Where Are You Celebrating July 4th?

Many of us associate the Fourth of July with picnics, barbecues, parades and fireworks. But it also commemorates the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress declared the 13 American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free and independent states.

There are no shortage of Independence Day celebrations around metro Atlanta. Here are a few.

Enjoy the massive fireworks display at Centennial Olympic Park at 7 p.m. Now in its 22nd year, the celebration will include food trucks and a set by DJ Yvonne Monet.

Salute to the Red, White and Blue is back with live music, a carnival, food vendors and fireworks.The event runs from 3-11 p.m. at the East Point Commons.

The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade includes marching bands, floats, clowns, animal units and local celebrities. This year’s theme is “Happy Birthday Dunwoody.”

The 20th Annual Roswell Fireworks Extravaganza will be held on the front lawn of Roswell High School. The family-friendly event will include live stage performances, a ninja climbing wall and food trucks. The activities run from 5:30-10:30 p.m.

The 2nd Annual Fireworks in Fourth Ward will include live music from local band Sucker Punch before DJ Q-Tip spins a soundtrack coordinated with the fireworks show.

Whether you’re planning to go to the beach, searching for cooler weather in the mountains or relaxing in your backyard, stay safe and enjoy the holiday!

Druid Hills: Modern Living in a Century-Old Neighborhood

Druid Hills Tour HomeDon’t you love spring? Trees are blooming, perennials are pushing their heads up from winter sleep, and home tours are bursting out all over Atlanta. One of our favorites is the Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens, which is scheduled April 12-14, 2019. The six homes and one garden showcase the work of master architects, interior designers, general contractors, and landscape designers.

The homes include a 1918 traditional home with a small goat farm in the back, a 1923 bungalow whose owners are avid folk art collectors, a 1919 house with its own ghosts, a 1924 replica of an Italian villa, and a contemporary home with moldings, fireplaces, and herringbone floors that give a nod to the historic neighborhood.

Sponsored by the Druid Hills Civic Association, the tour will benefit historic preservation and green space restoration. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on tour weekend. Go here to learn more.

What design ideas have you picked up from previous home tours?

Get Revved Up For Your New Kitchen

We all know that the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home. It’s the spot for cooking, socializing and keeping an eye on the kids while they’re completing their homework. But it also can be one of the most difficult remodeling projects to undertake due to the number of decisions that must be made. From choosing the best countertop material to selecting your preferred flooring to picking out a fabulous backsplash, it can be a time-consuming (but enjoyable) part of the remodeling process.

The next Junior League of Atlanta Tour of Kitchens can offer you design inspiration for your new kitchen. Scheduled Saturday, March 23 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Sunday, March 25 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.), the self-guided tour features 14 of Atlanta’s finest residential kitchens as well as culinary demonstrations in some of the homes.

Tickets are available for $35 online until March 22. Tour tickets can be purchased for $40 at the homes on tour days. To download the program, go to https://www.jlatlanta.org/tour-of-kitchens/.

Let the Home Tours Begin!

Although we are a big fan of many of the televised home improvement programs, there is something special about seeing homes up close to view all the details and really appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into them. That’s why spring is one of our favorite seasons.

The Inman Park Tour of Homes, taking place in Atlanta’s first planned suburb, can serve as a stepping-off point for your next decorating or remodeling project. Advance tickets for the self-conducted tour are $20.

Which beautiful homes and buildings can you see? Constructed of Stone Mountain granite by Willis Franklin Denny II, the Inman Park Methodist Church features a large stained glass window commissioned by Asa Candler of Coca-Cola fame as a tribute to his mother. There is a lovingly restored 1890 Queen Anne Victorian home, a three-story Carriage House, an 1896 English-cottage style house, and a classic Sears mail-order bungalow constructed in 1914. Also included on the tour is a craftsman bungalow built in 1909 from a plan by Leila Ross Wilburn, one of the first women architects in Georgia.

The Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes will take place April 26-28, 2019. For more information, go to InmanParkFestival.org.

What is your favorite home tour?

Get a Jump on Holiday Decorating

Are you ready to blow the dust off those holiday decorations stored in your attic or basement? Cooler weather reminds us that Thanksgiving and other holiday gatherings are just around the corner. How will you gain inspiration for decorating your home this year? Here are a few events around the metro Atlanta area to check out.

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 10th Annual Home for the Holidays  (Nov. 15-Dec. 9, 2018)

Located on a 1.5-acre lot in Buckhead, this year’s showcase is a new English country home with a locally sourced limestone and brick exterior, five bedrooms and an expansive loggia with a fireplace and separate grilling terrace that overlooks the pool. Tour proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Roswell Woman’s Club 2nd Annual Holiday Home Tour (Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018)

This holiday-themed event includes five beautiful homes in Roswell. Tickets are $35.

Grant Park 38th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes (Dec. 8-9, 2018)

Imagine being greeted with the warm glow of candles and holiday lights at every stop. Founded in 1885, the neighborhood consists largely of original Victorian, Queen Anne and Craftsman homes that were constructed between 1885–1910. The Grant Park neighborhood became Atlanta’s largest historic district in 2000. Since its conception, the tour has grown and evolved into a fundraiser for three community organizations: St. Paul United Methodist Church, the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool and the Grant Park Parent’s Network.

Georgia Governor’s Mansion Holiday Tours (Various dates)

The holiday season kicks off with a Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. Holidays tours are scheduled Dec. 3-8 (9:30-11 a.m.); Dec. 9 (2-4 p.m.); and Dec. 10-14 (9:30-11 a.m.). Admission and parking are free.

What other holiday events do you hope to attend?

 

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?