Annual design award to honor former
ADAC showroom manager
When Robert Alby passed away in 1999, a group of his
friends and admirers were determined that he would be remembered for
his contributions to the Atlanta and Buckhead communities. As the
longtime manager of the Baker, Knapp & Tubbs furniture showroom
at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center,
he was active in the growth of ADAC -- 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. --
supportive of Southeastern design professionals and encouraged young
people who chose interior design as their career.
Bob and his wife, Joan, were well know for participating in area
design projects and for the Buckhead residences they purchased and
-- doing a major portion of the renovation themselves -- turned from
ordinary houses into extraordinarily handsome homes.
The Robert Alby Student Interior Design Fund was
established to recognize superior achievements by talented students
with both an annual award and a cash supplement to assist their
entry into the professional arena. Now, in collaboration with the
faculty of the Atlanta College of Art, the fund has grown
substantially. An advisory board composed of area interior
designers, showroom personnel, educators and design-related
manufacturers will work with the College of Art to select recipients
of the awards.
As the much-admired manager of the Baker showroom, Alby was on
hand as ADAC grew from a relatively small John Portman-owned
facility into what is now the major design center of the Southeast.
The five-story structure now houses more than 90 major showrooms and
has been expanded into adjacent buildings -- ADAC West.
Contributions to the R.A.S.I.D. Fund may be made by
contacting advisory board members Mysty McLelland, vice
president and general manager of ADAC, at 404-231-1720, Sue
Wislar, ASID, at 404-231-2035, or Peter Pittman,
department head for interior design at the Atlanta College of Art,
at 404-733-5001, ext. 5160.
'Come Shuck With Us' -- Buckhead's
landmark Steamhouse Lounge & Raw Bar offers outstanding oysters
and much more
Although the Buckhead Village area gets more than its share of
notice for weekend revelry, an institution tucked away at 3041
Bolling Way deserves attention for the lunches and dinners it
serves -- without nonsense -- day in and day out. The Steamhouse
Lounge has drawn serious seafood lovers from nearby offices, shops
and neighborhoods since it opened in 1986 in an old two-story house
that once was a shop for fine porcelains.
The menu features a wide variety of shellfish dishes: clams,
mussels, crab legs, shrimp, seafood salads, sandwiches and, of
course, terrific oysters. Starters include oysters Rockefeller (with
fresh creamed spinach), oysters caliente, seafood quesadillas,
seafood nachos and lobster bisque (voted "Atlanta's Best). The
Steamhouse Frogmore skillet is deservedly famous: oysters, shrimp,
corn on the cob, potatoes and sausage in a spicy butter/beer sauce.
Sandwiches include grilled catfish, grilled tuna with jalapeno
tartar sauce and lobster roll with drawn butter.
Don't mention "fried" or your waitperson may respond,
"We're a Steamhouse, not a Friedhouse." But
the friendly service, delicious food and modest prices keep Buckhead
residents coming back for more. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to early
morning. Mark your calendar for the Annual Steamhouse Oyster
Festival in February. For more information, call 404-233-7980.
Take-out orders can be faxed to 404-237-6580.
A new flavor 'Frontera'
Some years ago, a favorite
cantina for residents of the Chastain/Wieuca area was "Azuni,"
at 4279 Roswell Road. The owners relocated and named their new place
near the Atlanta Water Works "Taqueria del Sol," taking
with them their excellent corn chowder and lots of Buckhead diners.
But the space they occupied
is now the Buckhead location of "Frontera," which
appears destined to be a new neighborhood favorite.
Not only is the food full
of grand flavors and fresh ingredients, but the interior is
simpatico and the grill is already drawing crowds, especially at
lunch time. Go early. The specials change daily and the prices are
attractively low. A "Frequent Amigo Card", stamped on each
lunch visit, will get you your 10th lunch free. The
dinner menu is more extensive, and not Tex-Mex, but the real thing.
Call 404-236-0777. If you ask, they will fax you a full menu.
Shopping and saving
Cost Plus World Market
has opened in the "Disco" Kroger Shopping Center at 3330 Piedmont
offering home furnishings, decorative accessories, food and wine and
imports from around the world.
There's a big wine selection and a large inventory of German
beers and gourmet foods. Unusual decorative items
included just the thing for "shop till you drop"
customers: miniature shopping carts -- just right for a clever
centerpiece, a gift filled with little surprises, or a child's room
toy cart. Chrome-plated, they are budget-priced at $9.99 and $15.99.
The store also offers a good selection of imported wood-and-iron
Cost Plus joins Beverly Hall's Thomasville Galleries and the
dacor showroom to make this area a worth-the-time-and-trip
Courting good fast food, catering
off the beaten track
Longtime Buckhead residents
will recall that years ago there was a fancy beverage shop on the
back side of Lenox Square near where the pedestrian bridge now
crosses into the Peachtree Park neighborhood. The site became an
even fancier Middle Eastern restaurant in the days before East Paces
Ferry Road was cut off by the construction of Georgia 400.
The original Fish Market
restaurant, part of the Buckhead Life restaurant group and now
located on Pharr Road, also got its start at the back of Lenox,
where the food court is today.
Savory memories, but
today's food court has its own attractions. It's fast food, but the
choices are international and the service, also international, is
cheerful and courteous.
Our favorite? The Farmer's
Basket is ideal if you have little helpers along on your Lenox
Square shopping trip or if you have lots of packages. It's
conveniently located at the back next to the parking. Dishes are
freshly cooked within your sight and they're delicious. Tasty sauces
are one secret, another is the "down home" side dishes
such as turnip greens, fried okra and broiled potatoes.
Looking for an unusual
place for your next business or professional meeting? Contact Amy
Cates Lance at Chastain Horse Park. The spacious, handsomely
decorated facility overlooking the riding rings does have kitchens
or can arrange for catering. It's become an
"in" place for all types of socializing. Call 404-252-4244
x28. Better yet, pay them a visit at 4371 Powers Ferry
"NB" is the traditional
Latin designation for nota bene (note well). In this case it stands
for "non-Buckhead, but good"
crosses our desk that is too good not to share. In our mail we got a copy of "The Lee Brothers Boiled Peanut
Catalog" from Matthew and Ted Lee of Charleston, S.C. A clever
hand-stitched little publication of only 28 pages, it is chock-full
of Southern delicacies. Boiled peanuts, of course, but some fig
items also sounded delicious.
"Mrs. Studdard's Fig
Preserves" is made with the sugar fig varietal, zested with
paper-thin slices of lemon. "Mrs. Studdard's Fig Syrup" is
explained by this enticing information: "When Mrs. Studdard
makes her prized preserves, she's left with an abundance of
flavorful fig syrup. She has bottled for us a limited quantity of
the syrup because we all agreed that it is too precious to go to
The syrup is priced at two
8-ounce jars for $10.50 and the preserves at two jars for $14.75.
Both items are shipped postage paid via U.S. mail, UPS or Federal
Express. Call 843-720-8890.
For $1 extra, they will
mail you their delightful catalog of fig and peach preserves,
blackberry and strawberry jams, okra and watermelon rind pickles and
"Mrs. Studdard's Pumpkin Chip Preserves" from the
Sometimes we simply need to
shop away from Buckhead for life's simple pleasures.
Take a shopping vacation at home
As if influenced by the new
reduced air fares most airlines are offering, the major showrooms on
Miami Circle have joined the price-cutting program. And there are
several new destinations for astute shoppers.
Don't be misled, however,
by the window sign at House of Thebaut. Atlanta's grande dame
of lamps and lampshades, Hedy Thebaut, is not closing the doors of
her shop at 674 Miami Circle. She is merely reducing her
stock of more than 4,000 lamps (priced at 50% off for cash payment,
40% off for charge sales). Lampshades are not included.
"Close out" and
"Reduced prices" banners can be seen up and down the
street, offering interior furnishings and accessories from antiques
to original art work and rare books. A visit to the Antonio Raimo
Galleries is like a shopping trip to the Smithsonian or a
prestigious museum. On display in seven galleries are fine volumes
and beautiful bird and botanical engravings. If there is a golfer on
your Christmas list, you will find a wide range of golfing
memorabilia from both this country and Scotland.
Several new showrooms also
are now open, including new sources for marble and stone. As you
enter the street, don't miss the strikingly handsome wall of
fireplace artistry on the the Moore Showroom at 648 Miami Circle
crafted by French artist Thierry Francois and his talented
artisans. For information, talk to Ward Moore in the showroom
or call the fabrication headquarters, Stone Age Designs, at
To break your shopping
tour, stop by Eclipse di Luna at 764 Miami Circle at the very
end of the street for a delicious light menu in a relaxed setting.
Nearby, at 2469 Piedmont
Road, you may have missed the familiar Zesto's sign. The
sandwich/ice cream shop is still there, only now it's called Burrito
Brothers. In addition to many of the old favorites, the menu now
includes popular Mexican fare. The shop has undergone a colorful
facelift, but it is still owned by the Livaditis family and
still offers the same friendly service. Many long-time Atlantans
also know Jimmy Livaditis' other business: Big John's
Christmas Trees, a source for top-quality holiday trees and
'Antiquish' -- a brand new word for
very old furnishings
If you are shopping for
classical decorative pieces-of-distinction, you might want to drop
into a handsome little boutique on Roswell Road appropriately called
Antiquish Things. Even before entering, you will feel you've
found the right place. Its cheerful "European yellow"
facade would be right at home on a picturesque street in France,
Greece or Italy.
Inside, a hand-painted
floor leads you into displays of chests, tables and armoires covered
and filled with candles, floral arrangement and linens. On a recent
visit, a pair of impressive intricately inlaid chests had just been
sold. If you don't wait too long, a striking faux bamboo bed still
may be tucked into a corner. "Almost double-size," it has
European dimensions, but the modest price includes box springs and
Bamboo -- real this time --
to bring good luck is offered in clear glass vases. A perfect gift
for those to whom one wishes good fortune.
Antiquish Things is at
3714 Roswell Road in the Powers Ferry Shopping Center.
Nearby, Erika Reade,
Ltd., has almost tripled in size. The landmark location for the
unusual in gifts, furniture and accessories is featuring maple chair
and stools from Maine Cottage.
Maybe because it's summer,
or perhaps in just typical Buckhead hospitality, each of the shops
in the shopping center seems to be particularly welcoming. This is
especially true at B.D. Jeffries, a source for
"alligator and crocodile accessories, unique gifts and
antiques." A pleasant shopping experience for both men and
Signature Jeffries leather
goods are much in evidence, including not only the reptile skins the
shop is known for but also smooth leathers in an array of stylish
colors. Men will be especially pleased with the selection of
hunting/sporting themed articles. There is even an assortment of
vintage books, many out of print, that will be treasured by dog
lovers. And don't overlook the collection of canines sculpted in
metal. Some are obviously meant for use as door stops, but all are
collectible for the den, the study or the weekend retreat.
Moe's Southwestern Grill
and Harry's In A Hurry are close by for a quick snack or a
relaxing shopping break. Both feature refreshing natural selections,
and Harry's is a great stop at the end of the day for an elegant
gourmet carry-home dinner.
Missing Person: Where is Paul
track of Paul Ziegler (at left) is difficult. When last
sighted, he was seeking, finding and selling collectibles
somewhere in Florida. He was once sited at 646
Lindbergh Way, the portion of Lindbergh that crosses Piedmont
Road downhill from the now internationally hot topic Gold
He owned and operated the
Furniture Exchange, that two-story (long-unpainted) building that
now rambles into space next door and opens into an attractive garden
shop and landscaped parking area behind.
Bill Cook is the new
owner, and the Exchange is still a great place to find
"pre-owned" treasures at "pre-inflation" prices.
He and his associates have a knack for finding unusual decorative
accessories, antiques and artwork. We were surprised to find a
collection of leather hides in a variety of colors and sizes, just
right for reupholstering a chair, ottoman or barstool. A talented
artisan is still on-site, making lamps from favored pieces-of-the-past
as well a performing competent lamp repairs.
Don't mistake the collection
of boutiques -- as in so many stalls-type locations -- to be operated
by anonymous stay-away proprietors. At the Exchange, you will usually
find Bill himself on hand, and the many-faceted operation is known as
a "group shop." It is obvious that the "group" of
"pickers" ranges far and wide to discover items that
decorators -- and other discriminating buyers -- often travel miles to
country shops and city auctions to find.
If you're tired of paying
exalted prices in the showrooms, you will be delighted at the finds
you'll discover here. Call 404-233-2100 for shop hours and
And notify Buckhead Revisited
if you locate Paul Ziegler. He started it all, and we bargain shoppers
are eternally grateful.
Meet the press ... and find a
Buckhead is fortunate to have
two fine shelter magazines, Veranda and Atlanta Homes and
Lifestyles. The latter has inaugurated a new series about local
sources for decorative furnishings titled "designtalk."
The June issue features tips for "Creating the Classic Look"
by Kathy Guyton, the award-winning interior designer and owner
of three Interiors Market showrooms (in Buckhead at 55 Bennett Street,
in Birmingham, Ala., and in Jackson, Miss.).
Guyton distills her
suggestions down to five essentials:
- Select comfortable seating
that is durable and lasting.
- Choose at least one
antique made of beautiful wood.
- Use really pretty Oriental
rugs, perhaps a runner for starters.
- Include one contemporary
piece, maybe a glass-and-iron coffee table or lamp, with clean,
- Hang a wonderful painting
or striking photograph or grouping.
She also advises against
using a lot of color on the walls, "paint competes with the
colors in artwork or upholstery fabrics." She favors soft
backgrounds of "putty" or "taupe."
(Sidenote: In 1856, an
18-year-old English chemist named William Perkin accidentally
"discovered" the subtle color mauve while working on a
treatment for malaria in his home laboratory. Simon Garfield tells the
story in "How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the
World," $23.95 and available from The Common Reader,
The June issue of Atlanta
Homes also features the Buckhead home of Anita and Joe Best and
garden photography by Jay Fletcher, who with wife Anne enjoys
garden design inspired by trips to England and the south of France.