Creating a Lovely Living Space

Some top Atlanta designers demonstrate their knacks for gracious design in these 2008 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House rooms


Simple, Stately and Chic
In this library, custom millwork sets the tone for a comfortable living space. A beautiful reflection of Stan Topol’s design principles, this room—which dramatically plays light against dark neutral hues—is simple but sophisticated, chic yet understated. “Glamour doesn’t have to be flashy,” says the designer. “We believe that style does not mean that one has to be stylish.”

Millwork: Russ Briscoe, Coventry Reproductions
Venetian plaster ceiling: Christopher O’Guinn,
O’Guinn Decorative Arts
Accessories: Ainsworth-Noah & Assoc.
Antique armchairs: Ainsworth-Noah & Assoc.
Italian Rococo mirror: Robuck & Co.
Antique books: Lisa Thompson & Assoc.
Antique rug: Rugs by Robinson
Fireplace: Francois & Co.
Fireplace accessories: Parc Monceau
Stan Topol and Doyle Garland
Stan Topol & Associates
(404) 885-9889

Grand Salon

Classic, Modern and Luxurious
In the grand salon, Suzanne Kasler combines classic, vintage and contemporary elements in an effortless showing of of-the-moment elegance. Antique Swedish columns fronting the grand Palladian windows play to the room’s incredible architecture, including a French limestone mantel, while furnishings from Kasler’s own collections for Visual Comfort and Hickory Chair exude individuality without losing their reverence for historical motifs. Finally, metallic gray draperies, unquestionably on-trend, add the kind of sparkle that’s at home in any setting.


Chandelier: Therien through Ernest
Gaspard & Assoc.
Mirror over mantel: Therien through
Ernest Gaspard & Assoc.
Sconces: J. F. Chen through Jerry Pair
Rug: Designer Carpets
Drapery fabric: Jim Thompson Silk through Jerry Pair
Armless sofa: Suzanne Kasler Collection for Hickory Chair
Ottoman: Suzanne Kasler Collection for
Hickory Chair
Bronze-and-glass coffee table: Holly Hunt through Jerry Pair
Marble urn lamps: Parc Monceau
Fluted columns: Parc Monceau
Gold tole spheres: Parc Monceau
Antique chest: Jerry Pair
Neoclassical armchair: William Word Antiques
Framed intaglios: Fred Reed Picture Framing
Art: Ingrid Dee Magidson through Bill Lowe Gallery
Antique starburst mirrors: Suzanne Kasler Interiors
Sofa with Greek key detailing: Nancy Corzine through Ainsworth-Noah & Assoc.
Quatrefoil side chair: Suzanne Kasler Collection
for Hickory Chair
Mantel: Francois & Co.


Suzanne Kasler
Suzanne Kasler Interiors
(404) 355-1035


Keeping Room

Soft, Subtle and Inviting
The keeping room is a low-key, calming environment where guests are received; a linen-wrapped sofa and rolled-arm chairs decked out in hand-painted fabric take their places atop an equally subdued mohair rug. But punctuated by dark, commanding case goods, this room has high impact, too. Still, designer Gretchen Edwards says her favorite element is the mix of colorful, contemporary artwork by five different artists. It gives the room a modern spin and engaging verve that opens up the conversation.

Sofa: Dessin Fournir through Grizzel & Mann
Side chairs: Dessin Fournir through Grizzel & Mann
Ottoman: Charles Pollack through Grizzel & Mann
Fabrics: Grizzel & Mann
TV cabinet: Grizzel & Mann
Firescreen: Grizzel & Mann
Bookcase: Grizzel & Mann
Vases: Allan Knight through Grizzel & Mann
Rug: Eve Oxford Inc.
Lamps: Christopher Spitzmiller through Grizzel & Mann
Art: Huff Harrington Fine Art

Gretchen Edwards and Mary Allison Buzzell
Gilstrap Edwards Interior Design
(404) 869-4401

Upstairs Lounge

Comfortable, Warm and Relaxing
A mix of touchable textures in Jimmy Stanton’s upstairs lounge creates an inviting haven for conversing with friends or simply unwinding. The relaxed appeal of the linen-draped sofa has a transitional look that sits well with both traditional and contemporary interiors. The room gains rustic appeal from found objects recycled and re-used in unique ways—mounted artfully, dressed up with new materials, and arranged around the room as intriguing accents. But the indisputable focal point is Ray Hartl’s photography, injecting personality in a graphic way.

All furnishings, fabrics and accessories: Stanton Home Furnishings
Horse photography: Ray Hartl through Soho Myriad


Jimmy Stanton
Stanton Home Furnishings
1250 Caroline St. NE
Atlanta, 30307
(404) 586-9000


Intimate, Vibrant and Unexpected
In the loggia, gold, aqua and purple add vivacity to the home’s classic scheme. A daybed suspended from the ceiling renders this space the perfect place to relax. But what makes it so current, says designer Loren Taylor, is the idea that an exterior space should be as inviting as any interior. “People are discovering home again; we are traveling less, because of the economy, and finding pleasure in our own nests.”

Étagère: Bradley-Hughes
Mirror: Bradley-Hughes
Table: Bradley-Hughes
Hanging daybed: Bradley-Hughes
Metal rain drum: PierceMartin
Lantern: Beacon Hill
Drapery fabric: Beacon Hill
Accessories: Anna Abrams Design

Loren Audrey Taylor
Anna Abrams Design
(678) 423-1395


Media Room

Evolution Home Theater created this inspired space, incorporating the very latest in technology—and comfort. The addition of Tish Mills’ deft decorating touch gives it a stylish edge.

Tish Mills
Harmonious Living by Tish Mills
(404) 814-3838

Evolution Home Theatre
(404) 869-1880