Food & Drink

A Tailored Look

The Garden & Gun Club at the Battery Atlanta celebrates five years with an interior refresh from Crypton and Arhaus

Photo: Ali Harper

Arhaus Bottoni bar stools upholstered in Crypton velvet in moss.

Bring the magazine pages to life in a social club setting; that was the goal five years ago when G&G opened the Garden & Gun Club at the Battery Atlanta. The magazine’s entry into food and beverage had to be a place that reflected the South’s ingredients and the region’s greatest pleasures. In April 2018, the Garden & Gun Club unlocked its doors, giving Braves fans and bourbon enthusiasts a place to gather for great food, cocktails, and conversation. And that’s precisely what it has become.

The posh space is an in-demand destination where friends gather for pre-game drinks, colleagues meet to discuss essential projects over oysters, and families celebrate big moments with elevated favorites like shrimp and grits and smoked beef rib. So it only seemed right to treat the Club to its own celebration with a one-of-a-kind birthday gift: a sumptuousness update using luxury materials from interior decor leaders Crypton and Arhaus.

Under the direction of designer Meg Kelly, the founder of the Nashville–based Clella Design—who worked on the Louisville Garden & Gun Club at Stitzel-Weller Distillery in partnership with Pencil & Paper—the Club received a lush refresh using Crypton’s rich fabrics and Arhaus’s unique furnishings. 

photo: Ali Harper
Designer Meg Kelly, founder of Nashville-based Clella Design.

“Crypton makes incredible high-performance upholstery fabrics that are known as much for their beauty as they are for their strength and longevity,” Kelly says—a key quality for any busy commercial space. Arhaus also felt like an obvious choice to the designer. “Arhaus’s high-end furnishings have the essence of heirloom pieces with the bonus of superior durability,” she says. With form and function taken care of by the luxe materials, Kelly could follow her creative instincts. 

“When I think of the Atlanta Club, I think of a really dapper gentleman dressed to the nines,” Kelly says. To achieve that look, she knew the primary material to use was velvet. 

“I love velvet. It has such a richness to it,” Kelly says. The North Carolina-based fabric company’s Sintra moss was exactly what Kelly had in mind for the restaurant’s banquette revival. “Velvet is so easy to clean, and the addition of tufted detailing gives the space that menswear feel I love,” Kelly says. Matching velvet pillows featuring gold velvet piping have also been deployed, also sourced from Crypton. 

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Banquette pillows in Crypton’s velvet and Burch Fabrics’ houndstooth and herringbone panels.

Kelly also added velvet bolster pillows with Crypton’s herringbone and houndstooth panels from Burch Fabric’s Crypton collection and placed them between tables to break up the banquette space and add privacy. “Those patterns feel like a great suit and bring a rich and cozy element to the Club,” Kelly says. “When I think about the G&G brand, I think about sitting around enjoying an old-fashioned after a day in the field, and this speaks to that.” 

Oysters on the half shell and truffle Parmesan fries.

Kelly extended the tonal color palette to the bar by upholstering Arhaus Bottoni stools with the same Crypton velvet in moss, which is available at Arhaus in a total of fourteen colors. “I wanted to keep the color consistent while allowing the gorgeous Arhaus stools to provide a more modern silhouette,” Kelly says. 

The result is a Club that honors G&G’s brand of exquisite Southern hospitality. Thanks to the insight of one sophisticated Southern designer and two luxury companies, the Garden & Gun Club at the Battery Atlanta is ready to welcome guests for many more years of perfectly balanced cocktails, the freshest Southern flavors, and exceptional moments. 

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