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Hapeville: You've Got a Fast Car
"Our playground" is how Hapeville's Porsche Experience Center coach Chris Ivester describes the incredible 1.6 mile closed track experience at Porsche's North American headquarters in the shadow of Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. "We love our noisy neighbors because nobody complains" says Ivester of the low-flying planes coming in for a landing on Hartsfield's flight path which tend to drown out even the sound of turbo engines and peeling tires. One of only two such tracks in the United States (the other one is in Los Angeles and there are tracks in Germany, France and Great Britain), this thrill-ride for grown-ups allows drivers 21 and over to test out a variety of driving experiences and obstacles on a safe, enclosed track where a coach is always in the passenger seat to offer guidance and driving tips. The majority of Porsche Experience Center drives come to have an incredible day driving, but some new Porsche owners also visit for practical tips and training on how to enjoy their new baby. "This is a bucket list" items says Ivester, with birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions celebrated with the gift of an extreme driving experience. Each closed track is different in topography so Porsche lovers come from all over the country and world to try out Atlanta's unique circuit. The experience is custom, from the car selected to the course chosen. Some of the possible 6 driving modules include the Launch Pad, where G-forces kick in as you test a car's pick-up power by flooring the gas for the kind of drag-racing thrill not recommended on normal roads. The Kick Plate is where you can experience the skidding-out thrills of black ice where a combination of polished epoxy and water jets (oh, and sudden pop-up fences to make things even more challenging) gives the sensation of losing control so you can practice regaining it. The one-mile Handling Circuit mimics the feel of driving a twisting country road, only you are solo on this one, able to test our tight turns and experience the fun of owning the road. For car freaks and even novices, this is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Master Bedroom Sitting Area With Nesting Tables
Gold leaf nesting tables add glam to this relaxing master bedroom nook while the soft fabrics of a blue armchair and animal print rug bring warmth to the space.
Asian Sitting Room Featuring Wood Chairs and a Large Turquoise Framed Accordion Door Leading Outside
A large accordion door with turquoise door frame adds a touch of color and opens this sitting room out to the backyard patio. Gorgeous wood chairs create stylish seating under a mushroom pendant light and exposed ceiling beams.
Masterpiece Design Group designed a multi-functional wall for this playroom, for displaying games, toys and supplies. In addition, a simple table was designed to provide a place for creating art or eating snacks. Rolled white craft paper stationed on a dowel allows for easy cleanup.
Beautiful Traditional Kitchen Features Soft Colors, Chic Cabinetry & Large Kitchen Island
This stunning traditional kitchen greets you with a welcoming atmosphere in soft tones. White cabinetry and light stone countertops keep the space light and warm while the chevron-design backsplash excites and doesn't overwhelming. Enlarging the island countertop on one end creates additional space for seating and food preparation.
Cooking dinner is easy and fun in this contemporary galley kitchen with sleek white cabinets, stone countertops and stainless steel appliances. The design makes the most of the compact space with plenty of prep space on the counters and storage in the cabinets. The unique pattern on the hardwood floors finishes off the room.
Traditional Kitchen With Marble Countertop and Full-Size Refrigerator-Freezer
This pretty, traditional kitchen shines in the details, from the marble countertop to the cup-style cabinet pulls. A professional full-size refrigerator and freezer add function and wow-factor to this cozy space.
This open floor plan connects the dining room, living room and kitchen, creating a family-friendly space that's truly the heart of the home. A comfortable gray sectional pairs with a sleek wood coffee table in the cozy living space, while a blue-green rug defines the area.
A wood bench visually flanks the decorative tiled wood-burning fireplace beneath a large wall-mounted TV in this neutral, cozy living room. Brass accented wall sconces provide lighting at night when guests are looking to add more logs to the fire.
This living room from designer Amy Bubier brings warmth and a modern twist to a Southwestern-style home with a shag rug, rich warm colors and desert plants. A neutral tan paint color is a good backdrop for burnt orange accent furniture and pillows. Every room needs a little sparkle so the orange silk throw pillows have tiny mirrors sewn on to reflect light.
This inviting living room makes use of chocolate-colored leather chairs, a crackling fireplace and a large mahogany wood armoire to give it a high-end, classic look. The highlight of the room is the coffered ceiling, hanging just over the seating area.
A wall-mounted fireplace makes a dinner gathering more intimate and cozy, and the stone facade brings a natural touch to the modern gas fireplace. The warm, inviting look is complete with soft lighting, rich walls and comfortable seating. A neutral area rug and light hardwood flooring anchor the space.