A kitchen designer creates a whimsical, Instagram-worthy wonderland at her home in Monroe, Georgia

Brittany Hayes has always been ahead of the curve. She married her middle school sweetheart, Mark, when they were sophomores at the University of Georgia, and, by age 21, they were running their own successful kitchen design company, A Polished Finish. Recently, we chatted with Brittany about her family’s bright and layered 1905 Craftsman in Monroe, Georgia.

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Summer Escape: Inside three beautiful Southern lake houses

Three families, three locations, and three beautiful lakeside summer homes. Take a tour inside.

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Ballard Designs opens its new, larger flagship store in Underwood Hills

Hardware, wallpaper, monograms—with a new, larger flagship store, Atlanta-based home furnishings company Ballard Designs can showcase more collections and products than ever before.

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Flame thrower: Lawrenceville artist Erica Elle uses a blowtorch to create her vibrant paintings

Forget paintbrushes. Artist Erica Doggett-Alphin, who goes by Erica Elle, wields a blowtorch to create her kaleidoscopic paintings. “I’m a scientist in a lab,” says the Memphis native. “I started playing around with resin and alcohol-based paints, and when I mixed in fire, it made a flame. When the flames went down, I noticed that it created really cool textures.”

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“This wouldn’t happen at our farmhouse.”

We don’t own a farmhouse. We own a two-story Cape Cod on a dead-end street in Smyrna built in 1985, apparently by a DIY-er who was overconfident and woefully inadequate in his electrical and plumbing skills. 

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