The primary bedroom features a Restoration Hardware bed that the designer raised for a more dramatic visual in the space and to make it look more “custom.” Photographed by Woodie Williams
With a downsize entered the desire for something new. Designer Kim Regas transformed this Alpharetta home into a modern oasis fraught with unexpected layers of her clients’ inspiration.
Mixing design sensibilities was an exercise in cohesion when Kim Regas of Regas Interiors and Rob Grove of RGrove Design Studio tackled an 8,000-square-foot interior renovation of an Alpharetta home. The clients, a lovely couple looking to downsize, selected a charming traditional home with the vision of turning it into a sleek, flowing and modern oasis. Built with towering columns and colonial sensibilities, the front elevation initially invited onlookers into an era when modern and sleek were foreign concepts. Transforming the home into the interior antithesis of what it was when first built in 2010 tasked both designers and clients with dissecting a modern design reform. With Regas’ ability to hone her clients’ vision and sense of place combined with Grove’s reputation for curating a dream home, the balance of architecture and design embarked on a journey to ensure a fluid transition from colonial charm to a modern metamorphosis.
A gorgeous white marble fireplace spans from floor to ceiling in the main living room surrounded by furniture by Baker, sourced from ADAC. Photographed by Woodie Williams
It was clear from the beginning that the design’s focus would revolve around primary spaces in which life happens for the clients, the family room and the kitchen. “This house was less designed for guests and more designed for the homeowners to enjoy,” says Regas, “They wanted their surroundings to be minimal—a canvas that would be soothing for their enjoyment.” The segue to sleek began with peeling back classic accents of millwork and eliminating that extra wall to open up the space, allowing the design to take flight. Knowing that renovations prove more challenging than building from the ground up, the designers were methodical. By enlarging doors and replacing the former window trims with iron, black details paired nicely with a rich, warm gray velvet in the upholstery and cooler gray tones in various textures scattered throughout the furnishings in the family room. On the architectural side, there was an instrumental elimination of walls in favor of open space to complement reconfiguring windows and doors. Sharpening the modern direction, materials and fabrics leaned toward a gray-toned accent palette and married with the decision to add porcelain and marble throughout the home. The family room replace being a beautiful application of marble, where bookmatched veining acts as a vocal point and visual materpiece for the room.
In a renovation of this size, it was no surprise that the primary bathroom needed some attention. “The edits we made to the floor plan changed an adjacent bedroom to the [primary] bathroom. The transformation was significant, and we were able to create a bathroom setting that was spacious and extended the aesthetic of the rest of the house. The shower was a special feature using the book-matched quartz product, which created a beautiful backdrop,” says Regas. Beautiful marbling found a home in the family room’s replace surround, climbing up to the lofty ceiling and extending the black accents from the iron windows onto the kitchen countertops and full-height backsplash. More details can be found in the custom dining table and banquette, which both complement and soften the luxe details.
This custom light fixture designed by Joris Laarman for FLOS hangs over a custom dining room table. Photographed by Woodie Williams
Each edit affirmed the modern interior’s seamless juxtaposition with the colonial exterior as old met new, but the surprises didn’t stop there. The couple’s art collection of whimsical and vibrant pieces were an artistic endeavor for architects and designers alike. By finding intentional and creative ways to display the varying shades of greens, reds, whites and blues reflected in the artwork, subtle touches maintained the minimal feel. A statement light fixture there, a plush gray on the sofa, and a soothing view of the walk-up pool and outdoor kitchen began to elevate and warm the interior, turning the renovation into a family home teeming with clever design fusion and coherent minimalism.
The primary bathroom features a large iron-paned wall by Womack Iron, a free-standing tub by MTI and faucets by Kohler to create a relaxing and modern environment for unwinding. Photographed by Woodie Williams
Kim Regas, Regas Interiors
Rob Grove, RGrove Design Studio
Family room furniture
Kitchen breakfast table pendants;
primary bathroom fixture
Kitchen table and banquette
GRIZZEL & MANN
Kitchen island pendants
JORIS LAARMAN FOR FLOS
Dining room light fixture
Windows and doors throughout