Our Soiree with Atlanta's premiere hostess actually took place in the daytime.
(A Soi-ree also soi·rée (swä-r ). n. Is an evening party or reception.)
The magnificent home of Danielle Rollins was part of the Cathedral Antique
Show and Tour of Homes on Sunday, January the 27, 2013.
Danielle is the author of the beautiful book titled Soiree. I did a review of her
book in my November 2012 Newsletter It is full of wonderful recipes, pictures
and ideas and is a excellent gift book and you must have one for yourself!
Boxwood, as the estate is called, was the original design creation of
Philip Shutze in 1929 for the McRae family. The five beautifully landscaped acres
includes a fruit and vegetable garden, koi pond, basketball court, dog and children's
play area and also has a formal boxwood garden that is being recreated to the
original design. There are a number of outdoor dining and sitting areas too. Both
the house and grounds were renovated a few years ago by award winning architects
Gil Schafer and Charles Heydt.
This house is a tribute to the talents of designer, Miles Redd. But even though
it is fullof magnificent antiques, exquisite fabrics and wallcoverings, it is very
apparent that this is a home that is lived in by adults, children and pets!
We started our tour at the side entrance. It shows an excellent example of the
Chinese influence on this Georgian Home.
As we moved towards the main foyer, we started to get a feeling of all the
beauty that was ahead. From the zebra rug on the marble floor to the
eclectic mix of furnishings and fabrics, we knew we were in for a treat!
The pedestal table in the foyer is a perfect place to greet the soiree guest
with magnificent floral displays and a flute of champagne.
From the entrance foyer we move into the formal living room. It is hard
to tell from the pictures, but the walls are not painted but upholstered in
a turquoise satin. There are more Chinese influences along with an eclectic
mix of artwork and accessories.
Additional mixes of animal prints and Chinese influence are carried out in the solarium.
A well stocked wet bar is always necessary for a good hostess! This one has a map
on the ceiling.
Here is the formal dining room, set for the evenings Soiree! When it is just the
family, they dine in a room that has a circus tent feeling with the walls and
ceiling covered in a turquoise and white stripe.
The red Library was influenced by a library that legendary New York designer,
Albert Hadley created for Brooke Astor during the 1970's.
Miles Redd continued Danielle's love of animal print by carpeting the master
bedroom floor in a small leopard print. The bed canopy and draperies are also
A Venetian mirror enhances the ladies vanity area. Danielle's daughter
enjoys her mother's bath and dressing area too.
Don't you love the fashion sketches they chose to use on the wallpaper
in this area?
The draperies all through the house were beautifully designed and enhanced
with detailed trim and banding, even in Danielle's closet!
Large or small gatherings with family and friends. This beautiful home is certainly
the ideal space for entertaining!
Danielle Rollins with two of her children.
I hope you have enjoyed your tour of Boxwood. Miles Redd also has a new
design book. The Big Book of Chic
Source: The Lovelist.net and Whitehaven