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By Kelsie Allen Barton | Photo: by Heidi Geldhauser | August 29, 2017
Jeff and Callie Dauler embrace cozy neutrals in their newlywed nest at The Battery Atlanta.
Imagine you and your significant other are sitting on the couch watching TV, casually tossing ideas back and forth about what to do that evening. Suddenly, you remember the Atlanta Braves are playing (decision made!), so you hop on your phone and buy tickets. Minutes later, you walk out of your apartment, take the elevator down to the lobby and instantly join the swarm of fans headed toward the SunTrust Park stadium. You split a pizza and a bottle of wine at Antico, then enter through the gate and find your seats just in time for first pitch. Easiest date night ever, right?
That dream scenario has become reality for Jeff and Callie Dauler, who were among the first tenants to move into the Residences community at Home at The Battery Atlanta when it opened in April. The collection of modern apartments just steps from SunTrust Park has proved the perfect first home for the fun-loving pair of morning media mavens (Jeff is the host of Star 94.1’s Jeff & Jenn Show, and Callie works at CNN as the talent executive assistant to Robin Meade on her HLN show Morning Express with Robin Meade) and their two friendly rescue dogs, Lily and Sadie.
“It’s right off of I-75, which is how [Callie] gets to work, and it’s walking distance to my radio station, so it was kind of a no-brainer—and a chance to be part of something cool and new,” says Jeff of their decision to move from his townhome in Sandy Springs into the complex. “We were literally the second people in the building after the developer.”
“It was a true fresh start,” adds Callie, who symbolized their clean slate by incorporating a dreamy neutral color palette (the same soft hues that dominated the couple’s industrial-chic wedding at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works in October 2016) into every aspect of their home. But the grays, creams and beiges don’t fall flat, thanks to a tasteful mix of textures and metallic accents, which keep the vibe warm and welcoming rather than cold and stark. “We have pretty crazy schedules and lives, and I think home should be somewhere where you feel relaxed and at peace,” she says. “We just wanted to feel cozy.”
Upon entering the spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, guests’ eyes are immediately drawn to the living room, which is anchored by a light gray custom sectional from locally owned Intaglia Home Collection that’s layered with patterned Pottery Barn pillows and a plush throw. A tiny Moroccan wedding stool, which sits at the foot of the sectional’s chaise configuration, and a sophisticated nailhead-trim chair from World Market join the sofa in surrounding a beautiful, slightly distressed wooden coffee table—another Intaglia find—stacked with little odds and ends from affordable destinations like HomeGoods and Target. Nestled beside the sofa is a side table from Outrageous Interiors, another local spot, styled with a tray holding vintage-inspired objects that make for a lovely vignette. Delicate ivory and blush blooms by The Charles Lane—an Atlanta biz Callie discovered through her many “Instagram friends,” she explains—complement the home’s monochromatic scheme.
But the living room’s pièce de résistance is the set of wooden signs displayed above the sofa that are inscribed with the famous Beatles lyrics “All You Need Is Love / Love Is All You Need,” which Callie acquired just after she and Jeff started dating. The powerful words pay homage to the song they both grew up listening to and later played at their reception when they were introduced for the first time as husband and wife. “They’ve kind of been a theme throughout our relationship,” Callie says.
Personalized touches permeate the rest of the apartment as well, from a peace sign painting Jeff won at an auction that hangs over their bed to Callie’s preserved wedding bouquet framed with a photo of her beloved dog who passed away. On their nightstand sits a gratitude journal, which Callie says they use to write down one thing every day for which they’re grateful. (Anyone who follows the Daulers on social media knows their passion for sharing inspirational quotes and weekly motivation with their thousands of followers, accompanied by the hashtag #goodvibetribe.)
It’s no surprise the likable newlyweds, who are both home by noon on weekdays and “on the boat by 1pm” on Fridays, says Callie (they have a place on Lake Keowee), love hosting friends and family at their stylish pad and taking full advantage of its prime ballpark location. When they aren’t gathered around the large island in their crisp, all-white kitchen or enjoying views of The Battery from their charming balcony, the couple often take the party upstairs to a community rooftop lounge and bar with a wraparound patio overlooking Central Plaza and SunTrust Park. On any given game night, they can relax and sip drinks while listening to the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd in the not-so-far distance. And pups Lily and Sadie can’t get enough of their long walks through The Battery’s busy streets. “They get lots of love!” Callie says. “There are so many places to go and there’s always something going on.”
And although they’ve only been settled in their new digs for a few months, the Daulers have already made their mark—literally. Jeff and Callie purchased a legacy brick engraved with their names outside the stadium and are looking forward to the day they bring their future children to see it.
“When we moved in, there wasn’t even grass yet; just dirt. We got to watch this place being built,” Callie says. “People in Atlanta are really loyal to the Braves, and it’s a cool thing to be able to be the first ones at this brand-new stadium and to be a part of this inaugural season. We’ll be able to talk about that forever.”