Owner’s personality shines in Virginia-Highland Craftsman 

A crystal collection, perfectly suited wallpaper and a neon coral door capture the attention throughout Laura Boone’s renovated 1920s Atlanta home.

She delights in the connections between the decorative and design elements, such as her love of crystals and the dining room wallpaper depicting rings of malachite. When her designer, Elle Cantrell, showed her the wallpaper, Boone teared up.

“They’re great design choices, but they’re also just so personally meaningful to me,” Boone said. “It’s your dream house when it’s personal.” 

Laura Boone, with her English cream golden retriever, Sunni, purchased the Craftsman home in 2015. Boone is co-owner of Turnerboone commercial interiors. (Text by Lori Johnston/ Photos by Christopher Oquendo/ Christopher Oquendo www.ophoto)

Renovations retained original features like the hardwood floors and a clawfoot tub, but new iron windows and sliding doors were installed to broaden the scope of indoor-outdoor entertaining.

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Snapshot

Resident: Laura Boone, co-owner of Turnerboone commercial interiors

Location: Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland neighborhood

Size: 2,300 square feet, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths

Year built/bought: 1920/2015

Architectural style: Brick Craftsman

Favorite architectural elements: Original 1-inch oak floors, doors and hardware, clawfoot tub and picture hanger moldings

Renovations: She added walls of iron windows on the back of the house and added upstairs and downstairs porches. She also removed the wall between the master bedroom and third bedroom to create a large master suite, with sliding doors to block off the spaces when needed. Other major updates included updating the kitchen with new appliances; waterproofing and sealing the basement; and installing new iron rails and grates, art lighting, chandeliers and fixtures. Outside, there’s a new roof and gutters, and an underground water system and cistern to reclaim and reuse rainwater. The exterior and interior were repainted.

Project consultants: Interior designer Elle Cantrell, owner of Elle Du Monde; contractor Gary Collins; Shades of Green Permaculture; The Outdoor Lights; Atlanta Water Gardens; Iron Studio; TecnoSedia (upholstery); Home Accent Design (window treatments); Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design

Interior design style: Modern eclectic

Favorite interior design elements: Mid-century and custom furniture, modern and whimsical light fixtures, and a lifelong collection of artwork and crystals.

Favorite outdoor features: Three furnished porches. On the front porch, the furniture, complete with a napping sofa, floor lamps and a rug, looks and feels like a living room, she said.

Resources: Furniture from Design Within Reach, Rough South Home, Provenance Antiques, Redefined Home Boutique, Lee Industries, Paul +, Bjork Studio, Jonathan Adler, Cantoni and Williams-Sonoma. Lighting from Circa, Roll & Hill and Redefined Home Boutique. Rugs from Verde Home. Fabric from Norbar, Jim Thompson, Porter Teleo, Link, Perennials and Mokum. Cole & Son wallpaper through Lee Jofa. Hardware from Masterpiece Lighting. Plumbing through Ferguson. Tile backsplash from Materials Marketing. Countertops from Associated Imports.

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