American Farmhouse Style
A New-Build Nest for Two
When downsizing is a dream come true
With two grown children in college, a fun-loving couple sought to leave their comfy home in Atlanta for a new build nestled in Brookhaven, Georgia. Walkability to fun restaurants and quaint shopping was a plus for these empty nesters, who love to travel and entertain. They favored a Dutch-style roof and painted shake exterior to give the home a feeling of permanence.
Maggie Griffin, founder and lead designer of Maggie Griffin Design, completed the full-scale interiors. “The home’s facade elevation was heavily influenced by the Dutch-style roof, and we loved that the builder brought that plan to life,” Maggie says. “We paired the stones on the left side with the oval window to add a touch of whimsy.”
Maggie used the home’s architecture to inspire a blend of casual comfort and elegance in the interiors, with a mix of new and vintage pieces and a sage-and-lavender color palette.
The exterior shows off timeless boxwoods along the garden beds and a brick walkway from the curb to welcome guests. The added texture of the painted shakes and wide front porch stones add to the charm.
Combining the best of both farmhouse and cottage styles was the goal, and Maggie achieved a polished yet comfortable look by adding a few rocking chairs, stained front door and “X” detailing in some of the windows. The bronze gutters and slate roof shingles also complement the architectural details.