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Southern Made: Smarten up your space with these stylish finds

The light show

Since 1993, Atlanta’s Christopher Moulder been designing, fabricating and installing one-of-a-kind lighting sculptures and a line of limited-edition lighting fixtures that are both functional and decorative.

The designer: He grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. The sand, wind, clouds and electrical storms that were part of his childhood influenced his later light work. He studied furniture design in Germany, and in 1997 received his MFA from SCAD in Savannah.

Best-sellers: Schproket Pendant crafted from aluminum, nylon and stainless steel and available in silver metallic, red or white ($1,050-$1,980); the Schproket Sconce ($700-$1,740); and the “Rain, Drizzle, Droplet” series of a pendant/sconce and chandeliers made from nickel-plate brass bead chain and stainless steel. Prices range from $295 to $6,000, depending on the number of droplets used.

Big break: Winning the Absolut Vodka Furniture competition (1997) with the Absolut Enlightenment Chandelier. This piece, created from Absolut Citron bottles, aluminum and stainless steel, is a conglomeration of Absolut bottles in the shape of one large Absolut bottle.

Claim to fame: Mammatus, a one-of-a-kind lighting sculpture commissioned by the city of Atlanta for the Arrivals Hall in the International Terminal at the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Inspired by clouds, the 3,000-pound piece is made with more than 8 miles of nickel-plated bead chain.

What’s new: Two collections: the Forest and the Royals. Both airy collections of limited-edition chandeliers, pendants and sconces are characterized by integral light sources, sculptural silhouettes and shadow effects.

Where to buy: www.christophermoulder.com for made-to-order pieces.

The well-dressed table

In his Texas studio, Keith Kreeger creates clean, contemporary and functional tableware and decor for restaurants, stores and your home.

The artist/designer: Originally from New York, Kreeger began working in clay at Skidmore College and later at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, N.Y. In 1999, he moved to Cape Cod to open his first studio. Ten years later, he relocated to Austin to further develop his high-fired porcelain work.

What’s popular: Hudson dinnerware ($52-$375) and Gramercy bottles ($100-$250). While the company uses a variety of glazes and banded rim treatments on its white tableware, the Linea design (an incised line filled with black glaze) is a best-seller.

Other favorites: Limited-edition, hand-thrown vases ($150 and up).

Big break: Moving to Austin. The collaborative and creative community inspired Kreeger to do his first restaurant project. He thought it was going to be a fun side-note to his business. The hospitality side has become a huge part of what he does. His pieces can be found in more than two dozen restaurants, including Husk Nashville.

What’s new: Made more than 3,600 pieces for a restaurant opening later this year in New York City.

Claim to fame: Creating custom (and sometimes one-of-a-kind) plates for chefs, including Chef Edward Lee at 610 Magnolia in Louisville Ky.

Where to buy: keithkreeger.com

Modern heirlooms

As a deeply committed homesteader in North Carolina, Jessica Green’s weaving business is truly homegrown. Green spins wool from the sheep she raises and forages for natural plant dyes before designing and weaving her modern version of traditional textiles.

The artist/designer: Green grew up in Austin, Texas, and graduated from Bennington College in Vermont. It wasn’t until after college that she started weaving, learning the craft through a series of traditional apprenticeships. Drawn to southern Appalachia because of its deep craft history, Green started A Little Weather in Sandy Mush (just north of Asheville) in 2013.

The goods: Handwoven home goods, including coverlets, pillows and wall hangings influenced by colonial American textiles, Scandinavian designs.

What’s popular: Fireside Blanket in Indigo and Poppy ($748). Also everyday cloths in a range of indigo variations ($39).

Other favorites: Framed pieces, including overshot drawings ($288); woven paintings ($1,200); and smaller woven paintings ($350-$500).

Claim to fame: Featured in the American Craft Council and Garden & Gun magazines.

What’s new: Baby blankets ($280) and Green’s first solo exhibition at the Bradbury Art Museum in Arkansas next spring.

Where to buy: www.alittleweather.com

Gorgeous Roswell farmhouse only $1.15M for tasteful interiors, spacious yard

North Fulton living doesn’t get much nicer than this.

For $1.15 million, you can be the proud next owner of a beautiful farmhouse in Roswell that comes with five beds, six baths and 6,812 square feet on 1.27 acres of land. The house has a huge chef’s kitchen, large wooden island, walk-in pantry and open family room.

Those niceties don’t even include the three-car garage, master on main, finished basement and covered patio with a fireplace.

If you need an in-law suite of some kind, the listing claims there is a finished apartment with hardwood floors, a kitchen, bath and bedroom above the garage.

According to the home’s Zillow history, it’s been listed for three days for the first time since 2010. Jump on it fast, as this is one of the nicest examples of suburban living we’ve seen. 

Smashing $2.3M countryside estate on sale in Cobb County

Get your own piece of the English countryside right in metro Atlanta for a cool $2.3 million.

You'll never have to worry about where to put your cars and horses again at this gated European-style mansion the heart of Cobb County. The 6,900 square foot estate spans 11 fenced acres and includes a 3-car garage and equestrian facilities, according to Zillow.com.

The residence at 2585 Gelding Ct NE in Marietta features seven bedrooms and six bathrooms. A one-bedroom, one-bathroom carriage house also stands on the property.

Inside the home is a formal grand room, a banquet-style dining room and a wine cellar. For lazy afternoons, take a dip in the pool.

The residence is listed at $2,350,000. Read more at Zillow.com.

Cucamelon: 5 things to know about the cute fruit

A little-known fruit is making headlines this summer for its big flavor.

Here's what you need to know about cucamelons:

1. What is a cucamelon? According to the Huffington Post, the cucamelon is a fruit that looks like a tiny watermelon but tastes more like a lime-dipped cucumber. It's also known as Mexican sour gherkin, Mexican miniature watermelon, Mexican sour cucumber and mouse melon, BuzzFeed reports.

2. Where do cucamelons grow? Cucamelons originated in Mexico and Central America, BuzzFeed reports. The fruit, which is about the size of a grape, grows on a vine.

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3. Where can I get them? They are sold at some farmer's markets, but your best bet is to grow them yourself, the Huffington Post reports. You can buy seeds online here.

4. How do I grow them? According to Home-Grown Revolution, you should "sow the seed from April to May indoors and plant out when all risk of frost is over." The vine will also need a support or trellis to grown on, SF Gate reports. Learn more here or here.

5. What's the best way to eat them? The Huffington Post recommends eating cucamelons straight from the vine, adding them to salads, pickling them or using them to garnish cocktails.

Cucamelon: 5 things to know about the cute fruit

A little-known fruit is making headlines this summer for its big flavor.

Here's what you need to know about cucamelons:

1. What is a cucamelon? According to the Huffington Post, the cucamelon is a fruit that looks like a tiny watermelon but tastes more like a lime-dipped cucumber. It's also known as Mexican sour gherkin, Mexican miniature watermelon, Mexican sour cucumber and mouse melon, BuzzFeed reports.

2. Where do cucamelons grow? Cucamelons originated in Mexico and Central America, BuzzFeed reports. The fruit, which is about the size of a grape, grows on a vine.

>> Read more trending stories

3. Where can I get them? They are sold at some farmer's markets, but your best bet is to grow them yourself, the Huffington Post reports. You can buy seeds online here.

4. How do I grow them? According to Home-Grown Revolution, you should "sow the seed from April to May indoors and plant out when all risk of frost is over." The vine will also need a support or trellis to grown on, SF Gate reports. Learn more here or here.

5. What's the best way to eat them? The Huffington Post recommends eating cucamelons straight from the vine, adding them to salads, pickling them or using them to garnish cocktails.

Marietta mansion with sweeping views on sale for $3.6 million

Get views unlike any other at this $3.6 million estate in Cobb County.

The Marietta mansion at 2948 Summitop Road spans 8,104 square feet and comes with six bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, according to the listing on Zillow.com.

Residents can see Kennesaw Mountain, Blackjack Mountain and the Buckhead and Atlanta skylines from this mansion perched on a hill.

With views like that, as the listing states, "you will never need another vacation!"

» The biggest and smallest homes for sale in Cobb County

The gated and uniquely decorated estate also offers a stone patio, pool and a jacuzzi—ideal for entertainers.

Peruse the photo gallery above, and find out more about the home on Zillow.com

Southern Made: Put it on paper

The write stuff

Sarah Meyer Walsh and Erin Miller are modern businesswomen with a passion for the classic details of old-school letterpress printing. In their Virginia-based studio, they create unique and fine paper goods.

The company: Haute Papier Collections, based in Arlington, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

The owners/designers: Meyer Walsh grew up near Buffalo, N.Y. Miller is from Durham, N.C. They met at American University and worked in management for a D.C.-based restaurant group before starting Haute Papier.

What’s popular: Personalized letterpress note and enclosure cards (starting at $65 for 25); personalized stationery (starting at $75 for 50); and personalized letterpress gift tags (starting at $58 for 25).

Other favorites: Rose and yellow gold-handled scissors ($20). Also any design from the Silk Stationery Collection, which features letterpress stationery housed in a handmade Thai silk box (starting at $100).

Fun requests: Printing a newborn’s actual footprint on a sweet baby announcement. Also designing holiday gift wrap for the White House, using Bo & Sunny, the Obamas’ dogs, as inspiration.

Claim to fame: Letterpress coasters with different themes and sayings were chosen as one of Oprah’s favorite things in 2015. A box of 100 letterpress coasters (with 25 of four different designs) is $25. The company offers more than 40 boxed sets to suit any occasion.

What’s new: Personalized Desk Pads ($80) that come with 52 sheets for a year of list making and desk organization.

Where to buy: www.hautepapier.com. Also at many Atlanta gift and paper shops (see website).

For wee ones

Wee Gallery in Florida knows that babies are stimulated by bold black-and-white images. That is why the small family company designed a line of high-contrast cards and other gifts with whimsical animal images.

The company: Wee Gallery started in March 2003 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Since 2004, it has been based in St. Petersburg.

The designers and founders: Surya Sajnani is the illustrator, designer and co-founder of Wee Gallery with her husband, David Pinto. The couple started the company after their son was born.

What’s popular: Art Cards for Baby ($12.95 for a box of six); temporary tattoos ($7.95 for 12; often used as birthday favors); greeting cards ($4.95); and the activity books ($4.95).

Fun (or unusual) request: Adult-size blankets that are as soft as the baby ones.

Claim to fame: Art Cards for Baby are sold at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.

What’s next: A textile line, which will include organic muslin swaddles, canvas growth charts and stuffed animals.

Where to buy: weegallery.com. In Atlanta, at Baby Braithwaite, 102 W. Paces Ferry Road, in Buckhead (babybraithwaite.com).

Make it personal

Tennessee artist Lexie Armstrong enjoys painting individual place cards for guests at her dinner parties. But two years ago, she started selling her whimsical and sophisticated place cards for others to enjoy.

The artist: She grew up in Grosse Pointe, Mich., and graduated from Dartmouth College. She received an MFA at American University and studied art history in London. She lives with her family on a horse farm in Franklin, where she paints as well as raises her three boys, chickens and horses and works in her organic garden.

The goods: Sets of 12 printed place cards ($50) based on her original watercolors. Also, gift tags (six for $25) and note cards (10 for $55). (On the more serious side, Armstrong’s work ranges from her “ceiling” series, oversized oils abstracted from Baroque ceiling frescoes, to landscapes and animals.)

What’s popular: Turkey place cards, especially for Thanksgiving; fox and hound place cards; trout note cards; butterfly gift tags.

Other favorites: Custom animal portraits ($250-$1,250).

Claim to fame: Place cards appeared in House Beautiful magazine this year. Also creating artwork for many high-end charity events in Nashville, Tenn., such as the Antiques and Garden Show, the Swan Ball and Sunday in the Park.

What’s next: Custom artwork for invitations and “watercolor maps.”

Where to buy: Lexiearmstrong.com

A cancer survivor creates a spa-like sanctuary in her home

Finny Moore gazes through her master bedroom skylights each night and appreciates being alive.

She and her husband, Ron, added the skylights, among other renovations, to make the house comfortable during her cancer treatment when they bought the home in 2009. Doctors told her she was supposed to die in 2011, she said. But after she survived and went into remission, the Moores added a structure in 2014 with an infrared sauna so she could enjoy its detoxification benefits.

“That was part of staying healthy after cancer,” she said.

A kitchen renovation also provided a larger, up-to-date space for the couple, who rarely eat out, to cook healthy, organic food. They retained the architectural details they loved, such as big windows and doors, in their midcentury modern home.

“It’s our happy place,” Finny said.

» Read more about their renovations on myajc.com

» Check out our photo gallery of their beautiful home

Gorgeous $6.8 million Tuxedo Park mansion offers unparalleled style

We’ve written about some beautiful homes before, but this one is on another level.

This $6.8 million mansion for sale in Buckhead’s Tuxedo Park boasts a killer combination of a picturesque yard, stately exterior and tasteful interior.

The home has six beds, nine bathrooms, four half-baths and more than 17,000 square feet. The master on main with a private study is paralleled only by the private theater, indoor basketball court and family room opening to an outdoor porch with a fireplace. The whole thing is arranged around a large outdoor pool and five-car garage.

Zillow’s price history shows the house has been on the market since 2013, when it was originally listed for $10 million. This year the owners appear to have changed realtors from Atlanta Fine Homes to Beacham & Company, which relisted the home for $6.85 million.

Read the full listing for more.  

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