ABOVE: The owner was instrumental in the design of a new house that evokes the bungalow era.
When he decided to use his growing knowledge of Arts & Crafts design to build a new house, Dr. Bruce Gould was thinking of the old bungalows and Foursquares back in western Pennsylvania, where he grew up. “There are so few old houses in this part of Georgia—and anyway, the ‘Money Pit’ scenario scared me,” Dr. Gould explains. “Restoration is fraught. I thought it would be easier to build a new old house.”
He chose architect Dale Peek, whose grasp of period details impressed him. But this client was very involved, researching precedents and making decisions. “I learned so much about consistency from working earlier with Atlanta designer Shane Meder,” Dr. Gould says. (Black Sheep Interiors, Atlanta: (404)-622-9001, blacksheepinteriors.com)
Dale Peek came up with the signature muntin designs in the windows. Interior designer Leigh Nunnery is credited with the finish details, and found excellent craftsmen to do the fireplaces, beams, and kitchen cabinets. “The house has bungalow-era styling,” Nunnery says, “but it’s softened; oak and cherry are mixed with painted finishes.”
Bruce Gould insists that the dining room’s Swedish look was accidental. “I chose paint-grade lumber there for budget reasons,” he says. If it had been done in stained oak, the room would have looked like a typical American bungalow. Instead, the gray and white scheme evokes Scandinavian design. Adding to the charm of the room is the antique iron and crystal chandelier. (It burns candles.) The painted chairs, too, are Swedish.
Architect Dale Peek, Peek Design Group, Acworth, GA: (770) 222-4345, peekdesign.com
Interior designer Leigh Nunnery, Leigh Nunnery Interiors, Roswell, GA: (770) 650-0770, email@example.com
Dining room wall color Sherwin Williams ‘Festoon Aqua’ SW0019: sherwin-williams.com; All wall colors from Sherwin-Williams Arts & Crafts and Victorian Historic Collections
Tile ‘California Rough’ fireplace surround Ken Mason Tile, kmt-bcia.com
Tile “rug” ‘Fallen Leaves’ series by Michelle Griffoul Studios, michellegriffoul.com; all tile through Renaissance Tile & Bath, Atlanta: renaissancetileandbath.com