Thursday, July 26, 2012

New on the market: a Charleston inspired beauty

This week a friend of mine let me know that one of my favorite houses has just been listed for sale.  This house was on the Cathedral Tour of Homes several years ago, and it is truly a wonderful home – elegant, comfortable and well scaled, and located in one of the very best parts of Buckhead.
(All images from the real estate listing, except one as noted).

The architect for this gracious home was Francis Palmer Smith (1886-1971); he is regarded as one of the most prominent architects of his generation in Atlanta, and was the architect of the Cathedral of St. Philip. After the current owners purchased the home, they hired Bill Litchfield to purify the architectural details of the house and bring in subtle architectural influences of Charleston.

The front door, flanked by unique lanterns, has a beautiful leaded glass transom, and detailed sidelights.  I am not sure of the material of the front porch – it could be marble, but it could also be painted wood.

The front hall is wide and gracious, and features mirror image doors – the picture above is the front view, and below shows the back view.

A view of the back door, a mirror image of the front door. The striking leaded glass transom and side lights can be fully appreciated in this picture.
It is hard to convey in pictures the subtle nuances of a house that can only be seen and experienced when visiting a house. There is something very special about this house that comes through to some extent when seeing the pictures, but is truly felt when walking through the rooms.

The dining room is one of my favorite rooms in the house. I don’t know any of the paint colors, but the color in this room was wonderfully rich without being too dark.  The molding and trim were carefully designed and inspired by Charleston architecture.  Note the door surround and the detailed molding at the ceiling – every last detail is truly exquisite.

Building on the wonderful new architectural foundation established by architect Bill Litchfield, designer Carolyn Malone succeeded in creating much more than a beautiful interior; she created a place where every room elicits an emotional response. For those in the know, Carolyn Malone is one of the great interior design talents in Atlanta– her work is breathtaking! No web site, though….

A closer view of one of the living room seating areas. By placing one seating area against this wall, and another seating area against  the wall on the other side of the room, several intimate conversation areas are created.  I suspect that this room entertains very well!

The living room is along the back of the house; across a hall that divides the front of the house from the back is a charming library, with deep walls that conceal storage space. Note the small unlaquered brass knobs used on the doors.

The library is more of a masculine space, with gorgeous wood paneling by Ray Goins.  I seem to recall that this is the homeowner’s favorite room in the house, particularly in the fall and winter.

A view of the fireplace in the library. The detailed fretwork on the fireplace was designed by architect Bill Litchfield.

I remember loving the kitchen when I visited the house. The floors are painted, which was characteristic of kitchen floors in old Charleston homes (the floors were designed and painted by Ray Goins).  The room is filled with light – it has windows on three sides.  The unconventional kitchen island by Bobo Intriguing Objects is the hub of the kitchen. I love the little stools that easily store under the island when not in use, and the lovely silhouette under the range hood .

The  breakfast room is an elegant space, and is modeled after the breakfast room of the Charleston home where the owner grew up. It is a room that is filled with light (also with windows on three sides).

The master bedroom was not on the Cathedral tour, so it is a treat to see it in the real estate photos.  It is every bit as elegant as the rest of the house.

What a wonderful idea for a bathtub surround – antiqued mirrors with a striking grid pattern.  The marble tub surround and cut out behind the tub spout are special touches.
The other side of the bathroom – the tub can be seen in the mirror. I seem to recall that the master featured a ‘his’ bath and a ‘hers’ bath.  Note the small antique vanity beyond the door, with a petite ghost chair, and the moravian star light fixture.

I absolutely love this bedroom, which is probably a guest room based on the luggage rack between the windows.  The foundation is neutral– cream rug, walls, curtains, white slipcovered bed and white bedskirt.  I am loving the fluffy round ottoman!  The color is added in the chair fabric, which is repeated in the round bolster pillow. The shams on the bed pull out the golden color.  It would be so easy to change or update the color scheme in this room should the owner’s taste change. I am making notes as my teenage daughter’s room is still a work in progress!

The dining room opens to the entertaining space outdoors, a covered porch with a small table.

Further along is an outdoor seating area complete with a swing, custom designed for the space by Ray Goins. I spy a quatrefoil design on the back of the swing.

The back of the house is asymmetrical, and every bit as beautiful as the front.

There is a pool, but it is tucked to the side in its own ‘outdoor room’ space, off the master bedroom. 

This is the view that is seen when looking from the front door through the back door to the yard beyond.  It is a beautifully framed landscape vignette that was certainly carefully considered by the landscape architect.

This picture is from the architect’s website, and is a feature that I remember quite well – a china cabinet built into the wall, and two indoor lanterns.  I like how the stair rail is angled instead of curved.

For more information on this house, please see the real estate listing.  This house is truly an architectural and design treasure in Atlanta real estate!

Do you have a favorite room or detail?  I remember loving the kitchen and the dining room the best. I also remember feeling that the house was so well scaled – not too large, not too small, and all exquisitely done. 

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Things that Inspire: framed agates

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If you have a particular request for framed agates, either size, color, or number - we can source agates for your particular project need, and we custom frame to your specifications.

I am very excited to announce a new addition to the Quatrefoil Design store - one of a kind framed agates. I am absolutely in love with these - they are so beautiful, so custom, so one of kind. I have working on this concept for a while, and have been monitoring the framing of this introductory group over the past few weeks. I have been so anxious to share them with my readers!

Agates are stones that are characterized by their beautiful colors and their fine grain patterns.  Each agate is truly an individual creation from nature – no two are alike. They make a totally unique and beautiful framed series, and look equally beautiful hung on their own. 

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agate 4 (sold)/agate 5 (sold)/agate 6 (sold)
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agate 7 (sold)/agate 8 (sold)/agate 9

I love series of six, nine, twelve – or even twenty! Large groupings certainly bring dinstinction to a room.

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agate 13 (sold)/agate 14 (sold)/agate 15
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agate 16 (sold)/agate 17 (sold)/agate 18 (sold)
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agate 19/agate 20/agate 21 (sold)
agate 22 (sold)

Click on image to go to store item. Each framed agate is linked to its store item. To see all framed agates, click here.

I currently have 22 framed blue/teal agates available.  They are custom framed, in Quatrefoil Design’s signature ‘gilver’ finish (a warm silver) on a bamboo style frame– gilver is the most versatile color, it goes with everything.  The color of the frame looks especially beautiful with the rich tones of the agates.  The outer measurement of the frame is 12 3/4” x 14 1/2”. They are available for immediate shipment, and are priced at $295 each.

All framed agates pictured in this post are one of a kind, and the actual framed agate pictured is the one being sold.  Click on each image to go to the store item for that specific framed agate, or go to  to see all framed agates available. Clearly these are not mass produced – so once a specific framed agate is sold, it is not available anymore.  I am working on collections of framed agates in other colors, and also have stock of additional blue/teal agates that are not yet framed, so please email me (  if you would like to be notified when they are available.  I can do any custom size frame or mat color/size for future orders.

Update: I have been emailed quite a bit about whether this is an item I will stock.  The answer is yes!  Although each agate is unique, I will be framing and stocking agates in blues and naturals, but can also take special requests for pinks and purples.  We carefully select our agates for size and beauty, and to work well in grouping. So, if you have a project coming up and are interested in exploring the possibility of framed agates, please email me!  Custom orders take about 4-6 weeks, and are custom framed, so any size is possible.

Agates can be found in a variety of colors – natural, black, brown, purple, amber, blue, and hot pink.  If you have a specific color that you would like me to work on, please let me know.  All of our agate slices are hand selected for their size, beauty and grain pattern.

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Also in stock are four dark brown/black agates custom framed in a gold bamboo style frame.  These agates are larger, so the outer measurement of the frames is 12 1/2”x17”.  Each image links to the store item for that particular framed agate.

In many cases, a framed series is the perfect solution for a space, and gives a special rhythm to a room. Here are some of my favorite images of framed series (framed agates would work beautifully in spaces like these).  Enjoy!

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