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When the Atlanta Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse & Marketplace opens its doors, you know the holiday season is officially here. That’s the moment it’s not just beginning to look a lot like Christmas, it’s beginning to feel that way too! This annual tradition, presented by Blackstone Custom Homes and produced by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, has become one that is synonymous with the holiday season. Each year, Atlantans pour through the doors of an area home that has been designed to inspire and decked to perfection, and this year is no different.

You can’t miss the stunning silver tinsel Christmas tree as soon as you enter the front doors of the 2018 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse. Image: Nicole Letts

The 10th annual Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse is an 8,232-square-foot Buckhead estate that has been dubbed by architect Richard Hatch with Harrison Design as a “traditional contemporary English home.” Touring the new construction, visitors will find traditional design elements paired with modern accents. While the expansive square-footage, complete with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, makes the home seem large on paper, Richard says the residence was designed to create an open space where “you can see from the front to the backyard in just about every room of the house.” Grand windows, towering angled ceilings and multiple living spaces offer ample room for Christmas company, yet the interior finishes — with their marriage of antique furnishings and abstract art — are what give the home warmth and life. Of course, the plentiful holiday decor helps, too.

Today, we’re giving you a behind-the-scenes peek and adding a few tips and tidbits from the designers themselves for decorating your own home for the holidays. With nearly 20 distinctly designed spaces, this home oozes inspiration, and we’re sharing a few of our don’t-miss rooms with you, too. Pour yourself a cup of Christmas cheer and enjoy a festive look at the 2018 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse & Marketplace.

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Entering the front door, you’re likely to be awestruck by the magnificent silver tinsel tree. It’s embellished on nearly every inch of branch with fuschia, blush and white glass ornaments and was designed by Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts. This surprising holiday color palette is carried throughout the foyer and staircase and sets the tone for the rooms to come.

The foyer is flanked by the dining room, designed by honorary chair Carole Weaks of C. Weaks Interiors, Inc., and the study, designed by Chris Holt of Holt Interiors. Shades of green — including the Sherwin-Williams Kale Green walls of the dining room — abound in each space and complement the foyer tree while adding a twinge of luxury and, dare we say, festivity. Pay attention to the subtle decor choices in these rooms. We were especially impressed with Chris’s asymmetrical magnolia garland swags draped across the study mantle.

Chris Holt’s asymmetrical swagged magnolia garland looks intentional and grand. Image: Nicole Letts

Jessica Bradley says to carry Christmas decor throughout your home by bringing the outdoors in. Here she uses live greenery throughout the master bedroom. Even the tree is real! Image: David Christensen

As you make your way around the first floor, be sure to spend some time in the master bedroom. Here, Jessica Bradley of Jessica Bradley Interiors created a cozy retreat with rich tones and lush textures paired with a stunning matching Christmas tree. Jessica says there’s just something about festive greenery in your bedroom. “I think it’s special if you can do a tree in your master. Turn the lights off and have the Christmas tree light the room.”

Year after year, the idea of carrying holiday decor throughout your home is something that is prevalent in the holiday showhouses. That means presents in nearly every room and stockings hung on bookshelves like in the upstairs “teen girl’s bedroom” designed by Montgomery Gratch Interiors. Julie Montgomery, half of the Montgomery Gratch team, explains that when it comes to holiday decor in kids’ rooms, there are no rules. “You have to keep it easy. It’s supposed to be fun. When you’re in a child’s room, if they have a favorite color, get them involved and use that.”

The teen room designed by Montgomery Gratch includes pops of pink and bursts of metallics. Image: David Christensen

Lauren E. Lowe of Lauren Elaine Interiors says to hang wreaths in unexpected places like from cabinets and interior windows. Image: David Christensen

Cheeky art, including this Wonder Woman painting by Mark Boomershine, adorns the holiday home. Image: Nicole Letts

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Notice how fresh produce paired with simple flowers and foraged greenery (holly from the property!) creates a simple holiday table in the breakfast nook designed by Margaret Kirkland and Zach Weiler of Margaret Kirkland Interiors. Image: Nicole Letts

Rock around the Christmas tree … errr … the bonus room designed by Kati Hardwich of B.D. Jeffries. Image: Nicole Letts

Of course, winter flowers and other live greenery is another way to decorate for the season. Garland on mantles and wreaths on doors are expected, but designer Lauren E. Lowe of Lauren Elaine Interiors says to think outside of the box, too. “When I’m approaching holiday decor, I think in terms of architectural features, so one of my favorite things to use is wreaths. Cabinets are a great place to put them or even hanging on [interior] windows.”

While the estate is on the market (for a cool $4.9 million), visitors can imagine the holiday home “owners” to be playful decorators who make timeless choices but appreciate a little whimsy too. From the pops of pink to the cheeky art, no doubt they would be charmed by the eye-catching selections and excited to open their doors for holiday soirées throughout the season. Take, for example, the Wonder Woman painting by Mark Boomershine (available through Spotlight on Art) that takes center stage in Lauren Davenport Imber’s upstairs sitting room. From her gallery windows perch, she keeps a watchful eye on the space and the feather topped Christmas tree below.

Spend a few hours meandering from room to room. Take in design choices and holiday decor ideas. Attend one of this year’s many events. Mingle with the designers themselves. Enjoy the spirit of the season through the lens of interior design!

The Atlanta Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse and Marketplace is presented by Blackstone Custom Homes, produced by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The home is located at 4540 Jett Road NW and runs now through December 9. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Monday through Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day. Advanced admission is $30. Tickets at the door are $35. Parking is available at Chastain Horse Park. Find more information at


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