An Amazing Mix of Modern and Traditional Ingredients in Atlanta

An Amazing Mix of Modern and Traditional Ingredients in Atlanta 14


Approaching the front door of Northway, conceptualized and realized by Castro Design Studio, you see a picture-perfect traditional home façade. A wide stone walk, a graceful front stairway with curved rails, and a hardwood door with side windows all speak “traditional styling” fluently. From a foyer, you glimpse a sedate formal dining room, complete with china hutch and crystal chandelier, and a parlor with wrought-iron chandelier and woodburning fireplace. Proceed into the kitchen, however, and you feel a subtle shift: all-white cabinets — and an unexpected wood grain oven hood. An open floor plan leads into a beamed family room with plump couches and pillows — and sleek coffee tables. Part of the fun of this mix is color: vivid blue on twin beds in one room, poppy-red curtains in another. Part of it is shape: geometric-abstract light fixtures repose in style above old-fashioned armchairs and traditional dressers.


Down a hallway of native stone, a combination office/laundry room/kitchenette is splashed with turquoise; a bathroom to envy — fittingly in pale green — bears two walls of white cabinets, twin sinks, a deep tub, and an entire corner that is nothing but shower. By the time you get outdoors, you know that this house is a design potpourri: behind arched stone pillars, there’s an outdoor fireplace area with two sets of tables and chairs that don’t have a shred of artificial dignity about them. But don’t fret: there’s still plenty of “class” in the manicured grounds and flowerbeds, shining pool, and pool house/garage, surrounded by wrought-iron fencing…not to mention a badminton net. It all adds up to happy mix of the tried-and-true and the surprising — a welcoming combination at Northway.













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Written by Janet Butler

Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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