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Monday, September 16th, 2013

Touring the Old Fourth Ward

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Loft, bungalows, modern houses, the Beltline, new parks, Martin Luther King’s birthplace, fabulous restaurants, funky shops … they all come together in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, a historic area that’s becoming one of the city’s favorites. This Sunday a handful of residents opened their doors and let us into their homes for a Fall in the 4th Ward home tour and it was fantastic.

Our tour began at a former cotton warehouse in Studioplex. In the courtyard, you can see the old metal doors and structure of the second story, which has been opened up (it’s also open to the sky, so balconies that look out here are great bonus areas). Here we saw three very different ways people are living in these true lofts. One was a one-room full of amazing artwork and custom furniture, another had added a second story loft bedroom and rents the space out for events, the third was a wide-open artist’s live-work studio with 15 foot ceilings. Here’s a look at that one.

One of my favorite things about this space was that the owner had separated her bedroom with a clear glass wall and installed this stained glass window. On the other side is the media area complete with built-in shelves around the window.

The owner is also an architect, which explained how she designed this beautiful kitchen:

The cabinets were rough wood with stainless steel cabinets; the kitchen island has a beautiful patina. The open shelves were artfully arranged, and the pantry, complete with antique pie safe, was stunning:

A few blocks away we toured through this beautiful modern home by TaC Studios:

This home is Earthcraft certified and sustainable elements include a 500 gallon rain cistern. It’s located near the new Beltline East Side Trail and it’s scale respects the other homes in the neighborhood. While compact, the interiors are open and airy, and make it feel like a much larger house inside. Connections to the yard through doors to the dipping pool courtyard and the master bedroom balcony open the living space to the outdoors.

Finally, we came upon a once-derelict bungalow that had been rehabbed and sold by an architect neighbor. You know, when you see that a lot of architects are flocking to a particular neighborhood, it’s an early sign of transition. It’s amazing to see this neighborhood now compared to what it was like when I first toured the area about six years ago.

The lovely blue door was an indicator of what to expect inside. The architect made the most of the small 2-bedroom, 1-bath home, and the owner has an amazing eye for mixing eclectic pieces.

The living room opens into the kitchen, which also incorporates the dining table. Sorry my shots do not do the beautiful home justice.

Did you attend the tour? If so, which house was your favorite?

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Photos of the modern house courtesy of TaC Studios Architecture. All other photos by Becky Harris.

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Win Tickets to The Venice Modern Home Tour

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Are you a modern and contemporary architecture fan in the L.A. area with some time to burn on February 18th? Let us know in the comments section, as we’ll be randomly picking a commentor to receive two tickets to the tour, a $60 value (tickets are $30 each in advance; $40 on the day of the tour). In case you don’t win, you can purchase tickets here.

There are nine stunning homes to explore. Just to tempt you even more, I’m going to give you a sneak peek into one of the two Hover Houses on the tour. It was designed by Glen Irani Architects, whose Hover Houses have spread all over L.A.

The Hover Houses are built on lots that are a mere 30′ x 95′. They fit in architecture and artist studios,  room for a family of four and guest quarters.

In order to make that footprint work, the house has to hover over the pool.

Oh, and all of those workstations roll, so the space can easily transform into a living room after the workday is over.

The house has wonderful views and some fabulous iconic mid-century modern furniture to lounge on and enjoy.

From this angle with this lighting, it has a Mondrian look to it.

If you’ve ever taken a stroll along the canals in Venice Beach and wanted to get a glimpse inside of some of these homes, this tour is for you. It starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning and ends at 6 p.m. To learn more visit venice.modernhometours.com.

Images by Julius Shulman

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Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Friday: Karen’s Cheerful Studio Space

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Thanks so much to Karen M. Anderson for sharing some peeks into her studio with us in our Fresh New Spaces Group. It’s so full of color, well-organized and happily eclectic. Here’s a look:

Thank you for reminding me how much I love turquoise and red together Karen!

Like what you see? Check out Karen’s goods in her Etsy shop.

Have a favorite spot at home you’d like to share with everyone? Please post it in Fresh New Spaces!

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Friday, May 27th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Open Floor Plan

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Today all of our pictures come from Flickr member ardelclaveria, who is currently in Manila. Isn’t it great to be able to look through so many photos from all over the world on Flickr? It still blows my mind. Just a teeny tiny little thumbnail of this image jumped out of our Fresh New Spaces pool and bowled me over:

This is such a great way to make the most of a small dining area. The bench keeps the view open, the banquette hugs the wall, and the shapes of the furniture  and the fabrics are gorgeous choices.

A clear coffee table adds visual space, the tablescapes are brilliant, and the shaggy rug defines the sitting/lounging area. Note the way the bench straddles the two spaces and can be used in either area for seating.

Finally, I just really love ardel claveria’s photography skills. Taking interior shots that look this beautiful takes so much skill and talent. Thanks so much for adding them to our group!

All photos from Flickr member ardelclaveria.

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

A Little Peek Inside the Charley Harper House

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Thanks so much to my blogger friend Maya (of Visualingal and more recently, of Seed Bomb MANIA – they are EVERYWHERE!), for tipping me of into this peek into Charley Harper’s house compliments of House Trends Cincinnati. Not somewhere where you can obtain a copy of this regional glossy? They are generous enough to post the entire thing online. Here’s a little teaser of the layout, it’s going to make you want to click that link and check out the entire article!

I first was exposed to Charley as a child, as our Cincinnati Nature Center was filled with his wonderful work. I never realized how famous he was until I spied Todd Oldham’s country home in Met Home awhile back (RIP Met Home, we miss you!).

By the way, my cat loves Charley as well:

More Charley-related Hatch posts from the past:

Inspiration Monday: Cincinnati Architecture

The Cardinal House (a reader even commented and let me know more about how this house – I love it when stuff like that happens!)

The Art of Display

Charley-inspired Office

Book Recommendation: Charley Harper Monograph

Photo credits:

  • Photo 1: From Cincinnati Home Trends, home photos taken by Ross van Pelt, others courtesy of the Charley Harper Estate
  • Photo 2: From Todd Oldham.com (if anyone knows the photographer, please let me know; is it Todd?)
  • Photo 3: From my iPhoto library ;)
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