Renovated Cobb abode serves up contemporary style, eclectic art collection

It’s a confluence of eras and styles in Thomas Drew’s Marietta home.

When Drew, a licensed contractor, purchased the contemporary cedar abode in 1997, he was excited to update the space while staying true to its 1976 roots.

“I like the fact that I can see beyond the ’70s look,” he said.

Now, the expanded Cobb County residence offers additional gathering spaces, like the family room and screened porch. The art-filled home includes paintings, such as the bright work of artist Peter Max, that match the architectural time period.

From one-of-a-kind credenzas to antique Indonesian ceremonial pieces, the home is a mixture of east meets west and old meets new.


Residents: Thomas Drew, Barbara Morrison and labradoodle, Kasey. Drew is a licensed contractor who owns and operates DBD Renovations, and Morrison is retired.

Location: Marietta, Cobb County

Size: 2,500 square feet, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms

Year built/bought: 1976/1997

Architectural style: Cedar contemporary

Favorite architectural elements: Vaulted ceilings, multiple skylights, solar tubes and the family room fireplace

Renovations: The homeowners have completed extensive renovations over the course of their 20 years in the home. They’ve added a 900-square-foot space that includes a family room, half bathroom and a gym. They also added a screened porch and deck. They built a carport. The kitchen and two bathrooms also were renovated. In total, the work cost $135,000.

Design consultants: Tommy Justice, Kauffman DesignBob’s Upholstery and Decorating Center

Interior design style: Modern and eclectic

Favorite interior design elements: Custom zebra wood credenza and artwork

Resources: Cabinetry from Chip N’ Nails, countertops from Stonehenge Granite & Marble, upholstery from Bob’s Upholstery and Decorating Center, Grohe and Delta kitchen and bath fixtures from Fergusons, light fixtures from Masterpiece Lighting & Home, Bosch appliances from Sewell Appliance, carpet from ProSource of Marietta and rugs from Barrier Island Rugs. Artwork by Peter Max sourced through Wentworth Gallery, and other pieces by Dylan Pierce, Max Stewart, Ellie Ali, Albert Louden and Ethan Lillemoe of Leire Tid Studios in Atlanta.

Decor tip: The avid collectors recommend buying art because it appeals to you, not because of its potential to increase in value. “So, it’s important to realize, for me, to collect what I find beautiful, attracting, unusual, and if it’s considered a collectible, (then) there’s an opportunity that it might also be considered an investment, but there’s not a guarantee,” Drew said.

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