Since the home is simplistic, the spouses chose to make Southern artists the focus. They accomplished that thanks to the eye of Jeffrey Bruce Baker, head of the Atlanta-based licensed architecture and interior design firm Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs. Baker, who founded JBB in 2009, is the architect and interior designer behind all the home’s furniture and rugs.
Some of those pieces include a custom-made zebra wood bed in the primary bedroom. It’s complete with a custom alpaca bedspread and cowhide snakeskin bench. To tie it all together, leather walls serve as the background.
Residents: Julie and Ty Smith
Location: Pine Hills neighborhood
Size: 5,638 square feet; 4 bedrooms; 5 bathroom; and ½ outdoor pool bath
Year built: (custom) 2016; completed in 2018
Year bought: n/a
Project consultants: Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs
Architectural style: Modern
Favorite architectural elements: house rises out of the fountain that grounds it to the slope of the land, frosted glass powder room on first floor, pool bath as a folly for the outdoor space. Overall design concept: second floor is in the shape of a trapezoid that is pushed down to the lower level to create a series of complex designs to set the overall aesthetic and form of the home.
Interior design style: modern with a focus on presentation of artwork
Favorite interior design elements: custom JBB Designs furniture, kitchen and high-gloss gold cabinetry set beneath the physical form while intersecting with the upper level that is accented in a dark charcoal color; and a cozy home theater demonstrating that small spaces can “live large” (modern can be cozy, all about scale and material).
Favorite outdoor elements: the entry procession is a large terrace at a commercial scale that addresses the reflecting pond and rock garden entry into the home; house feels like it grew out of the ground – sourced local Lithonia granite – to give it historical reference and a comfortable familiarity.
Resources: Architect and interior design: Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs: Builder: Wise Builders; Second Story Front Façade: Neolith; JBB Designs Custom Furniture featuring upholstery, rugs and master suite furniture and bedding.
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