[Yesterday, Tracery designer Doug Davis had the opportunity to tour the 2009 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House, located on West Wesley Road in Atlanta]
The 2009 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House is phenomenal from top to bottom. At nearly 12,000 square feet the William T. Baker designed structure is a big house, and beautifully appointed in its entirety. AH&L’s Editorial Director Clint Smith graciously took me through the home, pointing out many of the fine details and sharing stories about the inception of the home’s interiors and their installation. The exterior of the home [above] is a wonderful rambling shingle style, accented with stone. Big windows and doors are appointed throughout–we love natural light at Tracery and this house receives it from every angle. I’m a big moulding and cabinet detail nerd, so I was in heaven taking in the high wainscotting, switchback staircase with open banister and English-inset style millwork. Many times the interior of a showhouse feels disjointed, with each room looking like it was plucked from a different place and brought to one setting. Such was not the case here–a consistent palette of wide plank floors and crisp white paint ties many of the rooms together, with departures from the core aesthetic made very deliberately.
I was especially fond of the Master Suite, decorated by Susan Ferrier. The thick drapes that cover the room’s two end walls are divine, and the crystal chandelier she added to the Master Bath is one of the finest I’ve ever seen. Since Susan’s firm was founded in Montgomery, which is located between Tracery’s offices, we use many of the same craftspeople for our projects. It was fun to see some pieces in her room which had been touched by some of the same very talented folks we have the opportunity to work with.
Suzanne Kasler is one of my personal design favorites, so I was excited to see her work in the home’s Mudroom, Back Powder Room and Laundry Area. Paved in bluestone (something we’ve always wanted to do!) the spaces are full of the aforementioned moulding and cabinet detailing that put me over the top the moment I entered the home. The Powder Room is upholstered in F. Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis II–one of my favorite fabrics–and what an unexpected touch in an otherwise utilitarian space. And in orange! Little touches like the way the matching orange ribbon bounding the bulletin board over the home office desk area is tied in a small bow in the corner, are a testament to Kasler’s attention to detail.
Upstairs, I loved the bedroom by Amy D Morris, painted in a pale blue with dark greeny-brown painted doors–one of my favorite color combinations. Above the garage, the Au Pair Suite has been outfitted by Beth Webb as an Artist’s Atelier, with wonderful architectural fragments and sketches by Atlanta area artists. The way Webb tacked design and fashion magazine clippings to the bathroom walls makes me want to go in this weekend and redo my studio space!
Just when you think you’ve seen the whole house, the basement is an unexpected surprise with a dramatic stone-columned Theatre Space and a cozy Wine Cellar and Tasting Room, the latter two decorated by our friend Kay Douglass. Kay punctuated the dark space with shots of bright yellow. I always love her deliberate decisions to interject color and these areas were no disappointment.
I haven’t even mentioned the decadent Hermes china set on all the tables, the striae finish in Susan Steinfeld’s Dining Room and Butler’s Pantry or the wonderfully simple pool out back! Rather than my going on and on, let me strongly recommend you go see it for yourself firsthand. Just off of I-75, it’s easy to reach from anywhere in Atlanta and a pleasant reason to get out of Birmingham (or wherever) for a day and to go enjoy the house and Atlanta in general.
Many thanks to Clint Smith for his time and gracious tour and a congratulations from everyone at Tracery to all the talented people involved in a job very well done.
For more information, see this month’s Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles or visit the Christmas House website [here].
[Christmas House image courtesy Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Imperial Trellis II image via F Schumacher]