2018 Southeastern Showhome: Review & Recap
It was such a honor to be a apart of the opening day festivities, for the Atlanta Southeastern Show House for 2018. The Southeastern Showhouse was open for tour April 19th – May 13th, and I am doing a quick recap, just in case you missed it. I also want to highlight a few of the design trends you will start to see on the horizon.
For the past 3 years the annual Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens has been a huge success. This event is produced by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and benefits the Atlanta History Center. This year featured 15 talented interior design firms, all from the great southern regions of Atlanta, Charlotte, North Caroline, Charleston, South Carolina, Montgomery, Alabama and Jacksonville, Florida. This year’s Honorary Chair, Beth Webb, organized and lead all of the super talented designers in creating this beautiful and inspirational home.
This newly built home, with a french chateau style elevation is positioned on an unheard of 1.13-acre lot, located inside the perimeter of Atlanta, with a pristine Buckhead zip code. Just take a minute to let all that information soak in. The previous home was purchased and demolished to make room for this crowning jewel of the neighborhood. Which I am told has already sold for around $3.8 millon.
Landscape architects Graham Pittman, Floralis Garden Design, Maxwell Gardens and Hamilton Land Services created a lovely motor court, along with this sprawling terraced lawn, complete with a pool and lush gardens. This area is a complete sanctuary and so vast to be inside the perimeter, at a little over an acre. This sleek gunite pool finish is one of the most sought after pool types in the southeast for it’s ease of maintenance and gentleness on your feet.
THE OFFICE:As you enter the home a sophisticated office is located on your left, designed by Tish Interiors . It has been finished with board and batten trim to create a coffered effect on the walls. This classic look has become a very big trend this season and will continue to carry forward here in the south. I have to say we really love our fancy millwork here in the south, it can evaluate any home anywhere and make it look like a million bucks.
Also, you may notice the use of gold in this room. Gold as a metallic is making a big come back in the world of interior design. All metallics and metals are big but Gold is truly the standard right now. There is also a very mid century modern vibe in this room as well, also another trend that is hitting the radar.
Directly off of the office through a small door way is a secluded study designed by R. Hughes. This room has a dark secretive quality, which is mimicked in the smokey gray walls and floor to ceiling sheer drapes. I absolutely love the pop of blush pink on the ceiling. Blush is another designer trend you will see a lot of this season.
You will notice that the blush pink is also pulled into the art, which is framed wallpaper to give the illusion of screens. I also absolutely love the layered effect of art placed in front of the large round mirror.
THE DINING ROOM:
The dining room, is an absolute vision in lilac and designed by Phillip Sides Interior Design. The gorgeous mural style of wall paper is yet another trend we are seeing a lot this year. Honestly, wallpaper in general in really starting to make a come back. I have to say I have not seen this much wall paper in a home since the late 80’s early 90’s.
As I mentioned above this a mural style of wall paper, so you will notice that it is more of an actual scene verses a pattern. This particular mural reminds me of a morning walk in the woods with an Instagram filter on your sunglasses.
You will also notice the eclectic vibe of mixed mediums in this room. By that I am referring to the mix of a modern glass table with garden style wicker chairs. Again, you will see the layered metallic influences on the fireplace, curtain rod and chandelier.
THE LIVING ROOM:
You can see the Living Room directly from the front door and designer Beth Webb of Beth Webb Interiors literally made it a living room. This space feels as if those glorious french doors have been thrown open and you brought the garden inside.
This fantastic handprinted wallpaper by F. Schumacher might set you back $8,000, but I dare you to find the seems. This maybe one of the best wallpaper installation I have even seen, and I do not even like wallpaper, just ask my sister, LOL.
Light and airy will always be in style and you can never go wrong when embracing fresh elements by bringing them into your home. I love the beautiful simple design of the hearth and those fantastic river birch logs which are still trending hot.
Beth Webb of Beth Webb Interiors was also the designer of this lovely hallway. To me the shear scale of the hallway made it grand, in and of itself. You can get a feel for its size based upon the two standard sized dressers used as hallway tables.
Impressive large art work on easels and ercetyl scared urns filled with what might have been a small dog wood tree completed the look.
THE ENTRY & VESTIBULE :
This spaced joined the back hallway above to the front living and dining rooms. It was designed by Courtney Giles Interiors and was one of my favorite areas in the house. Mainly because of her unique use of ribbon as trim. She was able to join a variety of spaces together with chic neutrality.
This is a closer look at the ceiling in the vestibule area and a prime example of the ribbon I mention above. This is a 2 1/2″ burlap ribbon attached to the ceiling as a boarder with nailhead tacks the size of a silver dollar. This is a truly ingenious method with a lux look. Bravo!
THE KITCHEN & KEEPING ROOM:
The main space of the kitchen and keeping room was design by Harrison Design. Trends that are still big that you might notice are the ceiling beams, just painted white for a more subdued look. Large industrial style light fixtures either with open bulbs or edison bulbs are still hot. You may notice the addition of a pet bed located under the kitchen island, a focus on living space for your pets is alway in style.
Natural stone counter tops with exotic or one of kind prints seem to be the direction of the future. We saw a lot of marbles, quartzites and natural products with high design and great durability. Simple and sophisticated = Practical luxury, is the slogan from Pietra that also offers, Antolini Azerocare. The industry’s first ever system that prevents staining and etching of natural stone. That means, when you spill your red wine, you can relax and breathe normally.You may also notice the absence of upper cabinets all together in this kitchen with the exception of the built in wall and small desk area. This is a trend stemming directly from open shelving minimalist design.
The butler’s pantry was probably my favorite space in the entire house. Designed by Phillip Sides Interior Design it has everything you want. Supreme functionality with high end beauty, it is a shame to keep it behind the closed doors of the kitchen.
LAUNDRY, POWDER & MUDROOM:
There is still a huge focus on the functional spaces within the home. Helen Davis Interior Design illustrates this in the back of the house mudroom areas complete with a powder room and main laundry room for this home. This area directly off of the butler’s pantry and garage was clearly designed for the ease of house staff to make sure that this manor runs a like a machine.
This sweet little drop zone area boost a 4 person line up for shoes, book bag and accessories. It utilizes a linen patterned wallpaper on the walls that is carried into the built in for continuity.
The large downstairs laundry room carries the same color theme. It also has the top 3 most sought after custom laundry room requests: a window , a designated folding area and a sink.
To mix things up a bit a large palm leaf pattern wall paper was added to the powder room, but still keeps in the same color story. As you can see this is a very simple yet utilitarian design for the back of house.
One of my other favorite rooms in the home was the breakfast nook, because I am a sucker for a great tablescape. This simplistic room by The Design Atelier had live orange trees planted in the urns in the corners and a floating piece of art boldly placed over the windows.
The orange theme was carried to the table with dried orange slices tied with twine for napkins holders. Place cards were names written in gold on the orange leaves. I am totally going to have to retreat this table soon, I can feel it in my bones.
Directly off of the breakfast room with access from the living room and main floor master suite was the Loggia by Mitchell Hill. This fantastic Mary Chandelier by Mitchell Hill is clearly the show stopper. There is also room for sitting by the fire and an over view of the pool.
MASTER ON MAIN:
This show house actually had two master suites, this one located on the main floor was designed by James Michael Howard, Inc. A gorgeous lux room that was filled with plenty of texture for the eyes. From fur to silk, bronze to 19th Century French burr-walnut, you name it, it was in this room.
Let me start by saying I love this leather chandelier! It was my favorite thing in the entire house, period, a total steal at$5,180! You go B.D. Jeffries, now this is a master bathroom!
You may notice a lot of current trends used in new and excited ways within this house. This one uses a deep rich Elephant Gray paint by PPG to add drama to the walls; while white cabinets, floors and fixtures create that spa like feeling. I also did notice that most of the showers through out the home offered smooth tile transitions with glass doors, no over flow lips needed anymore.
MASTER SUITE UPSTAIRS:
The entire upper master suite was designed by Mathews Furniture + Design. It had a serine world traveler feel. Almost as if you had surrounded yourself with all your prized possessions from around the world.
A very eclectic mix of themes from the white antique paper mache palms to funky Josh Young custom art hanging over the bed, this room’s theme is no theme at all.
The master bathroom is very neutral with the beautiful carrara marble chevron tile and white on white walls, but they decided to pop the closet door with a peppy pink to accentuate the flamingo art on the wall.
Details can be seen in the sink bowls where a gold filigree was added and we continue to see the use of a a rectangular bowl. Which I tend to worry that this shape will eventually become very dated, but we shall see.
BEDROOM 1/ BATH:
Catherine M. Austin Interior Design created this dreamy room, a vision in sage and lavender. I found something so soothing about this space weather it was the large olive sectional in the corner for reading, the elite vibe of this beautiful bed, or just the the delicate light pink wallpaper.
The attached bathroom carried the same color theme into the space. The addition of many live plants and florals continued a fresh vibe into this space. A sweet pop of color comes from a custom made roman shade used to dress the irregular shaped window.
By far the most unique area of this suite was the gallery created with many personal pieces on loan from Catherine Austin herself. It was a great way to use this otherwise unusable space, in this home. Plus, it gave the room another level of depth.
THE SITTING ROOM:
Across the massive hallway, very similar to the one seen downstairs, is a dark and lovely sitting room creating by Dana Wolter Interiors, LLC. I personally really love this back and white art gallery she created at the vestibule entry of the room.
This Currey & Co. over head adjustable light fixture was also another eye catcher for me too. You can see a lot of current trends in this room from the nail head furniture, dark gray walls and layered coffee table pieces. A functional ottoman that can be moved to any space in the room but is stored under the coffee table for extra walk space.
The on suite bathroom for this room is designed all in black and white to keep with the theme. Again you see flush mount tile with no threshold on the showers. The ever popular Moroccan shaped white Carrara marble tiles floors and white cabinets are still trending.
LAUNDRY ROOM/BEDROOM & BATHROOM:
This is the upstairs laundry room for the home, which is the second laundry room in the house so it could be used as family laundry for small loads during the week. The convenience to have a laundry room located directly off of what will be the children’s rooms is super handy. It carries the same red and blue theme as the bedroom that it is attached too.
This red and blue Chinoiserie based design by Jena Salmon Designs, LLC is a feast for the eye. Jena created a layered effect by using matching wallpaper, drapes and bedding. Then popped the space with a deco wool rug and greek key fabric on the bench. As you can see a commentary blue cherry blossom wallpaper was chosen for the bathroom which keeps the space light and airy. Another trend we are seeing throughout all the bathrooms are the resurgence of wall sconces. Just like the wallpaper movement, wall sconces have not made this big of appearance since the 80’s.
Well this concludes our recap of the 2018 Southeastern Showhouse Tour. I hope you enjoyed seeing all the new trends and inspirations for homes this season. I have to say, I really hope that with the up turn in the building sector I hope to see more of these soon! I would really love to see the “Street of Dreams” home tours get started back up again; they were always my favorite and I really love the Southern Living Homes too!