Now Playing

A Modern Makeover

This East Cobb home went from traditional to modern-industrial to suit the family’s more contemporary, chic style.


The living room exemplifis the owners’ modern-industrial yet comfortabledesign approach, complete with attractive iron French doors and pops of color. 

The dining room boasts a custom wood and iron table, along with designer lighting from Visual Comfort Co. and tailor-made shelves. 

The stunning pottery was made by one of the homeowners’ grandfathers


A monolithic-beam floating staircase is the focal point of the updated foyer 

The dining room is highlighted by the chandeliers from Visual Comfort & Co. 

The foyer, with its stunning staircase, opens into the living room with a trio of arched iron doors.

The powder room, converted from a former storage space, sports a trough sink with dual faucets, easily allowing the family’s several children to prep for school in the morning.  

When a busy family of six with fashionable style and taste sensibilities purchased this traditional East Cobb home in 2004, they loved the location. But they found the overall aesthetic a bit lackluster and outdated, not at all in tune with their more modern-industrial yet comfortable design approach.

The homeowners (he, a business owner; and she, a stay-at-home mother of four) bought the approximately 8,000-square-foot property primarily for its hilltop setting overlooking Columns Drive and the Chattahoochee River basin. They undertook some minor projects along the way and then went on to spend a couple of years overseas. Upon their return, they enlisted a talented design team consisting of Woodstock-based John Rogers Renovations Inc. and Midtown interior designer Marty Mason to make the home more in line with their style. Rogers and his wife, Niki, were responsible for design and construction, while Mason was in charge of all of the furnishings, paint color and fabrics.

The two-phase process began in late 2014, with the finishing touches completed in early 2016. The result? A sleek and functional home boasting nine new modern-rustic environs rife with top-of-the-line materials and furnishings—none of which look forced or out of place—including a screened-in porch with steps down to a covered backyard terrace, a minimalistic kitchen and a stunning foyer. Along the way, the home was featured on the 2016 Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes staged by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The residence’s kitchen also was recognized with a 2015 CotY Award from NARI for its modern transitional style sporting clean lines, minimalist detail and a neutral color palette. Among the outstanding details: an antique and mirror tile backsplash from Ann Sacks, custom stainless-steel shelving, a concealed beverage center, a Wolf range and oven, and a massive 12-foot-by-5-foot island featuring four slabs of Mare Azzuro honed and book-matched marble.

Other showstopping areas include an updated foyer featuring a monolithic beam floating staircase, family and dining rooms highlighted by custom fireplaces and mantels, a living room with custom shelving, a main power room (converted from a former storage room) that allows multiple children to get ready for school in the morning via a trough sink and two faucets, an additional guest powder room spotlighting a 9-inch-thick concrete trough sink on a custom iron stand and custom iron-framed mirror, and an expanded laundry room. Meanwhile, a covered backyard terrace comes equipped with a wood-burning fireplace and TV for watching Tennessee football games in the fall.

The pièce de résistance? An all-white brick rear screened-in porch with a shiplap ceiling, designer light fixtures and custom iron French doors trimmed in reclaimed wood from a 125-year-old tobacco farm in Kentucky (also used on the walls as a contrast) that open to the living room to allow a natural flow for entertaining. The porch is outfitted with a Charleston daybed swing and an outdoor kitchen with 3-inch concrete countertops, a built-in grill, a prep sink, a True refrigerator and floating stainless-steel shelving offering ample storage space.

“The entire project was, hands down, the most fun project I’ve ever worked on,” says Rogers. “The clients are fantastic folks to work with, and we were constantly challenged to come up with ideas that were not ‘off the shelf,’ which pushed our creativity.”

Adds Mason, “The home is a collected look of rustic and modern. Even though that is a popular look right now, we used the homeowner’s different ideas, mixed with our collected look, which has created a unique style all of its own. No house is a home without a great family—the most spectacular thing about their home is the fact that their spirit and positive outlook as a family makes this amazing renovation that much more beautiful.”

The updated home—a stunning combination of traditional, modern, edgy and sleek style—has slugged another successful project under Rogers’ and Mason’s belts.


Single-family home


East Cobb


John Rogers, president John Rogers Renovations


Marty Mason, founder and owner Marty Mason Collected Home



Hanging fixtures in powder room, chandelier in dining room


Cabinets in kitchen and powder room


Mare Azzuro marble on kitchen island


Antiqued mirrored-tile backsplash in kitchen


Kitchen oven


Refrigerator for screened-in porch


Sarah Atkinson custom-built dining room table


Walnut and seed glass end tables in living room


Velvet sofa in living room


Pottery in dining room