Atlanta home transformed from dated to desirable with an elegant redesign

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Atlanta home transformed from dated to desirable with an elegant redesign

Suzanne Kasler, a designer, gives an Atlanta father and his Buckhead house a new start. She has designed a design that is both traditional but modern enough to accommodate three daughters.

Exterior in Country French Style

Steve Fallon was not able to shake his moving day jitters, nor could they get in his head about taking up residence. The 12-year-old Buckhead house was bought by the Atlanta entrepreneur. It was not the ideal place for Darby, Ellie and Grayson, their teenage and twenty-something daughters. Steve was not worried. Steve was accompanied by Suzanne Kasler, a designer, and Rick Spitzmiller (an architect).

The house is graced with new dormers and a slate roofing. This gives it the Country French style Steve loves.

Open Floor Plan

Spitzmiller states that the house was built with great bones but needed to be rethought to suit the Fallons’ needs and their lifestyle. This meant an open and sociable floorplan, as well as architectural upgrades like coffered ceilings and beamed ceilings, paneled walls and rich moldings.

Welcome to the Entryway

A Beautful And Tmelessly Elegant Buckhead Home Home
A Beautful And Tmelessly Elegant Buckhead Home Home

Spitzmiller states, “When renovating, we look at the weak points.” The entry didn’t have the visual cues it needed to make it more welcoming or give it an architectural scale. The new moldings match the elegance of a grand, curved staircase. This is the perfect stage for Kasler to show off her many talents.

She says, “My design is all architecture.” “I simplified the whole-house color palette to make it more architectural.”

Soft Neutral Color Scheme

She used Benjamin Moore’s Linen White as a foundation and coated many walls of her home with it. Kasler said, “I chose a soft white to blend in with the architecture and provide an attractive background.” I love a neutral background with color accents.

Kasler uses a big skirted table to bring beautiful fabric into a space that doesn’t have draperies or French doors.

Chic and Comfortable Living Room

This is evident in the living area, where the calm canvas lets the details of the large arched window and coffered ceiling shine through. Kasler states, “There wasn’t a way to drape the window. There was no need to drape it.” It is a focal point in the room and I like it. The black paint she used on the wood muntins was applied to make them look like steel. This gave the room a modern edge.

The designer scaled down the furniture to fit the space. She says, “I wanted the casual elegance appropriate to a city home.” It’s a comfortable and loungy space that is great for relaxing in.

Steve’s antiques are all dark-stained wooden furniture, which blends with the primarily new pieces to create a room that is both functional and beautiful. Kasler says, “We wanted a base of traditional, but lighter, younger, and not overdecorated.”

Kasler states that the goal was to create a home for a young family. It should be chic and easy to live in. A TV is hidden in an antique armoire. Contemporary art by Heidi Berrin Shonkoff contrasts well with the traditional chandelier.

Artfully Arranged

She layered subtle colors with throws, pillows and art to keep the room fresh. She says, “It’s the perfect method to get color in a room while keeping it tailored and low-key.”

The branch motif of a convex, or convex mirror designed by Paul Ferrante is above the fireplace in the living room. It pays homage to the natural world outside.

Touches of color

The dining room is awash in color, with Kasler covering the walls in a sage-colored sheath that highlights the Spitzmiller’s fluted crown moldings and mirror-front china cupboards. The architect said that Suzanne’s color touches make the room shine.

The formal dining room is dominated by a Regency stained-wood table with its graceful curves and echoed by slim armless chairs. Farrow & Ball Blue Gray mesh walls with Schumacher silk taffeta draperies.

Kitchen Cabinetry: Adding interest

He also designed both glass-front and mirrored cabinetry for the kitchen. It is the heart of the home. Steve states, “It’s where our love to gather.”

Mixing styles on cabinet fronts increases interest.

A spacious and functional kitchen

Spitzmiller added additional square footage to the kitchen, nearly doubling the size of the original. This was done in order to provide ample space for friends and family as well as moments of shared culinary creativity. Spitzmiller says that the kitchen is now larger, more functional, and prettier.

The airy, casual space is centered around a central island that has comfortable bar stool seating. Calacatta marble is used as a backsplash and tops the U-shape area. Traditional cabinetry is paired with rustic beams, hammered metal pendants, and Edgar-Reeves’s classic cabinetry.

Cozy Breakfast Area

The fireplace heats the breakfast area, where Windsor chairs and a cottage table invite casual dining.

Family Hangout Spot

The family’s second favorite spot is the kitchen, which opens onto the kitchen. It was a storage area with no windows. Spitzmiller installed NanaWall glass doors to open the wall to the pool and patio. Spitzmiller said, “It’s an amazing change.”

Steve is in agreement. It’s great fun. It’s a great place to relax, watch college football in fall and just enjoy the pool. It is a beautiful place to be.

This ceiling treatment uses pecky cypress beams. It is easy to blend indoors with out thanks to the wall of bifold glass doors.

Classic Library Space

The library’s wood paneled walls are a departure of the white linen used throughout the rest. Cowtan & Tout drapery panels bring together all the colors in this classic, cozy space.

Elegant Master Suite

Steve is ready to relax and enjoy the tranquility of his master suite. Blue linen draperies bring a touch of elegance to the room.

Antique Meets New

A four-poster antique mingles with new furniture from Suzanne Kasler, Hickory Chair.

Master Bath

A Waterworks tub is the star of Steve’s bathroom space, set against an elegant backdrop of Calacatta Gold marble.

Double the Elegance

The elegance continues with a custom double vanity.

Bedrooms for children

Every Fallon girl has her own bathroom and bed. The backdrop of lots of white is a great place to use playful, colorful patterns. Kasler states, “It gives them the backdrop they need to personalize their spaces in their own way.”

Young Patterns

Grayson, an equestrian, shows her ribbons on a pair if dress forms. It’s fun, young and makes it a place that the girls love to visit. It is wonderful to build a house that resonates with all the family.

Steve concurs. He says, “We love it.” It’s much more than just a beautiful home. It’s something very special, created especially for us.

This cozy sitting area is filled with vibrant colors and youthful patterns.

Teenage Dream

A pristine white bathroom and a chic shower curtain with a cheetah pattern would be a dream for any teenage girl.

The Fallon Family

Steve Fallon, a homeowner, is shown here with his daughters Grayson and Darby.

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