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With the warm spring weather underway, here’s everything that’s beautiful, bold and befitting for your outdoor style.


FEEL THAT FIRE For principal Alec G. Michaelides of Land Plus Associates, it all started with the puzzling concept of a 14-foot retaining wall. “I kept fighting the fact that we were wasting valuable space; the space between the house and the wall was created by the building setback requirement,” he remembers. But, instead of dead space, Michaelides made it into an asset: “I came up with the idea of a see-through pavilion with a view to a fireplace up on the wall with an adjacent seating area. I wanted to do something nontraditional and provide storage that was decorative.” The result is a beautiful nook tucked away between the pool house and an otherwise eyesore of a retaining wall, now decked out with a custom Lueders Texas limestone fireplace and ample storage, perfect for cozy fireside cocktails and conversation. 

ROCK THE CRADLE Logan Gardens has once again proved its superiority in bringing Atlantans the best, most inventive pieces in outdoor living. To wit: the company’s new cradle lounge. Made from aluminum with teak slats, this piece is a showstopper for any outdoor entertainer. Big enough for two, the adjustable shades help make the luxurious piece into a pocket of privacy. The Scandinavian roots shine through in its simplicity; the design by Danish designer Henrik Pedersen even has a fold-out table for functionality. An added bonus is Logan Gardens’ white-glove delivery service, available anywhere in the country. $13,460, ADAC, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Ste. 506, 404.231.4808


What’s trending in outdoor seating?

“For 2017, contemporary styling continues to be a dominate trend in luxury outdoor seating and lounging. With engineered angles and elegant curves, high-gloss metallic finishes, and fabric neutrals, luxe contemporary continues to appeal not only for metropolitan homes, but across all regions of the country.” –Derek Ritzel, CEO, Castelle, AmericasMart, 240 Peachtree St. NE, Ste. 2, @castelleluxury


MOUNTAIN DO Glenwood Park-based Historical Concepts went full-scale on this mountain home: mature and full outdoor living spaces that seamlessly transitioned from the indoors. “Having a client who fully embraced the opportunity to intertwine architecture and landscape allowed both firms to dream big,” says Terry Pylant, a principal at Historical Concepts, who collaborated with HighGrove Partners on the project. “We created a light level of formality, which gives purpose to the many outdoor rooms. I think that’s what’s truly special about this space. [The landscape] is in the forefront, and the architecture sits quietly in the background, as it should be.”

Photo by Blayne Beacham Macauley


TRADITION TUNEUP “We always try to make our pools look like an extension of the home,” says Thrasher Pool & Spa owner Chris Fogleman. “In this case, the home was built in 1939 and had a very traditional style. The foundation, made of most likely locally sourced tumbled granite, is exposed in the back of the house, and we used that to help pick the colors and the materials around the pool.” While this Collier Hills home provided plenty of challenges—“we needed to have several elevation changes,” he recalls—the end result is nothing short of a victory. Embedded within the pool’s design is Thrasher’s signature cutting-edge technology and innovation, combined with more traditional concepts, such as the speakers that are virtually unseeable around the pool. (“On this pool,” he says, “the perimeter overflow is new and innovative, but the bluestone deck and granite wall are more of a traditional style.”) That forward-thinking, combined with noteworthy customer service, keeps Thrasher on the front line. “We started as a pool-maintenance company,” Fogleman remembers, “so we know firsthand the trouble people can have when a builder does not do a good job. It’s important the customer is happy during the building process, but also in the years that follow.”

Photo by Cliff Finley 


What’s trending in landscaping?

“One big trend we are seeing this year is low-maintenance landscapes and hardscapes. Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are very popular with clients, but they do not want the mess and upkeep of wood or charcoal. So we often install gas fire pits and fireplaces as a low-maintenance alternative. We’re also incorporating a lot more technology into our landscapes and hardscapes, such as outdoor audio systems and Wi-Fi.” –Melda Duckworth, lead designer, Etowah Group, 1582 Williams Drive, Ste. 300, Marietta, @etowahgroup



What’s trending in outdoor living spaces?

“We are currently seeing trends centered around the backyard with the intention of expanding the indoor space to the outside. The deck and covered porch are very popular, but are now designed more as outdoor living rooms made for both quiet contemplation and guest entertaining. Living in a climate like Atlanta, there is ample opportunity to live outside for nine months or more each year.” –Rick Goldstein, owner/architect, Mosaic Group, 2358 Perimeter Park Drive, Ste. 30, @mosaicgroupatlanta

PIPING HOT A collaboration between Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, Dekton and designer/architect Daniel Germani yielded the notably stylish ASA-D2, a contemporary, freestanding outdoor kitchen that looks as if it’s waiting to be let inside. “As the demand for outdoor living increases, homeowners expect a heightened level of design, reflecting the same level of finish found indoors,” says Buenos Aires, Argentina-born Germani. The piece debuted at the 2017 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando, Fla., and, by showing off durable materials like Dekton by Cosentino and stainless steel from Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens that is able to mimic Calacatta marble in the Aura version (shown here), the effect was head-turning. Featuring 360-degree functionality, ASA-D2 is available in three additional colors: Trilium (suggesting oxidized steel), Spectra (luminous black) and Halo (glossy white). With curves and colors like these, you may never cook inside again. $33,000, 203.626.5625

SOFT LANDING Celebrated for its exquisitely designed wool and silk rugs, Tai Ping’s new Yacht collection has transformed the brand’s artisan creations into weatherproof floor coverings that look equally magnificent indoors or out. Although it has offered outside rugs in the past, the company’s innovative Field
yarn—a high-performance material developed for all-weather application—has taken the category to the next level with its soft hand- and matte-luster and cottonlike appearance. All styles are made-to-order and completely customizable. Coalescent II rug, to the trade, by Jeff Leatham for Tai Ping at Tai Ping, 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Ste. 325, 404.233.4151


FINE LINES Designed by Lee Mindel of SheltonMindel and inspired by organic modernist Alvar Aalto, Sutherland’s Continuous Line collection is a minimalist’s dream. Composed of a teak lounge chair and line chaise, the pieces, which are available in natural and weathered stains, will look at home in everything from a midcentury manse to a contemporary abode. Price upon request, ADAC, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Ste. 120, 404.261.5932