New Home with Old World Style

Mediterranean flavor plus Sea Island tradition add up to a new house that blends seamlessly with its established neighbors.

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Photo: Jonny Valiant, Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler

New Look

Atlanta-based interior designer Susan Lapelle found ways to incorporate antique pieces but update them for a fresh feel. She chose stairwell tiles with bold geometric designs instead of the classic Tuscan versions. “They would have looked too dated,” Susan says.

Thad had all of the black ironwork in the home—including the front gates and the entry balustrade—custom-made by a craftsman Charles Calhoun in Atlanta.

 

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