- Morgan Blake
Many Atlanta homes sit in historic, long established neighborhoods with architecture in the traditional, southern vernacular. A deliberate intermix brings a modern sensibility to the interiors of a 1907 cottage; the thoughtful mash up of design styles creates visual intrigue and creative tension, all while being sensitive to the architectural integrity of the turn of the century home.
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Classic details and furnishings from various eras are highlighted with abundant light and barely tinted walls.
What Would Dixon Do? A turned wood vessel is crafted from the fallen branch of a 200+ year old pecan tree that stands on the property.
A polished aluminum Kong chair by Phillipe Starck for Emeco is in good company amid wood, marble, and cast iron.
Leather, wood, fabric, metal, and cork make an interesting mix of materials and textures.
The kitchen sports a composition of ornate seating with a minimalistic Saarinen table. When renovating, antique heart pine was custom milled in 16' long boards and laid in a single run wall-to-wall, mimicking the home's original flooring.
Bath fixtures are original and honest, honoring authentic period details.
A street artist's colorful, graphic painting of British pop star Morrissey stimulates contemplation and quells bathroom boredom.
Warholian window treatments make the atmosphere fun and unfussy.
With a nod to the home's backstory, furnishings from 100 years of design history look effortless in the entry. Turn-of-the-century partners include a 2002 Mooi Random light above a late 19th century sofa; a Cherner chair mimics the curves.
A full wall of field tile and the absence of upper cabinetry keeps the kitchen open, bright, and light.
A high-low mix tempers the pedigree of Hans Wegner's Wishbone chair with the sensibility of an H front Ikea PS dresser; a letterpress printing of "The Line" by Old Try pays homage to the abode south of the Mason-Dixon.
A Breuer style floating credenza in the dining room is topped with a vintage candelabra and Flos Spun light.
Art, architecture, and design books are for color and reference. A Shaker console table holds Taschen's monumental anthology of Domus magazine, maintaining Gio Ponti's assertion of "the importance of aesthetics and style".
A simple artifact placed over the bed makes a tongue-in-cheek statement.
The minimalistic planes of a Giulio Lazzotti plywood bench flirt with the curves of an Arne Jacabson Swan chair, both adding contrast to the predominantly white room.