By Castro Design Studio

AH&L 2018 Kitchen Of The Year

This year could not have had started out better.   A very special project of ours was selected by Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles to be their 2018 Kitchen of the year!


Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, January 2018


The incredibly talented Joel Kelly was the Interior Designer on this project.  I have always been a huge fan of Joel’s  Interior Design and Architecture work.  When he suggested I join him and the clients on a shopping trip to Los Angeles, I could not pass on the opportunity.


After a day of seeing some of the most beautiful spaces and products we decided to go to the Tower Bar for dinner and drinks.  The Sunset Tower is a beautiful Art Deco building, and the bar area is just perfect.  It is paneled in dark wood, but it feels modern and cozy.  Sitting there, the words were uttered “I wish we could just live here”.


Upon returning to Atlanta the more traditional kitchen design was scrapped.  In a true design meeting, Joel brought out the yellow “trash paper” and the idea for this space was born.  This was to be a space that drew inspiration fro the Sunset Bar, but would also be a rugged working kitchen.  It was to be equally functional for making a quick meal for two, or for preparing and serving a meal for forty.


The result is a walnut paneled room with two islands.  One island serves as prep space and a place to sit in the kitchen, the other is used for serving at parties.  This second “serving” island also creates a sense of definition between the kitchen and family room in the open concept space.


View from the Family Room into the Kitchen


You can really appreciate Joel’s genius in this detail showing how metal, soapstone, and walnut all come together.


View from the Breakfast Room into the Kitchen

The furniture in this kitchen was crafted by Block and Chisel and Skylar Morgan Furniture and Design.  The hauntingly beautiful photographs were shot by Emily Followill.


My grandfather used to say that the reward for great work is more great work.  I am a firm believer in this.  I am incredibly humbled by this honor, and recognize that it would be impossible to be here without the work of so many more people.  Most of all, I am so grateful for the opportunity these wonderful friends and clients gave me to be a part of this team and project, as I am for the opportunity to work with all our amazing clients.  It is because of you that we can wake up every day and practice a craft we love.



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In the works!

Hi everyone!  We just wanted to show you some of the fun things we have been working on this year.


This project is underway in Decatur!


It is incredibly exciting to see this one going up in Morningside.


We are so fortunate to have worked with some wonderful clients, reviving this Robert Green house in Sandy Springs.


Piedmont Heights… Perhaps the shiniest range hood ever!


Serious pool envy, recently completed in Maryville, Tennessee


Recently completed in Peachtree Park, it has the best porch for drinking Champagne Cocktails!


Another recently completed house in Piedmont Heights, this one was so much fun.


Many more projects to come, like this one in Lake Keowee, South Carolina



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Coming in 2017!

2017 is off to a roaring start, and we would like to give you a peek at some projects just finishing up as well as some coming out of the ground soon.


This is a new house in Brookhaven.   The first floor steel windows are five feet wide and ten feet tall!


This one is just about done in Garden Hills.


This one is just a couple of doors down from another project of ours.

We are working on some really fun projects that will be coming out of the ground this year.  I grew up going on construction site visits with my Dad.  To me, the only thing more exciting than seeing these designs getting built is seeing how they turn into homes when people move into them.

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This one is a small farm house in Calhoun, Georgia. It will be a peaceful retreat for some great clients.


This Voysey inspired house is a very special collaboration with our dear friend Kristan Moore.  It has been years in the making, but it will be well worth the wait!


We are close to wrapping up permit drawings for this house in Brookhaven.  I am so very fortunate to be working with the most wonderful family on this very special house.


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Initial concept sketch and rendering for a one room deep English inspired house with views to a lake in the front and a pool in the back.  I am so very fortunate to be working with some incredible clients on this one!



I was so honored to be asked by a former client to design this house for her new development company.  She and her partners the vision of deigning something that would stand out from the sea of bland spec houses popping up everywhere.  This house will have green roofs and a family room with accordion glass doors that will seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor spaces.

We will share progress pictures on Instagram as these and many other projects develop.

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