Southern Grace

A new shingle-style home by THE DESIGN ATELIER and T.S. ADAMS STUDIO, ARCHITECTS offers two empty nesters a warm welcome with incredible views

For a new home to endure, live well and improve over time, every consideration must be in sync from the very beginning. For this shingle-style home, that meant starting with the location. 

Rising above the Chattahoochee River Valley, the site looks out to distant views of the Appalachian Mountains. “I wanted to create a light, open space that was connected to the exterior and really blur the lines between inside and out,” says architect Tim Adams of T.S. Adams Studio, Architects.

Working within the intrinsic language of the shingle style, Adams designed an open-concept floor plan separated by arched openings and filled with floor-to-ceiling windows. Other architectural detailing, such as the stair hall’s paneled wall, elevate the home’s Southern graciousness. “I love stairs and always see them as an opportunity for something special and sculptural,” says Adams. “The paneled wall is a detail that is in keeping with the style of the home while also adding texture.”

Capitalizing on the natural light, designers Melanie Millner and Katie Moorhouse of The Design Atelier selected a light color palette underscored with darker accents to generate depth and interest. “It’s light and bright, yet warm,” says Millner. Walls and trim are painted Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, the perfect foil to the home’s black iron fixtures, dramatic artwork and Kawai grand piano in the stair hall.

Furnishings and accessories are both new and from the client’s previous house. Taking inventory of her clients’ existing pieces, Millner created a furniture plan with items that would easily translate to the style and scale of the rooms, filling in with new purchases as necessary.

For the dining room, Millner kept the table and sideboard, but she re-covered the formerly red wing chairs in a Kerry Joyce linen blend, its celadon hues reflecting the misty mountains outside. In the great room, darker green tones ground a pair of armchairs in the bay window, bringing in the color of the area’s fir trees. “The greens were a good way to introduce just a little bit of color,” says Millner.

The updated look is equally evident in the kitchen finishes, where the designer opted for neutral tones with pops of warm white oak, Perla Venata quartzite countertops and backsplash from Walker Zanger. Millner repeated those choices in the adjacent bar, but added an antiqued mirrored backsplash for a dash of glamour. “It reflects the light, and is the perfect backdrop for the homeowner’s extensive Waterford collection,” says Millner. 

The owners quickly found themselves at home in their new surroundings thanks to the classic architecture and carefully chosen appointments. “Their former home was very traditional,” says Millner. “Tim, Katie and I infused this house with a fresh spirit, but it was important to incorporate some of the furnishings, art and family photos they had collected over the years. We wanted the home to feel new, yet familiar.”

INTERIOR DESIGN Melanie Millner and Katie Moorhouse, The Design Atelier, (404) 365-8662; ARCHITECT Tim Adams, T.S. Adams Studio, Architects, (404) 262-3499; BUILDER Brownlow & Sons, (770) 977-8404; LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Core Landscape, (770) 951-5500