This past Saturday kicked off the first open house for the Atlanta Homes & LifestylesSoutheastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens. And it’s amazing! Jill was fortunate enough to tour the house – all 20,000 square feet of it – a day early and shares a bit about her experience here with us today…
The lovely and hugely talented Suzanne Kasler served as Honorary Chair of the interior design team behind the Southeastern Showhouse. The other designers who worked to make this home such a stunner are listed at the end of this post and can also be seen here.
Suzanne’s dining room in the showhouse features fabulously lacquered walls and ceiling – a fantastic treatment for a formal space!
Next up is the study. Robert Brown is the creative mind behind this fantastic space.
You know we love a good library, and this one doesn’t disappoint. The combination of neutral colors textures, and that dramatic artwork created a memorable space.
Barbara Westbrook‘s showhouse great room was equally as memorable due in large to her artwork selections. The scale was spot on for this generous room.
The black and white color scheme in the great room felt fresh and new and was pleasantly unexpected!
Our friend Lauren DeLoach‘s showhouse kitchen design became a fast favorite. And her attention to detail – as evidenced in the next two images – is spot on.
Fine art in the kitchen… Yes, please! It was a space that was difficult to move on from.
But move on we must. And Kay Douglass‘ morning room design made it a bit easier, as it spoke to us on so many levels.
Not the least of which was her use of this beautifully “crusty” mid-century chair and her sleek green upholstery.
At this point, we’ll move on to GordonDunning with Lloyd Flanders‘ serene outdoor space, which even in the rain was positively inviting!
Those umbrellas – perfection in our books!
And that’s where we’ll have to retire part one of the showhouse tour. We’re saving the bedroom and leisure spaces for part two of our post, in which we’ll highlight even more fabulous designer spaces. Please keep an eye out!
Steve and Jill attended January Market at AmericasMart earlier this month, and had the pleasure of visiting the Pantone Design Exhibition – they were so taken with the signature vignettes and the color forecasting, they knew we’d have to do a quick photo recap here on the blog for steve mckenzie’s!
The vignettes unveiled at January Market were curated by some fabulous tastemakers in the design industry; many of whom are friends of steve mckenzie’s…
It’s so exciting to see so many familiar names within these fabulous spaces – and we hope you all find them as inspiring as we did!
In addition to viewing these stunning vignettes, exhibit visitors were also treated to a first display of Pantone’s colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Here’s a look back at the annual colors since 2010:
45 years, can you believe that’s how long the Atlanta Symphony Decorators Show House has been going on?!? It’s got quite a history, and we are so thrilled to be able to participate, by providing some items to designers for use in their show house spaces!
We were lucky enough to preview this amazing home, and the 2015 show house, err… chateau, at 14,000+ square feet, does not disappoint!
We snapped photos of some of our favorite spaces and vignettes and are so excited to share them with you:
The theme of the home is classicism in a modern context. And for us, this tone was set with the bold black and white striped cushions on the outdoor furniture.
The show home’s study, designed by our friends, Parker Kennedy Living, featured a lovely mix of chinoiserie, books, books and more books! That wonderful wallpaper is by Fromental.
The first floor bedroom in the show house by Melanie Turner took on the “more is more” approach with a fantastic color palette of blue and white with fantastic pops of yellow! The abstract art was the ideal addition to a beautiful space!
Douglas W. Hilton, of DWH Interiors, designed the foyer/landing area and grand staircase. Here, fabulous art provides a warm welcome and invites one to enter the home. The wall color is from the Williamsburg paint collection.
The amazing butler’s pantry and dining hallway, by Stuart Pliner Design connected the rooms beautifully with the repeat of this gorgeous peacock wallpaper. The amazing hand painted rug highlighted the deeper stain on the herringbone pattern wood floor.
This dining room by Vern Yip continues the blue and grey theme we noted throughout the show house.
Check out this superb wallpaper featured in Ann Wisniewski’s (of AJW Designs) kitchen powder room – wow! We’re in love!
Steve McKenzie art sighting! We’re so grateful to Stephen Pararo and Seble Bebe Mengistu of Pineapple House Interior Design for using one of Steve’s paintings in their beautiful upstairs retreat!
Regal window treatments, a fantastic floral documentary print, fantastic paint and more make up one of the show house’s guestrooms by Patricia McLean Interiors. Those Grange Napoleon chairs, available at steve mckenzie’s, fit perfectly in the space, especially when paired with that fun Duralee fabric!
This fresh, graphic wallpaper in the lower stairs/terrace level landing by Cathy Rhodes Interiors adds an excellent touch – even more so when matched with the Lee Jofa chair fabric and artwork by Stephanie Wheeler!
Phew! And there you have the tidbits of the 2015 Atlanta Symphony Decorators Show House that stood out most to us… There is so much design inspiration to enjoy, we encourage all to take the time to plan a visit and support the Atlanta Symphony Associates!
We’re honored to feature the incomparable Michel Boyd, of SMITHBOYD Interiors, for our first-ever Tastemaker Tuesday post! This blog series will highlight a member of the interior design industry, whom we’re drawn to here at steve mckenzie’s, and share a bit about them in just ten short questions. As for why we asked Michel to participate in this series, besides being charming, and quite debonair, we enjoy his use of luxurious fabrics and textiles and cool art that’s unexpected for the space. Michel creates very chic spaces that are still inviting and comfortable. Enjoy!
With an initial interest in architecture, Michel Boyd, an Art Institute graduate, realized his love for fashion, textiles, and furniture was a perfect foundation for pursuing a career in interior design. The Louisiana born designer’s first influences were in the rich French history of New Orleans, living in New York City and extensive European holidays. Elements of each of these cultures and experiences can be detected in the layers of design found in each space he transforms. While still fairly new to the industry, Boyd is quickly making an impact and has created a niche of building “boutique bedrooms.” His philosophy is that bedrooms should be the ultimate hotel suites, therefore destinations for his clients. Learn more about Michel here.
Without further ado, Tastemaker, Michel Boyd:
1. What are three words that describe your aesthetic?
Thoughtful – Layered – Luxury
2. Would you please share a little about your favorite space/project to date?
My favorite project to date is one where I was a part of the design process from its conception. Over the years, the homeowners’ and my taste level/aesthetic grew exponentially, and they gave me license to design accordingly. The icing on the cake was when the lady of the house said that old furniture doesn’t work in new houses. In my head I heard choirs of angels. Priceless!!
3. What’s the source of your inspiration?
I feel really fortunate that I find inspiration just about everywhere. Fashion is by far my favorite because of my obsession with textiles and the clear points of view of the designers. The opportunity to help develop/execute a client’s authentic point of view is one of my favorite aspects of this job. When we are successful at delivering a project that is a true reflection of our clients, they are in turn inspired. Mission accomplished.
4. Name three people (alive or dead) you’d invite to your dream dinner party…
My dream dinner party consists of Langston Hughes, Tom Ford ( or maybe Cocoa Chanel?), and David Sedaris for humor. Perhaps Kelly Wearstler would set the table?
5. What’s a piece of/type of furniture you couldn’t live without?
How do I pick one piece of furniture that I can’t live without? I’m a designer, therefore indulgent by nature! I MUST have a sofa or lounge in every bedroom, however, I am obsessed with lighting. Chandeliers and lamps are room jewelry!
6. Do you follow a particular set of rules when mixing textures, finishes, etc. – how do they work for you?
Mixing textures doesn’t have to be a standard recipe, however it must be a balanced one. A leather sofa requires a velvet chair with equal parts woven ottomans, peppered with complimentary prints and just a sprinkle of silk drapes. Your room is like a salad, and all lettuce does NOT a salad make.
7. Trending… What is something you are currently “into” and something you are “over?”
-My favorite current trend is jewel toned walls. Those deep, moody hues are a great foundations for rich interiors.
-The trend that I’m over is blatant design plagiarism. Social media and design magazines are great sources of inspiration, even platforms for new ideas- not for taking credit for another’s work. Design integrity is paramount.
8. How does artwork fit into your designs?
A great piece of artwork anchors a room and can inspire an entire home. Adding to our clients’ art collections is always fun, but I’m really excited when they already have one that they’re passionate about. That passion is contagious and translates into the design process.
9. What would be the one thing you would have if you were stranded on a deserted island?
If I was stranded on a deserted island I would need room service! Seriously, I’d need a sketch pad to jot down/design all the ideas that I’d never have time to….unless I were stranded in a deserted island.
10. Please share a piece of advice you’d offer to someone looking to break into the interior design industry…
My advice to anyone breaking into this business; Building relationships in your design community is as important as your education and talent. Hiring a designer is a luxury, however BEING one is an even bigger luxury. Let’s treat the privilege with the respect it deserves.
Thank you Michel for allowing us to feature you as a Tastemaker for our new blog series, we’re excited to continue following your work!