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Rustic Elegance

By Ashlee Duren | Photos provided by Southern Distinction and Wendi Stewart

Erin and Gary Gilmer are making their mark. The couple, who own Heritage Design and Build in Athens, have been working together to create inviting living spaces that also prove functional for their clients.

The duo recently completed a main floor renovation of a home in Shoal Creek Farms. In order to achieve optimal functionality for her clients, Erin flipped the home’s dining room and kitchen layout, so that the kitchen opens into the great room.

The ceiling heights were raised and walls removed to provide a more open concept better suited for entertaining and family gatherings. Wooden beams were added to give a warm, rustic feel.

serves as the heart of this home and features a wood-burning stone fireplace.

is now where the kitchen once was. Wooden beams were added in both the dining room and kitchen to continue the rustic theme throughout.

features a large island, complete with  seated bar space. The tile herringbone backsplash, copper light fixtures and gold cabinet handles  provide a modern touch.

A Master Retreat

Photography by Dennis McDaniel

When Erin Gilmer took on the renovation of a home on West Lake Drive she had one objective – to create a tranquil yet luxurious space to retreat.

The homeowners vacation annually at The Cloister on Sea Island and wanted their bedroom to have the same relaxing feel. Gilmer painted the vaulted wood ceiling and walls in soft hues to compliment the rustic beams.

She introduced sumptuous fabrics and elegant lighting to the room in order to achieve a spa-like haven the client desired.

In addition to the master bedroom, his and her bathrooms were completely renovated. New tiling  heated floors in his bathroom, custom vanities, designer lighting and closet systems were among the touches Gilmer added to finish off
the space.

His and her bathrooms, complete with a soaking tub and quartzite countertops, provide a spa-like setting to relax at the end of the day.