A Soft, Soothing Palette and Exquisite Architectural Details Bring a Buckhead Tudor Revival to Life

Jessica Bradley Interiors and Frank G Neely Design Associates put a present-day spin on a traditionally inspired home

A soft, soothing palette puts a present-day spin on this traditionally inspired home full of exquisite details.

While imagining their forever family home, a couple found themselves drawn to a Tudor Revival residence in Buckhead. They reached out to the home’s architect, Frank Neely, to design an equally grand home on their plot of land just outside of Atlanta, but with a caveat: to make it light, bright, and approachable.

 “Traditional Tudor Revival houses tend to have a dark and heavy nature to them, however, these clients wanted a strong connection to the outdoors, so amid the classic elements we incorporated lots of windows and just a general sense of openness,” explains Todd Pullen, who alongside Christian Reed served as associate architects of the project before Neely’s passing last year.

 The home’s great room best exemplifies this marriage of styles. Spanning nearly 36 feet, a series of steel window doors floods the room with natural light while grand trusses gracing the vaulted ceiling add a sense of history. Custom doors with charming Tudor arches flanking the fireplace have a similar effect. It’s the woodwork’s lighter finish—a careful choice by the team of architects and interior designer Jessica Bradley—though that keeps the look fresh.

“Before we even tackled the interior furnishings, we really started off with the finishes of the house,” recalls Bradley. “One of the biggest decisions was deciding on the stain of the wood so that the house, even with its grand architectural details, feels cozy rather than formal.”

The client’s desire for a more relaxed, family-centric home had them questioning their need for a traditional dining room. “I was up for the challenge of convincing them that it didn’t need to be an intimidating space used just twice a year,” says Bradley. A round table ensures conversations flow easily while leather chairs and an elegant fireplace offer a warm library-like aesthetic. Pocket doors add the final intimate touch to a room that’s become one of the most prized.

 During warmer months, entertaining shifts to the home’s expansive backyard. The pool house was designed as far more than just a place to dry off. It’s a convivial sanctuary complete with an outdoor kitchen and multiple gathering spaces. Pullen and Reed, now principals of their own eponymous architectural firm, took advantage of its open-air setting, allowing the slate roof to be seen through the rafters.

 “It’s subtle but impactful,” notes Reed. “We excel and pride ourselves on attention to detail, which was really important to Frank as well. That’s the fun of a home like this; everywhere you look there’s some special detail or vignette to discover.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Jessica Bradley, Jessica Bradley Interiors, (404) 846-3220; jessicabradleyinteriors.com ARCHITECT Frank Neely, Frank G Neely Design Associates, (404) 817-0807 ASSOCIATE ARCHITECTS Todd Pullen and Christian Reed, Pullen & Reed LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Chris Holden, Land Plus Associates, (404) 238-9595; landplusassociates.com BUILDER Randy Hardy