The Old Folks Home

Last summer my parents sold their home on the water in sunny Florida and headed north to join us in the rolling hill countryside that sits just 30 minutes outside Atlanta.  Their previous home in Florida was a renovated 1950’s ranch.  They knew they wanted another single level home but were in search of something more current and fitting with the region.  Into a rental they went to allow time and flexibility to find the perfect home.  It didn’t take long to realize building was going to be their best option and late in the Fall they secured the perfect lot in a new neighborhood designed for 55+ folks.

Their neighborhood is just the cutest place!  Let me tell you, it’s not the retirement community of the past I remember visiting when I was a kid.  Starting with the style of the homes; I describe them as “Napa Farmhouse” style.  Think board and batten siding, metal roofs, front porches, and stacked stone.  It’s a semi-custom ranch home community with an acre of public gardens, a pool with a mini farmhouse clubhouse, bocce courts, and miles of hiking trails.  Like I said, not you average “Old Folks Home”.

I suppose it was just understood I would be my parent’s designer.  In fact, I don’t remember them giving me a choice!  Fortunately I know their taste well having spent half my life under their roof.  There was no question the design would be light and bright, clean and simple.  Come to think of it, that sums up my own decorating style.  I guess it’s true the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  Take a gander at how the completed project turned out below.

Next up will be filling these gorgeous rooms.  Did I mention they sold most of their furniture with the house in FL?  Talk about starting from scratch!  I can’t wait to watch their space evolve and help them finish out their “forever” home.


Board and Batten siding, cupola, tin roof, stained posts, and stacked stone


Custom woodwork and open lantern

Kitchen and Family Room

Bar with seating for 3 and storage galore

Open bookcase for display, shiplap and custom hood

bright and airy

extra storage on end of island

Quartz countertops – This stuff is indestructible and beautiful – LOVE IT!

a dream pantry

family room with built in bookcase and floating shelves

the fireplace brick received a custom whitewash to add depth and texture

Picturing fall nights with a fire overlooking the woods

floating vanity, frameless shower, and gorgeous finishes in the master bath


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