Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A peek inside the 2013 Atlanta Symphony Show House: the Melanie Turner designed master bedroom

One of my favorite spaces in the 2013 Atlanta Symphony Show House was the master bedroom.  The Bill Baker designed house is large in size, at over 18,000 square feet, so the relatively small size (relatively being the key term!) came as a very happy surprise. Personally, I like intimately scaled master bedrooms, so the architecture of this space had great appeal to me. 

To get a perspective on where the master bedroom is located in the house, here is a picture of the back of the house, taken by photographer Jeff Roffman.  The space on the right where the house extends into the back yard is the master bedroom. It is located on the main floor of the house and the majority of the space appears to be single story with no second floor space above it.

The interior design of the master bedroom is by Melanie Turner, who was the 2012 ADAC Southeast Designer of the Year.  Photo credit: Jeff Roffman.

The color palette is neutral and soothing, and the room has a peaceful and soft look and feel.  The beautiful Chinoiserie inspired curtains are made with Mary McDonald’s new fabric line for Schumacher (in the blush conch color) and the material was ordered with an 18’ drop.  The crane sculptures are a playful nod to the crane in the fabric pattern.  (I took the rest of the pictures in the post, including this one)

The settee also features fabric from Mary McDonald’s new designs for Schumacher.  One of my favorite design elements in the room was the artfully arranged grouping of Todd Murphy drawings, which are in designer Melanie Turner’s personal collection.

Another special feature in the room was the antique chandelier, fitted with rock crystal pendants.  This is also part of Melanie’s personal collection – I remember seeing it in the great room of her Bobby McAlpine designed house, featured in a recent blog post.

A fresh delivery of flowers arrived while I was in the room, and I couldn’t resist taking a quick picture!  The alabaster lamps were beautiful and perfect for the room; several people commented on them while I was there.

Although hard to see in the pictures, the delicate hand painted design on the walls echoed some of the elements of the fabric and the room and were a lovely touch.  The custom wall painting is by Brian Carter, who was featured in my post about the new Scout Guide.

So, what do you think? This room was one of my favorites in the house, both because of its architecture and design.  The room itself faces east (which reminds me of pattern 138 from A Pattern Language - one of my favorite books on architecture) – in which the authors argue that the best orientation for a bedroom is facing the east, so that people can wake with the sun.  I also like how the windows are designed; instead of windows on either side of the master bed, there is a distinct area at the end of the room where there is a large window, and two facing windows on either side (another favorite pattern from A Pattern Language – pattern 159, light on two sides)  - this room actually has light on three sides. It is a pretty design that distinctly defines that area of the room, provides beautiful natural light from the south, the east, and the north, and provides an expansive view of the back yard.

The Atlanta Symphony Show House and Gardens is open through May 12. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased at the door. The house is located at 3495 Old Plantation Road, Atlanta.  There is a shuttle service to and from the house, with parking at 3284 Northside Parkway. For more information, please visit
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  1. Holly-
    Thank you for sharing this gorgeous room. I love Melanie's work. The settee with the gallery wall is perfection. I love the fabric.
    Happy Monday.

  2. really beautiful room; the art arrangement and gilt loveseat are perfection together. just pinned that one. great images, holly. donna

  3. Any idea what paint color this is? It is such a lovely, restful space.

  4. I'm really looking forward to going to this show house! Thanks for the great pics.

  5. Very the scale of the room, the high celings, big windows, gives it such a dramatic feel. Thanks for sharing, keep it coming!

  6. I wonder if one of the windows is really a door leading to the patio? Pretty architecture and decorating. Thanks for the peak.


  7. Good morning, Holly!

    How are you doing? I hope everything is great with you!

    This place is incredible and the master is so elegant. I love the color scheme.

    Have a wonderful week, my friend.


    Luciane at

  8. Holly this room is so enchanting and subtly luxurious. Thank you for sharing!

    PS I am having a Paris Book Giveaway!
    All the Best

  9. What a gorgeous room - so wish I could get to Atlanta to see in person. I am the biggest fan of a chaise lounge, and I would be blogging from that space every morning. Just love the alabaster lamps and the side table with the amazing brass knob...fabulous!! Have a great day, Holly ~

  10. wow, stole my heart, i love the grandness of this room. Love how the floor to ceiling curtains made the windows seem so much bigger.
    Just breathtaking!

  11. This is design at it's very best! A room ready for a quiet,luxury inspired retreat for the homeowners. Wonderful mix of materials. Thank you for posting this amazing room with all it's exquisite materials.

  12. I agree with you about the gallery wall above that settee pure lovlieness! That chandelier is magnificent as well. So wish I could see that house in person. I am looking forward to your posts on it!

  13. This bedroom is stunning! Do you know where the bed and bedside table are from?

    1. The bed is from Terra Shaw and the the beside table is from Bradley.

  14. LOVE this room; and the house! My favorite thing in architecture is having "one room deep"! 3 exposures in one room! Marvelous!

    Great post and a lovely room!

  15. You are a total tease today.

    Almost a pic from the master into the garden. ALMOST.

    XO T

  16. that is really a dream house :) everything says style and serenity
    following your blog


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