Company Retreat

A seasoned design team crafts an iconic new residence with a destination mentality in mind for a young couple looking to maximize the meaning of home for family and friends.

Standing atop a hill on a forested property in an exclusive Atlanta zip code, the rambling slurried brick abode offers a series of dazzling, often unexpected moments that never fail to delight its owners, a fashionable thirtysomething couple known for their weekly family gatherings and swanky soirees.

On the covered front porch, for example, a pair of custom wooden swings dangle from ropes in front of mismatched facing fireplaces. Just beyond, a bank of steel-framed windows spotlights a view of the lush rear courtyard. “You look out onto an emerald green,” says architect Linda MacArthur, who collaborated with builder Michael Ladisic and designers Kelly Wolf Anthony and Matthew Quinn on the project. “The clients wanted the home to be open and welcoming.”

Outfitted with painted fluted wall paneling, the front foyer opens to the centrally located dining room, which has Venetian plaster-clad walls and rounded corners that “soften the space,” explains MacArthur. 

A multipendant chandelier with glass globes suspended from varying lengths floats over a long dining table that seats 14. “It’s like an art piece,” says Wolf Anthony. “It brings the ceiling down and makes the room feel a little cozier.” 

Fluted paneled walls also distinguish the adjacent bar, a luxurious space outfitted with sleek black metal cabinetry and illuminated shelving. Doubling as a corridor, the moody space leads to the bright and airy great room, which has 14-foot-high coffered ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the courtyard.

“Our goal was to elevate the design and make it memorable,” says Ladisic, crediting the many talented trades who worked on this project. “I think it’s going to be an iconic building.”

In the kitchen, a sleek black metal hood floats in front of one bank of windows, perfectly complementing the black metal and gunmetal enamel La Cornue range. Adding another layer, the entire niche is surrounded with light quartzite. 

“This space is like Grand Central, and it’s always been an important room for the clients,” says kitchen and bath designer Matthew Quinn, who collaborated with the couple on their prior home. “We put a great deal of energy and resources into making it a phenomenal space.”

That also holds true for the lower level. Modeled after Pinewood Social, a hot Nashville hangout, its exposed brick walls, steel beams and ductwork create a chic, industrial backdrop for a suite of entertainment areas, including a luxe bar and a two-lane bowling alley.

Not even the face masks everyone wore during the big midpandemic reveal could disguise the owners’ beaming grins as they toured their new home. “This house is spectacular, comfortable and livable at the same time,” says Wolf Anthony. “It’s a gorgeous home that this family can enjoy for many years ahead.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Kelly Wolf Anthony, Wolf Design Group, Inc., (404) 261-7778; ARCHITECT Linda MacArthur, Linda MacArthur Architect, (404) 233-4771; BUILDER Michael Ladisic, Ladisic Fine Homes, (404) 495-0708; KITCHEN DESIGNER Matthew Quinn, Designer Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio, (404) 261-0111; LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Richard Anderson, Richard Anderson Landscape Architect, (404) 892-1788;