Private Quarters: Mementos from world travels on display

Years of traveling abroad for work resulted in Henrie Treadwell bringing mementos of her trips back to metro Atlanta.

“It’s my scrapbook. It’s where I’ve been, what I’ve seen and what I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to bring home,” said Treadwell, who works in public health at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Her global collection of items, including sculptures, tapestries and more from Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond, fills her Vinings Estates home.

“I like to buy pieces that also have some cultural significance,” Treadwell said. “A lot of the art in the house I purchased, too, because it is a reflection of the culture of another country. I want to bring that with me when I return home and recall things about that country.”


Resident: Henrie Treadwell

Location: Vinings Estates, Mableton

Size: about 5,500 square feet, five bedrooms, four baths

Year built: 2003

Year bought: 2003

Architectural style: traditional

Favorite architectural feature: The cathedral ceilings and large windows, especially in the living room. "It's sort of like you're coming inside but you're still outside because of the windows," she said. "When I'm indoors, I want to feel as if there is a sense of the outdoors — the richness of the colors, the richness of the earth."

Interior design style: contemporary

Favorite piece of furniture: A Danish oval-shaped curio cabinet in the reading room, near the front entryway, which has painted ostrich eggs from Africa and other items on display. "It displays pieces very well because you don't have angular corners. You can really approach it from almost any direction," she said. Much of the furniture, including her dining room table and coffee tables, is in the Danish style. She previously purchased pieces from House of Denmark, which used to be open in Atlanta.

Favorite heirloom: A rocking chair that belonged to her aunt, Modjeska Monteith Simkins, who worked for public health and social reform and in the civil rights movement in South Carolina. "This was her rocking chair," Treadwell said. "Now I am blessed to have it."