On any evening this month, and most months,Troy Sealscott and Didier Arnaud will likely be sipping a cocktail with friends on their expansive back porch over looking the pool and hot tub that float across their back yard in historic Brookhaven.
This isn’t your grandmother’s porch. The poured and polished cement floor is dotted with angular furniture, statuesque planters, pyramid tower heaters and a lipstick red lamp. Glossy black steel pillars frame the one-an-a-half story porch roof, part of an extensive renovation the homeowners commissioned after they bought the house in 2010. While the lines of this Mid-century Modern home are sharp, the furnishings and vibe inside offer up genuine Southern hospitality. Following the recent renovation, Troy and Didier opened their home for the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Historic Brookhaven Candlelight Tour of Homes. “We jumped at the chance to support an amazing and worthy organization,” they said.
Troy and Didier purchased the home from the second owners who had the house for 43 years. The house was built in 1952 on the edge of a former stone quarry and designed by Knox Griffin who designed numerous homes in Atlanta. “Everything was original in the house, so we worked out a plan with our architect Steve Foster to keep the Mid-century Modern vibe but updated for how we wanted to live,” says Troy. That meant opening it up by taking out walls and tearing it down to the studs on the inside, and updating the look on the front by adding a courtyard, new entry steps, new decking and floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room.
The showstopper of the one-story home is the free standing bath cube in the master suite. The tub with double steam shower is graced by a custom bust of Napoleon in bisazza tile from Italy. Didier is French and orchestrated the nod to his European roots.
The couple entertains regularly and when the weather permits, they head to the porch and pool. “Otherwise people love to lean on the bar while we drink cocktails or wine or sit by the fireplace. The house is great for entertaining as there are lots of places to gather inside and out,” says Didier. Their rescue dog, Baxter, is never far behind.
In a neighborhood known for its historical roots (prominent Atlantans built summer cottages here in the early 1900s), this modern gem fits in comfortably, thanks in part to the homeowners who make entertaining and giving a priority.