Architect Ross Piper and interior designer Clary Bosbyshell join forces to fashion a family’s dream home in Chastain Park
Wish fulfillment is one of the many perks to building a new home. For Amanda Williams, the dream come true is a showstopping closet that is larger than the adjacent master suite. A window brings natural light into the glamorous space, reflecting off of the antiqued mirrored cabinet doors. Outfitted with a luxurious velvet-covered sofa and a large center island, it feels more like an upscale boutique. “She had always dreamed of having a dedicated place to relax and be surrounded by what she loves,” says interior designer Clary Bosbyshell, who worked with architect Ross Piper and Paces Builder Group to design the new Chastain Park abode for Amanda, husband Patrick and daughter Emma.
The white brick gabled dwelling relates well to the neighborhood, and the floorplan is also traditional, albeit with a twist. For example, there is no formal living room. Instead, the entire rear of the house is an expansive, open great room. “It gets more relaxed as you move toward the back of the house,” Piper says.
A chinoiserie mosaic wallcovering depicting birds, butterflies and peonies creates a welcoming first impression in the front foyer, which is flanked by Patrick’s office and a guest suite, each with their own porch. Directly ahead is the open dining area, where a set of large iron doors in the same shape lead out to the back patio. “It’s about mixing the new with the old,” Piper says. “I don’t think iron doors and windows will ever go out of style.”
Nor will the transitional limestone mantel that Piper designed for the family room, which has white walls punctuated with blue linen draperies and a mix of floral and striped upholstery in the same colorway. The handsome fireplace is a focal point for a mix of contemporary pieces alongside an antique clover side table and a square Lucite cocktail table. “Antiques add another layer and tell a story,” Bosbyshell says.
The blue and white palette is consistent throughout the interior. In the kitchen, a trio of dark blue leather stools accents the classic white cabinetry, Carrara marble countertops and ceramic subway tile backsplash. On either side of the custom plaster hood, open brass shelving coordinates with the cabinet hardware and pendant lights.
And in the spacious back hallway, which houses a mudroom and Amanda’s office, light blue-painted moldings and built-in cabinetry play off of a floral wallcovering and matching roman shades. “Wallpaper adds so much warmth to a space,” Bosbyshell says. “It’s a showstopper.”
From the open living areas to the jaw-dropping closet, the custom manse is everything that Patrick and Amanda envisioned. “She did all the fun things that she had been wanting, and it was wonderful being part of that,” Bosbyshell says. “All those unexpected details tie together and make it a layered, beautiful home.”
INTERIOR DESIGN Clary Bosbyshell, Clary Bosbyshell Design, LLC. (404) 314-0744; [email protected] ARCHITECT Ross Piper, Ross Piper Architect, Inc. (404) 343-1980; rosspiper.com CABINETRY Phoenix Millworks. (404) 384-1295; phoenixmillworks.org