This Stylist’s Atlanta Home Has THE Dreamiest Kitchen (the Rest of the House Is Gorgeous, Too!)

published Oct 30, 2020

This Stylist’s Atlanta Home Has THE Dreamiest Kitchen (the Rest of the House Is Gorgeous, Too!)

published Oct 30, 2020
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Name: Annette Joseph and family
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Size: 5125 square feet
Years Lived In: 19 years, owned

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There are dreamy homes… and then there are Dream Homes™. Prop stylist and cookbook author Annette Joseph is lucky enough to live in two of them. One is a renovated medieval fortress in northern Tuscany (she writes about the renovation in her newest book, “Italy is My Boyfriend“), where she hosts cooking workshops and conducts creative retreats (when there’s not a global pandemic happening) among wooden beams, terracotta floors, and old stone walls. Her other Dream Home is this large-and-bursting-with-style house in Atlanta she’s lived in and decorated for the last 20 years.

I first met Annette at an event she hosted in her home and was in awe the moment I stepped inside. From the outside, her home looks fairly traditional, but when you step inside, it is anything but. Her home is beautifully layered with antiquities, cleverly designed with surprising twists, overflowing with gorgeous art books, and filled with so many intriguing, life-affirming objects that I wished I had had a weekend to spend looking through everything. In some ways, it reminds me of the homes you see in movies or on TV; you know those homes that are wonderfully abundant and incredibly unique. Her home can be described in both of these ways, but add to that: authentic, meaningful, and graceful.

Editor’s note: Earlier this month was Dream Week at Apartment Therapy, and I featured a number of aspirational spaces, like an A-frame cabin, an RV, an off-grid tiny house, and a home abroad. I had so much fun fantasizing about the different kinds of dream homes out there that I thought it would be fitting to end the month with a bang with a tour of Annette’s utterly fantastic Atlanta home, photographed by the talented Tanya Lacourse. Though larger than some of the homes featured on Apartment Therapy, it absolutely embodies the spirit of collecting meaningful objects, displaying things you love, and taking the time to pull together a home that’s rich with thought, intention, and personality. And that kitchen of hers is to die for.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I like home decor to be very personal. Of course European influence has played an important role in my personal style. I grew up in Budapest, Hungary; most of my childhood in the summer was spent there with my grandmother. Now I spend half the year at our home in Tuscany. I am a prop stylist, so the decor in our house is very collected. My inner bohemian always plays a part in my home decor.

I am also a practical person. I love efficiency so my homes are always very functional and well edited. The kitchen is a very important part of the house as you can imagine, since I style food, produce editorial stories around entertaining, and I am a cookbook author.

As a stylist, I am a lover textures and I love patina. I love mixing modern design with antique pieces. Since I travel a ton, I love old world style with touches of bohemian objects like Moroccan rugs and funky lighting. My home needs to be a natural expression of myself.

Inspiration: I have been fortunate to work and befriend people with amazing style; it’s been imparted on me over the many years as a stylist. I go flea-ing all over Italy. In our area there are the most amazing places, undiscovered and full of amazing finds.

Favorite Element: The glass garage door that opens to the pool area. It’s the best way to dine al fresco.

Best Advice: Editing is the most important design tip. Buy what you love. Be very selective, and try to buy things that will last. If they are good quality you will always love them. And it will save you in the long run.

Biggest Indulgence: My World of Interiors magazines; they are costly but I can’t give them up and I never get rid of them. And our photography and art: We have a big collection of black and white photographs, all figurative. My husband and I both love our collection. Our favorite place to find amazing photography is Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta. They represent the best photographers. Mona Kuhn is one of favorites. Other items I really love: My Swedish bench in the foyer, my vintage glass collection, my black Spanish side table, and my antique Italian picnic table that we use as a dining room table



  • Jackson Fine Art
  • Inner Pieces
  • Switch Modern
  • DWR
  • Hudson Grace
  • Bungalow
  • Bobo Objects
  • Dixon Rye
  • Erika Reed
  • Inner Pieces




  • Kitchen table — custom
  • Kitchen Chairs — Smith and Hawken ( since OOB)
  • Lighting — Schoolhouse
  • Bread board — Mark Sage


  • Bed — Switch Modern
  • Photographs — Jackson Fineart
  • Bedding — Anthropologie, and  John Robshaw


  • Table — Crate and Barrel


  • Sofa — Room and Board
  • Coffee table — Room and Board
  • Rug — One King’s Lane
  • Photography Collection — Jackson Fine art

Thanks Annette!

Correction: I mistakenly left out photographer Tanya Lacourse’s intro text when this first published. I’ve added it to the piece and correctly attributed the authorship of the piece to her.

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