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‘Blood at the Root’

‘Blood at the Root’

All night, as Mae Crow drifted in and out of consciousness, searchers called through the pines, the sound of her name rising and fading into the drone of the tree frogs.
William Ferris: a photographic story of the South

William Ferris: a photographic story of the South

William Ferris, 74, the indefatigable chronicler of Southern culture, has organized departments in three different universities devoted to studying the region, has exhaustively amassed information about the South as co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and has published 10 books on the topic, but he still hasn’t run out of material.
Private Quarters: Sustainable, modern living in Decatur

Private Quarters: Sustainable, modern living in Decatur

Architects Doug Glasgow and Yun Lee remain a bit surprised by some benefits of the energy-efficient choices in their home, which was the first renovation in Georgia to receive LEED for Homes Platinum certification from the U.
5 ideas for getting away on Labor Day weekend

5 ideas for getting away on Labor Day weekend

You can look at the upcoming Labor Day weekend in one of two ways: As an annoying reminder that much of the rest of the country is just starting to put a period on its leisurely summer while Georgia has been back to the 9-to-5 grind for a month now.
Stylist fashions a Vinings renovation with timeless pieces

Stylist fashions a Vinings renovation with timeless pieces

There’s a sauna in Vickie Kirbo’s closet. Los Angeles celebrity stylist, designer and friend Mark-Alan Harmon included the small sweat box, which is supposed to help people "detox" and improve their complexion, among other benefits, in the plans for her Vinings closet transformation.
A widow takes the helm at Blackberry Farm

A widow takes the helm at Blackberry Farm

For someone who could ski as well as Sam Beall, his first run down a Colorado slope that February afternoon was supposed to be easy.

Designer duo injects classic with color

If you want quirky and a style that injects classic elements with color, talk to Atlanta’s designers Lathem Gordon and Cate Dunning, the high-energy founders of Atlanta-based GordonDunning.
There is one amenity homebuyers always look for

There is one amenity homebuyers always look for

For years, builders and developers have offered a range of amenities that offer buyers more than just a home; they’re also apt to find a swimming pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, fitness center and other features that enhance the neighborhood.
Best stage theater in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Best stage theater in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

In a city full of excellent stage theaters, you are bound to have top-notch theater experiences. In this week's Best of Atlanta poll, you let us know where you most enjoy seeing a live stage performance.
Cancer survivor creates spa-like sanctuary at home

Cancer survivor creates spa-like sanctuary at home

Finny Moore gazes through her master bedroom skylights each night and appreciates being alive. She and her husband, Ron, added the skylights, among other renovations, to make the house comfortable during her cancer treatment when they bought the home in 2009.
AJC's Best of Atlanta 2016 winners ... so far

AJC's Best of Atlanta 2016 winners ... so far

We are a little over halfway through our 2016 Best of Atlanta campaign, and the results so far have been overwhelmingly enthusiastic for our favorite places, restaurants and experiences.
Best farmers market in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Best farmers market in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Which farmers market was declared the Best of Atlanta? From vegetables and fruit to locally sourced meats and treats, farmers markets around Atlanta have as much selection as your local grocery store.
California native known for designing glamorous spaces

California native known for designing glamorous spaces

When fans of her interiors bombarded Eddie Brumbaugh with emails about where to find “that sophisticated sectional or lamp,” the Atlanta designer decided it was time to open Jackson Charles Home in West Midtown.
Private Quarters: Classic contemporary home at Lake Lanier

Private Quarters: Classic contemporary home at Lake Lanier

After living in land-locked Kansas, Amanda Gorecki gravitated toward water in Georgia. Gorecki, her husband, John, and children moved to the Atlanta area in 2009, and as home prices reached a bottom, they found a new Lake Lanier home with a slashed price on a steep yet deepwater lot.
Private Quarters: Cozy chic DIY style in Douglas County home

Private Quarters: Cozy chic DIY style in Douglas County home

Some people multitask. Alaya Sheardon has a multipurpose mindset for decorating her home. She converted a piano bench from a thrift store into an end table, by painting it with a black semi-gloss spray and adding upholstery nails around the border for an extra touch.
The best places to curl up with a book in Atlanta

The best places to curl up with a book in Atlanta

We've come up with a list of the best places around Atlanta to get cozy with a good novel. Dr. Bombay's Underwater Tea Party: This Candler Park coffee shop is a whimsical, homey getaway that is open Tuesday through Sunday.
Is toxic algae moving to Central Florida?

Is toxic algae moving to Central Florida?

Orlando's WFTV spoke to experts Tuesday to find out if the toxic algae bloom spreading across South Florida beaches is moving to Central Florida.
Handsome Buckhead townhome exudes formal air

Handsome Buckhead townhome exudes formal air

Clinton Rice felt a kinship with the previous owners of his Buckhead townhome. They decorated the residence with furniture and antiques, including items from one of his go-to spots, Scott Antique Market, held the second weekend of every month in Atlanta.
Dog-friendly beaches in Georgia

Dog-friendly beaches in Georgia

Hate to leave your furry companion behind while on vacation? You don’t have to at these popular beach getaways.
The art of the Southern porch party

The art of the Southern porch party

It’s a bit muggy and the air is kind of still. You don’t mind. You’re on the porch, slowly rocking on that wooden two-person swing.
Gigantic indoor water park coming to Georgia

Gigantic indoor water park coming to Georgia

A new attraction planned for LaGrange will give visitors something to howl about. Great Wolf Lodge, located at exit 13 off I-85, about 68 miles southwest of Atlanta, will include a 93,000-square-foot water park.
Best museum in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Best museum in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

People come from far and wide to visit Atlanta's collection of museums. Which local museum ranked the highest in this week's Best of Atlanta poll?
Two friends switch careers to follow passion for design

Two friends switch careers to follow passion for design

Roy Otwell and Doug Henderson met in Atlanta in 2000 and became fast friends. The design-minded duo later decided to change careers and start Switch Modern, Atlanta’s go-to source for contemporary home furnishings, lighting and table-top accessories.
Southern Made: Unusual Father’s Day finds

Southern Made: Unusual Father’s Day finds

Bowled over For more than 45 years, Jack Anderson created furniture, cabinets and custom houses. The self-taught Marietta woodworker now specializes in hand-carved large bowls from fallen trees.
Get away with a trip to Georgia's best gardens

Get away with a trip to Georgia's best gardens

Immersing yourself in nature doesn't have to take you far from Atlanta. These attractions and resorts combine breathtaking gardens with award-winning accommodations, restaurants and activities.
Enjoying the flavors of Mexico City

Enjoying the flavors of Mexico City

Demand for fried churros dusted in sugar and dipped into chocolate sauce begins at breakfast and continues all day at Mexico City’s historic El Moro churreria, open since 1935.
VOTING CLOSED: Best museum in Atlanta?

VOTING CLOSED: Best museum in Atlanta?

People come from far and wide to visit Atlanta's collection of museums. Help us find the best ones in town in our newest Best of Atlanta poll.

Clues you need could be at home

Genealogists spend their careers searching in courthouses, archives and now online, but sometimes records they need are right where they started, at home.
Creating a bonus room that you will love

Creating a bonus room that you will love

Bonus rooms don’t have to be the drop zone for old furniture. They can be functional and fashionable spaces, even despite the challenges of trying to do too many things in the room or odd angles and dimensions.
Your guide to 2016 Atlanta beer festivals

Your guide to 2016 Atlanta beer festivals

If you like beer and the great outdoors, this list will speak to you. There's an array of metro Atlanta's beer festivals going on this summer and fall.
Author revisits shooting that paralyzed Larry Flynt

Author revisits shooting that paralyzed Larry Flynt

On March 6, 1978, “Hustler” magazine publisher and professional provocateur Larry Flynt was shot and critically wounded on a street corner in Lawrenceville.
Best landmark in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Best landmark in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

As an Atlantan, you likely have your list of must-do's for out-of-town friends and family. Over 15,000 voices have chimed in for this week's Best of Atlanta poll, and our favorite landmark has been declared.

Google newspapers a great online source

There are a number of great newspaper sites on the Internet. Georgia papers are featured at the University of Georgia’s Digital Library of Georgia (dlg.
Southern Made: A nod to mod

Southern Made: A nod to mod

Retro mailbox When Greg Kelly couldn’t find a mailbox that complemented his midcentury-style home, he designed one.
VOTING CLOSED: What is the best landmark in Atlanta?

VOTING CLOSED: What is the best landmark in Atlanta?

As an Atlantan, you likely have your list of must-do's for out-of-town friends and family. This week's Best of Atlanta poll features your favorite landmarks that help define our city's identity.

Nearly $45K in updates to Cobb County home helps snag buyer

Nearly $45K in updates to Cobb County home helps snag buyer

Name: Bharti Desai The home: A four-bedroom, two-bath home built in 1989 Where: Marietta Why she sold Bharti Desai, a CPA, put her rental property in Marietta up for sale because because the market had turned in favor of sellers, she said.
Room for music and more in Midtown home

Room for music and more in Midtown home

Nicholas and Elliott Niespodziani didn’t just need room for themselves and their daughter, but an array of musicians and singers who frequent their Midtown home.
Tips for using rainwater and graywater in your homes, yards

Tips for using rainwater and graywater in your homes, yards

Environmental sustainability continues to remain popular in residential landscaping, as the American Society of Landscape Architects named harvesting rainwater and graywater as the top consumer trend for 2016.
The definition of a starter home has changed

The definition of a starter home has changed

At one time, the term “starter home” meant a modest house for a first-time buyer — a house with two or three bedrooms, maybe a garage, in an affordable area where a mortgage was cheaper than a rent payment.
Former Braves Tom Glavine to sign copies of “Inside Pitch” in June

Former Braves Tom Glavine to sign copies of “Inside Pitch” in June

Former Braves pitcher Tom Glavine gets to meet his “No. 1” fan in Decatur in June.Charles Robinson will be front and center when the Hall of Famer signs copies of his book “Inside Pitch: Playing and Broadcasting the Game I Love” at 7 p.
Warm Georgia climate ushers move to Cumming

Warm Georgia climate ushers move to Cumming

After decades of shoveling snow, a move south was on the horizon for a couple from Virginia. Jim and Sandy Schnarrs made numerous trips to states throughout the Sun Belt before they found a new home in the Atlanta suburb of Cumming.
Mediterranean resort in Vinings

Mediterranean resort in Vinings

Jeffrey Bulvin wanted a wine cave in his Vinings home. So his trips to Napa Valley inspired his plans to finish the basement with a 1,500-bottle wine cellar and bar with onyx.
Outdoor amenities expand living area

Outdoor amenities expand living area

Atlanta’s warm weather sets the stage for enjoying nature, and after a season indoors, we’re ready to get outside and soak it up.
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