Newnan-Coweta Magazine / Jan-Feb. 2020

Written and Photographed by Jackie Kennedy – Newnan Coweta Magazine

Leah Thomson knew exactly what she wanted when it finally came time to remodel her kitchen. To sum it up in a phrase: Less is more.

She and her husband, Tobin, raised three children at their Peachtree City home in the Interlochen Subdivision. She’d made it a point to wait until the kids were grown to re-do the family’s hub of activity.

“We’ve been in this house for 22 years, and this is our first remodel,” says Leah. “We waited until the kids were grown. Kids are hard on a kitchen.”

A self-described minimalist, Leah gave simple instructions to her designer, Lori Duncan of Blue Fern Merchant and Design Studio in Newnan.

“I told Lori I didn’t want anything on the counter because it’s easier to clean that way,” Leah recalls. “And I told her I was looking for natural, granite, durable elements.”

An outdated bar was removed from the kitchen, opening it up to provide more counter space and area for movement. The counters were topped with silver and gray honed matte granite to provide an elegant yet sturdy workspace. The new kitchen’s simple, classic design is punctuated with just a few rustic accents, including a wooden kneading bowl hanging on a wall.

Duncan says the kitchen design sparks of “modern classic with hints of old world and vintage accents.”

For Leah, it’s all about calm in the kitchen.

“I love it,” she says. “It makes me enjoy cooking. I cook more than I used to.”