One glance at the exterior of the 2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens has us waiting with bated breath to view its interior, and a peek inside the jaw-dropping interior has us ready to explore the 11,000-square-foot estate from room to majestic room. Located in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, and set on just over six acres of lush and impeccably landscaped private property, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles brings us their fifth-annual designer showhouse, featuring the inspiring work of more than 15 regional interior designers. It just might be their most dazzling one yet, showcasing sculptures, Italian-made cabinetry, and detailed nuances around every corner.
Upon arrival via shuttle, touring guests are invited to admire the stunning architectural showpiece, from the adobe-style roofing tiles to the majestic pool and surrounding landscape. Newly renovated from its first incarnation as the residence of late civic leader and Atlanta business titan Charlie Ackerman of Ackerman Security, the home now boasts dreamy amenities such as a spa, exercise room, and basement with a wine cellar. Invoking the warm, laidback feeling of Santa Barbara or Montecito, the California traditional design was flawlessly executed by Benecki Homes in collaboration with SOURCE, Linda MacArthur Architect, Cole Construction, Melanie Turner Interiors, and the masterful work of skilled interior designers from across the South. Six bedrooms, six full baths and two powder rooms offer a style spectrum that ranges from classic to contemporary, all of which flows together seamlessly.
Two primary levels and a terrace level — complete with an indoor lap pool original to the residence — offer ample opportunity to tour high-end finishes and modern furnishings. “The first floor is very representative of all the changes that have been made through the renovation,” says Elizabeth Ralls, Publisher and Editorial Director of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. “The first floor is a more contemporary design aesthetic, while the second floor has a more classic, traditional feel.” The home was opened up to create more flow between spaces, with each room carefully and thoughtfully designed to emphasize functionality and today’s living.
The master bedroom is a sanctuary, providing a peaceful nighttime refuge. “They really blew the master bedroom out of the water,” says Elizabeth. “It has his-and-her water closets, his-and-her showers, his-and-her vanities, and his-and-her closets.” Even the entry foyer, stairwell and rotunda possess a sort of meditational quality, with an airy and bright sitting area that’s perfect for sipping an early evening cocktail or perusing a few book chapters. In fact, all of the designer spaces exude tranquility and elegance, from fabric textures to paint colors, with comfort winding up as the unintended inspiration for the home’s overall aesthetic.
Though spec homes traditionally leave openings for a future homebuyer’s personal preferences, the 2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse leaves no stone unturned. It has been thoughtfully designed for a turnkey buyer, with each art piece, fixture and sleek finish meticulously chosen by the interior designers, who offer unique perspectives that take the home to another level.
No matter your level of appreciation for architectural design and decor, the 2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse is what dreams are made of. It’s an event that’s not to be missed, whether you’re seeking design inspiration or looking for a casual stroll through the magnificent grounds. The showhouse is taking precautionary measures to protect visitors and staff by limiting the number of guests allowed in the showhouse at any given time, conducting daily deep cleanings, and offering dedicated hand sanitization stations through the showhouse as well as inside the shuttle. They also have a limited number of single-use masks available on-site. A complete list of safety regulations is available on their website.
The Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens is located at 1130 West Conway Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30327, and runs through June 28, 2020. It is open to the public for tours Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). General admission is $40 at the door and benefits Atlanta History Center. You can find more information on the showhouse, as well as the safety measures they are taking, by visiting southeasternshowhouse.com.
All images courtesy of David Christensen.
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