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Globe-Trotter

After photographing and styling her way around the world, Eleanor Roper brings her impeccable taste back South.
 

Inspired by all things on the continent, in 1998, the designer ventured to East Africa for the purpose of teaching AIDS awareness in rural schools and ended up co-founding a center for abandoned children.

“My design aesthetic has long been influenced by Axel Vervoordt. Despite the fact that he has designed castles for Sting and counts Bill Gates among his clients, he says, ‘I don’t like living only with expensive things.’”

From $52, at Mathews Furniture, 1240 W. Paces Ferry Road NW

“Perfume is different on everyone, but Jo Malone’s English Pear has always worked for me. It’s not fruity or spicy, just clean, with the perfect bit of bite to it.”

$115 for 3.4 oz., at Saks Fifth Avenue

“As the summers on Long Island are infused with tourists, my Hamptons cruiser became my go-to source of transportation. It’s such a sensible way to live and conserve simultaneously.”

From $300 to $600, at Bikeways of Tucker, 4107 Lawrenceville Highway

Fisherman Salt is the most divine mixture of herbs and spices that can be used on just about anything. I can’t live without it!”

$25, by Crate and Barrel

“As a locavore and farm-to-table enthusiast, I absolutely adore the Château 120 model in almost any color. La Cornue handcrafts these jewels in France made-to-order.”

Price upon request, by Williams-Sonoma

“The photophile’s muse. For those who desire an even sexier retro-minded Leica, Hermès has touched up the M7 and M9 with added vintage appeal.”

Price upon request, by Hermès, 273 Buckhead Ave. NE

Eleanor Roper effortlessly embodies that creative panache that comes with a storied career in magazines—Vogue, Vanity Fair, Traditional Home—mixed with the eye of a flawless interior designer who lives to travel. Her first love is photography and, although she’s crazy about Instagram, she still relishes the “click, click, clank, clank,” of her classic Hasselblad camera. As a revered member of Atlanta’s design community, we missed her when she moved to the North Fork of Long Island a few years ago. Now she’s back, and says, “as much as Atlanta has become ubermetropolitan, it still speaks to the pastoral and Southern way of life that I love.” Here’s a glimpse of what inspires her to create such an envious life for herself and her clients.