3,500-square-foot house in the Atlanta suburbs. But the real showpiece of Robin Meade’s new domicile isn’t the home, but the fantastic 4.5 acres of magnificent land upon which it sits. Filled with mature trees and a 2-acre lake teeming with ducks and geese, it’s a piece of property that makes you forget you’re anywhere near the city.
“There’s so much privacy; you feel like you’re a million miles away.”
I don’t have a decorator, I just did it myself. I enjoy that kind of thing, but I haven’t always been that good at it. I think I’m pretty good now.
What’s your style?
Mish-mash, is that a style? You know, our home in Buckhead, it was pristinely decorated. People would walk in and go, “Ooh, does a Hollywood star live here?” Everything was very swirly and gold and ornate. But we had a little lake house, about an 100 miles from here — out at Lake Sinclair — and we just noticed how our guests were so much more comfortable at that house, so when we moved into the Dunwoody house after we sold Buckhead, I just wanted it to feel more like the lake house because people felt so much better there. So this is more casual.
What’s Your Favorite Place to Shop?
When I want a pretty good bang for my buck, I go to Z Gallery, I just love that place. It’s got a modern edge to it, but it’s traditional enough that it’ll be a nice transition piece for your home. I would say, probably, one of the biggest splurges as far as the decorating is concerned were the window treatments. Window treatments are just never cheap. We have a sunroom that faces the lake, huge windows, I have walls of windows, and they’re all connected in one big treatment. I don’t care it they go out of style, they’re staying.
What’s your favorite place for bargain shopping?
I go into Target and always say, “I don’t need that, I’ll take three.” Clothes-wise, I’ll buy sweaters and dresses from Neiman Marcus and then pair it with a tank top from Forever 41, as we like to call it. I believe in a little bit of splash as far as your cash goes. I believe in buying expensive things, but everything doesn’t have to be expensive.
What’s your favorite room in the house?
It’s what I call the sunroom. It has the grand piano in there, it’s all about the view and how you feel when looking out at the view onto our lake. We kind of live back off the road in a wooded area. So that’s my favorite, great light, most challenging to decorate.
Usually, when the weather’s nicer, I walk outside. Anywhere from three to five miles. I don’t watch any TV, believe it or not. I don’t watch news when I get home because then I’m back at work. I go to bed at 6 p.m. and wake up around 2 in the morning. Our show starts at six, so I’m in by 3:30, 4 a.m. It’s a four-hour show, so there’s a lot of prep-time. When I got to bed around 6, I will watch the news again so I know the news again before I go in the next day – I sleep on it. When I TiVo, I have to watch it obsessively because I’ll TiVo a whole bunch and never get to it. But I love Nip/Tuck and Entourage when it’s on. I love it.
CNN’s Robin Meade, 38, has two BIG dogs, Rocco (on the left) and Lexa.
She’s pictured with her husband Tim Yeager.
Does your husband have a regular schedule?
Yes. I joke this is why we don’t have children – we need to see each other to make them. Actually, we only see each other Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our schedules don’t allow us to see each other during the week. He runs his own wireless wholesale biz, so he gets home between 7-8 p.m., while I’m already in bed. I wake up at 2 and slink out of the room as to not wake him up and get ready in one of the other bathrooms. We live by the phone, but we’ve been married for 14 years and it keeps it fresh, I’ve got to tell you.
As a journalist, who would be your dream interview, or what would you most like to cover?
I would be the most nervous interviewing Bono [laughs]. I’m looking at Bono’s guitar, I have a signed guitar on my piano – every year, I host a gala event for the World Children’s Center, they asked me to be their host for a number of years running now. And they always have a silent auction where they have the best musical artifacts. I bought a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen, one signed by Bono, and one by Keith Urban. Every year I go there and every year I get to buy a musical instrument. I would be nervous interviewing Bono because he’s so smart and informed and musical and gifted and revered in so many different fields and countries that I’m afraid I’m going to look at him and say, “You’re cute.”