“The house flows from one room to another,” said Swope.
With new floors and fresh paint, a new bathroom, some small updates to the kitchen and a new screened-in porch, Swope created a space that works perfectly for her. In 2020 she also added a backyard patio to entertain friends outside.
Residents: Karen Swope and her mini Australian shepherd, Murphy. Swope is a former Ticketmaster executive.
Location: Avondale Estates
Size: 1,000 square feet, with two bedrooms and one bath.
Year built: 1906
Year bought: 2018
Renovations: Swope completely refloored and painted the interior of her home, removed the popcorn ceilings, added all new light fixtures, completely renovated the bathroom, added a storage closet, had a screened-in porch installed and added a new patio in the backyard.
Project consultants: Peter Polites of Polites & Associates Architects worked on the back porch, Lisa Gabrielson Design did the interior design, Excel Carpet installed all flooring and completed the bathroom renovation, Rebuilds Atl Construction LLC added the screened-in back porch and Sod Sales Direct created the patio and walkway.
Architectural style: Cottage
Favorite architectural elements: Fireplace and window over the kitchen sink, which are both thought to be original to the 1906 home.
Interior design style: Contemporary cottage
Favorite interior design elements: Art representing past pets and furniture gifted to Swope by family.
Favorite outdoor elements: Screened-in porch and fire pit on backyard patio.
Resources: Furniture and decor from Macy’s, Wayfair, Cost Plus World Market, Ballard Designs, HomeGoods, Target, Pier 1, Creative Threads, Amazon.com, Pottery Barn, At Home, Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, Rustique Iron Inc. and Rugs-Direct Inc. Art by Woodie Long, Eben Dunn, Sybil Gibson, Mary Klein, Kathryn Fortson and Donna Dallas.
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