Posted by: Mickey Goodman | April 18, 2010

2010 Decorators’ Showcase and Garden a Smash Hit

A Glimpse Inside

Divide and Conquer -- Price

I’m a nut when it comes to architecture and décor. I like to write about it, read about it and wander through homes I could never afford in my wildest dreams. Nearly every year I purchase  a ticket to the Decorators’ Showcase & Gardens benefiting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. My agenda is to soak up ideas to incorporate in my modest home. My guilty pleasure is getting a glimpse into the lives of the very rich – and possibly famous.

This year’s A-list team of 27 talented decorators got it just right at Giverny (3639 Tuxedo Rd., NW),  a home both grand in size and warm in scale. You’ll find no rooms jammed with geegaws, no mishmash of too many good ideas crammed into one space. Instead, the rooms are tastefully decorated in ways a family could actually enjoy them without fear of knocking over 20 antique vases on a table or spilling orange juice on a pristine white rug in a family room intended to be kid-friendly. Though each room benefits from the creativity of a single designer or team, all exude comfort.

The eye candy begins at the front entrance where Dargon Landscape Architects created a Monet-inspired garden punctuated by whimsical daisy-shaped topiaries. In the foyer, Christy Dillard of Dillard Design, combines antiques and contemporary pieces– a theme used throughout – to set the stage.

Melanie Turner's Sunroom Brings Garden Inside

Tim Coughlin and Shon Parker of Shon Parker Design, Inc., turn a dining room, often relegated to formal occasions, into a space where guests feel equally at ease whether wearing jeans or tuxedos. In the solarium, Carol Weeks of C. Weeks Interiors combines neutrals and melons to reflect the spectacular garden that can be viewed through windows on three sides. Melanie Turner of Turner Davis Interiors uses the pinks and whites of dogwoods and cherry trees to turn the sunroom into a glamorous niche  equally welcoming for solitude or coffee klatches.

Pow in the Powder Room

In the powder room, Janie K. Hirsch of J. Hirsch Interior Design, adds plenty of “pow” to a tiny space, most notably a glass sink with a sparkling gold liner.

Upstairs in the sitting room, Corey McIntosh of McIntosh Interiors had the innovative idea to divide the sitting right down the middle with a long narrow banquette. On one side, he focuses on upscale options; on the other, duplicate pieces for the more budget-minded. The shocker: it’s hard to discern one from the other – proof positive that good décor doesn’t depend on price tag.

18th Century Cabinet in the Master Bedroom

In the master bedroom, Patricia McClean of Patricia McClean Interiors, uses a striking early 18th century red and gold japanned cabinet to provide punch in this soothing blue and cream room.

There are surprises as well – the media room in the children’s wing incorporates unique but comfortable furnishings created from recyclables. The two boy’s rooms couldn’t be more unique – one for a young man about to step into the real world, the second for a teen enamored with music. The playroom is a riot of bright colors, nooks and cubby holes for toys and a puppet theater. Other rooms, too numerous to mention, are also design tour de force.

Perhaps the piece de resistance of Giverny is the 14-acre wooded estate that resembles a mini-Callaway Gardens where curvaceous paths, lush plantings, babbling brooks, waterfalls, gazebos — both rustic and formal — create a wonderland filled with spectacular flowering trees. If you love great design and beautiful gardens, the 2010 Showcase is not to be missed. Open until May 9.


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