The open kitchen and living room offer a view to a third-level loft where the roof-like peak of the ceiling creates the feeling of another home within the home. The bunk beds are to the right of this reading nook.
Go big and stay home: That’s basically Sonal Patel-Cochran’s motto. “I’ve always gravitated toward more of everything in a house—more color, more pattern, more texture,” she says. “It makes doing simple things like hanging out on the couch feel kind of adventurous.” So when she and her husband, Russell Cochran, bought their five-bedroom house in Atlanta, GA—a major upgrade from their two-bedroom condo—Sonal was raring to deck it out with statement decor inspired by her passion for travel. For starters, she had all the trim painted dark and medium grays. “Since lighting also sets the tone of a room, we put in big, eye-catching kinds,” she says. The couple turned to designer Lisa Gabrielson for a hand with the furnishings, requesting unexpected shapes, not-shy patterns, and funky textures with global flair. It’s a mix that manages to feel both worldly and cozy. Says Sonal, “People walk into our house and go, whoa. That’s how I like it!”
Atlanta designer Virginia Cheek created a unique "resting space" on the Serenbe showhouse's second floor: an office/loft at the top of the stairs that is ideal for cozying up with a good book or catching up on some work without feeling cut off from the life of the house.
Want a clever idea to create cohesion in a room? Turn books (without dust jackets) with pages facing out and spines in on a bookcase for a chic designer look. The stunning marbled wallpaper on the ceiling mimics the end papers in hardbound books and lends drama without making the room too busy.
Jamie Steele is an artist and curator who lives in a charming Atlanta bungalow in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood of Buckhead. Her home also features an art gallery, Camayuhs, where she curates exhibitions of artists from Atlanta and around the country.
Known for his artistic meditations on Africa and the West, artist Yinka Shonibare created this dollhouse to comment upon his dual identity. Shinobare was born in England but lived for much of his youth in Nigeria and attended art school and now lives in London. This dollhouse is a replica of the 1872 Victorian town house where Shonibare lives in the East End of London. BUY IT: $450
The brainchild of wellness entrepreneur Danny Seo, the Naturally House was designed by Steve Dray and Cecilia Winston and built by Lucas Barry. The stunning interiors were designed by Rebecca Cartwright, who also purchased the home. Built on the New Urbanist, walkable, organic farm-centered Serenbe community south of Atlanta, the Naturally House is constructed with vertical cedar woodplanks and uses the Japanese preservation technique of shou sugi ban in which wood is charred to make it waterproof.
"House is a House is a House is a House is a House: Architectures and Collaborations of Johnston Marklee" by Reto Geiser is published by Basel Birkhäuse. The designers are Noëmi Mollet and Reto Geiser.