Thursday, June 18, 2009

Heavenly gate



It's rare when a gate says come closer, but this one does. Anyone who knows Atlanta's hip, intown neighborhoods has probably seen this immaculately-kept home. The owner is a widower and retiree who has lived in the neighborhood for many years. His embellishments are all painted white. Plastic white swans run toward an ornate white fountain. The burglar bars depict a rising white sun. Inside, the house is bulging with ceramic and stuffed lions and tigers, and inexpensive African art, all arranged with great thought. An animal-print runner leads from the living room to the bedroom, where the bed sheets are the same animal print. The small, round kitchen table is set with red cotton napkins as if a formal dinner party were about to begin.

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