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Good Vibes Only
By Kelsie Allen Barton | Photo: Patrick Heagney | February 7, 2017
Coy and Kylie Bowles find harmony in their colorful, boho-chic North Druid Hills home.
He may spend most of the year traveling the world on tour with Zac Brown Band, but Coy Bowles is about as grounded as they come. The guitarist for the three-time Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum band, and his wife, Kylie, are warm, welcoming and easygoing—much like the home they’ve created for their growing family, which now includes a baby girl, Hattie, who was born in October, as well as their lovable French bulldog, Mr. Bubba, and pug, Blanche.
For the couple—whose September 2013 wedding was featured in Zac Brown Band’s “Sweet Annie” music video—their North Druid Hills home is their canvas. Coy and Kylie bought the five-bedroom, 4 ½-bath house in 2014 and have since transformed it into a space that is undeniably their own, treating the curation of furniture and decor like a never-ending treasure hunt. “We’re just trying to take our time with it,” says Coy. “It’s constantly evolving.”
One-of-a-kind, eclectic pieces like a Moroccan-inspired chandelier from local bohemian destination Paris on Ponce and a custom Ray Charles guitar case designed by artist James Willis are visually stunning and conversation-starting, while vibrant pops of color in the form of chairs and throw pillows brighten the mood throughout the home. “It’s hard to choose a favorite [room],” says Coy. “We tried to give each room a cool, artsy vibe while also making sure it would be livable.”
He adds that when they entertain, however, guests always gravitate toward the room off of the foyer containing a distressed wooden bar cart—another beloved Paris on Ponce find—beneath an American flag patchwork quilt. (“Yeah, because that’s where we keep the liquor!” Kylie chimes in, laughing.) A glass case on the adjacent wall humbly houses awards and mementos Coy’s amassed over the years—everything from ACM, CMA and CMT awards to a baseball bat commemorating Zac Brown Band’s 2016 record-breaking back-to-back sold-out concerts at Fenway Park. If every room tells a story, this one has enough to fill an entire book.
In addition to location—“We’re close to the highway,” Coy explains—one major reason for choosing the property was the basement. Coy turned the spacious downstairs area into an in-house recording studio-slash-man cave—complete with a drumset, nearly a dozen guitars and a soundproof vocal booth—where he can work and create to his heart’s content. Kylie, who works as a stylist at Brock Cassidie Salon when she’s not on maternity leave, used her clever design eye to hang multicolored umbrellas from the ceiling and install lights in them for a dose of whimsy and functionality. A bookshelf containing vintage motorcycle helmets, which Coy collected from Antique Factory in Chamblee, adds rock ’n’ roll flair.
Lately, Coy’s work extends beyond making music. Not only is he a proud new father to Hattie, but also a budding children’s author; his latest book, When You’re Feeling Sick ($13, Doubleday Books for Young Readers), hit shelves in January. “It comes from a very genuine place in my life,” he says of the picture book’s concept, which coalesced while he was visiting his mother in the hospital. The silly yet encouraging read is designed to help kids face sick days with laughter and a positive attitude. “I feel blessed to have been given a voice—to be able to share this gift of hope and humor,” Coy says. It seems spreading joy, in the Bowles family’s case, is truly homegrown.