Mary and Bob Love’s home is filled with pieces that tie them to their family. Their six-bedroom home is large and well appointed, but in each room you can find a piece that was passed down to the couple or made by Mary’s father. Her father handcrafted their dining room table, nursery shelving, corner cupboards and more throughout the home.

“My father was quite a craftsman,” said Mary. “He loved doing it.”

Much of their home is decorated in a traditional style with more transitional spaces woven in. With a formal dining room and a designated music room, it would have been easy for the space to feel overly formal, but Mary and Bob want their home to feel warm and inviting.

“I did not want it to be a museum or an untouchable place. I wanted it to be comfortable,” said Mary. “I can put my feet up and feel comfortable, and that’s the feeling that we wanted.”

The Loves’ house will be on the Dunwoody Home Tour Oct. 2.


Residents: Mary and Bob Love, the owners of Love Properties.

Location: Sandy Springs

Size: 8,200 square feet with six bedrooms and 5.5 baths

Year built: 1983

Renovations: Total renovation of the kitchen, laundry room and solarium in 2018. Complete renovation of the basement, including adding the wine cellar, plus updates in the upstairs bathrooms in 2005.

Project consultants: Althea Griffin of Garden Gals, landscaper Israel Gonzales of IG landscaping, interior design by Sandy Hanna with SGH Interiors, basement renovation by Hortman and Associates Inc, contractor Shane Elrod of Contemporary Expressions, tile installation by Ken Kehle of Stone, Tile Technicians, wine cellar design by Tod Ban, electric work by Rob Wagner with Wagner Electronics and kitchen fixture installation by Personal Plumbing.

Architectural style: Charleston Traditional

Favorite architectural elements: Upstairs piazza, front porch and skylights

Interior design styles: Traditional and transitional

Favorite interior design elements: Furniture handmade by Mary’s father and heirloom furniture.

Favorite outdoor feature: Porch swing, pool and tennis court.

Resources: Furniture and decor from Kudzu Antiques + Modern, Pier1 Imports, Charles Stewart Company, Tyson Construction, La-Z-Boy, 14th Street Antiques & Modern Home, Brice Limited, Wayfair, and Myers Carpet. Tiles by Renaissance Tile & Bath and Ceramic Technics. Lighting by Shades of Light and Circa Lighting. Art by Karen Garner and Mary Noutash of Faux Proz. Windows and doors by Atlanta Area Window & Door. Paint colors are Benjamin Moore Ice Formations in the solarium, Benjamin Moore Briarwood on the kitchen cabinets and Benjamin Moore Alaskan Skies on the kitchen walls.


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