Homeowner Chad Alford had always wanted to live in a New York City loft, so his partner Tomas Frenes designed their townhome in Atlanta's Cabbagetown neighborhood to look like urban buildings. Custom sliding doors with smoked glass conceal the lower level office and guest room and upper level master bedroom and are designed to look like industrial windows, while exposed ductwork, a modern light fixture and spiral staircase add to the urban feel.
The modern living room of this guest house is reminiscent of a beach locale, with its relaxed furnishings, rugged tables and natural fiber rugs. To incorporate the modern, industrial design of the space, metal light fixtures were added to maintain the integrity of the design while helping to light the room. A sliding barn door cleverly conceals the entertainment center when it's not in use, and a Nano door opens poolside to open onto the patio where polished concrete floors continue out into the pool area help to make the seamless transition from indoor to outdoor.
Designer Kerrie Kelly designed an unusual retreat for this living room by setting a dining area against the back brick wall of the room, complete with chairs and a built-in banquette. The table, chairs and light fixture have an industrial feel but work well with the more modern chairs and coffee table that reside on the other side of the room. The look is reminiscent of a 1950s supper club, which produces a whimsical feeling for family and friends.