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By Phebe Wahl | Photo: Heidi Geldhauser | February 12, 2016
Their fifth project in Historic Brookhaven, an Old World-inspired new-construction estate illustrates Cathy and Frank Iannotti’s passionate pursuit to craft beautiful homes.
“It all starts with my husband and his creative thinking on a napkin over dinner,” says Cathy Iannotti of her husband Frank’s architectural visions. “Creating and designing is his favorite pastime—yet, he is in the software business, totally different than building homes.”
After completing the design for their fifth home in Historic Brookhaven, one might say the Iannottis’ passion for renovation is more than a mere pastime. “We have been in the neighborhood since 1998,” explains Frank. “We have built three brand-new homes and completed two large renovations—two of them directly across the street from each other, which was one of the harder moves, believe it or not,” he says. Frank admits that one of the couple’s proudest moments was when Spanx founder Sara Blakely purchased their third home on Club Drive in Brookhaven. “We realized we might be pretty good at building and renovations,” he admits.
After purchasing their fifth home in 2013, the chic couple, often spotted on the social scene—Cathy chaired the Hope & Will Ball benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in 2015, and Frank serves as senior vice president for software company NetSuite—set to work reimagining the historic home on Davidson Avenue. Nestled on a wooded 1-acre lot, the quiet location close to Capital City Country Club appealed to the family’s two children and 2-year-old vizsla rescue dog, Buddy. “Our vision was to build an old-meets-new type home with the charm of an English-country type setting,” Frank says.
A neutral color palette was employed to marry Old World charm with modern amenities. Built from scratch, the home features lime-washed oak floors and marble countertops mixed with iron railings and reclaimed wooden beams sourced from a friend’s North Georgia barn. Frank worked closely with design-build firm HouseSmith to ensure his artistic vision became a reality. Jessica Roan and Mandy Mayers of Interior Philosophy had a hand in the interior design using furnishings and accessories sourced from their haute home store in Buckhead. The Iannottis mixed in pieces from their collections from New Orleans, Paris and various antique shows.
As for how long they will be able to enjoy this home before Frank sets his sights on the next project, Cathy is ready for the challenge. “Anyone in Atlanta who knows us laughs and says, ‘How long before Frank sells this one, Cathy?’” she says, laughing. And although Cathy might not love all the packing, she loves the dedication Frank puts into crafting stunning homes for their family. Sounds like a smart move to us.
INTERIOR DESIGN & FURNISHINGS
Custom Artisan Group
Custom metal windows and hammered wrought iron railing
Joe A. Gayle Associates