I have mentioned before how deceiving homes can be. They can be built so beautifully, so exquisitely, and yet lack so much on the interior side. I am a firm believer that every space can be beautiful, but I often find that not every beautifully built space lives up to that potential. It is one of designs many tragedies, when an architect and designer’s vision don’t harmoniously mesh together. Both play such a crucial role in the making of a phenomenal house, no matter how grand or how small the scale.
Anyone who has a good eye and sense of space can transform an interior, but not every home has a good foundation. To continue with my Georgian theme, I thought I would feature one of Atlanta’s most renown architects and creator of good foundations. Norman Askins has been in the business of designing and restoring some of the most prominent and classic homes throughout Atlanta. While his work is fantastically classic Atlanta, his design vision is anything but the norm.
The entrance to Norman’s Atlanta home Villa Vecchia, meaning “Old House”. Photo source: Frances Schultz
A lovely drive to this stone home with striking black shutters. Photo source: Georgiana design
Askins definitely knows how to add a storybook appeal and personality to his homes. His gates and entrances give his homes architectural charm. Photo source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
A magical old world courtyard and fountain. I love the loose landscaping and beautiful arches in his design.
When I think of Atlanta homes this is exactly what comes to mind. Stately, sophisticated, and timeless. Photo source: Veranda
White potted boxwoods by the pool and remarkable symmetry.
Askins really is a jack of all trades. He can go from traditional to current to old world and back. I love the industrial doors on this seamlessly traditional entry. He does not do boring!
A Chinese chippendale pool house adds a punch of personality to this backyard pool setting. Photo source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle
My idea of heaven. White house, large columns, black shutters and boxwoods.
Another charming garden gate finished in a serene blue.
Norman Askins book was recently released this month. I can’t wait to order and see more of his superb architectural design. Click picture to purchase.