Southern Modern

Sleek, Southern style—with a dash of modern panache—prevailed at our 6th annual Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Luxury Living Show. Here, we dish the 7 tips, tricks and secret recipes for re-creating the look of this cutting-edge kitchen, bath and outdoor entertaining area.


1. Streamline Surfaces
Bell Kitchen & Bath Studios’ vision for this stately kitchen was a modern aesthetic that still evokes warmth and elegance. The waterfall edge of the Cambria countertop allows the eye to move seamlessly, while the smooth acrylic perimeter cabinetry blends nicely with the mahogany accents.

2. Simplify Storage
Rev-A-Shelf integrated a peg system in the drawers to organize and secure plates, pots, and lids, while dividers corral cutlery and miscellaneous gadgets, making cleanup a breeze.

3. Use Unexpected Hardware
Lucite—a clear, plastic material that’s having a moment in furniture design—works great as a cabinet pull, evoking a light, playful quality that doesn’t compete with its hardier counterparts.

4. Add Glass
CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio designed a clean, contemporary retreat using ½-inch-thick ultra-premium glass in its shower (industry standard is ⅜ inch). The room appears larger, while the thicker glass provides a better barrier against water.

5. Mix Materials
Natural products like Ecuador marble and the teak shower-pan drain complement man-made materials like the mottled gray concrete cabinet doors and acrylic tub.

6. Combine Function and Flair
The professionals at Builder Specialties Inc. mixed louvered cabinets, leathered granite and stainless-steel appliances to create a casual but well-appointed space for leisure entertaining, as well as overflow for formal gatherings.

7. Bring the Indoors Out
Designing an outdoor kitchen presents the same considerations as an indoor layout, so keep prep, cooking and libation zones top of mind. Don’t forget pantry storage and trash options to accommodate all entertaining needs, whether it’s outside or in.

KITCHEN DESIGN Bell Kitchen & Bath Studios ORGANIZATION Rev-A-Shelf APPLIANCES Sub-Zero/Wolf COUNTERTOPS/FABRICATION Cambria via Construction Resources TILE Renaissance Tile & Bath SCONCES Circa Lighting SINK AND FAUCET Franke STYLING Tami Ramsay, Cloth & Kind ACCESSORIES B.D. Jeffries STOOLS McAlpine Home at MacRae

BATHROOM DESIGN CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio; SHOWER GLASS Atlanta Glass & Mirror; (404) 378-2896. SINK AND TUB MTI; CABINETRY CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio; FAUCETS KWC; COUNTERTOPS Levantina; TILE Interceramic;

OUTDOOR KITCHEN DESIGN Builder Specialties Inc;, and Sugar Hill Outdoors; GRILL AND PIZZA OVEN Alfresco; BELGARD PAVERS Sugar Hill Outdoors. REFRIGERATION U-Line; CABINETRY Brown Jordan; FIREPLACE Heatilator;