Before she purchased her Grant Park home, Alyssa Cassatto knew she would paint the outside black.
For years, she wanted a home with a dark exterior, but she didn’t repaint her former Decatur home. Once she saw the Folk Victorian’s architectural details, Cassatto said it was a no-brainer to change the exterior, which was brown with white trim, in order to highlight features like the diamond-cut wood shingles.
“I decided to do the whole thing black because I think that it just accented the entire house rather than breaking it up,” she said. “For me, the overall color makes the house become a whole beautiful statement in its own.”
Residents: Alyssa Cassatto and Scott Melnick and their Jack Russell terriers, Zero and Pocket. Cassatto designs jewelry through her company, Connie n Jack, works in interior design, and is a founder, with Alison Michaels-Fandel, of Shoppe Native, an in-home, invitation-only event of locally curated goods and art. Melnick works in the technology industry.
Location: Grant Park, Atlanta. The house was on the 2019 Grant Park Tour of Homes.
Size: About 2,600 square feet, three bedrooms, two baths
Year built/bought: 1904/2017
Architectural style: Folk Victorian
Favorite architectural elements: High ceilings, front porch, original diamond-cut shingles, open floor plan
Renovations: They converted the attic space into a studio space for Cassatto. They added barn doors, which were made from wood lath that was saved during the renovation.
Design consultants: Howkins Landscape and Design, Master Stroke Painting & Remodeling and Alyssa Cassatto (interior design)
Interior design style: Transitional
Favorite interior design elements: Having white walls makes it easy to highlight the art collection, which includes photographs by David Ballam and Jody Fausett, and paintings by artists she found on Instagram, such as Anka Zhuravleva and Guðrið Syderbø of Gurilla, she said.
Resources: Furniture from Stanton Home Furnishings, Lulu & Georgia, Bobo Intriguing Objects, France & Son, Industry West, Varnish + Vine in Westside Market, Zara Home, Desperate Housewares and Ikea. Light fixtures from DWR, 14th Street Antiques & Modern Home and RH. Pillows from Stanton Home Furnishings, Utility Canvas and World Market. Plants from The Victorian Atlanta, Flora Fauna and 815spaces. Paint colors are Benjamin Moore’s Black Iron semigloss for the exterior and Chantilly Lace in an eggshell finish for most of the interior, with Fatigue Green in the master bedroom.
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