With two adorable preschool children and a venerable Italianate home in Atlanta, the Dawson-Ham family is "classic taste, modern life" to the core. Their home teams richly detailed original architecture with idiosyncratic decorating represented by the oddball antique accessory, the slightly off-kilter arrangement, and fresh, fresh art. Here, Luke, left, 3, and Charlie, 5, enjoy the garden with their parents, Hillary Dawson and John Ham.
A neutral couch and club chairs defer to the artwork that is the homeowners’ passion.
A Todd Murphy painting commands one living room wall.
The formal English garden was designed by Hugh Dargan and Associates.
Vintage stucco and a red-tile roof give the exterior of the Dawson home its character.
The worn blue paint of the antique Indochine chest adds a melancholic hint of mystery to the living room.