High-Rise, High Style: Our Favorite High-Rise Residences

Barbara WestbrookBarbara Westbrook proved that model homes can exude just as much warmth and character as private residences when she outfitted a condo at The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta with personality and style. In fact, Westbrook has a penchant for designing model units. “You get to be creative because you don’t have a client who has to approve everything,” she says.

Bill PeaceWhen a busy New York executive and his wife decided to invest in a second home in Atlanta, they knew that they wanted their new living space to be sophisticated yet welcoming. Enter William Peace of Peace Design, who designed the residence around an art collection but kept the atmosphere warm and comfortable. Expansive windows and  gallery-like walls allow paintings and photography to shine, while materials such as bronze, marble, leather, wood, silk and mohair—hallmarks of a Peace Design project—create a layered effect.

Beth Webb“More is more” was Beth Webb’s mindset with designing this Buckhead high-rise for a well-traveled couple looking to downsize. The result: a pretty pied-à-terre that made an impact while encompassing every piece of the homeowners’ treasures—from an eclectic art collection to formal furnishings.

Lee Kleinhelter-designed Sovereign residence balances an all-white color palette with bold pattern (such as a large-scale tropical Schumacher wallpaper) and rich texture to camouflage the architectural angles and create a sense of home. “This space is very open with walls of windows,” Kleinhelter says. “We didn’t want it to feel like a jungle but to be the beginning of a story.”  

GraysonHarrisA 3,500-square-foot model condo at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta was transformed into a luxurious yet livable space by Robert Grayson and Andrew Harris. The designers played off the existing architecture, selecting sculptural lighting, textures and patterns that softened the home while adding a level of sophistication.

Musso Design GroupThis contemporary condo above the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta in Midtown was redesigned by Musso Design Group to encompass New York chic, Hollywood glamour and Atlanta views. The 2,250-square-feet condo originally contained three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths but was reformatted with  two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and a den, plus a music space for the husband, a jazz bassist. Art deco pieces, contemporary sculpture and elegant details serve as the final touches for this sky-high home.

Robert Browntailored townhome designed by Robert Brown exudes suave sophistication, and it’s no wonder why: the space was inspired by the sophistication of an Armani suit. Yet furnishings—such as a gray flannel sofa, alligator-embossed brown leather dining chairs and a gray tweed rug—remain subtle enough allow the breathtaking vistas to take center stage.