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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