Sunday, June 9, 2019

Atlanta Designers Network tours Sun Trust Park



Sun Trust Park is a baseball park located in the Atlanta metropolitan area
10 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta in the unincorporated 
community of Cumberland, in Cobb County, Georgia.
Our design group, Atlanta Designers Network use to meet
at the Georgian Club in the Galleria complex. You could say
we watched this ball park grow up!

This year for our June Social we decided we would take 
a tour of the Park! Our first stop as we entered was to get a look 
at this tomahawk made out of Legos! 


When the Braves are playing at home they list their 
starting line up on this board just, as you come into the park.

Our first stop was at the Champion Suite.

I was amazed at the size of the suites. They were not as big as I expected.
This is the lounge area and the entire suite holds 32 people. 
The price was amazing too! 

Our Tour Guide was named Bill. Here he is in the area known 
as the Braves Memorial Garden. 

This is the Rawlings Gold Glove Award

This plaque shows the Braves that have won the Gold Glove Award. 

Behind the bronze statue of "Hammerin Hank Aaron," are stacked 
baseball bats representing the number 755. His 755th home run 
broke Babe Ruth's record. 

This is where they keep the Braves' 1995 World Championship trophy.

In another area of the park is a full size bobble head of Hank Aaron.

This is one of several areas that when closed off are completely
soundproof. This is a consideration for autistic and sound sensitive people 
that might attend a game. It gives them a place to get away from the noise.

How about watching the game behind home plate?

These are the seats behind home plate. Covered up between the seats 
are outdoor televisions, so you can watch the game or another 
 program you might choose. 

This is the dugout. The only place we did not get to go was the locker rooms! 

This is the Memorabilia Store that is located inside the park. 

There are a number of areas that are available to rent. Depending
on the size of the  group, there is a place for everyone 
to watch the game. This is the Coors Light Chophouse. The round 
circles cut into the top are to keep your beverage cold. It is a 
cooling system and will keep your brew at 38 degrees!

These are the pub tables in the Coors Light Chop House.

Also on the same level is the Jim Beam Dugout Lounge.

This is the Delta Sky 360 Club. 

Moving from the bottom to the top, we are now enjoying the view 
from the Press Box. 

At the entrance to the Press Box are these portraits honoring
past Braves Sportscasters. 

Also on the top level is the Xfinity roof top lounge.

If you are waiting for the ball game to start, there are games 
for you to play up here.

Our last stop was at the Infiniti Club Suite.

Placed around the Sun Trust Park are shirts honoring 
former Braves players. This belongs to one of my favorite players! 
He calls Flowery Branch, Georgia home now. When Phil and his lovely wife Nancy, first moved to Flowery Branch, I worked with them on the interior of their home.


We wrapped up our tour by having lunch at the
Yard House! 

We all agreed that this was a great experience! 

source: Debbie's pictures


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Part 2, Designing, Gardening and Walking


To kick off Part 2 of our Cassina Garden Club Tour, 
we will start with the Curacao House. It is located at East Beach,
on Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

Rescued from "the wrecking ball" in 2010, this enchanting property features a garden with a magazine-worthy makeover resulting in a resort-style retreat that is both gracious and sophisticated. Thoughtfully designed, the garden incorporates an outdoor kitchen and screened lanai, surrounding a lush and inviting pool, resplendent with the soothing murmurs of rippling water. Visible from every room in the house and guest house, the walled design ensures a private oasis and provides a backdrop of seasonal color and iconic sounds of rustling palms which envelop the property.

I wish I could take you inside this home. It is my idea of a 
perfect vacation home! We were able to walk through
the main living area, but "no pictures were allowed."
But how gorgeous is this pool area!

They had a wonderful garage apartment with this beautiful bougainvillea 
growing on the trellis facing the pool area.

I have a large container of succulents, but mine have never grown this big!


On the side of the garage was this lovely raised garden bed. 

Our next stop was the Aiken House. 
Built in 1925, this historic Island home and guest house are surrounded by breathtaking gardens and stunning views. Situated on the St. Simons Sound, this oceanfront estate welcomes visitors into an elegant courtyard of ancient oaks and decades old camellias with benches tucked in for visitors to find quiet respite. Paths of established plantings and palms lead friends to the expansive veranda to enjoy the sprawling lawn and magnificent terracotta pots of seasonal color that have adorned the patio since its beginning nearly a century ago.

This was a large property and every area was landscaped to perfection.
The garage had these beautiful trellises with a guest suite above.

There were artist at many of the homes and they were busy painting
away in their gorgeous surroundings!

The front of this home was beautiful, but the ocean view was breathtaking! 

The oceanfront area was large and had several of these beautiful bronze
sculptures. This one looked so real we kept waiting for him to move!

Our third stop was called Family Affair. 
You find this garden full of laughter and child’s play as you enter a garden where kids never run out of things to discover! A play gym, a sandbox, and a pool are tucked into this beautiful garden with stunning views of the Retreat Club Golf Course. The generous terrace provides indoor-outdoor living for this busy young family all the while keeping an eye on their active family. This garden maximizes space and incorporates active areas for play, while creating gardens for reflection and relaxation. Who knew one space could do so much?

This home had a fence to keep the young children and pets from
the swimming pool area.

There was a screen porch and outdoor cooking are to the left of the pool. 

I wish I could get my container pots to look as great as these do! 

This back and side yard backed up to the Island Club golf course.

Not to be left out, the children had a great play area. 

We were asked to not take pictures of the exterior of this home, so we
will start pool side at the Cottage on the Green.
What a delight to discover this cozy cottage tucked among extensive plantings and well-designed gardens. Meander through robust sustainable native plantings of hydrangea, agapanthus, and olive trees complemented by handsome pots overflowing with delightful plantings of seasonal color. Round the corner of the property to find expansive views and a pond creating the perfect setting for the pool. The Mediterranean garden features citrus trees and an herb garden all within view from the back terrace. Find the owners’ children’s garden and potting bench as you exit the property…a true gardener’s delight!



Now this is what relaxing by the pool should look like! 


If you get hungry, you can always dine Al Fresco! 


If you get tired of relaxing and dining, you can always go fishing! 


Right outside the back door, you can find everything you need....



...to make your garden bloom! 


How easy is it to eat healthy, when you can step outside and put together
a fresh salad! 


Our last stop is The Beach House. Located just steps from the beach (and we mean steps), this unique and charming oceanfront beach house showcases a garden nestled among the most challenging of Mother Nature’s micro-climates: salt air and scorching sun. This compact garden provides the owners with seasonal color and has been planted with the harsh salt-climate in mind. An enjoyable and whimsical garden, the plantings present visitors who profess not to have a green thumb with numerous ideas of heat/drought tolerant plants which can enhance any garden or landscape.


This last house holds such very special memories for me. For thirty plus
years I spent so many wonderful holidays and special occasions here 
with the past owners and the large group of friends that were often 
stopping by. We affectionately referred to this house as The Big Chill"
house. Friends came by car or beach walk, because there was always
a party going on! 



I can remember back when the previous owners brought in a number 
of palm trees. They were very young trees, but the new owner gets to 
enjoy them at their full grown best!


The new owners have done a beautiful job of landscaping the area.
This shot is facing towards the ocean, but it did not capture 
all of the incredible view.


These stairs lead up to the back of the house. There is a porch where
you can sit on the swing and look south and watch a storm approach. 
It is a great place to relax rain or shine.


Many an islander or visitor has spent a Sunday night or Ga/Fl game 
around this fire pit! 


This house even comes with a private beach. No being washed 
away by the tide coming in here!


The new owners did a complete remodel, but kept the exterior very much
like it was originally. The first time I visited here, the house was a 
one level beach cottage. Over the years It has been jacked up with additional
porches and levels added. It is exactly what I think "a beach house"
should look like! This year marks the home's 100th birthday! 
I hope you have enjoyed the Garden Walk Tour 2019



source: Debbie's pictures, information and pictures from the Cassina Garden Club.

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