Classic. Timeless. Pretty. These are the words that lead designer Meredith McBearty uses to describe the 2018 Serenbe Designer Showhouse. She’s spot-on. As the fifth annual showhouse, the four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath Selborne Estate Home is a marriage of European style and Southern charm. It was designed by Newnan architect Mitch Ginn of L. Mitchell Ginn and Associates, built by Mac McKinney of McKinney Builders and brought to life by a bevy of Atlanta designers including A. Wooten Interiors, Anna-Louise Wolfe, Ltd., Melissa Galt Interiors and many talented others.
Serenbe is a countryside community just outside of Atlanta that not only feels like it’s a part of the land but is in commune with it. The showhouse mirrors that sentiment. Visitors will immediately notice that this house, unlike its surrounding neighbors, feels a pinch more private. The transitional, time-honored home sits slightly off of Serenbe’s main thoroughfare, Selborne Lane, and is tucked amid tall, stately trees. A winding driveway meanders beside ample outdoor space, while a short path takes visitors to the charming front porch. There, French doors beckon you to step inside this chic farmhouse stunner.
Once within the home’s warm embrace, you’ll be greeted by grasscloth and other patterned wallcoverings, art-filled spaces, heirloom-quality antiques, tons of color and classic yet fresh finishes. We sat down to speak with Meredith McBearty of Meredith McBearty Interiors about the showhouse, her design method and the takeaways you can implement in your own home.
As lead designer, Meredith is responsible for specifying all of the home’s interior finishes including countertops, tubs, sinks, faucets, lighting, flooring and cabinets. If it’s labeled as a “finish,” Meredith had her hands on it. When making her selections, Meredith says she had one goal in mind: timelessness. “My goal is to take a timeless approach with every project and especially the Serenbe showhouse. There’s nothing trendy and nothing that’s going to go out of style anytime soon. I worked with our partners to create a beautiful design. I wanted to keep it as clean and classic as we could, so anyone could see themselves living here.”
This classic lens through which Meredith designed is most evident in the room she created: the kitchen. Here, in a space in which your eyes can travel from floor to ceiling and still not take in every detail, Meredith drew on European influences. “I embraced that European countryside feeling. There are large moose antlers, a beautiful 19th-century painting and a stove that looks European with distressed red oak corbels.” Two caged chandeliers are suspended above the large center island, which divides the kitchen from the breakfast room. Horizontal shiplap runs throughout this wing of the home to add a casual element. “You’ll find it in the kitchen, the butler’s pantry, the breakfast room and the master bathroom,” she shares.
When asked what takeaways visitors can implement in their own homes, Meredith says it’s all about staying simple and embracing consistency. “Just because you have five different bathrooms doesn’t mean you have to do something different in every single one. Sometimes it’s okay to choose something that’s classic and works and repeat it.” In the Serenbe showhouse, for example, Meredith chose polished nickel finishes to keep selections consistent and lasting.
As you make your way through the remaining bedrooms and common areas, be sure to spend some time exploring the outside living spaces as well. Part of the essence of Serenbe is the influence of nature on the rest of the community. “It’s nice how the living areas open onto porches or loggias. The family room opens right out onto a loggia with a covered fireplace. The kitchen and the breakfast room open onto the back porch, which is screened in. When you’re at Serenbe, you want to be outside. It’s pretty. It’s quiet. It’s a destination for relaxing and a break away from everything else. It makes you want to go outside and hang out by the fireplace. This floorplan is unique because it lets you do exactly that. You can really enjoy living in the Serenbe community.” All from the comfort of the home.
If you haven’t penciled in your plans to visit the showhouse, what are you waiting for? Grab your ticket and make a day of it. Have lunch at Blue Eyed Daisy. Pick-up a Bamboo Juice at the weekly farmers market. Stay for a show. No matter what you do, plan to visit the 2018 Serenbe Designer Showhouse this fall.
The Serenbe Designer Showhouse is presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and benefits the Art Farm, Serenbe’s 40-acre outdoor art-centric complex. The home is located at 9019 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268 and runs now through October 7. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $20. Find more information at serenbeshowhouse.com.
This post is sponsored by Serenbe Designer Showhouse.