Modern Twist

A lively blend of antiques, new furnishings and patterns galore foster the stately yet casual milieu envisioned by LAUREN DELOACH INTERIORS and T.S. ADAMS STUDIO, ARCHITECTS

Located on a prominent block in Buckhead, a newly constructed English Manor-style home’s effortless blend of formal and informal elements captured the hearts of an easygoing couple with young children. For example, while the painted brick and stone house features a traditional layout, the moldings are minimalist and the great room is defined with rustic wooden ceiling beams. “It’s a cleaner aesthetic and not too fussy,” says architect Tim Adams of T.S. Adams Studio, Architects. “In this case, less is more.”

Although the arched front door was originally intended to face the side street, Adams realized that turning it toward the main thoroughfare would allow him to create a rear family room flooded with light on two sides, one that opens to a patio and swimming pool nestled into a natural slope on the lot. “Once you understand the topography, the solution reveals itself,” he explains. In addition, it allowed him to align the great room fireplace with the front door, creating a pleasing line of sight that draws visitors into the space.

Inspired by the architecture, designer Lauren DeLoach incorporated a spirited mix of lighting, new furnishings and antiques rendered in a predominantly blue, green and white color palette. A repetition of key patterns enhances the flow. For instance, the wing chair next to the great room fireplace is covered in the same checked fabric as the barstool seat-backs in the open kitchen. And a complementary fabric with a larger check print lines the draperies, which have a scalloped edge. “That thread of continuity makes the space feel more connected,” she says.

The cohesive palette also defines the primary suite, where white side tables flank a four-poster iron bed with an upholstered headboard covered in the same fabric as the draperies. And the floral wallcovering in the mudroom likewise coordinates with the cafe curtain and vanity skirting in the adjacent pool bath, where brass sconces with pleated green shades flank an antique gilded mirror.

A printed linen wallcovering with a lively floral pattern makes a bolder statement in the formal dining room. “I just love the way it hugs the curves,” says DeLoach, pointing to the coved ceiling. The study across the hall is equally dramatic, its walls, moldings and ceiling painted in a deep leafy green hue that creates a warm backdrop for a striped sofa and a wing chair covered in a floral fabric. “It’s handsome and super warm,” says DeLoach. “The house flows together, but each room still has its own personality. I’m very pleased with that.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Lauren DeLoach, Lauren DeLoach Interiors, (404) 310-1570; ARCHITECT Tim Adams, T.S. Adams Studio, Architects, (404) 262-3499; BUILDER Dave Childers, Macallan Custom Homes, (404) 603-8833; LANDSCAPE DESIGN b+c Studio, (678) 990-7691;