After renovating seven houses in 13 years, Kay Douglass was probably an easy mark. One walk through the 1932 Tudor, and the Atlanta interior designer was sold. "It had a slate roof and beautiful crusty old bricks with vines growing over them," Kay recalls. Inside there were thick plaster walls, beamed ceilings, and timber archways. "I said, I love it—and I want it."
Never mind that she and her husband, Jim, already owned a house in Atlanta. "We love to renovate houses,"she notes, and this home had architectural features she couldn’t resist. "It was old and original, and there wasn’t a lot we needed to undo."
However, that lack of updating meant the house was in serious need of respectful modernizing and renovating. "I don’t think anything had been done since the ’70s," Kay says. She replaced the formal green marble fireplace surround in the living room with concrete and a salvaged wood mantel.
Architect: Keith Summerour, Summerour and Associates, 409 Bishop St., Atlanta. GA 30318; 404/603-8585.
Interior design: Kay Douglass, Kay Douglass Interiors, 345 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404/995-0802.
Kay’s antique and home furnishings shop: South of Market, 345 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404/995-9399, and 173 King St., Charleston, SC 29401; 843/723-1114, southofmarket.biz.
General contractor: Joe Noah, Joe Noah and Assoc. Inc., 404/355-2614.
Photography: William Waldron
Produced by Eleanor Roper