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Well… all I can say is, I hate it that you missed this one.  What an amazing home to run through.

Evening was falling; and yet, the entire crew was converging fast.  Filled with anticipation.  Darting through Atlanta’s traffic with a single purpose in mind.  I knew that we would have a great turn out, but, I was truly impressed when I turned the corner onto Andrews Drive at 5:58 only to find it already throughly lined.  The only thing more impressive was the stature of the Home with every window lit as it sat in the backdrop of a heavily wooded lot.  Our hosts, the team of Dawn Mullins at Harry Normans, were wonderful.  They took care of everything.  Even providing chauffeuring services, escorting attendees up the lengthy cobblestone driveway.

Having being dropped at the foot of this masterpiece, we began to soak it all in.

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Well ~ It’s that time of year.  The holiday season is upon us and a ton of cool events are comin’ down the pipes.  Stay plugged in here and I’ll feed you as many as I can.

Let me start out these postings with one of my favorite groups:  The Insitute of Classical Architecture and Art.

The other week, we had a guest lecture and book signing from the lendendary Gil Schafer at one of Atlanta’s most prominent architect’s personal home.  Instead of going on and on with this one, I think I’ll just shut up and let the photos speak for themselves. (more…)

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First, to the Home.

McAlpine Home

Living Room

Dining Area

The Kitchen ~ part 1

The Kitchen ~ part 2

The Master

Her Bath, and yes, there was a His

Covered Patio ~ part 1

Covered Patio ~ part 2

The Pool!!!

So Cool!!!

Once again, the ICAA knocks it out of the park.  This time with a guest lecture (for members only) by McApline Tankersly’s own Bobby McAlpine.  The location was in a Home of one of his few Atlanta projects.  Even though it’s tucked away in the heart of Buckhead, I’ve driven past it many times and always wanted to check it out first hand.  Before actually attending the event though, I had in my mind that this was going to be a piece about architecture and style.  However, afterwards, I think I’ll take it in a little bit of a different direction. 

You see, this was an experience.  Probably because everybody there knew each other and the setting was real comfortable, but, this was no ordinary lecture.  Not in the least.   Bobby’s approach was very candid and he had everybody absolutely captivated.  And that means a lot considering that there were so many talented folks in the room. 

He started out by telling of his childhood.  Born the son of a mill manager in rural Alabama.  Playing in one “dirt lot” after another.  Until one day, when he was still quite young, he looked around and recognized that this was “not his world” … and then he sought out to find it.  

He then relayed an anecdote about how a turn of the century business tycoon was about to make the speech of his career when he was tapped on the shoulder, only to be notified that his long time office manager had passed away.  Afterwards, as the partners tried to come up with a proper eulogy for this lady and everyone was stuck with nothing to say, he announced that “She was born in 1888 in a barn, died in 1932 in a prestigious Manhattan highrise office…She was an astronaut.”

I love that!!!

He then began to take us through a stream of projects.  Typical of presentations like this. Yet, his was full of color.  Kind of the inside story.  But, what caught me was that he was both humble and bold.  What an amazing combination.  Certainly the traits that I would love to develop more of in my own character.

When he wrapped things up, he hung around to greet everyone individually.  Spending a considerable amount of time with anyone and everyone.  A line formed to meet with him.  This to me was the most valuable point of the evening.  I found a few of his past students who were not standing in line like the rest, but, who were recalling stories of spending time in his classroom.  You see, Bobby went back to Auburn University after he had established his own firm and taught for 9 years.  These guys said that he was like no other.  They spoke of the field trips they took to his current projects looking at things from a completely different perspective.  (None of the other professors at the time had their own firm or projects).  They talked about how he would let them try things their own way and then, after they had taken it so far, step in and show them a completely different way of “seeing” things.  They spoke of how he would take to the ones who “truly got it” and commit the time to train them and develop them into a superstar of their own right.  Absolutely cool.  I am such a fan of the whole principle of mentorship and apprenticeship and it appears that he lived it. 

Thanks to all for a wonderful evening,

All my Bests

Kyle

Amazing!

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Hey All ~ Quick post here about an outstanding event that I went to last Thursday evening.  It was the Atlanta Symphony Associations Decorators Showhouse.  These are always incredible tours, not only because of the unsurpassed talents of the participants involved, but also, because of the spectacular venues which they are able to showcase.  And this one was nothing less than amazing.  We were lucky enough to actually have a private guided tour put on by the ICA&A and led by none other than Jonathan Lacrosse.  If you want to get the skinny on anything pertaining to Atlanta Homes, History and Heritage, go to Jonathan.  It’s incredible how much he knows about the Icons, the family’s, the stories and the legends that went into the formation of this fine city.

This Home, originally designed in 1929 by none other than Phillip Trammell Shutze, is affectionately known as Knollwood.  In reality, it would be better to refer to her as Knollwood II.  James L. Dickey Sr., an early Atlanta business giant, bought approximately 400 acres here and had several buildings constructed on the property.  Could you imagine, 400 acres right off of West Paces Ferry Road, a stones throw from the downtown.  Crazy.  Over the years though, pieces of the land were broken off and subsequently changed hands.  Mostly from friend to friend (I love that…shame that it somehow seems to have faded away with the years).  In 1911, William Kiser took ownership of about 18 acres of the land and the former version of Knollwood.  He elected to have the original “summer house” demolished and began establishing the plans for his families dream Home.

Now, on with the tour. 

Approach from Woodhaven Road

An aspect common to signature Shutze site planning, is to have the driveway sweep through the landscape, often approaching from the rear of the Home, winding around the side to a comfortable drop zone in the front, allowing every side there a share of character and dignity.  Often making it difficult to distinguish the true front from the rear. 

First Stop…Headed to the Garden

 

Thought the kids would love this shot

Gotta Love a Great Gate

Ahhh, the gardens.  That’s good stuff. 

Cabana

View back toward the Home

And the Pool.

If you zoom in, you will notice the molded brick surround on this side facade.  No lack of detail here.

 

Venturing into the side yard

I love to explore…

Gazebo

 Cool

Limestone Chairs

Very Cool

Not bad.

Wow!

And then; there’s the limestone porte cochere…Incredible!!!

Yep, evey piece of the ensemble is limestone.   Really, really, really Cool.

I would love to share with you some photos from the interior, but, out of respect for the ASA Show House team and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle Magazine, who will be running a future piece on the designer spaces, I’ll refrain.  It is something else though.  As you could imagine, a tremendous effort was made through the design process for transforming each of these interior rooms without compromising the integrity of the original design intent. 

The tour will be open up until May 13th, so if your looking for a great Mother’s Day idea, don’t say I never gave you anything.  Or, if you just want a chance to take in the sites of a true Atlanta landmark, check it out before the opportunity is gone forever.  Certainly well worth it.

All my Best,

Kyle

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So, I’ve been sitting on a post for a while now, but, hadn’t been able to pull it all together.  While watching the events unfold in the news with North Korea, the timing seemed to be right.  What a miserable, pathetic, impotent attempt at proving something to the world. The worst part though was when the “State” run media outlet made the announcement of the failed launch with the directive for everyone to turn their attention to a gathering where a very important unveiling was about to take place. Kim-Jong-”Ick”  enters the stage and stands all puffed up and waiting for a sheet to be pulled off of his newly commissioned bronze statues of both he and his father.  Ridiculous.  The part that really tore me up was to watch all of those good people standing around, brain washed and mind-numbed, looking on in adoration of this psychotic dictator.  Truly oblivious as to how repressed they really are.

We in America though stand sometimes oblivious to how good we truly have it.  For the longest time now, we’ve been listening to people fret over another coming doom,  Another wave that will do us all in.  A double dip.  Triple dip.  A government that is run amuck.  A world economy that is teetering on a fatal collapse.  And while I certainly do not want to make light of the struggles that some families are still going through.  I do want to express that I feel that we have lost sight of how great our country legitimately is.  That we are not hearing about how remarkable the American spirit genuinely has proven to be.  This country was built by courageous men and women.  And, that there is a rich history of individuals defying the odds to overcome unbelievable obstacles and push forward to a better life for him, his family and his community.

This piece wasn’t at all a rant.  Even though it did feel kind of “soap box-ish”.  My desire with it, and what I truly wanted to express, was that there is a whole lot of good going on.  A lot of great things are happening irregardless of the difficult times that we face.

You know, as I look around, there are signs of life coming up everywhere.  Really positive stuff.

                                                

 

Beacham and Company

Yep, they’re everywhere.  Positive signs popping up all over the place. 

So you can probably tell how excited I was to find this in my inbox.

The Invite

With an invitation as elegant as this, how could I refuse.  I’ve been to one of these reveals before and it was beyond impressive. And from what I can gather, they’re getting better and better as they go.  The feature home for this event was somewhat unique.  With a spectacular location, right on the fringes of the “Duck Pond” Neighborhood.  (I love that aspect of Atlanta, pockets of pure gold tucked in nooks and crannies all around the fine city).  This home was right in the heart of the action. 

Originally built in 1910, yet highly renovated just five years ago.  It was a true treat to be able to go in and explore.  An even greater thrill was to be able to hear Frank Neely, the architect who orchestrated the renovation, speak to the decisions, the detailings and the material choices that went into this magnificent project. 

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

As I turned the corner on my approach, I immediately knew that I was in for something special.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

Can’t you just see the detailing starting to come out.  I love the slotted venting of the soffits with the horizontal brackets, the open stairway and the herringbone walkway that welcomes you as you step up to greet the home.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

You can not have a truly southern Home without a gracious front porch.  I learned that the Brazilian Redwood decking had been salvaged from the home’s original  interior and incorporated out here.  Looks pretty good for nearly 100-year-old material.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

This side porch is extremely cool ~ and comfortable. Flanked by magnificent custom iron doors on two sides and some meticulously trimmed screened panel sections on the others.  Not a single design element was left in question.  Even the screen material itself was specified to be made out of copper in order to soften the tone of the light as it rests gently on its guest.  Couldn’t you see the ladies of the neighborhood taking refuge in this retreat as they relax before a busy afternoon of activities begins to rev up.

Photograph by Beacham and Company

What an Entry!

Photograph by Beacham and Company

And the Kitchen. 

Photograph by Terry Kearns

Photograph by Terry Kearns

Now that’s pretty sweet.  An awesome hand painted “rug” under the breakfast table.

All to often, we are told that, in order to have the best opportunity to resell our houses, we need to eliminate anything personal, making it appeal to as many people as possible.  I think this is a case and point where if the element or detail is thoughtfully designed and well executed than it will have an endearing value that will attract more people than not.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

Two trim elements that I love here are the thickened paneled openings like the one leading to the living room and the use of the bellowed profile trim on the underside of the boxed beams.  Seldom seen, but, such a nice touch.  It’s all about shadow lines with this home and Frank Neely pulled it off wonderfully through the use of the mill work pieces that he selected.

 

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

Master Bath ~ Polished, Refined, Elegant, Sophisticated.  Yet Comfortable.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

And Functional.

Photograph by Beacham and company Realtors

Here the homeowner went with a sharp red for the doors, surrounded with a pale green for the casing and a rich brown on the baseboard.  Bold, Funky Cool.  Once again, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

Master Bedroom ~ When we were in here, we noticed that the glass in the windows had a genuine vintage feel to them even though the sashes appeared to be brand new.  Turns out, they pulled the original “wavy” glass and had them re-installed into the new units creating a  very authentic look.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

The mill work detailing in the entire Home was extremely well conceived.  Notice the extra tall, multi-layered baseboards with the rather uncommon 6 Panel (horizontal) interior doors including vintage hardware. 

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

How’s that for an outdoor living space.

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

Absolutely superb. The upper room bumping out with a flared lower section to emulate a roof supported by heavy brackets and enclosing a french door / side light / transom ensemble.  Pure Beauty!

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

I’m calling the room over the garage for my office.  My oldest son wants it for his bedroom.  

Photograph by Beacham and Company Realtors

The details are everywhere.  Did anyone notice the swoop roof treatment to eyebrows over the garage doors?  I suppose that some contractors would consider this to be more effort than it’s worth.  Not with me though.  It’s the way we finish the finer elements that creates the workings of a true masterpiece.  It’s what creates a remarkable composition.  And, I think that most of the people who I spoke with had the same opinion.  I heard over and over that the nature of this Home truly reflected what they longed for.  Not only was it magnificently crafted and faithfully maintained, but you could tell that it was cherished.  And when it came to put her up on the market, the market responded.  The Home went under contract within two weeks from being listed…Incredible! 

Thank you to Beacham and Company for hosting such a fun event, allowing us to tour an exquisite work of art and providing such an enjoyable evening.

All my Best!

Kyle

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What a magnificent day this Saturday turned out to be.  It started with some good times, hanging out with the tennis crowd and capturing a swift victory.  It wasn’t me though.  I think I need to give almost all of the credit here to Ted.  {Who, by the way, runs an exceptional company called North Georgia Windows.  If you ever need to get some windows replaced, give Ted a call.   His standard for business is above the mark; something that we should all try to apply to our lives…focus on the good, leave all of the bad junk behind, treat people well and always do what you say you’re going to do.  This is a solid operation through and through}.  After that though, I shot home, got changed and headed downtown for (more…)

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Man, I can’t wait for spring.  This past Saturday morning I wanted to go for a run, too cold.  I thought about working in the yard or washing the car.  Again, too cold.  But, what I really wanted to do was to attend an architectural lecture presented by the ICA&A and held at “The Little Chapel”.  However, I had already decided to pass on this opportunity so that I could help out in the neighborhood with a work party for our tennis group.  Then, that was canceled due to…you guessed it.  Too darn cold.  (more…)

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