Let’s Visit Phaedra Parks!

Let’s start off the week by visiting another Real Housewives of Atlanta home… the home of Phaedra Parks, as published in the Atlanta Constitution…
Entertainment attorney Phaedra Parks has gained recognition after being cast on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.  The Athens native's new family -- she married Apollo Nida last November -- was integral to her decision to join the cast of the reality TV show. "I was approached by Bravo. I worked with Bravo on the second season as an attorney for one of the castmates on the show. The casting experience might have been a little different for me because of that relationship," Parks says.
Entertainment attorney Phaedra Parks has gained recognition after being cast on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The Athens native’s new family was integral to her decision to join the cast. ”I was approached by Bravo. I worked with Bravo on the second season as an attorney for one of the castmates on the show. The casting experience might have been a little different for me because of that relationship,” Parks says.
Parks has lived in her 4,100-square-foot brick home for nine years. It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms. ”My interior is transitional,” she says. ”My (home’s) interior blends traditional and contemporary characteristics that are unified by color and design choices.” Taupes and purples were used in her living room.
“I did not use a designer because I love to create and decorate myself,” Parks says. “However, I did consult with Rion Price, who is a very well-known interior designer, for advice on placement choices of furniture and wallpaper, which is my weakness. I used custom wallpaper to compliment and accent my furniture and paint choices.” One of the custom wallpapers can be seen in the dining room.
Promise Fulfilled,” an original work of art that is Parks’ favorite piece, is mounted beside a window and her son’s tall chair in the breakfast nook. It was created by Kevin Williams, an Atlanta resident whose work has been commissioned by Bernie Mac and Oprah Winfrey. “I love social pieces that really tell a historical perspective of what education means to different cultures,” Parks says.
I love wallpaper,” Parks says. Custom-designed wallpaper was used in the study (shown), formal dining room, an accent wall in the guest room, over the fireplace in the living room, the nook in the foyer and each of the five bathrooms.
Christmas is the fondest memory in my home” Parks says. “I love to cook and entertain. Every Christmas I cook dinner for my family and friends. I usually have 25-plus guests.”
Parks transformed her basement into an in-law/guest suite with a private entrance, full kitchen and bathroom. Another of the custom wallpapers, this one with black chandelier outlines on a hot pink background, accent the toilet and vanity.
“The family area and the basement (shown) are usually the most popular gathering areas. I am an avid gardener,” Parks says. “I have an English-style flower garden. Grandiflora and Knock Out roses, as well as Asiatic, Easter and Stargazer lilies, are the highlight of my garden.” On gambling with her credibility, Parks thinks, “My clients all know who I am … I was very forthcoming with them when I made the decision to do the show. They are all a part of the process.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast is immortalized in a vivid portrait montage that Bravo’s Andy Cohen gave Parks “to celebrate the third season of the show.” One week before her Housewives debut, Parks hadn’t seen any of the episodes. ” I always try to realize that people don’t know this part of me, she says. This gives people the opportunity to see me at home and on an intimate, personal level. I just hope the true me shines through.”
“I collect political art and cultural pieces that are unique to the country I am visiting,” Parks says. “I love my Ghanaian masks, and my original artwork from local artists in London. I have a vast signed guitar collection that includes The Police, Sting, Faith Hill and Sheryl Crow. I love the sexiness of a guitar.”
Another of Parks’ collectibles is an autographed throwback jersey from ex-Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.   It hangs in the recreation room.
“I love to entertain,” Parks says. “However, with my busy career and extensive travel schedule, my entertaining at home is often limited. My last gathering at my home was a month ago. I had 50 guests over for a sip-and-see to celebrate the birth of my firstborn.” When she does have people over, the bar area with red pops of color invites people to hang out there.
“I enjoy my entire house, but I spend the majority of my time in my kitchen and master suite (shown),” Parks says. “I am definitely a self-proclaimed Southern belle, as you can tell from my home. I enjoy not only my professional life but being a homemaker. I love to cook. I consider myself a Renaissance woman because I do a lot of things very well.”

Phaedra Parks, Celebrity Attorney… 2008:

11 comments on “Let’s Visit Phaedra Parks!

  1. Wow! This is kind of worse than Alex and Simon’s place. The sex dungeon esthetic is there in that guest bath. Then what passes for “klassy” in the living and dining rooms. Yikes! The basement apartment is just bizarre. I don’t understand it. What is she trying to accomplish. The kitchen is builder-grade and very blah. That designer wallpaper with the squares is baaaaad.

    I hate this house. None of real housewives of anywhere have much taste. I’m not sure if I hate Zill Zarin’s or Silex’s or Phaedra’s more. Or the Maloof’s. Or Lisa’s, which resembles a French chateau if it were built in Vegas.

    As real estate porn goes, the real housewives really don’t deliver. The only places I might live are either Luann’s or Kelly’s, but even those…. Well… You’d have to shovel the pretentious out first.

    I’m rarely as hateful on the blogs as I’m being today, but somehow that bathroom just set my fight-or-flight response off… My apologies for the bitchiness.


  2. Anyone else find it interesting that there are two kitchens and two dining rooms and two living rooms? Looks like Greg isn’t the only one who lives in the basement.

    I love that little table pretending to be a bookshelf, complete with the fake books. Lol.
    Alex and Simon would love that bathroom.

    The only Housewife who’s house I actually like (decorating wise) is Kyle’s.


    • Yes, Kyle’s house is interesting. I do love her big, big pieces of art. That Balinese thing she’s got going on is peaceful, anyway, and she doesn’t have a lot of junk. I could live in her house. I’d change a few things so as to take out the theme-y Balinese spa, but her house is nice and seems comfortable.

      One thing I love about her house is the large dining room. I love eating in the dining room and hers has a lot of seating and then negative space so that one doesn’t feel confined.

      Kyle’s bedroom is nice. I love her Mies chairs and the bed is simple but comfy. I’d move in and feel fine.


    • Oh, to add more.

      I’d love to have a guest apartment in a house. That way you can have a guest stay for a long time, and the person has his/her own space. I can’t say where Apollo lives, but I do think a basement family room with guest quarters and a kitchenette is genius to put in a house. You can close it up when you’re not using it.

      I like to have guests for extended periods. Also, I like to visit people for extended periods, but only people with a separate guest area can have me for a relatively long time. My SIL has a basement guest room with family room, which she lets me take over when I go. It’s nice for me, for sure, and it’s nice for her since I’m not always in her face.

      Finally, yeah, that fake bookcase is the PITS. Just awful. Does the woman not read?


  3. To Blaska, you think it’s ok that KooKooKelly has a giant horse in her apartment? I love Lisa and Adrienne’s houses. We should all live in so fine of a place.


  4. P,S. Am nowhere near a fan of Micheal Vicks. I despise that man and I don’t think he deserved a second chance. How those poor dogs must have suffered. I wish he was still in prison (for the rest of his life). Wonder if he’ll do crazy shit at his superbowl party. Hope so. Than his paroled can be revoked. Well, football season is over so , the Eagles won’t mind so much.


  5. Dear Lick Click/MyCat:

    I guess we have different taste. I don’t care for either Lisa’s or Adrienne’s houses, but you seem to, and if that style and décor makes you happy, you should have it. My problem with those houses is that 1) they’re way too big, and 2) I don’t share their taste.

    As to Kelly’s place, I actually do like it. I even like the horse. It’s unusual and I like unusual. I’d have to see the horse up close to decide whether I’d keep it, of course. A few years back we had cows on the streets of NYC and lots of people bought them. I wanted to buy a church pew but it doesn’t fit in my apartment; else I would have it.

    I like the living/kitchen area of Kelly’s apartment: it seems comfortable and easy and it’s a good size. Her bedroom has way too much stuff in it, plus it seems a bit claustrophobic (I can’t figure out where the windows are). But yeah. Her living/dining room is nice, to my eye.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it would seem. So… Phaedra’s place may be a hot mess, but it’s her living space and she seems to love it. Good on her! Would I have that place? N-O. If I ever feel compelled to visit a sex dungeon, I’ll pay money and go downtown. NOT.


  6. MS.SH, Once again you have found the dirt on a housewife. I had read bits and pieces of Kim’s affair, but never could find anything on it. I did find an old story on ex-housewife Kymberly Bryant. It states the reason she moved to Chicago was that her husband was charged with assaulting a woman at a party. If he’ll hit a woman,then I think he would hit ANY woman. I never could find out the outcome. I hope Kim isn’t going to turn into a Danielle. And if you asked her, she’d say it was no big deal. “Moving on”. “Quiver”. You still need to let me know if Adrienne birthed her children or bought them. I can’t imagine Adrienne pregnant. Keep up the best housewife website of all.


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