Showhouse moments: classic, chic and sassy

Showhouse moments: classic, chic and sassy

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We're thrilled that Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles just released photography from the 2020 Home for the Holidays designer showhouse - and we can't wait to share with you.

This was such a fun project for us - and it goes without saying that to be included in the roster of designers for this showhouse was an honor and privilege for us.


So here are the deets:

The house is new construction in a little cul-de-sac near Historic Brookhaven - and it is loaded to the gills with all the latest bells and whistles. Some of the luxury touches we fell in love with: enormous walls of windows that let gorgeous light in;  a separate pantry (and adjacent doggie room); chic covered porch with fireplace; a completely self-contained master bedroom on the main floor with an incredible closet and bath; and, a seriously cozy and inviting study.  The house, while certainly large and spacious, feels very livable and attainable.

Our mission? A bright and pretty room at the top of the stairs that we decided we would style as quiet and personal space for the lady of the house.

An early mood board for the space

Design inspiration came pouring in - much of it coming from the cove ceiling in the room that we figured would be gorgeous if we wall-papered it.  Trudy, our head designer, took it upon herself to get her hands on a newly-released line of fabric and wall-coverings from Serena Duggan (of Serena and Lily fame). And just like that, we had our palette going: a rich terra-cotta partnered with cream and navy.

We decided to stick to our design mantra that "less is always more" and we wanted a couple specific items to take center stage - like art.  You know how we feel about art and we found the perfect painting to anchor the room and give it some serious attitude.

Gee Gee Collin's Symposium took center stage.  

After that, it was all about a flurry of activity ordering rugs, window treatments and figuring out a few other key pieces. We ended up with a sleek chaise in a creamy white performance fabric, a crunchy Louis XVI chair in simple navy and a 1960's French marble and lucite console, sourced from one of our buying trips.  We sprinkled in a little more art and an 18th century barometer and added a bleached commode with sexy modern lamps to the landing area outside the room.

Ta da!

source: Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles. Photography: Emily Followill

An evocative nude by Kelley Ogburn anchors a vintage lucite and marble console. And we recovered the Louis XVI chair in a navy linen. (David Christensen)

A standout painting by Gee Gee Collins sets the mood for the space. We loved the crunchy console married with the sleek velvet consoles.  (Photography: David Christensen)

Our favorite things: a bleached 19th century commode with a white marble top, modern and fun white lamps and a crusty old French monsieur! (David Christensen)

We also were invited to take over the very long upstairs gallery hallway.  To keep it simple and pretty, we installed a series of iron lanterns, a nubbly and textural sea grass runner - and some serious art. The hallway was enormously long with plenty of space for large paintings.

For the long gallery hall: black modern lanterns - and lots and lots of art! (Photo: David Christensen)

We loved how the hallway art came together with a glorious mix of abstracts (new and vintage) and a couple seascapes that played beautifully off the abstracts.

Charles Ross's abstracts were a perfect complement for the gallery hall.

To say we were in good company is the understatement of the century.  It felt like every corner, nook and cranny of that house was brimming with beautiful and creative design. Take a look at a couple of our faves (and click here for the whole story from Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, with principal photography by Emily Followill.)

The living room by Patricia McLean (and a Doug Foltz seascape above the fireplace.)

The most inviting, cozy study by Courtney Giles.

The foyer by Judy Bentley.

Mallory Mathison's dining room (with hand-painted walls by her darling mother, Monteigne who stepped up to the task when the intended wallpaper didn't make it in time! Both Mallory and Monteigne shopped with us in Paris a few years ago and we adore them.)

Janie Wilburn's exquisite pale blue, high gloss kitchen.



The sassy duo of Gordon Dunning was our upstairs neighbor and we loved the boho chic vibe they incorporated in this bedroom.

A porch to die for by Sande Beck.

We loved how this house felt so imbued with classic charm and traditional elements - but somehow knocked it out of the park with a soupçon of style, plenty of glamour and a healthy dose of Southern sass. 

And we were proud to be a part of it!

Ta ta.

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