The Alpharetta house combines the charm of the old with modern design

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Godfrey’s new favorite room is the butler’s pantry, painted in a complementary shade of blue. Glass-topped cabinets showcase her collection of Bernardaud’s wedding china, while refrigerated drawers and “appliance garages” under the counters hide food, kitchen gadgets, and an ice maker. These allow the family to keep the counter clean and organized.

To bring Godfrey’s ideas to life, the pair worked with builder Jessica Murphy of Hammer and Harmony. One of Murphy’s ideas was to help parents make the home more kid-friendly, pushing them towards shiplap walls over drywall for its easy-to-clean surfaces and durability.

Beyond the design scheme, the couple opted to fill their space with antique pieces like cream and botanical prints that embrace the house’s colonial architecture style. Some were salvaged from local antique shops, while others (such as the silver tea set in the dining room) were passed down from Godfrey’s grandmother. “There’s a lot of meaning in the house, whether it’s a mirror or a piece of art,” says Godfrey.


Residents: Scott and Georgia Godfrey and their three sons

Location: Alpharetta

Square feet: 4,500

Bedrooms/Baths: 4 beds, 3 and ½ bathrooms

Year of construction: 1976

Year of purchase: 2013

Architectural style: early american

Favorite architectural elements: crown molding

Type of renovations: renovation of the kitchen; added pantry, laundry room and butler’s changing room

Cost of renovations: around $100,000

Manufacturer: Jessica Murphy with Hammer and Harmony

Architect: Greg Harrel

Landscape architect: Jim Pollock

Interior design style: modern farmhouse style, combining contemporary and antique elements

Favorite room: butler’s pantry

Favorite piece of furniture: the old pine table at the end of the kitchen island where the three boys sit a lot

Favorite exterior feature: the side entrance of the friendship gate

Resources: Furniture and other decorations by Serena & Lily, Persian Point and Schumacher; kitchen appliances from Kohler and Sub Zero; lighting from Visual Comfort and Scott Antique Markets; and the paint colors of Benjamin Moore and Penley.


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