When Jenniffer and Michael Marblestone built their home in 2015, they’d already been planning it for about 15 years. Michael lead the effort as builder, working with LandART and Tojo Construction to build their European-style cottage home.

Growing up in California, building your own home was never on Jenniffer’s radar, but Michael had seen his own parents build homes.

“His dream was always to build,” said Jenniffer.

They found a piece of land in Acworth that was close enough to city life, while still providing enough space to build the kind of home that they wanted.

“We wanted a lot of quality things in the house, but we couldn’t afford them for what people were selling them,” said Jenniffer.

That’s where Michael’s salvaging skills came in. He got on Craigslist and managed to find almost everything they wanted, including the wood for their 12-inch plank heart pine floors, beams and doors, all of which he reclaimed and had refinished at Babb Lumber Company.

They filled their home with European flair, like the fireplace in the family room that is open on both sides, the 1895 European clawfoot tub in their master bathroom that belonged to Michael’s great-grandfather and the lighting, almost all of which came from Belgium, Italy or France.


Residents: Michael and Jenniffer Marblestone with Michael's mother, Joan Marblestone, and their two dogs, Kahlua and Ruka. Michael is a pilot and Jenniffer is a flight attendant.

Location: Acworth

Size: 6,200 square feet with six bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms

Year built: 2015

Consultants: LandART, Tojo Construction, Tentmakers Design Studio, Babb Lumber Company, JCE Landscaping, Global Granite & Marble, European Stucco Co. and Stefan Tile.

Architectural style: European cottage

Favorite architectural elements: Open stone fireplace and scooped wave wall in the master bathroom.

Interior design styles: Transitional, European farmhouse

Favorite interior design elements: Double islands in the kitchen and custom dining table by Rusty Welch Design

Favorite outdoor feature: Beach entry pool

Resources: Furniture and decor from Woodard Furniture, Macy's, Pottery Barn, Target, Costco, Scott Antique Markets, Hobby Lobby, Rusty Welch Design, Hayneedle, RH, Love Street and DKNY. Lighting from Masterpiece Lighting, The Big Chandelier and travels. Paint colors are Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray with Sherwin-Williams Anew Gray on trim in the living areas, Sherwin-Williams Incredible White in the master bedroom and Sherwin-Williams Warm Stone on the doors.


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