Residents: Michael and Catherine Giel. Michael is a high school orchestra teacher at Lakeside High School and conductor of the Capitol City Opera; Catherine is a commercial real estate professional for Colliers International and music director for the Capitol City Opera. Dogs, Apple and Eve; cats, Nora and Dora.
Location: Atlanta's Castleberry Hill
Size: 2,200 square feet, two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths
Year built/bought: 2002/2015
Architectural style: Modern, urban loft
Favorite architectural elements: Exposed brick and open beam ceilings
Renovations: They converted the first-floor garage into a studio and storage space, for about $25,000, thanks to savings on elements such as luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring from Tandus Centiva. "It looks really high-end, but it's fairly cost efficient," Catherine said. They remodeled the half-bath on the second floor with a new tile backsplash, vessel sink and vanity, mirror, light fixture and paint (Ralph Lauren Metallic in Oyster). The update cost about $2,000. "It was just plain before. There's nothing else in our house that's sort of plain," Catherine said.
Contractor: Willy Vega of Willy Vega Contracting & Home Repair
Interior design style: Modern
Favorite interior design elements: Interiors infused with instruments, including a Kawai grand piano, harpsichord, viola, violin, electric violin and egg shakers.
Favorite outdoor feature: The rooftop deck, which has a ping-pong table and views of downtown Atlanta.
Decor tip: Keep it simple. "We don't have a lot of storage and we hate clutter, so our surfaces are clean and free of knickknacks," Catherine said. "If it's in our home, then we must really love it."
Resources: Furniture from Z Gallerie, Ikea, Scott Antique Market, Overstock.com. Fixtures from Lighting Loft. Rugs by NuLoom. Window blinds and shades by The Shade Store.