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In Decor, Uncategorized on
November 19, 2018

Home for the Holidays: Designer Showhouse Tour

Living Room by Lauren DeLoach for the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse on Stuffy Muffy.

‘Tis the season! Last week, I had the pleasure of touring the 10th annual Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse orchestrated by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and I’m thrilled to report that it is dreamy. The home, built by Harrison Design architects in partnership with Blackstone Custom Homes, is a brand new English country house nestled in Buckhead’s Chastain Park neighborhood. Inspired by 19th century architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, British features such as a sweeping roof, gables, and symmetrical design are masterfully incorporated. For the interiors, 18 local talents were selected to deck the halls with spectacular design. I hope these images will whet your appetite to visit as the Showhouse doors are officially open! Ready for a sneak peek?

Lovely Living Room

Living Room design by Lauren DeLoach in the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse on Stuffy Muffy.

Living room design by Lauren DeLoach.

Designer Lauren DeLoach does it again! DeLoach always delivers feminine, layered spaces that feel sophisticated and classic. While wholeheartedly Southern, I find her designs to also have a timeless New England sensibility about them. The room, peppered with rich textiles, fine art and French antiques, is ensconced in curtains done in Peter Fasano, Ltd. fabric, lending a comfortable air to the first-floor area.

Dining Room Delight

Dining Room design by Carole Weaks of C. Weaks Design at the Home for the Holidays Showhouse on Stuffy Muffy.

Dining Room design by Carole Weaks of C. Weaks Design.

Showhouse Honorary Chair Carole Weaks transformed the dining room into an emerald oasis. The painting, by Ukrainian artist Serhiy Hai, is so striking in person and the perfect piece to admire during dinner. Gathered around a glass top table are Frances Elkins chairs painted black just for the space. Everything feels intentional and effortless at the same time!

Pretty Powder

Ground Floor Powder Design by Susan Brady Interiors at the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse on Stuffy Muffy.

Ground Floor Powder Design by Susan Brady Interiors.

Decorator Susan Brady created the most delightful jewel box using my favorite color combination—pink and green. The paper, a Clarke & Clarke confection, climbs to the ceiling where it’s met with light green trim and a pink ceiling. Lovely touches like framed art and intaglios tie it all together for a formal welcome into the home.

Ravishing Laundry Room

Butler's Pantry design by Lauren Elaine Interiors at the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse on

Butler’s Pantry design by Lauren Elaine Interiors.

When given a canvas of contemporary grey finishes, Lauren Lowe of Lauren Elaine Interiors knew just what would imbue her traditional aesthetic into the laundry room and butler’s pantry. She chose Schumacher’s iconic Hollyhock wallpaper in charcoal to dress up the space and spared no small details. Monogrammed towels, art, books, and a small bar set-up add charm in spades.


Laundry room design by Lauren Elaine Interiors.

Covetable Kitchen

Kitchen design by Liz Godwin and Kingdom Woodworks cabinetry at the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse on

Kitchen design by Liz Godwin and Kingdom Woodworks cabinetry.

While the kitchen is a decidedly transitional space complete with a modern hood and grey cabinetry, it also feels quite classic thanks to designer Liz Godwin. Slipcovered barstools in a timeless fabric complete with tassel trim detail play beautifully off the large marble island perfect for today’s busy family. An heirloom quality is added with an equestrian painting and her mother’s china mixed with other beautiful porcelain pieces.

Chic Chambre

Master bedroom design by Jessica Bradley at the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse on

Master bedroom design by Jessica Bradley.

Jessica Bradley wanted to go the unexpected route with her master bedroom design and rightfully so. Contemporary accents like a velvet and nailhead bed are tempered with aged antiques. Dotting the Designers Guild wallpaper are framed botanicals and perfectly placed mirrors flanking the bed. The generous view into the backyard through double doors is complimented by flora and fauna adorned curtains.

Bathroom Beauty

Master bathroom design by C. Socci Interiors at the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse on

Master bathroom design by C. Socci Interiors.

Walking into Chris Socci’s master bath and closet design is like exhaling and leaving all the day’s stresses at the door. Inspired by nature, Socci kept all the incorporated elements organic, down to the mirror shapes and lily pad side table. Cole & Son Hummingbird in Viridian wallpaper and blue and green curtains mimicking watery ripples accentuate the serene scheme. In the master closet, chic ensembles by Danielle Rollins are ready to take off the hanger and wear.

Master closet design by C. Socci Interiors featuring ensembles by Danielle Rollins at the Home for the Holidays on

Master closet design by C. Socci Interiors featuring ensembles by Danielle Rollins.

Hall Pass

Mud room design by Gordon Dunning at the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse on

Mud room design by Gordon Dunning.

No strangers to a Showhouse, the ladies of Gordon Dunning have created yet another delightful space. The thoughtful design starts in the mudroom that leads into a vibrant baker’s passage with an adjoining pantry and pool powder at the end. The hallway, covered in an ethereal blue and white Anna French fabric is pure magic. Sentimental elements such as vintage spoons hung in an arched doorway and framed recipes in the pantry hint at familial history.

gordon dunning ahl showhouse room stuffy muffy

Hall design by Gordon Dunning.

Hip Haven

Upstairs Bedroom Design by Montgomery Gratch Interiors at the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse on

Upstairs Bedroom Design by Montgomery Gratch Interiors.

Montgomery Gratch Interiors created a chic retreat any teenage girl would be happy to call hers. Their design, created for a young lady about to leave for college, is filled with unique elements such as tribal textures and antique furniture like the bedside chests. The pièce de résistance is a hand-painted wall by Kari Fisher Designs based off of a pillow pattern by the same artisan.

Breakfast Room Bliss

Breakfast room design by Margaret Kirkland at the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse on

Breakfast room design by Margaret Kirkland.

Designer Margaret Kirkland’s signature classic style is in every last detail of this charming dining alcove. Baskets, fine art and topiaries galore lend a collected flair while a bamboo lantern and chairs are teeming with timelessness. Verdant tones are carried throughout from the curtains to the rug and even the green stemmed wine glasses. With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the backyard pool, Kirkland paid special mind to making the room flow seamlessly with the superb view of nature.

I hope you enjoyed this sampling of some of the gorgeous design represented at the Showhouse, there are many more breathtaking rooms to see and admire! If you will be in Atlanta between now and December 9th, I encourage you to visit Home for the Holidays. In addition to regular tour hours and a marketplace, there is a stellar lineup of events with something for everyone—I will most likely be back on November 29th for an evening candlelight tour. Proceeds from the ticket sales will directly benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a very worthy cause and essential resource for families in the Southeast. Interested in purchasing the property? It is listed with Dorsey Altson realtors.


Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse

4540 Jett Road NW

Atlanta, GA 30327

Hours: Thursdays & Fridays: 10 AM – 4 PM, Saturdays & Sundays: 1-4 PM

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: DAVID CHRISTENSEN (except for the couple of badly lit iPhone images by moi!).

In Entertaining, Uncategorized on
November 14, 2018

Formal Folly: A Thanksgiving Tablescape

While I am not one to pine for a turkey feast all year, I do enjoy the all-American feeling of Thanksgiving and the gathering of lots of family and friends around the table. I like any Thanksgiving celebration I’m invited to whether it’s a casual midday lunch complete with a fried turkey (I’ve never tried it and I very much want to!), or a formal candlelit dinner with pancetta chestnut stuffing. One thing I am partial to? Canned cranberry. My mom and mother-in-law both make lovely, fresh cranberry relishes but I just prefer good old-fashioned Ocean Spray jelly.

This year, I’m zhushing up my penchant for canned cranberry with a more formal tablescape. My muse? Richard Ginori’s Oriente Italiano china, an original 1926 design by architect and decorator, Gio Ponti. A couple of years ago, fashion house Gucci invested in the esteemed porcelain manufacturer and resurrected classic patterns such as this one for a new generation of old world admirers. Now you can find Oriente Italiano at Richard Ginori showrooms and china shops like my local favorite, Charles Willis.

Thanksgiving Tablescape featuring Richard Ginori Oriente Italiano china on Stuffy Muffy

Does anyone have a great tip for getting lipstick out of linens? Thinking ahead!

To make the cranberry-hued chinoiserie carnations on the plates really pop, I kept the linens simple with a white hemstitch tablecloth and napkins. The traditional two-letter napkin monogram was done locally at South of Hampton—they always deliver with pretty personalization and helpful input in thread color selection. The buttercup patterned silver is my mom’s and lends nicely to the floral motif.

Thanksgiving Tablescape featuring Richard Ginori Oriente Italiano china on Stuffy Muffy

Is there anything more delicious than just-polished silver?

In keeping with the theme of classic designs, Moser “royal” crystal glasses are at the ready for water and wine. This particular style, a diamond cut pattern with a 24-karat gold rim, was commissioned by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of England in 1907. They are quite special in person as you’re able to get a sense of just how much time went into the hand-cut diamond design. If it’s starting to sound like I’m finding the dining accoutrements more delicious than the impending dinner… guilty as charged!

Thanksgiving Tablescape featuring Richard Ginori Oriente Italiano china on Stuffy Muffy

Moser crystal ready for a generous pour! Available at Charles Willis.

If you love a clever brand, you’ll be as besotted as I am with The Punctilious Mr. P’s Place Card Co. A few months ago, I found them on Instagram and I’ve been waiting for an occasion to give them a place at the table (pun intended!). These magnolia lovebird illustrated place cards are a way to plan your seating arrangement and provide a piece of art for your guests to enjoy throughout the meal. Mr. P’s will add digital calligraphy to any set you purchase and the shipping is lightning fast!

Thanksgiving Tablescape featuring Richard Ginori Oriente Italiano china on Stuffy Muffy

Each name goes on the back of the card and the silver holder is also a Mr. P’s delight.

Thanksgiving floral arrangement on Stuffy Muffy

Flowers do so much for a table!

The centerpiece is my mainstay Scalamandre Baldwin Bamboo planter that I use for everything—sometimes it’s a wine chiller and often times it’s a flower container. Here’s a tip I learned unexpectedly—if you don’t have any floral tape to make a grid for your flower arrangement, use your husband’s electrical tape! It works just as well. All the autumnal blooms are from Whole Foods, they have a lovely, varied selection right now. I chose an assortment of brass candlesticks with lit cream tapers to make everyone at the table look well-rested and glow-y come evening. Just a little something else to be thankful for!

From our table to yours, wishing you a most wonderful Thanksgiving! xo

family portrait by Mary Catherine Brownfield on Stuffy Muffy

Happy Thanksgiving from the Jacksons! Emily, Louisa, Wally and Thomas. Family portrait by Mary Catherine Brownfield.

In Entertaining, Uncategorized on
November 11, 2018

Have a Very Herend Holiday with Charles Willis

Herend on Stuffy Muffy

If Herend porcelain pieces could talk, they would regale us with tales of dinners at Queen Elizabeth’s table, Rothschild family festivities and which figurine, tucked into Princess Diana’s Christmas stocking each year, was her favorite. The European porcelain emporium to the royals since 1839 has continued to delight collectors for nearly two centuries and today, many of us remain completely enchanted by Herend.

If you’re a collector or admirer, you’ll be pleased to know that Charles Willis, the premier shop for all things fine china in Atlanta, is hosting a Herend trunk show through Christmas. An Atlanta tradition since 1948, Charles Willis caters to couples registering for their weddings and clients wanting special occasion items such as crystal and silver. Now on display are hundreds of hand-painted Herend pieces, from plates to figurines, to marvel at and help you check names off your Christmas list. If you’re a Herend connoisseur, you’ll be treated to rarely displayed platinum, copper, lavender, and turquoise collections as well as limited edition porcelains. Let’s take a gander at the goods, shall we?

For the Table

Herend Place Setting on Stuffy Muffy

Serve in style on Herend’s fine china and don’t forget the fabulous foo dogs too! Shown here is the ever-classic Rothschild Bird pattern.

Herend cake stand on Stuffy Muffy

An elegant cake stand available only during Herend trunk shows! Aren’t the confections splendid? The three-tiered cake would make a lovely wedding gift.

Herend china on Stuffy Muffy

More exquisite china—the green striped butterfly motif is hard to come by.

Festive Folly

Thanksgiving Herend on Stuffy Muffy

Add some charm to your Thanksgiving table with a little bunny pilgrim and beautifully detailed turkeys, seen here in Herend’s rich copper hue.

Christmas Herend on Stuffy Muffy

A true work of art, this limited edition nativity set is one of only thirty in the world! You’ll enjoy displaying it year after year.

Christmas Herend on Stuffy Muffy

Deck the halls with these darling (bunny) reindeer friends in a rainbow of yummy colors.

Easter Herend on Stuffy Muffy

It’s never too early to start planning your Easter tablescape. Have some happy bunnies hopping around the table!

Gifts Galore

There’s an animal figurine for just about everyone!

Herend on Stuffy Muffy

Find a sweet piece to start baby’s Herend collection. The raspberry and green patterned bear is a trunk show exclusive!

Herend on Stuffy Muffy

We all know a dog lover! With plenty of breeds and themes to choose from, one of these canines is sure to set tails wagging.

Westie Herend on Stuffy Muffy

I have my eye on this Westie—hint, hint Santa!

Herend on Stuffy Muffy

The coastal collection is one of my personal favorites. Have a friend with a beach house? Pick up the perfect little hostess gift for them.

Herend on Stuffy Muffy

We are in the South after all! Don’t forget the college sports fan. Charles Willis has done all the work for you by selecting a mascot for each school’s team and they are extra spirited.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this small sampling of all the Herend goodness available at Charles Willis through Christmas. While at the shop, don’t forget to enter their drawing for a pretty piece in November and December! You could be the lucky winner of an alligator or, the grand prize, an antelope figurine. For the quintessential Atlanta holiday experience, pop by Charles Willis for some shopping followed by lunch at Buckhead Diner just down the street and a can’t-miss performance of The Nutcracker at The Fox Theatre. It’s the perfect way to drum up some Christmas cheer!

Herend on Stuffy Muffy

Two lucky winners will receive these fabulous figurines by entering their in-store drawing. Bonne chance!

P.S. Not local? Charles Willis is offering select trunk show pieces on their website and will happily take orders over the phone at 404-233-9487. For shop happenings and tabletop inspiration, follow them on Instagram here.

This post was brought to you by Charles Willis.
In Art, Decor, Uncategorized on
August 23, 2018

Ravishing Renderings: Remembering Jeremiah Goodman

Betsy Bloomingdale's Holmby Hills House by Jeremiah Goodman

The curve of an antique secretaire, a swath of silk curtains and the movement of a master painting live exquisitely in the renderings of artist to the grand, Jeremiah Goodman. His works are so outrightly splendid, viewers want to walk right into the marvelous milieu the late Mr. Goodman created. Revered interior decorators and social fixtures alike called on Jeremiah to immortalize their spaces in paint and it is our good fortune that in 2006, he published a tome celebrating their cherished quarters. Yesterday morning, I was in the doldrums; a place of plain thinking only cured by the art of inspiration. A quick survey of my coffee table books later, I was transfixed by the elegant living rooms, worldly dining rooms and enchanting bedrooms in A Romantic Vision. A few pages in, I realized that the one year anniversary of Mr. Goodman’s passing is in two weeks and I’m grateful for the timely opportunity to celebrate his art by sharing a few of my favorite renderings below.

Jeremiah Goodman's rendering of Leonard Stanley's bedroom on Stuffy Muffy

Interior designer Leonard Stanley’s Hollywood Hills bedroom, 1976.

Carolina Herrera's sitting room by Jeremiah Goodman on Stuffy Muffy

Carolina Herrera’s Manhattan sitting room in rich hues.

Jeremiah imagined his arrival in New York City as a young artist to be an exciting welcome full of professional promise and he was spot on. He started out as an illustrator for Lord and Taylor’s newspaper adverts showcasing interiors and fashion which caught the eye of Interior Design magazine’s editor. Goodman illustrated the cover of the magazine every month for 15 years all while having work published in House and Garden, The New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar. Esteemed commissions from decorators the likes of Billy Baldwin and Henri Samuel led to him painting the private homes of First Lady Nancy Reagan, Cecil Beaton, Besty Bloomingdale and Diana Vreeland to name a small few.

Nancy Reagan's living room by Jeremiah Goodman on Stuffy Muffy

President and First Lady Reagan’s Bel-Air living room, 1992.

Mario Buatta bedroom by Jeremiah Goodman on Stuffy Muffy

A Mario Buatta decorated bedroom; well-appointed frills abound!

Many qualities of an artist transfer to that of a designer such as proportion, scale and color all of which are punctiliously mastered in a Goodman rendering. It comes as no surprise that Jeremiah had wanted to become a decorator before pursuing a career as a painter. Photographer Bruce Weber once remarked “In reality our rooms are a mess and filled with books and dogs’ beds. But Jeremiah’s interpretation of these rooms always makes one look as if they have the crème de la crème of taste.” A fine balance of real life recording in combination with artistic liberty keeps the viewer guessing as to what Goodman drew from directly and what was added for flair.

Bruce Weber by Jeremiah Goodman on Stuffy Muffy

Bruce Weber and Nan Bush’s living room interior in Golden Beach, Florida. 2001.

David Hicks by Jeremiah Goodman on Stuffy Muffy

Decorator David Hicks’ living room.

Jeremiah’s expert impressions have become a historical archive of interior decoration in the latter part of the 20th century. The pieces from his patrons’ collections of art, decorative objet, books and artifacts have been preserved in their interior habitat, a rare treat to look in on. To capture these distinguished delights, he would travel to Europe, Asia and beyond. Goodman would return Stateside to his Big Apple apartment and a carriage house in East Hampton that he painstakingly restored. He once had friend and decorator Albert Hadley come by and help him rearrange his entire living room only for them both to realize that it was perfect in its original state. Of his varied aesthetic aptitudes Jeremiah mused “the artist today should be a Renaissance-type man who applies his talents in many fields.” I hope Mr. Goodman’s inspired ouvre helps you, like it did me, to take a break from the bustle of life and rouse a dormant passion or two – whatever they may be!

Henri Samuels by Jeremiah Goodman on Stuffy Muffy

Designer Henri Samuel’s country living room. Lush & lovely!

Diana Vreeland's "garden in hell" living room by Billy Baldwin on Stuffy Muffy

Diana Vreeland wanted “a garden in hell” in her Park Avenue pad and Billy Baldwin delivered. Note the playing card needlepoint pillows behind the sofa!

P.S. If you enjoyed this post, you might like a similar one I wrote about portrait artist Aaron Shikler. It’s a bit more history heavy and full of beautiful portraits of faces you will most certainly recognize! Read it here.

All images via A Romantic Vision, 2006.