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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Glorious Room at the Symphony Showhouse

The Atlanta Symphony Showhouse is one of the most anticipated design events of the year in Atlanta. The buzz started early for the 2009 showhouse, which took place in May. Not only were there some nationally known designers who designed rooms - Robert Brown, Kay Douglass, John Oetgen among them - but this year featured a novel concept: three beautiful residences in the new St. Regis Hotel. The residences were large - over 3,000 square feet - and each residence had its own design style: one was traditional, one contemporary, and one transitional. Because the style of each residence was well defined, it made each residence flow very well.

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Although the traditional residence was my favorite overall, there was one room in the transitional residence that absolutely took my breath away. It was the master bedroom, designed by Cheryl and Alison Womack (a mother-daughter design team). It is interesting to reflect on this room given the topics that I have posted over the past few weeks - light on two sides (this room had beautiful light and windows on two sides), steel windows (I can't say for sure whether they were steel, but the trim was painted black and had the same effect).

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Where to start? There were so many beautiful elements to this room. My favorite look on a bed is a crisp white blanket cover with quilting, and an accent of color in the pillows and the headboard. Clearly, this bed brought together all of those elements, and it was so streamlined and unfussy. The headboard was quite high, but given that the ceilings in the room were 12 feet, the height was the perfect scale. The gray and yellow palette for the room was unexpected, but the gray was the perfect complement to the yellow; the room was cheerful and bright, yet sophisticated at the same time. The yellow velvet used on the bench was actually the inspiration for the color scheme of the room.

The beautiful murano glass lamps are from The Mercantile, a new home decor store in the Brookhaven area of Atlanta, and were sourced from Swank Lighting. All of the fabric in the room was from Lee Jofa or Kravet; much of the fabric was from Lee Jofa's new line Threads, which is described as an understated and luxurious addition to the Lee Jofa line.

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Two of the paintings in the room were by artist Jen Bradley - the one seen in this picture, and the one above the bed. The colors and mood for the painting were so perfect for the room, I was surprised that palette of the painting was not the color inspirations for the entire room! Jen Bradley is represented by the Bennett Street Gallery in Atlanta. The round crystal pieces are actually mounted antique newel posts; they were really beautiful in person.

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The Womacks must have been delighted to find this beautiful murano glass lamp made in the 1950s, by Swank Lighting. The color was absolutely perfect in the room. In an interview with Alison Womack, she said how much she and her mother like shopping for the perfect pieces for the rooms that they design. This is very evident when seeing how beautifully this room came together, and spying the unique and one of a kind pieces used in this room.

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A view of the painting and the Swank Lighting lamp, seen together. The chandelier is also murano glass, by Myran Allan.

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This was one of my favorite vignettes from the room. The chest in an antique 18th century Louis XVI style commode with a Queen Anne mirror hanging above. In the literature, Alison Womack says that the darker piece gave the room an element of sophistication, and I agree. I love the clean, straight lines of Louis XVI pieces, and feel that they work so beautifully with a transitional style.

I hope you enjoyed this room as much as I did! For more information on Womack Interiors, please click here. To see a video about the design process behind the room, please click here.

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45 comments:

  1. the link doesn't work. boy - this is beautiful! hey - did you know you are the #4 top ranked blog?????? wow!!!

    congratulations!!!!!!!

    Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!
    #4, gee, I wonder who is #3?

    hehehe love you!!!

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  2. I saw this room in person at the showhouse and thought it was great. Thank you for the pictures - photography was not allowed at the showhouse.

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  3. What beautiful design - I love the soft purity of the yellow in these interiors - a colour I am growing to admire. Lovely - now must go read the post after staring at the photos!!

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  4. I remember this room and was impressed by the combination of grey and yellow - unexpected and it worked. All the more pleasant too, as I knew Alison as a student. Beautiful room! Oh, and you're right about the newels - they were totally must have NOW!

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  5. What a gorgeous room! Thank you for sharing. I love the color scheme. The room is so serene and sophisticated. love it.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this room. Beautiful! I have noticed the interiors of this firm in the past and tried to find information on them but no luck. Would love to hear more about them.

    Angela

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  7. Ah that yellow lamp is divine... Gorgeous find!!

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  8. How to make a cozy bedroom with 12' ceilings. I think they've done it, looks wise. The windows/curtains are as tall as skyscrapers. The bed, headboard tables and picture are massive and hold their own. Do you need a step stool to get in bed?

    I like all the curvy legs, they curve in, they curve out, the floor lamp's legs are almost scrolls. At eye level there are curvy lamps, then the mirror top when we look up. Good contrast to the skyscraper windows.

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  9. Love gray and yellow, it's a stunning room, thanks for sharing it with us!

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  10. Thank you for all the beautiful pictures! I somehow missed the showhouse and am kicking myself.

    I've also (inadvertently) decided to my dining room in gray and yellows this fall and the color schemes here are perfect inspiration.

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  11. Gorgeous! I love the yellow and gray color palette -- it's fresh and modern but still warm. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. That is a pretty room and so relaxing!

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  13. Fabulous combination of yellow and gray - I've seen this done before, but with a starker contrast. This is so subtle, but hardly dull. Very, very soothing space. I decorate with a lot of gray, so I'm taking notes!

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  14. I love this room. I just finished something with the same palette and it worked beautifully . What makes this is as you point out the Art work- it is mellow and soothing. LA

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  15. Love the mother daughter design team Cheryl and Alison Womack, something I could talk about for ever. It is just the best to work with your daughters. Love the color palette for the room; grey and yellow. Painting by Jen Bradley is just perfect. What a room.

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  16. Gorgeous. I am truly in love with the mirror.

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  17. I share your love of the commode vignette. Its just everything a room needs: graceful lines, artwork, orchids, shimmer & books!!!!
    The St Regis angle is such a fresh perspective too.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

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  18. What a luxurious bedroom...I could spend a lot of time in here.

    Hugs,
    LeAnn:)

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  19. That is one gorgeous space! I love every piece in it and the color palette has me swooning.

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  20. Yes indeed ....lovely post,thanks!! Chrissy

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  21. The gray and yellow is a beautiful combination. This is the first time I've seen it used in a bedroom - it really works. Wish my travel to Atlanta had coincided w/this showhouse! Michele

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  22. Our eyes are the windows to the soul. That said, I’ve always believed that art is the window to a room’s soul and Jen Bradley’s paintings reflect the room’s spirit perfectly! Loved the visual experience -- thanks. Lausen

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  23. Thank you for the comments, everyone. It is interesting how the color palette is drawing people in; I had not realized that the color palette of this room is so 'now'.

    Love the comments about the art - I felt very drawn to the art in this room, even though I am NOT a yellow fan at all. I checked out the artist's current work at the Bennett Street Gallery (online, not in person), and it seems as if this is a palette that the artist is drawn to. In my work with emerging artists and assisting people with art selections, I have noticed that yellow and yellow ochre have been very popular choices over the past few years. This year, I have noticed that richer, earthier tones seem to be capturing people's attention when it comes to art.

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  24. Beautiful
    As good as it can get

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  25. wow, what a truly beautiful interior design job! Amazing! It's bright, airy, calm, smart, just beautiful!

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  26. Oh that bed looks so soft and inviting! Such a gorgeous room - glamourous but soothing.

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  27. I love that gray bedroom. I saw a similar bed in our local Calico Corners and thought it was gorgeous!

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  28. To say I was very sad to miss this is a huge understatement. Every picture I have seen looks amazing. These pictures are gorgeous!!!! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog!!!!

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  29. I spotted that lamp from Swank right away. Their lighting is awesome. Beautiful! Love the room, just what I have been envisioning for my redo. Jane T.

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  30. Simply stunning. I love how the yellow is tied through with the lamp stand, pictures and the flowers on the dresser table.

    It's a really beautiful room!

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  31. Funny, when I saw the first photo, I thought it was more in the traditional style, but as I moved through the posting I can see the transitional elements coming in. The gray and yellow look lovely, even if I would never have thought of that!

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  32. It is such a beautiful design! I'm loving the bed - the grey headboard is stunning!

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  33. very very lovely.

    I could find myself comfy in any of these rooms.

    TTFN~~Claudia

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  34. Love the paintings by Jen Bradley!

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  35. so stunning, I adore the colour scheme!

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  36. A beautiful room! I love so many elements. Have a lovely weekend. Ax

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  37. Ahhhh....that bedroom is positively divine. It's certainly relaxing on the eyes.

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  38. Just discovered your great blog - I will be back! Terrific post.

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  39. Wow that room is beautiful. What a great showhouse idea. thanks for sharing.

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  40. I just adore the touch of wonderful yellow within the mist of grey.

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  41. I love that it is silver gray and yellow. so beautifully done. I really like the tall twigs in the large white pot.

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  42. such a great space...and the art...well I always love coming here to see the art you have included.

    Best,
    Michelle

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  43. I like the way the room is decorated with especially the bed and the pillows they are so comfortable
    anyone would want to stay in here whole day without having to go to there work
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