House Tour: Atlanta Townhouse Perfect for Entertaining

When Thanksgiving rolls around, we always think of Atlanta. Growing up, we used to head to Atlanta every Thanksgiving, spend the blessed turkey day itself with my aunt (Mom’s sister), uncle and cousins and then brave the crowds at Lenox and Phipps on Black Friday to get all our Christmas shopping done in one, fell swoop. 

We’re not sure we have that kind of shopping stamina these days–although there was that fateful Thanksgiving night/Black Friday morning at midnight that Dad and I braved the line out the door at midnight at Walmart to get that one Christmas gift that little Will was wanting most, since it was coming in on the Black Friday truck and would surely be gone by the morning. 

It was probably my most selfless parenting moment. And it hasn’t happened since. 

This year, Florence has us out of our house and in a rental for Thanksgiving and the foreseeable future beyond. 

While we are going to miss the holiday at home so much, it will be fun to be at my childhood home, surrounded by our large extended family, to celebrate one of my very favorite holidays. 

There is, as always, so much to be thankful for!

This stunning Atlanta townhouse, designed by Melanie Turner, is another perfect spot for hosting one of the best celebrations of the year. 

With soothing and beautiful bedrooms perfect for gifts, 

A stunning bathroom for relaxing when it’s all over, 

Perfect finishes everywhere you look, 

And beautiful views to boot, 

This is the kind of home that is perfect for savoring every day, all year long–and remembering what you’re truly grateful for. 

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Melanie Turner Interiors

Photographed by Mali Azima

Atlanta Homes Magazine

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In Good Taste: VSP Interiors

Good morning, readers! We hope you are having a fabulous 4th of July week! Either way, it’s about to get better! A chic mix of antiques and modern furniture with vibrant, well-placed accessories, art and pops of color make each of VSP Interiors‘s spaces statement making. From luxurious living rooms to cute kids’ rooms, there’s something for everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tips for Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom Retreat

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Architectural Digest – Scott Frances Photography

 

Good morning, chic readers! As the world spins faster and we get busier, it becomes increasingly important for our homes to be the soothing retreats we need to unwind. There’s no place where that is more important than in the first place you see in the morning and the last place you visit at night: the master bathroom. Take a peek at some of our favorite tips for creating a spa-like master bathroom retreat. 

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Architectural Digest -Photo: Pieter Estersohn

 

  1. Maximize Light. If you have the luxury of a bathroom free from neighbors, natural light is one of the fastest ways to make a bathroom feel open, airy and spa-like. 
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Architectural Digest – Pieter Estersohn

 

2. Invest in Quality. There are some rooms in the home where you can get by with scrimping, but, in the bathroom, where everything from floors to faucets to drains get a ton of use, it makes sense to invest in the best quality you can afford. (Even still, you never know when a problem like a blocked drain can arise, so it’s a good idea to have your favorite plumber’s number on hand!)

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S.B. Long Interiors

 

3. Glam it Up. From beautiful brass or stainless accents to pretty light fixtures, a little glamour can go a long way!

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Beth Webb Interior Design

 

4. Don’t Forget Storage. There’s nothing worse than creating a stunning bathroom only to have it filled with clutter. Plenty of storage ensures that hair irons and toiletries stay out of sight but readily available.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

5. Make it Feel Like Home. Depending on what kind of feel you want your bathroom retreat to have, incorporating vanities that feel like furniture and comfort items like chairs from other rooms can really make your bathroom comfortable and in keeping with the tone of the rest of your home. 

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Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

6. Make a List of Must-Haves. In any room, it’s important to focus on your priorities. For us, it’s always the bathtub and the light fixtures, but whatever your priorities are, make sure to put them in the budget first so you know where to splurge and where to save. 

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Tammy Connor Interior Design

 

7. Don’t Forget the Architectural Details. As with any room, it’s the details that really make a room memorable. In a spot with so much moisture, art can be tricky, so focusing on fabulous molding and woodworking details adds interest.

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Beth Webb Interior Design

 

8. Make it Comfortable. Maybe it sounds obvious, but any room that you want to feel like a sanctuary should be comfortable! We love this sweet and cozy vanity stool!

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Architectural Digest -Photography William Abranowicz

 

9. Play it up with Pattern. Let’s face it. Bathrooms can be boring. In a room where you want to stick with a simple palette, a little bit of pattern can go a long way toward defining a space. 

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Beth Webb Interior Design

 

10. Keep Your Favorite Essentials on Hand. Our favorite tip is the simplest: Make sure keep your favorite spa-like essentials on hand. Pretty sponges, favorite bath salts and that shampoo that makes your hair feel like you’ve just had a keratin treatment are inexpensive luxuries that add so much to your bathroom without a bit of demo!

What are your favorite ways to make your bathroom feel like a retreat?



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Creating a Spa Like Master Bath

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Terra Cotta Properties

 

As the world spins faster and we get busier and busier in our lives, it is increasingly more important for our homes to become the soothing retreats  we need to unwind.

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Suzanne Kasler via Architectural Digest

 

There’s no place where that is more important than in the first place you see in the morning and the last place you visit at night: the master bathroom.

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NE Home Magazine

 

Whether it’s adding beautiful vanities that look as much like stunning furniture as sinks, or making sure the lighting is just right, the little things can help ensure that this all-important room feels like an oasis.

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Pritchard + Dixon Design – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine 

 

While we can’t create a view, we can make the most of it in our bathrooms, focusing on maximizing light through the windows and situating our baths on the most private ends of our homes.

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Michael S. Smith via Architectural Digest

 

There is nothing quite as relaxing as a steam shower in the privacy of your own master bathroom. This luxury is getting easier and easier to install.

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Timothy Corrigan via Architectural Digest

 

Soaking tubs are another easy bathroom staple that can truly make you feel like you’ve had a relaxing spa day in the comfort of your own home.

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Tim Barber Architecture

 

Simple elements from the outdoors can make your bath feel soothing and calmer. Just a few fresh flowers or a simple plant are the perfect addition.

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Dirk Denison via Architectural Digest

 

Natural materials like stone, marble or granite also lend that organic natural feel to a bath that add to the soothing appeal.

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David Netto via Architectural Digest

 

If a water view is in your life, that’s just a bonus!

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BHG

 

We love mixing natural, more expensive materials like marble with less expensive, easy-to-use materials like subway tile. Gray grout adds a custom look.

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New England Home

 

Of course, not every soothing master bathroom retreat needs to look the same. This wooden ceiling adds depth and another layer of organic appeal to this space. 

What are your favorite elements of a spa-like bathroom?

 

 

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