Fresh Start

Bright colors and bold patterns give youthful flair to a clean and classic newly built Chastain Park home by Amanda Orr Architects and Means Carney Interiors

When a couple and their two young boys began the hunt for a home that would fit their active lifestyle, it’s no wonder they landed in Atlanta’s Chastain Park. So, when the perfect lot appeared with a not-so-perfect 1950s ranch built in a floodplain, the homeowners called in an expert design team to build a home that was tailored to a T. 

Left with an existing footprint, architect Amanda Orr started piecing the puzzle together of a traditional-style home with modern touches and an updated, more functional floor plan. Timeless exterior features lend classic curb appeal, where painted brick and wood siding act as a clean canvas for a slate blue door and complementing copper overhang. Inside, arched doorways and curved windows lend a bit of gracefulness to the open floor plan, which begins in the entryway with the formal dining room before pinwheeling back to common areas. Clever workarounds—such as a mudroom that became a second office space when needed or a basement-style transformation on the third floor—make the home more conducive to the family’s needs. “The floor plan isn’t traditionally laid out, and we knew it was paramount to get not only the flow but the sightlines between each room just right,” says Orr. 

The same can be said for the interior design, where designers Angela Means and Danielle Carney of Means Carney Interiors introduced clean, classic elements that stand the test of time—and stand up against dirt and spills. “With two active boys it was important for her to make sure the house was not only beautiful, but also livable; a place where family can relax and not feel stressed about the wear and tear of daily life,” says Means.

Performance fabrics in bold patterns dress rooms in both form and function. Because the wife is an art enthusiast with an appreciation for bright colors, the designers infused happy hues throughout. The wet bar, a favorite space of the
homeowners who are avid entertainers, is bathed in a rich green, while other spaces, such as the breakfast area, primary bedroom and family room are a lesson in layers with traditional blue and green fabrics commingling with various neutral tones and textures. “Our interior selections are always inspired by our clients” shares Carney. “The fabric choices reflect some of the homeowner’s wardrobe staples, like her navy handbag or fabulous green boots.”

Though the homeowners wanted space to comfortably fit dozens of guests during dinner parties, the home also had to have pockets where each family member could retreat. The mudroom is a catchall for baseball gear and backpacks, but also contains a desk for a quiet corner to complete homework or answer emails. Outside, a covered porch’s cozy fireplace and seating offers a year-round escape.

 And with the project completed just before the pandemic, the homeowners were granted the time to truly settle in and relish their perfect home, says Orr. “During shelter-in-place, [the wife] kept saying, ‘It feels like we’re on vacation.’ There’s nothing more we could have asked for.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Angela Means and Danielle Carney, Means Carney Interiors; ARCHITECT Amanda Orr, Amanda Orr Architects, (404) 550-7494; BUILDER David Shepherd, David Shepherd Construction, Inc., (678) 758-5000 LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Miss Madden, Missy Madden Landscape Architecture, (404) 218-4132;