After moving out of a cramped city apartment, the homeowner wanted a functional place to cook and eat. The kitchen island is a workhorse with its built-in storage for cookbooks and wine, while the industrial look of the wood and sleek waterfall countertop blend with the rustic dining table and surrounding outdoor views.
The clean, sharp edges, white brick design and fire stones of this outdoor fireplace give it a fully modern appeal. The white brick wall features a built-in stainless steel grill and black countertop cook space. Landscape lighting throughout the yard extends the warm look of the firelight through the space.
You wouldn't necessarily think this Atlanta suburb would be home to a vibrant, international community. But like much of Atlanta, Alpharetta is a tech headquarters that attracts a diverse, dynamic population. A visit to Avalon for lunch one day led to the happy sighting of an East Indian wedding in progress, complete with horses and colorful attire and a musical promenade down its wide avenues. No better expression of that global vibe is the Avalon outpost of one of Atlanta's most beloved Persian restaurant's Rumi's Kitchen. This beautifully designed space offers indoor and outdoor seating and the kind of satisfying Mediterranean cuisine you'll want to hit more than once during your visit. Craft cocktails (the Persian Sunset with bourbon and apricot jam is a wonderful combination of Southern and Middle Eastern flavors) are an unexpected pleasure at Rumi's, but you won't want to stop there: lamb sliders, a labne appetizer and dolme (stuffed grape leaves) are great starters before you transition into the main event: some of the most succulent slow-cooked grilled meat kabobs, each served with a different saffron or lentil and raisin or orange zest and pistacho rice.