Beyond Contemporary Furniture: Modern Atlanta Homes

Beautiful bedroom design with floor to ceiling windows
Bit by bit, year by year, Atlanta is slowly modernizing its look. An influx of international companies, along with a younger clientele, has brought with it a new wave of modern homeowners. Flip through the next few pages and see just what modern means in our hometown.
Modern Master Suite by Ross Design Inc.
SCULPTURAL LIGHT FIXTURE “Bathroom lighting is always tricky,” says Robert Ross of Ross Design Inc. “In this instance we opted for a sculptural light fixture to hang in the high-ceiling portion of the space that helps define the vanity area. The complementary sconces over the sinks and the recessed cans put the lighting where it needs to be.”

The vanity mirror is projected 4 inches from the back wall, bringing the mirror closer to the face (this is important with a 24-inch deep vanity). The required electrical outlets are out of sight on the underside.
As a collector of contemporary art, the homeowner immediately saw the power of the sculptural tile (from Specialty Tile) being used as a major decorative accent in the space. The wave pattern of the wall is subtly echoed in the herringbone pattern of the floor.
The slab of the tub was turned up on the wall to accommodate the wall-mounted faucets. It solved the problem of trying to fit the fixtures flush with the heavily textured wall tile. 
The walnut seat and morning bar bring a touch of warmth and richness to an otherwise cool palette. The morning bar also provides for an easy way to get up and going in the morning, or perhaps end the day with a quiet glass of wine as you soak in the tub. 
The interior designers at Balance Design chose the furniture and fabric for this modern master bedroom. The carpet and the bed were specifically selected to subtly reflect the curves of the bath’s sculptural tile accent wall, thus creating an overall unified design.
Clean-Lined Interiors: Bathroom & Kitchen by XMETRICAL LLC (architect); AModern by JR McDowell (general contractor); Paradise Landscaping (landscape architect)
The owner’s bathroom provides a large shower, a stand-alone tub and wall mounted vanities. Stained solid panel wood doors with custom hardware also accent the home’s interior. 
The kitchen has quartz countertops, flat panel cabinet doors and white backsplash tile. The dining room opens to a large private outdoor space. A cube was also carved out of the side of the home to create the second outdoor space, which is adjacent to the kitchen and living room and accessed through the hall. (Editor’s note: Come tour this home live on the MA Architectural Tour. Go to for more details.
Open Living by Studio A2 LLC
The living room and dining room pendants and tall floor fixtures were purchased through Illuminations Contract Lighting,
Wall covering on ceiling panels through Jim Thompson showroom at ADAC. (to the trade only.) Metallic-patterned fabric on chairs through Jerry Pair showroom at ADAC. (to the trade only). Cool accessories are through Switch Modern. Stainless steel fireplace mantle custom designed.
Textured walnut wall is custom designed. Live-edge walnut coffee table from Hudson Furniture, NYC.
Made for Entertaining
 by DKM Interiors (interior design); Plexus R + D (interior design/architecture); Cablik Enterprises (general contractor); CORE Landscape Group (landscape architect)

The open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas wrap around the exterior courtyard, pool and pool house to form a single large and continuous space for entertaining. While moving through the house, the scale seamlessly transitions from grand to intimate. 

The home features a variety of unique elements such as a custom fabricated solid surface integral sink, minimal HVAC diffusers milled from interior wood siding and a cantilevered marble island.
(Editor’s note: Come tour this home live on the MA Architectural Tour. Go to for more details.
Modern Reggae Loft by GordonDunning Interior Design
A unique approach to a typical gallery wall is shown here, using the same image in varying colors. These large portraits provide an impactful focal point in the room. These kinds of works can be purchased from a gallery, custom painted just for you or, as this homeowner did or, you can paint them all yourself!
“It’s always important to have multiple surfaces in a space,” say interior designers Lathem Jenkins Gordon and Cate Dunning. For this loft, Gordon and Dunning created a living space that could serve multiple functions. Now the homeowner can work or eat at the convenient “C” table or spread out work on the larger coffee table. Multiple end tables of varying heights offer storage and surfaces for beverages, piles of work or collected objects from the homeowner’s many travels.
“We find the spaces that are most interesting are those that host layers of color and texture,” Gordon and Dunning say. Smaller woven rugs are overlapped in this loft to add dimension, color and coziness to the hardwood flooring. In the furnishings and accessories, the designers mixed everything from mohair to velvet and slick polished surfaces to rustic wood elements. 
These two designers seek to add at least some elements of what they call “quirk.” For this loft, those elements include the shark mouth sculpture and oversized Jimi Hendrix portraits, among other pieces. Gordon and Dunning say, “We believe that having fun with your space is essential.” 
12 Stones Builders | 
Cablik Enterprises | 
CORE Landscape Group |
Dark Horse Woodworks |
GordonDunning Interior Design |
Paradise Landscaping |
Ross Design Inc. |
AModern by JR McDowell |
Studio A2 LLC |
Welborn Henson |
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