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By Wendy Bowman | Photo: by Christina Wedge | January 25, 2018
Longtime Alpharetta residents find the perfect new setting for the next phase of their lives at a modern town home in the mixed-use development of Avalon.
After living in a large home in Alpharetta for more than 20 years, Maria and Marc Daner decided to pull up stakes and downsize into a comfortable yet elegant home replete with lively surroundings featuring a bustling food and shopping scene; Buckhead immediately came to mind. However, their longtime community still held a special place in their hearts, along with many cherished memories. Their task ahead? To see what they could unearth in the ’burbs.
“We were torn, as the only new communities that were popping up were in much more rural areas of Alpharetta, where life seemed way less convenient,” says Maria. “That’s why it was love at first sight when we saw the original plans for Avalon. Our decision was no longer a back-and-forth struggle, but rather a resounding, ‘Yes!’ Avalon is where we were meant to spend the next phase of our lives.”
Once the Daners found the ideal spot within the 87-acre mixed-use development of Avalon, the couple then were faced with furnishing and decorating their new Monte Hewett-built home that was still under construction. They went on to enlist the help of Amy Ferrer—owner and principal designer of Roswell-based Miko + Boone Home—who has been designing high-end remodels, new construction, and residential and commercial projects for more than 20 years. Her mission? Furnishing the entire abode—complete with Amerock cabinet hardware in the kitchen; lighting by Currey & Company, Visual Comfort & Co., Noir, Mr. Brown, EllaHome and Arteriors; furniture by Vanguard Furniture, Arteriors, Bernhardt Furniture Company and Tritter Feefer; accessories from Global Views, and Miko + Boone Home; bedding by Pine Cone Hill and Amity Home; and more—all while incorporating her knack for beautifully layering organic textures and monochromatic color palettes with pops of color.
Ferrer’s vision for the home was an open floor plan, where everything flowed, allowing no differentiation between where one room stopped and another room started. “I wanted your eye to absorb over the entire open floor plan in one sweep, all while accomplishing the client’s request of a relaxing, calming and elegant home,” says Ferrer. “This project speaks of my aesthetic, maintaining an emphasis on sophisticated livability, combining classic silhouettes and clean lines,” says Ferrer. “It carefully blends the client’s personal preference and taste with my own unique vision. It’s important that the design of a space reflect its owner’s story and lifestyle, which builds the foundation for a home that’s layered with meaning and acts as a stylish yet unassuming refuge.”
As for the homeowners, when they walked through Ferrer’s finished masterpiece before move-in, they couldn’t believe they weren’t touring a model. “It’s exactly what we had hoped for and envisioned,” says Maria. “We were able to downsize without sacrificing open spaces, and unlike our previous house, we actually enjoy all corners of our home and have eliminated wasted spaces.” Reflecting on her and her husband’s time in their tasteful town home, Maria continues: “Having now lived in Avalon for a year, we couldn’t be happier with our choice. Whether we want to enjoy a nice dinner out or cook a fresh meal at home, the options are endless. With walkable access to several ‘fit-for-foodies’ restaurants, as well as Whole Foods Market, deciding what to do for dinner is never easy—in a good way. Add in all the shopping, exercise facilities and movie theater with reclining leather seats, and there’s not much left to need or want.”
Amy Ferrer, principal interior designer
Miko + Boone Home
Michael C. Morris, director of interior design
Monte Hewett Homes
Bell Cabinetry & Design
Fowlers Flooring + Design
Hardwoods and tile
IT and alarm installation