The Best of Show-house Design :: Part 2

by | May 12, 2015 | Ace Around Town, Showhouses | 5 comments

Spring is still in the air in Atlanta, and with all things new comes one of the best Show-houses of the year. Although, I do want to mention there are more to come in 2015. What really excites most design aficionados is the opportunity to see local “talent” flex their incredible design muscle to create spaces that are at times cutting edge and always thought provoking. Such is the case with one of the bedrooms designed by Bryan Kirkland and Iesia King. When I first walked into the room, it was saturated in Pantone’s Color of the year-Marsala and my first inclination was to open the closed drapery to let the light in (for picture taking).  I’m glad I didn’t because I found out that it was the designer’s intent to keep them closed, to showcase the drama of this 1940’s inspired Parisian bedroom. From the sculptural lighting in warm tones of gold to the rich textures on the furnishings this space reinterpreted the opulence of Paris for the modern day sophisticate. It was inspired design at it’s very finest.

From Paris I was transported into the classically designed room by Melanie Turner. From the exotic leopard carpet to the skillful layering of pattern and color, rich greens, cobalt blues and bold yellows. This room was classic design with a twist, her “more is more” approach was bold and “spot on” giving this room in a European-style chateau a colorful “new life.”

Patricia McLean used the view from the front of the house as inspiration for her room. Soft blues and greens in floral document prints and the layering of paint on the door moulding embraced this room in traditional sensibilities and chic design, an original artwork walls-cape set “a dreamy tone.” The layers of fabrics from the canopy bed to the skirted vanity gave the impression that in I was at a stylish French country estate, and it wasn’t hard to imagine that I was. If there is one thing in design that I love, it’s the attention to detail and the designers showcased gave us all that and so much more…

In the words of Audrey Hepburn…”Elegance is the only beauty that never fades…” and this could not ring truer than inside the walls of this stately home.


Interior Designers/ Kirkland & King Design-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

Rich textures, opulent fabrics and rich tones of gold. The walls were encased in rich tones of Marsala highlighting the stunning decorative mouldings.


Interior Designers/ Kirkland & Kings Associates-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

Plush fabrics and sophisticated furnishings…


Designers/ Kirkland & King Associates-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

This chair was in burnished tones of warm gold…and one of my personal favorites. The designers used gold tones to amp up the drama.

Designer/ Melanie Turner-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

Wall to wall leopard carpet, acting as a neutral (right Jenna Lyons?) is the perfect compliment to the bold & rich greens and blues. I love the juxtaposition of using traditional wallpaper with modern elements.


Designer/ Melanie Turner- Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

Perfect lines…


Designer/ Melanie Turner-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

Let’s talk about the window treatments, shall we? Or, I’ll just let them speak for themselves. Spectacular.


Designer/ Melanie Turner-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

I do so love an artful display…


Designer/ Melanie Turner-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

It’s all about the details…


Designer/ Patricia McLean-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

One of my favorite color palettes-French Blue and rich greens. Of course, I loved that the expansive ceiling (the 5th wall) was papered…


Designer/ Patricia McLean-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

A close-up of the “dreamy” bedding and the door detail.


Designer/ Patricia McLean-Photo/Vicki Gladle Bolick

Traditional & chic…


Designer/ Patricia McLean-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

A skirted vanity is every little girl (or bigger one’s) dream…


Designer/ Patricia McLean-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

The perfect “art wall”…


Designer/ Beth Kooby-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

The play of pattern in this powder room was curated to perfection.


Designer/ Beth Kooby-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

And that mirror…

I hope you are enjoying the tour, and are inspired to create your own dream interior. I certainly was. If you want to see more of the designers featured you can visit their websites at:

Kirkand & King Design



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Until next time,