Decorator Stan Topol knows his way around The St. Regis Atlanta Hotel & Residences. Not only has he designed a number of model residences there, he also was recently charged with making some lifestyle enhancements to the hotel’s public spaces, including the lobby overlook that now features an elegant dining area. But it’s in one of the property’s private residences that you’ll find Topol’s pièce de résistance.
“The most marvelous thing about The St. Regis is that if you live there—and you have to live there to appreciate it—is that Atlanta is at your fingertips,” says Topol. The hotel’s central location on West Paces Ferry and its world-class amenities were what first lured his clients to purchase a residence there, but they relied on Topol to transform their house into a home for themselves and their two children. Assisted by architect Joel Laseter, Topol transformed a blank slate of a space into a series of jewel box-like rooms connected by a main corridor.
“If people appreciate art, then their minds are open to the world,” says Topol. “And, here, my clients understood that furniture is art and fabric is art, too.”
The resulting collaboration was a match made in designer heaven. “In my business as a decorator, we do a lot of things, including compromise,” says Topol. “But in this apartment, the couple allowed us to actually work with the best of everything—from the J. Robert Scott furniture and Baccarat crystal to Larry Rivers artwork. There were no shortcuts, no substitutions.”
Finer things aside, Topol is quick to point out that elegance and comfort aren’t mutually exclusive in this apartment.
“They allowed me the freedom to put together rooms where people will actually sit and talk and watch TV, rooms where they will have a life together,” he says. “This apartment is everything I believe in as a decorator.”
LIVE THE LIFESTYLE
“Living at The St. Regis is better than having a house,” says decorator Stan Topol, who has worked on projects throughout the property. “Being here gives you the comforts of having a home, plus the security of being able to leave whenever you want.” Private elevator lobbies and concierge services are available to residents, and the views aren’t bad, either. Here, the design team worked to capture and enhance city views from the living room, family room and master bedroom. “You can create whatever you want when you buy here,” says Topol. “It’s a blank canvas.”
Interior Design Stan Topol, Stan Topol & Associates. (404) 885-9889; stantopol.com