HBAT April 2016 : Page 106

PICTURE A family home designed by a small-screen veteran makes our personal A-List. By Kate Abney Photography by Andrew Greintime In the seven years since founding her eponymous interiors firm, Cristi Holcombe—a set-design alumna of HGTV home-improvement show Elbow Room —has proven she can dazzle with high-end residences just as easily as the DIY dwellings she’s shown on TV. Perhaps the most charming example to date is this lodge-like estate nestled alongside the Chattahoochee River, located mere minutes from the Atlanta Athletic Club—fitting, since its owner is an executive at one of Atlanta’s chief teams. Here, his family of four—which includes his wife, 14-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter—have found their ideal haven of comfort and style. “From the beginning, they wanted cozy and comfortable,” says Holcombe, who joined architect Michael Swilley and builder Lewis Reeves very early in the design process, tweaking f loor plans and selecting luxury finishes that suited the owners’ discriminating tastes. One of Holcombe’s most evident areas of expertise—the master bath—received her magic via a spa-like pebble f loor and a soaking tub that sits directly inside the shower.

Features Picture Perfect

Kate Abney

A family home designed by a smallscreen veteran makes our personal A-List.

In the seven years since founding her eponymous interiors firm, Cristi Holcombe—a set-design alumna of HGTV home-improvement show Elbow Room—has proven she can dazzle with high-end residences just as easily as the DIY dwellings she’s shown on TV. Perhaps the most charming example to date is this lodgelike estate nestled alongside the Chattahoochee River, located mere minutes from the Atlanta Athletic Club—fitting, since its owner is an executive at one of Atlanta’s chief teams. Here, his family of four—which includes his wife, 14-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter—have found their ideal haven of comfort and style.

“From the beginning, they wanted cozy and comfortable,” says Holcombe, who joined architect Michael Swilley and builder Lewis Reeves very early in the design process, tweaking floor plans and selecting luxury finishes that suited the owners’ discriminating tastes.

One of Holcombe’s most evident areas of expertise—the master bath—received her magic via a spa-like pebble floor and a soaking tub that sits directly inside the shower.

Though much overscaled to accommodate the taller-than-average couple, proportionally, it’s perfect. The open-format kitchen demonstrates an equal deftness, with its rich faux-finished cabinetry, gray-veined marble countertops and a satin-finish walnut slab crowning a handsome “prep island.”

In the adjacent family room, pops of persimmon and pale blue imbue the space with a friendly aura. This color combo was used judiciously throughout the house to maintain an overall neutral effect, achieved thanks to durable textiles such as burlap, linen and chenille, used to cleverly update furnishings old and new.

Dare we say it’s ready for its close-up?

Read the full article at http://digital.modernluxury.com/article/Features+Picture+Perfect/2453071/297417/article.html.

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