These gays do formal Southern flair in Buckhead

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If you're going to go Buckhead fabulous, this gay Atlanta couple strikes the perfect balance. Old Southern charm with a touch of Asian culture, animal artwork and a staircase that would make Scarlett O'Hara smile.

It's all tucked into the Buckhead townhome of Clinton Rice, Michael Mock and their two French bulldogs Rose and Buck. Built in 1974, the space – refreshingly modest in the shadows of today's McMansion splurges – offers two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms in 2,500 square feet. The AJC's Private Quarters took a peek inside.

Rice and Mock bought the home in 2014 and quickly infused it with their style.

How would Rich describe his decorating style? Southern, girl. All Southern. Walls with soft pastels, artwork with ornate frames depicting animals and pastoral scenes, and architectural elements that scream Deep South. Yes, that's a curved staircase in the entrance that brings you back to Scarlett if she downsized a bit.

They culled much of their stuff from real estate and antique sales, Rice tells the AJC. But the 40 “happiness jars” made of Chinese porcelain, sprinkled throughout the townhome, are all Rice. 

“I've started collecting and every time I go somewhere, I see one and feel I have to buy it, ” Rice said, laughing. 

When it comes to the bedroom, the couple blends Southern and Asian with a four-poster bed that has room for guests. And because gay, the men go with a touch of glamour in the master bathroom – hand-stamped wallpaper.

The outdoor courtyard? Neat and Southern.

The Charleston-style courtyard is the homeowners' favorite outdoor feature. The all-brick courtyard, with Frontgate furniture, was featured in their Buckhead community's tour of patios in June. 

We've picked a couple of our favorite shots below. Be sure to check out the more than two-dozen images from the Private Quarters spread here.

But the gays in Buckhead don't always go Southern. Sometimes, it's tribal. And for others, it's all condo.

[AJC Private Quarters photos courtesy Christopher Oquendo | top photo via]

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