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Cover feature:

Rejuvenate, Refresh

and Retreat... to the Mountains

Cashiers, NC

Where Quail is King

Seminole Plantation

Thomasville, Ga


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Note from the Editor in Chief

The prospect of owning a second

home is appealing to many people

whether it be at the beach, in the

mountains or on a sparkling lake. These

all offer wonderful options for enjoying

a relaxing getaway with family and

friends. Many areas are naturally appealing

such as the refreshing mountains of

Cashiers / Highlands, NC or the pristine

shores of Lake Oconee in Greensboro,

GA. A second home location with a twist

would be Aiken, S.C., where many devotees

of equestrian sports such as polo

or foxhunting gravitate or Thomasville,

GA. where the sporting lifestyle is still

part of the everyday culture. In fact, the

two cities were both choices of Jacqueline

Kennedy to visit when she sequestered

herself following the assassination

of President John F. Kennedy. Here,

grand estates abound, populations are

small and those that live there tend to

treat others with respect. With the great

outdoors, well, right outdoors, there is

no lack of ways to be active if you are

so inclined.

Thomasville offers fine dining and

unique boutiques along with art, culture

and quail hunting. It sits in the midst

of the largest population of long leaf

pines in the country scattered over dozens

of plantations and provides miles of

hard packed sandy roads to ride horses

or bikes. Just an hour north of Tallahassee,

Thomasville is considered one

of the most cultured cities in Georgia.

While the Astor’s and Vanderbilt’s were

building cottages on the Golden Isles,

the Hannah’s and Whitney’s were establishing

their own grand resorts in the

Red Hills, centered around hunting and

riding. If you plan a visit during the upcoming

months, I recommend staying at

the Paxton Historic House Hotel, where

owner Carol Whitney will serve you the

best biscuits you have ever tasted, provide

you with bicycles to pedal around

town and a cocktail in the afternoon to

help you unwind before dinner. This gracious

home, circa 1884, is beautifully

appointed with antiques, art and vintage

photographs highlighting the history of

the area. When evening arrives, relax

outside on the veranda while enjoy the

fresh evening air as you are serenaded by

crickets.

While in Aiken, be prepared to follow

all things horsey. This town has traffic

signals with the change buttons located

high enough to push via horseback. It

may be the only city in existence that

offers visitors the chance to meet at the

corner of Easy St. and Whiskey St. and

has an in-town park which is exclusive to

horses or foot traffic. Polo, steeplechase,

racing, show jumping, fox-hunting, carriage

driving…. The list goes on. If you

want a home built around a polo field,

Aiken is the place for you. It is a popular

layover in spring and fall for players

on the way to Palm Beach for the winter

or Long Island in the summer, with fast

and furious polo played somewhere every

weekend. Along with the equestrian

lifestyle is fine dining, shopping, and the

finer things of life. It may not be the life

for everyone, but as writer Christine Tibbetts

tells it, it’s a great spectator sport!

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CONTENTS

July/August 2015

DESIGN&BUILD

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InspiringPlacesBeautifulSpaces

8 Rejuvenate, Refresh, Retreat

...to the mountains

A restful, rustic masterpiece

Cashiers, NC

14 Aiken for Peace

Polo player and businessman

Alan Meeker finds his haven in SC

Aiken, SC

22 Where Quail is King

Period renovation in the plantation

home of Rankin Smith

Thomasville, GA

On the cover:

Escaping the Georgia heat in a

mountain retreat. Cashiers, NC.

Cover photography

by Jim Lockhart

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Columns

MILESTONES

28 Intent to Reinvent:

Lake Santeetlah Summer Home

SOUTHWIND

42 Atlanta’s DeKalb:

The Arts, Gourmet Lifestyle, Learning and Fun

SIPS ALONG THE WAY

48 Thomasville:

Wine, Roses and Gourmet Dining

THE FINAL NAIL

62 If Architects Had to Work Like

Web Designers

Depa rtments

34 46 52

30 A NEW LIFE

A Family at Home

34 ART BY DESIGN

Pansy’s Legacy: Pebble Hill Plantation

39 KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE

Aiken, South Carolina

46 GREAT ESCAPES

DESTINATION RELAXATION:

The Glen-Ella Springs Inn

50 GOOD FINDS

Parrot Pot

Parrot Flower Power

Keen Home Smart Vent

INADAYS Inatrap Insect Trap

52 OUTDOOR LIVING

Living Outside Your Box

TALK OF THE TRADE

56 Design: At Home with Shane

Shane Meder

58 Remodel: The Frosting: Lighting 101

Vanessa Reilly

60 Finance: Consider This

Lee Abney

64 ADVERTISERS


Contributors

Jamie Miles

Doc Lawrence

Veteran travel writer and published

author Doc Lawrence

combines three decades

of experience on the road

with expertise in wine, spirits,

arts, fine dining and Southern

heritage. One of the country’s

top journallists, Doc, based

in Atlanta, covers America’s

Vanessa Reilly

Vanessa Reilly has been listing

and selling homes in Atlanta

for over a decade. In 2008,

she married her love for interior

design with her passion

for mid-century architecture

and flipped her first home.

Since then, she has visualized,

After graduating high school,

Jamie traveled to Dallas,

Texas and attended Southern

Methodist University. She

received a B.F.A. in Video

Cinema and a B. S. in Political

Science. From there she traveled

to Emory University in At-

Shane Meder

Shane Meder is an award-winning

designer primarily serving

Atlanta and surrounding communities

for more than 20 years.

His Atlanta-based firm, Black

Sheep Interiors, is committed

to offering highly personalized

interior design to clients, helping

them create the home of

lanta, Georgia and received

her Juris Doctorate. A twist of

events opened the door to

a creative writing platform,

and once Jamie slipped her

5’9 ½” inch frame through

the wee opening, she never

looked back.

their dreams. While the majority

of the firm’s projects embrace

current home design and new

construction throughout the

Atlanta area, Black Sheep Interior’s

work also includes homes

and estates in New York, Chicago,

San Francisco, Dallas, Hilton

Head, Brussels, and London.

stages, parks, galleries, artisinal

farms and fine dining

restaurants. Co-authored

with TV Celebrity Chef Lara

Lyn Carter, “Southern Thymes

Shared” (Pelican Publishing)

Doc pairs the wines of the

world with Ms. Carter’s amazing

recipes.

designed and sold dozens of

modern renovations in metro

Atlanta. She is the Broker/

Owner of domoREALTY, a

Real Estate firm that specializes

in listing and selling some of

the coolest homes in the ATL.

Contributing Photographers / Images

Lee Abney

Lee M. Abney is an

attorney in Madison,

Georgia focusing

on Real Estate

law.

In his spare time,

he is a father,

husband, an avid

runner, and occasional

writer.

Christine Tibbetts

Christine Tibbetts is

a veteran journalist,

classically trained

as a reporter and

editor. A New Jersey

native living in

Georgia, she crafts

stories focusing on

the essence of places

and the people

within them.

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Larry Gleason

Kim Jackson

Shelly Schmidt (OhSchmidt.com)

Tony Gouge (A.P Gouge Photography)

Dale Spartas

David Lominska

George Buggs

Jim Lockhart

Phil Pyle

River West


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effect

Come find yours...

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InspiringPlacesBeautifulSpaces

Rejuvenate

Refresh

Retreat...

Many Atlanta families have a tradition of escaping the oppressive heat of the

Georgia summer by retreating to the mountains of North Carolina during the hottest

months. Cashiers, located in a valley with an elevation of 3500 feet and Highlands,

on a mountain with an elevation of 4,118 feet have remained a favorite

vacation and second home destination since the turn of the century, due to the

spectacular scenery, exceptional weather and wide variety of activities. Only ten

miles and 30 minutes of winding mountain roads separate them.

When building in the mountains, says

Architectural designer Bill Baker, there are special considerations

that need to be addressed and often, overcome.

He suggests you retain an experienced contractor up to the

challenge of building on the side of a mountain. “There is

a great chance of hitting rock when digging the foundation

so understanding the topography is very important,”

explains Baker. “The parking of construction worker vehicles,

and getting trucks, equipment and supplies on site test

the builder as well.”

Seeing the Beskin mountain cottage, it’s easy to understand

that overcoming the difficulties is worthwhile. Their

picturesque home with a cedar shake roof integrates into

the landscape, providing a fabulous mountain retreat. Baker

chose to use large sheets of tree bark that were steamed

into flat sheets as the skin (or outside) of the house. “The

technique employs a painstaking method of removing the

tree bark by mechanically peeling it off with a sharp knife.

The bark is then steamed and treated to preserve it to enhance

the rustic look,” says Baker. “It is a complicated process

but one which produces a very distinctive appearance,

especially with a home that you are integrating into the

landscape. As this is a fragile material, you do need to protect

it from the elements. The eaves offer protection from

the weather and a stone wainscot prevents rain damage. We

used weather sheaving underneath the indigenous tree bark

as an added barrier against the elements.”

These types of materials are often used in the Highlands/

“The owners taste leaned toward French Country style. I took that preference and blended it with a

North Carolina feeling, as can be seen in the front hall. A poplar post on the staircase is juxtaposed

with a faded, French Country buffet and an antique Oushak rug. We loved the soft, muted, faded

tones in the palette it created. “

~ Kathleen Rivers, Interior Designer, KathleenRivers.com

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...to the mountains


Cashiers area when the client desires a house that incorporates

indigenous trees. According to Baker, the texture and

color of the bark complements the rugged, natural mountain

rock, adding more texture to the façade. The columns

and railings of the porch are made from locally harvested

black, locust trees.

In an effort to create an all-wood look for the interior, reclaimed

wood planks and massive hand-hewn beams from

old barns were used extensively on the walls and ceilings

of the Beskins home. Even the staircase railing makes use

of log timbers. The home’s many fireplaces are lined with

granite instead of firebrick and have monolithic slabs of

stone above the firebox openings. All the floors are made

of wide-plank heart-of-pine, with the cracks and imperfections

carefully preserved to add to the natural charm.

No trip to the mountains would be complete without the

family’s dogs. So, in the pantry, concealed under a counter

of rough-cut wood, the home incorporates a specially designated

area for the dog’s beds.

Stepping out of the house to the rear deck and porch,

one is immediately struck by the beauty of the mountain

views. The covered porch is the focus of casual, evening

dinners for family and friends, beside the stone fireplace.

Hand hewn limbs are woven into a decorative lattice detail

that runs from top of column to top of column. Sitting on

the porch in the evening, one can hear the sounds of tree

frogs calling their mates while the hoots and calls of owls

fill the night. Breathing the fragrant air, you can understand

why this is considered a piece of heaven on earth.

Written by Kim Jackson

DB

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Where to get

the Lo ok

ANTIQUE RUGS:

Oushak:

OneKingsLane

onekingsland.com

KITCHEN CABINETS:

Bradley

bradley-usa.com

DINING ROOM

Chandelier:

custom-made

by local craftsman

Jack Jaynes

Wicker chairs:

Basketworks

560 NC-107, Cashiers, NC

Framed prints:

Audubon

“Amsterdam editions”

Gallery on the Green

40 Burns St, Cashiers, NC

LIVING ROOM

Sofas

Travis & Company

travisandcompany.com

Wall paint

Benjamin Moore

Satin Impervo

“Putnam Ivory”

benjaminmoore.com

BARK SIDING

The Bark House

barkhouse.com

ECLECTIC ACCESSORIES:

Scott Antique Market

scottantiquemarket.com


Claim your treasure.

Jackson Hole Trading Post

& Gem Mine

Open every day from May 1 - November 1 from 10 am to 4 pm. Call for all other times. 828-524-5850

9770 Highlands Road • Highlands, NC 28741


InspiringPlacesBeautifulSpaces

F

Aiken for Peace

A home is a haven. It is a place of solace, of quiet time, of peace. Those

who can, build a second residence far and away from the epicenter of

their daily business grind, as it is easier to separate play from work. This

place is their sigh of relief. It is where hobbies are pursued and life is truly

lived. This is the best sort of retreat.

FOR FORT WORTH, TEXAS RESIDENT ALAN

Meeker, Crestview Farm in Aiken, SC is a place for

to regain quietude while pursuing his love of polo.

“The gates to Crestview are very heavy. When

you’re behind them, you know you’re safe. There

is a long, lovely drive up to the house and the polo

field, and something is always in bloom. It’s a very

special place, and was designed around tranquility.”

The den, in particular, is a restful space for Meeker

and his two children. On the hardwood floor rests a

Flokati rug purchased in Greece. “The feel of the

rug is like walking on silk,” he says happily. “It’s

extraordinary.” Woven and processed in an age-old

tradition of being washed for hours in waterfalls or

fast-moving streams, the wool is fluffed and pulled

by the water flow into luxurious softness. Flokati rugs

have been cherished for centuries and are known for

their resilience and for being naturally static free and

flame resistant. The den is also graced with some

of Meeker’s favorite portraits. The paintings are of

some of his horses—but not just any horses. These

are cloned. (Yes, cloned—and the world’s first, at

that.) Mr. Meeker’s company owns the rights to

the exclusive cloning technique which was used to

clone Dolly the sheep in 1996. Polo players prefer

to play mares, and as such, they do not go into the

breeding shed. Cloning champion ponies has turned

into a lucrative new business.

But, we digress.

Second homes tend to be filled with things the

owner appreciates and that reflect their lifestyle.

Meeker’s favorite portrait resides above the mantle

in the living room. Entitled “Green Jays,” the brilliantly

colored bird was painted by Stuart Gentling.

If you don’t recognize the name, he and his brother

painted the official presidential portraits of both

Bush presidents.

In the kitchen, Meeker also took the opportunity

to fill the space with materials that speak to him.

“My good friend Trammell Crow lives in Dallas.

He has Blue Bahia granite in his home,” he begins.

“I always loved it and thought that if I ever got the

opportunity, I’d find a place to use it. When I came

across a Cobalt blue stove, I decided to design the

kitchen around it and the blue granite.” Like any

good southern gentleman, Meeker also gave a nod to

his mama in the design scheme. “My mother always

said a house is not complete unless there is a room

with an oriental flavor,” he muses. “The powder

room is a beautiful little oriental jewel box.”

“I love this house,” Meeker says. “When we started,

all that was here was cornfield and forest.” Three

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“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard.

Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” ~ Dorothy, Wizard of Oz

Custom

cabinetry by

Clive Christian

of Beverly Hills

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Alan Meeker

(on right) in a

match with

HRH Prince Harry

of Great Britain.

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years later, and plans modeled after a rendering

drawn on the back of a bar napkin at the Willcox Hotel

yielded 152 acres of male bonding heaven. Not

only does the elder Meeker satisfy his need for polo

on this estate, but the youngest Meekers,

9 and 11, enjoy a fully stocked

bass and crappie pond and an archery/

gun range.

Modeled from the Cloister at Sea

Island, Meeker designed his house to

showcase the ceilings and exposed

wood beams. Although some of the

wood was locally harvested, the majority

of timber used is from a stand of

Douglas fir found in Oregon. Cut and

dried to his specifications, the actual

construction was not unlike an oldtime,

Amish barn raising. Dove-tail

joints were used in the residence and

also in the barn, which stables Crestview’s

polo ponies.

Fellow player and friend JD Cooper of Cooper

Home and Stable in Aiken helped Meeker draft his

vision. “I met Alan shortly after he arrived in Aiken,”

Cooper explains. “He wanted to set up a polo

operation here, and we talked about how to design

the property organically. Alan came by the site every

weekend during construction and hashed out the

details with me. Together, we made good choices

and wise decisions about how to develop the land.”

One of those decisions was to style the barn as a

rustic, rough-hewn, Colorado post-and-beam type

of structure, with a broad overview of quality and

JD Cooper of Cooper Home &

Stables

use of long-lasting materials. “Alan wants this to be

here in a hundred years,” comments Cooper. With

a slate roof and all wood treated with a fire-proof

preservative that also protects against rot, mildew

and insects, it’s very likely to still be

standing well into the next century.

“The interesting thing about homes,

and more so about barns, is that people

have particular tastes, styles and

functions for the horses and for themselves,”

Cooper explains. “It’s a personal

space for them. No two barns are

the same.”

Having moved from Kentucky to

Aiken to enjoy a longer polo season,

this Auburn graduate has found a way

to incorporate his love of horses with

his talent for custom construction. In

Aiken, there are over 30 polo fields

but, according to Cooper, there aren’t

many polo barns that are top-end.

“Crestview is the exception,” he states.

Indeed, it is exceptional.

DB

Written by Tracey Buckalew

In Crestview, as with all

of the barns I build, we

used 2 ½ in thick,

interlocking rubber

brick for the floors.

The ceilings are lined

with tongue and groove

joint pine. It has a beautiful,

natural, woody feel to

it. It is also insulated, with a

water source heat pump.

It’s very energy and cost

efficient.

~ JD Cooper, builder

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We can’t get enough of

these amazing barns.

Enjoy!

Hampf Farm - Eventing/Fox Hunting

“The Hampf’s are a great

family from Nashville. They

do fox hunting with their

horses and are heavily

involved in eventing. They

were looking for a place to

settle down in the South to

escape the winter. When I

met them, the barn design

was already done.

We put the cabinet in the

aisle for Joan [Hampf] to

stow all the horse blankets

and such. It’s made out of

the same material as the

rest of the barn, which is

the wonderful yellow pine.

The stall fronts, end doors

and stall windows were

custom made by a company

from Cynthiana, Kentucky

called Lucas Equine

Equipment.”

~JD Cooper


Two-Notch Farm - Dressage

“When Stephanie Saunders

brought me in to redo her

barn, it was very rough on

the inside. As one of the

first Thoroughbred training

barns in Aiken, it had been

standing since the early

1900s and had to be completely

gutted. Stephanie,

whose father is actor Cliff

Robertson, is wonderfully

creative and has great

taste.

The lounge area in the

barn has a door that

opens into a stall where

she keeps her personal

horse. She wanted him

to be able to look in and

interact with her when she

was relaxing in this room.

The walls and ceiling are

skins stripped from heart

pine beams. They give the

space a gorgeous, earthy

glow.”

~JD Cooper


Blackforest Equestrian- Dressage

“I designed the barn from

pictures out of a landscape

book of old English

mansions. I’m a mechanical

engineer, so I was able

to do some fairly detailed

sketches of what I wanted.

I found John Seaton,

a British builder who had

experience with restoration

of old homes. He knows

the old world methods of

using timbers and joists, and

he understood the look we

were going for.

There were many parts

of the process where, if

we couldn’t find what we

wanted, we made it or

improvised. The wood in

the center part of the barn

aisles was beautiful pine

taken from wooden pallets.

The keystones over the

doors were sculpted by me

out of clay, and molds

were made and poured

from the design.

The neat thing about John

is that when I had an idea

of what I wanted to do, he

helped me figure out how

to do it. It was fun!”

~Kathy Lewis, owner

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Suzita

Polo Ponies

30 x 40

(price upon request)

suzitageorge.com

Tel 239.248.0659

Madison, Georgia


InspiringPlacesBeautifulSpaces

Where Q uail is King

Seminole Plantation is a treasured

part of the family of Rankin Smith, Sr.

who purchased it in 1979. This idyllic

retreat is nestled in the Red Hills

region of south Georgia just slightly

east of Thomasville, amongst majestic,

old-growth, longleaf pines, and

magnolias. Here, the Bobwhite is

king and wild coveys are plentiful.

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Our caravan is traveling down the Monticello-Boston

road, a long, flat ribbon of asphalt cutting through the sparsely populated,

south Georgia piney woods. We are passing picture-book

scenery in search of Seminole Plantation, a quail hunting preserve

that dates to the late 1850s. Today, the privately owned plantation

remains intact as a country getaway, where family and friends

gather to relax and enjoy the sporting life. Bryan Knox, the grandson

of Rankin Smith, Sr. considers Seminole a special part of his

heritage, earning a degree in Forestry from the Warnell School of

Forestry and Natural Resources at University of Georgia to assist

in overseeing the management of the 9000 acre plantation. The

Red Hills region of Georgia is home to the largest stand of old

growth, long leaf pine trees in the country, so the importance of

management is understandable.

The history of Seminole Plantation dates back to the mid-

1800’s. According to Ann Harrington of the Thomasville History

Museum, the land was acquired by Major Josiah Jefferson Everitt,

who moved to Thomas County in 1839. Everitt and his wife,

Harriet Ann Archer, named their plantation Ashland. The house is

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Seminole Plantation after restoration

New fire pit constructed from old brown Savannah brick.


attributed to John Wind, Thomas County’s premier antebellum

architect.

John Barber Everitt, one of twelve children and the only son

to reach adulthood, served in the Confederate Army during

the Civil War. He inherited the home and 275 acres in 1882,

living there a number of years before moving to Louisville,

Georgia. In 1917 Everitt sold Ashland to his great-nephew

William Thomas Mardre. Mardre was the manager of the

famous Greenwood Plantation and served in the state legislature.

He renamed the plantation Mardreland and began acquiring

additional property to enlarge the original holding.

Seminole’s ownership changed hands again in the 1950s

when the Murchison family of Texas purchased it. They are

attributed with renaming the plantation Seminole, perhaps in

honor of the Indian tribe which populated Florida. In 1979,

Rankin Smith, Sr. - philanthropist, supporter of the Fernbank

Museum and former owner of the Atlanta Falcons purchased

Seminole. The property remains a part of the Smith family

holdings and they continue to enjoy quail hunting and family

gatherings at their private retreat. Seminole Plantation is

considered a wonderful and important part of the history of

Thomas County and the Smith family are honored caretakers

of the property which is treasured by the entire community.

When they realized the home was suffering from age related

ailments, including chimneys that were becoming structurally

unsound, it was time to address the needs of the grande old

house and breathe life back into it.

My tour guide for the day is Charlie Whitney, who turned

his extensive love of history into a lifelong career in the antiquities

business, beginning as an auctioneer and later as owner

of C.H. Whitney Antiques. He has now added the title of Independent

Restoration Consultant to his resume. Due to his

trained eye for historical accuracy and painstaking attention

to detail, he was retained in 2012 to restore Seminole to its

original state of pristine glory. No easy task when you consider

that a home built in the 1850’s was constructed without

power tools. It’s fair to say that Whitney is committed to the

old ways of working to attain a feeling of timelessness.

Seminole is a reflection of a different era, when seasonal

visitors flocked to Thomasville to enjoy the moderate win-

The ladies parlor at Seminole.

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ters, escaping the bitter colds of northern locales as soon as

the first snowflake touched the ground. They gathered with

family and friends to enjoy sporting activities such as quail

hunting, horseback riding and social gatherings. In Thomasville,

these traditions continue to this day, with the quaint

south Georgia town coming to life as the hot summer days

and nights give way to cooler fall breezes.

“It was important to the family to take the house back to

as close to original as possible,” explains Whitney, with his

south Georgia drawl. He is modest and unassuming, however

if a client desires a renovation to accurately reflect the era

in which a building was constructed, Whitney is on many

people’s list to oversee the project. “The Smith family was

very involved in this project from the first and had specific

ideas of what they wanted. We took their ideas and put them

all together, restoring and retaining as much of the original

structure as possible, from the windows to the fireplaces.”

The home is breathtaking in its simplicity, with beautiful

attention to detail. Thomasville decorator Gina Shumake

used many of the Smith’s family pieces, including framed

photographs displayed on the staircase that illustrates the

family history. “I basically took their ideas and put it together,”

said Shumake. “We tried to create a comfortable

feeling that had a Southern feel. The formal furniture from

the 1950’s was replaced with modern furniture that was

comfortable for casual living. We had fun using vintage materials

and the family selected items at Scotts Antique Market

that integrated well into the furnishings.”

The architecture is a classic four-over-four Georgian style

with 4 bedrooms upstairs, 2 parlors downstairs (men’s &

ladies), a mud room, dining room, kitchen and wide, expansive

hallway shooting straight through the middle of the

house, with an elegant stairway leading upstairs and 13 foot

ceilings. The original kitchen was separate from the main

house and is now the gun and trophy room, as well a guest

bedroom. Built completely from Southern yellow pine harvested

from the land, mellowed heart pine gleams throughout

the home and is used for flooring and hand rails.

Every detail of the renovation, from designing and crafting

of the dining room table from reclaimed heart pine to

Dining room with handmade heart pine table and reproduction period chairs.

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emaking necessary pieces of the intricate moldings used

outside for decorative trim was overseen by Whitney. The

moldings and railings as best as possible are all original

throughout the house with necessary replacements created

by the old method of using a single blade to cut and shape

each piece, and the finishing done by blades as well.

“The dining room table and chairs are historically accurate,”

says Whitney. “We designed the chairs to be true to

the era and a local craftsman built each one individually.

We replaced the hardware on all the doors and cabinets

and used a special technique to give a patina of age. The

original steel hinges on the doors were still here but they

all had to be removed. We stripped off multiple layers of

paint and then repainted them black.”

The fireplaces were one of the more challenging parts

of the restoration. There are four fireplaces in the house

and they all share the same main flue. The fireplaces

were a concern of the family and for safety, it was necessary

to completely refurbish the inside of the flue. The

brickwork around each fireplace inside the home was also

redone, using antique brown brick from Savannah. A total

of 3000 bricks were ordered to ensure enough for the

project. Whitney explained that it is important when using

reclaimed materials to have enough on hand for completion

of the job. “Some bricks get broken and matching the

bricks for color is necessary for the aesthetic appearance.

In addition to the restoration of the fireplaces, an outside

fire pit was built with the remaining bricks.”

It was difficult not to linger once the tour was complete.

The cars were cranked and running long before I was

ready to depart. Seminole Plantation possesses a sense of

comfort, charm and warmth, and is extremely livable with

sporting art and quail figurines of various materials scattered

throughout; it is a family home enjoyed by all who

are blessed to visit. For Charlie Whitney, it was a year well

spent. For the Smith’s, the restoration was a completion of

their dream to preserve Seminole for the next generation.

DB

Written by Kim Jackson

Where to get the Look

HISTORICAL RENOVATION: At C.H. Whitney, we realize

that every client has a different combination

of assets, limitations and dreams. Our goal is to

understand your unique needs so we can plan

the perfect solution. Whether the project involves

new construction, historical restoration or interior

decorating, we are dedicated to addressing the

specific and individual needs of our clients.

www.chwhitney.com

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Photo top:

Master Bedroom.

Below:

Guest bedroom.

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top:

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line the staircase.

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Doorknobs

and hardware

were given an

aged patina

to fit the time

period represented

in the

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MileStones

Out of the Ashes

An Architect and Artist Turn the Loss of their

Vacation Home Into an Opportunity to Showcase

the Creativity of Five Generations

LAKE SANTEETLAH, NC — When the Tunnell family’s

North Carolina vacation home burned to the ground, they lost

more than just memories. They lost a repository of family art,

much of which had been created by Jean Reese, a ceramic artist

and mother of Karen Reese Tunnell. Karen, a textile artist,

and husband Bill, an architect and founding partner of TSW,

an Atlanta-based planning, architecture and landscape architecture

firm, decided to turn tragedy into opportunity.

“Over the years, Bill and I had adapted our various homes to

accommodate our tastes and our growing family, but we had

never had the chance to collaborate and build a home for our

family from scratch. It was exciting for us to work together

to create a beautiful, functional home that could also showcase

art created by family members spanning five generations,

including my great-grandmother, grandfather, grandmother

(a quilter), my mother, myself and our children,” said Karen

Tunnell.

The rebuilding process began in 2004 and the home was

completed in 2007. It overlooks Lake Santeetlah in western

North Carolina, and is both contemporary and rustic, traditional

and whimsical. The 2,400-square-foot, four-story home

includes three bedrooms and three baths, plus an office/guest

room, a large art studio and a woodworking shop. The Tunnell

family enjoyed the home for a number of years before they

sold it in late 2014.

The first thing we did when we began to design the home

was sift through the wreckage of the original house to find

shards of pottery and dishes from my mother’s work,” said

Karen. “Mom and I used them to create mosaics throughout

the new home – on the outdoor fireplace, countertops and tables,

and as a kitchen backsplash. It was a way to bridge the

old and the new and to honor my mother’s work.

“Bill designed a beautiful home on the footprint of the original

structure. Because the lot is so tiny (just over a tenth of an

acre) and so steep, the house reaches for every possible square

foot of indoor and outdoor living space, with each floor cantilevered

beyond the one below. The timber frame has a light,

spare quality, which emphasizes these structural gymnastics.

The result is that the main living level hovers in the treetops

60 feet above the lake. The stepped façade, facing south,

provides shading for each floor in the summer, while allowing

winter sunlight bouncing off the water to penetrate deep

into the house. Deep roof overhangs, ceiling fans and natural

cross-ventilation help keep the house comfortable most of the

summer without air conditioning.”

To make the home suitable for multi-generational living, Bill

incorporated principles of Universal Design into the structure

like easy-access shower stalls, wider doors and levered

door handles. The four-story elevator shaft with windows at

each level allows guests of all abilities to move throughout the

house, and is great fun for kids to ride, too.

“Both Karen and Jean created custom art pieces for the

home’s interiors. While we owned the vacation home, Karen’s

textile works hung on the walls, and she and her mother

collaborated on a rug for the living room made from left-over

quilting scraps. Our son Dylan and daughter Leila both contributed

sculptures to Karen’s spectacular mountainside garden,

which grew in over the years to heal the scars left by the

fire,” said Bill.

The home’s light-weight timber frame is expressed on the

interior as well, with exposed roof trusses over the soaring

two-story living room. Tall double French doors and transom

windows take maximum advantage of the spectacular lake

views complimented by an intimate three-sided glass alcove

facing the lake, just large enough to accommodate two recliners.

There is a surprising variety of outdoor living spaces, including

a covered outdoor living room, a cliff-top terrace and

spacious lakefront balconies on all four levels. The loft office

overlooking the living room gave Bill needed workspace

where he completed a number of projects, including developing

the Master Plan for nearby Santeetlah Lakeside, and designing

several of the community’s homes.

Bill said there was a lot of push and pull between husband

and wife while he was designing the home in order to fully

integrate his architectural ideas with Karen’s artful installations

and finishes. Both realized the creation of this home was

a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a special place that

inspired and nurtured their family, friends and themselves.

And, while the home is now being enjoyed by a new family,

the Tunnells have many happy memories of creating a special

place that successfully blended the diverse talents of all the

family members who worked together to create it.

DB

Written by Julie Herron Carson

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ANewLife

I

A Family at Home

Claude and Liz Grizzard are family-centered so when thoughts of a vacation

house became a focus they were drawn to the gated community of Reynolds

Plantation in Greensboro, GA. Twenty-four years ago Lake Oconee, located east

of Atlanta, was a quiet, idyllic spot to build a weekend escape, and it perfectly fit

the needs of their growing family.

IN THE EARLY 1980’S, LAKE OCONEE WAS AN

undeveloped piece of paradise located between Greensboro

and Eatonton. The vision of Mercer Reynolds

gave birth to Reynolds Plantation, located on the sparkling,

pristine shores of Lake Oconee and consequently

contributed to the development of the entire area.

The Reynolds family quietly set about transforming the

property that had been in the family for over 100 years.

What started out as middle Georgia hunting land became

prime lake front property in 1979 when Georgia

Power completed the construction of the Wallace Dam

on the Oconee River. Today, in addition to boating

and other lake activities, Reynolds Plantation boasts

championship golf courses, a club lifestyle and upscale

seclusion, including the five-star, Ritz-Carlton Lodge,

Reynolds Plantation. This has catapulted the community

into one of the most desired areas for a second home

in Georgia.

It was in 1989 that Claude and Liz Grizzard, decided

to buy a lot to build a vacation home at Reynolds

Plantation. “We wanted a livable home, an old fashioned

lake house where we could come with the kids

and be comfortable,” says Claude. “We saw it as a family

retreat, where we could bring the children and the

grandchildren and enjoy playing outdoors, boating and

relaxing.”

They selected a lot in one of the original sections of

Reynolds - Terrell Circle and the following year purchased

the adjoining point lot. Lowell White was the

developer of the section and the builder of their home,

which was completed in 1991. They moved in July 4th

weekend which translates into many years of lake living.

“We’ve been here this July 4th for 24 years,” says

Claude. “With three children and now eight grandkids,

aged 15 to 23, we have a full house every weekend

during the summer months. We thought the house was

large enough, but when they’re all here, we’ve dsicovered

it’s not large enough! We just keep adding beds to

accommodate; the rooms are crowded, with bunk beds

in several rooms but it works.”

The house is situated as far down the lot and as close

to the lake as possible. The builder placed the stakes

for the house and then the Grizzard’s asked him to go

farther. “We took two feet off the house, width-wise to

move closer to the shoreline,” Claude said. “Our architect

drew us a lake-house-style home. We told her what

we wanted and she did it. I don’t know if it is a style but

it’s our style. ” Beautifully situated, the home is com-

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Dining room and living room

View from the front yard.

The back deck.


The Grizzard boat slip.

plete with soaring ceilings, beautiful views, a stackedstone

fireplace and glassed in outdoor living area which

allows for enjoyment during the cooler months. Liz explains

the patio is the favorite place for everyone during

late summer afternoons or nice evenings. “We have

beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We’re boat people, we

aren’t golfers and we have a pontoon boat at this dock

and on the other dock there is a speed boat for the kids

and the grandkids.”

The Grizzard’s have completed recent renovations in

the past 18 months, including the kitchen, and the downstairs

master bedroom and bath. “We discovered that

renovations always take longer than you expect!” The

decorator followed their love of blue, with teals showing

up in the pillows in the main living area. “We have been

very comfortable in all this blue so we will stay in the

blue family while we are redecorating. We prefer that, or

the neutral, woodsy look,” Liz explains.

It’s no surprise that the Grizzard vacation home has

expanded to include volunteer hours with the Greensboro

Boys and Girls Club. “I stepped in and became

Chairman of the Board several years ago. A lot of us did

a lot of work to get it going,” says Claude. “It’s a super

program. We have 380 kids. And we are making a difference

in their lives.” On a personal note, Grizzard has

been involved in the Boys & Girls Clubs of North America

for 53 years in some capacity, including serving on

the National Board, and he recently received a Lifetime

Achievement Award from the BGCNA.

Written by Kim Jackson

DB

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ArtByDesign

Pansy’s Legacy

“Sporting art” is a relatively modern term, referring to a genre that encompasses

country pursuits, predominantly in the eighteenth and early nineteenth

centuries. Often the style was referred to as animal pictures or portraits

by people who appreciated them when they were first in vogue. At

Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, the Elisabeth Ireland Poe Museum of

Sporting Art is a genuine reflection of the lifestyle and the art of the people

who lived there.

P

PEBBLE HILL PLANTATION, PLANTED IN THE

midst of plantation country, is more a sprawling grand

estate of the Golden Isles ala the Vanderbilt’s and Rockefeller’s

than a classic plantation home. From the lavish

stables, gardens and even swimming pool, the magnificent

neoclassical structure stands gracefully in South

Georgia but could be located anywhere. The main house

was rebuilt in the early 1930’s after the original home

was lost to a disastrous fire which left only the east loggia

standing, saved by a bucket brigade passing buckets

of water hand to hand from the swimming pool to

douse the flames. The present home is constructed of

brick, with Italian marble floors, a sweeping staircase,

grand rooms and a priceless art collection. Due to the

generosity of Elisabeth Ireland Poe (Miss Pansy), Pebble

Hill is held in private trust. Upon her death in 1978 the

estate was opened to the public with all the original fine

art, antique furniture, fine china, crystal, silver trophies

and so forth of the Hannah family on display, including

the collections of both Miss Pansy and her mother, Kate

Hannah Ireland.

Pansy was considered a trend-setter of her day. She

played polo in the 1920’s & 30’s at a time when women

did not play polo. She enjoyed hunting fox, quail and

other game on the family plantation but it was her love of

sporting art and the collection she amassed for which she

is best remembered. In 2010 the Trustees of Pebble Hill

deemed the art so significant they converted the second

floor into display space and the Museum of Sporting Art

at Pebble Hill was established. Visitors to the museum

may now view the collection in one space which adds

significantly to the enjoyment.

A combination of bronzes, paintings and lithographs,

all of which relate to sporting art are on permanent exhibition

in the museum while many other works including

the collection of first edition Audubon’s remain on the

first floor in the living areas. Museum Director Whitney

White says, “To me, it is a collection that represented

what Pansy loved, the outdoor life and the hounds, hunting,

and her horses. While Pansy was invited to visit the

White House numerous times, she never went, preferring

instead to pursue the sporting lifestyle not only in

Thomasville but in Cleveland, Saratoga and Lexington.

On exhibit are numerous works of art by John Emms,

Charles Towne, Walter Hunt, Pierre Jules Mene, and

Sir Alfred Munnings, all leading artists of the time as

well as a wide range of other recognized artists, some

of whom were personal friends. The centerpiece of the

collection is by Munnings, ‘My Horse Is My Friend: The

Artist’s Wife & Isaac’ and is considered by many collectors

to be the finest Munnings in existence. Loaned for

a brief period in 2013 to the National Sporting Museum

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Right

Artist:

Thomas Blinks

British, b. 1853, d. 1910

Painting:

Hounds Over Fence

Below

Artist:

Sir Alfred Munnings

British, b. 1878, d. 1959

Painting:

My Horse Is My Friend

painting depicts the artists

wife and her horse, Isaac.


and Library located in Middleburg, Virginia, the

Wall Street Journal said of the Munnings painting:

“The exhibition’s most memorable painting

of horse and rider is the 1922 portrait of his second

wife, Violet McBride. (Almost as eccentric

as her husband, Violet published a diary of her

Pekingese, Black Night, and had him stuffed after

he died.) The painting shows a slightly smiling

Violet standing, dressed in an elegant black riding

habit, hand on hip, holding the reins of her grey

mount. The originality of her dismounted pose,

and the asymmetrical arrangement of horse and

rider are striking, as is the picture’s setting—only

faintly suggested by the broad, abstract bands of

browns and green. By contrast, the horse’s coat

is a wonder of closely observed light, shade and

texture set down in a flurry of fluid, heavily laden

brush strokes.”

Another prominent artist is Walter Hunt who

was born in London, the son of Charles Hunt, a

painter of genre (everyday scenes). He studied

with his father and became primarily a painter of

animals specializing in paintings of dogs, hunting,

barn interiors, farmyard scenes and other

farmyard animals.

Hunt was highly regarded for his animal and

farmyard scenes and first exhibited at the Royal

Academy at the age of nineteen. He continued to

paint until his death in 1941.

P.J. Mene was born the son of a metal turner

and received instruction on sculpture and founding

from his father. Although mostly self-taught,

much of his early studies were at the “Jardin des

Plantes” in Paris, where he developed his talent

for animal sculpture. He first exhibited at the Paris

Salon in 1838 and continued to exhibit there

regularly until his death.

Mene was one of the most prolific and popular

sculptors of the Animalier School and one of its

earliest pioneers. He opened his own foundry in

the 1850’s where he created lost wax castings of

his sculptures in bronze. Mene was admired for

his realistic portrayals of animals and the detail

with which he executed each casting.

Pebble Hill makes for a delightful overnight

escape where you can immerse yourself

into another time and space. Go for

the grandeur and enjoy this marvelous

art collection, amongst all the other

wonders.

DB Written by Kim Jackson

Artist:

Pierre Jules Mene

French, b. 1810, d. 1897

Sculpture:

Huntsman and Hounds

Bronze

English sporting artist John Emms is well

represented in the Poe collection. Emms

was an avid hunter and became

famous for his paintings of horses and

dogs, particularly foxhounds and terriers.

Emms achieved an artistic acumen that

few could rival. A keen huntsman with a

consummate interest in the sporting

field, he is known for using fluid

brushstrokes which beautifully capture

the physical characteristics and

individual temperaments of his

canine subjects.

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Photos: This page: The Aiken racehorse exercise track at dawn.

Opposite page: Polo ponies in action.


KeepersOfTheCult u re

Aiken, South Carolina

Defining culture and heritage through equestrian pleasures and fine architecture.

SHAPING A HOLIDAY WITH AN

eye for architecture and design in

buildings, forests and landscapes, even

fences and open spaces might provide

a new filter for pleasant vacation experiences.

Worked so well for me in Aiken,

South Carolina, that this might become

a new genre of travel. Want to try? Here

are some insider tips:

• Dine in a stable, repurposed of

course, and serving five-course

excellence

• Sleep in 1900s splendor in a

three-story hotel replete with a

century of elegance

• Stroll within 2,100 acres of urban

forest on carefully groomed

trails bursting with native plants,

trees and fragrances

• Admire thoroughbred horses with trainers who understand

the steps toward blue ribbons

All things equestrian influence the Aiken experience, including

40 thoroughbred champions trained here and honored

in the Racing Hall of Fame and Museum in, of course, a renovated

stable in Hopeland Gardens located on Whiskey Road.

No matter if you ride or not: experiencing the culture

of those who do is quite delightful. Many towns have trolley

tours with entertaining docents but none wind as easily

through handsome neighborhoods, past fenced pastures and

racing tracks or under canopies of dense, lush trees as the

trolley in Aiken.

Paying attention enriches the links to all the Aiken experiences.

Why do the horses matter if

you, like me, are not a rider?

Because many equestrian families of

the Gilded Age admired Aiken too, they

invested in spacious cottages for their

winter visits, hotels for their guests and

fine stables, outbuildings and tracks for

their horses.

Details linger, and much of this architecture

is engaging today, available

for far more than drive-by tours.

Book a room or suite at The Willcox

which first welcomed guests in 1900.

Second Empire and Colonial Revival

are the formal styles and comfortable,

conversational seating in the lobby,

parlors, dining room and buffet breakfast

space is abundant.

This three-story hotel, with a full-service

spa and salon ingeniously tucked

in a calming space adjacent to the lobby, figured out how to

greet the company without a corporate registration desk, but

rather a gracious personal space.

Pay attention to this notion of design-oriented travel when

making dinner reservations. One must-do is Rose Hill Estate

where you can spend the night in one of nine bed and breakfast

rooms and where you definitely want to plan dinner.

The Stables is the restaurant name and it really used to be

one. My five-course dinner with a chilled cucumber soup intermezzo

was served under twinkling lights on the patio with

live music.

If you can, order the peach sautéed scallops, lobster and wild

shrimp and the sherry poached halibut with saffron risotto.

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South Boundary Road in Aiken.


Rose Hill is one of the many estates known as

winter cottages a century ago, built in 1898 and

now the delight of mother-son Eva and Stephen

Mueller.

“High on a hill overlooking downtown Aiken,”

he says, “this was the heart and soul of Old Aiken.

We see the buildings and grounds that way again.”

Neglected for 50 years, the shingle style architectural

beauty has returned since the Muellers

bought Rose Hill in 2002.

“This building style,” Mueller says, “is for

Americans by Americans, very high fashion then,

melding into the landscape.”

Look closely at that landscape, fragrant with

gardenias, eastern cedar trees older than the house,

shimmering gold gingko trees.

Mueller says the style reflects an understated,

level-headed architecture also found in The Hamptons

and Bar Harbor.

Space flows throughout the house, Mueller

notes, not interrupted with ornamental designs like

Eastlake in the Queen Anne era.

Proximity to downtown Aiken doesn’t distinguish

Rose Hill alone. The Willcox Hotel is diagonal

from the public library that has a playground

to rival its book collection, and the Center for the

Arts—an astonishing 22,000 square feet of galleries

is in the heart of downtown.

Walk two blocks and enter a forest. Perhaps

you’ve visited the urban forest in Portland, Oregon.

Aiken’s is comparable, 2,100 acres with 65 miles

of marked sandy trails for people and for horses,

free to enter every day of the year.

Harry Shealy is a retired botanist who calls

Hitchcock Woods a functioning forest, not a park

with swings. Ask to take a tour with him; sure he

knows the flora and fauna in great detail but he also

embraces the heritage and its relationship to Aiken’s

enticing cultural stories.

“Louise Eustis Hitchcock came here as a child

in the 1880s with her aunt Celestine Eustis of New

Orleans who was traveling for health reasons,”

Shealy knows. On the tour he’ll point out a gate

dedicated to benefactor Frances Hitchcock, bestowing

funds to build a foundation to protect and

conserve this forest.

The legacies of Aiken’s winter cottage families

create experiences for visitors today, and into the

future. Notice the Joye Cottage when you take the

trolley tour, return in February when music students

from the renowned Juilliard School of Music

take up residence to perform a ten-day festival with

retreat and workshops, then look to the future when

this cottage is given to Juilliard for a permanent

Aiken home.

I suspect the original owners, first Sarah Joye in

1830 with her farmhouse bed and breakfast, next

William C. Whitney remodeling in 1897, would approve

that today’s owner Steve Niafeh and the late

Gregory Smith declared their intention to present

the home to Juilliard as a residence for artists in

music, drama and dance.

These names might be familiar: polo enthusiast

and thoroughbred horse financier Whitney was

Secretary of the Navy in the Cleveland administration,

and Smith and Niafeh wrote the Pulitzer Prize

biography “Jackson Pollock: An American Saga.”

They also wrote their comical memoirs of the

three-year process to renovate Joye Cottage. It’s

named “On a Street Called Easy, In a Cottage

Called Joye.”

What about the architects influencing Aiken

during this era of Winter Cottages? New England

and New York City styles endure in the South today

connected to designer names such as these with

Joye Cottage:

• Carrere and Hastings, architects for the New

York Public Library on Fifth Avenue

• Sanford White, involved with Joye Cottage,

the Aiken Palmetto Golf Club and Madison

Square Garden

When you visit the Whitney Museum of Art next

trip to Manhattan, feel connected to Aiken and Joye

Cottage because sculptress Gertrude Vanderbilt

Whitney lived there, married to polo player Harry

Payne Whitney, and she founded the Museum.

Choosing a season to explore the architecture

and design of Aiken easily accommodates equestrian

immersion too, from developing a new fashion

statement at the Equine Divine designer apparel

shop in the very walkable downtown to polo

matches, steeplechases, horse shows and trials.

Save the Date here means an alluring range of

culture, heritage, culinary, structures and the great

outdoors.

For more details, visit www.VisitAikenSC.com.

DB Written by Christine Tibbetts

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Southwind

At la n ta ’ s Dekalb

The Arts, Gourmet Lifestyles, Learning and Fun

DDekalb, one of several counties that A

comprise the dynamic Atlanta region, is

a trove of excellence. With highly regarded

Decatur as hub, the surrounding gems

make up a mosaic of universally admired

universities, medical research centers,

and restaurant rows comparable to far

away places noted for advanced cuisine.

“Stone Mountain” painted by Olivia Thomason

with Doc Lawrence

HIGHLY POPULAR URBAN PARK, STUNNING

Stone Mountain is surrounded by a few thousand acres of

manicured land and pristine waters. Each year, more than

five million visitors come to camp, celebrate, dine, attend reunions,

fish and climb the granite monolith. The view from

the summit includes Atlanta’s skyline and the Blue Ridge

Mountains.

The Historic Village of Stone Mountain with its romantic

gazebo, railroad terminal, the African-American village

of Shermantown, includes nationally-heralded Art Station,

which features a theatrical company, performing arts center,

gallery and the state’s finest cabaret. Georgia artists Olivia

Thomason’s mural depicting the city’s legacy rests at the top

of the green grass pavilion.

Decatur, the center of Dekalb’s government, is the home

of Agnes Scott College and abuts Emory University, one of

the world’s heralded medical centers and a top leader in the

arts. The university’s Schwartz Center hosts acclaimed symphonies,

chamber orchestras, and jazz ensembles throughout

the year. Just around the corner, the Michael C. Carlos Museum

houses a collection of ancient Egyptian Mummies, plus

rare collection exhibits bringing the world to local audiences.

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck led a piano demonstration in the

lecture hall.

When the world faced an Ebola epidemic, Emory’s medical

team almost miraculously accomplished its safety mission.

Few neighborhoods in the South compare with majestic

Druid Hills. Originally designed by fabled landscape architect

Frederick Law Olmsted, parks, sidewalks, creeks and ancient

hardwood trees provide backdrops to some of the finest

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Kimball House Oysters DeKalb Farmer’s Market

Egyptian Mummies at Emory

examples of residential architecture. Look for the landmark

“Driving Miss Daisy” home. A hot spot for families, the

Fernbank Museum of Natural History occupies the middle

ground of Druid Hills while the nearby Fernbank Science

Center offers a planetarium as a celestial theater in the round.

Decatur, with its historic old courthouse, is a recognized

gourmet haven. Located in the city’s historic railroad terminal,

The Kimball House sits across the street from Agnes

Scott College. Selected as one of the best new restaurants

by several respected national magazines, it’s Atlanta’s unofficial

headquarters for varieties of oysters and imaginative

cocktails.

Decatur’s courthouse square literally rocks. One venue,

Eddie’s Attic, now owned by Alex Cooley, the godfather of

Georgia music performances, features top acts nightly and

the best Gospel Brunch this side of the House of Blues in the

French Quarter.

Local food means a few hours at Your Dekalb Farmer’s

Market on historic Ponce de Leon Avenue between Avondale

Estates and Decatur. Arguably the largest indoor market

on earth (expanding to cover an additional 80+ acres),

the amazing facility labels everything by variety and origin.

Seasonal farm products are available whenever possible. The

meat market, bakery and restaurant are popular and there is

coffee and tea from the four corners. Wine? An entire department

displays the best bottles from all regions.

The Asian and Latino communities of Dekalb are near the

Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, itself a top attraction complete

with viewing stands, good restaurants and impressive history.

Along the Buford Highway corridor, a food critic could

dine in restaurants representing over 75 countries and ethnic

regions from Viet Nam to Peru. Languages may include English,

but much of the charm comes from authenticity.

Brookhaven is home to the beautiful Gothic campus of

Oglethorpe University, a stone’s throw away from more

acclaimed restaurants. Wine headquarters is Sherlock’s, a

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Gothic Oglethorpe University

centerpiece of fine vintages and regular

tastings. The residential streets showcase

mansions surrounding a golf course and

country club.

North Dekalb’s jewel is Dunwoody,

a high-end assemblage of top shopping,

posh hotels, nice homes and naturally,

even more highly ranked restaurants.

The strategically located Marcus Jewish

Community Center is a cultural treasure.

Pulitzer Prize winner and Emory University

professor Natasha Tretheway, the

recent Poet Laureate of the United States,

calls Dekalb home.. She is a familiar face

at the highly successful Decatur Book

Festival on Labor Day weekend.

The area is not lacking in nostalgia and

history. Emory’s financial basis is inextricably

entwined with the business success

of Coca-Cola. Both baseball legend Ty

Cobb and humorist Lewis Grizzard were

patients at Emory University Hospital

prior to their death, and if you walk the

campus and get lucky, you might see Nobel

Laureates Jimmy Carter or The Dalai

Lama.

Decatur has restored the home of Mary

Gay, a feisty and well-educated woman

who was witness to the Civil War battles

culminating with the Battle of Atlanta and

the destruction of the city in 1864. She is

buried in Decatur’s lovely Old Cemetery.

Some very credible locals whose ancestors

knew both Ms. Gay and author Margaret

Mitchell believe she was part of the

composite that became Scarlett O’Hara.

Dekalb juxtaposes the best of the Old

and New South. This gemstone is an enchanting

place to relax, learn and satisfy

a robust thirst and appetite.

DB

Written by Doc Lawrence

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Ron Erwin BROKER

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$419,000

This 3 BR 2.5 BA home has 6 FPs and is situated on just

over an acre. This beautiful, columned home was built in

the 1980s and has hardwood floors, center hallway and

fabulous screened porch. Detached 2-car garage. All the

character of an antebellum home with the amenities

of a new one!

$525,000

This beautifully restored and well maintained home in

the heart of the Madison’s Historic District is ready to

move into. Four Bedrooms and 3 full bath 2578 sq foot

1932 cottage with large landscaped yard.

$349,900

5 BR 3 BA and 2 half baths on 8 Morgan County

acres with a small pond! This very spacious

home has 2 fireplaces, an office, family room

and a sun room. It even has a full basement.

Plus, it’s only minutes from Baxter!

$369,900

5 BR (with Walk-ins) 5/2.5 BA home is on 1.5 acres with

community green space on each side. It has 2 FPs, a pool,

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$479,000

Enjoy beautiful sunsets from this level, cleared,

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street and has dock in place. Has good water

and overlooks national forest.

$139,000


GreatEscapes

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Glen-Ella Springs Inn was renovated in 1986, leaving as

much of the original heart pine-paneled walls, floors and ceilings as was possible. Several of the stacked stone

fireplaces within are the original structures.

DESTINATION:

Relaxation

Accommodations

One of only ten Georgia inns

to be admitted to the Select

Registry of Distinguished Inns,

Glen-Ella’s pastoral setting

and unwavering assurance

of quality have become

widely recognized in a number

of different areas, each

of which are able to stand

alone in its excellence.

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Beautifully appointed, romantic rooms boast heartpine

walls, gas fireplaces, custom-milled bath products

and spa-worthy robes - just a very small list of reasons

why visitors to the Glen-Ella Inn return time and again.

Maybe it’s the 600-count sheets, or the covered, rocking

chair porches overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Perhaps it’s simply the sheer joy found in the absence of

city hustle and bustle… unless of course, you’re watching

a field full of fireflies.

Dining

Named one of the Top Ten Dining Destinations in


Glen-Ella Springs Inn

Travelers across the nation are

well-familiar with north Georgia.

Its hiking trails, waterfalls and wineries

are a favorite destination for

those seeking a retreat bathed in

natural beauty. In an area with no

shortage of tourist accommodations,

only a few stand above the

rest in quality and comfort. Add

in a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef,

and Glen-Ella Springs Inn shoots to

the top of a very short list.

Georgia, the Inn’s restaurant boasts signature dishes such

as Sautéed Jumbo Shrimp with peppers and andouille sausage

in a smoked tomato sauce, as well as an herb-encrusted

New Zealand Rack of Lamb accompanied with a

Jalapeño mint sauce. Fresh trout, steak, and Macadamia

nut-crusted chicken in a Dijon-cranberry sauce also make

a regular appearance on the menu. These exceptional

dishes are the savory masterpieces of Chef Bill Wilder,

who has honed his skills during over 20 years of culinary

excellence. Making reservations is suggested though, as

this favorite eatery is also open to the public.

Gardens

Adjoining a quaint, sheltered patio just off the restaurant,

is a lush, English-inspired garden artfully designed

to be a visual treat in every direction. Master Gardener

Marilla Martin tends to and cultivates a plethora of

plant varieties designed to attract the admiring glances

of guests as well as butterflies. After a delicious dinner,

stroll under arbors dripping with fragrant blooms, or wander

along the many flowerbeds.

Weddings

With several picturesque locations on the property from

which to choose, Glen-Ella’s expert wedding coordinator

can help brides plan a romantic event. The Inn also offers

a Wedding Planning Guide, immensely helpful when

overwhelmed with menu and vendor options.

Corporate Retreats/Meetings

As a corporate retreat, or simply a venue at which to

hold a meeting, Glen Ella provides thoughtful accommodations

and activities for groups. From ergonomic seating

and A\V equipment to outdoor excursions and Leadership

Development Programs for Team Building, attention is

given to meet the needs of each client. DB

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SipsAlongTheWay

THOMASVILLE

WINE, ROSES AND GOURMET DINING

America’s city of roses has a Southern

accent. Not Southern California,

mind you, but South Georgia’s

enchanting Thomasville. Roses

abound and the city honors these

flowers of red, pink, yellow and

white with a festival each year.

Just above the Florida state line

and almost a sister city to Tallahassee,

Thomasville is a place where

plantations and Victorian homes fit

nicely with positive progress, particularly

evolving gourmet lifestyles.

NOT A LATE ENTRANT IN VYING FOR

recognition as clarion for a “New South,”

Thomasville has preserved the best of the Old South

blending everything with gentle grace, good taste

and wonders from kitchens and cellars. Legendary

plantations are juxtaposed with wildly popular wine

bars. The bookstore is thriving despite Amazon.

You can order an espresso at a locally-owned coffee

haven and the sidewalks are just perfect for walking.

Fine dining here is as readily available as barbecue

and country cooking. And there is a very large

presence of wine and cocktails. Sweet Grass Cheese

Shop, just a short walk from government offices, is

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an extension of the nearby family owned dairy and

cheese producer Sweet Grass. Launched in 2010,

the interior becomes a farm table to enjoy some

authentic artesian cheeses like Thomasville Tomme.

With a choice of wines of the world and craft beers,

there is an ever-changing menu. A small sampling

includes handcrafted cheese and charcuterie boards,

delectable sandwiches, salads, small plates, and

desserts.

Madeira served with Percorino Ginepro, almonds

and wild honey manifests into a lasting memory of

just what Southern hospitality tastes like.

Family-friendly Sweet Grass has a children’s

menu that eschews junk food.

Lunch at Jonah’s in downtown Thomasville was

early on a local secret. Word spreads, however, and

the café with romantic sidewalk dining takes this

casual South Georgia experience to memories of

Paris and Prague. The crab cakes and shrimp and

grits are distinctive, flawless and delicious.

Chop House on the Bricks would be a serious

restaurant anywhere. What caught my eye on the

menu was the inclusion of Bradley’s Country Store

sausage, one of the wonderful farm products made

for generations at this culinary treasure right along

the nearby Georgia-Florida border. Anything with

Bradley’s name on it states that the chef and owners

have a genuine commitment to using local farm

products

The fried oysters at Chop House are served with

braised collard greens and the Pinot Gris from


Sweet Grass Dairy cheeses.

Oregon make a perfect fit. For steak, the

Pinot Noir selections range from Burgundy

to the West Coast.

Liam’s, a gourmet staple in Thomasville,

attracts diners that often include

Hollywood stars, governors, members of

congress and those who search for fine

dining. The menu reflects seasonal farm

products and the wine selections are varied

and thoughtfully chosen.

There are other wine bars and restaurants

of renown in Thomasville. Bacchus serves

a Petite Sirah and Vouvray, the Chenin

Blanc from the Loire Valley in France,

that when enjoyed, make a return visit

obligatory.

Roses honor beauty and romance.

Wonderful food and fine wines translate

into elevated lifestyle. Blend this and you

enter the wonderful world of Thomasville.

Meet me over by the city’s famous

landmark, the giant Live Oak. I’ll bring a

bottle of wine, two glasses and some local

cheese.

DB Written by Doc Lawrence

The giant Live Oak of Thomasville.

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GoodFinds

Parrot Pot

Irrigate your potted plants

&

LOOKING TO SPEND LESS TIME AT THE END OF A HOSE?

Try using a plant water sensor. Parrot, the creator of Flower

Power plant sensor, has developed two innovative plant sensors,

one of which is the Parrot Pot. The second generation Parrot

sensor is able to irrigate your potted plant with its own two-liter

reservoir conveniently hidden within the ceramic pot. The Pot

senses the sunlight, temperature, fertilizer, and moisture levels

via Bluetooth with the Parrot app. There are over 8,000 various

plant types in the Parrot Pot app database that will adapt particularly

to the needs of your plant. The pot has four waterspouts for

watering, as well as a conservative mode switch in case there is

little water remaining in the reservoir. Two outlets at the bottom

on the pot allows excess water to flow out if needed.

Parrot is not ready to share the release date or price of the Parrot

Pot just yet, but referring to the Flower Power plant sensor,

the price is likely to stay around $60.

Parrot

Flower Power

A wireless sensor with an app

DESIGNED TO COMBAT DIFFICULT CLIMATE CONDITIONS

the Parrot company also offers a sensor for indoor/outdoor monitoring

of your precious plants. In precise real time, the parameters

crucial for optimum health and growth of your carefully

cultivated flora are monitored. Soil moisture, fertilizer levels,

ambient temperatures and intensity of light are tracked and reported

to your Bluetooth, Smartphone or tablet, via a free Flower

Power App.

Analyze the data and easily manage the maintenance of your

plants through the guides on the app. A library database of more

than 6000 plants trees and vegetables are available by a variety

of botanists. Species origin, photos, growth requirements and

advice is available at your fingertips.

Available on the Parrot website for $59.

For more information, go to www.parrot.com

For more information, go to www.parrot.com

DB

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Keen Home

Smart Vent

Efficient airflow for your home

STOP PAYING FOR AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING

in under used rooms in your home! Meet the Smart Vent developed

by Keen Home. By installing four to eight of these

Smart Vents in various rooms, the HVAC system will operate

more efficiently by having a balanced home temperature structure.

Smart Vents have built-in pressure and temperature sensors

that wirelessly communicate with each other and smart

devices to determine when and where airflow is needed. You

decide the temperature throughout your house by using an

app in conjunction with your smart device. The Keen Home

vent self adjusts when sending cooled or heated air to specific

rooms. Smart Vents were designed to integrate into your current

system while regulating your home’s temperatures.

Each of the Keen Home Smart Vents is priced at $80. It is

not recommended to replace all of your vents in your home

with a Smart Vent as too many closed vents can put unneeded

pressure on your HVAC system.

For more information, go to www.keenhome.io

INADAYS

InaTrap Insect trap

A stylish insect trap? Oh yea!

DOES THE BUZZING OF PESKY MOSQUITOS PREVENT

you from enjoying time outside during the balmy summer nights?

Try the InaTrap GR-330 Mosquito Trap by INADAYS. Instead of

the hassle of sticky bug spray or hearing the crisp, electrical zap

of unlucky bugs in a standard bug-zapping device, this Taiwan

Excellence Award Winner of 2012 is discrete. Unlike other traps,

it is both an insect trap and an elegant night-light. The UV lighting

under the shade and carbon dioxide, which is comparable to

human breath, attracts insects to the InaTrap. Insects flying by are

drawn under the shade into the body of the trap, sucked into a fan

and into a catch container you can remove for cleaning. The trap

can be used both indoor and outdoor. Prices start at $84.95.

DB

For more information, got to www.InaDays.com

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OutdoorLiving

LIVING

OUTSIDE

your box

Y

You have finally bought your

dream home, and inside is perfection,

but the outside needs

a creative touch to complete

your living space. One of the

most popular elements in outdoor

living space, according

to Thomas Boyce, co-owner of

Boyce Design & Contracting, is

the outside kitchen. Many projects

are designed to go with a

pool but just as many are outdoor

living spaces centered

around a porch, deck, or patio,

and include a fireplace feature.

All of these elements build well

with an outdoor kitchen that

can be a hub for entertainment,

providing additional seating as

well as a good serving area and

work triangle for serving and

preparation of food.

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What are your options

for stone? Start here.

WHEN CREATING GREAT OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE,

there should be an emphasis in the design element that

meshes with the function you are trying to accomplish. It

can be as simple as just a cook top, or as elaborate as a fully

functional kitchen with a built-in grill, side burners, smokers

such as a Big Green Egg, wood burning pizza ovens,

wine coolers and mini-fridges. While certain cooking elements

are fun, and often more of a trend such as the pizza

oven, they can become a focal point to your outdoor space

by creating a unique part of the kitchen for entertaining.

Your outdoor nirvana incorporates several layers: building

the actual structure and finishing with decorating which

includes landscaping, furnishings and fabrics to supply

a finished look. Popular design elements include stacked

stone, brick, concrete or granite countertops and stainless

steel or cabinetry which ties into the appliances. Synthetic

materials are also available for a modern look and can be

customized to meet your needs. Floors can be tile, stone,

pavers, concrete... just remember that the exterior space

need to blend and compliment the architecture of the home,

with a flow nicely as if it was always supposed to be there.

DB

Written by Kim Jackson


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TalkOfTheTrade

Design

with Shane Meder

At Home With Shane

In my every day journey from home to home

and from client to client,

I am inspired.

Q: I’ve just bought a home, and I don’t know

where to start. What should I prioritize?

A: I have always felt that a home should reflect

the people that live in it. At every angle, make this

house your own. The master bedroom is always a

great place to start, as it is the first room you see

at the beginning of the day and the last room you

see at night. This room is often last on the list to be

appointed, but I believe it should be at the top of

everyone’s list. Sweet dreams.

Q: How long should I keep my sofa before

purchasing a new one?

A: At the very core of this question, I have always

felt that a sofa is nothing more than an overcoat,

and one that you put on almost every day. My point

to be made here is that it is fabric. Mindful that

durable fabric is a good investment, the average

overcoat for me is about eight to ten years. Recovering

a sofa, purchasing a new one, or simply adding

new throw pillows can bring new energy and

life to a room.

Q: What is your advice on using free in-home

design advice from local retailers?

A: There are many talented designers that work

for major retailers. Their services can hold up to

almost any design professional. There are some

limitations that the designer can bring to the platform

as they are sometimes tied to the retailer’s inventory.

So, take a close look at the inventory first

and make sure the style of furniture fits with your

overall look and price point. As far as the free design

service, I have always considered some of the

best things in life are free.

Q: I was wondering if you have any tips on

making a rental house feel like home when there

are restrictions on what you can and cannot do?

A: If you are limited by painting, I would lean

heavily on the placement of art and accessories.

Large scale pieces can cover up rather boring

walls and infuse the color that is often needed in

such spaces. Oversized sisal rugs can cover up unattractive

floors. Purchase furniture that can travel

with you to your next home.

Q: When it comes to backsplashes, how do

you choose a color?

A: The key to a successful backsplash lies in the

actual color of the cabinets and the countertop itself.

Glass mosaics have become very popular, but

please depend on design advice from tile and granite

installers and retailers for confirmation that it

compliments your cabinets and countertops. Such

mosaics that do not match or blend can be painful.

It is better to shy on the neutral side of colors for a

backsplash in order to achieve a timeless look. Rely

on things such as runners, placemats, and accessories

for pops of color in the kitchen.

Have a question for Shane? He is available by email at Shane@designbuildmagazine.net. He can also be

reached through his website at BlackSheepInteriors.com.

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TalkOfTheTrade

Remodel

with Vanessa Reilly

The Frosting- Lighting 101

Selecting the perfect lighting for your space.

WHEN IT COMES TIME TO SELECT

the light fixtures for a renovation project, I

get giddy. The words “budget” and “lighting”

should never be used in the same sentence. I

like my lighting fixtures like Carrie Bradshaw

likes her shoes! The perfect lighting package

can add value to any space and can turn the

most boring, cookie-cutter room into a show

stopper. Lighting is the frosting, it’s the home’s

jewelry that can elevate any space to spectacular!

Where do you begin with so many options

available? Stepping into a lighting store can be

very overwhelming. First analyze your space.

I’m the kind of person who will pick out my

dining room table to compliment my chandelier,

but if you already have a table, take down

the dimensions and snap a couple pictures with

your phone so when you are in the lighting

store you can eyeball the combination.

Lighting is very personal. Never go with

the safe selection. It’s okay to splurge when it

comes to the lighting in your home, and always

choose quality over quantity. Just because the

swirled purple and red glass pendant lights

were Buy One Get One Free at Home Depot,

does not mean it’s okay to hang them in every

room of your house. Less is more when

it comes to pendant lighting, and every room

does not need a wicker ceiling fan. In fact,

go ahead and remove all ceiling fans in your

home, unless you REALLY use them. Another

thing to keep in mind—just because you have a

traditional home doesn’t mean you must select

traditional lighting. Some of the most beautiful

spaces are a mixture of traditional and modern.

Your lighting should be a conversation piece.

You want the neighbors to walk in and be totally

jealous of your Lindsey Adelman Chandelier.

Let them go home and do some research

on how much it cost you. If your home is a

collection of rustic antiques, there is nothing

that would compliment the space more than a

simple Nelson Saucer Bubble pendant.

Tip of the week: If you’re totally stuck, sell

all your furniture, paint the walls white, and

buy an extra large Louis Poulsen Artichoke

Pendant. Feel free to add one oversized modern

painting to the wall that has one or two strokes

of black in it, but nothing else. No furniture

needed. The lighting is statement enough.

Remember, less is more. Good Luck!

Have a question for Vanessa? She is available by email at Vanessa@designbuildmagazine.net.

She can also be reached through her website at DomoRealty.com.

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TalkOfTheTrade

Finance

Before You List Your Home

A checklist...

with Lee Abney

Selling a home is a milestone event in your life.

Maybe you’ve gotten a promotion, been

transferred to a new locale, or have become

empty nesters celebrating children moving off to

college. No matter the reason, selling a home is

an exciting time. But because of the fact it’s

typically coupled with other major life changes,

it can be stressful. I sat down with Chris Hodges of

Madison Realty to discuss what to consider

before listing your home.

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FFIRST AND FOREMOST, YOU NEED TO CHOOSE

your ally, which will be the real estate company with

whom you list your home. While your instinct is to lean

towards friends or family, you are embarking on possibly

the largest financial transaction you will make in

your lifetime. That requires the careful attention of a

professional that is versed not only in the industry but

also your local area. Do your homework. Sales numbers

for real estate companies will be available online

to show which companies get results. Visit the multiple

listing service provided by the Georgia Realtors Association,

Trulia, Zillow and other online based companies

which provide rankings and reviews for the real estate

companies you are investigating. Visit each company’s

website; watch the videos they make for their houses

to determine if that is your style; investigate to see

whether they include mobile apps that assist a potential

buyer finding your home easier; select a realtor that will

attempt to reach the buyer’s market in creative ways.

Choosing your realtor oftentimes will be the difference

between a quick sale and your property being on the

market for several months or years.

Get an idea of the sales in your neighborhood. Drive

through your local area and look for the homes that are

listed, noting at what price they are listed. You can also

visit your local tax office online or in person to determine

what homes have sold in the past 24 months and

what the sale price was for each property. This information

is invaluable to you in determining what price

point your house should be listed for and whether or not

you will be able to receive the amount you are expecting.

While the real estate market is currently rebounding,

most real estate professionals still consider this a

buyer’s market. Therefore sellers need to be realistic in

their asking price and understand that most buyers will

initially begin with low offers. If your asking price is not

in line with recent sales or currently listed asking prices

you may reconsider the timing of your listing and wait

until the market is better.

Once you have an idea of local homes for sale, take

the opportunity to walk through a home which has been

staged for showings. Then walk in your front door as if

you were a potential buyer and objectively look at your

house. Are there marks on the paint? Are some rooms

outdated? Now is the time to make any minor repairs

which could influence a potential buyer. If the countertops

in the kitchen are older and stained, upgrading them

to marble or granite will instantly increase the visual

value of your kitchen and typically does not require too

much investment. While costs of a full kitchen remodel

typically cannot be recovered in a resale, replacing

countertops with granite or another high-end material

likely will be recouped by a fast sale with a higher price.

Be aware that unwanted odors can have a negative effect

to a potential buyer’s first impression of your home.

All animals—especially cats—should be removed from

your home before any showing. Pet odors are a deal killer.

It is still a buyer’s market and anything that makes

your house a fixer-upper will drastically affect its price.

When you are confident the inside of your home is

presentable, step outside onto your sidewalk and look at

your home’s curb appeal. Landscaping will be the first

thing your potential buyer sees when he/she pulls up in

your driveway. While regular maintenance—including

a freshly cut lawn, pine straw and other accessories are

mandatory and part of the maintenance of your house—

there are ways to inexpensively spruce up your landscaping.

Ideally, plantings for a spring showing would

be made throughout fall and winter to be in full bloom,

but if you are ready to list your house immediately, you

still have options. One of the best ways to dress up your

landscaping is by placing flowering pots in outdoor living

spaces or on the front porch. This instant flash of

color is impressive and will catch your buyer’s eye, but

can be moved to your new home for permanent planting

or to remain in a pot.

Finally, an inexpensive investment that could potentially

save the sale of your home is a pre-listing inspection.

An inspection will determine whether you have

any issues with termites, mold, fungus, etc. These type

problems are latent defects that cannot be discovered

by a layman and usually are not discovered until your

property is under contract. Having your home inspected

before it is listed gives you the opportunity to remedy

these issues and also provide potential buyers with the

peace of mind that once they are under contract the due

diligence period will go smoothly. In the event that the

inspection reveals that some items must be repaired, this

gives you the opportunity to factor the cost of repair into

your asking price.

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TheFinalNail

PPLEASE DESIGN AND BUILD ME A HOUSE.

I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your

discretion. My house should have somewhere between two

and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such

that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you

bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of

what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration

so that I can arbitrarily pick one.

Keep in mind that the house I ultimately choose must cost

less than the one I am currently living in. Make sure, however,

that you correct all the deficiencies that exist in my current

house (the floor of my kitchen vibrates when I walk across it,

and the walls don’t have nearly enough insulation in them).

As you design, also keep in mind that I want to keep yearly

maintenance costs as low as possible. This should mean the

incorporation of extra-cost features like aluminum, vinyl, or

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composite siding. (If you choose not to specify aluminum, be

prepared to explain your decision in detail.)

Please take care that modern design practices and the latest

materials are used in construction of the house, as I want it

to be a showplace for the most up-to-date ideas and methods.

Be alerted, however, that the kitchen should be designed to

accommodate, among other things, my 1952 Gibson refrigerator.

To insure that you are building the correct house for our

entire family, make certain that you contact each of our children,

and also our in-laws. My mother-in-law will have very

strong feelings about how the house should be designed,

since she visits us at least once a year. Make sure that you

weigh all of these options carefully and come to the right

decision. I, however, retain the right to overrule any choices

that you make.

TM

62

1501

JACKSON RIDGE ROAD

GREENSBORO, GEORGIA 30642

Offered for $3,100,000

BETSY AKERS + MARYANNE WINCHESTER

ba. 404.372.8144 mw. 678.520.9922 o. 404.237.5000

betsy@atlantafinehomes.com | maryanne@atlantafinehomes.com

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FOXHOLLOW RUN

ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA 30004

Offered for $3,500,000


Please don’t bother me with small details right now. Your

job is to develop the overall plans for the house: get the big

picture. At this time, for example, it is not appropriate to be

choosing the color of the carpet.

However, keep in mind that my wife likes blue.

Also, do not worry at this time about acquiring the resources

to build the house itself. Your first priority is to develop

detailed plans and specifications. Once I approve these plans,

however, I would expect the house to be under roof within 48

hours.

While you are designing this house specifically for me,

keep in mind that sooner or later I will have to sell it to someone

else. It therefore should have appeal to a wide variety

of potential buyers. Please make sure before you finalize the

plans that there is a consensus of the population in my area

that they like the features of this house. I advise you to look at

my neighbor’s house that he constructed last year. We like it a

great deal. It has many features we would also like in our new

home, particularly the 75-foot swimming pool. With careful

engineering, I believe that you can design this into our new

house without impacting the final cost.

Please prepare a complete set of blueprints. It is not necessary

at this time to do the real design, since they will be used

only for construction bids. Be advised, however, that you will

be held accountable for any increase of construction costs as

a result of later design changes.

You must be thrilled to be working on such an interesting

project! To be able to use the latest techniques and materials

and to be given such freedom in your designs is something

that can’t happen very often. Contact me as soon as possible

with your complete ideas and plans.

PS: My wife has just told me that she disagrees with many

of the instructions I’ve given you in this letter. As architect,

it is your responsibility to resolve these differences. I have

tried in the past and have been unable to accomplish this. If

you can’t handle this responsibility, I will have to find another

architect.

PPS: Perhaps what I need is not a house at all, but a travel

trailer. Please advise me as soon as possible if this is the case.

DB

Anonymous

DB Written by Jamie Miles

DESIGN&BUILD MAGAZINE • JUL/AUG 2015 63


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