Inside designer Ann Mashburn’s Atlanta home


Anne Mashburn and her husband Sid run a self-constructed sartorial empire based on shirt dresses, crewneck sweaters and shoes that are both sensible and chic. Each seemingly minimal piece offers intrigue in one form or another – a slight balloon sleeve, a smocked collar, a gingham bow. Classics, but with a twist. That same sentiment applies to Mashburn’s home nestled in Atlanta’s historic Buckhead neighborhood. The elements are simple but each piece has a story.

“Have you read the book The Dutch houseMashburn asks me, referencing Ann Patchett’s story of one woman’s obsession with an elusive home. “It’s like my Dutch home. I love it so much.” The Mashburns moved to Atlanta 15 years ago, which Ann spent a lot of time pining for her newly acquired dream home (last August). With its ideal structural foundation in place, little was needed in terms of renovation.

On the list of past home owners, friend and interior designer Kay Douglass is just ahead of Mashburn. According to Mashburn, Douglass and his predecessors all had great taste. They left the space in pristine condition for Mashburn’s move-in. “Everything I’ve owned fits in perfectly,” she explains. “I didn’t do anything but move in and put my things there.”

The designer duo have spent years collecting the things they love. So much so that once they finally acquired their dream home, their curation process focused more on retention than adding rooms. Divorced from the “more is more” stereotype of Southern design, Mashburn’s home feels more like an Italian villa with its starched white linens and occasional gilded antiques.

Although despite the seemingly perfect aesthetic alignment, the house also meets practical needs. The Mashburns have five daughters, two of whom have a newly diagnosed physical and cognitive disability known as Hereditary spastic paraplegia. Part of the appeal of this residence was a basement they could call their own.

The house tells “the story of our life,” says Mashburn. Ahead, learn the story behind the individual pieces in the couple’s collection and how Mashburn’s personal style fits into Atlanta’s design ethos.

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