Graceful Retreat

An English manor-style home by a team of celebrated Atlanta design talents is illuminated by a clean palette and an edgy take on tradition

Up a hill and over a rambling creek, the slate roofline of an English country-style home comes into view. The dual-gabled porte cochere is visible first, and through the gateway, the home’s facade—an edifice in weathered granite with elegant limestone detailing and a wrought iron balcony—is revealed. The small, formal cottage exterior belies the magnitude of the home’s 9,000 square feet and its luminous, serene interior.

This measured unveiling of the home is intentional and echoed inside, says architect Bulent Baydar of Harrison Design, who collaborated with interior designer Karen Ferguson of Harrison Design, builder Bill Grant of Bill Grant Homes and landscape architect Chris Holden of Land Plus. Off the foyer, hidden paneled doors disguise an elevator and powder room, and unfurling passages reveal tucked-away guest suites, including a tower with a separate entrance. The subtle unfolding inspires intrigue and enjoyment from the many visitors—children, friends and colleagues—the homeowners host regularly.

The thoughtful eye toward intriguing spaces is reinforced in the graceful interiors, helmed by Ferguson, and is evident upon entering the home’s airy foyer. Here, a gray and ivory checkerboard floor, sweeping elliptical staircase and soothing white walls in Benjamin Moore Silver Satin create a welcome lightness that forgoes the moodiness of traditional manor homes.

“The homeowners gravitate toward a cleaner palette,” says Ferguson, and the interiors derive energy and balance from strategically placed hues and materials that create a pleasing and cohesive visual map through the home.

Through the barreled paneled vestibule, the dining room evokes a lush garden scene awash in soft pastels inspired by lustrous, hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper. “Building off that paper with the unexpected gray dining table and pink, blue and green color palette, the room feels light and fun,” says Ferguson.

The soft blue in the dining room is echoed in the upholstered Highland House chair in the foyer and again on sitting chairs in the grand salon. Off the salon, it takes on a greater depth in the dramatic ink-blue kitchen, where honed black granite countertops, brass hardware and an antique mirrored backsplash mingle to create a sophisticated, tailored effect.

Satin brass finishes throughout are a unifying element, exuding warmth and brightness. Geometric furnishings, fixtures and architectural elements—from rounded archways to curved chair backs—add interest to lofty spaces.

The home’s connection to the outdoors is palpable too, with manicured landscaping and views of a meadow, stream and prestigious golf club. Expansive sliding doors on both ends of the grand salon unite the gathering space with the inviting exterior, and Juliet balconies off his and her offices beckon. “People have said that when they’re in this home, they feel like they’ve been to a spa; they feel rejuvenated,” says Ferguson. “And that’s how you feel when you’re with the homeowners. They evoke this grace that is so natural. They are uplifting, and the house reflects that.”

Graceful Retreat INTERIOR DESIGN Karen Ferguson, Harrison Design, (404) 365-7760; ARCHITECT Bulent Baydar, (404) 365-7760; LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Chris Holden, Land Plus Associates, (404) 238-9595; BUILDER Bill Grant, Bill Grant Homes, (770) 394-7007;