Grant Park Victorian tour home showcases ‘soft masculine’ style

Brad Resler and David Pippin can’t stay away from a prominent street in Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood.

Their house, part of the 43rd annual Grant Park Spring Tour of Homes on May 20-21, is the third they have owned on Cherokee Avenue, which runs alongside the park and Zoo Atlanta. It's the second time they've lived in this exact residence. Previously, they rented the home, then returned after a brief stint living in Sandy Springs.

“We love the lifestyle on that corner and the big wraparound porch and all the people in that area,” said Resler. “It’s kind of a little busy hustle-bustle area. We constantly have people come and join us for a cocktail on the porch.”


Residents: Brad Resler and David Pippin, and their pets, Finley, Moose and Max. Resler works in the legal department of BlueLinx Corp.; Pippin is a real estate agent with eXp Realty.

Location: Atlanta's Grant Park neighborhood

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Credit: Christopher Oquendo

Credit: Christopher Oquendo

Size: 3,200 square feet, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths

Year built/bought: Early 1900s/2014

Architectural style: Folk Victorian

Favorite architectural elements: Wraparound front porch, 12-foot ceilings, four original fireplaces and original stained glass.

Renovations: They turned a bedroom into a master bathroom and closet, and added shiplap to the bathroom. They also renovated an existing upstairs guest bathroom. Both projects cost about $40,000. They kept the original doors in the renovations, but used them in new ways as sliding and pocket doors.

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Project consultants: Smith Construction Group (master bathroom), Superior Tile & Stone (guest bathroom)

Interior design style: Soft masculine

Favorite interior design elements: The eclectic mix of furniture and artwork from different styles and eras. For example, they have blended mid-century and antique pieces that they've owned for years, but recently added newer items by Jonathan Adler (such as the Maxime daybed with a brass frame and a velvet sofa in a peacock hue) into the mix. Resler said he likes how Adler's style is chic and fun, with a nod to yesteryear.

Favorite outdoor element: The front porch. "It is an extension to our living quarters," Resler said.

Resources: Furniture from Jonathan Adler, RH, Ballard Design, Knoll, West Elm, Scott Antique Market and Paul+ (in the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center). Lighting from Circa Lighting, RH and Williams-Sonoma Home. Kitchen appliances by Dacor.

Decor tip: If a piece of furniture or artwork speaks to you when you see it, don't fret about whether it will fit in your home, said Resler, who enjoys doing interior design. "Anything that you fall in love with, you'll find a spot for it," he said.