Nobu Groundbreaking Underway at Phipps Plaza

With the increased demand for luxury real estate in Buckhead, construction has been booming, there’s no doubt about it. Fortune 500 companies are flocking to Atlanta, more specifically tech startups. In addition, we have become the “Hollywood of the South” for movie and TV production ever since previous governor, Sonny Perdue, signed a ‘generous’ tax inventive for film production. Atlanta has since served as a music production hub for decades, but now Hollywood actors and actresses are also beginning to make this city their home. Atlanta is rapidly solidifying its place as an elite city.

Further defining Atlanta as a luxurious location is the opening of a Nobu hotel and restaurant in Phipps Plaza. Nobu Hotels is parterning with Simon Property Group to create and launch the hotel and restaurant in this already mixed-use development. Phipps is a conglomeration of couture designer store brands with delectable eateries to match. It’s hard to imagine a more sophisticated center, but the introduction of Nobu will create an even more lavish destination. Nobu is a luxury Japanese brand whose hotels and restaurants can be found in places like London, Malibu, Ibiza, and New York City. It’s almost a status symbol for the top notch cities of the world – and now Atlanta is joining the ranks. This Phipps Plaza expansion will also include a brand new Life Time® Athletic and a 12-story Class A office building with three-story lower level parking garage.

The first phase is set to open beginning of Summer 2021.

Renderings courtesy Nobu Hotels

 

Renderings courtesy Nobu Hotels

One of a Kind Charmer in Brookwood Hills

Brookwood Hills is one of Atlanta’s oldest upscale neighborhoods. It sits just across from Piedmont Hospital, between Peachtree Street and Interstate 85. This is the area where Atlanta’s uptown Buckhead district meets Midtown, so residents can enjoy everything both communities have to offer without having to go too far from home.  The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and rightfully so. Once you turn off Peachtree into the neighborhood, you will find some Atlanta’s most charming historic homes.

This designer 4 sided brick home boasts a slate roof, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 renovated baths with Carrara marble and heated floors in the master. The kitchen oozes old charm with the marble farmhouse sink, spacious butlers cabinet and brick fireplace. The garage has been converted into an art space with heat, air and running water. This would be a fabulous Airbnb opportunity! Close to everything because it’s situated right in between Buckhead, Midtown and Downtown Atlanta.

 

Listed by Jan Kolker and Jo Ellyn Bass, explore listing here.

Plan the Perfect Summer Soirée

If you’ve always adored throwing parties and never thrown a summer soirée, now is the perfect opportunity! Whether it’s a chill hangout night or an all out party, we have put together some tips, decorating ideas and drink recipes so you can pull off a killer summer party.

| FLOWER POWER | party in bloom

A summer soiree isn’t complete without an abundance of flowers. There is no need to spend a fortune at the florists for these, hit Trader Joe’s or a Farmers Market early in the morning to get the best of the bunch for cheap. Wrapping flowers and fillers around a stick and hanging above the table is a great idea, and you can easily find a branch in your own backyard.

Instead of doing the basic flower in vase, go for something more creative that your guests are sure to remember -like in a basket, a non-traditional container or simply just a pretty flower arrangement by itself.

 

| FOOD | perfect pairings

Platters and light bites are your best friend. Using wooden boards and large plates you already have, fill them up with your favorite prosciutto and salami cuts, array of cheeses, nuts, fig jam and honeycomb. Cutting up different types of fruit and arranging them by color adds a fun decorative element to the food. You can find beautiful reclaimed boards here.

 

| DRINKS | beat the heat

As the temperature climbs, so does the need for a chilled cocktail. When throwing a party you want to have the essentials; gin, vodka, bourbon and tequila. Cheers to summer cocktail recipes like blackberry gin tonics, blood orange citrus and blueberry lime spritzers. Click on the photos to view the recipe!

Coconut Rosewater Blackberry Smash cocktail

 

Blood Orange Vodka Sparkler

 

Fig Thyme Shrub Cocktail

 

Blueberry Lime Smash Cocktail

 

| TABLE & SEATING |

For a smaller space, a long skinny table, or picnic table would fit best, giving ample seating room and also a lot of space to display food. Setting up a long coffee table, or even two, and incorporating moroccan seat pillows on the grass would create a fantastic ambiance. Add some string lights to either the trees or terrace roof to make it cozy as the sun goes down.

Chastain Park Estate Dressed in Neutrals

310 Pineland Road is privately situated on one of the most notable streets in Atlanta’s Chastain Park. This neighborhood is home to some of the most exquisite estates in Buckhead, and this property is no exception.  Harrison Design & Garmon Properties collaborated to create this stunning masterpiece where no detail was overlooked. Listed for $5,600,000.

The exterior boasts Glen-Gery brick, Ludowici tile roof, Pella casement windows and copper gutters grace the home’s edges. The inside of the home features a glamorous display of structural elements including arched corridors, creating a unique aesthetic. The kitchen, by Design Galleria, features a La Cornue oven range, custom cabinets, farmhouse sink and large eat-in island. With views into the family room, this is the perfect gathering space for families and guests.

Upstairs you’ll find the master bedroom with an en-suite living room + sitting area, cedar closet and master bath by Design Galleria. Two other gracious sized bedrooms are upstairs, both with en-suite bathrooms as well. The terrace level boasts a large second kitchen, ample entertaining space and a lot of extra storage.

 

See the listing here!

Listing Agent: Nancy Meister 

Peachtree Road Race Celebrates 50 Years!

The Peachtree Road Race is the most anticipated event of the summer in Atlanta, scheduled for July 4th, 2019. This year is the 50th anniversary since the race’s conception in 1970. Sponsored by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the race has transformed from a humble 110-person endeavor to the largest 10K race in the world. Elite runners from around the globe make up some of the 60,000 spots in the race. This year is completely filled; zero spots left!

AJC Peachtree Road Race finishers in Piedmont Park in 1992//Photo Courtesy of Midtownatl.com

With this being the 50th race, there is extra hype surrounding this event, plus a lot of exciting commemorative events and promotions. Beloved Atlanta sports teams like the Braves and our Championship-winning ATL United FC offered discounted tickets and merchandise to race participants. For those more interested in indulging in other parts of Atlanta culture (aka food+drinks), Ponce City Market is offering discounts in tons of their stores and eateries to runners who show their bib the day of the race. Ever since the beginning, this race it has tied the Buckhead and Midtown communities together.

View of Peachtree Road in Buckhead

The 60,000 participants trekking from Buckhead’s Lenox Mall all to way to Midtown’s Piedmont Park will attract an even larger spectating crowd. The previous years average around 150,000 people. Great places to watch the runners are the start and finish of the course, the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, Piedmont Hospital, The Cathedral of St. Phillip, and other local dining or beverage spots. No matter which location you choose, make sure you get there early, this year’s turnout is sure to be HUGE!

 

Cover photo courtesy of Atlanta Track Club 

On Trend: Creative Ways to Stack Books

Go Beyond the Bookshelf

A house isn’t a home without books. You might be surprised with how creative you can get! You can add them to almost any surface from coffee tables and bookcases to chairs and bar carts. Books are a large part of creating texture and adding warmth to a home.

Complete a coffee table with a stack of eye-catching books. Make the collection interesting enough for your guests to want to flip through and engage with your personal interests; it’s a great conversation starter! A spare chair or unused bench can immediately become ‘purposeful’ when piled with a stack of pretty books. Color coding books on a bookshelf is a fabulous way to add a pop of color to any space! One non-traditional spin on a bookshelf is turning them backwards and showing the pages instead of the spine. This creates a cohesive neutral color palette on your shelf.

How will you decorate with books?

Photo Courtesy of: Emily Followill

Photo Courtesy of Beacham and Company

 

Photo Courtesy: of Beacham and Company

 

Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Kathryn Photgraphy via The Everygirl

Photo Courtesy of Beacham and Company

Photo Courtesy of: Emily Followill

Summertime Calls for Atlanta Festivals!

Summer is just around the corner and we have lined up Atlanta’s best events!

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

The Atlanta Food and Wine festival starts on May 30th and ends June 2nd. This popular festival brings international attention to the diverse foods of the southern United States. Festival goers can enjoy foods from Texas all the way up to Washington D.C. The locations of each event will vary, please see the festival website for more details.

 

Candler Park Music and Food Festival

One of Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood festivals is coming on May, 31st and June 1st! Check out the lineup here, and the list of delicious food trucks coming. Tickets are $40 dollars and it will go on rain or shine!

 

Virginia Highland Summerfest

Summerfest is an annual fundraiser for the Virginia-Highland Civic association that is committed to maintaining and improving the historic neighorhood. It is followed by the Tour of Homes which is also a huge fundraiser. Summerfest celebrates community and all things summer!

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

The Atlanta Summer Beer Fest is a popular event that features over 150+ different beers, 25+ wines and ciders, live music, and an air-conditioned DJ Tent. With the purchase of tickets, you receive a souvenir cup and other great prizes! This popular festival occurs on June 15th in the Historic 4th Ward Park.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

Visit Piedmont Park on August 17th and August 18th for one of Atlanta’s most unique festivals. This two-day event will feature a wide variety of painters, photographers, art demonstrations, and live music making this festival one you do not want to miss!

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

Bring the entire family for a weekend full of fun all while supporting a great cause. Support the Grant Park Conservancy organization by visiting food trucks, listening to live music, and much more! Mark your calendars and visit Grant Park on August 24th and August 25th.

 

Music Midtown

Attend one of the South’s most notable music festivals in one of Atlanta’s most historic parks! Each year Music Midtown is hosted in Piedmont Park and features an array of notable performances that draw enormous and diverse crowds. This year’s lineup features Travis Scott, Charlie Puth, Jaden Smith, Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend and many more! Grab your tickets and mark your calendars for September 14th and 15th as you won’t want to miss out!

 

On Trend: Lucite Furniture

Are We Clear?

Everyone is gushing over clear furniture, but why? Well, it’s extremely versatile, delivers a fresh and airy feel all while elevating the space with little effort. Clear furniture standing alone is ultra modern, but you don’t necessarily have to have a modern space to pull it off. Adding a lucite side table next to a patterned chair or a lucite coffee table over a bold rug will add a simple whimsical accent without taking away from the statement piece. The best way to accomplish a lighter look or opening up a small space is to add a clear piece, or two. Moderation is key with this trend!

This lucite coffee table allows the colorful statement rug to draw all of the attention in the room. Photo Courtesy of: sKout

These high bar chairs give the class farmhouse space an unexpected edge whilst seamlessly blending with the rustic beams and shiplap. Photo Courtesy of: Beacham and Company

 

This clear dining table lets the statement chairs do all of the talking! Photo Courtesy of: Khandzoo Home Decor

A simple piece of furniture balances and inspires this small space with different textures stacked around it. Photo Courtesy of: The Citizenry

Lucite chairs can really open up and create a clear and airy vibe to a smaller space and make it appear bigger than it is. Photo Courtesy of: Beacham and Company

 

Cover photo courtesy of Dustin Halleck

Sandy Springs & Atlanta Strike New PATH400 Deal

Buckhead has partially opened a new path dubbed ‘PATH400’. The name comes from it’s proximity to GA400 and will offer 5.2 miles of greenway through the heart of Buckhead. This path has been identified as the ‘spine’ of the future park system. With the lack of parks around the area, this is expected to bring Buckhead together by connecting neighborhoods, office/retail locations and offer a path for pedestrians and cyclists. According to the PATH400 website “The multi-use greenway will eventually join with the Atlanta Beltline in the south and trails in Sandy Springs and north Fulton County, providing a key link in a regional trail network.” This trail began construction in 2015 and is now halfway finished according to the Path400 online blog.

Both the City of Atlanta and Sandy Springs have entered an intergovernmental agreement to stretch the path up to Sandy Springs after a deal was struck between city leaders. Per the agreement Sandy Springs plans to budget $5.5 million for the 1.8 miles of trail. The entire trail would span 2.3 miles from Loridans Drive inside of the perimeter to just south of Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs.  The Atlanta portion will be paid by Livable Buckhead and the PATH Foundation. The two cities agreed to provide 20% of local funding with an 80% federal match provided through GDOT.

The company spearheading this ongoing $800 million project is Livable Buckhead. At the end of 2018 the trail completion was at risk due to city funding, roughly $410 million dollars; like many other Buckhead projects currently under construction. In accordance to Livable Buckhead, BCID said $5 million is in jeopardy for completing the already ‘partially’ open PATH400 trail. The city is prioritizing projects and will continue to push for funding to keep the construction moving forward with an estimated completion date is January 23, 2023.

On Trend: Bold Statement Ceilings

Taking Designs to New Heights

The ceiling is usually the most neglected space when it comes to designing a room. We would argue that this is a major missed opportunity! Adding wallpaper, a pop of color or a stencil design to a ceiling can completely transform the space from drab to fab. The oft-forgotten space, if done correctly, will form a dimension that you didn’t even know you needed and impress your guests. Love the idea but still unsure? Choose a room you don’t spend a lot of time in to test the waters!

Photo Courtesy of: Emily Followill

Contrasting dark painted beams with a lighter ceiling color delivers a lot of dimension and emphasizes the height of the ceiling. The hand painted floor palette also matches perfectly and seamlessly ties the room together.

The entry hall greets your guests and offers the first impression of your home. This space is important; make it pop!

Photo Courtesy of: Ngoc Minh Ngo

Photo Courtesy of: Emily Followill

If you are looking to add coziness to a room try installing wallpaper on the ceiling. The living area or keeping room are both a great place to experiment with patterns.

An additional advantage of wallpaper is that it visually connects a small space and generates a more curated feel. This small office space has been magically transformed by black and white patterned wallpaper.

Photo Courtesy of: Beacham and Company

 

Cover photo courtesy of James Dawson