"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.
Richly Appointed Home Office Boasts Dark Wood Desk and Wall Unit
This home office, designed by Mary DeWalt Designs, provides a strong, masculine aesthetic as your eye feasts on the rich, dark woods of the desk, bookcase and flooring. DeWalt employed just a touch of blue in the area rug to reflect the color scheme she used for the rest of the home.
This open concept kitchen features white wood cabinets paid with white stone countertops and hardwood floss. A farmhouse sink and blue range hood add interesting details, while the renovated layout allows room for a butler panty with additional storage.
Instead of remodeling your whole kitchen, just refurbish your countertop to add a dramatic sweep of color, says Erika Woelfel, VP of color for Behr Paints. This neutral kitchen gets a pick-me-up from Behr’s Mountain Blueberry paint on the island topper (plus Marsh Grass on the upper row of cabinets). Woelfel recommends using a high-gloss or semi-gloss enamel for kitchen surfaces.
A wall of industrial-style étagères provide for both art display and storage in this home office. Reclaimed teak wood sculptures placed atop lacquered display pedestals connect the room to outdoor spaces.
Stainless Steel Range Hood Over White Subway Tile Backsplash in Midcentury Modern Kitchen
A rich orange accent wall and red stove knobs bring warm pops of color to this kitchen design. A stainless steel range hood is fixed between sleek white cabinets over a subway tile backsplash. The horizontal tile compliments the woodgrain finish of the lower cabinets.
In this open concept living area, an oversized paper pendant light helps to delineate the dining space. The clean lines of the table and mid-century chairs perfectly fit the simplicity of the overall decor.
To brighten the space, designers removed the interior windows and doors that surrounded the living room. White furnishings, interesting lamps and a sofa table create a light, relaxing space with great views of the bay.
Originally a guest house, this space was converted into an indoor-outdoor cabana with Carrara marble and French White Oak accents, a custom wet bar complete with a sink, refrigerator, ice machine, storage, and 20-foot-long glass doors that pocket. Green wallpaper with a Palm plant design is a showstopper.
Making good use of the available space in this large bedroom, a wall size headboard with bedside reading sconces envelopes the bed and nightstands. A rich chocolate brown with a stripe pattern, the headboard coordinates with the lighter beige bench. White linens match the white walls and an armless chair.
Originally a guest house, this space was converted into an indoor-outdoor cabana with Carrara marble and French White Oak accents, a custom wet bar complete with a sink, refrigerator, ice machine, storage, and 20-foot-long glass doors that pocket.
This modern condo features a great room with gray sectional sofa, wall art with gold portrait lights, a pair of teal wingback chairs, a kitchen with bar top, and a loft living space with cable railing.