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Saturday, July 4, 2009

The 4th of July House


In Atlanta, land of the 'house proud', many people decorate their homes for the holidays; some home owners even decorate for the 4th of July. I drove by this home yesterday, and I immediately had to stop to admire its beauty. I took the picture at the break of dawn, so the light wasn't too good, but the simplicity and heartfelt style of the decor is what appealed to me. As in many other aspects of decor, sometimes it is better just to go big and go simple to make the most dramatic statement!

This is a quintessentially Southern home! Normally Greek revival style is not my favorite, but this house has undergone a meticulous renovation over the past few years and the results are simply magnificent. The upper porch was added during the renovation, giving the home more of a Louisiana/French Creole feel. I much prefer when columns are visually broken up this way.

I apologize for the skewed nature of this picture, but it gives an idea of the home in its setting. During the renovation, two wings were added to the front to make a courtyard.

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Here is a picture of the home from the tax records - this was probably taken over a decade ago, but it shows that a big transformation has taken place. My favorite change: the series of French doors added to the front of the home, including three on the upper porch.

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I also love the addition of a front parking courtyard; it reminds me of the front courtyard of Blenheim Palace in the town of Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. From Atlanta to Oxfordshire - you never know where a post is going to take you!

I hope you enjoyed the 'Fourth of July' house as much as I did! I seem to recall that the owners of this home also decorate for Christmas, so I will need to return in December for an update.

Post edit: Architect Brad Heppner was responsible for the remarkable transformation of this beautiful house.

41 comments:

  1. GREAT post. I especially love the contrast of the house as is versus tax records. I will have to look those up on my faves from Paces Ferry and see the "befores." The flag reminds me of the phrase- Go Big or Go Home.

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  2. Wonderful house. Southern homes are definitely the most welcoming and beautiful. Super post--wish I could see the inside!

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  3. A wonderful transformation from earlier days. Your photo of this home was perfect for a 4th of July Home.

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  4. What a beautiful home. I haven't been able to travel through that part of the country (yet), but I so want to because of the architecture! Thanks for the lovely photos!

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  5. I wish I could see the inside too! I went to a going away party at the owners former home (I was friends with the person moving, not the owners of the home), and that home was absolutely spectacular. The former home has been published in several magazines, and was done in a classic French country style. I wonder whether they have changed up the decor now that they have moved? I am sure it is just as amazing inside as outside.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by! What a beautiful home & all decked out for the 4th. this has to be on West Paces Ferry Rd, I imagine, the most stately homes in Atlanta.

    I grew up in Marietta!

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  7. * THIS is just ONE great example of what I think of, when I think of the lovely homes in Georgia!

    Annnnd, ONE BIG FLAG just "SEZ IT ALL", and sooooo simply & beautifully!

    Thank you!
    LInda in AZ *

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  8. What I like best about this one is the level lot, low-slung facade (seems wider not taller), and the courtyard. It's a whopper of a house but it's not a giant, hill-top, gated, intimidating mansion. There are plenty of those in Buckhead. I think I'd feel very comfortable and welcome going up the driveway to the front door.

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  9. Simple and classic. I have to admit I was jolted for a moment by the last photo--thinking that was one heck of a renovation. Hope you have a great 4th!

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  10. Wow amazing! What a wonderful home. It looks completely like what I would think a Southern Home should be.

    Thanks for snapping the pics and sharing.

    I hope you have a good 4th!

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  11. Wishing you a most celebratory weekend!!

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  12. What a lovely house, and based on the tax records photo, a much improved house, too! I love the simple huge flag and the fact that you were there early in the morning. Seeing the papers in the driveway and the early morning light - very quiet and pretty to me.

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  13. They really do it right in the south with their houses and heart. Thanks for the great post, it's positively Americana. I've always romanticized these great places with their magnolia trees lining a long cool drive, right up to Tara!

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  14. Love when a home gets a good dose of TLC!

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  15. Wow, go big or go home. Love the patritoic decor and the house has undergone a wonderful transformation! Happy 4th of July!
    xo Terri

    P.S. I like your new cute little icon.

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  16. Thanks for sharing this image of the home decorated for the 4th of July. The flag is definitely in proportion for the home! And I love the before and after pictures. The new owners definitely made some big improvements.

    My best,
    Tricia - Avolli

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  17. That's the same house? unreal! i love how in Atlanta they always redo them!!!! I love the front gates too.

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  18. That is my kind of house! It's beautiful!

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  19. Lovely home and an amazing transformation!! Wow!!

    It's fun to see houses that are so different from the houses where I live. No houses around here have courtyards!!

    Happy July 4th!!

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  20. Wow.. what a stunning transformation to this house!! Happy 4th!!

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  21. Thanks for showing the "before" picture of the house. That helps us appreciate the "after."

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  22. That has got to be one big flag! The bigger the better!! Happy 4th!

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  23. WOW!

    Great home and even better huge flag!

    God bless the USA!

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

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  24. Wow...I love how they attached the flag like that! Lovely home, too!

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  25. I agree with everyone! Wowee Kazowee! It looks amazing. I love that flag on the front porch! I need to do that! Great post. Come over for a visit sometime...I really enjoyed your blog! have a great 4th weekend!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  27. Those are some big homes. I just wanted to say that taking photos in the early dawn light is actually the best time. The colors are more saturated and the pictures look better.

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  28. Very awesome shots specially the house with the American flag. I am from the Philippines living in Sweden but when my cousin's who are married to American come for a visit or vice versa and it happens that is 4th of July? Fantastic celebration. We were in Naple last year and celebrates inside the US base with a big bang!

    ENjoy!

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  29. I love seeing transformations like this - that tax record shot is great. The upper porch and french doors make a huge difference. You're making me homesick for the South!
    Happy 4th,
    xo Isa

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  30. Love the difference the upper porch makes; the house looks great now. And what a show-stopping flag!

    I can thoroughly recommend a visit to Blenheim Palace, but don't pick a rainy November day, like I did!!

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  31. I LOVE it! I aspire to have a similar house one day. I wonder where they got a flag SO big though.

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  32. Now that's what I call a patrotic home! Beautiful!
    Happy 4th! Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  33. Great post...Love the pictures. What a great blog...I just had a little time to blog hop tonight and enjoyed your blog. Happy 4th of July!!

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  34. Wow, what a great house...and a great statement for today! Happy 4th of July!

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  35. American's decorate for every season way more than Canadians do. It's so great and fun to see!! How cool is that flag!

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  36. Love the giant flag. And love that you found a "before" photo of the house for us, too!

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  37. and that says it all! I can imagine the pride they felt watching that go up on the front of their own home...

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  38. If you enjoyed this home on the 4th of July, you should see it now for Christmas, especially if you could use a dose of Cheer. I was fortunate enough to be the architect for the current client's renovation and they are wonderful people with a great sense of whimsy. I'll be posting some interior photos of this home once my website goes online next month (Jan 2010). bradleyeheppner.com

    Cheers!

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