The Anti-McMansion

In this architectural age of McMansion hell, a house like this one is good for the symmetry soul.  The balance, the  the proportions, the rhythm – all perfect.   The materials and craftsmanship – all sound.  The house was built in 1919 and still looks as good, arguably as gorgeous, today.

I love a good, light-filled landing.  Today this entrance would be opened up with impossible-to-reach windows and a monstrous light fixture.

The house was built to maximize light and like Gil Shafer‘s “thinner builds”, this house doesn’t look more than 2-rooms deep.   And, because this house was built at a time when proportion of land to house was important, the views out each window are magnificent.

Most rooms in the house have a fireplace.  Even if you don’t use them, they add so much architecturally to a room.  Imagine this house at Christmastime!

A third-floor bedroom with charming ceiling lines.  

And my favorite spot – the courtyard.  Look at that wall!

The house sits on 10 acres and the trees are immense.  This is a patio off the sunroom.

Coffered ceiling and so much potential!  I would paint this room white, replace the floor and throw gorgeous parties here by candlelight.

The house has great flow, light and generously-sized rooms. And doors!  I love doors to close for privacy, heat/cooling conservation or just because.

You can see the full listing here.


This is a laundry room.  Laundry room!!  The friend with whom I drove to the middle of the Earth for that very special faucet is nearing the finish line.  The cabinet doors are yet to be hung but the room is coming together and beautifully.  The counters are soapstone as is that pretty farmhouse sink.  Best part is this is the back of a 3rd car garage bay.  The front half still left with plenty of room to store bikes and scooters.  So smart.

Photos of my laundry room would break the Internet so I will spare you all but suffice it to say I am green with envy.  This is the perfect landing spot for everything that collects throughout the house and drives one batty.

I finally bit the bullet and bought the myrtle topiaries I have been eyeing at Terrain for the past couple of months.   I am hoping this is not one of those sad topiary stories.  I moved them outside for some sun and watering yesterday.   It’s been two weeks  . . . longer than I thought to keep them alive so pretty darn proud.

I recently requested a catalog from Forbes and Lomax and these light switches will put all your others to shame.  Designer light switches – does it get any better than that?

The air is warming a bit and it’s time to start thinking about outside, namely patio trees.  I have some ideas for quick shade.  More to come  soon . . .

Boxwood: Part II

In the years before Danielle Rollins filed for divorce and left Boxwood, she hired Miles Redd to work his magic with the interiors.  You may recognize some of these pictures as they are well-loved and pinned!

This is the entry hall.  This is probably one of those spaces that you have to see in person to really appreciate the textures and the color.  Redd covered the matching console tables in a persimmon-colored velvet which is probably beautiful in person.


Miles told Veranda that he always longed to decorate Boxwood, it is his favorite house in Atlanta.  Clearly he is not alone! He kept with his signature style by infusing bursts of saturated color throughout but said he called upon the 1950s and that glamorous time to inspire his design.

“To me, there’s a ’50s sensibility to the decorating, with nods to Babe Paley, Brooke Astor, and the Duchess of Windsor,” says Redd, who grew up in Atlanta and had ogled Boxwood since childhood. “We were definitely looking back in time to look forward.”


Miles and Danielle were a perfect pairing.  Danielle has her own beautiful sense of interior style and is not afraid of color.  This butler’s pantry is glamour head to toe and a space that has made its way around the Internet and back again. The zodiac ceiling is a nod to Grand Central Station’s and then there’s all that brass.  Miles Redd was doing brass when most of us were still eschewing it as sooo 1980s.

via New
via New

Danielle wanted a room just like Redd’s at his own house – a tented room and that’s what she got but with a slight modification.  Danielle was very worried that her three young children would make a mess of this beautiful Bennison striped fabric and probably rightfully so.  Redd laminated the fabric and no one is the wiser.


This may be my favorite room in the house.  The turquoise walls and rich velvety brown is such a pretty combination.  And, no, that’s not paint on the walls it’s satin.  When describing this room, Miles told Town and Country that satin when stretched is not ballgown shiny but matte and in the evenings light bounces off the walls in a way that you cannot get with paint.

Francesco Laguese
Francesco Langese

Rollins reportedly spent $4 million on renovations and decorating.  I wonder how it wasn’t more, quite honestly!

As much as I love the interiors, I am still partial to the exteriors but before I write a bit more about John Howard and his talents, next I’ll take you through Danielle’s most recent project – another house in Atlanta, this time smaller but just as beautiful in its own way.  Part III to come.