The house next door.
Later on, a young couple in the real estate business bought the lot and built the current house. We loved watching it go up and appreciated all the little touches they thought of: a glorious slate roof, chimney pots, a darling guest house and plenty of curb appeal. And then one day, the For Sale sign popped up and we waited to see what would happen.
It turned out that our new neighbors were the fledging all-star writer, Emily Giffin Blaha and her husband, Buddy. They had just moved to Atlanta from London and Emily was about to have her babies. The house next door was a perfect fit for them.
Somehow, in between writing best-selling books and raising babies, Emily put her own special signature on the house.
Emily’s best-sellers, all written in the house next door.
Emily and the house were featured in the April 2010 Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle issue. Erica Dines was the photographer.
More of Emily’s house: the pretty kitchen.
The breakfast nook. I always loved Emily’s choice of art.
The guest house and landscaping have always been to die for. Over the years, we shared a fence and even a cute cat that called us both family.
It wasn’t too long before Emily and her husband realized they needed more space so the For Sale sign went back up.
It was a match made in heaven for the next and current owners: Tom, Debra and their sweet young son. My husband and I immediately adored this couple and started thinking that the house next door was a magnet for really smart, attractive people….
Debra and Tom asked Barbara Heath and Tim Green of The Mercantile to help them design a fresh, clean interior design that could withstand a few more years of toddlerdom but still read sophisticated and chic. And, as usual, Barbara and Tim did not disappoint. And we were over the moon when Huff Harrington Fine Art was invited to collaborate on the fine art selections for the house. It was a blast working with a team that really loves art – and can make decisions based on the emotional tug and pull of art.
Our favorite local magazine, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, loved the house too and sent over Erica Dines, one of best interior photographers out there, over to shoot the rooms for its current issue. Her images are always clean and creative like this one here from the archives of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles:
Pure photography magic from Erica Dines. We adore Erica and her clever eye. She also shoots our funny little ads for Huff Harrington Home and we always have a blast when she arrives laden down with computers, lights and cords.
So…feast your eyes on the house next door. (And please excuse our humble horn-tooting for our own artists. We’re proud and we can’t help it!)
The master bedroom scores the cover of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles April issue. Brent Baker’s abstract works on paper are over the bed.
Brent Baker’s fun and energetic abstracts were a great fit over the master bed. Here’s another example of his work. We like them framed simply with a large white mat and a narrow gold frame.
The light-filled and chic living room – lots of whites and neutrals make the room feel airy and open. We’re loving the clean and chunky console. (The vertical mixed media painting is by Melissa Payne Baker. )
Making an entrance: we love the mix of textures and shapes. Painting by Jim Seitz.
The family room is oozing with personality from the strong iron coffee table with its sexy “X” legs to the arched black door. Paintings are by Aaron Whitehouse and Pascal Bouterin. (Insider tip: both these abstract artists are also musicians – as are the homeowners: in their former lives, they toured the world together playing strings (him) and singing opera (her).
The gorgeous, glamorous and genuinely lovely homeowner, Debra McDavid. She’s an actress who somehow juggles being a mommy, volunteer and hostess with the mostess.
The breakfast nook. Who wouldn’t want to start the day here? Paintings by Melissa Payne Baker, and Christian Nepo.
Ever so glam, the master bath is a study in lights, whites, shimmer and shine.
The magical little garden.
The porch is quiet and inviting. Perfect for a little glass of wine.
(Curl up with the April issue of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles and read the entire article about the house next door here.)