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
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.
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.”
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. And happiness is surely felt inside this home.
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