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Monday, May 16, 2016

Architect : Philip Trammell Shutze

Philip Trammell Shutze Designed Home in the Druid Hills Neighborhood

I made a point of stopping at an estate sale on Clifton Road in Druid Hills on Friday, held at a house that I've passed by weekly and admired for over a decade.......   Truth be told, I was more interested in seeing the home & gardens than actually shopping the contents of the sale. This very special home was designed by one of Atlanta's noted architects, Philip Trammell Shutze (1890-1982). I was told by one of the organizers of the sale that the home was built around 1928 and sits on 5 acres of park like land, thoughtfully designed with dynamic stonework, fountains and detailed landscape. When I asked about its current ownership status, I was happy to hear that neighboring Fernbank Museum of Natural History bought the entire property -- records show that a sale was completed in December 2015 for $2.5 million.

I do hope that Fernbank will take great care in protecting & maintaining the architecture of this historic jewel..... The most recent Shutze design, known as The Maddox House, was torn down in February and it still stirs me up every time I think about it! I am absolutely dumbfounded as to why these important living relics, documents of Atlanta's history, are not painstakingly preserved!!

In addition to a number of residential projects Shutze designed around the city, he was responsible for a collection of commercial buildings as well......  Including The Swan Coach House, the original Rich's department store downtown, East Lake Golf Club clubhouse, and Atlanta International School.

*My images above & below of the Shutze designed home on Clifton -- architectural details and glorious grounds.....  The hidden Gazebo garden was truly a spectacular treat!














This had to be the most special hidden garden.....  Imagine seeing this in its heyday!  You approached through this shaded area, following stones steps to view the most beautiful Gazebo.....



The left and right are original fountains and beyond the steps, are divided by a centered fountain, leading the way to the Gazebo beyond.....



The highly ornate stone Gazebo, surrounded by foundations, with access by large stones.....  Absolutely dreamy storybook style!







**Totally random.....  But these details, handwritten notes & newspaper clippings taped to the inside of kitchen cabinets (above).....  And the interior of a closet door in the Boy's room covered with a collection of stickers (below).....  THESE artifacts pull at my heart strings.....  Even when walking through a house that is no longer occupied by its longtime owners and their "stuff" is up for sale, these are reminders that a family lived in and loved this home.....



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Monday, May 9, 2016

The HighBoy

I frequently share my passion for recognizing the importance of appreciating time honored treasures, from historic homes to period decor. My mentor here in Atlanta (a noted American antiques dealer) has always recommended to me to seek out interesting pieces, perhaps labeled by the maker, for furnishings & accessories that will retain their value over time. I also see collecting vintage items as a way to add unique style to our interiors in the wake of today's saturated on-trend decorating.

The HighBoy, an exceptional online marketplace for antiques and fine art, is my go-to resource. The HighBoy sets itself apart from other retail sites by collaborating with a select group of reputable and established dealers from around the country. Through this distinctive partnership, The HighBoy has expertly streamlined the search process, allowing buyers to easily navigate and discover a range of curated period decor, including Case PiecesDesksChairsSide TablesLighting - in a variety of styles - Art Deco, Chinoiserie, Mid Century and many more.

Also to note, The HighBoy publishes an online journal titled The Weekly. Featured within these captivating daily entries are expanded discussions and details of acclaimed makers and influential interior design styles as well as further exploration of particular design periods and processes.

*Below, I've included some pieces that caught my eye and are currently posted on The HighBoy.....  Followed with direct shopping links.





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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May Covers

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Vladimir Kagan

Vladimir Kagan


After learning about legendary furniture designer Vladimir Kagan's death last week, I found myself drawn into reading his very detailed, intimate and insightful blog for the better part of Saturday afternoon.....  In addition to a number of artisan events he attended right up until his passing, both stateside and abroad, his writing has impressed upon me his unbelievable passion for life! As well as his enduring love for his wife, master embroidery designer Erica Wilson (who passed away in 2011), his three children, Illya, Jessica and Vanessa, and grandchildren......  His deep appreciation for lifelong friendships and the desire to continue to make new ones.....  And his unending pursuit to create art in a range of forms.



The Kagan Family -- Nantucket, 1970s


I am a daily reader of New York Social Diary, and particularly look forward to their Q&A posts (and interiors images) with noted artisans residing in the NY area.....  Mr. Kagan was interviewed & the interiors of his NYC apartment featured in August of 2015. Not only is every photograph an absolute pleasure to take in -- the art, the collections, the time honored treasures -- but a photo of a hallway COVERED in family photos has always stayed with me -- perhaps because it completely underscores the Kagan family's love for one another & past generations and truly valuing the memories of their shared experiences.



Photographs line Kagan's Bedroom Hallway of his NYC apartment



In NYSD's post, the interview mentions how Kagan's daughter, Vanessa had recently moved into a section of the apartment with her husband and three children. The photos of her space show a contrasting interior design style to that of her father's.....  But, her name reminded me of when she was on the cover of Town & Country magazine, the July 1999 issue, photographed on Nantucket and holding her one of her daughters. The Kagan family have been longtime fixtures on the Island. Erica's shop, Erica Wilson Nantucket (which Vanessa now oversees), continues to be the go-to destination on Main Street for all things needlepoint. The T&C photo of Vanessa represents for me a time of idyllic innocence, a very natural & unstylized setting celebrating the beauty and peace of island living.....  1999, a time before the explosion of the internet and the changing landscape of our country and the world.


Vanessa Kagan Diserio, photographed for Town & Country, July 1999




*Photograph from the May 2016 issue of Architectural Digest -- a vintage Vladimir Kagan sofa, covered in green Lee Jofa velvet, placed in the Living Room of Fiona Kotur's Hong Kong home.


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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New Work


The Summer issue of Seaside Style is out now on newsstands.....  I have written 4 home tour articles for the magazine (the cover photo is one of my pieces), highlighting the signature coastal style of homes located in Maine, Florida and California. Pick-up a copy to see/read more!
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Monday, April 4, 2016

April Covers

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Friday, April 1, 2016

On The Market


A Buckhead residence, featured in & on the cover of Traditional Home's FEB/MAR 2013 issue, is for sale.....  I previously posted about this house when it went on the market in September of 2013. It's a 4 bedroom / 5 bath home with guest house..... Interior photos included below.










Images Emily Followill
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Clare Waight Keller


The Paris apartment of Clare Waight Keller (pictured above), Creative Director of the French fashion brand Chloe, is featured in WSJ. Magazine. Waight Keller and her husband Philip Keller, an architect, share the apartment with their three children, 13 year old twins Amelia & Charlotte and 4 year old Harrison.







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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Work


I have written two home tour articles for the special Summer issue of Cottage White, out on newsstands now.....  I've spoken with blogger & artist Haley Estes about creating her creamy color palette and patina rich signature interior design style. And, I take a look at a renovated Minnesota cottage home that infuses architectural & decorative details reflective of the homeowners' love for the European countryside.

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