Great Heights

Enter Barbara Westbrook’s designer model at Sovereign, Buckhead’s newest high-end, high-rise residence, and you immediately notice two things: texture and light. Whether it’s the veneered early 20th-century tables, the abundance of wool, linen, silk, velvet and cashmere, or the quilting, tufting, beading and embroidery, every surface possesses a tactile quality that engages the senses and draws you immediately inward. But it’s the light, spilling into the living spaces from nearly every angle, that makes you long to stay.

For Sovereign, where exclusive residences start on the 28th story, floor-to-ceiling windows come standard—especially on the 42nd floor, where the panoramic vistas make for one beautiful backdrop. From the downtown skyline in the distance to the bustling streets of Buckhead below to the glimpses of verdant tree cover between, visitors are reminded why they fell in love with Atlanta in the first place.

“We had the most incredible views that we didn’t want to fight, but at the same time, the interiors needed to hold up to them,” says Westbrook. The light makes such a strong debut chiefly because of this designer’s customary manner of working with it. “I like dark colors in dark rooms and light colors in light rooms,” she explains. This one, she points out, called for light colors to amplify the light.

In the living room, a creamy palette shows up not only on the walls but also on pairs of tall alabaster lamps and tailored, regal wing chairs. Antique Swedish chairs serve as bold punctuation points, thanks to a saturated navy cotton Dedar fabric. For a touch of luxury, a tufted ottoman, covered in chocolate brown cashmere, is layered with a tea table of a slightly greater height to form a stylish center point.

The designer and her team took advantage of Sovereign’s architectural quirks, too, such as the sharp corner of windows at the edge of the living room. Diminutive tables and streamlined, low-slung seating invite party guests to settle in for a cocktail, but still allow full view of the evolving Buckhead cityscape.

The model is also home-cum-gallery for collections of black-and-white photography, intriguing sculptures and paintings, all selected with the help of Todd Murphy, who also served as curator for the art throughout Sovereign’s public spaces. “I wanted it to feel like someone with really great taste lived here—the art is so edgy and current, yet it won’t ever look dated,” Westbrook comments. “We also added extra lighting, which is so important. At night, it really makes the art sing.”

At day’s end, the warm gray walls of the master bedroom offer just the right shift to serene, where glamour is imparted by silver-leaf lamps, an antiqued mirror and fashion books throughout the room—and even a string of pearls on the bedside table. A poster bed enhances the architecture and gives the room a strong, yet streamlined presence. In contrast, the guest suite and study employ a more casual aesthetic, with darker shades and tons of natural textures; heavy white linen, leather, even burlap makes an appearance. A curved bench in the guest bath is the perfect place to sit and take in the views.

The free-flowing kitchen, dining and living spaces, which are anchored by a marble fireplace at their center, seem made for entertaining, so it’s no surprise that the table setting is a work of art in itself. A tray of crystal decanters, architectural photography and dining chairs embroidered with Westbrook’s signature motif make for exquisite accents, but it’s the modern organic chandelier that’s the true conversation piece. “I saw it months ago; it was one of the first pieces we picked out,” says the designer. “We knew it would be perfect.”

Westbrook and her team have surely envisioned many conversations around this table and, through such designs, have become the first to define the condominium’s lifestyle in real living color. It is, at its heart, a place to entertain beautifully, to live stylishly, to be an Atlantan.


Sovereign’s 82 exclusive residences, which run from $1 million to $9.5 million and span floors 28 through 50, went on sale in August. Architecture by Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates was designed to create a beguiling façade while giving homeowners’ a variety of floor plans and unique vantage points. Residences range from 1,700 to more than 10,000 square feet, and up to 19,000 square feet on the penthouse level. Amenities such as a concierge service, 28th-floor private skyline pool, open-air terrace, executive fitness area and spa, private climate-controlled wine room and a new Buckhead Life Group restaurant, Pano’s Grand Cafe, bring life right up to the Sovereign doorstep. Sovereign is located at 3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 30326. For more information on residences, call (404) 266-3344 or visit

Sovereign is located at 3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 30326. For more information on residences, call (404) 266-3344 or visit