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Inside Elizabeth Ingram and Alton Brown’s Alabama lake house – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia 2021-09-15 13:38:14 –

Interior designer Elizabeth Swingram and her husband, Food Network star Alton Brown, kept the design modest at their Alabama villa. This is in contrast to the busy life in Atlanta. Design Within Reach’s oversized orange bean bag chair makes it easy to move around the property.

Photo by Jeff Har

Most often, they go out as award-winning interior designers and food network stars, respectively, but occasionally Elizabeth Swingram and Alton Brown are quiet lake people. Their second home on Lake Alabama (actually the third because there is also a location in New York City) is a two-hour drive away. Their Marietta Loft..

This hideout was originally a farmhouse in the 1960s. The couple stripped it down to the studs, creating one large room facing the water.

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Typical of simplicity The couple bought a basic 1960s farmhouse and lowered it onto studs, leaving the trusses on the original roof exposed. “I love the memories of summer camps in North Carolina when I was little,” says Elizabeth. “I basically wanted to recreate the simplicity and naive innocence of the camping experience, so I removed everything and used plywood as a humble building material.” Most of the budget faced the lake. Spent on windows to open the entire wall.

Elizabeth Swing Ram and Alton Brown Lake House
Open shelves, concrete-covered islands and independent farmhouse sinks are perfect for the laid-back atmosphere of the kitchen. All custom steels are by Fred Martin Welding. Roger Balko was the builder for the entire project. The bar stool is a vintage 1st Divs.

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Utility kitchen Elizabeth designed famous restaurants such as Iberian pigs and Marcel, and Alton introduced the Food Network series Good Eats and Cutthroat Kitchen (and the popular Quarantine Quitchen YouTube series while they were at home during a pandemic. created). The practical space features a free-standing sink and a steel base that supports the counter, with a long concrete countertop on the island.

It takes two Traditionally, the living area is fixed with a sofa, but this is only for two people and a pair of chairs. “I really wanted to keep the furniture very simple yet textured and luxurious,” says the designer. “The swivel chair acts as a sofa. The TV sits on a lift that moves up and down in a cabinet at the edge of the bed, so you can rotate to watch it or stare at the lake.” Elizabeth’s The design studio created a chair covered with a wet suit-like material called Shirring and Mahalam Scuba.

Elizabeth Swing Ram and Alton Brown Lake House
Textured bed linen is made by Red Ticking in Seattle. Open shelves and built-in drawers make the most of limited space. The pop-up TV is hidden in a plastered console at the foot of the bed. The floor lamp is a vintage Brick + Mortar.

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Bedroom basics The built-in bed has drawers, shelves and a pop-up TV. “Most people want to put a lot of friends and family to sleep in the villa, but we really want to keep it for ourselves,” says Elizabeth. “This kept it very simple, open, and small.”

Elizabeth Swing Ram and Alton Brown Lake House
The pieces of cedar that line the walls and ceiling of the bathroom are originally from Maine. “They make the room smell like a Swedish sauna,” says Elizabeth. Floor and wall tiles are by Daltile. The wall sconces are from Urban Remains, a source of Chicago-based architectural elements and artifacts.

Photo by Jeff Har

This article appeared in the summer 2021 issue. Atlanta Magazine Home.

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