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Best Use of Texture
Joel Kelly 

Best Store Makeover
14th Street Antiques & Modern Home 

Most Inspiring Gallery
HATHAWAY Contemporary Gallery 

Best Accessories
Stanton Home Furnishings 

Thrasher Pool & Spa 

Best Surfaces
Top Shop Stone

Best Bath Resource
Atlanta Noland  

Most Relaxing Retreat 
Janie Hirsch
 

Coolest Man Cave 
Home Expressions Interiors
 

Most Adorable Nursery 

Best of Design: At Home

Calling all insiders, aficionados and amateurs with a serious eye for the good life—here’s your guide to the best Atlanta has to offer when it comes to interiors, exteriors, design and decor.

Best Use of Texture
Joel Kelly
Neutral colors, sharp lines and a marble fireplace bring this living room to life.
For designer Joel Kelly of Joel Kelly Design, the bold fireplace kicked off his inspiration for the rest of the living room’s design. “We wanted something that looked like a piece of art in and of itself,” he says. Finding the right slabs for the fireplace took almost a year, but the payoff was worth it, as the room is finally both commanding and inviting. Sofas by Holly Hunt “carry the wood into the center of the room in a way that mimicked the casework around the doors and windows,” shares Kelly, and rugs from Holland & Sherry carry softness throughout. The clean-lined chandelier from Wired Custom Lighting is a subtle addition to the Georgia Tech alum’s design. “I think it takes an extraordinary amount of trust for a client to let us do what we are good at,” he says. “When allowed to really put something together the way it ought to be, you can end up with spectacular results.” 425 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Ste. 12B, 404.221.0422

Best Store Makeover
14th Street Antiques & Modern Home
With the new year comes a new name for one of our favorite design emporiums.
14th Street Antiques & Modern Home entered the new year like we all say we’re going to—new and improved. While some of us may stray from our resolution, this Westside wonder kept its promise with a noteworthy makeover featuring renovated showrooms and a fresh list of dealers and artists to boot. In addition to the store’s signature antique and vintage finds, the 60,000-square-foot shop boasts new modern additions to its curated collection. The one-stop-shop for all things design and home kicked off its grand opening with a stellar party that took guests to Paris circa the 1960’s. Featuring French tunes, macaroons, cocktails and more, this palce welcomed its new name, product lines and more with a bang. 530 14th St. NW, 404.325.4600

Most Inspiring Gallery
HATHAWAY Contemporary Gallery
HATHAWAY Contemporary Gallery embraces all things modern.
Paying homage to contemporary art from around the world, HATHAWAY Contemporary Gallery is the place to visit when in the market for a truly special piece. Be sure to stop by before March 11 to catch Visions of a Century, which features stunning works from the late Arnold Mesches. The renowned artist has shown his pieces around the world in over 140 exhibitions. In Atlanta’s special tribute, his famous ANOMIE 1492-2006 will be the centerpiece, as its bold colors encapsulate Mesches’ stunning style. HATHAWAY Contemporary Gallery’s constantly rotating exhibitions and shows make this art haven a visionary in the art community. 887 Howell Mill Road NW, Ste. 4, 470.428.2061

Best Accessories
Stanton Home Furnishings
From mantle decorations to full-blown furniture, this place has it all.
From Westside to Va-Hi, Stanton Home Furnishings caters to every accessory-obsessed Atlantan—think: artwork, drapery, mirrors and rugs, plus everything in between at the two ATL outposts. Owner Jimmy Stanton says, “Stanton’s vision is mixing old, new, vintage and antique to come up with a updated Modern look. Everyone that works at SHF is a designer and can help you find that perfect piece.” Whether you have a taste for tabletop decor or you’re in search of plush throws and pillows for the living room, the Atlanta-based company’s vast collection of the latest trends and styles is sure to have your home looking like an HGTV masterpiece. Luckily for Atlantans eager to redecorate and redesign, they can purchase their dream decor directly off the floor, as opposed to waiting days, weeks and even months for a designer and manufacturer to order and pull their clients’ favorite pieces. So whether you want to spend hours in the 14,000-square-foot space on the Westside or a few minutes perusing the Virginia-Highland outpost, you’ll be sure to find exactly what your home needs. Multiple locations

Picture-Perfect Pools
With summer around the corner, spruce up the best place to spend time under the sun: your pool.
Thrasher Pool & Spa owners Chris and Liz Fogleman have worked on countless projects around town, including everything from traditional outdoor entertaining areas to supersleek contemporary soaking pools. Attention to detail is emphasized throughout design, construction and engineering to ensure that the finished product is seamlessly integrated into the house. Look for the highest grade materials, the most attentive service and the most thorough team of workers. Thrasher also renovates and has maintenance services, making them a one-stop shop for anyone considering adding entertaining space to their outdoor living area.  404.552.2054

Most Illuminating Lighting Resource
Mathews’ Furniture + Design
Add a little drama to your space with fixtures from the place that’s been making Atlanta’s most luxurious homes shine for decades.
When it comes to seeing the light, the design team at Mathews’ Furniture + Design knows where to look, just as they do for furniture and home furnishings. The quality and customer service that was first introduced by Stu and Bobbie Mathews over 30 years ago is now carried on through their design services, furniture, accessories and lighting by their son, Stephen Mathews, with a stellar design team, including Nina Nash and Don Easterling. This team of experts knows their light, so opt for a little help choosing your favorite fixture. Light up your space with selections from over 50 premier brands, including Modern History, Ralph Lauren and Baker Furniture. Whether you’re in the market for a bold standing lamp in the living room or a simple table lamp, find your light at this Buckhead gem. Be sure to take advantage of their in-house designers for any home makeover big or small. 1240 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, 404.237.8271

Best Surfaces
Top Shop Stone
This place’s expertise is set in stone.
There’s no wonder why Top Shop Stone is Atlanta’s top shop for all-things surfaces with a dozen man-made and natural stone options to construct an envy-worthy countertop that’s sure to be a hit at the next dinner party. Whether you’re following the marble trend or sticking to granite’s traditional appeal, this Westside shopping haven promises a perfected aesthetic no matter the material. Granite and marble and quartz—oh, my! 1530 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW, 404.996.9109

Best Bath Resource
Atlanta Noland
Relax and renew in a space designed for the people who know style.
Today’s modern bathroom boasts more than just the necessities, and Atlanta Noland’s inventory curated from only the best companies in the business holds everything you need to create a spalike refuge lush with the latest in bathware. Featuring more than 60 top-notch brands, including Toto and Brizo, Atlanta Noland knows no limit of luxury when it comes to designing a sophisticated sanctuary for an at-home hideaway. Let the soak session begin! 4084 Presidential Parkway, 770.458.2111

Most Relaxing Retreat
Elegant, tasteful and relaxing is Janie Hirsch’s design game plan.
“Refined serenity” was the starting point for Janie Hirsch of J. Hirsch Interior Design in this room—and she nailed it. From Schumacher’s Garden of Persia fabric on the draperies to art from DK Gallery in Marietta, Hirsch brought out big design to complement the functional needs of her client. The Paces Ferry bathroom was outfitted with Calacatta gray marble and Lagos azul stone, all in an effort to highlight the art collection. “The room, with its high barrel vaulted ceilings, is the perfect backdrop for the extensive art collection displayed throughout,” says Hirsch, who also personally loves the soft grays (including Sherwin-Williams’ appropriately named Agreeable Gray) and pinks of the room. “[The colors] make the room feel feminine, special and sophisticated—a dream bathroom to come home to each evening.” 4215 Central River Park, 404.395.3711

Coolest Man Cave
Seclude in style courtesy of Home Expressions Interiors’ man cave.
Nearly 1,800 square feet of basement was transformed into the chicest man cave around by Laura Bloom of Home Expressions Interiors. The space includes a custom bar, game room, gym, guest bedroom and bath, and is “kid-friendly and equally comfortable for adult entertaining,” says Bloom. Mercury glass pendants by Troy Lighting complement rustic beams, and thoughtful accents such as an alligator embossed Butler Specialty Company accent table and Bradington Young swivel chairs help round out the space. “The client wanted to break away from their formal main level,” says Bloom, who added a pop of blue in the built-in bookcases to make the space feel sophisticated without losing its coziness. Bloom says, “Mixing bronze and stainless metals throughout the space continues the warm but edgy vibe.” 5530 Windward Parkway, Ste. 110 E, 678.242.0480

Most Adorable Nursery
Sweet dreams are guaranteed in this charming space.
For this sweet Sandy Springs baby room, designer Chris Socci started with the gender-neutral framed lamb print. From that inspiration point, it was easy to spiral outward into something peaceful yet still pretty, with an antique French dresser serving as a changing table and a fun antler chandelier to bring some whimsy. A faux finish by local artist Marcy King helped soften up the walls, while the Cole & Son wallcovering—aptly named Woods and Stars—will keep this little one dreaming big for years to come. 404.414.5874 

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