When Heather Dewberry of interior design firm Huff-Dewberry met her clients in 2013, she knew she was in for a treat. “The homeowner was spunky, vivacious and possessed a real verve for life,” Dewberry says. “From the beginning, she knew what she wanted, and the home reflects her cheerful personality and style.”
The house looks and feels more like an English estate than a traditional Buckhead residence. Mirroring a Lutyens-style country house—based on the designs of 19th-century British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens—co-designers Steven Markey and Rick Hatch of Harrison Design curated its Surrey-style façade with wood moulded bricks, limestone and slate. In matching the design principles of the famed Englishman, Markey and Hatch made sure the house was equal parts function and style.
“The layouts of both the interior and spacious lawn were intended for both two to 200 people,” says Hatch of the homeowners’ varied entertaining needs. “The courtyard garage system keeps catering trucks out of sight, while the lawn could easily host grandchildren at play or large outdoor dinner parties for hundreds of people.”
Connectivity with the outdoors was a huge priority for the homeowners, so Huff-Dewberry, Harrison Design and builders McGarrity-Garcia fused the two spaces with large leaded windows, allowing the custom details throughout the extensive interior to shine.
While spacious (the house boasts more than 6,000 square feet), the floor plan feels open and approachable. “When standing in the middle of the hall, you see straight out the three sides of the home,” notes Hatch. But even with its many nooks and crannies, attention to detail never falters.
Dewberry and the homeowners loved the parquet-style floors at The Frick Collection in New York City, so McGarrity-Garcia incorporated a special circular oak parquet design in the entry. Another unique component of the main floor is a card room, which boasts a custom table and herringbone-patterned brick floors. Similar brick details continue in the Arena Design wallpaper–covered breakfast nook, where oak crossbanding is incorporated into the square-patterned floor to add warmth to the dainty quarters.
Floor-to-ceiling cypress bookshelves Dewberry designed with Block & Chisel line the library, evoking the feel of an old English study. Block & Chisel also designed the master bathroom cabinetry—complete with custom star pane details on the doors—as well as in the kitchen, which was co-designed by Cynthia Ziegler.
The light-drenched, vaulted living room is filled with a mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings and seamlessly connects with the expansive outdoor entertaining patio and lush lawn, landscaped by Alex Smith Garden Design, thanks to retractable doors and a hidden screen system. Water features were important to the homeowners, so fountains in the pool were relaxing additions.
Yet regardless of the expansive property, which also boasts a functional potting shed, youthful bunk room and multifaceted craft room, the detailed home feels more like a genial summer cottage than a formal castle.
“The home maintains a playful-meets-traditional style,” Dewberry says. “[Whether the homeowners are] entertaining or not, grace and approachable elegance fill every inch of the space.”