Eco-Living Inspiration

From cleaning to decor and design, these books can help you reduce waste and daily chemical exposures while living a more sustainable and intentional lifestyle.

Growing Grocery Store Food

The second grader was not impressed. The previous fall, his elementary school had become a Project Learning Garden school with the Captain Planet Foundation, and all winter he and his classmates had watched the tops of root vegetables grow. Random, bushy, green things that were not interesting in the least. Now it was spring, and his teacher was insisting that…

Let the Sunshine In

While we often focus on the big changes we can make in our home, sometimes it’s smaller ones that make all the difference. Window treatments are one of those things. New blinds can improve your daily life, lower your energy bills, and keep your family safer, too. Plus, they can make your home look fantastic.

Toccoa River House

“Your house is gorgeous!” called a kayaker as she floated down the wide heavenly slice of the Toccoa River on Labor Day last year.  “Thank you!” I replied from my adirondack perched on the sun-dappled riverbank lawn of the 8,000-square-foot home, its expansive bank of windows reflecting the mellow holiday river scene. My husband smiled. 

Arnette’s Chop Shop

Even with a heavy downpour on a Wednesday evening, Word Of Mouth Restaurants Group co-founder Michel Arnette still has a houseful to happily tend to in his newest of four dining concepts, Arnette’s Chop Shop nestled off Brookhaven’s Apple Valley Road. 

Restoring Hair and Confidence

John Williamson hadn’t realized he was losing his hair until his wife took pictures of him at a brownie-eating contest at a festival. His head was down, and he came face-to-scalp with his thinning hair.

Dunwoody’s Clint Harp of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”

When Floor & Decor brings you the 41st Atlanta Home Show March 22-24 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, the annual event will offer attendees the opportunity to interact with hundreds of home improvement exhibitors, sample and see products demonstrated, enjoy live radio broadcasts and hear from a roster of expert speakers.  This year’s celebrity speaker is home-grown HGTV success story,…

Unraveling Fiber Arts with the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild

Founded in 1955, the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild allows fiber enthusiasts to gather, exchange ideas, learn new techniques through workshops and classes, and get inspired. Located in the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center – the same building as Spruill Center for the Arts – the guild welcomes novices, experienced artists and anyone with a curiosity about the craft to explore its…

Susie Stern, Laura Davis Shainker and Deb Rosenbury Present “Shared Space”

Fine arts painters Susie Stern of Dunwoody, Laura Davis Shainker of Sandy Springs and Deb Rosenbury of Marietta, have teamed up to present “Shared Space,” a gallery exhibit and sale of their oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings at Gallery 4945 at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church (HECC) in Sandy Springs.  The church is located at 4945 Highpoint Road in Sandy Springs and…

The Perfect Romantic Getaway: The Henderson Park Inn

As we all know, there’s no shortage of places to stay along the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. But even if you’ve been going to the Gulf Coast your whole life, you may not have experienced a place quite like this. A corner of heaven, the Henderson Park Inn provides the rare chance to truly relax. This intimate bed &…

The Sandy Springs Society Gifts $3.75 Million Locally Over 30-Year History

By giving more than $3.75 million during its 30 years of service, The Sandy Springs Society has generously supported a variety of organizations that serve in the areas of the arts, heritage, environmental initiatives, education, social services and more in Sandy Springs.

Fit Fun in the New Year

Meet  Erin Murray - Move and Learn teacher at  St. Luke's Little Saints - Presbyterian Church

Fitness Gadgets You’ll Want in Your Bag for 2019

Thinking about your New Year's Resolutions for 2019? If one of yours includes trying a new sport or devoting more time to an existing endeavor, several new items available now provide exciting and enriching options. Whether you are a weekend warrior, looking to tone up, recover from an injury or shed a few holiday pounds, any of these products would be a…

Squeezing In a Healthy 2019

 Press Blend Squeeze - Superfoods & Juicery  5527 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. Dunwoody, GA 30038  PressBlendSqueeze.com

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! 

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. 

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…

(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,…

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…

Collaborate for Sweet Success

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

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…

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. 

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.…

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. …

Splashy Summer Mocktails

 Article Valerie Shepherd | Photography Michael W Thomas MWT Photography  Summer is in full swing and we all know what that means…  pool party time!  Whether your pool of choice is your backyard, neighborhood, club, or anywhere and everywhere there is water, f-u-n is what we’re all after. This summer, why not take your pool party to the next level…

Low T Conquered

 Article As told to Sue G. Collins | Photography Provided  Remaining intimately close doesn’t have to stop with age. Balancing the body can reignite the flame for men and women. Getting older, while feeling ageless is now achievable. “My oldest current patient on this program is 87,” said Dr. Alexander. “We have similar treatments for women as well to combat,…

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Guy’s Night Out

 Article Dennis Malcolm Byron | Photography Provided  Hey, gentlemen! Have you been looking for a unique venue to quench your thirst with libations that don’t sail down the mainstream? Look no further. Choose from hard-to-find craft beers on draft at the speakeasy-driven Chapter Room, to an extensive list of wines and cocktails to pair with a freshly ground Kobe beef…

Telluride Anytime

 Article Sue G. Collins | Photography Sue G. Collins Visit Telluride  How hard could it be? I was joining Telluride Outside for a scenic snowmobile ride along groomed trails between the Wilson and Dolores mountain ranges to historic Dunton Hot Springs for a soak in ancient waters followed by a gourmet lunch. Well, two hours driving the snow machine, the…

Men Outstanding in Their Field

 Article Sue G. Collins | Photography Provided  Brian Durkin, catch him in Sony's Superfly and Netflix’s Highwaymen  

Incredible Women

 Article and Photography  SuperMom & Volunteer  Beth Boatwright, Emory University School of Medicine

Friends Forever

 Article Sue G Collins | Photography Sue G. Collins, Rob Tipton  Without missing a beat, my sweet friend Melissa invited our daughter to live with them for her senior year when we up and moved to Atlanta. She didn't do it because we were friends. She did it for Jane. Melissa's sincere outpouring of generosity and hospitality runs deep. She…

A Community Jewel

 Article Sue G Collins | Photography Bubba Carr  After many years as a visual artist working in large-scale paper and mixed media, Susan Saul of Sandy Springs came home to metalsmithing about 16 years ago. Her creative time is split between teaching at Spruill Center for the Arts and her studio. With a personal goal to spend 20-30 hours a…

Whose Hives?

What do Pope Francis, actor Morgan Freeman and Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul have in common? They are among the growing number of amateur beekeepers who enjoy tending to hives and keeping a watchful eye on “their girls”—the thousands of worker bees who gather nectar and pollen and produce honey. 

Recycling Takes on a New Meaning at CAC 

When people think of recycling they usually think of plastic, paper and aluminum. At the Community Assistance Center (CAC), recycling has a whole different meaning. 

Fired Up

 John Scroggin likes it hot.  2800 degrees, to be exact.   As a blacksmith, Jack heats steel and iron in his fire-fueled forge to a clay-like state so he can move it, mold it and work it into shapes he creates for tools, historically accurate hardware and cool household items like bespoke fireplace tools, scrolled wine racks and branded bottle openers.

Making Magic

When someone you love is sick, don’t you wish you had a magic wand to cast out the pain, dismiss the germs forever and banish the bad news?

Makers: Going With The Grain

The American Craft Show returns March 16-18 to the Cobb Galleria Centre, where more than 230 of the country’s top contemporary craft artists will present their latest handmade creations in furniture, home decor, clothing and jewelry. Some of the most popular specialty programs and interactive areas are back. Top designers and stylists participating in Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft…

Squeeze in a Healthy New You

It’s officially 2018, and for many of us that means new year resolutions of improved health and nutrition, but many (okay, me) are finding it hard to stay on track. And, with the bone-chilling temperatures that blew in with the new year, high-calorie, warm, comfort food is on our minds.  Luckily, Diced Greens, Dunwoody’s newest juice and health food bar,…

A Modern Twist on the Traditional Town Square

Most cities build around a town square, a common gathering place. Sandy Springs, however, originated as a watering stop for Native Americans who frequented its bubbling springs. It remained largely rural until after World War II, when neighborhoods began to replace farms, and dirt roads were soon paved with asphalt. The area was unincorporated until 2005, when efforts to create the city of…

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

Transformation Made Possible in 15 minutes

"A New Year, A New You..." or something like that!  Sometimes, the chaos of the holidays doesn’t slow down for months (insert satisfied and exhaused sigh here) But, what if you didn’t have to make time to drive to the gym anymore, set up a training session, or budget for that bulky gym equipment you end up storing in the garage?…