Gay HGTV star makes Atlanta real estate porn

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The only way to harness the power of one local TV gay is to pair him with an equally awesome on-air personality who can decorate. The results are nothing short of your Mid-Century Modern dreams.

You may recognize Brian Patrick Flynn (top photo, right) as the designer of HGTV’s Urban Oasis 2015. While he preps the Asheville cottage for its big giveaway next month and you furiously enter to win twice per day through Sept. 24, let’s look at Flynn’s own homes in the North Georgia Mountains and Atlanta to see how he and his partner, “Walking Dead” costumer Hollis Smith (left), really live.

Of course, Smith lets Flynn do his thing and enjoys the rewards at their split-level ranch in East Lake and at their awesome retreat up in Ellijay. Yes, girl. Two houses. Lake and mountains. Life is good.

The East Lake ranch gets its own profile alongside Flynn’s sassy commentary in the September issue of Home from Atlanta magazine. He injects his sharp wit into re-imagining Mid-Century for the New Millennium.

“Split levels are like an irritating pop song you love to hate and hate to love,” Flynn tells Home. “They are a bit ill-conceived in regards to how they’re engineered, but they’re just quirky enough to make you not care about their shortcomings.”

But the manifestations of all that quirk (second and third photos) comes in the way Flynn thinks. Like these two shots of their living room and the bonmots that go with them.

“I noticed a lack of purple and gray tones in midcentury homes I’d seen in books and magazines,” he tells the magazine. “I loved the idea of covering the house inside and out with touches of charcoal, black-brown, plum and violet. … And since brown and purple are the most hated colors, I fully embraced them.

“I didn’t want it to be pure MCM,” he continues. “I took a more transitional approach: classical paintings mixed with folk and contemporary art, a color scheme of greige and black, and lots of clean early 1980s lines.”

 

Coming around the mountain

 

Life is so good in the Hollis-Flynn World that Flynn likes to make sure guests feel it too. The guest floor – yes, whole floor – at the couple’s Ellijay place features its own 500-square-foot deck (fourth photo).

Giving guests their own place to hang out and take care of themselves is really just selfishness, Flynn tells Atlanta magazine in the August issue.

“I like when people can tend to themselves so I can watch Netflix, check Instagram, or both,” says Flynn. 

He’s sassy like that, but we really love Flynn for his design tips. The stuff we learned from the patio piece alone – from materials to lighting and color to one golden pro tip – is enough to fill your head for hours with ideas for your own home.

Speaking of Instagram, Flynn lets fans into his mad genius and the couple’s life, on a regular basis.

 

 

Yep, adorbz. Now imagine Zachary Quinto as Flynn and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Smith. That’s how Flynn casts a dream biopic in the Atlanta magazine interview. We’re starting to think we’d watch. Move over, Vern Yip. There's a new must-watch gay Atlanta HGTV designer.

Follow Flynn on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and keep an eye out for him on HGTV’s 2016 “Dream Home” and other on-air gigs. 

[top photo via | second, third, fourth photos by Patrick Heagney for Atlanta Magazine]

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