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Buckhead Italianate Renovation

Atlanta, Georgia


Buckhead Italianate Renovation 


In search of cohesion, a Buckhead home undergoes renovation.  This 1920s home had seen many style changes among the switching of owners, leaving its most current state in a clash of contemporary interiors and Italianate-inspired architecture on the exterior.


Having previously worked on the home 20 years ago, the designers were very familiar with the property and pleased to be called back to refresh and unify the architecture.  The new homeowners were a young family with three teenage children, so redesigning the space to reflect a multitude of tastes and have designated areas for privacy was important.  Being serial renovators (we had done 4 renovations on their past house), they were familiar with the process and placed trust in our design to best complement this new phase of their life.


Intentional decisions were made to enhance the home, so it felt more open and airier, rather than cluttered and dark. This included painting the exterior, replacing and lengthening windows, and adding new, thicker shutters to fit the windows properly. Additionally, can lights were removed and a new cove ceiling was designed, along with a new Foyer Staircase railing and new fireplace mantels.  For the family of five, storage was also an important feature so sleek built-ins are designed for the Guest Room, Dining Room, His and Her Offices, and Owners’ Bath. 


The Screened Porch was extensively renovated to continue the indoors’ quiet elegance.  A diamond fretwork pattern is installed in the screen railing and brick walls are plastered over.  Its new limestone mantel signals tradition, while in the Living Room a new neoclassical marble mantel gives a nod to the home’s revival spirit.


This renovation illustrates how in lieu of structural changes, incorporating subtle, yet effective design elements can emphasize and elevate the beauty and function of a home—as they say, it’s all in the details.


Interiors - Suzanne Kasler 

Landscape -Carson McElheney Landscape Architecture 

Featured - Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 

Photos- Emily Followill Photography 




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