A gallery wall of art is assembled by Jason Moattar, a member of SCAD’s Atlanta Advisory Board, over a chaise sectional sofa from Room & Board in the living room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Blue velvet covers the two swivel chairs, purchased through R. Hughes at ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center), and brings out the blue tones in the yellow, gray and blue rug.(Christopher Oquendo Photography/www.christopheroquendophotography.com)
Photo: Christopher Oquendo Photography/
Photo: Christopher Oquendo Photography/

Buckhead condo unites high style with mod appeal

Jason Moattar’s enthusiasm for mid-century modern design, art and rugs combine in his condo in Plaza Towers, believed to be Atlanta’s first residential high-rise.

When he moved there at 25 years old in 2000, he was one of the youngest residents in the Peachtree Street property, joining designers, architects and individuals like himself with showrooms at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Moattar Ltd., a fine rug business founded by his father in 1963, is now run by Moattar and his sister, Andrea.

Over the years, he has made over the condo’s Asian-inspired decor with a more modern take for the furniture, art and of course, rugs.

“The vibe of my house is mid-century modern with a tribal flair,” he said. “We love color.”


Residents: Jason Moattar and Nate Lycan and their cat, Mister. Moattar is president of Moattar Ltd., an Atlanta rug company with a showroom at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC), and Lycan is a physician assistant at Piedmont Hospital.

Location: Buckhead

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

Year built: 1969

Year bought: 2000

Architect: Ted Levy

Architectural style: Mid-century modern

Favorite architectural elements: Stacked stone foyer

Renovations: Gutted the guest bathroom in the past year, adding a glass shower with tile and marble from Renaissance Tile and sleek fixtures. The galley-style kitchen and master bathroom also have received “light renovations,” such as refacing the cabinets, changing the floors to marble and new stainless steel appliances, Moattar said.

Design consultants: Karen Shapiro of KRS Designs; Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co.

Interior design style: Mid-century modern with a tribal flair.

Favorite interior design elements: Antique, Moroccan and modern rugs are throughout the condo, including the bathrooms. Blue, yellow and gray are prominent hues. “We’re not tone-on-tone people,” Moattar said.

Favorite room: The living room, which Moattar describes as “aesthetically cool and comfy.”

Favorite furniture: Jiun Ho console through R Hughes (at ADAC)

Favorite artwork: Moattar, who serves on the SCAD Atlanta Advisory Council, has filled the condo with artwork by William McClure, Michael Habachy, David Holland, Luis Garcia-Nerey, Christian Chaize and students from SCAD, such as Evan Jang.

Favorite outdoor feature: Balconies

Decor tip: Avoid making hasty decisions and be willing to mix old and new.

Resources: Renaissance Tile, Circa Lighting, Design Galleria, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Room & Board, Bed Down, Bungalow, Lush Life and ADAC showrooms such as R Hughes, Smith Grubbs, Logan Gardens and Holland & Co.

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