"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.
Blue Cottage Kitchen With Cooktop
In this kitchen, the hand-painted tile backsplash's delicate pattern is a graceful companion to the white upper cabinets and a handsome foil to the honeyed tones of the range hood and lower cabinets.
Transitional Open Plan Kitchen With Black Barstools
A bank of upper cabinets used to sit above this kitchen's peninsula, closing off the room from the adjacent living and dining area. Removing them gives the kitchen a whole new open feel, much better for entertaining.
Modern Kitchen With Counter-To-Ceiling Tile Backsplash
This elegant white and gray kitchen showcases modern design, from the decorative tile backsplash that runs from the marble countertops to the ceiling. A stainless steel range and oven is flanked by classic white cabinets with nickel hardware.
This crisp, white kitchen with modern elegance features four globed pendant lights that hang from the beautifully vaulted ceilings. A marble kitchen island with three contemporary bar chairs face the decorative tile backsplash that runs from the marble countertop to the ceiling.
Designers kept this kitchen's handsome traditional roots and well-planned flow, but gave it a few key updates. The charming blue backsplash is made of hand-painted terracotta and ceramic tile. Countertops are quartz with a concrete lookalike finish.
The bold, blue and white backsplash is the focal point in this modern kitchen. A chef's oven with stainless steel hood range is flanked by white cabinets with brass hardware, complimented by a brass-toned faucet at the quartz kitchen island with a farmhouse sink.
Timeless Cottage Kitchen From Sarah Sees Potential
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson transformed this once dark and cramped kitchen into a bright, contemporary space that fits the needs of a growing family of three. New stainless steel appliances and pops of light turquoise and green paint give the cozy white kitchen a contemporary, timeless look.
Country Wood Dining Set Adjacent to Contemporary Kitchen
Gray concrete flooring provides a smooth connection for the rooms in this open floor plan. From the contemporary kitchen, a large opening leads to the dining space. A wood table with matching chairs, floral roman shades and blue walls decorate the room with a country style.
Contemporary Orange and White Kitchen With Eat-In Island
Designer Kari McIntosh Dawdy transformed this kitchen with bright colors and accents, giving this 1920s home a more contemporary feel. She selected white cabinets and gray countertops that can handle the orange tones that pop within the room. Especially captivating is the soft orange-colored ceiling that helps to frame the entire design.
Luxurious and Eco-Friendly Custom Arbor in Stunning Patio
This luxurious outdoor space boasts a stunning custom arbor, built entirely from sustainable materials. Contemporary outdoor seating comfortably seats up to 20 people. A stunning stone fireplace is perfect for chilly nights.
The biggest problems to be solved in this kitchen makeover? Not enough storage or useable space. For a lighter, more open feel, designers framed the range with two windows repurposed from another part of the house. Ceiling-high cabinets were given glass doors, more shelving with an airy look!
Japanese Koi-Inspired Pink Wallpaper Adorns a Wall That Holds a Gold Mirror
One of the defining features in her living room is a patterned wallpaper that Jeanie Engelbach has been coveting for years. The pink Japanese koi-inspired print fits perfectly with her eclectic style and blends seamlessly with her unique furniture and accessories.
The all-white perimeter of the kitchen is contrasted with golden accents (drawer and cabinet pulls and other details) and the island's slate blue cabinets. The combination of colors is warm and welcoming.