Brian and Angela Fisher knew they had something special with their front porch, and even Hollywood took notice.
The Avondale Estates couple drew inspiration from their grandparents’ porches and a neighbor’s home in adding a cedar arbor and columns. The arbor, which is often relegated to the back or side of a house, helped enhance the facade and fill out the front porch of the A-frame home, which was used to film CW’s “The Vampire Diaries.”
“We made the entry a little more of a statement,” Angela said.
Residents: Brian and Angela Fisher, and their children, Reese, 12; Libby Grace, 10; and Blythe, 8; and their pets, Coach, a chocolate labrador retrieve;, and calico cats Mamacita and Snowbell. Brian is a commercial banker, and Angela is a health communications specialist/partnership coordinator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Location: Avondale Estates
Size: About 4,000 square feet, four bedrooms and 3 ½ baths in the main house; one-bedroom, one-bath carriage house
Year built/bought: 2013
Architectural style: Craftsman
Favorite architectural elements: A-frame design, porch with cedar columns and arbor, barrel vault ceiling in bathroom
Builder: Lockman Homebuilding Co.
Design consultants: Walter Studio Interior Design, RMG Landscape Solutions, Haydenscape, Laura Sanchez (landscape design)
Interior design style: Updated traditional
Favorite interior design elements: The blend of modern and traditional furnishings. For example, in the master bedroom, a custom upholstered bed is flanked by traditional nightstands topped with modern drum shade lamps. The family room has a custom carpet in a bold diamond pattern made into a rug, mixed with traditional arm chairs and custom geometric throw pillows on the track arm sofa and modern porcelain table lamps, said Perry Walter, their interior designer.
Favorite outdoor feature: Landscaped backyard with extras such as an outdoor shower and a small pond.
Resources: Furniture from Duralee, Brice Ltd., Currey & Co., Designer Carpets and Kravet, all in the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC), PB Teen, Moroccan Prestige, Scott Antique Market, Greystone Antiques (Greenville, S.C.), Scudder’s Gallery (Highlands, N.C.). Appliances from Viking, Jenn-Air and Scotsman. Lighting by Feiss and Crystorama (from Masterpiece Lighting) and Capital Lighting. Lanterns from Hinkley and French Market Lanterns. Barn doors from Rustica Hardware. Carrara marble and granite countertops from Master Stone Crafters. Tile from Hillman Flooring & Design.
Decor tip: Area rugs and custom carpets made into rugs can reduce noise when you have young children who enjoy playing on the floor. Walter suggests using soft pile rugs in the main living spaces and bedrooms.