Atlanta's historic West End neighborhood is experiencing a growth phase with many first-time homeowners buying spaces in the neighborhood. Homeowners like Helene Ross and Eric Connolly bring fresh, mod style to their historic home with the addition of cheeky Chinoiserie figurines on their front porch, boldly-colored planters and industrial-style railings.
Outdoor drapery helps blur the lines between indoor spaces and exterior porches filled with upholstery, swings and places for lazy napping next to the saltwater pool, all keeping a fresh, clean and neutral palette. And after the sun goes down, the party moves to the lakeside fire pit.
Everything is upholstered in Sunbrella, including the outdoor drapery, which all gets a heavy hose-down in advance of every visit. The couple and their guests can nap, lounge, party and relax there.
Painting the ceiling of the great room Carolina blue is a thoughtful nod to the local tradition of painting porch ceilings blue to keep evil spirits away. Adding the color to the room’s ceiling plays with this tradition while also adding a pop of color that connects with the other blue elements in the space.
The front porch of Rollins' bedroom wing features tailored console skirts in the theme of white and dark navy and the accompanying mirrors with a lattice frame complement the lattice motif in the rest of the garden. Rollins points out that the color she has chosen for her home's shutters is purposeful. "You can't tell if it's black or navy. It's a little softer than black," but the color offers stunning contrast to the home's painted white brick.
Connection with nature was part of the Craftsman movement notes Artemesia's owner Leonard Fenton. "Rather than express your dominion over nature," Craftsman designs "were supposed to bring you close to nature."
Problem: bud drop. Solution: If buds fall off a new flowering plant you’ve just brought home, it may have been shocked by the sudden change in its growing conditions. It should recover in time. Be sure your plant isn't sitting in a draft or in a spot that’s too hot or cold. You might also want to increase the surrounding humidity.
Equipped with a ceiling fan and a wood-burning stove, this screened-in porch maintains a welcoming environment whatever the weather. A porch swing begs for you and your favorite book. Architecture by Jasmit Rangr.