Palmetto Bluff is Calling

 Article Sue G. Collins  Stay busy...or not. Either way, you'll feel like the most important guest at the Montage during your stay. Come for the weekend or stay for a month.    Bookend your day with mimosas on the May River aboard the lovingly restored motor yacht Grace, and a nightcap around the ground’s fire pits.

I Do!

 Article Maria Smith | Photography Aubry Canales  Discerning brides have learned the place to go for exquisite bridal and special occasion gowns is Elite Pour La Vie in Alpharetta. This boutique is owned by the successful and beautiful Rawan Asad, who has mastered the art of exclusivity and ‘white glove service’.  AL: How has Elite Pour La Vie set itself…

Thoroughly Mod

In this Cumming Street renovation, the architect and homeowners created a magical connection between a family-friendly interior and the green outdoors. They chose large windows and French doors to provide pleasing views from every room to the wooded backyard with old-growth trees and a stream. The house’s character changed from a typical 1960’s ranch (dark, low ceilings, sparse windows, long halls,…

Modern Take on the Toccoa

Perched on the banks of a wide stretch of the Toccoa River outside Blue Ridge sits an uncommon vacation home with nary an exposed log beam, chunky rough hewn armchair or moose-themed anything. River Dwelling is a stunning modern tribute to all that makes a mountain house sing: unobstructed views of the river, dappled sunlight streaming in through expansive windows,…

Teamwork and Community Make This Business Strong

For over 12 years, Rhonda Shell has worked with Keller Williams Realty in the greater Atlanta area. Built over the past two years, her team--Rhonda Shell Real Estate--is based right here in Alpharetta. She takes pride in her predominantly referral-based business, which is a true reflection of the trust and long-term relationships that she has established over the years with clients.…

A Dream (Kitchen) Come True

When Johns Creek resident Retta Clark walked into Sewell Appliance in Sandy Springs, she had no idea she would win a gorgeous new 36” Wolf range cooktop. She was one of many Lifestyle Publications readers who entered the giveaway just by stopping in to discuss kitchen renovation plans.

Backyard Bling

Owning a home is one thing, but when there is the possibility to make the backyard a personal paradise, look no further than Chris Sears and his company, Sears, Smith and Associates, Inc. Sears, 44, is a Georgia Registered Landscape Architect and company president who developed his expertise thanks to his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the State University…

High Tech View

From your thermostat to your lights, transforming your house into a smart home is simple. Today’s technology makes it easy to remember your preferences and, in some cases, anticipate your needs and wants. Why shouldn’t your window coverings be the same way?

Seminoles and Sunshine

On a recent sunny Saturday, Kyle, an 11-year-old Alpharetta boy, received the surprise of his short life! The ultimate Florida State Seminole’s football fan, Kyle had his bedroom totally renovated by the non-profit, Sunshine on a Ranney Day, to resemble the FSU locker room. Kyle was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and is gradually losing muscle strength throughout his body.…

Ready. Set. Renovate.

For anyone looking to upgrade their humble (or not so humble) abode, there are many things that can be done when it comes to home renovations. Adding some luxury touches in the bathroom, kitchen or the exterior of the house can bring significant return on investment.