Monday, January 31, 2011

House of the Week

A beautiful 20 year old William Baker house.
Mr Baker received the Arthur Ross Award in New York for this house in 1993. It sits amid many houses built in the 1920's and 30's - and is completely at home. To see detailed images of the house from Bill Baker's website - click here.

image from Harry Norman realtors

this image and one below via Harry Norman realtors

The house is currently for sale. Listing here.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Beautiful Bedrooms

interior design by Barry Dixon

Beginning to work on a couple of bedrooms. Some inspiration photos...

interior design by Barry Dixon

interior design by Bunny Williams

Colefax Fowler wallpaper, image via finders keepers market

image via decorpad

interior design by Celerie Kemble

image via house beautiful, lynn morgan interiors

interior design by Miles Redd

interior design by Hal Williamson

Phoebe Howard

Phoebe Howard

Image via Southern Accents

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy One Year Blog Birthday to Us!

image via Southern Accents

Today is our one year blog birthday! It's been a terrific year filled with beauty, fun and friendship. As a gift to our readers here is a recipe for the most yummy cake you'll ever make. The secret I think is in the separating the eggs and beating the egg whites. The cake is moist and delicious and works for any occasion. It's a great party cake and was given to me by a wonderful friend whose mother put together a cook book of Atlanta recipes (in 1975) - called Atlanta Natives' Favorite Recipes. The recipe came from Mrs. Samuel Barnett (Dorothy Willett).

image via taste of home

Sour Cream Cake

2 sticks butter
3 cups sugar
6 eggs, separated
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sour cream
3 cups plain sifted flour
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, one a time, beating well after each addition. Mix soda into sour cream. Add flour, alternating with sour cream. Add flavoring. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into well greased and floured bundt pan. Bake one and a half hours (90 minutes) at 300 degrees.


image via Southern Accents

Monday, January 24, 2011

House of the Week

Hentz, Reid and Adler's Vaughn Nixon house

This has been my very favorite Atlanta house for my entire life. I remember driving by it as a child and thinking this was the perfect house. It sits on Andrews Drive next to the Swan House (Inman house) and is situated in an idyllic setting.

The house was built in 1925-6 for Vaughn Nixon and is one of Neel Reid's last designs - he was dying of brain cancer as the house was completed. It was Neel Reid's homage to the Hammond-Harwood house in Annapolis, Maryland. The Hammond-Harwood house is one of the primary landmarks of colonial American Georgian architecture. The Vaughn Nixon house is not a copy, but was inspired by the Hammond-Harwood house, which was in turn inspired by the Villa Pisani pictured below.

Hammond-Harwood house

Villa Pisani

Of particular inspiration for Reid was the facade and front door, pictured below:

(Please ignore the Halloween decorations on the railing - now you know when I took the photo :))

Here is another Reid facade (Logan Clarke house in Brookwood Hills, 1922) that resembles Hammond-Harwood:

I am thankful to my architect, Brad Heppner, for my Federal style front door - which is not dissimilar to the Georgian doorways above. My entrance has an open pediment, which is common in the Federal or Adams style.

Perhaps Brad was inspired by a federal door like this one:

or this one:

You can click on any of the images to enlarge them.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Kitchen Before and After

The warm, inviting kitchen pictured above wasn't always so gorgeous. This past summer we had the pleasure of working with a wonderful friend on a kitchen renovation. The kitchen now works better in daily living for the family, for entertaining and it's beautiful too. Form and function!

Caroline Reu was the architect and she figured out how to move some steps that were smack in the middle of where the kitchen needed to be. The family gained much more space for the kitchen by moving the stairs and even got an extra room upstairs too. The builder was JV Page Construction, cabinets were made by Morgan Creek Cabinetry, and counter tops are honed granite.


And after.....!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Beautiful Bathrooms

Have a long day and need a good soak? Would love to relax in any of these beautiful tubs...

image via Cote de Texas

image via House Beautiful, interior design by Windsor Smith

image via Southern Accents

image via House Beautiful, interior design by Karyl Pierce Paxton

image via House Beautiful, interior design by Sally Henderson

interior design by Michael Smith

image via House Beautiful