Carole and Jim McWilliams’ 5-acre Sandy Springs property features an elegant stone-clad cottage, a bubbling creek that runs to the Chattahoochee River and a garden extraordinary enough to star on countless garden tours. Atlanta designer Jeff Jones has worked his magic on the McWilliamses’ interiors, while outside, an arcadian sanctuary has been shaped. Carole’s longtime collaborator and friend Tim Stoddard—a former Ryan Gainey protégé—has proved indispensable in the process.

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This coastal cottage is perched just a bit above the ocean that has carved out the rugged Maine coastline. The interior is a haven where the residents watch the ocean in its dark fierceness and in its sunny brilliance. With the three-sided view of the natural splendor that surrounds the home, there is no mistaking …