Judy Tabb built a home that is future focused in historic Ansley Park.

“This was going to be my last move and I was planning on staying here forever,” she said. “I wanted to make sure it was right for me when I got a lot older.”

When a property near Piedmont Driving Club became available, she worked with John Willis Custom Homes to design an “aging in place” layout with a master on the main, wide doorways, an elevator, and a terrace level with a bedroom, bathroom and living space that at some point could be used by a caretaker.

Judy Tabb, an attorney, moved into the new cottage-style home in Ansley Park in 2016. Text by Lori Johnston/Fast Copy News Service. Photos by Emily Jenkins/Fast Copy News Service
Photo: Fast Copy News Service

She wanted the exterior, which is one-and-a-half stories and has a painted brick and a front porch, to fit into the streetscape and character of Ansley Park, which is holding its 20th tour of homes on Oct. 20-21. Tabb lived in the neighborhood in the 1970s, before moving to Buckhead.

“I always wanted to come back to Ansley,” she said.


Resident: Judy Tabb, an attorney

Location: Ansley Park, Atlanta

Size: About 3,500 square feet, four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths

Year built: 2016

Builder: John Willis Custom Homes; Jason Coleman, project manager

Architect: Spitzmiller and Norris

Architectural style: Cottage

Favorite architectural elements: Wide doorways, 10-foot ceilings, porches

Design consultant: Patt Farrell of Patt Farrell Interiors

Interior design style: Global and eclectic

Favorite interior design elements: Artwork and artifacts collected from Tabb’s travels around the world, including Cuba and Tanzania, where she served in the Peace Corps years ago. She said her designer encouraged highlighting them, which makes the home feel personal. “It’s like walking through my travels,” Tabb said.

Favorite outdoor features: Front and back porches

Resources: Furniture from Crate and Barrel, Domestic Comfort, Room & Board, West Elm, Macy’s, Ikea and Scott Antique Market. Appliances and lighting from Ferguson, countertops from Atlanta Kitchen and cabinets from Keystone Millworks (she worked with Tara Fust Design on those selections). Master closet by Creative Closets. Rugs from Parviz Oriental Rugs. Accessories from At Home, HomeGoods, Ikea, The Treasure Mart and My Favorite Place. Fabric from Lewis & Sheron Textiles and Forsyth Fabrics and by Robert Craven Upholstery.

Decor tip: Black and white are grounding elements in any design scheme, Farrell said.

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