As far as guest houses go, this one in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood hits the sweet spot of being not too big and not too small, offering rooms both inside and out, comfort galore, but plenty of high style, too. Oh yeah, and there’s a pool right outside the door. Interior designer Michelle Doughtie of Atlanta firm Schilling & Co. pulled together this charming new building with the help of her builder husband Sean (with whom she works) and architect Stephen Fuller. Their goal? Build a separate guest house to accommodate lots of visiting relatives for Jill and Jimmy Rice, while relating to the main house visually.
“They wanted the new structure to look similar to the existing house and flow together,” says Michelle. “Jill loved the idea of a balcony looking over the pool with a couple of chairs for guests to enjoy coffee or a glass of wine, and inside to be a light, airy, happy space for the apartment with blues and whites.” There’s even a three-car garage, and above that, a hang-out room for the Rices’ daughters, with a bohemian-chic hanging chair, pink-and-blue wallpaper and plenty of space for art projects or large sleepovers.
Architecturally, the house is a classic brick structure with traditional elements, just like the main home. The painted brick abode has iron touches on the front, including large metal doors and the balcony, as well as gas lanterns as an old-world touch.
Inside, Michelle’s furnishings offer a primer on successful pool house decorating, with durable fabrics and tables. “For a guest house, I recommend white walls everywhere with added color through fabrics and wallpaper for a fresh, clean feel,” says the designer. “We used wood on ceilings and walls to create a cottage look and really made every inch of the space useable. If you plan ahead and think about how the space will be used, you can usually figure out how to meet all of your needs.”
Thanks to Michelle, Sean and Stephen for sharing this amazing project. And thanks, too, to photographer Mary Powell Photography for the beautiful pics!
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