When I first saw this picture on the real estate listings, it looked quite familiar.
It reminded me of this picture that was a cover of Southern Accents a few years ago. Alas, this issue was the victim of my aggressive magazine reduction effort a few years ago, when I went through my old Southern Accents and tore out the articles I wanted to keep, but did not keep the entire magazine. This is not the first time I have regretted doing this!
Let’s look at them side by side. There are a lot of similarities, but enough differences to make me wonder if they are the same room. It could be the camera angle or exposure, but the wall color looks different. The built in around the plates looks to be the same – with five shelves on either side, plus two shelves on top. Both spaces have brick floors, and the brown and cream check fabric. The wood chair on the left has a cushion in the SA picture, and a slipcover in the real estate picture. The coffee tables are different. But, these are all changes that could come after many years of living in a space, and tweaking it along the way.
Also, there is the matter of the plate display. The magazine cover (found on the internet) has fewer brown transferware plates, but that could be due to a growing collection over the years. The issue is September-October 2002 – does anyone have this issue – could they check to see if the house was renovated by architect Norman Askins and designer Jackye Lanham, for these are the talents that are behind the home on the real estate listing. Even if it is not the same as the house featured in Southern Accents, it is definitely worth checking out.
The house is located in Brookhaven, one of the most charming neighborhoods in Atlanta.
The brick entry sets the tone for the house, and reminds me of houses in Louisiana that I have seen. I love the chevron pattern in the front door. and the gallery like approach to the walls in the space.
An elegant living room speaks to years of collecting. The neutral natural fiber rug is a great balance to the formality of the furnishings, fabrics, and accessories.
This room might be upstairs, based on the sleigh bed and the ceiling line. The room seems to have a dual function as a cozy study and an extra bedroom. I am struck by the beautiful arrangement of etchings and sketches that hang on the wall; most of the rooms in the house have interesting objects on the wall.
The formal dining room is no exception, with its interesting collection of portraits and mirrors on the walls.
And the breakfast room has one of the most interesting wall displays of all – a collection of cake and muffin tins.
The kitchen is a warmly decorated, with furniture in the kitchen – a look I love. I wonder what the large green bottle is all about? There must be a story there!
I am not sure where this is located in the house, but the floor gives the indication that it must be near the entry. Again, with the signature of the house decor - interesting objects hung on the wall.
More brown transferware, and some charming silhouettes on the wall.
The bedrooms in the house are all very special. Imagine sleeping in this charming canopy bed.
A spectacular master bedroom in a case study about how to do neutrals well. Note the beautiful trim detail on the canopy bed.
Two twin beds, placed close together, is actually a novel way to have the function of twin beds, with the feel of a larger bed. Note the cleverly arranged prints framed above the bed – they pull the area together and make the beds feel even more linked.
A casually elegant porch completes this lovely home, with its formal and casual elements working beautifully together.
The house tour ends with a charming sculpted garden; the garden bench provides a great focal point in the distance. Note how lush, green, and private this yard is.
For more information, please see the listing by Wes Vawter of Atlanta Fine Homes, Sotheby’s International Realty. And, if you happen to have a copy of the September-October 2002 Southern Accents, please let me know if this is the same house!
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