For football fans, the Super Bowl culminates a season of euphoric highs and inconsolable lows; the Academy Awards celebrates the greatest actors for movie fans; and when it comes to the 2019 Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Garden, it’s the apex of creativity when it comes to admiring the talent of interior designers from across the region.

Now in its fourth year, the Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens allows regular folk (and HGTV addicts like me) to truly ensconce our senses in the work of skilled geniuses. Touring this year’s massive Atlanta estate, guests are greeted to rooms and vignettes representing all different types of décor styles — homey countryside to clean minimalism to cool mid-century modern and everything in between. Besides viewing one-of-a-kind finishes and design pieces, the painstakingly detailed work of these 18 designers can also prompt the creative juices of everyone who tours the home — think of it like walking through a Pinterest board you’ve been creating for your own home. The event is produced by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and benefits the Atlanta History Center.

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This year’s showhouse is 13,000 square feet and is located on 5.3 acres in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, designed by Logan Design Group, and built by Southern Gentry Homes. Image: David Christensen

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Stephanie Jarvis‘s inspiration of early spring in winter can be seen in her color palette of white and grays, highlighted by a pale yellow. Image: David Christensen

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Proper lighting makes the best complement to the showhouse’s impactful pieces of art, provided by Artist Collective. Image: David Christensen

There is eye candy at every turn. This particular space, the back stair space designed by Stephanie Jarvis, is enjoyable for both its neutral color palette as well as the framed art on all walls. Image: David Christensen

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The outdoors comes inside within the breakfast room, designed by Yvonne McFadden, as the exposed stone wall frames a massive window, and organic shapes and textures are found at the rectangular table. Image: David Christensen

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Who doesn’t love a beautifully designed “drop zone”? Designed by Jennifer Ferguson. Image: David Christensen

Before we detail the home’s design, let’s get into the detail of the home itself. Designed in a transitional style by Logan Design Group, this new estate was built by Southern Gentry Homes. The 13,000-square-foot Buckhead retreat sits on 5.3 acres beside a massive babbling natural pond, which provides the perfect surrounding ambience. The connection from inside to outside also appears in the many mixed-use spaces, including multiple porches, a loggia and a gigantic two-story great room that is filled with natural light. Many materials, including natural stone, painted brick, slate, wood and metals seamlessly meld together to create a true showstopper.

I started my tour in the dazzling kitchen, designed by Yvonne McFadden, where I never realized how floor-to-ceiling cabinetry (from Morgan Creek Cabinet Company) could look chic AND be practical. The room offers an especially cool moment upon the usage of the home’s natural stone wall as a built-in dramatic design element and a way to easily transition guests to the outdoors, in the form of interior designer Tish Mills Kirk‘s screened porch.

“We think of this as an outdoor keeping room,” says Tish. “The lake [pond] is so pretty, and our inspiration came from there … This is a conversation and hangout area, and we did a great mix of vintage and new pieces.”

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This kitchen, designed by Yvonne McFadden, has the serious coffee drinker in mind, with these built-in Wolf coffeemakers surrounded by custom cabinetry from Morgan Creek Cabinet Company. Image: David Christensen

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Countless layers and textures each bring something beautiful and unique to this space designed by Pheobe Howard. Image: David Christensen

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I’m in love with the chandelier Robert Brown selected for the dining room he designed. The elaborate hanging crystals remind me of a sparkling winter day, especially with the other metallics throughout the room. Image: David Christensen

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Informally called the outdoor keeping room, the porch, designed by Tish Mills Kirk, features a sleek fire pit and Dedon’s geometric patterned chairs, created from the coolest material I’ve ever sat upon. Image: David Christensen

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Imagine enjoying a good book under a warm blanket on a chilly evening. Heavenly! Image: David Christensen

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“Our inspiration is a place for the homeowners to have coffee or a cold martini, before they get dressed,” says Meg Harrington of the covered owner’s veranda. She and Ann Huff, of Huff Harrington Home, wanted the space to feel like an indoor room. This was accomplished with elements like the twiggy, natural wood-finished chandelier and a 19th-century French oak table. Image: David Christensen

One of my favorite rooms has to be the main level master bedroom, designed by Will Huff and Heather Dewberry of Huff Dewberry. The bedroom’s tranquil blue-and-white combo takes great advantage of such a timeless color pairing with regal finishes, rich textiles and amazing vertical lines that stretch to the room’s towering, shiplap ceiling.

Walking through the home will remind anyone how art and the power of imagination can completely customize a home. The Artist Collective helped supply much of the showhouse’s stunning artwork, making many of these pieces available for purchase. Honestly, it’s like perusing the finest gallery upon every turn, stairwell and square foot.

As anyone who knows me can attest, I’ve always loved black and white and therefore I need to highlight the home’s salon, designed by Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design. If this was my home, I’d be spending a ton of time in this sleek space, anchored by the huge “Bullet” art piece, from Atlanta artist Joseph Guay, above the fireplace. And I cannot tell you how obsessed I am with the clever bee embroideries, inconspicuously placed on the lounge chairs — I want to replicate that element in my own house right away.

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This sleek space was designed by Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design. Image: Jonathan Savage

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How cool is this bee embroidery? Image: Jonathan Savage

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The master bedroom, by Will Huff and Heather Dewberry of Huff Dewberry, shows how mixing lines can be upscale, grand and work together. Though blue is a common color to use in master bedrooms for its tranquil undertones, there are always new and cool ways to show off the hue. Image: David Christensen

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This upstairs bedroom by Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room was one of my favorite rooms of the day. Though the pink and purple hues could have gone too sweet, the colors are balanced with tribal patterns, fun textures and a lot of whimsy. Image: David Christensen

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The inspiration for this room, which was designed by Paige Sumblin Schnell, Beth Nash and Anna Kay Porch of Tracery Interiors, was the slick color combination of rose and peacock.

Whether you’re a designer-in-training, someone who appreciates the art of décor or a person in dire need of interiors inspiration, this year’s Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens is made for you. There are too many genius interior designers and rooms to go through in one article — tour the home and choose for yourself which vignette makes your heart skip a beat.

The Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens is located at 4315 Garmon Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 and runs through June 2, 2019. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). Daily admission is $30 online and $35 at the door. Get more information about the event by visiting southeasternshowhouse.com.

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