Posted by: Mickey Goodman | April 21, 2013

2013 Decorators’ Showcase Best Ever

I admit it. I’m a total sucker when it comes to getting the inside scoop on an over-the-top home I could NEVER afford, and my must-see every year is the Decorators’ Show House & Garden that benefits the Atlanta Symphony.


Tuffeau Decorators’ Show House & Gardens (Photos courtesy Jeff Roffman Photography)

Tuffeau, the elegant 18,000 square foot estate in the Buckhead/Vinings area opened April 20 and will be on view until May 1. The elegant home, designed by William T. Baker, is reminiscent of grand French chateaus and has all the bells and whistles from leaded glass windows to French paneling to superb arched ceilings. We spent about two hours viewing the 37 rooms (imagine!), plus enjoying a delicious boxed lunch prepared by Carole Parks Catering. (


 This year’s Decorate Show House is the best ever, and the designers have outdone themselves with livable rooms suitable for a very large family. (It’s rumored to be owned by a bachelor.) Though the décor is over-the-top elegant, the rooms are not over-decorated as some have been in the past.

The light fixtures throughout are show-stoppers, as is the art work – each chosen by a separate designer who was selected to decorate a single space. In most of the rooms, the furnishings are a delightful combination of traditional and contemporary with unusual touches.


Even the connecting hallways and staircases meld the spaces and create beauty at every turn. The grand staircase, designed by Bryan Alan Kirkland Designs, was hand painted in a bright red-orange pattern set in panels and punctuated with a collection of guitars hanging over the landing. The family staircase has a very different, though no less elegant style. Designed by The Mercantile, it was also hand painted and highlighted with a spectacular chandelier.


The upstairs hallway contains comfy chairs and nooks overlooking the bright, airy living room that make it more a place to sit and chat than a space to pass through. It was creatively designed by Traci Rhoads Interiors


In the master suite, subtle, calming beige tones by Melanie Turner Interiors make its massive size warm and inviting (I’m ready to move in, or at the very least, redecorate my humble space.)

 Ikea features an affordable casual lounge and kitchen on the lower level that only looks expensive. A coffee table I admired was a mere $59.95, and the kitchen cabinets and countertops are sleek, modern and affordable.

But the piece de resistance is the James Bond-esq Home Cinema room designed by IHomes Atlanta. Overhead, the ceiling is a night sky with small points of starry lights that can be changed with the flick of a remote. The screen, as large as a movie theater, is viewed from leather recliners in two staggered levels. To die for.



  1. Looks dreamy!

  2. Wonderful piece, Mickey. Looks like a great showcase house!

    • Thanks, Bonnie for always supporting me! Miss you.

  3. Thanks Irene for taking time to respond.

  4. Thank you so much for the wonderful mention.

    Best Regards,

    Traci Rhoads
    Traci Rhoads Interiors

  5. Great Article Mickey – and thanks for the mention of our Cinema Room.

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