2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse

Happy Monday! You still have time to visit this beauty of a showhouse this week through Sunday, June 28th. Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine along with developer Benecki Homes, Linda MacArthur Architect and honorary chair, Melanie Turner and their talented team including over 15 of the top interior designers in the southeast, have outdone themselves with this year’s Villa Flora. We know how challenging a showhouse can be, then throw in the COVID shut down, and it could have easily gone awry. But this stalwart team kept calm and designed on.

Welcome to Villa Flora |Photo credit David Christensen
family room
Custom corner by Melanie Turner Interiors

Here’s a quick tour to whet your appetite for more…starting with the stately and welcoming exterior. You’re then quickly drawn to the back yard view of the six acre property. This family room by Melanie Turner Interiors provides cozy, custom luxurious seating, inspiring art and a view of the sparkling pool.

drapery detail
Look closely for design details like this exquisitely simple trim in Phoebe Howard Decorator’s primary bedroom
Todd Murphy
Ethereal triptych by the late Todd Murphy defines the main hallway
Robert Brown Interior Design mixes lines and curves | Photo by David Christensen
Brittany Cason Interior Design mixes styles masterfully.
Luxurious canopy bedroom by Pickering House
Dreamy canopy and bedroom by Jared Hughes Design

Which canopy bed is your favorite? Hint, there’s one more… Also the hand painted Gracie Studio wallpaper in Jared Hughes Design room is a stunner.

lap pool
A quiet oasis by The Design Atelier | Photo by David Christensen

We’ll close with this soothing indoor lap pool, original to the home, updated by Melanie Millner of The Design Atelier with these handmade hammocks. Click the link to see ticket information. What a terrific way to kick of your summer!

Revitalizing Macon with a Downtown Loft Show House

Macon, GA is currently undergoing a bit of a revitalization. Like many historic downtown areas in the Southeast, Macon is readying itself for a resurgence of small businesses and residents in their classic main street neighborhood. Located a little over an hour southeast of Atlanta, Macon offers a picturesque downtown that’s positively captivating. As a way to support the revitalization of Macon, a Design-Wine-Dine event has been established, and this year’s second annual event, taking place this month, features a fabulous show house in the heart of downtown Macon, showcasing loft living.


Supporting the Historic Macon Foundation, the goal of this event is to establish a core of homeowners in downtown Macon and to entice private developers to produce owner-occupied housing for the long-term stability of downtown revitalization.


Macon is full of older homes, just waiting for a face-lift and family to bring them back to their former glory…


The Historic Macon Foundation is on its way to breathing new life into many of the old homes.


The loft project will be open for the public tour during Design, Wine & Dine event through March 15, and will serve as the event’s Design House. Designers from Middle Georgia will decorate each of the spaces and a gift shop for the event will reside in the commercial storefront.


steve mckenzie’s friend, Andrea Crawford, of Couture House Interiors, is one of the show house designers. She’s putting her touch on the home’s nursery, which featured a Sika Design outdoor egg chair – how fantastic is that?!? Be sure to keep an eye out for this unique piece.

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And if you do find yourself in Macon, enjoying all this sweet city has to offer, be sure you stop by the Rookery, a fantastic restaurant that’s been a Macon tradition since 1976!

Here’s to making the most out of our historic towns and cities, one wonderful event at a time!