When Atlanta designer Don Easterling and his partner Michael Proctor discovered a 1911 Ansley Park house for sale designed by Neel Reid, one of Georgia’s most revered architects, they jumped at the opportunity. The house had been minimally altered over the years, and it also had a rich social history… former owners entertained Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy in the home during the 1960 presidential campaign.
Easterling and Proctor embarked on a thoughtful and meticulous renovation, taking care that new features appear “as if they’d always been there.” They repurposed the original windows, new windows were custom milled to match the old; historic hardware, hinges, and mantels were incorporated; and period appropriate materials and finishes were selected. It was imperative to Easterling, an avid collector of antiques and architectural salvage, that the home’s additions look original. Therefore they enlisted residential designer C. Brandon Ingram and builder Pat Kurek to add a new keeping room, bi-level back porch, pool, and pavilion – all inspired by Reid’s portfolio. “It was fun to continuously ask myself the question, ‘What would Neel Reid do if Don were his client?’ ” Ingram told Luxe.
Nina Nash, Easterling’s design partner of nearly a decade, contributed to the interior design. Nash loves antiques and traditional furnishings, but she also likes to mix in bold colors, prints, and modern touches such as Lucite. The result is a beautiful combination of historical accuracy and freshness, ensuring the home remains poised for another century of gracious living.
This tour was originally written by Jennifer Boles and featured in Luxe with photography by Emily Followill. Additional images provided by Nina Nash, and from the portfolio of C. Brandon Ingram.
This home is perfection, and as a historic preservation enthusiast, the story warms my heart! For more information, please visit Luxe, and for ongoing inspiration please follow Nina Nash @ninamarienash, Don Easterling @doneasterling, and C. Brandon Ingram @cbrandoningram on Instagram. You can see an exquisite “new old” house built by Ingram here.
Heavens, what a beautiful house. Everything is just right. So glad there are designers left with that level of sophistication and taste. Thanks for sharing.
Absolutely wonderful! There’s not a space here that I don’t love. Well done, Don and Nina!
Mr. C. Brandon Ingram certainly does have a beautiful site as well-
Inspiring. Understated elegance with a most graceful provenance and design signature. Congratulations!