Tech Tower PlayhouseHomeAid Atlanta will hold its sixth annual signature fundraiser, Project Playhouse, in partnership with Cousins Properties Inc. at The Avenue Forsyth in Cumming. Three fully furnished child-size dream homes will be on display for public viewing at the outdoor lifestyle center from Sept. 19 to Oct. 10. The “special edition” playhouse created by Georgia Tech students, pictured, will be one of the creations on display. Each of the three playhouses will be awarded through a raffle drawing, with all raffle ticket proceeds benefiting HomeAid Atlanta’s development of supportive, transitional housing for homeless families and children in the metro Atlanta area.


The 26th annual Fall Atlanta Home Show will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25 to 27, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Tickets are $10, with seniors over 65 and children 12 under admitted free. The show’s theme is “Make Your Home New Again” and will feature exhibits from over 300 local home improvement companies, along with seminars by well-known experts on a variety of home remodeling topics. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate tools and techniques to accomplish numerous home improvement projects encompassing a home’s interior, exterior and landscape. Exhibitors also will address such subjects as energy savings, landscaping, going “green” and more.  There will be live demonstrations at the Viking Cooking Corner each day of the show, as well as speakers offering programs on the latest kitchen and bath products, creating a more organized living space, giving your home a “physical exam,” universal design/aging in place and other topics. In addition, the Cobb County Fire Department will create and staff an interactive Fire Safety House, hosted by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, to prepare adults and children for the cool months ahead when accidental fires often occur.  A list of exhibitors, along with the daily speakers’ schedule, can be found at

Jenny Pruitt, co-founder and CEO of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, and her son-in-law and company president, David Boehmig, have been chosen to market The Aberdeen, the 14-story luxury residential development on Paces Ferry Road in Vinings. Atlanta Fine Homes’ spin-off company, SkyRise Group, will lead the sales and marketing of The Aberdeen. Pruitt said: “SkyRise Group Senior Vice President Mike Bugg, along with Vice President Anne Schwall and Director of Sales Marcia White, are proven experts in the sales of the finest high-rise homes, from Midtown to Vinings.” The Aberdeen’s 55 residences, offered from $864,000 to penthouses over $3 million, range from 1,675 square feet to over 4,500 square feet.

Five East apartment homes, located at Clairmont and Shallowford roads, are now leasing. Many of the residences are available for immediate move-in. Located just off I-85 inside the Perimeter, the luxury community is within minutes of Midtown, Downtown, Buckhead and Brookhaven. Amenities include swimming pool, gardens, outdoor kitchen, clubhouse with full chef’s kitchen, media room and a fully equipped, club-quality fitness center. The pet-friendly community offers a choice of spacious one- and two-bedroom floor plans with controlled access gates. or (404) 235-5900.

The eighth annual Castleberry Hill Loft Tour is Saturday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 26, from noon to 5 p.m. This year’s Loft Tour will kick off a day early with a free open-to-the-public Art Stroll on Friday, Sept. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m.  The following two days, Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association (CHNA) invites tour goers to explore hand-selected lofts and the neighborhood’s distinctive art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and businesses. New this year, CHNA has added performance art and live music throughout the neighborhood during the tour. Advance tickets for Castleberry Hill Loft Tour are $10 and available online at


Sovereign, the luxury high-rise condominium in Buckhead, has announced an agreement with Pieces, a Buckhead boutique, to outfit a model home. Owner Lee Kleinhelter founded Pieces in 2004 when she saw a gap between the high-end antiques and mass-produced items offered in Atlanta. Her background and experience in interior design has helped make Pieces a nationally-noted business with features in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, InStyle, Lucky and Architectural Digest.  Kleinhelter said Pieces will offer Sovereign furnishings that are “unexpected in a luxury high-rise setting.”

Harry Norman, Realtors has named Mike Wright as senior vice president and managing broker of its Sandy Springs office.  In his new role, Wright will be responsible for overseeing the office’s daily operations, marketing initiatives, advising sales associates and building a team of agents. Wright serves as a past president of the Atlanta Board of Realtors, where he is also on the Executive Committee. On the national level, Wright served on the board of directors for the National Association of Realtors for four years. Harry Norman, Realtors also named Marianna Barton as the company’s new director of marketing and communications. In her new role, Barton will oversee the corporate marketing department and day-to-day marketing activities and special marketing initiatives.


Among hundreds of projects considered throughout the Southeast, the architectural firm Spitzmiller & Norris and Deane Johnson Homes, LLC received the prestigious 2009 Philip Trammell Shutze Award presented by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America for Large Addition/Restoration of a landmark private residence in Buckhead.  Members of the award-winning team included Carole Weaks of C. Weaks Interiors, Rick Spitzmiller and Robert Norris of the namesake firm and Deane Johnson of Deane Johnson Homes, LLC. In the four years since its inception, the Shutze Awards program has now expanded to the entire Southeast. The awards are named for Philip Trammell Shutze, the Atlanta architect whose work is revered internationally as one of the 20th century’s most devoted classicists. The awards recognize similar individuals who are contributing to the creation of 21st Classical and Traditional architecture and related fields.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.