Atlanta Holiday Home :: Part II

It’s cold season at Casa B., and I don’t mean outside. The hectic pace of our lives finally bested me, and I caught a good ole cold. Yes, I’ve been housebound emerging only from a Sudafed induced sleep in time to publish Part II of “Home for the Holidays.” I even missed the new Restoration Hardware’s Grand Opening. I just couldn’t bring myself to put on another festive holiday outfit armed with of a box of Kleenex tucked snugly inside my oversize Henri Bendel tote. Another opening, another time.

By now there have been throngs of design obsessed holiday goers making their way through the “Holiday House,” enjoying the sumptuous luxury that will greet you around every corner. From the high drama of Michel Boyd’s gorgeously appointed bedroom, wrapped in sensual layers and graphic style, to Margaret Kirkland’s Traditional bedroom cocooned in lacquered Indigo Blue walls. The house is full of warm & sophisticated spaces that will please architecture and design lovers throughout the Southern states and beyond (I promise).

So while I am recuperating inside the relative comfort of Casa B., overloaded with visual imagery and inspiration from the Home for The Holidays Showhouse, I wanted to share some of my snapshots from an evening to remember. For more information or to purchase tickets visit The Holiday Home runs from Tues, November 18-December 7th, closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Thanksgiving Day.


Designer/ Margaret Kirkland

This space is elegant and timeless with high gloss walls, the perfect backdrop.


Designer/ Margaret Kirkland

More traditional goodness…


Designer/ Michel Boyd-SmithBoyd Interiors

The ottoman was a custom design and the perfect size for lounging…


Designer/ Michel Boyd-SmithBoyd Interiors

This bedroom simply exudes sensuality…


 Designer/ Michel Boyd-Smith Boyd Interiors

The firebox is filled with books, the room was a refreshing mix of textures, pattern and materials. It exuded sensuality and sophistication…


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Pillow talk…a sumptuous mix of fabrics…


 Designer/ Michel Boyd

All custom, all stunning…


Designer/ Michel Boyd-SmithBoyd Interiors

Marble, gold and glamorous.


 Designer/ Brian Patrick Flynn

A hallway and an art collection curated by the fabulous Brian Patrick Flynn…he also did a Powder Room and Laundry. Unfortunately, my pictures did not do them justice…


 Designers/ Krista Nye Schwartz & Tami Ramsey of Cloth & Kind

I wish I had more pictures to share, unfortunately the evening light was not conducive to picture taking. This is just a peek into what you will experience when you enter this space by this design duo. The fabric on the walls was hand-stamped, the bonus room and vestibule were wrapped in organic textiles and unique pieces…

I hope you have an opportunity to visit this stunning residence and make it a part of a holiday tradition…

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Atlanta Holiday Home 2014

What do you do on a frigid, blustery evening in Atlanta? You make an hours long trek through rush hour traffic into Buckhead, the shopping mecca of the south. I was the big city; big lights bound. Why? To go to the “early preview” of the Atlanta Holiday House. It’s a perk of being part of the press, an all-access pass to one of the hottest attractions during the holiday season-“Home For The Holidays.” The “Home” is presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and benefits the Southeastern Horticultural Society. My friend Lisa and I, braced ourselves in high heels (yes mine were Tory Burch) to walk up a steep cobblestone driveway into the rarefied world of Atlanta’s Design Elite, masterminds of some of the finest in Show-house design. I was a modern day Cinderella, who for the next two hours was bestowed with a proverbial glass slipper, the inside of this 7000 square foot designed by Bill Harrison was my playground. Each room was carefully curated, and a multitude of design talent was brought together to inspire, awe and simply transport you into a world of luxury and creative genius.

I was lucky to have the opportunity to see some of the talent in action; the house was just a few days away from being open to the public. Michel Boyd was doing some of his signature finishing touches in the bedroom that was sexy, luxurious, and layered in sumptuous texture. Beth Webb’s dining room was the showstopper that will greet you at the door, the pure definition of black and white sophistication with a moulded ceiling treatment that was an architectural marvel. Beth is charming, gracious and the creator of a grand and timeless dining space. As with most who walk through the carved wooden doors, I transported myself into a pretend world where I am in the owner of this grand estate and all the rooms were designed for my pleasure. So for a few short hours I lived the dream, the house was quiet with Christmas music softly playing in the background, Christmas trees were lit in holiday glory, and I was able to stroll at my leisure before the “Home for the Holidays” opens tomorrow…

Sadly, this modern day Cinderella had to eventually leave her plush surroundings. While I didn’t lose a glass slipper, I did lose myself inside the beauty of this Buckhead mansion. I left the the way I arrived, bundled up to ward of the evening chill, leaving the warmth and cheer behind to be whisked away in my carriage, and home to my very own Prince Charming.

Here is just a sneak peek into Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles “Home For the Holidays”, since it was an evening preview the pictures certainly will not do justice to what you’ll see when you attend…The “Home” opens November 19th and will end on December 7th, 2014. It’s closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thanksgiving Day. The hours are Wednesday through Saturdays 11AM-5PM and Sunday’s, 1PM-5PM. For more information you can visit


 Design/Beth Webb

A glimpse of the molded ceiling detail which is just the proverbial topping on this delicious design…


Design/ Mark Williams Design Associates

From the tear drop crystal chandelier to the banquette, this space was enveloped in stylish sophistication…


Susan Ferrier’s signature touch is evident throughout the living room with stunning detail from a floor to ceiling foxed mirrored screen to a hair on hide desk…


 Designer/ Susan Ferrier

Miles of style, and endless puddles of luxurious drapery…


Designer/ Susan Ferrier

This is a close up shot of the hair-on-hide desk, and it was stunning.


 Designer/ Barbara Heath-The Merchantile

This lady’s retreat had all the elements needed for an evening of pampering in quiet sophistication…from the sheepskin ottomans with Lucite legs…to layers of texture and plush throws.


 Designer/ Barbara Heath-The Merchantile

A room with another view, this lady’s retreat wouldn’t be complete with sumptuous seating… 


Designer/ Barbara Heath-The Merchantile

Artful displays…


 Designer/ Barbara Heath-The Merchantile

A close up of a sophisticated corner…


Just some of the drapery detail at “Home for the Holiday”…

If you live in Atlanta or surrounding areas, I highly recommend stopping by. The interior design is some of the most stunning I’ve seen in quite awhile. I’ll be posting the rest of the pictures tommorrow in Part II.

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The Ace of Entertaining :: Holiday Centerpieces

The turkey race is on. In less than two weeks, I’ll be stuffing the big bird, baking loaves of Cranberry bread, mashing the potatoes & mixing the gravy. But, what am I most stressed about? Setting the “Thanksgiving Table,” which has always been my job. When I was younger, my mother would hand me a pair of pruning scissors, a wicker basket then “shoo” me off into the “Great White North.” It didn’t matter if the snow was past my knees; it was my job. I would come back with armloads of dormant (okay dead) plant life, sticks off birch trees, and evergreen boughs. Then I was tasked with making the centerpieces using antique sap buckets handed down through the generations of my father’s family. Some of my arrangements were hits, and sadly some were misses. The misses? Well, it was usually when I made them too tall, or worse yet too wide, which caused my family to brush aside branches to get to their plates. In my defense, I was still learning floral arranging. Now as a designer with a trained eye the principles I learned in design school have served me well. It’s now all about scale, texture and of course making sure that I don’t go overboard and that people seated at the table can see each other and their food. Another lesson learned is that the “go big or go home” theory works well in picking out chandeliers but not when designing holiday centerpieces. Of course taking a floral design class at a now defunct flower shop in Atlanta helped and working for a well-known designer who was an extremely talented “color mixologist”.

So in a few weeks, the Fashionista and I will be boarding a plane and flying to New York. This year I have a plan; I’m going to draw out a table-scheme in advance. Make a list of all the plant material I’ll need and with the Fashionista in tow, we’ll fill our baskets in record time and back to Grandmother’s house we’ll go. Having a well thought out plan is an essential part of the holiday table. Mix good food with family and great friends, and you have the perfect recipe for a memorable day.

On a side note: I just bought a book yesterday at one of my favorite stores in Atlanta, it’s by Daniel Cappello titled “Dinner Diaries,” it will also be available in my bookstore launching next week, it’s full of tips and advice from seasoned hostess’s around the globe. One quote was priceless-when Nanette Lepore was asked where she serves coffee after dinner she replied “We don’t drink coffee; we dance after dinner.” Here’s to more dancing…

Here’s a thought to live by when dressing your holiday table and creating holiday centerpieces…

Whether opulent or conservative, be sure your china, linens, flowers and candles pull together. Even eclectic looks should look right.”- Daniel Capello




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Of course it could be as simple as this place-setting I saw at Anthropolgie yesterday, and without a doubt since I’m cooking less is going to be more…

Most importantly, Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and creating lifelong memories…

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