A New Atlanta Home with a Great Old Feeling: Buckhead Manor by Beth Webb

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“Designing this house wasn’t about show or fluff,” says Beth Webb, of Beth Webb Interiors. “It was about creating a comfortable house that would meet every need, and grow and change with [the family].” The house is a new Atlanta home built to look “old” — Buckhead Manor, construction that replaced what was called a “forlorn” ranch home from the 50s. Taking a look at the house from the outside, what you might notice first is all the windows: most rooms in the house have windows on at least two sides. And, when the great room’s French doors are open, the outside becomes another “room” for entertaining. A loggia that includes an outdoor kitchen, living, and dining area, plus a TV and outdoor fireplace, further enhances the seamless feeling of indoors to outdoors.

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The home’s décor is based on a clean, modern palette — yet, with traditional elements like richly tufted upholstery, elegant lighting, and lime-washed oak floors, it gives you a nicely “settled” feeling as well. “Texture is so important,” Webb says. “It makes things warm in an otherwise virtual taupe landscape.” You can sense the ambience of texture everywhere — soft, plump velvety pillows on a bed, casual woven chairs outdoors, rustic wood paneling on a sitting-room wall. The easy comfort of this interior is more than just monochromatic tones or clever use of light however; it’s a result of careful restraint that flows one room to another with relaxed, classic style. This, too, was by intent: as Webb concludes, “Simplicity was the family’s mantra.” Simple? Yes. Easy? Also, yes — with a helping hand of skilled design.

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Written by Janet Butler

Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).