The September issue of Atlanta Home & Lifestyles magazine is out featuring all of the glorious professional images of the Southeastern Showhouse & Gardens taken by dear friend and photographer extraordinaire Emily Followill. Click HERE to read the article and to see all of the hard work by the talented designers that participated in this year’s showhouse.


Interior designer Cathy Austin relished the opportunity to act as her own client in this whimsical bedroom brimming with personality. “I wanted to create a fantasy bedroom where I would look forward to waking up each morning, surrounded by everything I love. But really, I think this room could be for a lady of any age with a curious mind and a passion for art and travel,” she says. Austin formulated a joyful palette of serene greens with shades of lilac and orchid that was inspired by a recent trip to Lake Como. A fanciful chinoiserie wallpaper by Brunschwig & Fils and a sleek custom banquette in a plush green velvet not only give gusto to her inspiration but their contrasting styles add to the room’s powerful allure. “I didn’t want to create just a ‘pretty’ room, but rather a soulful space with interesting juxtapositions,” says Austin. Other noteworthy contrasts include the canopy bed’s traditional frame that’s reinterpreted in brass and mohair while the smaller pattern of the leopard rug balances the drapery’s larger paisley embroidery. Austin indulges her passion for art with an assortment of original works by Southern artists—that span from mixed media and embroidery to contemporary portraiture and a landscape dusted with diamonds—in gallery-like displays throughout the bedroom and in an adjacent hallway that’s swathed in a deep lilac. 


CEILING PAINT Quaking Grass by PPG Paints WALLPAPER Brunschwig & Fils RUG Stark BED Custom with Lee Jofa fabric EURO SHAM Martyn Lawrence Bullard BENCH Highland House with Elizabeth Eakins, fabric through Holland & Sherry BEDSIDE LAMP Circa Lighting with lampshade by Edgar-Reeves CHAIRS Charles Stewart with Kravet fabric DRAPERY Taffard Fabrics through Grizzel & Mann DRESSER & BEDSIDE TABLE Made Goods BANQUETTE FABRIC Kravet, with pillows in Schumacher and Elizabeth Eakins TABLE Parc Monceau ART Brad Thomas through SOCO Gallery, Selena Beaudry through Hidell Brooks Gallery Hallway PAINT Ashberry by PPG Paints RUG Moattar WINDOW TREATMENT Clarence House through Jerry Pair with Samuel & Sons trim through Ainsworth-Noah ETAGERE Parc Monceau ART Herb Jackson, Kate Long Stevenson, Geraldine Neuwirth & Scott Duce at Hidell Brooks Gallery; Stephen Wilson, Stephanie Hirsch & Shaun Cassidy at New Gallery of Modern Art



It takes a village to pull off a showhouse and I am incredibly grateful to the following sources who helped bring my vision to life. THANK YOU!!!!

Alexis Walter

Billy Baldwin Studio

Brad Thomas

Bradley Clifford

Brady Eckard

Brunschwig & Fils

Capitol Lighting

Circa Lighting

Clarence House

Custom Window Treatments

Edgar Reeves

Elizabeth Eakins

Galbraith and Paul

Grizzel and Mann

Hidell Brooks Gallery

Highland House

J. Douglas

James Wheeler

Jerry Pair

Kaci Barbosa

Kevin Kim


Lee Jofa

Moattar Carpets

New Gallery of Modern Art

Made Goods

Osbourne & Little

Parc Monceau

Pigeon & Poodle

Pierre Frey

PPG Paints

R. Hughs

Samuel & Sons


Stark Carpet

Taffard Fabrics

Travis & Company

And a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to Elizabeth Ralls, Atlanta Home & Lifestyles, and honorary chair Beth Webb! 

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