Partnering with Hollow Bone Designs to Preserve History in Grant Park

Before Atlanta became a bustling city, it was a distribution hub and known as the location for the end of the Western and Atlantic railroad line. Lemuel P. (L.P.) Grant, a successful engineer and businessman, was one of the great men who helped bring the railroad to Atlanta. He gave the city 100 acres in the newly developed neighborhood where he lived, and that was the beginning of Grant Park. When people talk about Grant Park today, they speak of both the oldest and fourth-largest park in the city, as well as the historic neighborhood that surrounds it.

In the area, homeowners and passersby will find an abundance of historic homes, from Victorian mansions to tidy, 1920s-era bungalows. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Grant Park’s character has been preserved by restrictions that require renovations and new construction to be compatible with the neighborhood’s architecture. When our team at Design2Sell had an amazing opportunity to work with Hollow Bone Designs on the staging of a 1920 Queen Anne Victorian home in historic Grant Park, we couldn’t wait to get started!

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This home, located on Glenwood Avenue between the northernmost edge of Grant Park’s main green space and I-20, contained many of the original design details expected in Victorian architecture. The home had been divided into a duplex and had long been neglected. The exterior color had deteriorated over the years, but magnificent features such as stained-glass windows and a welcoming porch still prevailed. The interior also boasts of original construction with interesting lines and angles throughout the home, such as arched doorways and angled walls. The three-bedroom home features unique elements such as freestanding, room-dividing fireplaces that provide a decorative, vintage touch to both the living room and dining area. The goal for Hollow Bone Designs was to keep the authentic charm and culture of the home and modernize it to fit today’s homebuying standards.

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“Our goal was to return this historic home to its original splendor, saving the stained-glass windows, original fireplace and cast iron clawfoot tub,” stated Rachel Massie, founder of Hollow Bone Designs. “Although the home had been taken to studs, we carefully recreated the details of the original home while incorporating modern day amenities.” The new exterior boasts of a paved driveway that can accommodate three vehicles, in addition to on-street parking. The drab exterior was updated to an appealing teal outlined in bright white, while the landscaping was trimmed back and beautiful bushes and plants were added to increase curb appeal.

Upon entering the home, guests walk into a clean and sophisticated white adjoining entryway and living area. The entire home is open and airy, but each room has distinguishing features that set it apart from the rest. The entryway is simple and uncluttered with large, modern gray and white patterned chairs. The living area is spacious with off-white chairs and a sofa and pops of color coming from decorative pillows and a large plant. A room-dividing fireplace is the only structure separating the living area from the dining room, which is decorated with classy gray and silver and an eye-catching chandelier. There is also a small office space between the dining room and kitchen that blends perfectly in the design. The kitchen itself features a glossy backsplash, white cabinetry and an island, making the space appear roomy with tons of storage.