Attic Becomes Lofty Wine Cellar
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ATLANTA – Many wine connoisseurs look to a cellar or cellar when it comes to keeping their valuable collections at home. However, with the lack of underground space at this Atlanta residence, homeowners who kept their beloved drinks in a controlled environment warehouse feared that their dreams of bringing home their 1,000-bottle wine collection would be shattered.
However, with the help of several design professionals including Wellness Wellness Your Walls (WWYW) and DES-SYN, their wish became a reality when they looked up and turned their attention to the spacious attic. Together they not only created a special place for their wines, but also added a small kitchen, a guest toilet and a seating area that also accommodates overnight guests.
“It’s a very innovative and totally flexible space,” says Jillian Pritchard Cooke, MIRM / founder of Atlanta-based WWYW, which is focused on creating healthy interiors. “Not only can it be used for wine storage and tasting, which is the main theme, but it can also be used for entertainment like a Super Bowl party or afternoon tea, or even as an extra work space. We also built in a TV, fireplace, and day bed so guests can stay the night. “
From the start, the team welcomed the location of the attic and welcomed its seemingly disadvantaged position on the upper level.
“Typically, underground wine cellars have dark surfaces and are very moody,” says Robin Wright, DES-SYN’s interior designer / WWYW certified for the Atlanta-based company. “But we want toto celebrate that this room is not underground and create the concept of a wine cellar in the sky. “
“The best news for us is that the attic is not an underground space,” adds Cooke. “Underground wine cellars can have a temperature advantage, but modern, efficient devices can also regulate the temperature. And we didn’t have to worry about moisture issues that sometimes affect underground spaces. “
Being above ground also gave them the opportunity to take advantage of the natural light, even in the more “capricious” wine storage / tasting area, where sunlight from a large window brightens the darker surfaces, such as wine cellars. For example, the carefully crafted Thelen Designs walnut cabinets by Christiana Cabinetry for seamlessly accommodating the Sub-Zero wine cooling system and the associated wine accessories. Its rich, hand-pressed finish is reminiscent of the Old World vibe, while a relatively simple profile maintains a clean look.
The cabinets are accented with bespoke, leather-wrapped satin nickel fittings from Turnstyle Designs, accentuating the Old World style and embodying the union with a modern design theme that was a goal for the space.
“Hardware is one of my favorite things,” says Wright. “It’s a perfect representation of the room, with its modern, hard surface covered in something that is warm and soft to the touch.”
Other elements of the Old World are the wrought iron gates at the entrance to the room that set the tone for the room.
“You are the first thing you see when you go into the attic,” says Wright. “Our customers loved the gates and somehow wanted to integrate them. They are the star of the room and they really pull you in. “
A vaulted barrel ceiling, rustic / desperate Italian tiles in herringbone pattern on the floor and atmospheric walls painted with Benjamin Moore Mink all create the feeling of a bygone era.
“The darker color on the wall also makes it easier to appreciate and enjoy the ambient lighting in the closets,” continues Wright.
An antique workbench that has been converted into a table forms the center of the room and offers space for pouring and placing drinks, while leather stools allow guests to stay longer.
Light, open and airy
When moving into the kitchen, the mix of old world style and modern design is recreated in a light, open and airy room. The former is aided by the rich walnut furniture, which is a repetition of the tasting room with bespoke hardware. Matching panels conceal a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawer so the homeowner’s hosts can easily tidy up after entertaining guests.
The designers supported the furniture with additional details from the old world, including the hand-hammered undercounter washbasin in country house style by Linkasink in dark bronze, which is accentuated with a Franke bridge tap made of satin nickel.
“The sink looks like it was from another time, but we chose a satin nickel faucet to match the hardware and lighting fixtures,” says Wright. “They really make a statement in the kitchen.”
A beadboard backsplash, which consists of planks of different widths, ages the room aesthetically, while the countertop made of Neolith Fusion concrete with a silk look offers a clean, slim look without being too contemporary or flashy. The resemblance to concrete creates an unexpected surprise, and the scratch and abrasion resistance provides the much-needed durability.
“We made sure to select materials that could withstand heavy use,” says Cooke. “Our customers will cut a lot of acidic foods like lemons and limes and put together sausage boards for their guests so they don’t have to use a lot of chemicals to clean.”
The Old World elements contrast with the bright white Benjamin Moore Chantilly lace walls and nave ceiling, the latter offering a nice balance between modern and traditional aesthetics, Cooke notes.
“We thought a lot about the ceiling,” adds Wright. “At first we wanted salvaged beams, but in the end we thought they might be too rustic so we backed them off and instead wrapped the beams and painted them to match the ceiling to keep them very light and airy. It’s subtle and adds a lot to the space. “
Classic wide-plank floors made of European oak from the Railyard Vintage Loft Collection by Real Wood Floor run through the entire kitchen and anchor the room with a classic atmosphere that is neither too old nor too modern. It extends in the seating area, which contains a lot Seating, a day bed that can be used for overnight guests, a TV and a gas covered with porcelain tiles Fireplace that loosely separates the two rooms. A Palladian window shows the upper level of the loft Location and allows an abundance of natural Light to stream into the room during the day. At the At night, LED lights take over the lighting.
“We wanted to create a nice space for day and night,” says Cooke. “During the day it is bright and bright from natural light, and at night there is a beautiful ambience from the LED lights.” ▪