It is hard to believe this is the closing weekend of the Southeastern Showhouse & Gardens presented by Atlanta Home and Lifestyles Magazine. Many thanks to all who have come to see the showhouse filled with so much amazing talent. I will be at the house tomorrow from 1-4 for the final day for anyone who wants to pop in to say hello!
I have had many inquiries about items available in our space. Showhouses provide an amazing source to get incredible high end pieces, custom furniture, art and antiques…many of which are priced well below what they would sell for on the showroom floor. So, if you see something that catches your eye, make sure to look at the price list in each room to see what is still available. You might find the perfect Mother’s Day gift!
We are delighted to be participating in the Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens which opens this week! Not only am I glad to have a reason to spend more time in my hometown, but I am also beyond excited to spend time with so many other favorite design friends that are also designing spaces in this year’s showhouse. Atlanta is at her finest during April and May. When I first began contemplating the design scheme for our rooms, I wanted to incorporate the glorious spring shades that reveal themselves each week a new flower or tree begins to bloom. For the past several weeks, we have been feverishly working to pull together our bedroom, bathroom, and hallway that all began with this spring palette…
I wanted to create a fantasy bedroom where I would look forward to waking up each morning surrounded by everything I love. I am a colorist at heart…color energizes me, comforts me, and evokes joy for me. The palette was inspired by some of my fondest travel memories of the past year. I kept coming back to certain images I had taken where the indescribable colors stayed with me. I was continually drawn to the combination of spring green with shades of lilac and orchid.
Few things get me as giddy as the anticipation of new collections released by my favorite interior and fashion designers. Schumacher‘s A-List of designer collaborations contains all of my most loved design talents including Mary McDonald, Celerie Kemble, Alessandra Branca, Trina Turk and now Miles Redd. The teasers being released in the fall magazines and today on the Schumacher blog give a glimpse of what’s to come from this dashing design star. Known for his theatrical imagaination and charming personality, the new fabrics are sure to become classics.
Since Schumacher was founded in 1889, the family-owned company has been synonymous with style, taste and innovation. Their collections are comprehensive, with an extraordinary range united by a respect for classicism, an eye for the cutting edge, and an unparalleled level of quality. A passion for luxury and an unwavering commitment to beauty are woven into everything they do.
Read below for Dara Caponigro’s “behind the shoot” story…
The Atlanta-born Miles Redd began his design career after graduating from New York University and honing his skills with luminary antiques dealer John Rosselli and decorator Bunny Williams. In 1998, he opened his own design firm in New York City. Best known for an eye-catching color sensibility, his trademark brand is characterized by playful mélanges of high and low, invigorated with whimsy, scale and modernity rooted in classic decorating.
Miles was the creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home from 2003 to 2013. Published in 2012, Redd’s The Big Book of Chic gives a glimpse into the inspiration that fuels his design, and focuses on the pleasures of living life in a beautiful way. Miles was most recently honored as one of Architechtural Digest’s “AD 100” in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as being recognized as House Work’s Groundbreaker Award in 2014.
Known as a master colorist, Miles’ brilliance shines through in this collection with how he completely transforms each textile with his choice of coloration. The varying range of bold hues to a monochromatic tones makes this an incredibly versatile collection to use in any interior from traditional to contemporary.A few of the fabrics in the new line include a shimmering Mylar wallpaper based on Mile’s famous mirrored bathroom, a whimsical print with birds, flowers and branches, and a saturated graphics and silk solid that will be avilable in all of Miles’ favored bold hues.
I can not think of another designer more glamorous and fun loving than Mary McDonald. Anyone who has lived vicariously through her Instagram feed knows she always travels in style (with great company!) and absorbs the local culture wherever she goes. I love seeing her inspiration manifest itself into her latest collection for Schumacher. Every detail reflects her recent adventures to Bora Bora, Puka Diamond and Moorea. The shapes and colors of the South Pacific blended with Mary’s love of fashion make each fabric, trimming and wallpaper extremely unique. The scale and pattern placement of the fabrics allow for maximum versaility to create banding and borders with just the fabrics alone. The exquisite details such as fringe, beading and embroidery are the perfect finishing touches for her collection as well as her wardrobe for the photo shoot below…
Schumacher describes the collection as being “inspired by the South Pacific, the cotton-linen prints and embellished fabrics and tapes include primitivist geometrics and a breezy floral. The colorways are effortless—Lava, Sea Oyster, and Marine pair beige and sandy tones with hues of black, gray, and indigo. McDonald tapped into her background to incorporate distinct dressmaker details. Fringes, embroidery, and beading come together to create a couture-worthy collection that’s at once casual and sophisticated—exuberant and fabulously easy.”
The A-Ha moment is one of clarity. It is a defining moment when you gain real wisdom that can be used to change your life. This moment can be inspiring, surprising, original, deeply personal and worth sharing. It often arises when there is an obstacle that needs to be turned into an opportunity.
Last week at Blogfest 2012, the editors from House Beautiful encouraged us to share an A-Ha moment from our design work. Up and coming designers Michael Herold, Jill Goldberg, and John Call shared their A-Ha moments with the group and challenged us to do the same.
My A-Ha moment came while working on the Pink House, a unique respite for breast cancer survivors and the Carolina Breast Friends organization. The Pink House serves breast cancer survivors in numerous ways: Wellness Education, Library and Computer Research Center, Fitness and Nutrition Centers, Self-Image Services, Arts & Crafts Workshops, and Counseling Services.
When I first saw the house, it was a beautiful historic home that had recently been renovated, but there were no funds to furnish the interior. What seemed like an insurmountable obstacle at the time turned into the most wonderful and fulfilling opportunity.
|The Living Room
Upholstery from Charles Stewart
|The Living Room
Accessories donated by Circa Interiors and Antiques
The organization wanted us to create a sophisticated, calming and feminine atmosphere. This was a haven where women would come together for fellowship, support and inspiration.
|The Living Room
Re-upholstery donated by Design Services, Inc.
Albert Hadley said, “Decorating is not about making stage sets,…it’s really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.” We wanted the survivors that entered this space to feel like their spirits had been lifted and their souls nourished.
|Painting donated by Kate Long Stevenson
in honor of her friend Neil Maddux Miller
We found several pieces at local flea markets and tag sales. With some refinishing, new paint and re- upholstery, we were able to turn others people’s cast off furnishings into beautiful pieces for the Pink House.
Window Treatments donated by
Custom Window Treatments
|The Sun Room
Carpet donated by Stark
When we first began this project, I honestly did not know if we would be able to pull it together. We had several different rooms that needed to flow together along with random assortment of found items and upholstery that needed some unifying element. I finally understood the expression “making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear!” Fortunately, we ended up with our A-Ha moment and we were all thrilled with the final product.
Renovations donated by J.E. Dunn Construction
|Yours truly with Newell Turner, Editor in Chief of House Beautiful
and Beth Greene, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Branding
for Kravet, Lee Jofa and Brusnchwig & Fils