With its focus on functionality and hardwearing materials, the bathroom can be one of the hardest spaces in the home for DIY design. Still, Tamara found a way to put her own stamp on this room over time. “I worked on our house myself over the last few years,” she remembers. “I DIYed open shelves in the bathroom. I also continued my painting venture in the shower, and stenciled the bathroom floors.” The result is a beautiful, spa-type feel from the floor up, accented by lots of bright, leafy green plants.
To visually connect the HGTV Dream Home 2015 master suite, each room plays off of the colors and fabrics of the last space. “The bathroom ceiling and the hall and the master bathroom are the same color, and we used the same sisal in the bathroom as the rug in the hallway,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum. “There’s really a connection of feel and color palette. It’s very serene and peaceful, so you have the same experience in all rooms in this part of the house.”
Both husband and wife have their own private spaces in the home and this is the entry to the “man-cave.” That’s right, before you get into the actual cave, you can visit the bar! The finishes are a little swank for the typical man-cave, but our client entertains business partners, colleagues and friends alike here. The walls are dressed in a commercial grade flocked, striped wallcovering to capitalize on the bar’s height and detract from its lack of width. I viewed this room as akin to designing a powder room: a small space that needed to make a big impression. The custom cabinets are Macassar ebony and the rug is from my own licensed collection. I even managed to get another convex mirror in the house.
An avid reader, Nana Yaa admits that the library was one of the most welcome surprises in a home that she accepted sight unseen while she was in the process of moving to New York. The space is a pass through from the dining room into the kitchen, and it’s the perfect place to house all of her favorite reading material. The library makes for a tasteful transition into the kitchen, as well as offering a tempting destination in itself.
Micah Stansell’s office is actually in the house next door. The aesthetic is a complete departure from that of the family home, however it’s the perfect blank canvas for him to create and edit film and exhibitions. The upper level white space is flooded with brightness via skylights and character-rich with a vaulted ceiling, wood beams and original exposed brick columns. The entire left side of the room is decked with storage cabinets concealed by white glass doors that blend into the walls. This space is a super thoughtful minimalist dream and ideal for any creative.
In the dining room this family shows that they are not afraid to experiment with color. A vintage dining table has been painted a bright magenta. Upholstered hairpin leg dining chairs add to the vibrant mix. Along the original wood railing is housed one of the home’s more intriguing moments - a series of George Washington paintings surveys the room. The collection, which began accidentally, according to David, is a “study in contrasts,” as many are prints or amateur interpretations based on the original work by Gilbert Stuart.
If paint is peeling on the exterior of your house, sun and water can damage the wood underneath. Frank Lesh, owner of Home Sweet Home Inspection Company in Indian Head Park, Ill., recommends scraping down to bare wood, priming and allowing the primer to dry before applying new paint. “Paint at the right time of day, which is after the sun has faded away from the area you’re painting,” he says, “because sun evaporates the paint material too quickly.”
Peeling interior paint is an issue if it’s peeling off in rough squares, like an alligator’s skin. That’s a sign that lead-based paint is underneath, so if the area is large or if you have small children (who are very susceptible to damage from lead poisoning), consult a professional about removal.
Kitchens are everyone’s favorite gathering spot, and this house is no different. It’s full of personality and retro chic to boot. Mint green is rapidly becoming my personal fave for kitchen applications and I really love using artwork in kitchens too. Not only do the Stansells have two Jeff Guy portraits displayed on the windowsill, they’ve layered them with pieces that their children have created. Micah and Whitney are really conscious of continuity in their home’s design: the color teal is represented again on the kitchen island and the breadbox. Besides the nostalgic range and mixer, the counters are 4x4 tiles as opposed to one solid surface and were recently restored by Micah himself.
Ants scurrying on countertops or mouse droppings in HVAC grilles are signs that you have openings in your house that need to be closed, says Steve Gladstone, owner of Stonehollow Fine Home Inspection in Stamford, Conn. Check places like exhaust vents, condensate lines, pipes, ducts, utility access panels and garage doors — you’re looking for obvious gaps, signs of chewing or nesting, or ripped screening. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking at or don’t feel confident you can solve the problem yourself, call a professional exterminator. Mouse and bird droppings in particular can be hazardous to your health.
Designer and architect Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta found five brackets stacked up at a little store on the side of the road. They were pieces of houses that had demolished, but she loved the gray-blue patina and their scale. "Even if you have a brand new home, accessorizing with found objects is a great way to impart texture and character and charm without spending an arm and leg," she says.
Part of the Savannah College of Art and Design's revitalization of downtown Savannah began with the school's founding in 1978 under the direction of president Paula Wallace (learn more about SCAD's history and Wallace's role in founding the arts college at SCADstory, the new interactive exhibition that debuted in spring 2019) has been reclaiming historic buildings. The meticulously restored 1888 Victorian mansion in the Queen Ann style Smithfield Cottage in downtown Savannah is a guest house for SCAD guests (Salma Hayek and Derek Lam have stopped in while in town), and is a billboard for SCAD's creative side. The home is filled with artwork by SCAD alums and Paula Wallace's designer husband and SCAD grad Glenn Wallace has integrated Asian elements and historic touches at Smithfield to create a sublime blend of the contemporary and the timeless in this beautiful home.
Like many Atlanta suburbs, Marietta has embraced its historic downtown district and bulked up food and shopping opportunities for residents who may not want to drive into Atlanta for a great meal. Downtown Marietta including Marietta Square is home to some memorable restaurants and this fall 2018 the area welcomes a new food hall Marietta Square Market, to compete with Atlanta's on-fire food halls Krog Street Market and Ponce City Market. Housed in a former repurposed historic warehouse, Marietta Square Market, a 7-minute walk from Marietta Square, will feature a variety of restaurants with street tacos, baked goods, burgers, ramen, bubble tea and other au courant goodies on their menus. If your Marietta travel plans can wait, Swedish cult retailer IKEA is opening a Marietta outpost in 2019 or 2020.
The Solis Two Porsche Drive hotel adjacent to the Porsche Experience Center, has become the go-to destination for visitors checking out the driving experience at Porsche. Part of the booming city rising in the shadow of the airport, the "aerotropolis" of Hapeville next to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport—the world's busiest passenger airport—is just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta and has a lot to recommend it for both car-crazy adults and their child companions. The 8-story hotel itself overlooks—at key vantage points—the Porsche Experience Center racetrack. The rooftop Overdrive Lounge offers the best public view by far of both Porsche and the airport and there are also 9 track-view suites. The rooms themselves are insulated with triple-pane windows from flight noise. For transportation-obsessed kids, this is a once-in-a-lifetime convergence of planes, trains (train tracks pass right in front of the hotel) and automobiles all viewable in close proximity to the property (there's even a Delta Flight Museum close-by for flight fans). For quick and easy access to downtown Atlanta, I-75 is in close proximity to Solis. You can sit on the outside patio of the in-house restaurant Apron and watch planes come in for landings and eavesdrop on visiting German Porsche execs relaxing after a day of work at Porsche's North American headquarters. To continue the Porsche tie-in, two Porsche Cayennes offer VIP transportation to the airport and auto artwork abounds: there are car murals in the lobby and car motif art in the 214 guest rooms. There is even an in-house Porsche themed gift shop to take home a souvenir.
There are endless restaurants in Atlanta specializing in farm-to-table, meat-and-three, soul food and other variations on Southern fare. A homespun, unpretentious entry in those ranks is Southern Bistro, a comfort-food centric spot from husband and wife Nancy and Colman Goodrich who do especially well with down-home appetizers with a Southern flair like boiled peanut hummus, a solid pimento cheese served with toast points, ham and collard green egg rolls and, of course, the in-house variation on fried green tomatoes served with goat cheese and sweet pepper jelly. Don't expect fancy, cutting-edge foodie fare, but do expect good at this neighborhood spot especially good for a quick lunch.
This 43-acre unique estate property is located in the beautiful Pemberton Valley, 5 minutes north of the village of Pemberton, 3 minutes from the Pemberton airport and just 25 minutes from the world class resort of Whistler, British Columbia. The majestic Pemberton Valley, known for its natural beauty, thriving agriculture industry and countless recreation opportunities is also quickly becoming an international equestrian centre.Nestled at the foot of the spectacular Mt. Currie, this private gated estate features a 6,850 square foot custom built home and a separate barn and caretakers suite. The main house includes everything you need – and a lot more. Featuring 4 bedrooms and 5-1/2 bath, a separate master suite wing, a gourmet kitchen, open concept living area with a separate games-room/bar, media room, wine cellar and triple bay garage with fourth bay, currently being used as a hobby room. An additional space, over the garage is being used as a secondary media room, but could easily be divided to add a gym and yoga studio.The separate barn is currently being used as a helicopter hangar and a space for recreation equipment, but has been designed for a 6-stall horse barn, complete with hay lofts, heating and full security. There is a 2 bedroom caretaker suite upstairs in the barn, featuring a full kitchen and bathroom. This fully secured estate has plenty of useable outdoor living space with landscaped gardens, a full-size pond, a salt water in-ground swimming pool and a paving stone automobile court in front of the home. This estate has been exquisitely finished while maintaining a comfortable homey feel - making it the perfect place to raise a family or to use as a recreational property.Features include: 2 fireplace(s), Gated Entry, security system, intercom / music system, separate guest quarters, three-car garage, here is a porte-cochere for one vehicle plus additional parking for up to 4 vehicles, Air conditioning, forced air heating systemInterior features include: this post and beam home has been exquisitely finished and features a gourmet kitchen, marble countertops in the kitchen and bathroom, vaulted ceilings with suspended walkway, large windows throughout.Views include: sunset, sunrise, mountain.Amenities include: health club, golf club, bike trails, equestrian facilities, walking trails, landing strip, salt water outoor swimming pool, covered outdoor hot tub.Built in 2003.2 stories, 6,850 approximate square feet. 2 buildings. Wood exterior. Metal roof.Architectural style: Farmhouse43.8 acre lot.Property features: 13 Rooms, 6 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms.
This 43-acre unique estate property is located in the beautiful Pemberton Valley, 5 minutes north of the village of Pemberton, 3 minutes from the Pemberton airport and just 25 minutes from the world class resort of Whistler, British Columbia. The majestic Pemberton Valley, known for its natural beauty, thriving agriculture industry and countless recreation opportunities is also quickly becoming an international equestrian centre.Nestled at the foot of the spectacular Mt. Currie, this private gated estate features a 6,850 square foot custom built home and a separate barn and caretakers suite. The main house includes everything you need – and a lot more. Featuring 4 bedrooms and 5-1/2 bath, a separate master suite wing, a gourmet kitchen, open concept living area with a separate games-room/bar, media room, wine cellar and triple bay garage with fourth bay, currently being used as a hobby room. An additional space, over the garage is being used as a secondary media room, but could easily be divided to add a gym and yoga studio.The separate barn is currently being used as a helicopter hangar and a space for recreation equipment, but has been designed for a 6-stall horse barn, complete with hay lofts, heating and full security. There is a 2 bedroom caretaker suite upstairs in the barn, featuring a full kitchen and bathroom. This fully secured estate has plenty of useable outdoor living space with landscaped gardens, a full-size pond, a salt water in-ground swimming pool and a paving stone automobile court in front of the home.