Inspired by European modernism and a reflection of the homeowners’ personal style aesthetic, this North Atlanta new construction home feels like it’s been there all along.
Formal dining room highlights include a Kathy Kuo Home chandelier, a white oak, a custom-made transom separating the dining and living spaces Photographed by Samantha Wittman
An entryway console table. Photographed by Samantha Wittman
When interior designer Eryn Houck with Bellwether Interiors & Design was approached by a young family to design their dream home, she was ecstatic—a comprehensive project is a dream, and to do it alongside homeowners who believe in the vision really ups the ante. This ground-up endeavor allowed Gabriella and Justin Leamer, a dynamic and fashion-forward couple with a penchant for travel and hosting, to meticulously tailor every facet of their home. The two share a son, Greyson and aimed to have the project complete down to the last detail by the end of the construction process, prior to move-in. “Gabriella is a visual personal with a really wonderful personal style. She came into this project with great images of spaces that evoked her desire for a European, modern, textured space. Both homeowners were awesome collaborators and really drove the overall aesthetic,” says Houck. “[She] wanted a collected and considered space that inspired visitors to feel as if the home had always been here,” she continues.
Photographed by Samantha Wittman
With new construction, creating a space with roots, character and grit requires all players on the team to commit to a level of excellence and expertise. Every material chosen, tile laid and window installed contributes to the home’s comfortability on its plot and story as a community’s longstanding presence. Every house was new once! Even the most charming. As for the interior design piece, Houck accomplished this “lived-in” feel by sourcing tons of vintage and antique pieces. “I am always on the lookout for great vessels and unique objects. Bellwether keeps a large inventory of interesting and patinaed finds to add character and age to our projects,” says the designer. “The living room coffee tables are 100-year-old daybeds from southeast Asia. They are now the perfect place for car races and dinosaur battles for the homeowner’s son!” Other standouts in the antique space are 18th-century doors that lead to the primary bedroom. “[The doors] were a wreck and covered in paint when we found them, but the paneling details were too good to pass up! It was an awesome surprise when we discovered the small panels were Amboyna, a highlight sought-after burl wood. Now paired with a fluted console and antique olive jars, what was a pass-through space feels special and collected and invites you to linger longer,” says Houck.
The primary bedroom features Jim Davis Designs window treatments (as does the rest of the home) paired with a neutral, textured paint by Portola Paints Photographed by Samantha Wittman
In addition to beautiful aesthetics, the home proves to be extremely functional. Justin is an avid cook, so Houck opted for Neolith porcelain slabs for the perimeter counter and backsplash to create a high-yield, hardworking kitchen. But when it came to the island, the couple opted for a real stone slab at the eleventh hour. “The warmth and beauty of real soapstone can’t be beaten!” says Houck. The bathrooms in this home were also prominent design-minded rooms. The primary bathroom features an oversized shower that spans close to 20 feet in length. “There is a custom glass wall that runs the length of the room and separates the shower from the large soaking tub. Plaster finished walls add texture and movement while brass details add warmth and patina,” says Houck. “And in the en suite bathroom for [Greyson], we did a playful checkerboard floor with green paneled walls and designed a custom stone backsplash with a functional shelf detail. The fluted pendants we chose for lighting were a fun deviation from standard bath scones,” she continues.
Greyson’s en suite bathroom features fun fluted pendants instead of the expected sconce. Photographed by Samantha Wittman
When it came to constructing something from nothing and making that something, feel like everything to this young couple. Designer Erin Houck and her team of designers showed up in spades. “It is always so exciting to work with homeowners who are truly passionate about the space they are working with us on,” says Houck. The result is a new construction home that feels anything but that for this young family to grow in.
The homeowner’s son’s playroom features chic baby toys and accent pillows from BD Jeffries. Photographed by Samantha Wittman
Eryn Houck, Bellwether Design & Interiors,
Josh Hardy, CADD Drafting Services LLC,
Bedroom chair and ottoman
Playroom sofa and living room vessels
CURREY & COMPANY
Living room side table
JIM DAVIS DESIGNS
LULU AND GEORGIA
ZIA ZELLIGE TITLE
Media room shower walls