Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Christmas Showhouse

This time of year is always particularly busy. Between the parties, gift giving, and merrymaking… it’s enough to make the whole month of December feel like a whirlwind! But, seeing a house decorated with fresh greens, lush flowers and rich textures never ceases to make me stop, take a deep breath and soak in the beauty and renewal that Christmas brings. While there are still greens to be cut and wreaths to be hung in my own house, I had the recent pleasure of designing  a room in the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Christmas Showhouse. While unfortunately the Showhouse has closed its doors, I hope you’ll enjoy getting to see a glimpse of the room here on the blog!

I was asked to design a room off of the Foyer as a gentleman’s study. The inspiration for the room was a gracious Georgian plantation that has evolved over the years. It is a space that has the distinctive craftsmanship of old natural elements one would expect to find, but with a touch of polish. I wanted the space to be layered with old and new, but overall timeless. My starting point was Farrow and Ball’s Olive color, which I used in a high gloss finish on the walls and trim work. I offset the sleek lacquered effect with a more rustic grass cloth paper that we applied to the ceiling. And, the fabulous curtains that I designed with Coleman Taylor Textiles were also a big part of my room inspiration. They are velvet panels that were custom painted in a bronze color. I worked closely with them to tweak one of their exiting patterns to make it a bit more masculine for this space. They were super to work with and I was thrilled with the results!


I typically select the paint color last when designing a room, so this process was out of the ordinary for me. But, once the shell of the room was decided, I visited some of my very favorite sources and shops in Atlanta to select individual pieces for the space.  I made my selections based on my desire for the room to seem as if it had evolved over time and for it to have a good balance of levels of formality and texture. My friends at Parc Monceau, Edgar Reeves, English Accents and Roebuck & Co. were gracious enough to help me find just the right pieces.

Parc Monceau -

Edgar Reeves -

English Accents -

Roebuck & Company -

R Hughes – Green stool and desk chair

Foxglove Antiques – Accessories

Keivan Woven Arts – Antique rug

HG Robertson – Silver accessories

Eve and Staron – Grass rug

Ainsworth Noah – Accessories

Waterworks – Bath accessories

In order to accomplish a more casual/less polished aesthetic, I selected accessories made of natural materials like leather, wood and bone.  And, in an effort to avoid being too predictable, I  incorporated a mid-century desk, and an unexpected piece of art by Maggie Hansbouck to finish it off.

I hope some of you were able to visit the showhouse, I would love to know if you did!

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2 Responses to Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Christmas Showhouse

  1. Tammy,

    An AMAZING space! congratulations on a beautiful room! Love the colours. Love the antiques. Love the artwork. And those custom window treatments are spectacular.

    Cheers and Happy Christmas!

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