Buckhead family makes a statement with new Virginia farmhouse-style abode 

During the 15-month homebuilding process, Ellen Turner 

had immediate reactions to items that became statement 

pieces in her family’s Virginia farmhouse-style residence.

Ellen Turner is principal and co-owner of Turnerboone commercial interiors and Carson Pilcher is a retired pilot who is vice president of Turnerboone. The couple and their 9-year-old daughter, Stiles Pilcher, moved into their new Buckhead home in 2017. (Text by Lori Johnston/ Photos by Christopher Oquendo/Christopher Oquendo Photographer)

The biggest one was the white Calcutta marble countertop for the kitchen island. Its green-gray tones and veining caught her attention as soon as she walked into the Bottega Stone showroom. The slab was a splurge in the new home, which was finished in September 2017 in northwest Buckhead.

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“I tried to build the home with a business hat on and not a typical emotional hat that most people (use to) build a house. That was the one place where I didn’t do that,” Turner said. “That was the only place I blew the budget. It is the most gorgeous piece of stone.”


Residents: Ellen Turner, principal of turnerboone, a commercial interiors company; husband Carson Pilcher, a retired pilot who is vice president of turnerboone; and 9-year-old daughter Stiles Pilcher

Location: Buckhead

Size: 6,200 square feet, four bedrooms, four baths

Year built/bought: 2017

Builder: Wes Buchanan, Bonner Custom Homes

Architect: Norman Davenport Askins

Architectural style: Virginia Farmhouse

Favorite architectural elements: Tennessee fieldstone, cedar shake roof and wood siding on the exterior. When they researched homes on Pinterest and Houzz, Turner and her husband kept saving photos of homes with a cedar shake roof. “Luckily we both kept coming to the same look we liked,” Turner said. Inside the home, they used iron windows and doors, even for the master bathroom shower enclosure.

Design consultants: Susan B. Bozeman Designs (interior designer), Jonathan Bussell (landscape architect) and Kyle Priest of Rosewood Millwork

Interior design style: Traditional farmhouse

Favorite interior design elements: The home is filled with browns and grays, from the marble and limestone countertops and backsplash to the furniture and wall color. “We’re not stuffy people,” Turner said. “We wanted it to be a casual, warm, inviting environment.”

Favorite outdoor feature: The covered back porch. The family often opens the iron doors from the kitchen onto the covered back porch, letting their Sonos sound system carry music between both spaces. The interior and outdoor spaces feel like one big, functional room, Turner said.

Favorite furniture: A chest from the 1800s that feels like it has a soul of its own, Turner said. 

Resources: Lighting from Circa; furniture from Bernhardt, Beau Studio, Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC), Acquisitions and Ballard Designs; countertops from Bottega Stone

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