master craftsmen. Throughout the house their ornate handiwork can be observed. The custom marble fireplace in the formal living room was built uniquely for the Richards. The mill work on the crown molding is especially interesting because it was milled onsite in a single piece. The original leaded and bevel glass is encased in archways around the house. The oak and walnut wood flooring throughout the house has stood the test of time, families, young children and the minutia of everyday activity. These are only some of the unique design points.
This Overlook abode is key to the past. It perfectly exemplifies the elegant living of decades gone by. The flow of the house is ideal for hosting gatherings, which it has done countless times in its nearly 100-year history. Join SVM as we take you on a tour through one of the most beautiful historic homes in town.
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.
Libba and Will Dillon’s Overlook Drive home was built in 1952. The couple finished a complete renovation of the home, which has been owned by three generations of Libba’s family, in the spring of 2015. Today, the home brings a new look to the historic Overlook neighborhood.
By Anna Logan .
Libba and Will Dillon’s Overlook Drive home has passed through many hands since it was built in 1952. It was originally designed by Lewis A. Scarbrough Jr. of the James J.W. Biggers & Associates Architecture Firm for William and Frances Zimmerman. Between 1952 and 1996, the Overlook home was sold three times. In 1996, Libba’s grandparents, Margie and L.Z. Thrasher, purchased the home. Upon the death of Libba’s grandmother in 2002, Libba, her mother, Margie Richardson, and brother, Jud, moved into the home. Libba and her husband bought the home from Libba’s mother in 2014. Since then, the couple have completely redone the historic home. With the help of Columbus architect Jack Jenkins and R H Brent and Sons General Contractors, Libba, an interior designer, changed the layout of the entire structure.
It was important to Libba and Will that their home represented a mixture of old and new. The couple painted the house with Slipper Satin by Farrow and Ball. This blank palette allowed them to use family heirlooms, along with fun, modern patterned fabrics and rugs, to convey their blend of history and modernity. Unlaquered brass doorknobs accent the décor throughout the home. New hardwood floors were added and stained by Affordable Hardwood Flooring. The renovations were completed in spring 2015 and the couple moved in with the help of Two Men and a Truck.
TOP: Ivory window treatments and ivory walls allow the room to take on a lot of texture and patterns in the heirloom furniture recovered by City Upholstery. The camelback sofa is covered in brown velvet from Valley Fabrics with Tory Burch needlepoint pillows. Wingback chairs covered in gray plaid fabric enclose the fireplace with a pop of color in the Schumacher pillows. The furniture sits on a sisal rug with a layering of cowhide. The statement clay lamps enhance the space with their style and color.
The kitchen was completely torn out and rearranged facing a wall of windows. It features an accent wall in Galbraith & Paul wallpaper. Large industrial light fixtures hang above the island. Cabinetry was done by James Brown Cabinetry. The quartz countertops and the backsplash behind the range were done by Innovation Marble. The tile backsplash was purchased from Innovation Marble’s Floor Studio.The kitchen was filled with all new appliances from Daniel Appliances
The bathroom was completely renovated with a large vanity, enclosed toilet closet, large walk in shower, and Whirlpool Drop In tub surrounded by Carrera marble. The flooring is all Carrera marble, with white subway tiles on the shower and bath walls. Fixtures were purchased from Fergusons, mirror from Muscogee Glass, cabinetry from James Brown Cabinetry, tile from the floor studio, and wallpaper from Thibaut.
New larger round columns replaced existing round columns. The red brick was painted Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore, while the shutters were painted Railings by Farrow and Ball. Antique gas lanterns from an Opelika home were added beside the front door, which was renovated by Hammerhead Carpentry.
By Stephanie Reeves
Eastern Lake, a 66-acre coastal dune lake, is located in the Florida Panhandle near Seagrove Beach. The lake has a unique environment that supports different species of animals and plants that can thrive in fresh and salt waters. Residents enjoy canoeing and kayaking on the lake, as well as water skiing. Taking in the beautiful nature that has been preserved and protected by the state of Florida is the natural highlight to this area that makes it a great place to live or vacation.
This lake cottage was built in the early 1970’s and has a unique and surprising floor plan with a charm all its own. The home was originally a 500 squarefoot cottage and was the first house on Eastern Lake. The home was used as a vacation home for an architect and his family who lived in Pensacola, FL. In the mid 1980’s, they did a major expansion and added on a large family room with wrap around porch, 3 bedrooms with an office above the master suite. The fireplace that separates the dining and living room today originally ran up the outside of the cottage.
Cindi and Jeff are both realtors and view many homes; they knew from the moment they walked in they wanted this to be their home. The living room has high ceilings with floor to ceiling divided light windows overlooking a beautiful coastal, dune lake. The home sits on a lot and half with 75 feet of frontage on the lake and is almost 300 ft. deep with large canopied trees and a circular drive. The home is quirky, always a project that needs to be done.
They have completed 2 major renovation projects in the 12 years they have lived here: in 2004 they installed hardwood floors throughout and renovated the bathrooms replacing tile and Formica with marble floors, showers and countertops and custom cabinetry. They also put Vgroove wood on the walls and ceilings. Their most recent renovation was the kitchen and dining space (These two rooms originally made up the entire cottage). It had a very small kitchen and bath and a sleeping loft, and the dining room area today was the entire living area. They took out the bathroom and kitchen and redesigned the space.
The kitchen and dining room now has 2 story ceilings with high windows to bring in lots of natural light. They also added wood walls and ceilings to the space all painted in Sherwin Williams Alabaster. The kitchen cabinets are made by Décor and are custom inset shaker with a beaded inset (also Sherwin Williams Alabaster) and they chose the Schaub Positano Pull in 11.5” that is acrylic and polished nickel to add a modern touch. The counter tops and arabesque backsplash are honed Avignon Bianco Marble. Cindi and Jeff love wine so their favorite new appliance is a Sub zero new generation full size wine fridge with 2 climate controls to house both red and white wine. In the bar area we chose an antiqued mirror arabesque Moroccan tile with marble accents. The kitchen and dining room sit side by side so we chose dueling chandeliers to connect the space.
They chose a Regina Andrews Parisian frosted beaded chandelier in gold and had local artist Marisol Gullio silver leaf both fixtures so you can catch glimpses of the gold. The sink is a 36” Kohler cast iron apron sink with a Rohl polished nickel bridge faucet. The kitchen has become their favorite space in the home.
Their second favorite space is the large wrap around porch with sitting area, dining area and a swing bed for lazy afternoons enjoying the beautiful Coastal Dune Lake. The sheltering warmth of the outward-looking sitting area contrasts with the expansiveness of the waterside exposure.
The living room is eclectic. The chairs have slipcover linen made by Moss Studio and are the best looking rocker and swivel chairs they found. The coffee table is antiqued mirrored and made by Bliss Home, the lamps are by Barbara Cosgrove. The fireplace screen was a gold Moroccan arabesque that we had silver leafed by the same artist.
By Stephanie Reeves
The vision for Alys Beach is carefully crafted to celebrate the public realm of streets, parks, pedestrian paths, and great civic buildings in a manner reminiscent of the world’s most beloved seaside towns. In recognition of the strong draw of the sea, a network of streets run perpendicular to the beach, guaranteeing warm light and views to the Gulf, and funneling cooling sea breezes into the heart of the town. Streets are well-connected in a way that brings daily needs within a short walking distance.
The intimate design of streets, nestled by buildings and softened by landscapes of native and ornamental plants, makes walking and bicycling safe and pleasant. Parks and public spaces are abundant, from small pocket parks along pedestrian ways to the more open Central Park, as well as Kelly Green and Gulf Green, which are all great spots for a family picnic, touch football or a game of Frisbee.
Alys Beach was designed by Duany Plater- Zyberk and Company, a Miami-based firm that is the recognized leader in traditional town planning, having completed over 300 projects worldwide. DPZ used timeless patterns of town design to inspire differing building types, landscapes, and street designs throughout Alys Beach, giving an incredible variety of experiences, from urban to rural, in a single beachside town. A less than ten minute walk through Alys Beach takes one from the white sands of the beach, through an active town center of shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafes, down streets of elegant courtyard homes, and all the way to a nature preserve of wildflowers and towering pine trees. The best way to enjoy Alys Beach is by foot or bike, so you don’t miss a thing. Simply gawking at the houses and exquisite public grounds can entertain for hours.
Designed by architect Gary Justiss, this 2,187 square foot whitewashed masonry, courtyard home has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and is located close to Caliza Pool, Fitness Center and Fonville Press. The serene courtyard is surrounded by a gracious loggia accented with a dipping pool and Dominican Shellstone pavers. The open kitchen, dining, living and master suite are finished in hand-rubbed Venetian plaster. Set in Dominican Shellstone, the kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, wormy oak cabinets and limestone counter tops.
A wood burning fireplace and French doors complete the look in the living room. The first floor master bedroom opens onto the courtyard and the master bath with Dominican Shellstone accents and Venetian plaster finishes. Two spacious bedrooms, a children’s flex space, and roof top terrace complete the second floor. Built to “fortified .. For safer living” standards. The upstairs flex space can be used for an additional sleeping area.
Some people are aware that all of the homes in Alys Beach have been designed and built with the environment in mind, but not everyone knows that Alys Beach is one of the first communities in the state of Florida to have all of its homes constructed to Fortified Standards, designed to withstand the harsh coastal elements, hurricanes and other natural disasters. It also means that people with second homes in Alys Beach can rest assured their property can weather a storm, even if they aren’t there to prepare for it.
All of the houses in Alys Beach have elaborately designed courtyards - beautiful open-air spaces that essentially bring the outdoors into each home.Every courtyard includes at least one water feature - a fountain or pool or even both. Expansive porches and paved pathways are lined with vivid, bright and colorful landscaping. Alys Beach is a New Urban community combining the harmonious forms of Bermudan architecture with the gracious character of courtyard living. Nestled on 158 acres on the serene Gulf shore of northwest Florida, Alys Beach is created with the highest standards for beauty, sustainability, and quality of life. The featured home is currently for sale, to get more information about this amazing property at 94 North Charles St., contact the Alys Beach Sales Center at 850.213.5500, or Toll Free at 866.744.9958 svm
A Columbus family enlists Antonio Ribeiro at Master Builder, Matt Wilks at MW Design and the talent of Interior Designer Arden Huff Cheney of Columbus to create a home with southern charm and modern accent on Daniel Island, S.C.
By: Stephanie Reeves * Photos by: Margaret Rambo
Through a job transfer, Hugh and Beth Tappan of Columbus found themselves moving from Wichita Kansas to South Carolina, settling into a newly built home with modern style. The homeowners bought the home directly from the builder, Antonio Ribeiro at Master Builder, LLC., who was building the house as his dream home.
The 6,250 square-foot home is situated on the gold course on Daniel Island at the end of a quiet quo-de-sac. Daniel Island is a 4,000-acre island located in the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Named after its former inhabitant, the colonial governor of the Carolinas, Robert Daniell, the island is located in Berkeley County and situated between the Cooper and Wando Rivers.
As of July 2012 it is currently being developed as a master-planned community complete with residential neighborhoods, parks, trails, recreational amenities and a downtown that is home to shops, restaurants, schools, churches and offices for businesses.
Inside the home, it features an open floor plan that was developed from what the builder saw in a showcase in Las Vegas and the work of a Charleston Designer, Matt Wilks at MW Design.
The home features 5 bedrooms in the main house, with 4 bathrooms and one powder room. There is a guest suite, which sits above the garage, and it houses one big room along with a bathroom.
The Tappans were able to put their own personal touches to the home by selecting such things as the paint colors and lighting. Arden Huff Cheney of Columbus served as the interior decorator to make this home a charming retreat with the added touches from the family.
The house also features a courtyard pool, which can be accessed and seen from the different rooms through glass doors, offers serenity surrounding the home. svm
The family room is painted in a warm, neutral color from Benjamin Moore. All the upholstery is custom made by Arden Huff Cheney. The tan and blue sofas are covered with Kravet fabric. The homeowners lounge chairs were recovered using red zebra print fabric. The paisley print chair is from G & J Styles, and is covered in a Durelee fabric.
Tribal pillows on the sofa were custom made from Carlton V. The painting above the sofa is by Peter Lik from the owner’s collection. A beautiful semi-antique rug, purchased from Persian Point in Atlanta, covers the floor and pulls all the colors in the room together. The draperies were handmade in Charleston by Southern Shades Interior Fabricator.
The modern kitchen connects to the family room. The Tappan’s wanted a space where everyone could hangout, talk, cook, and be part of the whole experience. The kitchen is equipped with stainless steel appliances, the marble on the island is from Universal Granite and Marble, and the lighting is from Carolina Lanterns/Low Country Lighting.
The master bedroom features fabric from Kravet, covering the custom headboard from Holland and Co, and custom draperies from Southern Shades Interior Fabricator. The shades of coral and gray offer a soft touch with the neutral color of the walls. A sitting area provides space for two beautiful, matching tweed chairs. Cotton gray velvet covers the mahogany bench at the foot of the bed. The wool rug, made for the bedroom, is in vintage nickel by Robertex and made by Underfoot Design in Atlanta, Ga.
The headboard in Alexandra’s room is custom designed by Arden Huff Cheney and fabricated by Southern Shades Interior Fabricator. The paisley print is from F. Schmacher. The bed is paired with lacquered end tables from West Elm. The wall lamps on either side of the bed are from Masterpiece Lighting, Atlanta, Ga. The rocker that was given to the homeowners as a baby gift was lacquered and recovered to go in the new bedroom. A pair of commission paintings from Columbus native, Katherine Vingi Gage of Huntsville, Al. hangs above the lime green chest. The custom green shag rug was made from Flooring and More, Columbus, Ga. The lime green chest for the room was purchased from 14th St. Antiques.
Besides several seating areas, this courtyard offers a fully functional outdoor kitchen. A shallow plunge pool offers a great place to cool off on hot summer days.
The courtyard pool is an integrated part of the Tappan’s daily existence. It was designed to be an extension of the living room, and most important as an entertainment area, and to relax during those hot South Carolina’s summer months.
Though the Tappan’s and their friends often cook and dine outdoors, simple spots for entertaining indoors become lively in foul weather. The room features a gas linear fireplace with surround granite that can be enjoyed in both family and dining room. Driftwood and distressed iron orb chandelier selected for the dining room from Carolina Lanterns. A beautiful antique copper table is the set- ting for an impromptu dinner. svm
Cham and Kristi Watkins lived for many years in a spacious home in Piedmont in Pine Mountain. Then, like many couples whose children have gone off to live their own lives, the Watkins decided they no longer needed a large home. After all, who hasn’t at least once considered moving into a loft space, especially in Downtown’s Eagle and Phenix Mills Condos. The Watkins made the right move and now they are enjoying the dawn of a new era in downtown Columbus.
By Stephanie Reeves . Photos By R. Caligaris
A major shift is happening in our general consciousness about where and how we choose to live and accessibility seems to play a major role. The once idyllic notion of suburbia as a quiet green space with cheap square footage has been replaced by cookie cutter developments, grueling commutes, and box stores. In an arm wrestle between suburbia and urban living, it seems access to a city’s culture, sustainability, and lifestyle is the strong arm.
A couple of years ago, Cham and Kristi Watkins decided to downsize, trading in their large home in Piedmont in Pine Mountain, to a loft at Eagle and Phenix Mills. Taking the furniture from their former home, it brought contrast to the open and modern, industrial style of the condo.
Beautifully restored off the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Eagle and Phenix Mills Lofts are now home to some of Columbus’ sophisticated and charming residences.
Nestled by the stairs, the kitchen features stainless steel appliances and granite top counters. With the open floor plan, it makes the kitchen easily become a social centerpiece. The kitchen is adjacent to the living room, and when the Watkins bought the condo it was a complete open-floor plan.
They decided to add a wall with built-ins, along with space for their TV, to divide up the room. This allowed them to add a large walk-in closet. The openness of space gives way to exposed brick walls, and expansive windows that provide lovely views.
The master bedroom exudes a sophisticated style and simplistic color scheme, combining new and old. The modern style of the exposed beams to the antiques the Watkins display, makes this a cozy retreat to turn to. svm
At the Summit
The feel of this home in the prestigious neighborhood of Peacock Woods is NYC Penthouse elegance meets southern charm.
Columbus, Georgia is known for beautiful, unique homes throughout the area that offer up charm and breathtaking views. Whether it is lakefront, beautifully landscaped, or nestled on a beautiful wooded lot, Columbus is home to wonderfully designed properties that fit any personality. Once you tour the property, you’ll know you’ve found the perfect home. The home is as warm and welcoming as a summer in Georgia – which is precisely what the homeowners wanted.
This beautifully, redesigned home, completely renovated by Johnny Cargill, is located on Summit Drive, in the prestigious neighborhood of Peacock Woods. The exterior features lovely, inviting stonework on the outside to give it character. The outside gardens, fountain, and koi pond with waterfall reflect the inner beauty and elegance of this home.
The previous owner wanted for this house to provide a background for entertainment and family life with a comfortable yet casual elegance. The 6,705 square-foot home sits on a gated property with lush landscaping, featuring 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms with 2 half baths. Beautiful flooring and lavish features can be found throughout the home. The highlights of the main level include the master suite, formal and casual dining rooms, formal living room, guest suite with private bath and sun room. The gourmet kitchen has marble counter tops, a breakfast bar, island, and opens into a keeping room with a fireplace and bar with an ice-maker and wine cooler. The keeping room leads to an enclosed stone porch that overlooks the stunning backyard, great for entertaining.
Among the spacious residence, the upper level features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a play area great for children. The lower level offers a bonus/media room, exercise room, office, and custom wine cellar. Today, the house reflects its’ southern charm and a grand setting to meet a family’s need: great space, timeless style, and comfort throughout.
The gorgeous silk drapes and other window treatments along with chandeliers stay with the house. The owner intends to sell the furnishings of the home through Two Times New (twotimesnew.com) after the sale of the house. Furnishings will be listed for a significant discount off retail and all are in pristine condition. Please email email@example.com to be alerted for the estate sale. svm
TOP: The beautiful wallpaper and drapes are delightfully demure and graced by a deep chocolate brown Noir (California based) dining table and eight dining chairs covered in Marshall Marlin blue velvet by the same company. The chairs are comfortable as well as elegant, and guests will delight in the decor as well as the tasteful dishes in this room fit for Kate and William. The dimly light chandelier coupled with candlelight will have your guests basking in the glow. BOTTOM: The functionality of the layout is exquisite for an older home - the casual dining room, furnished with a rustic breakfast room table and six Chippendale style chairs (four chairs are not pictured), has impressive amounts of built in storage and beautiful drapes. There is a desk tucked away next to the kitchen for convenience Adjacent to the keeping room is the glassed in porch that is a dream for entertaining, which overlooks the professionally designed garden and fountain. A party paradise!
TOP: The open living space of the keeping room and kitchen is one of the highlights of this premiere home along with the Calcutta Gold marble on the island and backsplash. The keeping room is furnished with mostly Lee furniture. Two powder blue club chairs are complemented by a leather sofa and Kilm covered ottoman (not pictured) for a splash of personality. The piece de resistance of the room is the Pine Regency cabinet made by Olde European Timber - ideal for storing technical equipment below and housing a flat screen TV above. The exposed beams and custom mantle are additional features that will make you fall in love with this home. BOTTOM: This room is filled with light and more fine yet functional furniture. The tufted Lee sofa is neutral and comfortable along with the modern Lee chairs in brown and cream. The rustic coffee table is dressed up with gold finishes. The guest room next to this room gives guests a sense of privacy and serenity befitting of a Four Seasons.
The previous owners of this Summit Drive home were able to incorporate nature and exotic landscaping throughout the property. The home is truly a gardeners dream. The front balcony is just outside the formal living room, with a walkway leading to a lavish front yard toward the gated entrance of the residence. The landscaping of the house was created to complement the home’s architecture and design, and flowers and shrubbery greatly enhance the curb appeal by adding color, texture, and fragrance to the yard. svm
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
10 minutes from Downtown Columbus.svm
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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,
the Wolff home is truly a dream home to be admired. svm
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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
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
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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Built in the mid-20th century for Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Jennings Sr., the Blanchard’s home has deep roots in Columbus. The original owners designed the home with the then popular revised Virginia Hunt Country style in mind.
In the 1960s, the style and location of the home were perfect for each other—still rather undeveloped in comparison to today, the Green Island community was very much private and in the countryside. With five bedrooms, four full baths, and two half baths, the Blanchard home has ample space for the ever growing family and any guests they may want to spend time with. “Our family loves the land and enjoys outdoor recreation.” Olivia Blanchard told us. “This property has allowed us to enjoy what we love within the convenience of the city limits.” With plenty of outdoor space to enjoy their favorite activities, the family is in the perfect place to enjoy the countryside without missing out on the luxuries of city life.
Few renovations have been made to the original structure, making much of the Blanchard home reflect the 18th century style the Jennings’ intended. Now white “it was originally painted a very soft grey green” Olivia shares. “The interior architecture details reflect the 18th century influence” she adds, and with the help of interior designer Arden Cheney, many of the design elements in the home continue the look.
One feature the Blanchards did add, though, is a porch on the back of the house overlooking the Chattahoochee River with the help of builder Steve Anthony and architect Jack Jenkins. “The view [was] really a motivating factor in our decision to move.
Sitting quietly on the Chattahoochee with acres to enjoy most any outdoor activity imaginable, the Blanchard home supplies this fun loving family with the best of both worlds. svm
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