Cancer survivor creates spa-like sanctuary at home

Finny Moore gazes through her master bedroom skylights each night and appreciates being alive.

She and her husband, Ron, added the skylights, among other renovations, to make the house comfortable during her cancer treatment when they bought the home in 2009. Doctors told her she was supposed to die in 2011, she said. But after she survived and went into remission, the Moores added a structure in 2014 with an infrared sauna so she could enjoy its detoxification benefits.

“That was part of staying healthy after cancer,” she said.

A kitchen renovation also provided a larger, up-to-date space for the couple, who rarely eat out, to cook healthy, organic food. They retained the architectural details they loved, such as big windows and doors, in their midcentury modern home.

“It’s our happy place,” Finny said.

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Residents: Ron and Finny Moore, who work for The Creative Circus

Location: Atlanta’s Ardmore Park neighborhood

Size: About 1,650 square feet, three bedrooms, two baths

Year built/bought: 1960/2009

Architectural style: Ranch/midcentury

Renovations: A full kitchen renovation brought in a marble-topped island from Stone Solutions, birch cabinets from Wellborn Cabinets and appliances by Wolf, Best, Miele and Sub-Zero (from Bob Bailey Appliance), a farmhouse sink, faucet, pendant lights and drawer pulls from Signature Hardware, shelves from Ikea and white subway tile backsplash from Floor & Decor. “We knew we were spending so much time in here, we decided not to skimp on the quality of anything,” Ron said.

They renovated the living room with a stained concrete floor and wood accent wall, which was built with engineered flooring because it was less thick than wood. A laundry room also was added. They replaced the existing doors with sliding doors in the office, which occupies the home’s third bedroom, and installed skylights in the vaulted master bedroom. “It’s pretty cool laying there and looking at the sky at night,” Finny said.

Cost of renovations: About $75,000

Contractor: Robert Estes

Interior design style: Casual modern folk

Favorite interior design elements: Furniture, accessories (such as driftwood and colorful wood planks) and plants such as palm trees and yuccas, that remind them of the beach.

Favorite collections: Children’s books, midcentury furniture from parents and pieces by local artists in Mexico, Italy and Puerto Rico

Favorite outdoor feature: They added a new structure with a sauna and tool shed, accessible via a sliding barn-style door, near the existing patio. “We wanted the structure to look like it was part of the house and already here,” Ron said. “The barn door kind of has that casual beach look to it.”

Resources: Furniture from RH, Joybird, Havertys, Design Within Reach, Nadeau, Norwalk, Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs and West Elm

Decor tip: Choose what you love and don’t try to do something that doesn’t feel authentic or comfortable.

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