Where Do You Find Design Inspiration?

What’s your go-to resource for finding design inspiration for your home? Pinterest, Houzz, magazines or somewhere else? Showhouses are another excellent resource, and many times proceeds from these events go to support a worthwhile cause. To quote Oscar Wilde, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

Designers at the 2018 Southeastern Designer Showhouse and Gardens were big into wallpaper, pastels and global design. Check out this article from HGTV. 

Although this event is one for the history books, here are two other showhouses you might want to consider attending.

The Serenbe Designer Showhouse starts Sept. 14 and runs until Oct. 7. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Art Farm at Serenbe, which is an art complex that provides a place to bring people together in support of the arts. The five-bedroom home is designed as a modern farmhouse with a board & batten exterior and a beautiful stone chimney. The showhouse will feature the work of more than 10 top interior designers.

Presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, the 10th Annual Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse, scheduled Nov. 15-Dec. 9, is a very large Buckhead estate that sits on 1.5 acres. The English country abode features a locally sourced limestone and brick exterior and open spaces filled with daylight.

What design ideas have you picked up from pervious showhouses that you like and have incorporated into a home?

Need Design Ideas? Spring Into Action

Whether you’re building a new abode or refreshing an existing one, attending one or more of metro Atlanta’s spring home tours is a great way to soak up some new design ideas for your home. Plus you’ll get to experience the flavor and learn about the history of the various communities.

In addition to the Tour of Homes, the Inman Park Spring Festival, scheduled April 27-29, includes three stages of music all weekend, dance performances and a kids’ play zone. Inman Park is one of Atlanta’s oldest and most scenic neighborhoods. See inside some of the beautiful Victorian homes or check out some of the remodeling jobs neighbors have completed on their houses. Tour of Homes tickets are $20 in advance or $25 starting April 27. Get details at http://inmanparkfestival.org/events/tour-of-homes/.

Scheduled April 20-22, the Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens, a volunteer project of the Druid Hills Civic Association, benefits historic preservation and green space restoration. The weekend includes a plant sale, a history display and the debut of “History Happens Here,” a film about the development of the Druid Hills community. Advance tickets are $25. The price increases to $30 on April 20. Learn more at http://www.DruidHillsTour.org.

Experience what more makes the Kirkwood community special during the 16th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling & Tour of Homes on May 19. The event includes a 5K, an artist market, live music and food from local vendors. All proceeds go to benefit the Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization, a local 501c3 non-profit group dedicated to community improvement. The Tour of Homes takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Go to http://www.kirkwoodfling.com/ for additional information.

Have you been to any of these tours?

MODA Floors & Interiors Plays Role in Burgeoning Film Industry

Georgia has it all! Beaches, mountains, talented actors and crews, an international airport and (best of all) attractive financial incentives. The state has more than 800 film and television projects under its belt since 1972. The 245 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia in 2016 represented $2.02 billion in direct spending in the “Hollywood of the South.”

What’s it like being involved in the kitchen and bath installations for some of these productions?

Since MODA Floors & Interiors received the initial call a few months ago, Tyler Hieber, a project consultant/designer, has worked with multiple locally-based production companies. Requests can be as simple as providing materials or as complex as a full installation.

Response time is important. “You need to call in, get the information and place the order quickly,” Tyler said.

“The interesting thing is being able to go into the sets before filming begins. While the set designers and art directors usually have a good concept of what they want to install, we’re often able to work with them to explore other options to achieve the look they want,” he explained.

Set designers and art directors move from one project or production company to another, presenting MODA with a valuable sales outreach opportunity.

Filming can take place behind the studio gates or on location. A recent project in Roswell involved installations in four homes that will eventually be torn down because they were built for “looks.”

Luckily the production companies retain another company to recycle the materials.

Holiday Tours Provide Design Inspiration

Want design ideas for your home? Look no further than one of the home tours being held across metro Atlanta during November and December.

Home for the Holidays Showhouse (Thursday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 10)

Presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine, this showhouse benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Twenty of Atlanta’s top interior designers will transform a newly built Buckhead estate. The 8,800-square-foot home integrates structured, classical design with more modern, casual living space. www.AtlantaHolidayHome.com

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes (Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3)

Virginia-Highland is known for its historic residences, unique shops and local restaurants.

Eight homes are included on this tour. They include an English country-style home decorated with original pieces of art, a recently renovated American Foursquare built in 1916, a 1925 Cape Dutch with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, a restored 1916 bungalow with a multitude of original features and an historic building that is used as a combination art gallery and residence.

Local restaurants will provide food tastings in John Howell Park and at each of the tour homes. https://VaHiTourofHomes.org

Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour (Saturday and Sunday, Dec 2-3)

Get a glimpse inside six private homes that are located in the Whitlock Avenue district of Marietta. Each home has been lovingly restored and will be decorated for the holiday season. www.MariettaPilgrimage.com

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes (Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10)

This tour offers attendees an intimate and charming way to experience both the past and present of the historic Grant Park neighborhood. Be enchanted by the warm glow of candles and holiday lights at every stop. www.CandlelightTourofHomes.com

Have you attended one of these tours before?

Partnering for a Cause

What began as the sponsorship of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway has evolved into a multi-faceted program for St. Jude and Shaw Floors and its dealer network. Now, Shaw’s Carpet Cushion for St. Jude raises money with every purchase.

St. Jude works to find cures for children fighting childhood cancer around the world. Watch this brief video to learn more about Shaw’s involvement with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital today.

Home and Garden Tours Offer Design Inspiration

Spring is one of our favorite seasons for a variety of reasons! It’s the perfect time to check out one of the many home and garden tours sprouting around metro Atlanta. Here are a few of our favorite tours.

Inman ParkInman Park Tour of Homes (April 29-30 and May 1)

The tour will feature 10 homes and points of interest, including an American Foursquare, Victorians, lofts, and bungalows. The tour hours are noon-4 p.m. on Friday and noon-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Advance tickets are $15. www.InmanParkFestival.org

Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour (May 7-8)

This tour, which benefits the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will showcase 10 private gardens in Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, and Midtown. The tour will feature a range of styles and sizes. Advance tickets for the self-guided tour are $28 in advance (Garden members-$22). www.AtlantaBG.org

Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens and Maker’s Market (April 22-24)

“History Happens Here” at this tour, sponsored by the Druid Hills Civic Association. The $25 advance ticket gives you access to six homes, a garden, a plant sale, live music, and an artists’ market. www.DruidHillsTour.org

Home and garden tours are a great resource for design ideas for your home. Are there other tours we should add to this list?

Holiday Home Tours Showcase Neighborhoods

Are you as big a fan of home tours as we are? If so, you’ll want to check out one or more of the home tours scheduled in the coming weeks throughout metro Atlanta. Here’s a small sample:

Buckhead:

Home for the Holidays continues through Dec. 13 at Millwood Manor, located at 1150 Garmon Road. The tour benefits the Southeastern Horticultural Society’s Children’s Learning Garden and Farms.

Perfectly suited for entertaining, the house boasts plentiful windows, which afford views to both the front and rear of the property. The private master suite features an office, vestibule, and sitting space. The lower level has ample casual entertaining areas as well as a private guest or teen suite.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

840_Clemont_webVirginia-Highland:

Virginia-Highland, one of Atlanta’s most charming neighborhoods, will welcome visitors Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 5-6) to its 21st Annual Tour of Homes. Local restaurants will provide food tastings at each tour house.

Six beautiful properties will be featured. Although different in style and design, they are all equally representative of the Neighborhood’s character.

Tickets are $25.

Funds raised by the tour will go to support various projects around Virginia-Highland, including park improvements, safety, sidewalk and traffic concerns, planning and preservation, and other community efforts.

dartmouthAvondale Estates:

The Avondale Estates Tour of Homes & Holiday Market will take place Sunday, Dec. 13. The tour features homes that have been sensitively restored or renovated to preserve the character of the historic city.

This year’s tour spans almost 90 years beginning with an Avondale “original” built when the city was established in 1926, a recently renovated 1950s bungalow, three of the newest homes in town, and a new “Back Porch” that was added to one of the 1940s bungalows.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the tour.

Are there other must-see home tours you gain design inspiration from?