Atlanta, Georgia 2021-09-15 13:38:14 –
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..
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.
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.
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.”
This article appeared in the summer 2021 issue. Atlanta Magazine Home.