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Kitchen of the Week: “Soft Industrial” in a Georgia Hamlet

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Kitchen of the Week: “Soft Industrial” in a Georgia Hamlet

December 14, 2017

Atlanta civil engineers Teresa and Chad Epple are accustomed to thinking deep thoughts about airports and parking lots and pedestrian byways. So when their firm signed on as the engineers of record for the budding hamlet of Serenbe, Georgia—a “new urban” village with its own organic farm, preserved forests, and miles of nature trails, the couple knew a good thing when they saw it—they soon bought land to make it their own.

Though Serenbe is a highly planned community—complete with a spa, playhouse, and an inn—residents are granted flexibility in determining the architectural style of their own homes. For the Epples, that meant a house in a “soft industrial” style—the signature look of Atlanta design and branding firm Smith Hanes Studio. On the outside, the house is a “modern glass box,” the designer says. Inside, the kitchen’s oversized pendant lights and imposing zinc hood give way to soft white ceilings and breezy white curtains (plus one of the nicest pantries we’ve seen). Says the designer Smith Hanes, the interior is “industrial enough to agree with its modern exterior, but soft enough that the owners can relax and feel at home.” Let’s take a closer look at the kitchen (and that pantry).

Photography by Andrew Thomas Lee, courtesy of Smith Hanes Studio.

Two restored, vintage factory lights hang above the central island. The island stools are repurposed vintage schoolhouse chairs.
Above: Two restored, vintage factory lights hang above the central island. The island stools are repurposed vintage schoolhouse chairs.

The Epples have a big family and love having guests over for meals, says Hanes: “It’s common that they have eight or ten people around the kitchen table.”

Kitchen countertops are black granite. The ceilings are pine boards washed in Behr’s Antique White.
Above: Kitchen countertops are black granite. The ceilings are pine boards washed in Behr’s Antique White.

Chad Epple, in particular, is an avid cook. “He fixes an amazing breakfast every morning,” says Hanes: “Made-from-scratch biscuits, eggs just the way you like them, and lattes from his espresso machine.”

A custom zinc hood hangs above a Wolf range. Chad likes “nice cars and appliances,” the designer says. The flooring is black limewashed wood.
Above: A custom zinc hood hangs above a Wolf range. Chad likes “nice cars and appliances,” the designer says. The flooring is black limewashed wood.
Floating shelves made of solid walnut hang over custom oiled walnut cabinets with painted maple fronts and steel handles.
Above: Floating shelves made of solid walnut hang over custom oiled walnut cabinets with painted maple fronts and steel handles.
To the left of the range sits coffee and tea service.
Above: To the left of the range sits coffee and tea service.
A steel-and-glass pantry is stocked with essentials.
Above: A steel-and-glass pantry is stocked with essentials.

At their first design meeting, Teresa Epple showed Hanes a photo of a glassed-in, country house pantry made with vintage wooden windows. “We just tailored the idea to the aesthetic of this house,” the designer says, and used new glass and steel forged by Forge Fine Steel in Atlanta.

Inside the pantry is an antique sideboard and a handblown Globe Light—a custom Smith Hanes design (available on the studio’s website, starting at $435).
Above: Inside the pantry is an antique sideboard and a handblown Globe Light—a custom Smith Hanes design (available on the studio’s website, starting at $435).

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