From the azure of the dining room and cobalt of the foyer to the steel of the study and ice of the scullery, this year’s Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse is all about blue! Now in its 12th year, this year’s showhouse is the first in Atlanta’s Brookhaven neighborhood, and it happens to be on a brand new street, Kenry Court. In fact, the $2.7 million, six-bedroom home is the first of several luxury homes to be built in the area. Developed by KBD Development & Construction and designed by Harrison Design, this new construction features top-of-the-line design, starting with the arched iron and glass front door. It’s a grand yet airy choice that gives the home an immense amount of natural light. Let’s head inside …
Once inside the residence, visitors are swept into an enchanting holiday realm. In Mallory Mathison Glenn‘s chinoiserie-chic dining room, cerulean and emerald crystals drip like icicles from the twinkling chandelier above. Light dances throughout the space, spinning from the tasseled chairs to the floral mural, hand-painted by Mallory’s own mother. The room is filled to the brim and beckons guests to dine.
Even in a year like 2020 — in which a pandemic is pausing many holiday gatherings — there are takeaways to note. Mallory includes colorful poppers at each place setting along with calligraphy place cards. Low centerpieces featuring porcelain flowers encourage intimate family conversation. Individual candy bowls are also at each spot so guests can enjoy a holiday sweet without everyone putting their hands in the same dish. It’s pandemic-friendly yet festive.
Across the foyer, the hallway and powder room, both of which complement Mallory’s design, were designed by honorary chair Judy Bentley. The cobalt walls instantly make spirits a pinch brighter while Kravet drapery trimmed in Samuel & Sons tape inspires. Color enthusiasts will love this part of the home, as one shade bleeds to the next, and one pattern enhances the other. Notice wreaths hanging inside of windows and topped with punchy red bows. In these spaces, it’s all about tradition with a twist.
Other notable rooms on the main level include the scullery and covered porch. If you aren’t quite sure what a scullery is — and haven’t heard the word since you binged “Downton Abbey” — we’ve got you covered. Larger than a butler’s pantry, a scullery is used for kitchen storage and other unsightly kitchen tasks, such as washing dishes. The one in this home, designed by Courtney Shearer, is filled with Bell Cabinetry for hiding everything from stand mixers to blenders. The covered porch designed by Sande Beck is also not to be missed. It’s an open-air space complete with a fireplace for spreading out comfortably while also enjoying the warmth of the holidays.
On the second floor, the ode to blue continues in Anna Louise Wolfe’s nursery and in the Sojourner’s Suite created by design duo Lathem Gordon and Cate Dunning of GordonDunning. Anna’s space is anchored by a stunning needlepoint rug, while Cowtan & Tout wallpaper transports visitors to a springtime English garden even in the depths of winter. Across the hallway, Lathem and Cate take escapism to an entirely new level. A towering headboard is flanked by complementary antique chests, each topped with a pair of lamps and space for nighttime necessities. The takeaway here is a toss-up between the geometric accent wallpaper that lines the corners and tray ceiling or the plush, monogrammed bedding in cobalt and red — one of the team’s signature pairings. Either way, you’ll never want to leave.
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Overall, this year’s home is where traditional antique and vintage furnishings meet hip and colorful hygge — and it’s definitely worth a visit!
The Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse is presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The showhouse is located at 810 Kenry Court, Atlanta, GA 30342, and runs now through December 6, 2020. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m to 4 p.m. Social distancing and masks are mandatory, and extra cleaning and hygiene measures are implemented. Admission is $40. Find more information at atlantaholidayhome.com.
Photography by David Christensen.
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