Atlanta’s Home for the Holidays House

“I have been looking on, this evening, at a merry company of children assembled round that pretty German toy, a Christmas Tree.  It was brilliantly lighted by a multitude of little tapers; and everywhere sparkled and glittered with bright objects.”

Charles Dickens’s memories of his childhood Christmases conjure a picture not much different from our own homes around the holidays. We still dress “that pretty German toy” and adorn our rooms with things that glint and sparkle.  The Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse was a feast; full of  ideas and so very inspiring. I truly believe that a pretty room is good for the soul.

Some things I learned from Beth Webb’s Dining Room:  

Black walls are chic.
Splashes of abstract and modern art bring such a great contrasting touch to traditional rooms.
Layering animal skin rugs bring interest and texture to the floor

Dining Room from Beth Webb

From Michael Boyd and Amy Morris’s two rooms I remembered:

Patterned wallpaper can bring such interest to a room.
Navy and red pairings are classic; they get me everytime.

Classic red and navy pairings by Amy Morris

Classic red and navy pairings by Amy Morris; and I love that blue and white grouping.

The Ladies’ Retreat, designed by Barbara Heath of The Mercantile reminded me how important it is to create a room that makes you feel good. “A room of one’s own” (to borrow from Mrs. Woolf) that provides an escape from the day’s hassles and allows you to rest and relax. I noticed this refuge of mine would need:

A sparkly bar is key because every retreat should include access to a cocktail.
Beautifully patterned wallpaper in similar tones is just pretty and makes me smile.
Calm rooms still need a pop of interest, so a fun lamp or accessory keeps things interesting.
Again, mixing textures is a MUST.

The Ladies' Retreat

The Ladies’ Retreat

Some other favorite vignettes from the home showed me:

Wreaths on the inside of windows are an easy way to bring a touch of the holidays into bedrooms and offices.
Garlands are most luxurious and stunning when they extend ALL THE WAY to the ground.
Investing in nice, thick ribbon is worth it.
Outlining mirrors and art in garland is simple but impressive.

Garland that goes to the ground...

Garland that goes to the ground…

And then there were my two favorite rooms, the porch and the study. They kept drawing me back, and I had to go see each one more time before we left.

I wanted to host a party on Parker Kennedy Living’s beautiful and relaxed porch, then curl up with a book and never leave Bill Ingram & Danielle Rollins’s study. These two rooms solidified for me what my true style is; I love dark wood, rich plaids, and antique mirrors. The touch of the South mixed with a dash of  the British hunt has always been a favorite look of mine. I have never seen it done better in America, than in Bill Ingram and Danielle Rollins’s study.

Magnolia in a champs bucket

Magnolia, antlers, and leather.

Rollins+Ingram

Rollins+Ingram

And then the porch, swathed in blue and white…

ATL HH 14

Parker Kennedy Living’s table on the porch.

PK porch

I first fell in love with grouping blue and white vases under tables when I saw Mary McDonald do it in her LA homes.

The visit to Atlanta’s “Home for the Holidays” house was so refreshing and inspiring. The fact that I got to visit it with my husband and sweet mama made it all the more special.  I can’t wait to use what I’ve learned and continue to create a home brilliantly lighted with beauty and love. I hope you, too, are inspired by this beautiful home.

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A Summary of What I Learned:

  • Patterned wallpaper can bring such interest to a room.
  • Navy and red pairings are classic; they get me everytime.
  • A sparkly bar is key because every retreat should include access to a cocktail.
  • Beautifully patterned wallpaper in similar tones is just pretty and makes me smile.
  • Calm rooms still need a pop of interest, so a fun lamp or accessory keeps things interesting.
  • Again, mixing textures is a MUST.
  • Wreaths on the inside of windows are an easy way to bring a touch of the holidays into bedrooms and offices.
  • Garlands are most luxurious and stunning when they extend ALL THE WAY to the ground.
  • Investing in nice, thick ribbon is worth it.
  • Outlining mirrors and art in garland is simple but impressive.
  • Black walls are chic.
  • Splashes of abstract and modern art bring such a great contrasting touch to traditional room.
  • Layering animal skin rugs bring interest and texture to the floor
  • To me, nothing is much prettier than dark walls, antique mirrors, and complimentary plaids and patterns.

Some details:

The study is mostly done in Ralph Lauren paints and accessories. Club chairs are covered in RL Gauciel Green. The leaf studies, 9 grouped as a whole, are done by John Matthew Moore ($1500 each).  The beautiful abstract painting, “Untitled Abstract in Browns, Reds, and Golds,  is also done by John Matthew Moore  ($5,500).

 

 

 

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