Thursday, January 29, 2009

House of the Week: a Georgian Style Showhouse

In November, I did a post on the art of the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Christmas Showhouse.  This showhouse is usually for sale, and more often than not the house is sold while the showhouse is in progress.  Perhaps a sign of the times, the home from the recent showhouse has not sold yet, although it is quite a beautiful house.  The real estate listing has some great pictures on it, and I thought you might enjoy them too!

The house was designed by Bill Harrison of Harrison Design Associates, one of the premier architectural firms in town.  It is described as a Georgian style house, and sits on a 1.6 acre lot in a prime area of Buckhead.

The foyer was designed by Robert Brown, who used art from the Emily Amy Gallery.  During the Christmas showhouse, the staircase had fresh garland, and a huge chandelier was in the foyer, made by Niermann Weeks.  Looking through to the back of the house, the dramatic living room by Suzanne Kasler can be seen. Surprisingly, there were no close up pictures of the living room in the real estate listing.  I wonder whether the chandelier in the living room comes with the house; it is made by Therien, and was a focal point of the room.


A different view of the entry hall, showing the dining room.  I really liked the floor plan of this house.  Beyond the staircase, in the hall to the right,  was a big bar that had easy access to the living room and the dining room.  This house would work beautifully for entertaining.

To the left of the entry is the sitting room, designed by Stan Topol. It features a beautiful chandelier by Dessin Fournir. 


The kitchen, which has a beautiful countertop made of marble. The sink was also made of the same material as the countertop.  The kitchen design was by Design Galleria.

Another view of the kitchen, which opens to the keeping room. 

A closer view of the keeping room and the breakfast room.  Gretchen Gilstrap Edwards designed the keeping room, and Liz Williams (alas, no website) designed the breakfast room.  I have heard that they coordinated with each other on the color scheme to keep the rooms in sync.  Williams used Niermann Weeks' Mizner lantern, which is one of my favorite lanterns.  Although it is hard to see in this picture, the ceiling is painted a very pale blue/green.  The walls in this room are Benjamin Moore linen white, and the ceiling is Sherwin Williams sea salt.


A closer view of the breakfast room (my favorite room of the house).  Although it is hard to see here, the curtains have a trim with pearl buttons on it.  Williams used Niermann Weeks' Mizner lanterns, one of my favorites.


The master bathroom. I love the soft drape of the window treatment in this bathroom.



A guest room in the basement, designed by Beth Webb and Nancy Pendergrast, is quite striking.  I love the range of tones in this room; it would look just as graphic as a black and white photo.  

I thought the house flowed beautifully considering that 20 different designers were involved in the house.  My favorite room was the keeping room and breakfast room, mainly because I loved the architecture and color scheme.  So, what do you think? The house can be yours for $4.75 million! Do you have a favorite room?    I only showed my favorite rooms, but the official listing has some more


  1. I want to be in that breakfast room. All the best of eating outdoors without the Georgia heat and bugs.

  2. My favorite is the foyer by far, it is beautiful and makes quite the statement when first coming into the house! I wish I had an extra 4.75 mil for this, I would scoop it up in a heartbeat!!

  3. What a gorgeous home. I love the staircase.

  4. Beautiful! Be sure to see that I nominated you for this contest...

  5. Now that is a showhouse! Most of the rooms are gorgeous, but I don't really like the furniture they chose for the dining room.

  6. I love the sitting room! I think the uber dark built ins and trim color is so cool and unexpected. I'm a sucker for over sized chandeliers and the raised fireplace is so smart. It so cozy I think if I lived here I'd hit the bar and then collapse in this room every night!

  7. I toured the home over the holidays, the architect did a great job on the layout and architectural detailing. For me it fell apart a bit on the terrace level with the pseudo-moorish architecture of the wine celler and theater room.

  8. Funny, as I was reading the post and came upon the keeping room and breakfast room, I peered towards the breakfast room and knew it would be your favorite. Mine too! Tall windows, light colours, a gentle space. And I love the NW lantern you point out.

    I really like the blue ceiling also. Great post!


  9. Love the dark shelves in the sitting room and the bedroom too. Fun pics!

  10. Beautiful colors and architecture, I love this house! Thanks

  11. Yes, this was a very enjoyable showhouse to visit. We are lucky in Atlanta - there always seems to be a showhouse or tour of homes going on.

    I thought the main floor really flowed well from room to room. The upstairs was fairly consistent as well. As Athenaues noted, some parts of the basement really veered from the tone established upstairs, but the bedroom and 'spa' downstairs were beautiful.

  12. Love these images! By the way I couldn't see 4 of your images (but maybe others can, no one else said it on their comments) Have a great weekend!

  13. Gorgeous!!! I really loved the blue in the built-ins in the ktichen. And the color scheme for the whole house is beautiful- so subdued. Love the breakfast room & would probably do dinners there too! ;)

  14. very grand! The drapes throughout are amazing!

    I wish some Vancouver designers would do a showhouse...we haven't had many.


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