Thursday, July 24, 2008

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse

Tonic Home recently visited the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Designer Showhouse at Lake Keowee, South Carolina and what an inspiring experience. Open through Sunday, July 27th, this was a showhouse that I did not want to leave! I seriously loved EVERYTHING!
I'm not really sure how many photographs I took, but I had to change the batteries on my camera at one point. This one above is from their brochure and captures the unbelievable view of this "New Southern House". Even though the house is built on a lake and guests were taken to the house by boat (which completely adds to the experience), it might be one of the most graceful interiors that is definitely not your typical lake house.
The emphasis on a harmonious palette is evident in every square inch of the interior and exterior. It was as if each room seemed to flow into the next. The Showhouse combines the efforts of Keith Summerour, Nancy Pendergrast and Beth Webb, who all clearly know a thing or two about "quiet grandeur".
The house was uncluttered, but clearly well designed, so that each piece was unexpected, yet completely in the perfect spot.
It was kind of a timeless look with a hint of rustic, but also contemporary clean. Now are you starting to see why I didn't want to leave? The unique furniture arrangement (table behind the sofa) for the dining area helps to maximize the room's potential.
The "non-kitchen kitchen" was probably the highlight of the tour, with it's combination living room/dining room/kitchen area. The sophistication of the simple streamlined cabinets made it hard to remember the room was for cooking purposes.
Furniture lines and fabrics were from a calming palette that felt cozy and warm.
The kitchen's appearance features a European feel with elements that are functional and user friendly.
Powder bath downstairs that had to be noticed. The walls are actually wallpaper, which completely surprised me.
Cozy corner in a guest room invites visitors to stay all day!
The guest room is accented by one-of-a-kind linens, furniture and cabinetry for a polished aesthetic.
Master bath shown above.
Sitting area upstairs
Because this is a second home for the owners, they wanted simple rooms for their children. Room shown above features 2 sets of bunk beds with each alcove enjoying their own lighting and bookshelf. Notice the clever "bowling pin" hooks at the end of the bed.
View from above shows alcove in kitchen. Cabinets look like pieces of furniture, so at first glance, you don't remember there are dishes behind those panel doors.
Enclosed porch upstairs features custom swinging sofas based on antiques from the Far East. This tree-top view allows notice of the 1.5 acres of the property that features a sandy beach and covered boat dock.
Upstairs railing with a "gray" tone next to the barn wood flooring. This "summer simplicity" showhouse took an entire year to create.
Shown from first floor up, the unique design is not something you see everyday.
Room downstairs for lounging.
Barn wood flooring completely made this house unique, not to mention the doors.

For more information, visit the website Cost of the tour is $12 and proceeds benefit Oconee Medical Center Hospice of the Foothills. OMC Hospice of the Foothills in Seneca, South Carolina, was born out of the vision of a local surgeon who recognized a great need for hospice services for terminally ill patients in their homes.

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Topsy Turvy said...

Great house, Wendy. How cool that you had to take a boat ride to get there!


la la Lovely said...

Pretty and serene!

TonicHome said...

The boat ride was extremely cool! Really showed off the lake and all of the beautiful homes that tucked away here and there.