In this peaceful Asian garden, a pre-existing Japanese tea house and sawn granite walkway strike a beautiful visual balance. The lilac flagstone of the pathway not only complements the traditional lantern statue, but also helps to establish a clean and defined space for visitors to walk through.
The redesign of this lovely residence, home to a family of five, began as a kitchen remodel then turned into a full house renovation. The owners loved bright colors and splashy patterns, so they're seen throughout from cheery accents in the kitchen to the sunny wallpaper in the foyer.
This recently renovated, 6,000-square-foot home naturally features waterfront views from every room. The island also includes a boat house with a guest bedroom and game room, a tea house with a wrap-around porch, a caretaker's cottage and a maintenance shed -- in addition to two private beaches.
The custom dining table in this sleek kitchen and dining area was inspired by the homeowners' visit to a tea house. The table is walnut with beveled edges; a portion in the center can be removed to expose a black metal tray, reminiscent of the table the owners' liked.
This large porch provides plenty of room for sipping sweet tea in the summer breeze. White wicker furniture lines the exterior of the house, cushioned by floral pillows. Hanging ferns add a burst of color and shape above the porch railing.
The metallic headboards in the guest bedroom of the HGTV Design Star cast house are custom-made from pattern-printed hides, batting and blocks of wood. A rattan serving tray is prepped for an afternoon in bed with a book and cup of tea.
A staycation is not complete without downtime, and even as the hostess, you can sneak away for a few minutes to write down your thoughts and drink a glass of sweet tea or champagne. To inspire your guests in their own journaling activity, put up some of your favorite inspirational quotes around the house on chalkboards. You can even ask your guests to add some of their words throughout the weekend.
The Reduced to Ashes cocktail with tequila, mezcal, fresh lime juice, butterfly tea and aquafaba (an egg white substitute made with chickpeas) at Saltwood Charcuterie and Bar in Loew's Atlanta is the perfect encapsulation of this bar program's merits. In-house cocktail impresario Ramsey Kashlan delivers the goods when it comes to taste and presentation and the focus on Southern bites make for a nice deep dive into all this Southern city has to offer.
If you want a scene-y, vibrant, stylish stay for your Alpharetta visit, you couldn't do better than The Hotel at Avalon, a hip Autograph Collection spot with a buzzy bar and lobby scene and a destination-worthy in-house restaurant, Atlanta favorite South City Kitchen, a great way to sample smart regional cuisine if you are feeling too lazy to head beyond the hotel's oasis-like ambiance (which could happen). Situated within the Avalon community, the hotel offers extreme walkability to the great food and shopping options at this new urbanist development. A pretty outdoor pool, in-house Starbucks, complimentary bicycles and coffee and tea in the lobby every morning, make this beautiful space feel like a cozy-but-cool home away from home.
Entertainment and a splendid cap to your meal in one, ask one of the Cafe Intermezzo servers for a tour of their dessert offerings and sit back for an extensive show-and-tell. This European-style coffee house smack dab in the center of Avalon has an endless selection of coffee and tea offerings as well as an impressive list of Southern and European classic cakes, pies and pastries from black forest cake to tiramisu, cheesecakes and crepes. Brunch and dinner options are also available, but you owe it to yourself to stop in at least for a drink and to soak in the old world atmosphere.
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.