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August 22, 2011

Our Atlanta Posse Makes the Glossies

<p>Atlanta designer Lee Kleinhelter (left) in Elle Decor magazine.</p>

Atlanta designer Lee Kleinhelter (left) in Elle Decor magazine.

By Nancy Staab

Check out Radcliffe Bailey’s house in WSJ, Janelle Monae on the Best Dressed List and Lee Kleinhelter in Elle Decor plus more!

Radcliffe Bailey and Emily Giffin’s Artistic Abodes

Atlanta artist Radcliffe Bailey is on a roll. The High Museum launched a stunning solo show of his multi-media works, “Memory as Medicine”;  celebs came in droves for the red carpet opening of the exhibit; both MoMA and the Art Institute of Chicago house his works in their permanent collections and now his modern glass, concrete and corrugated fiberglass house and studio have been featured in the July 8 issue of The Wall Street Journal. The rectangular, modernist white abode, nestled into the woods in Cascade Heights, and designed by Atlanta firm Mack Scogin Merril Elam is contemporary in nature and filled with art objects for inspiration. It also has a generous amount of windows--with the exception of Bailey’s studio space, which he prefers windowless. Check out some photos of the sleek space by local photographer Jeff Herr for WSJ here.




Speaking of famous Atlantans’ homes, novelist Emily Giffin’s Brookhaven manse is up for sale for $2.1 million and was featured June 17 in the real estate section of The Wall Street Journal’s online site. The 6,55-square foot, 6-bedroom home is traditional in style and was built in 2000. It features a covered portico, a pool, outdoor fireplace, and at least one room with plenty of built-in arched bookcases. The latter feature must have come in handy for this authoress, whose book Something Borrowed was made into a major studio movie this year. If interested in the property, please contact Samuel Bayne II at Atlanta Fine Homes/Sotheyby's, 404.835.9601 or






Local Designers in the National Spotlight

We spotted designer and Pieces boutique owner Lee Kleinhelter in two chic home magazines recently. In the September issue of House Beautiful, featuring designers and their stylish wheels, she shares her love for her black BMW X5—still a beauty despite a close call with a Smart car on fire! And in Elle Décor’s September issue, Kleinhelter and New York designer Timothy Whealon weigh in on the most chic occasional tables on the market. We love the I-Beam Lucite table by Gus Modern and the elegant Model AE Table by Cedric Hartman with marble top and nickel-alloy base. We also admire the royal blue, Louboutin peep-toes with gold stiletto heels and the punchy, Pop resin necklace (available at Pieces) that she was photographed in for the Elle Décor portrait-- sassy! Elle Decor photo by Joshua McHugh.


Lee Kleinhelter in Elle Decor Lee Kleinhelter in Elle Decor


Also featured in the same September issue of House Beautiful as Kleinhelter, local designer Courtney Giles, who was named “a designer on the rise” in HB’s inaugural “The Next Wave” column. Giles, of Courtney Giles Interiors, lists some of her favorite things in the article, including the novel The Great Gatsby, Narciso Rodriguez For Her fragrance, the Habitually Chic blog, and Benjamin Moore paint color in Mink, which she used to give her own den a “warm and a cozy” feel. The blonde beauty says she favors neutral interiors “with pops of color.” See some examples of her work below or go to


A bedroom by Courtney Giles A bedroom by Courtney Giles

A den by Courtney Giles A den by Courtney Giles













Janelle Monáe is Fashion’s New Darling

Atlanta songstress and queen of tuxedo-chic, Janelle Monáe, hammed it up with designer Karl Lagerfeld in the August issue of W magazine, featuring fashion designers and their musician muses. The two playfully pose in a marble bathtub with matching, black-and-white tuxedos. Monáe also rocks an intertwined C's Chanel ring and tie brooch along with her signature pompadour. So iconic is her look that Miss Monae was also cited in Vanity Fair’s “International Best Dressed List” this September, where she rhapsodizes about her black cashmere Chanel cape and George Esquivel oxford shoes.


Janelle Monae and Karl Lagerfeld in W Janelle Monae and Karl Lagerfeld in W













Black Lips Profiled in New York magazine

Atlanta band Black Lips landed a feature in New York magazine June 6, in which the article claims the band has “diligently worked at debauchery for more than a decade.” We will spare you the off-color details, but suffice it to say that the article’s subhead was “Black Lips perform like rock stars used to.” However, in between all the wild stage antics, the twenty-something band mates also landed Mark Ronson as their famed producer (He’s worked with giants like Amy Winehouse) and the result, according to the mag,  is “some of the grimiest, most joyful garage rock around.” The Ronson-produced Black Lips album Arabia Mountain was released June 7 and is laden with “careening harmonies, seething guitars, and singularly disturbed and witty lyrics” according to writer Lizzy Goodman. Reporting about life on the road enroute to Baton Rogue, Louisiana, guitarist Ian St. Pé shared tales of Waffle House pit stops; dressing rooms littered with Cheetos, Coors Light, Mad magazine and free socks (?), and accounts of a live tiger in the parking lot of a local gas station that the band is hoping to free. Crazy stuff, but we are pretty sure these rockers get more interesting swag than free socks for their efforts! Check out the rather infectious “Go Out and Get It!” from the new album here:











Atlanta Food and Beauty Buzz in the Press

On the food front, H& F Bottle Shop got a thumbs up from the July issue of Food and Wine magazine in their “Where to Go Next” column. We hear the boutique sip shop is now stocking spirits and mixers in addition to wines.


H&F Bottle shop H&F Bottle shop









Meanwhile, chef Hugh Acheson of Empire State South (who will serve as a judge on the next, Texas-based season of Bravo’s Top Chef and has a cookbook out this October) gave props in the July issue of Travel & Leisure magazine to Hector Santiago’s Super Pan Lantino Sandwich Shop. Says Acheson of Santiago: “He turns out phenomenal combinations such as smoked pork belly with tamarind sauce on a steamed coconut bun, or Mexican tuna with shaved-iceberg salad on focaccia—it’s simple food done right.”


Super Pan Latino sandwich Super Pan Latino sandwich









Lastly, congrats to Soren Salon (, Salon Next  ( and Van Michael ( for making the list in Elle magazine’s recent survey of America’s “Top 100 Salons.” GQ magazine may have called out Atlanta as one of the worst-dressed cities, but perhaps we can improve our lot as one of the best-tressed of cities!

Hair by Soren Salon. Hair by Soren Salon.