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?

Upcoming Home Tours Shed Light on Design Trends

Fall is a great time to get out and explore the city! If you’re thinking of remodeling or making some tweaks to your home before the holidays, these five tours are great places to start for design inspiration.

  • NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes: This self-guided tour features the best in kitchen, bath and whole-house remodeling. Sept. 16 | Atlanta RemodelingTour.com
  • Great American Tiny House Show: This event features container homes, modular homes and portable structures. Sept. 23-24 | Dalton Convention Center | GreatAmericanTinyHouse.show
  • Fall Fest Tour of Homes: See a variety of architectural styles that have been added to the Candler Park area throughout the years. Oct. 1 | FallFestCandlerPark.org
  • Dunwoody Home Tour: View four Dunwoody homes that range from historic to modern. Oct. 4 | DunwoodyWomansClub.com
  • Castleberry Hill Loft Tour: Each unit on the tour showcases a diverse range of style, budget, size and taste. Oct. 14 | Castleberryhill.org/lofttour-2/

MODA Floors & Interiors worked on the Distinctive Remodeling Solutions home that is included in the NARI Atlanta Tour of Remodeled Homes. Our design professional will be there to answer any questions you might have. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Habitat for Humanity ReStores in metro Atlanta.



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:


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.


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?

Home Tours: Get Inspired!

Decorators' Show House

2015 Decorators’ Show House

“Fashion fades; only style remains the same.” – Coco Chanel 

Home and garden tours are one of the best ways to get design ideas for your home. Shopping for new flooring, window treatments or appliances? Searching for striking paint colors, new wallpaper designs or beautiful tile patterns? You are sure to pick up at least one idea from these metro Atlanta events.

Decorators’ Show House & Gardens (April 18-May 10)

  • Chateau Soleil, a French-style estate (4701 Northside Drive)
  • Proceeds benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its education and community outreach initiatives
  • Tickets: $30
  • Info: www.DecoratorsShowHouse.org

Inman Park Tour of Homes (April 24-26)

  • 12 homes and points of interest in the community, including Victorians, Craftsman-style, Arts & Crafts, condos, Inman Park United Methodist Church and the historic Trolley Barn
  • Tickets: $15 (advance) or $20 (on-site)
  • Info: www.Inman ParkFestival.org

Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens (May 1-3)

  • Five homes, a garden and a plant sale
  • Proceeds benefit the Druid Hills neighborhood
  • Info: www.DruidHillsTour.org

What other springtime events should we add to this list? What inspires you when decorating?




Home Tours: Great Source for Design Ideas

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

Get design inspiration for your next home improvement project during one of the many home tours scheduled across metro Atlanta in December.

The Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes, presented by the Virginia-Highland Civic Association, will take place Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 7, from noon-4 p.m. The seven beautiful homes reflect the owners’ distinctive tastes and passion for living in Virginia-Highland. Local restaurants will provide food tastings at each of the tour homes. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on that weekend.

Eight condominiums in the Cross Creek community in Buckhead will be open for tours Sunday, Dec. 7, from 3-6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the tour. Proceeds will benefit Snap to it Dog Rescue and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Call 404.351.7600 for more information.

Four Buckhead homes will be showcased on the Peachtree Garden Club Christmas Home Tour, scheduled Thursday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event.

The Avondale Estates Tour of Homes will feature six homes ranging from contemporary to classic. It will be held Sunday, Dec. 14, from 3-8 p.m. A trolley will take visitors to each home and the Holiday Market.

What other local home tours would you add to this list?