Chrysanthemum Vase, $28. Anthropologie, anthropologie.com
Porcelain starfish, $6.50 each. The Mercantile, 1430 Dresden Dr., Suite B-100, Atlanta 30319. (404) 816-0060; mercantileatlanta.com
BeeLine Home Lattice Arm Chair, $1,700. Mrs. Howard, 425 Peach-tree Hills Ave. NE, Suite 23, Atlanta 30305. (404) 816-3830; phoebehoward.net
Wicklow Wine Cooler, $9,800. McKinnon & Harris, (804) 355-7022; mckinnonharris.com
“Bengal Bazaarâ” fabric by Groundworks. Available to the trade at Lee Jofa, ADAC. (404) 812-6995; leejofa.com
Turquoise Tealight Holder, $10. Scout, 18 East Andrews Dr. NW, Atlanta 30305. (404) 816-2325; scoutforthehome.com
Bellefleur wall sconce, $550. Maison Atlanta, 1100 Howell Mill Rd., Suite 170, Atlanta 30318. (404) 892-3553; maisonatlanta.com
“Palm Shadow” painting by Signe Grush-ovenko, $300. Similar available at Gregg Irby Fine Art, (404) 941-9787; greggirbyfineart.com
Quartet of La Versha chairs, $248 each. Anthropologie
Decorative batik block-print stamps, $13-$19 each. Anthony | Wolf, 56 East Andrews Dr., Atlanta 30305. (404) 261-7778; anthonywolfcollection.com
Herm’s bicycle in stainless steel and Leather, $4,525. Herm’s, 273 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta 30305. (404) 233-1011; hermes.com
Kuba Jaipuri Pouf, $425. Calypso St. Barth, (866) 422-5977; calypsostbarth.com
“Sahara” pendant, $2,490. Redefined Home Boutique, 887 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta 30318. (404) 815-7250; redefinedhomeboutique.com
Handwoven Basket, $59.95. Crate & Barrel, Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta 30326. (404) 239-0008; crateandbarrel.com
Ethanol-fueled “Uni Flame” fireplace, $1,650. Design Within Reach, 2451 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta 30305. (404) 841-2471; dwr.com
Silver-tone fandolier, $475. Neiman Marcus, (888) 888-4757; neimanmarcus.com
Baker Studio “Marrakech” side table. Available to the trade only through Baker Knapp & Tubbs, ADAC, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite 206, Atlanta 30305. (404) 266-0501; kohlerinteriors.com
“Taj Mahal” beaded napkin ring, $52. Available in june at B.D. Jeffries, 3736 Roswell Rd., Suite B, Atlanta 30342. (404) 231-3004; bdjeffries.com
Set of six bleached wood dining chairs, $5,250. South of Market, 345 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite 100, Atlanta 30305. (404) 995-9399; southofmarket.biz
Interior Portraits by Victoria Hagan, ($50, Rizzoli)
White resin dog bowls, $67-$79 each. Highland Pet Supply, 1186 N. Highland Ave. NE, Suite G, Atlanta 30306. (404) 892-5900; highlandpet.com
“Antler” fabric by Eric Cohler for Lee Jofa. Available to the trade through Lee Jofa, (404) 812-6995; leejofa.com
Carved wood-and-brass owl bottle opener by Roost, $18. Pieces, 3234-A Roswell Rd. NW, Atlanta 30305. (404) 869-2476; piecesinc.com
Antique french wine bottles, $75-$240 each. Vintage, 22-A East Andrews Dr. NW, Atlanta 30305. (404) 846-0907
Olivewood branch salad servers, $50 for the pair. Erika Reade, Ltd., 3732 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta 30342. (404) 233-3857; erikareade.com
Hive Modern Bandoo Bookshelf by Kenneth Cobonpue, $830. Switch Modern, 1193 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta 30318. (404) 605-0196; switchmodern.com
“Pinus at the Horse Farm” (96” x 92″) acrylic on canvas by Atlanta artist Michael Dines, price upon request. (404) 522-9390; michaeldines.com
Aspen table lamp in gilded iron, $273. Available in June at Circa Lighting, 22 East Andrews Dr. NW, Atlanta 30305. (404) 233-4131; circalighting.com
Mr. Brown “Luberon” chair. Available to the trade through Holland & Company/Macrae, ADAC, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite 238, Atlanta 30305. (404) 233-0233; hollandandcompany.com
Simon Pearce Rosemary leaf pewter napkin rings, $65 for a set of four. simonpearce.com for retailers
Porcelain “Melon” pitcher by North Carolina Artist Ben Owen, $250. The Signature Shop & Gallery, 3267 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta 30305. (404) 237-4426; the signatureshop.com
“Fim” agate bookends, $195 for the pair. Available at The Mercantile
“Dufour” table lamp made from recycled printing blocks, $735. BEE, 26 East Andrews Dr. NW, Atlanta 30305. (404) 365-9858; bee-atlanta.com
Axel Vervoordt: Wabi Inspirations, ($65, Flammarion)
Porcelain cup and saucer set, $25. Available at BEE
Etched birch wine glasses, $15 each. Anthony | Wolf, set upon “Hemingway” nesting trays, $55-$95 each, B.D. Jeffries
Hearth tool set by Roost, $385 for the set. Available at scout
Faux Bois silver table from Carolyn Malone, $950. Available at scout
Kelly Wearstler for Sferra “Quartz” pillow, $128. Belle Chambre, 1248 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta 30327. (404) 816-5333; bellechambre.com; sferra.com
“Seymour” highback chair in crushed velvet, $1,975. Bungalow Classic, 1197 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta 30318. (404) 367-8522; bungalowclassic.com
“Claudette” headboard with removable bird ornament, $299-$599. Available through ballard designs
Modern Windsor Chaise, $699. Available at West Elm, 260 18th Street NW, Atlanta 30363. (404) 541-9310; westelm.com
“Rainy Day, Mt. Evans” mixed-media painting on panel by Atlanta artist Todd Alexander, price upon request. Pryor Fine Art, 22-F Bennett St., Atlanta 30309. (404) 352-8775; pryorfineart.com
Suzanne Kasler for Ballard Designs Atelier Antlers in Style V, $49. Ballard Designs, (800) 536-7551; ballarddesigns.com
“Wobble” walnut chess set by Umbra, $275. W Atlanta – Midtown gift shop, 188 14th St. NE, Atlanta 30361. (404) 892-6000
“Leo” fabric by Philip Gorrivan For highland court. Available to the trade through Duralee, adac, (404) 467-8404; duralee.com
Teak two-door cabinet, $1,199. Crate & Barrel
“Narrows” oil on canvas by Elizabeth Stockton. Similar works available through The Mercantile and elizabethstockton.com
Iron garden chair, $450. Simply Home, 4209 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta 30342. (404) 497-9781
Floor lamp, $725. Verde Home, 1000 Marietta St., Suite 244, Atlanta 30318. (678) 927-9113; verdehomeinc.com
Faux shagreen “Cara” cocktail table, $1,425. Bungalow Classic
Rigaud candle in Cypress, $90. OwenLawrence, 1200 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta 30318. (404) 869-7360; owenlawrence.com; rigaud-paris.com
hardwood fluted carved stool, $299. Room & Board, 1170 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta 30318. (404) 682-5900; roomandboard.com
Basket Weave leather pillow, starting at $39. restoration hardware
“Santorini” lanterns in polished nickel, $25-139 each. Restoration Hardware, 120 Perimeter Center West, Suite 200, Atlanta 30346. (770) 804-9040; restorationhardware.com
Metal lantern, $2,150. south of Market, 345 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite 100, Atlanta 30305. (404) 995-9399; southofmarket.biz
Henry Hall Designs zinc-and-aluminum Cast bench and side table. Available to the trade through Logan Gardens, ADAC, (404) 231-4808; logangardens.com
Osborne & Little and Lorca Grand Tour “Vedute” fabric. available to the trade only through Grizzel & Mann, ADAC, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite 1, Atlanta 30305. (404) 261-5932; grizzelandmann.com; osborneandlittle.com
West side Martini table, $990. Redefined Home Boutique
Simon Pearce galvanized metal indoor watering can, $30. simonpearce.com for retailers
“Confidence” fabric by Etamine Paris, Available to the trade only through Ainsworth-Noah & Associates, ADAC, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite 518, Atlanta 30305. (404) 239-8462; ainsworth-noah.com
Thomas Paul Botanical Citron linen pillow, $100. Stanton Home Furnishings, 1194 Huff Rd. NW, Atlanta 30318. (404) 351-3890; stantonhomefurnishings.com
Black Cage Light, $695. South of Market
Ceramic bowls by Rena Menardi, $100-$250 each. Design Within Reach
Equestrian painting by Bonnie Beauchamp Cooke, Price Upon Request. Huff Harrington Fine Art, 4240 Rickenbacker Dr. NE, Atlanta 30342. (404) 257-0511; huffharrington.com
Lapari glass-and-sterling silver olive oil and vinegar bottles, $65-$72 each. The Conran Shop, New York, New York. (866) 755-9079; conranusa.com
Acacia wood Organic Rococo Mirror, $398. Anthropologie
BeeLine Home Parish Cachepot in ebony and gold, $450. Mrs. Howard
Framed Botanical print, $1,450. South of Market
Stables: Beautiful Paddocks, Horse Barns, and Tack Rooms by Kathryn Masson, ($55, Rizzoli)
Diane Von Furstenberg Home “Floral Batik” dessert plate, $18. Bloomingdales, Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta 30326. (404) 495-2800; bloomingdales.com
“Marchmont” chest adorned with natural shells, $1,395. BEE
Angela Adams hand-tufted wool “Ocean” rug in Seaglass, starting at $450. Available at Design Within Reach and through angelaadams.com
Cotton beach bags in pink and navy, $80 each. B.D. Jeffries
Perforated Marais A Chair in plum, $450. design within reach
David Mellor glass bowls, $25-$38 each. Design Within Reach
Pillows by athens, Georgia-based Block & Brayer, $80-$160 each. Fabrics, print to order at $85 per yard. Allison Harper Interior Design, ADAC, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 30A, Atlanta 30305. (770) 366-4436; allisonharperdesign.com
Stray Dog Designs Jenny Lynn table lamp in Antiguan Blue, $475. Verde Home
Lilly Pulitzer Van Dessel cruiser in Stuffed Shells print, $450. Mint Julep, 2353 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta 30305. (404) 814-9155; mintjulepga.com; lillypulitzer.com
Small paint palette pillow, $35. CB2, 1080 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 30309. (404) 894-3763; cb2.com
“Student Pressure” mixed-media painting by Sally King Benedict, $3,600. Sally King Benedict, Charleston, South Carolina. (843) 722-0697; sallybenedict.com
Wainscott pendant light by Richard Mishaan in sunflower yellow, starting at $1,515. The Urban Electric Co., (843) 723-8140; urbanelectricco.com
Recycled glass “Valencia” Bottles, $20 for a set of three. The Sundance Catalog, (800) 422-2770; sundancecatalog.com
Creamed honey from Hidden Springs Farm in Williamson, Georgia, $12. BEE
Simple cushioned stool, $385. Simply Home
“Amour” linen fabric by Etamine Paris, available to the trade through Ainsworth-Noah & Associates
“Boleyn” skirted chair, $1,790. Bungalow Classic
BeeLine Home wood-and-antique silver “Twitter” statue, $600. Mrs. Howard
“Still Life with Pitcher and Vase” oil on canvas by Giovanni Casadei, $2,300. Anne Irwin Fine Art, 25-D Bennett St. NW, Atlanta 30309. (404) 352-1855; anneirwinfineart.com
La Grande Voliere pendant light, $950. The Conran Shop
Milk Bottle Measuring Cups, $24 for the set of four. Anthropologie
Oly Studio cast resin mushroom ornaments, $575 for the pair. Mrs. Howard
Aquaovo “Ovopur” eco-friendly porcelain water filter with wooden base, $699. ABC Carpet & Home, New York, New York. (212) 473-3000; abchome.com; aquaovo.com
Loll Design “picket” 7-foot low-back bench in leaf, $1,502. Kolo Collection, 1189 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta 30318. (404) 355-1717; kolocollection.com
SEA ISLAND, GA
There’s a preppy verve behind the stalwart façades and walled courtyards of this fabled resort community’s elegant homes. Bring your flip-flops, but don’t forget a jacket and tie for cocktails.
Georgia’s poshest barrier island, this elegant getaway has been a favorite second home destination for well-heeled Atlantans for generations. WHAT TO DO Ride a bike under the tree-canopied streets, walk along the Atlantic shores, just relax. WHERE TO STAY The Cloister at Sea Island has been a mainstay for more than 80 years. Rates start at $349; seaisland.com. WHERE TO GO St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Little St. Simons are nearby and fun to explore. BEFORE YOU GO You can check out the local forecast and tide tables at comecoastawhile.com, and if you can’t get to the water fast enough, watch a video feed of the St. Simons Island Pier Cam at glynncounty.org.
ALYS BEACH, FL
Forbes.com named it the “best spot for the design-savvy.” Medjool date palms dot the town, which is an amalgamation of the best of Europe, Bermuda, Antigua, Guatemala, Morocco and the Mediterranean.
Located along Scenic Highway 30A in the Florida panhandle, this traditional neighborhood development is one of the newest in the state. WHAT TO DO Homeowners and their guests can wile away the days at the Caliza Pool. Passersby pop into the The Fonville Press for a New York Times and iced latte. WHERE TO EAT George’s at Alys Beach is a family favorite; we love Señora Anna’s Fish Tacos and the grouper sandwich. WHAT THE LOCALS KNOW The master plan for the community was designed by Duany Plater-Zyberk, the same firm which designed Seaside, Florida. BEFORE YOU GO Interested in a vacation rental? Visit alysbeach.com for tours of homes as well as their availability.
When nothing compares to the breathtaking views in this low-key North Carolina mountain community, why try? These items draw upon the area’s natural beauty, making themselves right at home.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, this idyllic village boasts an almost perfect climate, especially in the summer. WHERE TO STAY Since 1922, the High Hampton Inn & Country Club has offered simple and rustic accommodations. highhamptoninn.com. WHERE TO GO Stop at the Cashiers Farmer’s Market at the “crossroads” on Highway 64 for fresh produce and other locally sourced staples. cashiersfarmersmarket.com. WANT TO LIVE THERE? Check out cashiersnorthcarolina.com for a listing of local real estate companies. SAVE THE DATE The Cashiers Designer Showhouse is August 20-September 5. Visit cashiershistoricalsociety.org for details.
Chalk it up to the elevation—3,832 feet. you can always find a touch of whimsy or the unexpected in the beautiful homes of this mountain community. These finds convey the area’s fresh take on tradition.
Once you cross the Georgia/North Carolina border headed to this mountain hamlet, the temperature drops and the humidity all but disappears. WHAT TO DO Wander around the shops and galleries of downtown or take a hike up Whiteside Mountain, where you might spot a peregrine falcon or two. WHERE TO STAY The Old Edwards Inn and Spa was named the No. 1 Hotel Spa in North America by Condé Nast Traveler. Download the spa menu at oldedwardsinn.com. WHERE TO EAT Madison’s at Old Edwards Inn & Spa is a AAA Four-Diamond Award winner. We also love the food and the courtyard at Wild Thyme Gourmet Restaurant. Peruse the menu at wildthymegourmet.com.
LAKE MARTIN, AL
The lure of the water has long beckoned landlocked weekenders from birmingham, but now atlantans looking for a quick escape are discovering the quiet and solitute of this alabama gem.
This central Alabama retreat features a variety of home styles, from rustic cabins to luxe waterfront homes within the The Ridge at Lake Martin. WHAT TO DO Don’t miss a meal at Spring House restaurant, where the menu is created by Chef Chris Hastings of the famed Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham. WHERE TO GO Catherine’s Market at Russell Crossroads offers more than standard provisions; this gourmet hub brings a Dean and Deluca-esque quality to the area. INSIDER TIP Before dinner, arrive at the Spring House restaurant in time for a cocktail to watch the sunset from the upper deck. MORE INFO Check out the scenery at russelllandsonlakemartin.com
Due east between Atlanta and Augusta, this historic village features antebellum architecture, bucolic farms and a walkable downtown square, all perfect for a sunday drive to the country.
Just an hour from Atlanta, this town (founded in 1809) is perfect for aficianados of historic homes and architecture. WHERE TO STAY The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation is 30 miles away; ritzcarlton.com/reynolds. WHERE TO GO The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is the the area’s hub for arts programming. WHEN TO GO The Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes is May 6-7. For details, visit mmcc-arts.org. INSIDER TIP An 1845 guide to Georgia proclaimed Madison “the most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans.” REQUIRED READING Madison: A Classic Southern Town ($50, Golden Coast Books) by William R. Mitchell.
ROSEMARY BEACH, FL
On the outside, the homes in this gulf coast town reflect the white sands and crystal blue waters of the nearby surf, but inside, homeowners use jolts of color for accent and joie de vivre.
This idyllic beach community has everything you need, all within a ten-minute walk. WHAT TO DO Rent a bike, relax by the ocean or meet friends at one of the two Village Greens. WHERE TO STAY The town offers an extensive cottage rental program; rosemarybeach.com. For something romantic, consider the 11-room Pensione Inn. WHERE TO GO Grab a sandwich or a bottle of sauvignon blanc at the gourmet Wild Olives Market. INSIDER TIP Delta offers flights to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, which opened last May in West Bay. It is the first international airport to be built in the United States in more than a decade.
From Americus to the Okefenokee, Thomasville to St. Marys, southern hospitality and charm reigns supreme among the dense piney woods. grab a seat, nab yourself a coke and linger a Little while.
Well-known for its hunting plantations, the area’s natural beauty lures visitors time and time again. WHERE TO GO Thomasville is a hot bed of activity; Jane Fonda performed there in April and its charming downtown is the epitome of Main Street USA. For the the adventuresome, try an overnight wilderness canoeing trip through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Go to fws.gov/okefenokee for details. WHERE TO STAY Bedandbreakfast.com lists an array of cozy accommodations throughout the region. WHAT TO DO Jimmy Carter often teaches Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church; visit mbcplains.org for his upcoming schedule.