The property was named for Robert Smalls, an important figure to both Beaufort and American History as a whole. Smalls was an African American man born into slavery, who commandeered a Confederate ship and delivered its passengers to freedom. He eventually returned to Beaufort, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and bought this house, which had been owned by his slave master. It's now a National Historic Landmark.
Decatur is known for its distinct, historic neighborhoods, eclectic food, and vibrant downtown: it is not known for log cabins. My clients are the owners of this unlikely urban retreat, and wanted to design a space that provided a TV-free zone to read, relax, eat, and play games as a family.
We got rid of the draperies and painted the windows gray for a more open and modern feel. A new mantle and all new furniture made for a refreshed and now usable space!
This 1926 Spanish Colonial Revival residence was rehabilitated and an addition added to create livable family areas, master bedroom suite, better indoor-outdoor living and an artist’s studio. To reinforce the Spanish Colonial design style, deep archways, Malibu tile, wrought iron and stain glass details are incorporated. The additions were placed on the back of the home to maintain the home's historic character curb appeal.
The overall layout and flow of the dining room breaks down traditional barriers and connects each guest to the chef, to the liveliness of shared meals and to the appreciation for history throughout the building. The dining zones were strategically designed to support the choreography of the chef’s team. The dining area was also designed to lead the guest’s journey to the big arrivals of the experience: a central glass wine room sitting grandly along the historic brick and — most importantly — the striking open kitchen, which is thrust center stage.
Originally built in 1901, this historic building was purchased by country singer, Miranda Lambert, and renovated into a boutique bed and breakfast. Efforts were made to salvage much of the original millwork and plaster, the entire building was rewired, and central heat and air was installed. Where the original building could not be salvaged, sheet rock was hung where original plaster walls had been, and walls and ceilings were filled out with wood. To preserve as much of the original building as possible, most of the work had to be done in the attic as well as crawl spaces between each floor.
Located in a 1973 bank and opened in March 2018, Oliver Hospitality's Fairlane Hotel has a retro design scheme courtesy of the NYC-based design team Reunion Goods & Services which has worked with the Oliver group on a number of conversions of historic properties to boutique hotels. Beloved New York deli Mile End Delicatessen is in the house along with design that tips its hat to a Mad Men-meets-company man Seventies look.
The Crawford Hotel inside the still-active Denver Union Station, is an 1881 rail station, and a registered National Historic Landmark. The hotel retains the building's rich history while embracing a modern lodging aesthetic. The impressive Beaux Arts-style Great Hall serves as both the hotel’s lobby and the place where travelers wait for the train. This grand and bustling space includes Martini side tables from Restoration Hardware. The clocks are original while the dazzling chandeliers are impeccable recreations.
Originally, this historic home's backyard contained a swimming pool that was damaged beyond repair, so after filling in the pool, homeowners wanted a fresh, new look. Designers helped the homeowners come up with a color concept, and began work on their New Modern design by defining entertainment spaces. In one corner, a custom barbecue pit with a concrete island makes the space perfect for grilling. In another, an intimate conversation corner welcomes guests. A putting green is the focal point of the space, but the central living space is this elegant sitting area created from sustainable furniture that matches the couple's eco-friendly lifestyle.
Decatur is known for its distinct, historic neighborhoods, eclectic food, and vibrant downtown: it is not known for log cabins. My clients are the owners of this unlikely urban retreat and wanted to design a space that provided a TV-free zone to read, relax, eat, and play games as a family. This angle shows close-ups of the great texture and color we were able to put in there with the vintage rug layered over the jute, the green pillows and the awesome art that made it feel personal and cozy.
It’s hard to imagine now, but this charming living space was once an unassuming commercial garage. To make the most of the compact, 1,260-square-foot space (including an upstairs loft area), Frazier Associates minimized the number of walls within. Exposed brick walls and concrete flooring on the first floor were retained and a new staircase, crafted of reclaimed wood and metal railing, was designed for access to the second floor. "Providing more natural light was the biggest design challenge," say the designers. "A new recessed patio was designed behind the historic garage doors to allow for more light on the first floor, as well as to create a front entrance and a small exterior seating area."
A vintage kitchen cupboard handed down from my parents does double duty in a hallway as storage for gift wrap and shipping supplies, kitchen linens and other items. Figuring out where to store things in a historic home is a perennial problem but not as challenging as in previous homes. A small portion of my vintage suitcase collection on top of the hutch once functioned as a much-needed storage tower of suitcases and room divider in the closet-free two-room apartment where I lived with my husband in New York City's East Village. The "Pray for Atlanta" artwork is by beloved Atlanta artist R. Land. A metal basket holds my son's sports equipment and vintage wooden tennis rackets, which we still use.
Just a few steps through the front door and the space opens up into this expansive dining room. Part of the effortless charm of this home comes from original details such as historic moldings. The cool white of the walls and the warm wood tone of the floor create a stark backdrop that give the room’s other colors and elements ample room to shine. The dining room is a mix of rustic and industrial elements. To add some color to the mix, a large red print, left by the home’s previous tenant adds a pop of color to the neutral decor.
With a blend of Forties style and a nod to the current Seventies' surfing Jungalow look, the Hotel Clermont lobby immediately sets the terms of the boutique property's distinct retro vibe. The design team responsible for the space, Reunion Goods & Services borrowed from design motifs spanning the Gilded Age to the present, but a specific historic source influenced the look says director of interiors Laura Flam. "We were also very inspired by a scene in the film 'An American in Paris' that depicts Leslie Caron dancing through a series of very saturated rooms wearing a number of colorful dresses. It encouraged us to take risks with colors and patterns."
Part of the charm of Oliver Hospitality's brand of urban renewal is their attention to detail and maintaining historic elements in their revamped properties. The iconic radio tower that for so long capped the Clermont Hotel rests in peace and offers a cheeky accent to the cool bar scene below. The Hotel Clermont's rooftop bar is now one of Atlanta's coolest late night bar scenes. It's also one of Oliver Hospitality Philip Welker's favorite features of the hotel, "We think the whole thing came together so well. It feels like an elevated urban garden oasis where you want to lounge all evening."
Decatur is known for its distinct, historic neighborhoods, eclectic food, and vibrant downtown: it is not known for log cabins. My clients are the owners of this unlikely urban retreat and wanted to design a space that provided a TV-free zone to read, relax, eat, and play games as a family. Red chairs were the pop that this space needed. The table was custom made and can expand for guests. We lined store-bought curtains to make them look higher end and put a roman shade of the same material over the large kitchen sink. It pulls it all together. It's a cabin, yes, but that does not mean every detail needs to be rustic!
Decatur is known for its distinct, historic neighborhoods, eclectic food, and vibrant downtown: it is not known for log cabins. My clients are the owners of this unlikely urban retreat and wanted to design a space that provided a TV-free zone to read, relax, eat, and play games as a family. This little reading nook is my favorite vignette. It is my client's favorite spot in the house. She has her morning coffee there daily. The chair was hers but the shelves were added to have storage and interest go up the wall and showcase their family pictures and items I sourced in flea markets all over Atlanta! The pouf and blanket were "must haves" from the very beginning.