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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.
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“All the trees outside this lakeside home inspired me to choose a leafy color for the kitchen cabinets that paired beautifully with a sky blue oven and hood. The look is a breath of fresh air!” — Kristina Crestin, Kristina Crestin Design, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
“Blue is always a crowd-pleaser. This particular shade may be dark and moody, but there are bright undertones, so it’s more exciting than classic navy. Paired with metallic accents, it’s extra dramatic.” — Michelle Thomas, Michelle Thomas Design, Austin, TX
“We get a lot of gray skies in Oregon, and I wanted my dining room to have a sunny-summer-morning feeling all year long. Golden yellow did the trick — even friends who don’t like yellow like this one.” — Hannah Hacker, Adapt Design, Portland, OR
“Playful dog wallpaper kicked off the redo of this bathroom, designed for a young girl. The black-and-white pattern paved the way for a big pop of color on the vanity. Fuchsia is vibrant and hip, and it’s a shade she won’t outgrow.” — Shannon Weller, Tracy Lynn Studio, San Diego, CA
“Here’s a color that’s fun but still a neutral. It’s spa-like when paired with white accents, but you could easily dial it up by adding poppy coral accessories.” — Marika Meyer, Marika Meyer Interiors, Bethesda, MD
Green and White Traditional Bedroom With Padded Bed Frame
This master bedroom is an oasis of creams and seafoam green. The upholstered wall is lit from a hidden soffit above, and the fabric matches the duvet cover. The trim on the edge of the upholstered wall is implemented in the Roman shade. The soft calming colors along with a padded headboard and footboard truly create an escape from the rest of the world.
This small space garden bed is surprisingly affordable and offers a generous growing space for a gardener who has a green thumb but not enough room to grow. City Pickers Patio Raised Garden Bed, $29.97
Heat-tolerant thrillers, fillers and spillers pack this container of silvery-green succulents, with echeveria adding a pop of warm color on their red-tinged leaf edges. If you can’t get your hands on Blue Pickle Vine, substitute any succulent with a trailing habit. Use fast-draining soil and place the plants in full sun for a fabulous container that can take summer’s heat head-on. RECIPE: ‘Caribbean’ (Echeveria 'Caribbean', Zones 9-11); Blue Pickle Vine (Senecio radicans glauca, Zones 10-11), 3 plants; Peacock Echeveria (Echeveria peacockii, Zones 9-11); Little Jewel (Pachyphytum compactum, Zones 9-11), 2 plants; Mini Blue Chalksticks (Senecio serpens, Zones 9-11), 3 plants; Echeveria pollux (Zones 9-11); ‘Blue Ruffles’ (Echeveria ‘Blue Ruffles’, Zones 9-10); ‘Afterglow’ (Echeveria ‘Afterglow’, Zones 9-10); Pachyveria 'Noel' (Zones 9-11), 3 plants
A clean-lined four poster bed with a coordinating nightstand creates a contemporary look in this bedroom. A textured royal blue accent wall provides a beautiful backdrop, lending depth and interest to the space.
Flip or Flop: Unique Use of Space in White Modern Kitchen
As seen on HGTV's Flip or Flop, an extra long countertop is a creative way to make the most of the space in this bright white, modern kitchen. Hardwood floors extend into the living room pulling the separate spaces together.
Sleek rocking chairs, boxy armchairs and a clean-lined sofa pair with a large fire pit for a cozy yet contemporary feel on this back porch. Large sliding glass doors allow outdoor-indoor functionality.
Modern Widespread Faucet Complements Modern Bathroom
The close-up, side view of this Pure Design Interiors bathroom countertop shows the modern, minimalist style of the space. The modern chrome faucet, with its rounded center water spout, harmonizes nicely with the gray and white marble countertop of the vanity, while the small accessory objects to the left of the faucet give the space an earthy, natural touch.
Spacious, Fully Equipped Island in Contemporary Kitchen
Since the perimeter cabinets in this contemporary kitchen stretch from the floor to the ceiling, the island — which is is fully equipped with a sink, cooktop and vent hood — serves as the prep station.