Happy Holidays from our homes to yours

The holidays for us are usually a chance to recharge and reflect. We are so busy all year long with events, travel and work, that for the most part we stick around Atlanta for the holidays. Gift exchanges, holiday parties, relatives and relaxing by the fireplace are always part of the holidays.   

Become a Member of the Mayor’s Royal Court in Support of A Great Cause

The United Negro College Fund believes every young person has a right to a high-quality education. In an era when many colleges enroll 30,000, 40,000 and even 50,000 people, students at UNCF-member historically black colleges and universities choose to get an education and prepare for the future on close-knit campuses with several hundred or a few thousand students—and pay tuition that…

Holiday Hotel Gift Guide

 Our Favorite NYC Stop  The Redbury New York, a hotel located in Manhattan’s NoMad district,  pays tribute to the worlds of art, music, fashion and media. We liked the bright rooms and convenient location for bopping around the city. Rooms have unique amenities like an old-timey gramophone that links to your smart phone and plenty of bed-side charging ports. While…

The Nice List

What's on your holiday list this year? These are not the gifts you plan to give away to friends and family, but rather the ones you actually want to receive! Tech gifts for the home? Luxury gifts to make you feel pampered? Delicious ones to fill your belly? Gifts to inspire creativity? We've got you covered! 

Driver’s Notebook: Glad to meet you!

Here are a few standouts introduced in 2018 to complete the December edition of Driver’s Notebook and usher in a new year!

Christmas at Reserva Conchal

Staying at lovely Reserva Conchal in the lush Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, I had a chance to use my high school Spanish. “Muchas Gracias,” I enthused, when the smiling bell hop helped me out of the airport car. “Mucho Gusto,” he replied. Wait, what happened to “De nada?” I think his reply roughly translated to, “with much pleasure…my pleasure!”…

Happy Holidays, One and All

For the first time ever, my children will not all be under my roof for the holiday.  They are 18, 21 and 26, all independent creative humans. I love being with them, not only because I am their mother, but also because they are interesting, engaging, political, funny and… good helpers in the kitchen.  I … Continued

Remembering, With Love

 Colleen Finn is obsessed with people’s stories.   How couples meet. The path that leads to the altar. Lives well lived.  Recently her focus has turned to capturing the memories, for friends and family, of those who have passed. 

New Years Done Deliciously

New Year's Eve is the perfect night to toast all that's wonderful and waiting for all of us in 2019.  But with different styles and preferences in celebrating, we thought we'd cover a few ways to say good bye to 2018 in style with some fabulous food right here in our communities. 

December 2018 Around Town

NFCC Holiday Program North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) has helped struggling families with holiday assistance for 30+ years. The Holiday Program helps local families in need receive warm coats, celebrate family traditions and enjoy a special holiday meal. From humble beginnings of just a few dozen families, the program now helps more than 1,200 families … Continued

Polo Success

It's no surprise the fundraisers behind the annual polo match party, Polo in the Pines again celebrated great success thanks to sponsors, guests and polo players who made the event memorable. Nearly a half million dollars has been raised for cancer research, with this year's partner, CHOA's pediatric brain cancer research benefitting. 

Bright and Merry

Take one look in Diane Johnson Interiors' Johns Creek store, and it's as if every single one of your creative dreams has magically swirled into reality. The holiday magic... the intricate hues... the way Diane Johnson herself has curated some of the most beautiful gifts and items that would help any home or hostess shine... It's almost like the elves themselves…

Find Your Passion and Volunteer

    “Volunteering is my passion and it uplifts my spirit to give back to my community,” says Renesha Ragin, real estate specialist in Sandy Springs with Northside Hospital Property Management and Northside employee volunteer. “A smile and a helping hand goes a long way.” Renesha leads Northside’s MS Walk team, is a March for Babies team captain, and has volunteered…

(Not) Home for the Holidays

As many of us are busy this month making Thanksgiving plans to see friends and family, it’s also important to remember not everyone is able to go home for the holidays.  Especially the incredible members of the City of Sandy Springs Fire Station, many of whom have to work during the holidays in order to protect our community.  This month,…

Happy November friends,

  My mother taught at a cooperative preschool for more than 20 years. She was gentle, cheerful and encouraging. Everything a preschooler (or daughter) needed. On Thanksgiving, we would unwrap the porcelain turkey shaped salt and pepper shakers and she would task me and my sister with the job of making place cards. We would … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

“I can do this” Taught Here Growth and Wellness Therapy Center opened at 700 Old Roswell Lakes Parkway in Roswell.  Tammy von Nordheim is a therapist who helps clients who are usually seen as the “Strong One” by friends, family, and co-workers, to manage feelings of anxiety, depression, insecurities, and suicidal ideation.  She also has … Continued

Celebrating Storytelling

From October 30 to November 18, 2018, the Book Festival of the MJCCA will celebrate 27 years of bringing culture and conversation to the Southeast. 

Volunteering 4 Ways

These fine organizations are all based nearby or have strong ties to our community and were nominated by our readers, editorial team or friends of the magazine. Why not bring a meaningful conversation about volunteering to your Thanksgiving table this year. 

The Springs Cinema & Taphouse

Who doesn’t love going to the movie theaters with the super comfy recliners, reserved seating, and get this… heated seats!  Many of us were recently excited when the old LaFont theater was purchased by Brandt Gully, an East Cobb resident, and saw a complete overhaul to turn a beloved local spot into one of the premiere cinemas in Atlanta that…

When Healers Keep Giving

When we think of hospitals, we may not picture a happy team of employees working together to plan a community event or training for a fundraising 5k. With more than 3,600 employees, Northside Hospital is not only a place for healing, but within the four walls are friends who care deeply for their surrounding community. In this season of giving,…

Modern Southern Cookbooks

Today’s cookbooks have evolved from difficult, text-heavy, picture-free collections to become beautiful modern storybooks. Southern cooking and baking has also evolved to include new ideas, fun trends, and daring spins on the classic comfort foods we know and love. Inspired by home cooks, chefs, and heirloom family recipes, the following three cookbook authors have put delicious twists on traditional Southern…

Cool Tech for Your Kitchen

Gone are the days when the only thing beeping in a kitchen is an egg timer! Check out out favorite gadgets to make cooking more fun and better looking.

Collaborate for Sweet Success

While a grass roots idea plants the seed, it is through the power of partnerships we discover our true potential.  

Home Sweet Homes

Perimeter North Lifestyle sat down with DeAnn Golden, Sr VP & Managing Broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties. She reviewed this month's real estate news and chose four top realtors in our community to share their favorite real estate stories with us.  October is a special month in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, with mild temperatures, a hint of cool fall air, changing…

11th Annual Pool Party Reunion Adventure

Bert’s Big Adventure families enjoyed an afternoon in the sun at Life Time Athletic. Bert’s Big Adventure strives to strengthen its community and friendships, providing families of children with chronic and terminal illnesses with VIP experiences and family time away from the hospital.

Just Drive

 2018 Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWD  This stunning CT6 Platinum AWD is not only pampering and loaded with amenities the prestigious Cadillac brand is renowned for such as the 34-speaker Bose Panaray sound system, 15 massage settings, wireless charging, and multi-functional rear seating with its own infotainment, but it’s the technology that makes this sedan a true stand out. From the Cadillac…

Happy fall, friends

october letter     Elevated burgers, craft cocktails, seasonal beers, hand tacos, roasted Brussels sprouts, cauliflower pureé, kimchi this and kale that, farm-to-table here and dock-to-table there. I like all food trends. They are fun and sometimes even tasty. But mostly, trying something new builds our confidence and gives us perspective.   I remember begging … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Art in Dunwoody This event celebrates local artists at Dunwoody Fine Art Month in October. Thirty artists will showcase original paintings, drawings, collages, mixed media and photography at local businesses. The public is invited to a reception at Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services at 5481 Chamblee, Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, on Friday, October 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. The reception will … Continued

A Journalist’s Journal: My Love for Shooting Food

I have been blessed with the opportunity to document some of the most wondrous things God has provided worldwide via writing, video, and one of my favorite hobbies, photography. I mostly shoot interiors of buildings, people, beer, cars, landscapes…you name it. However, perhaps my favorite subject is food. Coming from a lineage of chefs in my family, being a proud…

Butterfly Festival

More than 4,000 people turned out for the 25th annual Butterfly Festival at the Dunwoody Nature Center. The Nature Center had 300 butterflies comprised of 10 different species in each tent, along with craft, games, live music, magic, a birds of prey show and other animal encounters for guests to enjoy throughout the day.   

Take the Day Off

For the better part of three hours standing in the middle of the gin-clear Noontootla Creek in Blue Ridge, I was laser focused on a 2-inch piece of green yarn. I’d glance up occasionally for a new cast, looking for foam or those treasure troves of cold dark water. My guide David Hulsey was patient, then pushy when that green…

Music to your Mouth

Low Country hospitality, dancing under the stars to familiar bluegrass favorites, succulent wood fire-roasted oysters plucked from the adjoining May River and bacon cured in the Smoky Mountains perfectly paired with Charleston’s best bourbon. For 12 years, a mighty crescendo has been building, as the South’s favorite music and food festival, Music To Your Mouth, lights up Palmetto Bluff. 

Poppin’ Good

 Article Pam Yasinski  When was the last time you had an unexpected moment of happiness ( UMoH )? The people who put the POP in King of Pops hope it was when you had one of their popsicles in hand. Two brothers, Steven and Nick Carse turned their pushcart business into a dream come true on UMoH at a time.   The pops…

Designing Couple

 Article Sue G. Collins | Photography Nicole Stephens  Picking out glasses with Andy and Gazal Tabrizipour is like shopping with a very savvy personal stylist who also happens to know everything about the technology behind the frames. They ask about lifestyle (do you workout? spend time in an office?). And, they study the prescription to determine specific needs that will…

Meet Ken Hughes

 Article Sue G. Collins | Photography Provided  Meeting Ken Hughes, you might be inclined to pick his brain about smart heating and cooling solutions for your home or business. Do you really need to change HVAC filters every year? (Yes) Can you assess the health of your furnace by its functionality and appearance? (No)  Ken owns Milton Mechanical Services, the…

Looking good, Perimeter!

When I was in eighth grade, my brother gave me a book of fashion photographs by Richard Avedon. This little Midwest girl shopped at The Gap and some other long-gone boutique in the local mall. I was a short tomboy with zero fashion sense but knew that book was something special. The only thing I … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Home Tour NARI Atlanta (NariAtlanta.org), the local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, presents its Ninth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Private homes transformed by NARI Atlanta members throughout Atlanta’s northern suburbs will be open to the public, with the remodeling teams on … Continued

Join us for Polo

Save the Date – Polo in the Pines Charity Classic  is October 13 & 14 benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, pediatric cancer research. Find a fab hat and cheer on the polo players on the grand field adjacent to the big party tent. Capital Grille is feeding us!  CHOA.org/polointhepines

Gold Calling

 Article Valerie Shepherd | Photography Provided  "My pieces make a journey from my head, to my heart, to my hands, to meet and match your soul."  There's just something about the bright colors that remind you of water, the beach, ancient treasures, and the vibrant Caribbean that call to the soul.  And Buckhead's own Andrea Becker, goldsmith and creator behind Andrea…

Insta-Fabulous

 Article Maria Smith  Insta-fun! Insta-fashion! Insta-FABULOUS! We love these six unique, engaging and chic Instagramers, all whom call Metro Atlanta home. Whether running marathons, running to class, or just running errands with the kids, they are stylish, hip and seem to be effortlessly fashionable.   From those who favor bold colors, to the ones who want to rip trends from the runway, to the classic, Southern…

A Heavenly Closet

 Article Sue G. Collins | Photography Provided  Sometimes, one of the best features of a home can be found behind closed doors.  In the case of this recently sold, an amazing closet is one of the most memorable features of this Perimeter area home.  Lindsay Levin is  Luxury Collection Specialist with Berkshire Hathaway and she brought this outstanding closet to our attention…

Cooking for a Cause

Sandy Springs and Dunwoody residents raised funds during a fun evening of culinary camaraderie and competition at Team Building with Taste to benefit The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation, which helps remove financial barriers for low income breast cancer patients in beginning and successfully completing their treatment.

All Are Welcome

 Article Maria Smith | Photography Fabian Fernandez, Maria Smith, Provided  From the smallest babies to the most “senior” citizens to the furry friends who are also part of our families, all are welcome in the Perimeter area. If you're looking for a family-friendly restaurant, a pet-friendly patio, or a local event for everyone, check out our favorites in and around our community.…

Brace Yourself

 Article Melissa Brown  With kids heading back to school this month, we asked Dr. Arjun Patel to share his expertise on what smart orthodontic treatment looks like.   1.  When should parents take their kids for their first visit to an orthodontist? 

Trust Earned

 Article Maria Smith | Photography Nicole Stephens  Morgan & DiSalvo PC  5755 North Point Pkwy Suite 17

Caroline Forever

 Article and Photography Sean O'Keefe  Happy, spunky, and feisty are three words that describe 4-year-old Caroline Brewer. While spending a good amount of time keeping her two older brothers in line, Caroline loves going to preschool, playing with her friends, and practicing ballet. In addition to that, Caroline is fighting a battle that no child should ever have to face. …

Sedona, a perfect girlfriends getaway!

 Article Renee Rayles | Photography Xavier Dade, Renee Rayles, Provided  Sedona.   A travel destination to refresh, renew and invigorate yourself in its spiritual surroundings. Why not bring some friends along and make it the perfect girlfriends getaway? While we adore our families, sometimes it's smart to refuel our souls with Sedona's picturesque views of the Red Rocks paint the town…

Back to School

 Article Sue G. Collins  Whitefield Academy  1 Whitefield Drive, SE  Smyrna, GA 30126

Pedal Power

 Article Julie Herron Carson | Photography Provided  After a successful sales career that took him across the country and around the world, Sandy Springs resident Eric Hunger was ready for a change.  He began to look for a new business opportunity in his home town that would allow him to live a healthier lifestyle, interact with others who shared his…

Hello friends,

Don’t judge me. I don’t like cats. They are moody, bossy and aren’t always thoughtful when it comes to choosing the best spot to leave their mark.  But, we have three at our house since everyone else loves cats. And, we’ve always had a cat, adopting them from friends and shelters. Johnny (named after the … Continued