Inspired by the spiritual nature of the West Coast, this Sandy Springs home is an exploratory experience through art and nature.
Off the kitchen, a porch with a cozy fireplace for chilly nights keeps the same spiritual energy as the rest of the home.
The informal breakfast room off the kitchen features a Holland & Company table and a statement-making light fixture from M2C Studio, as well as pieces from the homeowner’s personal art collection
Naturally occurring beauty can inspire many things—in this case, a family home in one of Atlanta's most sought-after ZIP codes. After travels to Santa Barbara and Ojai, Calif., the homeowner loved the relaxed natural textures and lighter wood tones found in homes in the area, as well as the spiritual quality the locales are known for. She wanted to bring that sense of peace and casual elegance to her day-to-day abode here in the city. The result is this gorgeous new-construction casual French-style home. Working alongside Traci Rhoads of Traci Rhoads Interiors, the two collaborated on the home's 8,000 square feet, tailoring the five bedrooms and seven bathrooms into peaceful, natural retreats. "What I loved most about this project was the design process with my client," says Rhoads. "She was so open to very unique lighting pieces that were the conversations of each space. It was so exciting to create her vision with the furniture and finish selections." The client has an extensive and beautiful artwork collection that Rhoads got to work with from the very beginning, and which fueled her decision to paint the interiors white. The home's lighting was also a standout feature, aiding in the artwork's illumination while acting as art pieces themselves: an organic 7-foot lotus blossom fixture in the dining room, a tassel chandelier in the breakfast room and custom-designed iron cage pendants over the kitchen island.
The grand foyer enhances the casual French architecture of the home with a large arched glass front door alongside a piece by Kathleen Morris through Bill Lowe Gallery
As far as configuration, the home features an open floor plan with the kitchen, breakfast room and living room all opening into each other and improving flow, while large windows flood the home with natural light. Also a standout, a formal dining room features plaster walls and ceilings that reinforce the Western bucolic aesthetic of the home. A beautiful primary suite features a canopy bed frame and fireplace, and while an overall neutral theme claims the interiors, in this room, hints of lavender pop out in the decor.
The primary bathroom features a Circa Lighting fixture and a custom free-standing bathtub.
The kitchen plays up texture, mixing woods with irons and marbles. Above is custom lighting, and below are bar stools by Oly Studio, accented by Sub-Zero, Wolf and Miele appliances.
The homeowner has always been a lover of all things outdoors, including hiking and biking, so, of course, the outdoor space of the home was a must. Off the kitchen, a porch opens up to a large pool deck featuring lattice pavers and resort-style chairs and umbrellas set up next to a substantial rectangular saltwater pool. "The casually elegant style of Ojai's natural beauty inspired this home," says Rhoads, "and the style proved to be the perfect backdrop to the client's well-traveled and extensive art and sculpture collection. It was a match made in heaven really." There is something to be said about Ojai's spiritual quality and magic—some even say it gives them a sense of being home. Alongside Rhoads, the homeowner can rest easy in her natural retreat that innately reinforces a feeling of belonging.
The primary bedroom features custom bed linens and a bed frame from Oly Studio
The powder bathroom features wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries, sink and hardware through Ferguson and lighting by Hudson Valley Lighting.
Chaise in the bedroom and sectional sofa in the living room
Kitchen bar stools, primary bedroom bed
Kitchen marble and natural stone
THE URBAN ELECTRIC CO.
Framing for homeowner’s art collection on display
COLE & SON