Traditional Home with Matching “Garden Folly” in Atlanta

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So what’s a “garden folly”? It’s what many of us call a shed; in the case of this particular “folly,” part of Brookhaven by Castro Design Studio in Atlanta, it’s a lot fancier than what most garden sheds look like! And it’s only one part of this spacious traditional home and grounds, done in shades of pure white, cream, beige, and brown. Up a wide stone walk, you approach the dark wood grain door, surrounded by a limestone arch, and enter a foyer with a hanging contemporary-styled chandelier. To one side, you can see a cozy breakfast nook done in shades of taupe and white with its own arched windows. Through French doors, there’s the kitchen, with a bevy of white windowed cabinets and a central work island with sink, large enough for seating on one side.

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From here, the open floor plan is clear: a formal dining room and the beamed-ceiling living room join the kitchen in one unbroken space. The stairs feature wrought-iron railings and windows at the landing, bouncing extra light on the creamy-white walls. The master bedroom is another study in pastels — white walls, the merest whisper of beige on bedding, carpet, and lamps — with abundant windows covered in white shutter/blinds for privacy, a motif repeated over the soaking tub in the bath. Finally, we’re outdoors at the “garden folly,” shingled and painted to match the house. The back yard also holds a raised bed or two and a covered table, chairs, and grilling area for alfresco dining. So, ultimately, there’s no “folly” here at Brookhaven — just classic comfort and style.

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Written by Janet Butler

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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).