Age of Grace

Architect NORMAN ASKINS and interior designer AMY MORRIS revitalize a 1920s Tudor Revival abode for a new era

A longtime admirer of this rambling old brick Tudor Revival manse in Buckhead, architect Norman Askins was overjoyed when he was hired by a couple to redesign and expand the home after they purchased it from the husband’s parents. “They wanted us to take them to the top, and they trusted us to do that,” he says.

While the homeowners wanted the house to better accommodate a modern lifestyle, retaining its original charm was a top priority. In close collaboration with project architect Geoffrey Yovanovic, Askins significantly expanded its footprint, adding a full second floor and an updated floor plan that reflects today’s way of living. Wherever possible, they saved and reused the original windows, imperfect whitewashed clinker brick and other timeworn materials.

The original front door, for example, now opens to a new foyer and leaded glass transom window. With interior designer Amy Morris at the helm of design decisions, an artist hand-painted a bespoke floor motif reminiscent of the floor in the original foyer. Moving along, a grand hall that contains both the original stairway and an elegant new one connects the home’s three levels. A vintage wallcovering reconceived as an oversize triptych adds to the sense of drama.

Indeed, the interior is replete with such moments. Handsome grid-like paneling fosters a cozy milieu in the formal living room, where a quartet of plush swivel chairs create a spot for conversation in front of the fireplace.

The dining room, meanwhile, boasts a handpainted chinoiserie-style wallcovering rendered in a smoky blue hue accented by green and burnt orange. “It makes a powerful statement,” says Morris. “The wallcovering needed to have as much weight as the paneled room across from it.”

It’s a stunning backdrop for an antique table and chairs underneath a handpainted iron chandelier. Such antiques are sprinkled throughout the interior. An antique breakfast table, for example, adds a sense of history to the new kitchen, which is outfitted with classic white cabinetry accented by dark natural stone countertops with an integrated backsplash.

An old lantern likewise elevates the primary bedroom, where a blue velvet upholstered headboard plays off the soft hues in a patterned area rug. “The mix of old and new feels fresh and updated,” says Morris.

In other words, the result is exactly what the owners envisioned. After the culmination of the multiyear project, they expressed their gratitude by hosting a dinner for the team that made their dream come to life. “They are thrilled about it,” says Askins. “It’s a house for today, but it’s still very traditional—a great combo for young people.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Amy Morris, Amy Morris Interiors, (404) 389-0628; ARCHITECT Norman Askins, Norman Davenport Askins, Architect, (404) 233-6565; LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT John Howard, Howard Design Studio, (404) 876-7051; BUILDER Gasaway Homes