A 1920s Atlanta Home is Restored Back to its Historic State Thanks to a Talented Team of Local Professionals

Architect Jonathan Lacrosse and designer Helen Hanavich resurrect a historic Buckhead home for a family of four

When the first room past the foyer is the bar, you know you’ve entered a pad with personality. As restaurateurs with establishments serving Atlanta, Birmingham, and other areas in the Southeast, the homeowners of this circa-1920s Peachtree Heights Park abode knew an extensive renovation was needed to usher their home into something that honored the past, but also fit their family’s modern-day needs. With their clients’ careers in mind, designer Helen Hanavich and architect Jonathan LaCrosse set out to create spaces prime for entertaining—the result an approachable, vibrant residence for a growing Buckhead family.

LaCrosse’s traditionalist eye lent itself well to bringing the home back to its former historic glory. Prior to the renovation, the facade had a colonnade row with three pairs of French doors, which LaCrosse filled in to give a deep recess for a foyer that’s more aligned with its original nature (LaCrosse says that architecturally during the teens and ’20s, as is the case in this home, it was common for houses to have ceremonial front doors that opened into large reception rooms).

Sunlight bounces around the grand foyer’s glossy walls, creating a youthful playfulness that’s ideal for a family with two young children. In order to define the space and give it more pizzazz, the team opted to borrow footage from the living room to add a long, linear, pass-through bar that makes a statement in a rich, high-gloss green. Serving as an anchor for the home’s color palette, Hanavich and LaCrosse took inspiration from moody cocktail lounges to define the high-class hangout area.

Subtle splashes of green echo from the living room to the formal dining room, where there are varying shades ranging from grass to chartreuse. In the latter, walls are covered in mural wallpaper panels, which was a design risk that the homeowners welcomed. “Japanese cranes on your wall may not be for everyone, but the clients really wanted to do the house justice,” says Hanavich.

In the bedrooms, the primary room is the parental retreat, but Hanavich says the homeowners had a particular desire to make the kids’ areas exceptional. “I’ve found that adults spend so much time in kids’ bedrooms, and I’m happy to make them feel special so it doesn’t feel like a chore being in there.” Floor-to-ceiling wallpaper in the little boy’s room warms the otherwise grand space. “It’s too big and elegant for you to simply paint the walls and throw some kids’ art on them. It would have fallen flat,” says Hanavich. Opting for playful wallpaper gives a sense of whimsical maturity meant to grow as the children age.

From its spacious foyer almost beckoning to be filled with partygoers to the bar where the resident mixologist can tinker, this home exudes happiness. “And it brings me joy too,” says Hanavich.

INTERIOR DESIGN Helen Hanavich, Helen Hanavich Interior Design, helenhanavich.com ARCHITECT Jonathan LaCrosse, J.W. LaCrosse Architect, (404) 723-1844; jwlacrosse.com CONTRACTOR Bayard Builders, bayardbuilders.com LANDSCAPE DESIGNER Alex Smith, Alex Smith Garden Design, LTD. (770) 455-8878; alexsmithgardendesign.com