By Timothy George
One River Place is a unique community perfectly situated on the Chattahoochee and surrounded by the great outdoors. It is mere minutes from the city, and in the center of “away from it all.”
The development features three home options: Townhomes, River House, and Sanctuary. The most luxurious is Sanctuary, which is tucked away across a wooden bridge and is a haven for baby boomers and empty nesters alike.
Carolyn Auger of Blackdog Studios was brought in to create a space for a proposed “client,” an older established couple or a financially secure individual, perhaps with a career that requires frequent travel.
This potential client would prefer to live in a community where the grounds are kept by someone other than themselves and have access to communal facilities such as a health club and hiking trails without venturing too far from home.
Auger left no stone unturned when designing the Chattahoochee, a 3,170-square-foot home with three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, den and sunroom all on one floor. Auger gathered furnishings from many local shops including Jimmy Stanton, Bungalow, Armor & Co and Redefined Home. With her thematic background, Auger has been able to nail the feel of the home without physically meeting the client.
The home itself has all the signature pieces one would expect from an estate: Viking appliances throughout, an abundance of granite, hardwood flooring, designer carpets, tumbled stone backsplash and ample amounts of walking space. With artifacts, books, and small figurines in every room, the space does not feel staged at all.
“Everything has a story, even if it is subtle,” Auger says.
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