Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spring is here and so are the Interior Design Showhouses!

I love Spring! I so enjoy watching the outside change from drab and gray to a beautiful green and colorful world. Scattered across the country are rooms that will take on this same transformation come Spring. Here in Georgia, one of the best places to see the magic unfold is the Atlanta Symphony Association's Showhouse. This will be the 49th year that one of Atlanta's magnificent homes gets decked out in the finest attire of the season.

This year the showhouse will be Knollwood. It was designed by Philip Trammel Shutze. Built in 1929 it is located at 3351 Woodhaven Drive in Buckhead. It also served as the 1976 Showhouse and offers 30 decorative spaces. You can get all the information you need about this year's showhouse by following this link:    2012 Atlanta Decorator Showhouse

I really can't remember what year I started going to the Atlanta Showhouse. I know I have gone for a very long time. I also use to go every Fall to the Charlotte Showhouse, where my Grandmother lived. Each year I would try to decide which city had the best designers.

Charlotte Showhouse 2011

One thing that can always be said for "good design" is that it can withstand the test of time. So why don't we take a look back at some of the rooms that were featured in the Atlanta Showhouses. Many of them would fit right in with our homes today.

The 2011 Decorators’ Showhouse was Lotus House It is an impressive
20,000 sq. ft. estate in Buckhead.

Barry Dixon Living Room 2011

Cheryl Lucas and Jackie Cottrell Entrance 2011

Melanie Turner Dining Room 2011

 3639 Tuxedo Road, and was the former estate of Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
It was also the 2010 Showhouse.

Beautifully landscaped!

Carol Weaks Solarium 2010

Patricia McLean Master Bedroom 2010

Boxwood Greenhouse 2010

The 2009 Showhouse was at the St. Regis

St. Regis

Alison Womack Master Bedroom 2009

Design Galleria Kitchen 2009

John Oetgen Dining Room 2009

The 2008 Home at 3750 Tuxedo Road is called Camelot.

Elizabeth Brennan Guest Suite 2008

Elizabeth Brenna Bedroom of Guest Suite 2008

Carol Weaks Master Bedroom 2008

Whitehall, home of the 2007 Showhouse, is an antebellum-inspired estate at 4795 Harris Trail. It is located in northwest Buckhead.

Living Room 2007

Dining Room 2007

Originally built in 1983 for the first owner of the Atlanta Falcon football team, this English Regency-style house has a Palladian entrance. It was the 2006 Showhouse.
Bob Brown Dining Room 2006

John S. Banks Breakfast Room 2006

Suze Surdyk Jones and Cheryl Petros Espy Ladies Office 2006

In 2005 the Showhouse was again held at Camelot on Tuxedo Road.

Stanton Home Furniture 2005

Tish Mills The Retreat 2005

The 2004 Showhouse in Buckhead had a  resort-inspired California vibe. It was unlike any other Showhouse Atlanta had seen! 

Front View

Meg Adams 2004

The 2003 Decoator Showhouse

Christine Haught Two Shots Hallway 2003

The 2002 Decorator Showhouse

James Essary and Bill Murphy Two Shots of the Living Room 2002

There you have it a look back at some of the great designs that made up the Atlanta Symphony Decorator Showhouses. Are you ready to go see what great designs will be in this year's home?

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