When Shashi and Lucky Reddy, cofounders of mobile accessories brand Case-Mate, were in the market for a new home, they started driving around the leafy Atlanta suburb of Brookhaven. Best known for its manicured landscapes and stunning pre-war architecture, the community is included on the country’s National Register of Historic Places. “It was not the initial house that caught our attention so much as the 100-year-old oak tree right in front,” Lucky said of the couple’s ultimate find. “[W]e said this is it, this is the house.”
The Reddys (who met during their undergrad years in India) purchased the house in 2007 and happily lived in the space through 2016. At that point, they decided to expand and purchased their neighbour’s adjoining lot. Two full house demos later, they began to build an entirely new structure on the combined 10,000 square metres of open land.
The duo tasked Atlanta firm Summerour Architects with designing an exterior façade to fit into the historic neighbourhood. “We saw a lot of homes in Atlanta that were siding planks or stucco—[materials] that didn’t feel like they would [last] forever,” Lucky, whose full name is Lakshmi, says. “In India, it’s all cement and steel homes, which is to say, it’s a bit sturdier.” In the end, the Reddys decided to use limestone as their predominant material, as well as plenty of glass.
Through their architect, the Reddys were introduced to Joel Kelly Design and Wyeth Ray Interiors, who spearheaded the decor efforts. “Shashi and Lucky requested that we take a traditional exterior and seamlessly blend it into a modern interior in a way that made sense,” Joel Kelly, founder of the eponymous design firm, explains of the brief. “They wanted to be a kind neighbour on the outside but fashion-forward on the inside.”