When Jason Warshaw and David Diehl moved into their Atlanta home in 2016, they knew it had potential to be the perfect home for them, but it was a little rough around the edges. The house, which was originally built in the 1940s and was totally renovated in the 1990s, had dated fixtures and lighting and the bathrooms were sorely in need of updating.

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However, after seeing the stunning central staircase, and learning that the home had two master bedrooms, the couple saw that this could be the place for them.

“When we first purchased the home we mainly were focused on the potential of the space and the bones of the structure,” said Warshaw.

With help from Jessica Murphy of Her Cave Atlanta, Warshaw and Diehl updated the master bathrooms, giving them the airy, spa-like vibe that they wanted. Additionally, with help from Diehl’s father, they also updated the basement, putting in new flooring, a wet bar and creating a wine cellar.


Residents: David Diehl, Jason Warshaw and their dachshund mix, Jackson. Diehl is the global director of hospitality sales for Precor, and Warshaw is the corporate head of training for Briggs Equipment.

Location: Atlanta

Size: 5,200 square feet, five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms

Year built: mid-1940s

Year bought: 2016

Renovations: installed new floors throughout in 2016, renovated both master bathrooms in 2016, revamped the porch in 2017 and renovated the basement in 2018.

Project consultants: Floors by Floor Coverings International, vinyl screens on the porch by CoolScreens and both bathrooms were renovated by builder Jessica Murphy of Her Cave Atlanta.

Architectural style: Traditional

Favorite architectural element: Large central staircase

Interior design styles: Traditional/transitional

Favorite interior design element: Mid-century buffet on the second floor landing

Favorite outdoor feature: Enclosed porch with vinyl screens

Resources: Furniture and decor from Jesup Furniture Outlet, Lexington Home Brands, Overstock.com, Macy's, Susan Daves of Drapery Workroom, Havertys and Parr's Furniture. Bathroom fixtures and tile by Kardiel, CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio, Atlantis Granite & Marble, Floor & Decor and Zumpano Enterprises. Paint color throughout most of the home is Benjamin Moore gray owl.