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Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens

Two weeks ago Kathy and I went to the Southeastern Designer Showhouse and Gardens sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine.  It was a perfect, sunny day in Atlanta, and one week out from my daughter Savannah’s wedding at the nearby Swan House.  As we rode up to the magnificent 22,000 square foot English Manor style home, it seemed it had always been there.  Oh, it’s brand new alright, but it had that quality of settled into the surroundings that most older homes have.


With our magazines opened to the floorplans, we started our journey into the main home.  Mind you there is a complete ‘other’ home called the pool house which is a miniature of the manor house, with 2800 square feet.  We will share that in part two of this post or we would kill you with all of our photos!  Every single room inspired with the individual taste of each designer from all over the southeast.


We entered to a grand foyer with double staircases rising to the second floor.  The designer of this space is Melanie Turner Interiors.  She used a beautiful dreamy white tone from Benjamin Moore called ‘Winds Breath’.  We particularly loved the stair runner that looked like sisal with a border, and worked in this elegant space.

living room

Liv room 2

Wow, now we are in the Great Room, decorated by Westbrook Interiors.  The impact and feature wall in this room is that magnificent wall of windows.  So beautiful in wood, with the same ‘Winds Breath’ on the walls.  The scale of this room is wonderful.  Boasting 28 foot tall ceilings, the room feels light and airy, almost as if you are outdoors.  I particularly loved this room as my inspiration for our new lake home we will be starting on soon.  More on that in another post!




The kitchen design by Lauren DeLoach Interiors is so yummy! The quartzite island by Levintina, color Cielo is a whopping 5 feet by 10 feet!  Now that is an island!  I can see 8 grandkids sitting there watching me bake up fun concoctions!  The kitchen and great room are almost open to one another due to the huge cased opening between the two!





This is the stone and brick porch right off of the kitchen.  With the folding wood doors, it really feels like one contiguous space.  We even discovered you could pull out screens to keep the bugs out but still feel like the rooms were one.  Brilliant!  And these chandeliers are to die for- they have a pink tint to the wood beads that made them even more special to this space.  Love everything about this space by Lathem Gordon & Cate Dunning with Lloyd Flanders.  Also the alfresco dining area.  Who wouldn’t love to be here in the evening overlooking the grounds and pool?!  Cheers!



I loved everything about this bright porch!



This space is really fun and colorful, and we love our color!  While it is considered the ‘mud room’ and friend’s entrance, it is anything but mud room boring!  This space is by Lisa Mende Design, and we took more pictures here due to the fun subject matter!  We also love the cool painting as you enter the space by Mark Boomershine of Dorothy in ‘There’s no place like home’.  Such a talent from Atlanta, and University of Alabama (Roll Tide)!

Well, that is the first floor of this massive manor home!  We will share the rest in a second post!  We are thankful for showhomes and the collaborative efforts of amazing designers!  Their talents inspire us and we hope, you too!



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