February 23, 2024
This Eclectic Georgia Residence Was Initially Designed by Atlanta’s First Feminine Architect

It’s not every single day that you simply get to personal a chunk of architectural historical past. Meredith and Andres bought a house in Decatur, Georgia, after shifting their younger household from New York Metropolis. Designed in 1915 by Leila Ross Wilburn, Atlanta’s first profitable feminine architect, it’s a basic American foursquare with all of the attraction of the early-Twentieth-century Arts and Crafts motion. 

For this design-minded couple, a professor of ethnomusicology at Emory College and a health care provider, respectively, the protected house in Georgia’s MAK Historic District—with its Craftsman particulars, wooden paneling and beams, and exquisite home windows—made excellent sense. The earlier owners had gone by means of the work of painstakingly restoring the home to its authentic glory. So, when Meredith and Andres moved in, nearly all of upgrades they needed to make had been merely beauty (apart from including closets to all of the upstairs bedrooms).  

BEFORE: The earlier owners had painstakingly restored the home to its authentic glory, however Meredith and Andres had been intent on honoring the spirit of its historical past whereas placing their very own stamp on the place. 

AFTER: Melodious touches will be discovered all through the house of this profoundly music-oriented household. A patterned chair by Lee Industries lined in a Marimekko material brings vibrancy and whimsy to the area.


The couple introduced in Kate Hayes and Krista Little of Hayes Little Studio to execute their imaginative and prescient of a laid-back household house that honors the area’s distinctive historical past by means of a contemporary reinterpretation. A group of midcentury furnishings items, inherited from Meredith’s mother and father, and an eclectic assortment of artworks from the couple’s in depth travels turned the organizing precept for decor. “We spent two hours collectively after we first met, chatting all issues design and New York,” Kate shares. “Meredith is a design nerd, identical to us. It was so enjoyable to work together with her as a result of we communicate the identical language.”