Tour a Quirky Art-Filled Atlanta Bungalow

This 1930 bungalow features contemporary art and a cottage garden filled with color. The home has been adapted over the years to add both indoor and outdoor space to its modest footprint.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

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Business Up Front, Party in the Back

Purchased in 1998 in a gentrifying Atlanta neighborhood with historic designation status, our modest 1930 bungalow was a starter home that became a forever home with a "mullet" addition that almost doubled the square footage. We expanded in 2007 and a sliver of the three story addition can be glimpsed in the rear of the home.

The More Things Change

A lot of things have changed in the over twenty years we've lived in this home, but not the shade of periwinkle paint in the living room. One of the challenges of the home is the lack of an entryway: the front door opens directly into the living room, a far from perfect design feature partly lessened by a wide front porch that acts as a buffer. The large photograph over the mantle is by Atlanta artist Jody Fausett.

Dining Room Gallery

The dining room, directly beyond the living room is the ideal place, in my mind, to display artwork by both Atlanta artists including Matt Haffner, Katherine Taylor and Rachel Ballard and a few from New York (William Steiger) and Los Angeles (David Lynch) as well as small sculptures under vitrines.

A Bar With a View

I have resisted curtains in some of the rooms of my home including the kitchen and the dining room in an effort to keep things as light and bright as possible. The dining room bar set-up sits on a vintage metal medical cart in front of a large window which a trained bartender would probably say is not the best set-up to keep alcohol fresh.

Culture and Nature

My collection of retro planters which has expanded into a collection of vintage and new glass vases has been corralled onto a dining room hutch along with a display of Audubon bird prints. The vintage metal dog doorstop was one of my favorite finds at Atlanta's Scott Antique Market.

Artist Friends

We've inherited or purchased artwork by friends and talented locals throughout the years including the metal Joe Peragine ant that hangs out in our dining room. What looks like a vintage amusement park game is actually an expert replica created by an artist friend.

Cocktail Ready

My grandmother's hutch has been (like so many objects in my home) chalk-painted and given new life as a cocktail station in my dining room. Some of her collection of retro barware is also prominently displayed, and I think she would be pleased that her beloved objects are still being put to good use. The black crow silhouette to the left of the cocktail station is a metal cut-out by Atlanta artist Matt Haffner and the print to the right is by the film director David Lynch.

Guest Room Multitasking

Two daybeds offer extra sleeping space for overnight guests and allow this room to multitask, a definite necessity in a small-ish historic home where space is limited.

Book Smart

Finding space for more books is a big issue for collectors and one reason we have significantly pared back our library. We DIY'd these bookcases in the guest room giving the space a library/study feel.

Long and Lean

This long kitchen has had only minor adjustments since we moved in including repainted cabinets, a new floor, countertop and paint and the addition of a seafoam green salvaged vintage sink. Local art above the refrigerator by artist Cooper Sanchez dominates the space along with a vintage movie poster from my husband's collection.

Retro Kitchen

Though I secretly pine for a brand new Ikea kitchen, I can't deny that an old-fashioned vintage kitchen is also mighty appealing. The massive (and heavy) metal green sink was purchased decades ago from an Atlanta salvage shop that has since been turned into a gastropub.

The Way Back

A vintage dinette set and kitchen cupboard, classic movie poster, linoleum flooring and a rotary dial phone keep things pretty old school in the kitchen.

Food Theme

Vintage metal picnic baskets make great extra storage. Industrial metal barrister bookcases house my retro and Atlanta chef-themed cookbook collection in handy proximity to the kitchen.

Colorful Gallery Wall

If you collect a lot of art and are running out of walls to display it all, hallways are great places to hang work salon style to take maximum advantage of your exhibition space.

Vintage Storage

A vintage kitchen cupboard handed down from my parents does double duty in a hallway as storage for gift wrap and shipping supplies, kitchen linens and other items. Figuring out where to store things in a historic home is a perennial problem but not as challenging as in previous homes. A small portion of my vintage suitcase collection on top of the hutch once functioned as a much-needed storage tower of suitcases and room divider in the closet-free two-room apartment where I lived with my husband in New York City's East Village. The "Pray for Atlanta" artwork is by beloved Atlanta artist R. Land. A metal basket holds my son's sports equipment and vintage wooden tennis rackets, which we still use.

All Hands on Deck

The deck was only recently expanded and included the addition of a screened-in porch; a necessary refuge from Atlanta's mosquito-plagued summers. I think of it as my rustic vacation home in my backyard.

Backyard Retreat

Our backyard is precipitously sloped so until we decide to invest major green in terracing and remedying that problem, our deck and screened-in porch are our primary backyard destinations. My collection of Skotch Koolers do double duty as a side table in the space.

Film Love

Our son's "playroom" has transformed as he's grown up into a celebration of his love of books and film, as seen in the vintage film posters that now adorn the room right off of his bedroom.

Tiny Bathroom, Big Print

A bold Serena & Lily wallpaper with a Victorian-meets-Seventies feel makes me happy every time I step into this guest bath. A photo of Highlands, North Carolina taken by my grandfather has pride of place in the room.

Millennial Pink Before it Was a Thing

I'm sentimental about family heirlooms and can't bring myself to get rid of long-treasured items, even when they are not exactly my taste. The ornate pink chair and settee in our bedroom were my great grandmother's and while they don't necessarily jibe with my other decor, their vivid color and quirkiness still make them perfect for a little sitting area.

Artsy Vignette

The Spanish artist Fernando Vicente created the artwork above this dresser in the master bedroom. The owl lamp is a favorite recent acquisition inspired by a trip to Savannah and a stay at the Savannah College of Art and Design's art and book-filled Smithfield Cottage where the book stack was a recurring design motif.

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Porch Therapy

I would argue that one of the mental health benefits of living in the South (or virtually any home that has a front porch) is porch sitting, and the often related sport of cocktail sipping.

Gladiolus

It's always a thrill to see a favorite flower come back each year in my garden like this gladiolus courtesy of Garden Media Group.

A British-Inspired Cottage Garden

I had initially planned to plant an all-white garden with just shades of silver, gray and white but quickly found I am incapable of that kind of discipline when it comes to a garden color palette. I have been instead been very happy to spin the color wheel and embrace every shade imaginable. My inspiration and ultimate garden goal is to create something close to the slightly wild, lush gardens that the British do so well.

Echinacea Sombrero

BallSeed's echinacea 'Sombrero" adds a burst of color to the front yard.

Good Fences

I am a firm advocate of the "good fences make good neighbors" philosophy and have also noticed how effective a fence can be in keeping door to door salespeople at bay. I also like how the white picket fence and pergola (all built by my husband) draped with fragrant jasmine visually defines the parameters of my garden.

Lantana Mango

BallSeed Bloomify's Lantana Mango has lovely sherbert-y colors that make my garden feel a little more fashion forward than usual.

Backyard Shade Garden

A privacy fence demarcates the side shade garden.

Coreopsis 'Super Star'

Darwin Perennials' coreopsis 'Super Star" has been one of my favorite blooms in the garden this summer.

A Heartbreaking Coleus

I love the vibrant neon color this BallFlora Coleus Heartbreaker brings to my garden.

New Take on Geranium

I always think of my grandmother when I see geraniums; she loved them. This BallFlora Galaxy Dark Red Geranium is memorable for its intense color.