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Hearts of the Home

Sanctuary, retreat, haven: No matter what you call them, kitchens and baths are necessary spaces only made better by excellent design.

Designer Alejandra Dunphy took a cool, casual blue and used it to make the Craftsman-style details pop in this Candler Park abode. 

A zero-entry shower was top of his client’s wish list, so designer Ronald Jones made it happen while embracing a spalike color scheme.  

Precious was not in interior designer Dee Simmons’ vocabulary when designing this moody powder room for her clients.  

Neutrals in bold textures and interesting finishes reign supreme in this Pineapple House Interior Design project in Brookhaven. 

Bungalow Blues
Alejandra Dunphy embraces a Candler Park Craftsman’s casualness.

Originally built in the 1900s, this Candler Park gem underwent an extensive renovation to get its owners the in-town living experience they craved. “The goal was to connect and open up the first floor,” notes designer Alejandra Dunphy of Alejandra Dunphy Studio. “Every room had four walls and a door—very typical of an early 1900s layout. We were able to connect the kitchen to the sunroom and the dining room to create ample entertaining space per the client’s vision.” Balance came in the form of preserving the architectural integrity of the Arts & Crafts period, but with modern, updated touches such as a spritely backsplash from Walker Zanger and a fresh coat of paint in the form of uplifting Normandy 2129-40 from Benjamin Moore. “We created tangible links between the past and the present,” notes Dunphy, “and we believe that this is what brought a richness and vibrancy to this project.”

Small curved pendant, $250, Jamie Young, AmericasMart, Building 1, Ste. 15-D-8,

Brushed stainless steel sink, $3,297, by Rohl at PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting, multiple locations;

Normandy 2129-40, from $52 per gallon, by Benjamin Moore at Strathmore, multiple locations,;

Steyn kitchen faucet with spring spout, $300,

Wyndham swivel bar stool, $750, by Arteriors at Mathews Furniture + Design, 1240 W. Paces Ferry Road NW;

Cream shift stone brick mosaic, $25 per square foot, Walker Zanger, 791 Miami Circle NE,


Shower On
Ronald Jones takes a prefab bathroom and brings it into the 21st century.

You’d never know that a dated window hung where the showstopping shower is in this bathroom, but designer Ronald Jones of R Jones Design considers that a triumph. “My team had to remove the previous window to create privacy for the client, who still wanted natural light in the bathroom. They moved the window up 6-plus feet to obtain that goal,” he says. Drawing inspiration from his previous A-lister clients, Jones knew that the way to go was custom: the plumbing layout, the herringbone pattern on the shower floor and the install from floor to ceiling. “I really wanted the bathroom to be covered completely in marble,” says Jones. The client “insisted on a zero-entry shower; she didn’t want any glass installed. So I had to come up with a design that offered privacy, but still made the shower feel open and functional. I wanted her bathroom to feel like a luxury resort.”

Essential Net Carrara tile, price upon request, Porcelanosa, 3255 Peachtree Road NE,

Chrome surface-mount body spray, price upon request, by Delta at PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting, multiple locations;

Spiridon crystal 32-inch ring chandelier, $3,995, Restoration Hardware, 3030 Peachtree Road NW,

Diamond Turkish towel collection, $25-$82, Peacock Alley, ADAC, Ste. A6,

Chrome three-setting two-port diverter, price upon request, by Delta at PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting, multiple locations;

Chrome premium single-setting adjustable wall-mount hand shower, price upon request, by Delta at PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting, multiple locations;


Powder Play
Dee Simmons takes bold to a new level in this bathroom beauty.

For noteworthy designer Delinah “Dee” Simmons of Dee Simmons Interiors, this bathroom project started with two rugs she found while in Turkey. “We fell in love with these vintage Turkish tulip rugs,” she remembers. “I knew I wanted a dark and dramatic space because the rest of the house is light and airy. I wanted the powder room to have a moodiness to it.” For anyone who knows Dee, it’s a familiar story—the rugs were part of the Delinah Simmons Collection by which she imports antique and one-of-a-kind rugs from India and Turkey. The room wasn’t without its challenges, though: “We learned we couldn’t use the wallcovering I had selected due to the architecturally rounded corners in the house,” she says. “So I hired a local artist to paint the walls to replicate the texture.” Problem solved for a pretty powder room.

Marble tray, $58, Hudson Grace, Westside Provisions District,

Marble tray, $58, Hudson Grace, Westside Provisions District,

Strada large round chandelier, $2,289, by Kelly Wearstler at Circa Lighting, 3078 Roswell Road NW;

Cortica WRK 1093CORT in Bark, to the trade, Scalamandre, ADAC, Ste. 407,

Riva round mirror, to the trade, by Artifacts International at Grizzel & Mann, ADAC, Ste. 120;

Sonata 11/16-inch diameter Paris brass cabinet knob, to the trade, by Schaub and Company at Matthew Quinn Collection, ADAC, Ste. 234;


Family Ties
It’s classic neutrals with a twist for this project by Pineapple House Interior Design.

The team at Pineapple House Interior Design took a classic Brookhaven home and updated it for a young family to make it more conducive to being together and to have more flow—and that involved removing almost every single wall that touched the kitchen. A new layout for the front entry then allowed for natural light from the foyer to move toward the back of the house, where the kitchen is located. Double islands were then added, tripling the previous counter space and doubling storage, and there’s now ample seating for casual family meals. The Fantasy Brown granite counters by Atlanta Stone Creations have a leathered finish, again adding both a relaxed and sophisticated touch. The aesthetic of neutrals with a touch of darker elements was accomplished by using cream cabinetry, offset by darker stain accents on the island, hood and ceiling beams.

Vivian counter stool, $429, by Gabby Home at Summer Classics, 855 Holcomb Bridge Road;

Greek key embroidered tape, to the trade, Schumacher, ADAC, Ste. 303,

Marble countertop in Fantasy Brown, price upon request, Atlanta Stone Creations, 1280 Oak Industrial Lane,

Ashbury tile in La Paloma, $30 per square foot, by Sonoma Tilemakers at Crossville Studios, multiple locations;

48-inch range, $10,930, by Wolf at Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Showroom, 3280 Peachtree Road, Ste. 200,

Traditional forged iron pull, $26, Richelieu, 3280 Green Pointe Parkway, Ste. 100,