Location: Old Fourth Ward; Atlanta, Georgia
Size: Approx 3200 square feet
Years lived in: 2-3 years to build; lived in 6 years
Calvin and Kelly had originally submitted a House Call which came as a huge tease. As soon as I realized they were in Atlanta, I knew I had to come in and give it a full tour. When I arrived, the house was even better than I had imagined — floor to ceiling windows, modern art a la Calvin, mid-century goodness a la Kelly, Cartoon Network decor for the kiddo, and pets with personality to follow me along the way! This one is definitely worth the full Apartment Therapy tour.
When I asked Calvin and Kelly how they crafted such a beautiful home, Kelly half jokingly responded, "a ton of blood, sweat, and tears." They continued to tell me that there were all of these mishaps they had to overcome to get the house where it is today — contractors stealing money and (unsurprisingly) having to find new contractors - the list goes on!
Designed by their friends Brian Bell and David Yocum, the overall objective was to create a modern home that was open and functional for their family. As you'll see in the tour, their home is a jigsaw puzzle of floors and balconies, none of which are closed off to the other. In other words, if you ever need someone in the house, they're only a shout away.
The home still maintains a cozy feel while the house's design is crisp and clean. With all of the floor to ceiling windows, there's plenty of natural light, yet the finish on the outside maintains privacy. I think the key to Calvin and Kelly's cozy feel is that they've managed to fill a modern house with art and furniture they love, giving the house an overall cool quirkiness. Not to mention the entourage of animals! All of it combined gives the house a life of its own.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: She’s a little Mid-Century, He’s a little Artsy/Tchotchke. We kind of compliment each other and keep each other in check. We’re never competing for the same space to find something for, so that’s always good!
Inspiration: She’s into Mid-Century/Danish Furniture, into nice fabrics – almost anything vintage. He’s into up and coming and well-known “fringe” Artists, art books, and random sculpture figurines and oddities.
Favorite Element: Calvin: I’m a sucker for a figurine so I would say the “Hipster Owl” in our powder room / Kelly: Nashville’s Heywood Wakefield Dog Bone bed and Furniture; Peter Lovig Nielsen Teak Desk
Biggest Challenge: Calvin: Where to hang art and photos so it doesn’t seem like too much / Kelly: Refraining from buying the next great piece of furniture when there is nowhere to put it!
What Friends Say: They love the furniture, all Kelly's doing. Our friends love coming to town and staying at the hotel Florian-Hart!
Biggest Embarrassment: Our back yard… it’s A LOT of river pebbles and some bamboo. It needs some work!
Proudest DIY: Calvin: Learning how to wire and change out light switches and fans – I am no electrician, but felt like I learned something new there / Kelly: Choosing fabric and refinishing dining room chairs myself.
Biggest Indulgence: Purchasing our friend, Scott Silvey’s artwork. We have many little pieces from different artists, but that was one that we had to agree on before it hit our pocketbooks. Well worth it!
Best Advice: Seek out artists you like and purchase their work. Sometimes a silkscreen is the only thing within the budget, but you would be surprised how affordable original paintings can be. Same goes for furniture. There are so many places online to find and purchase great vintage furniture.
Dream Sources: Calvin: I feel like sources are all over and it’s never just one place. Traveling definitely helps me find new places I like. / Kelly: Etsy, monthly antique markets and local Atlanta stores like City Issue.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
Shelving – Walnut Bark edge plank Kelly/Calvin installed by Dave Maegar, Beatnik Owl Dude (6 of 50) - by Robin Van Valkenburg,
Big Bunny Ben (122 of 250) - by The Runny Bunny aka Robin Van Valkenburg
Screened-In Porch:Chairs – Ikea,Stools – Scott’s Antique Market Atlanta,Orange Lamp – Ikea,Table (repurposed wash basket) - Scott’s Antique Market AtlantaPlanters: Mini Retro Bullet Planter by Hip Haven
- Danish MidCentury table – ebay
- Single Living Chair and kids chair – Ikea
- White Couch – Ikea
- Mid-Century Tiered glass table – Thrift Store Purchase
- Small Dining Table and Chairs – Ikea
Walnut Shelving – Built/Cut Installed by us/Dave Maegar
Painting - Mezzanine - Amanda VisellPainting - Mezzanine - Charles WilkinsPainting - Mezzanine - Mark MurphyPlates – Mezzanine – Charles S Anderson DesignScreenprint - Mezzanine "Loss Cat" by R. LandPeter Lovig Nielsen Teak Desk
- Cedar Headboard – Design by Kelly/Calvin, installed by Dave Maegar
- Bed/Bedding – Ikea/Target
Plant Photographs - by Calvin in Los AngelesPuppy and Girlie Soaps - Charles S Anderson Design
Dyrlund Danish Mid Century Dresser – City IssueDeer Portrait – by Option-G60’s Teak Platform Bed – EmbayTeak Glass top table - City Issue
Thanks, Calvin and Kelly!
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