In Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood stands a historic home built in 1928. It was purchased by a couple who were charmed by its original character despite its dark and choppy interior. They hired architect D. Stanley Dixon to work on the project who then suggested interior designer Amy Morris be in charge of the interiors’ transformation. Besides the renovation of the main home, the couple wanted to build a 1,000 square-foot guest house for friends, and most notably for their daughter when visiting from New York.
The aesthetic of the main home’s redesign was inspired the Cotswolds in the UK – a southern area in Britain where the type of Tudor-centric architecture includes arched openings and rustic materials – with the guest house following suit. “The guest house includes a sitting room, one bedroom, two bathrooms, and a kitchenette with an eat-in area,” Amy explained. “There are several exposed stone walls throughout to give it a natural feel and to make it seem like it has been standing there forever. We used shiplap for the walls and chose neutral colors throughout the house. The flooring is a stock pine that we painted white. “
The general direction given to both architect and interior designer was that the guest house should be both historic and old-fashioned while ensuring that it felt updated with the best materials and furnishings. “The owners are collectors of antiques so it was important to be able to blend the old with the new while keeping a simple, refined, and elegant feel to the space,” Amy said. “We kept it simple, like having a stand-alone tub that brings back feelings of the olden days.” She also found a reclaimed sink that she felt would bring an antique touch to the bathroom. “It was a risk because it was old and had been used before and we weren’t sure it was going to work,” she admitted. “But it turned out perfectly!”
The result is a newly-built guest house offering all of the modern comforts that the couple’s daughter, family members, and friends could ask for with an old-world charm that brings a sense of longevity and history to their home. Antiques with a few contemporary pieces dotted throughout the space give it both a classic yet updated feel. “The entire project took two years as the guest house was being built while the main house was renovated,” the designer said. “The homeowners were in out and every day checking on the progress and were in awe watching the ‘creations of the genius team’. Our clients said that the day they moved in it was hard to believe it was their house. It was a dream come true.”