An Eye for Detail

An effortless blend of antiques and contemporary pieces imbue a timeless quality in this new shingle-style abode in Buckhead

Enchanted by a Buckhead property’s towering old-growth beech trees, a couple with two teenagers commissioned architect Tim Adams to design a new house for the sprawling site. Clad with cedar shake accented by indigenous granite, his brainchild far exceeds their goals. “This home has a sense of history and soul that transcends time,” says Adams.

Indeed, handcrafted wall moldings in a classic yet updated grid pattern adorn the stair hall, which is flooded with natural light from a bank of windows. In fact, natural light pervades the interior, which is only one or two rooms deep, allowing Adams to add windows on multiple sides. “Feeling the light throughout the day makes a tremendous difference,” he says.

It also complements the lighter, brighter palette that the owners envisioned for their new home. Involved early in the project, interior designers Michelle Doughtie and Katelyn Walden Reeves of Schilling & Co. weighed in on finishes and
worked closely with their clients to furnish the interior, incorporating newly acquired pieces alongside their client’s existing antiques.

Antique paintings adorn the crisp white walls in the stair hall, for instance. And in the dining room, a reproduction chandelier casts a warm glow on an elegant oval table surrounded by the owners’ existing chairs, which Doughtie had recovered in an updated fabric that complements the floral wallcovering. “It’s like the chef’s kiss,” she says.

A contrast to the formal millwork in the front of the house, the private spaces have a more relaxed milieu with open, flowing spaces distinguished by shiplap walls, reclaimed ceiling beams and stone accents. A tiered iron chandelier, for example, calls attention to the lofty beamed ceilings in the family room, which Doughtie furnished with comfortable pieces in neutral hues accented by pops of plaid, blue and green.

And a perforated pendant with a Capiz shell finish casts moody shadows on the wooden ceilings in the keeping room. Adjacent to the wife’s office and an herb garden off the kitchen, she enjoys curling up on the plush sofa with windows overlooking the backyard. When pulled shut, the striped linen sheers, “Create a pillow effect,” says Doughtie. “Sometimes we gather in the smallest spaces, because they feel so cozy, and we wanted to encourage that.”

The wife often cooks with fresh herbs she harvests from the garden just outside–one of the many things she adores about the place. “They were so excited to finally move into this home that they had been dreaming about,” says Doughtie. “It was fun helping them to realize their vision.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Michelle Doughtie, Schilling & Co.; ARCHITECT Tim Adams, T.S. Adams Studio, Architects, (404) 262-3499; LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Alec Michaelides, Land Plus, (404) 238-9595; BUILDER The Macallan Group, (404) 603-8833;