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PERFEC∏ PI∏CH Architect D. Stanley Dixon and designer Betty Burgess team up to create a winning design for Atlanta Brave Derek Lowe

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SPI∏ZMILLER & NORRIS Residential designers Robert Norris and Frederick Spitzmiller celebrate 25 years of defining local style WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH R. RALLS

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SECRE∏ GARDEN Landscape designer Alex Smith transforms a Dunwoody garden into a private haven WRITTEN BY HEATHER J. PAPER

DESIGN DOSSIER Athens chef Hugh Acheson readies for the opening of his first Atlanta restaurant, Empire State South ASID WINNERS The 2010 Design Excellence Awards, bestowed by the American Society of Interior Designers Georgia Chapter, represent Atlanta design at its best

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∏RAVEL Just a short plane ride away, Barbados beckons Atlanta travelers FOOD NEWS From fresh figs and fun festivals to cool, refreshing drinks, the essence of summer is evident at a number of local restaurants CALENDAR Highlights of 10 new gallery shows, as well as new exhibitions at the High Museum of Art and the Carlos Museum at Emory University

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nytime I go to the Florida Panhandle, I can’t help but smile when I see a large number of Georgia license plates in local parking lots. With so many cars from Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, Douglas and surrounding metro counties, I feel like I could be at the Buckhead Home Depot instead of somewhere along 30-A. In many ways, the Panhandle is—for Atlantans—what the Hamptons are to New Yorkers, what Lake Tahoe is to San Franciscans. From Pensacola to Apalachicola, the Panhandle is Atlanta’s home away from home. Because of the extended lead time required in publishing our magazine, I was hesitant to address the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in last month’s issue; I was certain it would be capped by now. But yet another production cycle has come and gone, and the problem persists. Let’s hope by the time you are reading this, the gusher has been plugged and clean-up eΩorts have intensified. In the meantime, there are miles of unspoiled beaches in Florida and they need tourists now more than ever. One website, healthybeaches.org, provides real-time information on the status of beaches across the state. Please go, visit and spend money. At some point, well-trained volunteers will be needed to help with clean-up eΩorts. When that time comes, I’m certain a number of Atlantans who vacation there and have second homes in the area will chip in to assist. After all, that’s what neighbors are for.

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this month’s contributors

ERICA GEORGE DINES is an Atlanta-based photographer who has photographed interiors and gardens for a variety of national publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Accents, Coastal Living, Cottage Living and Metropolitan Home. Photographer of the popular book Private Gardens of Georgia, she is currently at work on another tome documenting foodways across the South that’s slated for publication later this year. For this issue, Dines photographed the story “Perfect Pitch,” which begins on page 68.

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HEATHER J. PAPER previously worked at Better

ELIZABETH R. RALLS is a writer and editor who

Homes & Gardens, where she served as editor of Decorating magazine and managed 20 special interest publications. After 16 years with the company, Paper left to pursue a freelance career that has included writing for a number of national titles. She is the author of The Decorating Idea Book, Decorating Ideas That Work and Green Decorating & Remodeling. Paper wrote two of this month’s stories, “Perfect Pitch” and “Secret Garden,” which begin on pages 68 and 90, respectively.

learned how to decorate, entertain and garden on the job, thanks to spending more than seven years covering the shelter industry for Southern Accents, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and The Atlantan. Currently a “Retail Therapist” for MyHomeIdeas.com, her work has also appeared in Flower, Improper Bostonian and Sauce. Ralls penned the story on residential designers Frederick Spitzmiller and Robert Norris, whose firm is celebrating 25 years. The story begins on page 84.

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HUGH ACHESON With Empire State South, this laid-back Southern chef aims to create one of Atlanta’s most iconic restaurants, appealing to destination diners and neighborhood regulars alike

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HUGH ACHESON’S LATEST RESTAURANT, LOCATED AT 999 PEACHTREE IN MIDTOWN, IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE SOUTHERN CHEF AND JAMESTOWN PROPERTIES CREATIVE DIRECTOR MICHAEL PHILLIPS—ONE OF THE BRIGHT MINDS BEHIND PROJECTS SUCH AS MANHATTAN’S CHELSEA MARKET AND ATLANTA’S OWN WESTSIDE PROVISIONS DISTRICT— THAT’S RESULTED IN THE ULTIMATE ATLANTA RESTAURANT ENDEAVOR. THE NAME, EMPIRE STATE SOUTH, WAS ADAPTED FROM A TERM COINED A CENTURY AGO TO PROMOTE GEORGIA AS A CENTER OF COMMERCE FOR THE SOUTHEAST. A GRILLED PIMENTO CHEESE SANDWICH WITH PICKLED OKRA, AT RIGHT, IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY DELECTABLE SOUTHERN DISHES ON THE MENU.

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For Hugh Acheson’s induction to the local pantheon of cuisiniers, Atlantans have been waiting with bated breath. After all, countless among them regularly make the 70-mile trek to dine at his signature Athens Five & Ten, the eatery that put a remote college town on the culinary map. Since its debut in 2000, Acheson has risen to national acclaim, having racked up four James Beard Award nominations, a Food & Wine Best New Chef designation and opened two additional Athens establishments—Gosfard Wine in 2004 and The National in 2007. Later this month, he’ll open Empire State South, arguably the most anticipated Atlanta restaurant of the year. A loose translation of the meat-and-three, Empire State South will serve simple, straightforward Southern cuisine with a dash of European elán (a credit to Acheson’s formal training with French-centric chefs across the continent). Ingeniously, Acheson cuts through the heaviness of traditionally rich Southern dishes with bright acids, piquant chilis and the “bouncy,” fresh flavors he’s made all his own. “We want to show people what great Southern food is. Atlanta has great old meat-and-threes like Busy Bee [Café] and Carver’s [Country Kitchen]...we wanted something with that same sensibility, but a little more gilded,” he notes. “Just great, simple, local food that’s done in a really healthy and modern way.” Acheson’s interpretation is outlined on a stylized menu that includes local Nature’s Harmony Farm pork chops smothered in chanterelle

gravy, zipper cream pea succotash and roasted half-chicken with boiled peanuts and salsa verde. Meanwhile, at the granite-topped board-and-batten bar, patrons can choose from a beguiling selection of small-batch bourbons, seasonally changing cocktails and the most comprehensive selection of Burgundies in the city. Acheson is maintaining his home base in Athens but keeping an apartment in Atlanta for now, appointing Chef de Cuisine Nick Melvin—recently plucked from Inman Park’s Parish Foods & Goods—to the helm in his absence. He’s also planning to host wine dinners, sponsor community events and support the pro-bono eΩorts of fellow 999 Peachtree tenants. But that’s not all that’s up this chef’s sleeve. In the fall of 2011, he’ll release a new cookbook, A New Turn in the South, featuring recipes from the Empire State South menu as well as his personal sentiments on new Southern cuisine. In the meantime, he’s just hoping to make really good Southern food— with minimal attitude. MY HOME REFLECTS… My commu-

nity in Athens and my family life with my wife, Mary, and our two daughters—Beatrice, who is 8, and Clementine, who is 6. I also have a nice Viking kitchen. MY SIGNATURE COLORS ARE… Pale blue and green; I’m not sure why. THE ONE THING I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IS… A cast-iron frying pan.

Cast-iron pans age so well if you take care of them. MY FAVORITE MUSEUM IS… The Museum of Modern Art.

FOOD IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHED BY RINNE ALLEN

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I GET MY BEST INSPIRATION FROM… Old cookbooks, like the Junior League cookbooks, and books with historical significance. I love looking for those that are out of print, or for European titles that are often very diΩicult to find. TO MYSELF, I LIKE TO… Eat a nice lunch, go to the gym and get work done that I have been procrastinating doing. EVERY HOME NEEDS...

A really good coΩee maker and a back porch. THE INGREDIENT THAT CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN A DISH IS... Vinegar. MY FAVORITE WAY TO ENTERTAIN AT HOME IS… To make tacos and

invite friends over. I like to make things that are not currently on the menu at my restaurants. THE ONE PLACE IN ATLANTA I

FAVORI∏ES A∏ HOME FAVORITE FURNITURE STYLE: Eames FAVORITE DINNERWARE:

Old Noritake

ALWAYS TAKE GUESTS IS… The

THE PLACE I LOVE TO TRAVEL IS…

MY SUNDAY ROUTINE IS…

FAVORITE FLOWER: Dogwood

Dekalb Farmers’ Market.

Close to home, I love the North Georgia Mountains; far away, I enjoy Spain, Greece and Portugal.

No work (if possible), read the paper, make coΩee and play with my kids.

MY FASHION SENSE OF STYLE IS

SHOP IS... Star Provisions.

BEST DESCRIBED AS... Classic

THE FIRST THING I SEE WHEN I

geeky; black Vans slip-ons with Levi’s and a T-shirt.

WAKE UP IS... My two wonderful

MY PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW

FAVORITE MUSIC: Anything good; I have varied tastes FAVORITE WINE: Red Burgundy FAVORITE ARTISANAL FOOD: Sweet Grass Dairy Asher Blue cheese FAVORITE ARTIST: Robert Rauschenberg FAVORITE SPICE: Right now, Spanish smoked paprika

MOMENT CAME WHEN…

ABOUT ME IS… Sometimes, I

FAVORITE PRODUCE ITEM:

Athens Five & Ten received its first great review, from John Kessler in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

just like to go to Chick-fil-A.

Local baby carrots

MY FAVORITE PLACE FOR QUIET

FAVORITE DESTINATION RESTAURANT:

CONTEMPLATION IS… My car.

Zuni Café in San Francisco

MY FAVORITE DISH TO PREPARE AT

WITHOUT IS... Unfortunately,

HOME IS… A big steak on the

my BlackBerry.

barbecue. Beatrice and Clementine love steak.

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THE PERSON I LOOK UP TO MOST

cooking school money and go see the world.

THE CAR I DRIVE IS… A 2010

Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Diesel. It gets good gas mileage and is safe for my kids.

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clockwise from top left Empire State South’s logo is at once antique-inspired and unequivocally modern. A trio of pickled veggies offers a cool contrast to bacon simmering in a cast-iron pan. The patio and bocce court may be easy to miss from the street, but that’s much of its allure. It’s the perfect spot to sip a cup of Counter Culture coffee and nosh on a tasty Benton ham-and-local arugula biscuit for breakfast. In the afternoon, Acheson envisions a game of bocce with friends, a crisp glass of Riesling or mint julep in hand. The evenings will play host to post event-goers, who will mingle beneath gas lanterns and the shimmer of Midtown’s soaring high-rises.

FOOD IAMGES PHOTOGRAPHED BY RINNE ALLEN

WHEN I GET AN UNEXPECTED DAY

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MY FAVORITE PREPARED FOODS

kids eating breakfast.

THE ITEM I WON’T LEAVE HOME

TO ANY RISING CHEF IS... Save the

EMPIRE STATE SOUTH, 999 PEACHTREE ST., SUITE 140, ATLANTA 30309. (404) 541-1105; EMPIRESTATESOUTH.COM

SOU∏HERN COMFOR∏S The interiors are the brainchild of Athens-based designers Lisa Fiscus, of Hawthorne House Interiors & Antiques, and Susan Hable Smith, co-founder of Brooklyn-born textile company Hable Construction. Together, they’ve devised an eco-friendly scheme of pecky cypress and reclaimed heart pine awash in inky blues, grays and greens. Smith has even designed a handsome Hable Construction stripe to adorn the antiqueinspired banquettes. Four dining zones suit every taste. For the formal set, the private dining room will be softly delineated by salvaged pocket doors and russet-colored walls while the coffee bar will serve a more casual crowd, offering a cozy “kissing nook,” in-house bakery items, additional treats from H&F Bread Co. and savory selections to-go. Seating for 85 inside and more than two-dozen in the outdoor spaces will accommodate a sizable ebb and flow of diners throughout the day.

“I WANT THIS RESTAURANT TO BE A NOD TO WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE SOUTH, WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SOUTHERN FOOD, AND WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE LOCAL FARMS FROM WHICH I BUY EVERYTHING.”

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Gated, elegant building in Historic Brookhaven. Huge gourmet kitchen w/top-ofthe-line appliances opens to expansive living rm w/coffered ceiling & fireplace. Separate study. King-sized master suite w/large custom walk-in closet, spacious bath w/double vanities & steam shower. Guest bedroom with private bath. Gorgeous moldings and trim throughout. $1,295,000 Judy Soden 678-938-8724/404-252-4908.

Coastal Tidewater Greek Revival w/heated pool! Enchanting gated 2-acre 5 BR, 7 full, 1 half BA estate has stunning landscape by David Dugan. Cherry paneled study w/fireplace & full BA. Professional kitchen open to breakfast room & sunsoaked sunroom/solarium. Arbor covered brick terrace. Master suite has palatial marble bath. $2,250,000. Patti Junger 404-504-0801/404-262-1234

4 BR, 4.5 BA Tuscan Villa by Harrison Design- like living on a nature preserve! Hardcoat stucco exterior, designer everything. Exceptional dream kitchen w/antique granite countertops plus built-in Gaggenau coffee center open to fireside family rm. Master w/2 custom closets plus amazing marble bath. Huge garage w/room for 4 to 5+ cars! $1,595,000. Patti Junger 404-504-0801/404-262-1234

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MODEL HOME GOLD ROBERT GRAYSON, ASID, AND JAMEY LAUGHERY. ROBERT GRAYSON INTERIORS (404) 790-5746; ROBERTGRAYSONINTERIORS.COM

SHOW HOUSE SILVER RITA CARSON GUEST, FASID, AND JOHN F. GUEST, ALLIED MEMBER ASID. CARSON GUEST (404) 873-3663; CARSONGUEST.COM

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RESIDENCE UNDER 3,500 SQUARE FEET SILVER ELINOR JONES, ASID. ELINOR JONES INTERIORS (404) 351-1760; ELINORJONESINTERIORS.COM

HISTORIC PRESERVATION GOLD KITTY TUTTLE, ASID. KITTY TUTTLE INTERIORS (770) 998-6445; KITTYTUTTLEINTERIORS.COM

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RESIDENTIAL SINGULAR SPACE GOLD STEPHEN W. PARARO, ASID, IIDA, AND ZACH AZPEITIA. PINEAPPLE HOUSE INTERIOR DESIGN (404) 897-5551; PINEAPPLEHOUSE.COM

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BRONZE KAREN T. HOTT, ASID. KAREN HOTT INTERIORS (404) 841-7342; KARENHOTTINTERIORS.COM

KITCHEN AND BATH BRONZE SUE D. WISLAR, ASID, AND PAMELA K. GOLDSTEIN, ALLIED MEMBER ASID, CMKBD, CAPS. SUE WISLAR INTERIORS (404) 538-2969; PAM SANCHEZ DESIGNS (678) 525-7251

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RESIDENCE UNDER 3,500 SQUARE FEET BRONZE MARK WILLIAMS AND NIKI PAPADOPOULOS, ALLIED MEMBER ASID. MARK WILLIAMS DESIGN ASSOCIATES (678) 539-6886; MARKWILLIAMS-DESIGN.COM

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Fun In THE SUN Nestled between the lush vegetation and the beautiful white sands of Dover Beach, on the southern shore of Barbados, lies the Almond Casuarina Beach Resort. Because it’s situated on 10 acres of tropical gardens, this retreat—the fifth in the Almond Resorts family—captures the essence of paradise by combining the natural splendor

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From mainland Brunswick discover the charms of St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. Enjoy breathtaking beauty, rich history, warm hospitality and glorious year ’round weather. You’ll find 198 holes of golf, sun-drenched beaches, tennis, shrimp boat cruises, dolphin tours, casino/cruise ship and great shops, galleries and restaurants. You’ll find a range of accommodations, from convenient Interstate hotels and historic inns on the mainland to island hotels and inns, rental cottages and a world-class resort. There’s even a 10,000-acre private island retreat. ™ All just minutes from I-95 at Exits 42, 38, 36 and 29.

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THE SCOOP THE ST. REGIS ATLANTA RECENTLY UNVEILED A NEW WINE PROGRAM FOCUSING ON BIODYNAMIC AND LIMITED-PRODUCTION WINES, AS WELL AS THOSE PRODUCED BY FAMILY-OWNED VINEYARDS USING SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES. THE PROGRAM, DEVELOPED BY SOMMELIER IAN MENDELSOHN, WILL INCLUDE SOME 6,000 BOTTLES SPANNING EVERY PRICE POINT, AVAILABLE NOW AT PACES 88, THE WINE ROOM AND THE ST. REGIS BAR. 88 WEST PACES FERRY RD., ATLANTA, 30305; (404) 5637900. STREGIS.COM/ATLANTA

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>> MILLER UNION, ABOVE, CONTINUES ITS HARVEST DINNER SERIES WITH A PRIX FIXE THREECOURSE MEAL INSPIRED BY THE FRESH-PICKED FLAVORS OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL HARVESTS. PREPARED BY EXECUTIVE CHEF STEVEN SATTERFIELD, THE DINNER IS SERVED FAMILY STYLE AT COMMUNAL TABLES OVERLOOKING 10TH STREET. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. 999 BRADY AVE. NW, ATLANTA, 30318; (678) 7338550. MILLERUNION.COM

>> CANOE RESTAURANT CELEBRATES ITS 15TH ANNIVERSARY THIS MONTH BY INTRODUCING A NEW RIVER BAR AND RIVER SNACKS MENU. GUESTS CAN ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO AN EDIBLE GARDEN DINNER SERIES—HELD IN THE ONSITE VEGETABLE GARDEN—AND AN EXCEPTIONAL GUEST CHEF DINNER TO TOP IT OFF. ADDITIONALLY, CANOE IS CONTINUING ITS MUSIC ON THE RIVER SERIES, WHICH FEATURES LOCAL ARTISTS EVERY WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY ON THE PATIO. 4199 PACES FERRY RD. NW, ATLANTA, 30339; (770) 432-2663. CANOE-ATL.COM

SEASONAL DELIGH∏ Fresh figs are only available from mid-July to midSeptember, making August the perfect time to indulge in this delectable fruit. Their natural sweetness, chewy flesh and crunchy seeds add texture and depth to a variety of dishes. Lending themselves equally well to sweet and savory recipes, fresh figs are a sure staple on Atlanta menus this month. >> WATERSHED INDULGES PATRONS WITH A FIG MARTINI CONCOCTED FROM AN AGED PORT WINE-AND-FIG REDUCTION MIXED WITH SEAGRAM’S VODKA. 406 WEST PONCE DE LEON AVE., DECATUR 30030. (404) 378-4900; WATERSHEDRESTAURANT.COM >> WISTERIA PLACES FRESH BLACK MISSION FIGS ATOP A PORT WINE TART WITH POINT REYES BLUE CHEESE CRUMBLES. 471 NORTH HIGHLAND AVE. NE, ATLANTA, 30307; (404) 525-3363. WISTERIA-ATLANTA.COM >> TABLE 1280 DISHES UP CIDER-BRAISED PORK BELLY SLIDERS TOPPED WITH CHUNKY BLACK MISSION FIG JAM AND SERVED ON LIGHTLY TOASTED, HOMEMADE BRIOCHE BUNS. 1280 PEACHTREE ST. NE, ATLANTA, 30309; (404) 897-1280. TABLE1280.COM

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ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN’S DRINK MENU SHIFTS ITS FOCUS TO FRESH SEASONAL INGREDIENTS AND HAND CRAFTSMANSHIP TO DELIVER QUALITY COCKTAILS. THE NEW MENU FEATURES LIBATIONS MADE WITH HANDSQUEEZED JUICES, ARTISANAL MIXERS, SELECT BOUTIQUE SPIRITS AND HOUSE-MADE GINGER BEER, GRENADINES AND SYRUPS. 559 DUTCH VALLEY RD., ATLANTA, 30324; (404) 892-4111. ONEMIDTOWNKITCHEN.COM WINE CONNOISSEURS ALL ACROSS GEORGIA (AND ONLY GEORGIA) CAN NOW ORDER MONTALUCE WINERY’S VINTAGES FROM ITS NEW ONLINE STORE. AVAILABLE BY THE BOTTLE OR BY THE CASE, THE BOUNTY OF THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS CAN BE DELIVERED TO YOUR DOORSTEP WITHIN TWO DAYS. 501 HIGHTOWER CHURCH RD,, DAHLONEGA, 30533; (706) 8674060. MONTALUCE.COM THE GRAND BALLROOM AT 103 WEST RECEIVED A MAKEOVER LAST MONTH, ITS ONCE-DARK MAHOGANY AND BURGUNDY COLOR SCHEME REPLACED WITH SOFT NEUTRAL SHADES. A NEW PRE-FUNCTION SPACE AND BAR AREA MAKE IT EVEN MORE INVITING FOR PATRONS. 103 WEST PACES FERRY RD., ATLANTA, 30305; (404) 2335993. 103WEST.COM

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>> DOWNTOWN ATLANTA RESTAURANT WEEK RETURNS FOR ITS FOURTH YEAR, SHOWCASING MANY OF THE CITY’S FINEST DINING ESTABLISHMENTS. THIS YEAR’S EVENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO TWO WEEKS DURING WHICH PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS—INCLUDING 30 TABLES, PEASANT BISTRO AND IL MULINO—WILL FEATURE SPECIAL THREE-COURSE DINNERS FOR $25 TO $35 PER PERSON. RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED. 7/26-8/9. ATLANTADOWNTOWN.COM >> HELP END CHILDHOOD HUNGER AT SHARE OUR STRENGTH’S FOURTH ANNUAL GIVE ME FIVE: FIVE CHEFS AND FIVE SOMMELIERS, WHICH BRINGS CHEFS SUCH AS GARY DONLICK OF BISTRO NIKO AND HECTOR SANTIAGO OF PURA VIDA TOGETHER WITH SOMMELIERS LIKE ARIA’S ANDRES LOAIZA AND CANOE’S MATT BRADFORD FOR A GOURMET EVENING AT THE EAST LAKE GOLF CLUB. THE EVENT INCLUDES A COCKTAIL RECEPTION, SIX-COURSE MEAL WITH WINE PAIRINGS, AS WELL AS LIVE AND SILENT AUCTIONS. 8/22, 5-10 P.M., 2575 ALSTON DR. SE, ATLANTA, 30317; (404) 373-5722; STRENGTH.ORG >> THE SECOND ANNUAL ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATO FESTIVAL RETURNS TO JCT KITCHEN & BAR WITH A MULTITUDE OF TOMATO-INSPIRED DISHES. EXECUTIVE CHEF FORD FRY JOINS DOZENS OF THE SOUTH’S BEST CHEFS, TOMATO FARMERS AND MIXOLOGISTS FOR AN EXTRAVAGANZA FEATURING MUSIC, COCKTAILS AND THE CORONATION OF THE 2010 TOMATO KING AND QUEEN. TICKETS, $50; $45 FOR MEMBERS OF GEORGIA ORGANICS. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT GEORGIA ORGANICS. 8/8, 1-5 P.M., 1198 HOWELL MILL RD., SUITE 18, ATLANTA, 30318; (678) 702-0400. JCTKITCHEN.COM

>> PART OF THE GRANT PARK SUMMER SHADE FESTIVAL, CORKS & FORKS—A FINE FOOD & WINE EVENT RETURNS TO TANTALIZE TASTE BUDS WITH DISHES FROM TOP ATLANTA CHEFS, INCLUDING KEVIN RATHBUN OF RATHBUN’S, HUGH ACHESON OF EMPIRE STATE SOUTH AND SHANE TOUHY OF DOGWOOD RESTAURANT. GUESTS CAN ALSO IMBIBE SOME OF THE COOLEST WINES AND CRAFT BEERS TO HIT THE SHELVES IN 2010. 8/28-8/29, 1-5 P.M., 401 MEMORIAL DR. SE, ATLANTA, 30312; (404) 521-0938. GPCONSERVANCY.ORG

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ing artist Wendy Martin opens at Pryor Fine Art this month. A Colorado native, Martin examines the relationship between humans and nature through large-scale works featuring animal and plant symbolism. Beginning with an under-drawing of graphite, she layers acrylics, glazes and collage elements such as vintage patterns and newspaper stories to create pieces that have depth and brilliance yet still impart an impression of nature in its purest form. 8/5-8/26. (404) 352-8775; pryorfineart.com  Swan Coach House

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John Polites. Using variations of sky over seascapes and marshes, Polites creates a full range of emotions through the color palette and tone of each piece. The Georgia coast, specifically the marshes and beaches of Tybee Island, inspired the paintings. 8/12-9/25. (404) 261-0636; swancoachhouse.com  “My Mother’s Clothes”

by Jeannette Montgomery Barron continues this month at Jackson Fine Art. The artist’s photos document couture pieces from her mother’s wardrobe contrasted against textiles significant to her, such as a worn Persian rug or a tablecloth from a favorite restaurant. The project began as an exercise for her mother’s memory, when she—Atlanta socialite Eleanor Morgan Montgomery Atuk—was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Each photograph is paired with Montgomery Barron’s personal recollections. Through 8/27. (404) 2333739; jacksonfineart.com

full 12 hours of art as the Atlanta Gallery Association once again presents its Citywide Gallery Openings. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., AGA member galleries—as well as select art spaces throughout Atlanta—will welcome visitors for a day of wine, snacks and some of the finest art the city has to oΩer. Guests will also have the chance to enter to win a weekend getaway at Splendor Mountain in Tiger, Georgia. 8/21, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. atlantagalleryassociation.com  Showcasing many budding

talents from around Atlanta, Anne Irwin Fine Art presents its second annual “Emerging Artist Show.” Set to feature paintings by 35 area artists—including Nancy Blum, Bettye Pate and Winston Wiant—the much-anticipated show will be on display for two weeks. 8/20-9/3. (404) 352-1855; anneirwinfineart.com  Art lovers and dog lovers

alike will enjoy “Dog Days of Summer,” a benefit for Adopt A Golden Atlanta. Sponsored by Skyy Vodka, Thirsty Dog Tavern and Simon Meachin, the event will feature fine art, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to adopt a furry friend. Participating galleries include Matre Gallery, Thomas Deans

Fine Art, Pryor Fine Art and Anne Irwin Fine Art, with proceeds benefiting Adopt A Golden Atlanta. $20. 8/27, 5:30-8 p.m. (404) 3645377; adoptagoldenatlanta.com  Get This! Gallery wel-

comes back Harrison Keys for his second solo exhibition, called “Pressure Luck.” Combining his background in street art with his love for drawing, Keys’ work oΩers a glimpse into his unusual world. His classic illustrations on paper pair the psychedelic with the surreal while drawing on inspirations from graΩiti and public art. Through 9/24. (678) 596-4451; getthisgallery.com  Opening this month at

Whitespace is “Not Biodegradable,” an exhibition featuring plastic or petroleum-based products that explores the creative limits of the chosen materials. Artists Allison Foshee, Jon Rajkovich, Mireille Vautier, Mery Lynn McCorkle, David Grant and Shirley Tse exude a playfulness in their work through the mindful application of color—or lack thereof—and dedication to their materials. From embroidery-embellished plastic bags of Vautier to the rubber latex sculptures by Grant, the exhibition highlights the misuse of plastic and petroleum products in culture. 8/6-9/4. (404) 688-1892; whitespace814.com

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to feature vibrant acrylics by Trevor, sculptures by Susie Chisholm, colorful abstracts by Martica GriΩin, photobased mixed-media works by Mike Weber and energetic abstracts by Jacqueline Weyman this month. Stop by the gallery on August 5 for an old-fashioned Sip ‘N’ See, where patrons can cool down with a drink as new works from up-and-coming artists are unveiled. 8/5. (404) 351-1737; austinhillart.com  The first Friday of August

brings the return of Marietta Square’s Art Walk, featuring more than 30 galleries, museums, restaurants and boutiques. Participating galleries include dk Gallery, showing mixed media works by artists such as Aviva Stern, Lance Carlson and Allison McElroy as well as live music by the Bill VanDyke Jazz Ensemble. Also on tap are Avisca Fine Art, showing works by Skip Hall, and the Marietta Museum of History, which will feature photography by Amanda Canup. 8/6, 6-9 p.m. artwalkmarietta.com

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debuts the first major exhibit to examine the last half of Salvador Dalí’s career with “Salvador Dalí: The Late Work.” Comprising more

than 40 paintings plus a related group of drawings and prints, the collection is a survey of the artist’s fascination with science, optical eΩects and illusionism as well as his connections with other famous artists and celebrities, such as Andy Warhol and Alice Cooper. Many of his late works, following his conversion to Catholicism in the 1940s, combine religious iconography with modern science. The highlight of the exhibit—and one of Dalí’s most famous images—is “Christ of St. John of the Cross,” which portrays a crucified Christ from a high angle looking down. 8/7-1/9. (404) 733-4444; high.org  Opening later this month,

the Carlos Museum at Emory will host “Islamic Calligraphy and the Qur’an,” featuring more than 150 objects celebrating the esteemed Islamic art of calligraphy. “Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600-1900” is a comprehensive overview of the practice of calligraphy from the 17th through the 19th centuries with objects from Iran, Turkey and India that exemplify fine craftsmanship and exquisite design. “Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur’an” is a selection of folios from now-dispersed Qur’ans from distinct cultural areas, ranging from Spain and North Africa to Iran. 8/28-12/5. (404) 727-4282; carlos.emory.edu

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Miracles Happen IX March 27, 2010 Presented by Chastain Horse Park & The Fish Hawk Miracles Happen, a unique black-tie and blue jean event, featured an elegant seated dinner by Dennis Dean, A Catering Company, outstanding live and silent auctions, and beautiful equestrian presentations by both the therapeutic program students and Chastain’s junior hunters. Proceeds benefit Chastain Horse Park’s therapeutic program for students of all ages with disabilities, children-at-risk, and injured servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan through its Horses for Heroes program. Miracles Happen has grown to become the most important fundraising event for Chastain Horse Park. In 2008, Chastain Horse Park provided more than 8,200 Therapeutic Riding Lessons for students in need. EVENT COORDINATION, DENNIS DEAN, A CATERING COMPANY | TENT BY PEACHTREE TENTS AND EVENTS HOSTESS OF EVENTS: KAEDY KIELY | MUSICAL PERFORMER: C’QUINZ ENTERTAINMENT PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN WINECOFF

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The Cashiers Historical Society Presents the Thirteenth Annual

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THE WHISPER FADE COTTAGE A project of Mckee Development, developers of Wade Hampton Golf Club. McKee Properties is a premier real estate specialist for fine mountain properties serving the Cashiers area for more than 30 years. Contact us for your interest in the Highlands-Cashiers area.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 WHISPER FADE Wade Hampton Golf Club | Cashiers, North Carolina THEME

“Designed With a View”

VAN SHUTTLE PARKING Cashiers United Methodist Church 894 Highway 107 South Cashiers, North Carolina 28717

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GRANT RECIPIENT Cashiers Valley Community Council

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Available at the Showhouse General Admission: $25 Community Appreciation Day: Wednesday, September 1 To order tickets in advance, call (828) 743-7710 For further information, visit cashiershistoricalsociety.org

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Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, 1– 4 p.m. Community Appreciation Day, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

PREVIEW PATRON PARTY Friday, August 20 Catering by Lee Epting, Athens, Georgia Chef Doug Sampey, Wade Hampton Golf Club Entertainment by Anita (Anita Brown and band)

THE SHOWHOUSE CAFÉ 107

Charlie Clabern, chef and owner of Café 107, will serve his delicious lunches featuring a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches. The same wonderful food served in the village will be made fresh on site and every day will feature different selections.

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THE 2010 SHOWHOUSE COMMITTEE SHOWHOUSE HONORARY CHAIRS: Sue & Tom Fazio SHOWHOUSE CHAIRS: Susie & Denny Goode CASHIERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY CHAIR: Darla McBurney CASHIERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY LIAISON: Alice Scanlon

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2010 GRANT RECIPIENT: Cashiers Valley Community Council – Sandy Hardy, President COMMUNITY APPRECIATION DAY: Sandy Hardy CONTRACTS & INSURANCE: Arlene Hendrix & Lindsay Builder DESIGN COORDINATOR: Nancy Pankey FINANCE: Debbie Bennett HISTORY: William McKee & Jane Nardy LUNCH: Joanie Michaels MEDIA SPONSOR: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles MERCHANTS’ MARKET: Robin Ashmore & John Stanger PATRON PARTY: Alice Stanly & Ann Summers PATRON PARTY AUCTION: Lana & Tommy Valenta PHOTOGRAPHY: Liz Harris, Carol Higginbotham, Gil Stose & Ned Turnbull POSTERS & BANNERS: Lynn Dicks & Suzi Hindman PRINTING: Fran Parmelee PROGRAM: Nancy Wilkinson PR & ADVERTISING: Alice Scanlon, Jeff Alt, & Suzanne Bloom SHOWHOUSE SHOPS: Nella Gatewood, Sally & Mid Parker, Ginny Rice, Rosemary Smith SPECIAL EVENTS: Lynn Wirth, Connie Dimling, Brenda Flautt, Alicia Rhame, Gail Thompson SPONSORS: Denny Goode & Dave Dimling STAFF: Tim Osment, Executive Director of CHS & Mendy Queen, Administrative Assistant TICKETING & PROGRAM ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Mendy Queen & Arlene Hendrix TRANSPORTATION: Sandy Hardy & Mark Jones VOLUNTEERS: Margaret Kaminer & Elaine Hunt

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SHOWHOUSE SHOPS

Located at WHISPER FADE | Wade Hampton Golf Club Treat yourself to a treasure or get a jump on early Christmas gifts to delight that hard-to-please relative! Stop by the unique Showhouse Shops.

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From London and the countryside, English oak and pine pieces, porcelain tureens, bamboo tables, tole trays and oak floor lamps. LOOT Sally & Mid Parker Special collection of transferware porcelain produced in small villages north of London. Exquisite sterling jewelry, both old and new. LITTLE THINGS ANTIQUES Rosemary Smith Unique “smalls,” including glass vases, illustrated books, platters and unusual boxes. And new this year: larger accessories. VIRGINIA RICE DESIGNS

Custom made jewelry using 14k gold fill and sterling silver with semi-precious stones and freshwater pearls.

MERCHANTS’ TENT Zachary-Tolbert House Highway 107 South | Cashiers, North Carolina

Ever wish that the great shops in Cashiers were all in one location? Look no further than the Merchants’ Tent, where you will find convenient one-stop shopping. Here’s a glimpse of what will be available: BEAR PAW

Exotic cowhide handbags with matching luggage BOUNDS CAVE

Antique Oushak carpets circa 1900 MALLEY’S COTTAGE

Cashiers hostess gifts, custom monogramming MONDAYS HOUSE OF DESIGN

Artwork framed in old lumber NOW & THEN CONSIGNMENT GALLERY

Golf club coat rack REBECCA’S NATURAL GARDENS

Shade plants, mountain bouquets RYAN & COMPANY

Select antiques and collectibles THE CONSIGNMENT MARKET

Lamps, furniture, accessories THE DECORATIVE TOUCH

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19-century wine bottles and grape baskets SPECIALTY BOOKS

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On Sunday, November 24, 1996, at 12 p.m. in the historic Hanks House, the newly formed Cashiers Historical Society Inc. held its premiere event—a Champagne brunch. The reservations were limited to 35 people and the cost was $100 per person. A small core group had already met and elected the society’s first officers. Attending were representatives of many of Cashiers’ oldest families, who shared stories of the area’s early days. Ann McKee Austin discussed future plans for the group—identifying and restoring historically significant buildings in Cashiers, sponsoring lectures and walking tours and supporting educational projects in the local schools. During the year following the formation of the Cashiers Historical Society, Tom and Wendy Dowden purchased the Zachary-Tolbert House and soon donated it to the Society with the stipulation that the old house would be stabilized, followed by carefully managed restoration. Eager volunteers with expertise in varied historical fields stepped forward and were generous with their time and their funding. The National Register of Historic Places was presented with an application and the Zachary-Tolbert House was added to the prestigious list. The Plain-style furniture found throughout the house—made by the original builder, Mordecai Zachary—was identified as a one-of-a-kind collection and additional acreage was added to the site. School children from around Jackson County gather on the grounds annually for a “Founder’s Day” program. An annual Designer Showhouse, which has proven to be wildly popular, provides important funding and two seasonal history tours called “Rambles” are offered. A yearly “Village Heritage Award” was established, which encourages the preserving and restoring of our older buildings. To date, a large parking lot and the construction of the “Dowden Pavilion” have been completed. Archeological digs in the vicinity of the house have turned up surprising artifacts from the early years of Mordecai Zachary’s residence in the 1840s and 1850s, as well as rare evidence of the ancient presence of prehistoric man. Each spring, the Society sponsors an academic symposium that runs for several days. As of 2010, this vibrant historical society boasts more than 400 members, has recently finished the restoration of the detached kitchen dependency and continues to provide tours of the Zachary-Tolbert House and the wonderful walking trails around the property. Fourteen years after that TOP TO BOTTOM: Former board member Beth Jones shares teacakes and canning Champagne brunch on a cold November day, the Cashiers expertise at the 2010 Southern Heritage Food Symposium. The Zachary-Tolbert Historical Society is alive and well and flourishing in the House and recently restored kitchen dependency. Board member Betty Smoak welcomes children to the Zachary-Tolbert House for Founders’ Day. 21st century.

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Cashiers Valley Community Center In the mid-1950s, the families of the small village of Cashiers, North Carolina, came together to purchase land and construct a community gathering space and sports gymnasium. The work force was all volunteers, and the money for construction was raised through beneďŹ t square dances, turkey shoots, ďŹ sh fries, donations of building materials and pledges. This became the Cashiers Valley Community Center. Since that time, the ongoing efforts of this founding group have grown to include the original Center and 17 acres of land on which reside the Cashiers-Glenville volunteer ďŹ re department, public tennis courts, ball ďŹ elds, a swimming pool, the Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry, Farmers’ Market, Senior CafĂŠ, Cashiers Thrift Shop and Hampton School pre-school. In the past, funds received through the Council’s partnership with the Cashiers Historical Society Inc. during the annual Designer Showhouse have been used for community outreach. Aging at more than 50 years, the Community Center continues to be the nucleus of village life for many residents by hosting meetings and parties, athletic practices, reunions, special events and festivals. Proceeds from the 2010 Showhouse are committed to honor those original families who joined together with a common purpose to ensure that the center continues as a community gathering place. The Showhouse Chairs thank the CVCC for its dedication of time and manpower to our event. The CVCC volunteers provide transportation for all patrons and oversee the tours of the Showhouse throughout its run.

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Suzanne Kasler is inspired. She used to be Atlanta’s little secret, but now she is internationally acclaimed. Kasler has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, House & Garden, Southern Accents, Veranda, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and, most recently, was named to Elle Decor’s A List, placing her among the design elite. Kasler brings Southern charm, European sensibility and a respect for architectural details to her interiors. Her work showcases blue chip furniture used as sculpture, and her spaces reect a serene balance of luxury and relaxation. “A room should be collected, not decorated,â€? says Kasler. Her keen sense of meaningful interiors guided her launch of signature licensed product lines in fabrics, furniture and lighting. There and everywhere, Kasler pays attention to intricate details with a deft use of couture-like ďŹ nishes and an artful sense of sublime color selections. Kasler headlines the 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse™ as a designer, keynote speaker and as the author of her ďŹ rst book, Inspired Interiors. A wealth of imaginative design ideas can be found in her book, which is available for purchase at the end of the lecture.

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AT WADE HAMPTON GOLF CLUB The Cashiers Historical Society Inc. is proud to present “Whisper Fade,” a stunning mountain home at Wade Hampton Golf Club, and host site of the 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse. With a spectacular view of Whiteside Mountain from many rooms, the home sits on a gentle promontory near Wade Hampton’s 10th hole. The five-bedroom home, a project of McKee Development Construction Management Division, was designed by Travis Mileti of Mountainworks and built by R. J. Ward & Company. Mountainworks is known for a mountain vernacular style that liberally incorporates specially selected mountain materials of native stone and wood into their most livable designs. A large open great room with a massive stone fireplace, spacious chef ’s kitchen and screened porch with outdoor fireplace are some of its outstanding features. The home is certified through both the Earthcraft green building program and the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program. Whisper Fade features a modern, energy-efficient building envelope and a focus on high indoor air quality. These improvements provide greater comfort, lower annual utility costs and increased durability. Wade Hampton Golf Club is widely recognized as one of master golf course architect Tom Fazio’s finest works. Named for the legendary Civil War hero General Wade Hampton III (whose summer estate included this property), it was developed by A. William McKee and Ann McKee Austin on family land in the 1980s. The course opened to instant acclaim when it was named Golf Digest’s Best New Private Course in 1987. The course has continued to solidify its reputation as one of the finest mountain golf courses in the

country (many say the world), and is currently ranked 17th on the Golf Digest Top 100 List and No. 1 in the state of North Carolina. It is highly rated on virtually every other golf course ranking. The gentle topography of the land—backdropped by dramatic mountain views of Chimneytop, Rock and Whiteside Mountains— resulted in a Fazio design of exceptional natural beauty that is everchallenging for the low handicap golfer, but enjoyable for players at all levels. The surrounding residential community also set a new standard of excellence for mountain development. Homes are subordinated to the setting and roads are narrow and winding. Natural landscaping is encouraged. Views from the golf course are fiercely protected, and a vigilant architectural review program guarantees that homes are hidden from golfers’ views whenever possible. Several holes, including 9 and 18, have no development on either side of the fairway. Wade Hampton differs from other clubs in the area in that it is a golf club, not a country club. However, there is an increasing focus on the family at Wade Hampton. Throughout the season, the spacious clubhouse is a popular gathering spot for fine dining and member activities. Other amenities include tennis, croquet, hiking and mountain climbing. Upscale boutiques and outdoor adventure shops can also be found nearby. The nearby village of Cashiers has long been a quiet getaway for generations of Southern families drawn here by the cool summer temperatures and low-key, understated lifestyle.

WHAT’S NEW

AT THE CASHIERS HISTORICAL SOCIETY? Thanks to the ongoing support of the Cashiers Designer Showhouse™, the Cashiers Historical Society Inc. has made tremendous strides in its short history. It is widely recognized as one of the most successful non-profit organizations in Western North Carolina, and is an active partner with preservation organizations throughout the region. Founded in 1996, the CHS focused initially on acquiring and restoring the historic 1850s Zachary-Tolbert House. The House and five-acre site are now a lively House Museum, with an active docent program for visitors and a full schedule of activities for the community and area school children. Staff offices, restrooms, a catering kitchen and open gathering space are included in the Dowden Pavilion, dedicated to Tom and Wendy Dowden who made the initial donation of the ZacharyTolbert House to the fledgling Society. Last year, restoration of the Kitchen Dependency was completed, containing meeting space as well as the original Tolbert kitchen, now being curated to open later this year.

In recent years, the group has expanded its mission to take a leadership role in preserving the heritage character of the village of Cashiers. Through its ongoing sponsorship of the Mountain Landscapes Initiative Program and the resulting Cashiers Village Council, the group is working with community leaders to “Keep Cashiers, Cashiers” as the town continues to grow. The newly-formed “Places and Faces” initiative is coordinating efforts to begin an oral history project, conduct a historic sites inventory and promote a historic highway corridor preservation program. “We are so proud of the reputation and ongoing success of the Cashiers Designer Showhouse,” commented Cashiers Historical Society Board Chairman, Darla McBurney. “It has given us the resources to accomplish great things. We are so grateful to the hard-working volunteers who make it happen every year and to the visitors who come from far and wide to see what’s new in the best of mountain design.” For more information and to join the Cashiers Historical Society Inc., visit cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

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Lynn Monday, designer | 790 Hwy 107 South, Cashiers, NC 28717 phone 828 743-2094 | fax 828 743-6103 | lynnceleste@nctv.com | www.mondayshouseofdesign.com

DESIGNER BIOS Gallery A COUNTRY HOME Eddie Alvarez & George Oliver Highlands, North Carolina

OUR DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS... Casual, classic, cool. THE KEY ELEMENT IN OUR DESIGNS ARE... Comfort and style. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT... Warmth and charm. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO... Change out lampshades and fabrics and add a fresh coat of paint. BIOGRAPHY George Oliver and Eddie Alvarez have been working in the design field for more than 30 years. In 1989, they opened A Country Home Antiques, located midway between Cashiers and Highlands. The shop offers an exciting collection of antiques and accessories from around the world as well as being the exclusive dealer of Hickory Chair furniture for the area. Their interiors are based on each client’s individual needs along with the architecture of the space. In their designs, Oliver and Alvarez incorporate antiques, vintage and contemporary furniture in keeping with today’s current trends. Their recent projects have included an upscale condominium lobby in Miami, as well as an urban London flat overlooking the Thames River. Currently they are working on projects in Atlanta, Highlands and Cashiers. This is the ninth year they have participated in the Showhouse. 5162 Cashiers Rd., Highlands, North Carolina 28741. (828) 526-9038

appealing, but also create a sense of bliss. We also try to make the design process comfortable for our clients by listening and incorporating their ideas. THE KEY ELEMENT IN OUR DESIGN IS… Great fabrics. Many mountain homes have interior wood walls, stone fireplaces and more. Using fabric to soften all of those hard surfaces truly adds warmth, color and comfort. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT… A great exterior living space. Because more furniture and fabrics are designed to be used outdoors, we love creating exterior spaces that are an extension of the home’s interior. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO… Change out interior fabrics. You can go big and reupholster furniture, change out window treatments or just bring in new pillows. Many of our clients like having two sets of window treatments and pillows that they can change out with the seasons. It’s amazing what new fabrics can do for a room that looks tired. BIOGRAPHY Mountain House Home Furnishings was opened by Audrey Wood in Cashiers in 2006, and after a successful year in retail, Audrey was joined by Cheryl Benitez to establish Mountain House Interiors, the design arm of Mountain House Home Furnishings. With design clients in North and South Carolina, they never tire of “seeing the look on a client’s face when they return to their home after we have done our job. There is satisfaction in knowing you have had a part in making a house a home.” 124 Highway 107 S, Cashiers, North Carolina 28717. (828) 743-1000

Guest Bedroom & Bath SHANNON BERREY DESIGNS Shannon Berrey Sylva, North Carolina

Keeping Room MOUNTAIN HOUSE INTERIORS Cheryl Benitez & Audrey Wood Cashiers, North Carolina

OUR DESIGN STYLE CAN BEST BE DESCRIBED AS… Comfortable. Your home should be a refuge, a nest. Whether it’s a vacation home or a full-time residence, your surroundings should be visually

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS... A bit of a contradiction! I really hesitate to define myself by one certain look. I love classic, but need to interject with modern fabrics and art. I am a true believer in being respectful of the architecture and designing accordingly, but one thing that is always consistent in my designs is my desire for a truly comfortable space—one that functions as beautifully as it looks. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGNS IS... Lighting. Correct lighting is so necessary in achieving a warm, inviting space. It can have a huge impact on the success of a space. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT... Hydrangeas, ferns and a big yellow lab! THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO... Paint it. Not only is it the best way, but the easiest on the pocketbook. Cashiers Designer Showhouse

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DESIGNER BIOS BIOGRAPHY Shannon Berrey’s affinity for art and design and her love of fabrics resulted in degrees in apparel and textile design as well as interior design. Berrey joined Centex Destination Properties in 2005, where she was the on-site designer for the completion of the multi-million dollar clubhouse, as well as a condominium project at Bear Lake Reserve, a resort in Cashiers, North Carolina. After the completion of the resort, Berrey accepted and completed many design projects with Yesterday’s Tree, a high-end furniture store in Asheville. In 2008, she decided to partner with the company by opening a satellite store that also housed her interior design business, Shannon Berrey Designs, in downtown Sylva. Her design projects include private residences, show houses and model homes, plus commercial and hospitality projects. Along with her design skills, Berrey is also passionate about antiques, art, renovating and gardening. She has accepted commissions to paint murals and portraits, and perform faux finishing as well as furniture face-lifts. 486 West Main Street, Sylva, North Carolina 28779. (828) 586-6130; shannonberrey.com

ent of more than 20 American Society of Interior Design (ASID) “Design in Excellence” awards, he has served as a board member of the Georgia chapter and been awarded the President’s award. He is also the recipient of the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s 2006 Southeastern Residential Designer of the Year award. 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite A5B, Atlanta 30305. (404) 917-1333; robertbrowninteriordesign.com

Drawing Room Bath NORA & CO. Nora Butler Cashiers, North Carolina

Master Suite ROBERT BROWN INTERIOR DESIGN Bob Brown Atlanta, Georgia

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS… Modern traditional. We love taking historical references and translating them into today’s way of living. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGNS IS… A clever mix of styles and periods. Whether they be a contemporary painting over an antique chest or traditional chair upholstered in a modern fabric, there is no better way to freshen up an interior. NO MOUNTAIN HOUSE SHOULD BE WITHOUT… Comfort. We must never forget about the functionality of a space. It is equally as important as the visual beauty. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO… Edit/declutter. Nothing can look more dated than a space that has been overworked and over-designed.

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS... A fusion of traditional, contemporary and the unique, punctuated with personal effects. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGNS IS... Comfort. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT... A touch of whimsy... hopefully a reflection of oneself or one’s experiences. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO... Change the attitude of the room. Add light slipcovers during the warmer summer months for a more relaxed feel. Changing accent pillows seasonally keeps the room fresh. BIOGRAPHY Originally from Atlanta, Nora Butler moved to Cashiers, North Carolina permanently seven years ago when she opened her store, Nora & Co., which specializes in home accessories. Although not formally trained in interior design, her keen sense of style can be seen throughout her store, which she fills with things she loves. 40 Village Walk Way, Cashiers, North Carolina 28717. (828) 743-1040

BIOGRAPHY Brown is the owner and principle of Robert Brown Interior Design. After nearly two decades in the fashion industry, where he was vice president of design and marketing for Hartwell Industries, Brown launched his career in interior design. His projects include private residences, show houses, historic homes and multi-family dwellings. He has also designed country club and commercial interiors. Brown has recently announced the launch of a furniture collection for Holland & Company/MacRae. A recipiCashiers Designer Showhouse

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Relax, Live, Enjoy with Fletcher & Lee Design Services In business over 20 years in Highlands with many projects throughout the Southeast. -Featured in national magazines. -Participants in several designer showhouses.

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DESIGNER BIOS Powder Room D’Estes Antiques Dianne Estes Cashiers, North Carolina

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS… Casual chic, inviting and comfortable, with a bit of formality, perhaps a silver vase or tray and always some item that is worn, a surprise, something unexpected and perhaps whimsical. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGNS IS… A blend of antiques and personal collections, with unexpected items thrown into the mix. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT… An outside room, covered, if possible, and screened with a fireplace and decorated to bring the inside out. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS… To clean out the unnecessary, outdated items, add paint, new lighting and statement accessories; also add fabulous flowers and plants. Shop your home and move items from other rooms to create a fresh look.

homes should reflect that. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT… A great porch on which to entertain. The outdoors and entertaining go hand in hand here. Your porch should be another living area. Outdoor fireplaces, comfortable wicker furniture and accessories allow you to enjoy outdoor living throughout the season and late into the fall. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM WOULD BE… To repaint. A new wall color often wakes up a room. If painting isn’t an option, new upholstery, pillows, window treatments and accessories can freshen a room. BIOGRAPHY Debra Green relocated to the mountains of North Carolina from upstate New York in 1982 with a degree in interior design from Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, New York. After working in the area as a designer for several years, she opened English-Green Interiors in 1998. The shop has continued to grow and evolve to service clients in the community. The shop and Green’s designs have enjoyed local and regional recognition, including publication in Laurel, Views, WNC Magazine and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, among others. She is an eight-time participant in the Cashiers Designer Showhouse. Debra recently moved her offices to a new location in Old Cashiers Square. 16 Old Cashiers Square, Suite B, Cashiers, North Carolina, 28717. (828) 743-6301; English-green.com

Bedroom Closet VIVACE & VIVACE WOMEN Linda Hall Highlands, North Carolina

BIOGRAPHY Dianne Estes has been in the antiques business since 1972. In 2005, she opened a shop in Cashiers, and in the years since, she has traveled to Europe several times a year in search of treasures. Estes believes that “antiques and found objects are the ultimate recycled pieces.” 113 US Highway 64 W, Cashiers, North Carolina 28717. (828) 743-5632

Middle Bathroom ENGLISH-GREEN INTERIORS Debra Green Cashiers, North Carolina

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS… Traditional with a nod to whimsy. I like to use the colors of nature and clean lines. THE KEY ELEMENT IS MY DESIGNS IS… Comfort and practicality. I believe good design makes a house a home. We live in the mountains to relax and be happy in a simplified lifestyle. Our

OUR CLOTHING STYLE CAN BEST BE DESCRIBED AS... Upscale, casual sportswear and clothes for after 5:00. THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES IN A WARDROBE ARE... Classic pants and tops that can be accessorized to fit any occasion. NO CLOSET SHOULD BE WITHOUT... Our classic Fabrizio Gianni pants and Paul Mayer shoes. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A WARDROBE IS... Trendy accessories, jewelry, hand bags and scarves. BIOGRAPHY Alabama native and University of Alabama graduate Linda Hall moved to Cashiers a short six years ago to retire. Instead, her energy and 20 years of retail experience led her to open Vivace and Vivace Women, offering distinctive style to women sizes 0 to 26. When not in her shops (you can always recognize her in an array of Krista Larsen shirting), Hall can be found in her garden or with her grandson. 230 South Fourth Street, Highlands, North Carolina 28741. (828) 526-1880 Cashiers Designer Showhouse

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DESIGNER BIOS Middle Bedroom FRANCIE HARGROVE INTERIOR DESIGN Francie Hargrove Cashiers, North Carolina

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS... Classic and comfortable. I adore great upholstery with timeless fabrics. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGN IS… Lots of great pillows, a floor lamp in every room (especially beside a favorite chair), beds adorned in crisp white or ivory bedding (cannot forget the monogram) and a well-placed art collection. NO MOUNTAIN HOUSE SHOULD BE WITHOUT… A fabulous covered porch. Porches are extended living spaces and are enjoyed rain or shine. BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS… By changing out lampshades... it does wonders. BIOGRAPHY Georgia native Francie Hargrove graduated from Brenau College with a fine arts degree in interior design and historic preservation, first putting it to work in Atlanta at Brunschwig & Fils and then apprenticing with Bettye Fincher Interiors in Atlanta and Naples. Since establishing her own firm in 1995, Hargrove has tackled residential projects from New England to the Gulf Coast of Florida, while her commercial work has included the iconic New Perry Hotel as well as renovations and adaptations of historical buildings throughout Georgia. Hargrove has a specialty retail shop and interior design boutique in Cashiers across from Cornucopia Restaurant. 545 Highway 107 South, Cashiers, North Carolina 28717. (828) 743-1700 or (478) 256-8088

THE KEY ELEMENT IN OUR DESIGNS IS… Comfort. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT… A picnic basket. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO… Buy new throw pillows and fill a pitcher with fresh mountain laurel. BIOGRAPHY Marjorie Johnston & Co. is a design collaboration of mother-and-daughter duo Marjorie Johnston and Wendy Barze. Located in a small storefront in Mountain Brook Village in Birmingham, Alabama, they offer a variety of services: renovation and construction collaboration, decorating and interior design, space and furniture planning and entertaining and styling. Their aesthetic philosophy incorporates fine antiques, modern twists, lush fabrics and affordable details. They offer 25 years of experience and a team of six to make their clients’ homes reflective of their personal style. Southern Accents, Birmingham Home & Garden and Pinnacle Living have featured their work. 2710 Culver Rd., Birmingham, Alabama 35223. (205) 414-7860; mhjinteriors.com

Living room SUZANNE KASLER INTERIORS Suzanne Kasler Atlanta, Georgia

MARJORIE JOHNSTON & CO. Marjorie Johnston and Wendy Barze Birmingham, Alabama

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS… A fresh mix of continental flavor and classic style that seamlessly bridges American and European sensibilities. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGNS IS… Architectural detail. For me, I feel my responsibility as a designer is to create a space that both frames and highlights the architecture. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT… A fabulous fireplace. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO… Edit. Clear out a room and start again with your favorite piece; then, build the room from there.

OUR DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS… Classicism with a twist.

BIOGRAPHY Suzanne Kasler is the principal of Suzanne Kasler Interiors, a high-end residential interior design firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. With a staff of 10, Kasler works closely with clients and architects to incorporate a practical sensibility into spaces to create an environment that reflects the client’s personality and lifestyle. Her interiors possess a timeless quality and comfortable sophistication by blending art, antiques, contemporary pieces and custom-designed furniture. The classic elegance of Suzanne Kasler’s work places her among the elite of America’s top interior designers. She was named one of House & Garden’s “50 Tastemakers of

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DESIGNER BIOS 2006” and one of the top 100 designers by House Beautiful. She was recognized as Southeast Designer of the Year and commissioned to design the Southern Accents Showcase Showhouse. Elle Décor recently named her to their A-List: 30 Designers We Love. In 2008, Kasler launched a line of furniture for Hickory Chair, along with a collection of lighting for Visual Comfort. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Harvard’s Program for Continuing Professional Education. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 21B, Atlanta 30305. (404) 355-1035; suzannekasler.com

Flower Arranging/Potting Shed/ Laundry Room FIDDLEHEAD DESIGNS Sandy Linebaugh Cashiers, North Carolina

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS ... Mountain elegant. This is achieved through the use of elements both floral and textural, beautiful and rustic, arranged in a way that is at the same time natural, yet intentional. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGNS IS ... The colors of nature and combining those colors to complement any interior. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT... Orchids. The orchid plant is elegant, natural and easily cared for. We are all too busy out having fun in the mountains to spend too much time caring for plants. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE/REFRESH A TABLE FOR GUESTS IS TO… Cover the table with a gorgeous, colorful linen table cloth. Theme your event or choose a color family and a linen to coordinate and set the tone. Add candles and beautiful garden flowers to complete the look. Have fun! BIOGRAPHY Sandy Linebaugh received her early training in floral design in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Since moving to the mountains, she has expanded her business into a full-service flower shop specializing in weddings, special events and house parties. After a wonderful response from the community, Fiddlehead Designs is blooming and growing—with promising years to come. 25 Burns Street, Suite 2, Cashiers, North Carolina 28717. (828) 743-5362

Open Deck FLETCHER & LEE Edwin Lusk & David Paterson Highlands, North Carolina

OUR DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS… Traditional with a flair. THE KEY ELEMENT TO OUR DESIGN IS… Mixing antiques with new pieces, giving history to a room and making the room a warm and comfortable place. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT... “Fletcher and Lee” to make it a comfortable and inviting space. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO… Change out accent pillows, paint color and accessories. BIOGRAPHY Edwin Lusk and David Paterson, owners and designers for Fletcher and Lee Antiques & Interior Design, have been in business for more than 20 years in Highlands, North Carolina. They have traveled around the country making peoples’ environments a place to relax, live well and enjoy. The design firm has been featured in national publications and has participated in many showhouses. 417 South 4th St., Highlands, North Carolina 28741. (828) 526-5400

Sitting Room MONDAY’S HOUSE OF DESIGN Lynn Monday Cashiers, North Carolina

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS… Classic with an edge. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGNS IS… Color and space. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT… A porch with a view. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO… Paint and change the accessories. BIOGRAPHY Designing both residential and commercial interiors Cashiers Designer Showhouse

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DESIGNER BIOS for nearly 30 years, Lynn Monday has amassed a large clientele of both part-time and full-time Cashiers residents. Her unique style has been featured in Southern Living and Romantic Homes, as well as nationally published books Rustic Revisited and Spectacular Homes. Monday’s House of Design is a full-service design studio specializing in classic interiors. Additionally, she stages homes and consults on new and remodeled construction. 790 Highway 107 S, Cashiers, North Carolina 28717. (828) 743-2094; mondayshouseofdesign.com

Drawing Room PEACE DESIGN William Peace Atlanta, Georgia

Exterior Entry Courtyard OAKLEAF FLOWER & GARDEN Kirk Moore & Don Fry Highlands, North Carolina

MY LANDSCAPE DESIGN CAN BE DESCRIBED AS… Classic mountain casual. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGNS IS… Unusual containers, comfortable, fashion-forward seating and unique plant combinations. NO MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE SHOULD BE WITHOUT… A chocolate lab and a Frisbee. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A GARDEN IS TO… Modify color, update ornaments and always view the garden through windows for perspective. BIOGRAPHY Oakleaf in Highlands is the source of all things botanical… rare herbs and perennials, fresh flowers, signature containers, listed garden art and antique ornaments—all requisites for the well-appointed garden. In 2008, Moore and Fry began a relationship as intermediary for all floral and garden event styling at Highlands’ Old Edwards Inn & Spa. Their eponymous shop on 4th Street in Highlands is the go-to place for anything garden and floral. Garden designer and historian Kirk Moore has worked on significant projects for Colonial Williamsburg, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Historic Savannah Foundation and countless private clients. For 20 years, he and partner Don Fry have developed botanically inspired collections for major retailers, among them Smith & Hawken, Saks Fifth Avenue and Takashimaya. 133 South 4th Street, Highlands, North Carolina 28741. (828) 526-8000

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS… Reflective of the family and the environment. I am inspired by nature and the aspirations of my client, whether it’s a retreat in the mountains, a beach house or a sophisticated urban dwelling. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGNS IS… Creating an environment through rich textures, lasting materials and extreme comfort. I believe an interior can be timeless and classic with elements that let the owner’s personality, art and collections enhance their home. NO MOUNTAIN HOUSE SHOULD BE WITHOUT… The natural materials that draw one to the mountains: the warmth of a roaring fire in a stone fireplace, the reclaimed materials used in a rustic wood library or the perfect aged leather chair that always calls you back. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO… First recognize what you love about the space and then decide what is missing. Through the process of thoughtful examination, you can begin to decide how you want to renew the space and the energy it provides you. It can be as simple as adding new artwork or reupholstering the sofa to bring it to life. BIOGRAPHY A leading force in the interior design community for more than 25 years, William Peace, ASID, is known for his sophisticated, approachable interiors that are clearly defined. Founder of Peace Design, a full-service interior design firm with offices in Atlanta and Bozeman, Peace has created interiors for signature residences, destination restaurants, museums and select showrooms throughout the country. His timeless, classic interiors have been featured in the pages of Veranda, Architectural Digest, Western Interiors and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Most recently, Peace’s work has been featured in a new book, Ranches of the American West. He has also been a frequent guest on radio and television interior design programs. Peace is the recipient of numerous national and regional awards including the prestigious National ASID Project award for residential interiors and the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s Southeast Designer of the Year. 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite C2, Atlanta 30305. (404) 237-8681; peacedesign.org

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DESIGNER BIOS Screened Porch RUSTICKS Ann Sherrill Cashiers, North Carolina

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS… Eclectic, casual, yet sophisticated with a mountain flavor. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGNS IS… Comfortable seating areas. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT… A screened porch. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO… Freshen the paint and get new throw pillows. BIOGRAPHY Ann and Rody Sherrill opened Rusticks in August of 1992 in a small space above Tim Greene & Associates Architectural Design in Cashiers, North Carolina. The focus at that time was handcrafted willow, hickory and cedar furniture. The business grew each year, changing and evolving steadily to a much wider focus and large inventory of all things needed for a mountain home. The venue changed as well, to three buildings on Cashiers Lake. The handcrafted motif is still an important part of Rusticks, but with lines of upholstered furniture, fine reproductions, Turkish rugs, European antiques and a wide range of exceptional accessories and gifts added to the mix. Ann explains that she received on-the-job training through trial and error, determination and instinct. 32 Canoe Point, Highway 107 S, Cashiers, North Carolina 28717. (828) 743-3172; rusticks.com

Stairs Hallway – Main Level INTO THE WOODS HOME INTERIORS Rita Waters & Matthew Ward Cashiers, NC

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS… Sophisticated mountain, from traditional to contemporary. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGNS IS… Color.

NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT… Draperies. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO… Paint and accessorize. BIOGRAPHY Matthew Ward’s Into the Woods Home Interiors is a full-service interior design studio and retail home furnishings store. The business offers in-home consultations, custom window treatments, reupholstery services, bedding, furniture, accessories, rugs and an extensive lighting collection. “We listen carefully to understand what our client’s needs and dreams are, and then develop a look to complement that vision,” explains Ward. The process is aided by Ward’s 23 years of design and custom window treatment experience. Into the Woods Home Interiors also offers the talents of Rita Waters, a designer with 25 years experience. If you want a different look without the expense, Ward and Waters can rearrange your accessories and furniture. For those who are selling their homes, Into the Woods also offers a home staging service to increase your home’s appeal to potential buyers. 976 Highway 64 E, Cashiers, North Carolina 28717. (828) 743-1473

Dining Room/Kitchen C. WEAKS INTERIORS INC. Carole Weaks Atlanta, Georgia

MY DESIGN STYLE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS… Transitional, with a mix of antiques, contemporary art and well-crafted current design. THE KEY ELEMENT IN MY DESIGNS IS… The clients and their individual preferences. NO MOUNTAIN HOME SHOULD BE WITHOUT… An interior that is warm and comfortable… inviting sofas and chairs, fabrics that are friendly and a relaxed attitude that allows for stress-free days. THE BEST WAY TO UPDATE A ROOM IS TO… Remove everything that you don’t really love and update those items with fresher pieces. BIOGRAPHY Carole Weaks, named the 2002 Southeastern Designer of the Year by ADAC, has long been a designer of choice for discerning homeowners throughout Georgia, Florida, Texas and North Carolina. With more than 20 years of experience, Weaks has been a perennial mainstay and favorite of the Cashiers Designer Showhouse™. Weaks’ work has been featured in such publications as Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Veranda and Southern Accents. Additionally, she has been cited for her restoration work by the Georgia Trust. 349 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Atlanta 30305. (404) 233-6040; cweaksint.com Cashiers Designer Showhouse

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2009 CASHIERS DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE PREVIEW PATRON PARTY AH&L was pleased to participate in “A Green Affair”—the opening night patron party for the Cashiers Designer Showhouse held on the magnificent grounds of The Nancy Hanks House in Cashiers, NC. Five hundred guests, including lots of our friends from Atlanta, toured the Showhouse and mingled under several adjoining tents that provided the backdrop for various culinary themes, from a lavish Southern buffet to succulent pulled pork barbecue and cornbread, produced by Lee Epting Catering. Funds from the event, hosted by The Cashiers Historical Society, benefitted The Cashiers Valley Community Center. Top photo, from left: 2009 chair Joanie Michaels with auction chair Lana Valenta; AH&L editorial director Clinton Smith with “Hampton”; Mary Reynolds and husband Scott Smith with designer Kathy Guyton; Below, clockwise from left: Kathy Guyton, Chip Cheatham and designer Tish Mills; Winton Noah of Ainsworth Noah; Cindy Fowler; Judy Zaban; Dean Smith, designer Carole Weaks, Bonnie Smith and Gary Weaks; Kathleen Rivers and Alice Scanlon; Dr. Howard and Marilyn Krone.

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opposite The Lowe residence embodies Betty Burgess’ signature style: It has classical anchors with unexpected surprises thrown in. this page The formal end of the living room features a pair of 19th-century bergére chairs and a Charles Wiggins oil painting over the mantel. But subtle touches—like the chairs’ ticking stripe upholstery—keep the space from becoming too serious or stuffy.

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SIMPLE & SYMMETRICAL In the living room, two furniture groupings are beautifully balanced; one is formal and the other casual, one features a red velvet sofa and the other a natural linen complement. Both sofas are backed by concrete tables, positioned to lead your eye toward the stunning courtyard view beyond the steel window-and-door system that’s decked out in wool sheers to softly ďŹ lter the natural light.

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opposite Behind a pair of antique doors, Dixon carved out a two-inch sliver of space, just deep enough to accommodate a flat-screen TV. When closed, the doors serve as an oversize work of art that visually balances the fireplace at the other end of the room. But Burgess’ favorite thing here is a pair of vintage swivel chairs, with their original leather intact. left Layered atop the mirrored back wall of the living room is a pair of convex mirrors, actually fitted with Plexiglas. below Dixon thickened a lot of the interior walls so, when you’re walking from one room to another, you get a sense of depth and substance. Oval-shaped transoms over the living room doorways provide visually pleasing counterpoints.

Say “spec house” and you might think “cookie cutter”—a residence that looks like every other house on the street. But architect D. Stanley Dixon took the concept and turned it on its ear, creating something so spectacular it’s already been given the prestigious Shutze Award. “I was hired by [developer] John Mears, who bought the land, to design a custom house to be resold,” Dixon explains. “And John gave me free reign to do whatever I wanted.” Those two little words—“free reign”—were music to the architect’s ears. And, for his part, Mears knew precisely what he was doing. “I try to create custom homes on a speculative basis, to deliver a perfectly done jewel box for the high-end client,” says Mears, president of Rivers Residential. “I’ve done 10 or 12 projects with Stan. We have such great chemistry; there’s always a terrific exchange of thoughts and opinions.” “I designed it as I would want to design a house for myself. It was fun to play out what has really inspired me as an architect— classic, timeless design with a clean aesthetic,” says Dixon. “The lot was interesting because it was in an in-town neighborhood full of gorgeous homes that are very eclectic in style. Some are French, some English, some Georgian; there’s just a little bit of everything.

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opposite The combined design talents of architect and designer perhaps play nowhere better than in the kitchen. “It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house— with great scale,” Dixon says. The symmetrically designed space is anchored by an island that’s illuminated by pendants fashioned from propane tank end caps. Bar stools with easy-to-clean patent leather seats pull up to the island for casual dining. above In lieu of more conventional artwork, Burgess opted for a simple piece of sheet metal coated with chalkboard paint. The choice is particularly unexpected—but refreshing—juxtaposed with an 18th-century oak farm table. left Dixon’s favorite feature in the kitchen is the pantry. “When the pantry doors are closed, it just looks like a wall of tall cabinets,” he explains. You punch through that ‘cabinetry’ and are surprised to see this delightful pantry with a small window in it, so you get a little natural light. It gives you a tremendous amount of storage and takes a lot of the pressure off the kitchen having to have so much enclosed storage.”

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this page A modern chandelier brings to light Burgess’ deft ability to choose fixtures; this one is particularly eyecatching coupled with 19th-century chairs from Belgium, still with their original red leather backs. But the piéce de résistance is an oil painting by Kenson Thompson. “Birds Making Nests Out of Baseballs” incorporates Derek’s number—32—as well as baseballs and the string that they’re made of. right In the powder room, this home’s recurring oval motif shows up in the form of a window over the vanity. The simplicity of its form beautifully complements the Clarence House “Flowering Quince” wallpaper.

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Instead of designing to a particular style of the street, I was mostly interested in how it related to the street in scale and proportion. “While maintaining gracious 12-foot ceiling heights on the main level, we kept the roof line simple and lowered the eves at the second story to keep in scale with the neighborhood. Keeping the form of the house simple but very well-proportioned was key to making it blend. Yet, it has its own personality, character and defining style.” The strength of this residence lies not only in its simplicity but also in its straightforward approach. “We designed the driveway so it was very axial,” Dixon explains. “As you turn oΩ the street, you’re right on center with the front door. And that axis goes all the way through the house to the swimming pool and the pavilion beyond.” Playing oΩ that main axis, the layout of the house is symmetrical. “I paid a lot of attention to visual corridors,” says Dixon, “so that when you look down an axis something receives you. That something ranges from a wall for art, a framed view of the gardens beyond or an architectural detail such as a fireplace. There aren’t a lot of rooms; they’re just well-proportioned with an easy flow.” Interior elements, too, were chosen as if the architect were his own client. “The finishes of the house consist of painted boards, plaster and limed beams with a restrained amount of trim. This simplicity is often harder to accomplish because you can’t hide behind trim work and molding; the proportion and scale of each room, combined with the quality of light, becomes the focus. We thickened a lot of walls. The front façade of the house was 12 inches thick so the windows and doors sit deep, giving a lot of shadow and depth. We also thickened a lot of the interior walls so, when you’re walking from one room to another, you get a sense of depth and substance.”

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The finished residence drew high praise, not only from the architectural community but also interior designers like Betty Burgess. As it happened, she’d just been retained by Derek Lowe; the Atlanta Braves pitcher and his wife, Carolyn, were searching for a home in their newly-adopted city. “They’d narrowed their search down to two homes when Carolyn brought me on board,” Burgess recalls. “And I was rooting for this house.” Derek had signed with the Braves in January 2009, and the couple bought the house one month later. But, for Burgess’ part, there was a catch: The interior design had to be completed in time for the Lowes to move in by Opening Day in April. “We did the whole house in two months. I’ve never worked so hard in my life!” she recalls. What Burgess did have going for her, though, was Dixon’s impeccable design. Plus, her new client had complete faith in the designer. “Carolyn saw nothing in the house before they moved in,” says Burgess. “In fact, during my first interview with her I asked what colors she liked and she said ‘I could tell you but I don’t want to influence what you want to do.’ But I did discover that she really does like red and that started the wheels turning; I did red and blue accents throughout the main areas.” The Lowes also didn’t want the house to feel too contemporary, but that played right into the designer’s signature style. “I worked for Dan Carithers until 2004; he taught me the fundamentals of traditional design,” Burgess says. “Since going out on my own, I’ve taken that knowledge and translated it into my own vision. My style would probably still be best described as traditional; it has classical anchors with unexpected surprises thrown in. And art is my passion. I like to mix traditional with modern, and mix media, too.” The entry to this residence is oval-shaped, a clue to a recurring architectural theme throughout; there is, for instance, an oval-

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this page The paneled study features a limestone fireplace as well as soaring windows; measuring almost 11 feet tall, they virtually flood the room with natural light. Still, it’s the darkest room in the house, so Burgess brightened with pops of royal blue—in a pair of 19th-century French armchairs, a 19th-century French desk chair, even a vintage lamp. Serving as a table between the twin armchairs, an antique Louis Vuitton trunk from Interiors Market is one of the Lowes’ favorite pieces. left Atop the mantel, a variety of antique pharmacy bottles carries out the room’s royal blue theme.

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above The view from this home’s front door looks through the living room to this pavilion at the far end of the pool. right “I love the gravel courtyard in the front; the sound of the crush as you drive across it kind of slows down the pace after you pull off of Peachtree Battle,” Dixon says. “We elevated the house up off the ground a little bit so it sits proud. And we reduced the number of doors and windows; we have just a few very well-proportioned [ones] that give it a level of simplicity.” opposite The house was Ushaped when Dixon originally designed it but the Lowes asked him to add a pool and pavilion. “We kept [them] on the main axis with the house,” says the architect, “and actually added walls so that it becomes a complete four-sided courtyard.” Architect D. Stanley Dixon (far right) designed this residence “as I would want to design a house for myself. It was fun to play out what has really inspired me as an architect—classic, timeless design with a clean aesthetic,” says Dixon.

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shaped window in the powder room as well as oval transoms over interior doors. Portiere curtains provide privacy, given the glass front door, and lend softness as you go from the foyer to the living room. “That’s something that Betty and I brainstormed on together,” says Dixon. “When the Lowes bought the house, she and I sat down together and went through some big-concept ideas.” To the right of the foyer is the paneled study. “It’s the darkest room in the house,” says Burgess, “so whatever I used there had to pop. Once I saw the color of the wood, I knew that ‘pop’ had to be royal blue velvet.” Across the hall, the designer’s deft hand for mixing things up is at once evident; an oh-so-modern chandelier is right at home with much more traditional chairs from Belgium and a French enfilade. In the living room, two furniture groupings are beautifully balanced; one is formal and the other casual, one is decked out in velvet while the other’s in linen. To take full advantage of the impressive courtyard view, Burgess decided to mirror the room’s entire back wall—three days before the Lowes were set to move in. The last-minute change of plans was well worth it, though; that single decorating decision eΩectively doubled the drama. But if there’s one room that perhaps best illustrates the synergy of this architect and designer, it’s the kitchen. Dixon mixed Belgian influences with French while Burgess juxtaposed an 18th-century French farm table with patent leather-upholstered bar stools. Dixon created a “secret” pantry that’s accessed by punching through doors that appear to be tall cabinets. And Burgess provided a surprise of her own, using the end caps of propane tanks to fashion over-the-island lighting. Make no mistake: These two design pros, at the top of their games, have hit a home run for the Lowes. SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK. 81

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opposite Linen-covered walls surround the master bedroom, anchored at one end by a bed featuring a Burgess-designed leather headboard. Intaglio reliefs lend a traditional touch while a faux fur throw multiples the room’s glam quotient. Purely personal art stars here, as well. The Lowes’ wedding photographer blew up an image of Carolyn touching Derek’s face, revealing her husband’s name tattooed on her wrist. above Opposite the bed, a sitting area features a 19th-century settee flanked by a pair of slipper chairs. But the best-kept secret here is the TV; it’s disguised behind a two-way mirror over the settee. left Part of the garage has been converted into an entertaining pavilion, complete with vintage metal chairs, Sunbrella outdoor fabric used for draperies, textured non-slip paint on the floor—even a requisite disco ball.

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OFSPITZMILLER &NORRIS WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH R. RALLS

PRODUCED BY CLINTON SMITH

With a level of trust between partners commensurate with marriage, Atlanta-based residential designers Frederick Spitzmiller and Robert Norris are shaping the future of our landscape with a nod to the past. And, like renowned classicist Philip Trammell Shutze, their award-winning designs are leaving an indelible mark on Atlanta and becoming part of the city’s soul 84

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Spitzmiller & Norris designed the portico of this house, which opens off the library and overlooks the pool, offering a cool, shaded spot for respite.

PRESERVING AN ARCHITECTURAL TRADITION

Although Atlanta has a longstanding reputation for bulldozing the old in favor of the new, Spitzmiller & Norris is among a precious few firms dedicated to preserving the city’s classical architectural legacy. In the course of its quarter-century career, the firm’s excellence in rehabilitation and restoration has garnered three awards from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and as many Philip Trammell Shutze awards from the Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. Perhaps the most historically significant—and emotional—

renovation the pair undertook was the circa 1936 NunnallyArnold Residence, where Clark Gable and wife Carole Lombard famously visited during a premiere of Gone with the Wind. Following a run as an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Decorators’ Showhouse in 1999, Spitzmiller & Norris were hired on to restore the Adam-style manor to its original grandeur. Just one year into the project, a fire burned the home to a crisp. While this could have spelled disaster for another architect, this firm’s dedication to their clients—and pride of profession—were its saving graces. Thanks to the pair’s borderline obsessive attention to details, the home’s original decorative

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NEW CLASSICISTS

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clockwise from top left Redland, the personal Harris County home of Frederick Spitzmiller that received a 2010 Philip Trammell Shutze Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICA&CA) Southeast Chapter. Frederick Spitzmiller (seated) and Robert Norris. A custom wooden greenhouse designed for an Atlanta family. A cedar shake and shingle mountain retreat in Highlands, North Carolina. The oft-photographed boathouse at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee, has become an iconic symbol for the luxury hotel since it was completed. opposite A Mediterranean-inspired villa in Birmingham, Alabama.

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elements had all been photographed, documented and catalogued and were therefore ripe for replication following the fire. Just one year later, the Blackland Road beauty rose from the ashes to recapture its dignity. It’s also telling that Spitzmiller’s personal residence, Redland—a Greek Revival home in his native Columbus, Georgia, which was originally constructed in 1852—required a similar labor of love. Situated on a property slotted for commercial development, the raised antebellum home was given a new lease on life thanks to Spitzmiller’s oΩer to relocate the home, section by section, to a rural location just 18 miles away. There, the pair rebuilt the home and performed a meticulous restoration, including the addition of a Greek Doric porch in the rear to overlook the gardens and the replication of authentic Greek Revival mantels, installing them where they were missing.

the block, aΩording him a ringside seat to the building and construction of houses, a process that fascinated him to no end. That both men found their design sensibilities asserting themselves from the get-go is remarkable enough, but it was translating those talents to the domestic environment that, ironically, proved to be the path less-traveled by their contemporaries in architecture school, many of whom, says Spitzmiller, were “totally unconcerned with the module of man.” Spitzmiller’s penchant for residential design took him to the University of Virginia School of Architecture and subsequently the Historic Savannah Foundation; Norris’ devotion to the details landed him at the Southern Institute of Technology and on to Marchman Sons, a distinguished Atlanta developer, where he served as a design draftsman. It was here that Norris first met Spitzmiller.

TRADITION IS THE WISDOM

BUCKHEAD MANORS

In the early ’80s, Atlanta “It’s funny how, somewas experiencing an untimes, it just starts coming precedented wave of out of your pores,” speculative building in the Spitzmiller says as he residential arena, thanks looks back with nostalgia to Fortune 500 executives “WE’VE HAD AN ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL RELATIONSHIP WITH SPITZMILLER AND NORRIS. on his childhood spent in moving to the city in RICK AND BOB NOT ONLY LISTEN WELL BUT HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO WORK US IN Columbus. “I can rememdroves. “There was this WHEN WE HAD A NEED, AND THAT ALWAYS MEANT SO MUCH TO US. THE FIRST THING ber from the earliest age keen interest in building WE STARTED WORKING ON TOGETHER WAS THE BOAT HOUSE ON WALLAND POND AND drawing on every surface I one’s own house and THERE’S SOMETHING VERY INFATUOUS WITH THAT PROJECT; IT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED could reach—newspapers, everyone was looking for IN MAGAZINE AFTER MAGAZINE, AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE LOVES. BUILDING books, walls—and also plans,” Spitzmiller says, A HOUSE FOR US ON BLACKBERRY FARM MEANS IT ALSO HAS TO BE TOTALLY building tree houses, forts recalling the period as a OPERATIONAL. IT CAN’T JUST LOOK GOOD; IT ALL HAS TO WORK VERY WELL. THAT’S and furniture, and bossing “circus atmosphere.” THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN ANY ARCHITECTURAL RELATIONSHIP—THEIR ABILITY everyone around and The pair left MarchTO TRANSLATE OPERATIONAL NEEDS INTO A BEAUTIFUL DESIGN.” –KREIS BEALL, telling them how they man Sons to form should treat, use and apSpitzmiller & Norris in CREATOR AND CO-OWNER OF BLACKBERRY FARM. KREIS AND HUSBAND SANDY HAVE preciate those things.” 1985, and it wasn’t long COLLABORATED ON MORE THAN SEVEN RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS WITH SPITZMILLER & NORRIS But the most fortunate before builders began influence, he says, was growing up in a town where “there were knocking at their door looking for proper plans. Their eye for no manufactured houses or manufactured things, there were still scale and proportion soon caught the attention of Southern Living independent businesses, and all that meant that everything was magazine, which published nearly 25 of the firm’s plans in their still on a human scale.” famous Southern Living House Plans. To date, the firm estimates that Norris, meanwhile, recalls drawing plans as early as age 6. more than 1,250 of their stock plans have been sold. When he played with Matchbox cars as a young boy, he would The recognition also bred an acute sense of self-awareness. “We started to realize we have this role as arbiter of taste for the pubtake the time to build “really cool model houses to go along with the cars.” Also proving instrumental was the fact that, in each of lic’s insatiable interest in art and architecture,” Spitzmiller says. In 1992, a Spitzmiller & Norris home built on Lake Burton the two places his family relocated (from Ohio to Moorestown, New Jersey, and then Atlanta), his family built the first house on landed on the cover of Southern Living after winning the magazine’s OF EXPERIENCE

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berry Farm owners Sandy and Kreiss Beall that truly speaks to the pair’s ability to intertwine their clients’ needs with beautiful surroundings, not only exuding graceful permanence but also creating veritable extensions of their lifestyles. SHAPING THE FUTURE WITH A NOD TO THE PAST

Though these residential designers are known for their passion for preserving the integrity of period homes while bringing them up to today’s standards, their expertise lies in designing custom homes in contemporary settings that are bound by a respect for tradition. Whether the firm is designing a mountain retreat at Big Bear Pen in Highlands, a Mediterranean villa in Birmingham or a Tidewater cottage in Buckhead, the final product always feels right at home in its surroundings. There’s a celebration of historic precedent, thanks to the pair’s insistence on working with only the finest SOLID FOUNDATION builders, artisans and As in marriage, celebratcraftsmen, and there’s an ing 25 years together is a innate sense of belonging, crowning achievement, because the firm’s one that speaks volumes thoughtful designs pay more than any project or close attention to the context of the site. award ever could. While What inspires both Norris cites their willingmen to keep besting ness to listen to and learn from their clients as key to themselves is pinpointing “I’VE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE WORKED WITH SPITZMILLER & NORRIS ON just the right set of solutheir success, the same DOZENS OF PROPERTIES. ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS PRETTY MUCH THEIR CALLING CARD tions for each client, cuscould also be said of the AND THEY ARE ALWAYS FRESH IN THEIR APPROACH TO DESIGN AND TRUE TO THEIR ARtomizing homes that are pair’s partnership. CHITECTURE. THEY KNOW STYLISTICALLY WHAT THEY WANT TO ACCOMPLISH, AND IT not only rich with perTheir secret formula: ENABLES OUR PROJECTS TO HAVE THE AUTHENTICITY THAT OUR CLIENTS ARE LOOKsonal meaning but also “You have this outstanding singularly identifiable opportunity to best yourING FOR, WHICH MAKES EVERYBODY HAPPY. –E. GRAHAM PITTMAN, E. GRAHAM PITTMAN from the inside out. self and you can really take & ASSOCIATES. PITTMAN’S LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE FIRM HAS COLLABORATED WITH One point of pride, acit further and polish it SPITZMILLER & NORRIS ON DOZENS OF PROJECTS OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS cording to Norris: “Our more brightly than you houses look as good from the back as they do from the front.” ever could have otherwise,” Spitzmiller says. (“Or sometimes better,” Spitzmiller interjects.) Of course, what’s Nowhere is their dedication to each other more evident than most gratifying is that Spitzmiller & Norris clients tend to stay the commitment they make to their clients, many of whom reput. “It’s given us unparalleled satisfaction to know that more of turn to the firm for vacation homes and refer their now-grown our houses have been retained, valued and enjoyed by their origchildren so that they, too, can work with the prestigious team to inal owners,” Spitzmiller says. “It’s a heartwarming feeling,” Nordesign their own dream homes. ris agrees. “It feeds your soul.” But it’s the 15-plus year association they’ve built with Black-

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coveted Home of the Year award. Four years later, the pair scored their first Southern Living Idea House, a showcase that coincided with the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The traditional brick country home, with cedar shakes and shingles—a style Norris says the firm came to be known for—went on to become one of the magazine’s best selling plans, so much so that just two years later they were asked to design another Idea House in Charlotte. The result was a French country house called Avalon. In 2006, at the height of the real estate boom, a Spitzmiller & Norris-renovated penthouse at 2500 Peachtree Road was listed for a cool $13 million, the most expensive Atlanta’s luxury condo market had ever seen. With features that included marble from Israel and handcrafted wood moldings, paneling and trim that would make Shutze himself break out in a grin, the characterrich penthouse was indicative of the duo’s minute attention to detail.

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BEST OF OLD & NEW clockwise from top left The rear façade of a Frenchinspired residence in Brookhaven. The Nunnally House received a 2009 Philip Trammell Shutze Award from the ICA&CA Southeast Chapter as well as an Excellence in Preservation Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Plumfield, a 1938 classical revival house in Columbus, Georgia, also received an Excellence in Preservation Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for the firm’s rehabilitation and restoration efforts on the property. The portico of a house on Argonne Road. The Centennial House for Southern Living was built to celebrate the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. To date, the home has been one of the firm’s—and the magazine’s—most popular floor plans. opposite The pool house of Maple Cottage, originally built for Kreis and Sandy Bell on the grounds of Blackberry Farm.

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POOLSIDE APPEAL Before the renovation, there was no good place for poolside furniture. Landscape designer Alex Smith solved the problem by creating a niche in the terrace to accommodate a seating group. The view from there not only takes in the pool but also looks straight across to a shell fountain procured in Italy. opposite Italian terra cotta containers are ďŹ lled with variegated dewdrop, plumbago, sedum, torenia (clown-face plant) and blue petunias.

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Secret Garden LANDSCAPE DESIGNER ALEX SMITH TRANSFORMS A DUNWOODY GARDEN INTO A PRIVATE HAVEN WRITTEN BY HEATHER J. PAPER PHOTOGRAPHED BY DAVID CHRISTENSEN PRODUCED BY CLINTON SMITH

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LUSH & LUXE Looking through needle palm and Japanese maple in the foreground, the view beyond the pool includes clipped Korean boxwood hedges as well as Hills of Snow hydrangea and white foxglove. opposite A focal-point fountain, inspired by a shell piece the owner found in Italy, is complemented by handformed stucco detailing and aged limestone insets. Around it, wisteria intertwines with clematis to soften the look.

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Alex Smith has always been drawn to the outdoors. And always been creative, for that matter. So it’s not surprising, really, that those two attributes have led to a successful career in garden design. Looking back, it may have all been preordained. “My father was into gardening, and I enjoyed visiting nurseries with my dad and mom—and grandmother,” he says. “I didn’t start college knowing I wanted a career in the field, but I did work for a landscaping company during summer breaks.” Though he ultimately enrolled at the Art Institute of Atlanta (transferring from the University of Georgia) to pursue a degree in Landscape Design, Smith’s defining ‘aha’ moment didn’t come until he heard a class lecture on garden design by Atlanta’s own Ryan Gainey. Listening to the seasoned expert while taking in pictures of impressive projects, Smith realized that he truly had a passion for the profession. After graduating, and a short stint working at a local nursery, Smith returned to his inspirational roots by joining Gainey’s staΩ. “I worked

for him 8½ years, and I learned a lot—traveling extensively throughout the Southeast and even working in England,” he says. Smith also recalls that Gainey generously allowed him to do some moonlighting, allowing him to work on personal projects—for himself and others—on the weekends. It was during that time that an interior designer from Macon (Smith’s hometown) recommended him to the owner of this Dunwoody garden. “We did a small perennial garden and have since developed a strong relationship over the years,” Smith says. “The pool renovation was one of the last things we did. We’d wanted to do it for several years, and it really transformed the garden design. We renovated the pool terrace as well as the interior finishes of the pool, and we implemented a smart planting plan. Plus, we took a shell fountain from Italy and incorporated it as an important feature.” Part of the beauty, from Smith’s perspective, is that his client has complete confidence in him. He wasn’t, for instance, handed a list of ‘must-haves.’ “She trusts me,” says Smith appreciatively. “She knows where I’m heading and gives me carte blanche.” Still, for this project, the garden designer took his visual presentation to the extreme. “Her pool was dated and I’d wanted her to renovate it for quite some time, so badly that I went beyond the renderings that we often do for our projects. I actually had an artist paint the pool garden as if it was already renovated and gifted my client with it,” he confides. That combination of design savvy and client trust once again proved incomparable. “When you’re in the garden, it doesn’t feel like you’re in a residential setting,” Smith says. “It’s more like a private haven.” SEE RESOURCES, BACK OF BOOK. 93

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PAGES 12-15 (hugh acheson) INTERIOR DESIGN Lisa Fiscus and Katie Pryor of Hawthorne House Inc., 1073 S. Milledge Ave, Athens 30605. (706) 227-3560; hawthornehouseinc.com. Susan Hable Smith of Hable Construction Inc., 232 3rd. St., Brooklyn, New York 11215. (718) 834-1752; hableconstruction.com ARCHITECTURE RJT+R Architects, 300 Galleria Pkwy., Suite 740, Atlanta 30339. (770) 661-1492; rjtplusr.com DEVELOPER Michael Phillips, Jamestown Properties, One Overton Park, 12th Floor, 3625 Cumberland Blvd., Atlanta 30339. (770) 805-1000; jamestownproperties.com ALL FLOORING, TABLES, WALL FINISHES AND SALVAGED WOOD The Cornerstone Floor Group, 159 Oneta St., Unit 5, Suite 50, Athens 30601. (205) 281-0890; cornerstonefloorgroup.com BANQUETTES Deans Upholstery, 1509 Old Covington Rd. NE, Conyers 30013. (770) 363-3250 LIGHTING Robert Ogden, Peddlers Home Design, 699 Todd Rd., Honey Brook, Pennsylvania 19344. (800) 391-4927; peddlersdesign.com PAINT CertaPro Painters, 259 Wynburn Ave., Suite E, Athens 30601. (706) 353-3555; certapro.com CUSTOM METAL FABRICATION Stalror Metal Works Inc. STONE FABRICATION AND GRANITE Bradford Granite, 1357 Lexington Hwy., Elberton 30635. (706) 283-7824; bradfordgranite.com FINISHES AND SALVAGED MATERIAL APPLICATION Northside Restoration Inc., 500 Bishop St. NW, Suite D2, Atlanta 30318. (404) 355-5793 CUSTOM METAL FABRICATION Stalror Metal Works. (706) 207-5086 PAGES 68-83 (perfect pitch) INTERIOR DESIGN Betty Burgess, Betty Burgess Design, 3209 Paces Ferry Pl. NW, Atlanta 30305. (404) 841-7707 ARCHITECTURE D. Stanley Dixon, D. Stanley Dixon Architect, 2300 Peachtree St., Suite C-101, Atlanta 30309. (404) 574-1430; dsdixonarchitect.com DEVELOPER John B. Mears, Rivers Residential LLC, 2300 Peachtree Rd., Suite C-101, Atlanta 30309. (404) 574-1433 PAGES 68-69 TILE FLOORS AND LIMESTONE MANTELS Materials Marketing OIL PAINTING by Charles Wiggins BERGERE CHAIRS 19thcentury covered in “Charcoal City Stripe” by Lee Jofa COFFEE TABLE Mid-century Chinoiserie PAGES 7071 STEEL WINDOWS IN LIVING ROOM Rod Gibson DRAPERIES “Nun’s Veiling” by Gretchen Bellinger SOFA TABLES Bradley-Hughes SOFAS Bradley-Hughes PHARMACY FLOOR LAMPS Circa Lighting CHANDELIERS 19th-century French from Parc Monceau PAGES 72-73 DOORS 19th-century French from Architectural Accents VINTAGE SWIVEL CHAIRS Francis Wedthoff Carpentry CONVEX MIRROR Custom through Paul+Raulet BENCHES 19th-century French through Riviera Antiques BLUE SOFA PILLOWS “Indigo” by Lee Jofa INDIAN STOOLS BD Jeffries RED SOFA Covered in red velvet from Kravet SILK SOFA PILLOWS Covered in Kohli silk PAGES 74-75 BARSTOOLS Terra Cottage CUSHIONS Glant black patent leather and Tessuti Uno red patent leather ANTIQUE LADDER Flea market find CHALKBOARD Custom by Francis Wedthoff Carpentry FARM TABLE 18th-century oak from Provenance Antiques BREAKFAST CHAIRS Early 20th-century American CUSHIONS Covered in black-and-white ticking stripe by Lewis & Sheron CANDLESTICK Neiman Marcus CLOCK 19th-century French from Parc Monceau PAGES 76-77 CHANDELIER “Lumiere” by Jean De Merry OIL PAINTING Kenson Thompson through Betty Burgess Design DINING TABLE Bradley-Hughes DINING CHAIRS 19th-century Belgian with original leather, covered in fabric by Rogers & Goffigan MOHAIR GIZZEL CHAIR Bradley-Hughes SILK DRAPERIES Silk Trading Co. PILLOW Marvic Safari RHINOCULOUS FLOWERS designed by Betty Burgess, supplied by Cut Flower Wholesale WALLPAPER “Flowering Quince” by Clarence House BENCH “Flowering Quince” by Clarence House ANTIQUE ENGLISH TOLE PLANTER Parc Monceau PAGES 78-79 ARM CHAIRS 19th-century French covered in Manuel Canovas “Lafayette” fabric ANTIQUE LOUIS VUITTON TRUNK Interiors Market DESK Mid-century burled walnut from Parc Monceau DESK CHAIR 19th-century French from Zimmer & Rhode DRAPERIES Clarence House PAGES 80-81 METAL AWNING A&P Iron Designs, Lithia Springs TEAK FURNITURE “Picket” from Summit CUSHIONS Perennials PILLOWS Stanton Home Furnishings LAMPS Bungalow Classic IRON TABLES WITH LIMESTONE TOPS Millwright Inc. COFFEE TABLE 19-century French PORTIÈRES Perennials LOUNGE CHAIRS Richard Shultz through Summit PAGES 82-83 HEADBOARD Designed by Betty Burgess and fabricated by Corn Upholstery BEDSIDE TABLE Design by Betty Burgess and fabricated by Paul+Raulet QUARTZ LAMP Betty Burgess Design INTAGLIO RELIEFS Framed by Fred Reed Picture Framing LINENS Susan Shepherd Interiors FAUX ANIMAL THROW Betty Burgess Design DRAPERIES “Vicenza” Hodsoll McKenzie SETTEE 19th-century French, upholstered in “Pullman” by Hodsoll McKenzie SLIPPER CHAIRS Bradley-Hughes, covered in Ulster Linen LUMBAR PILLOWS Fortuny PLEXIGLAS PEDESTALS Designed by Betty Burgess, fabricated by Custom Plastics TWO-WAY TV MIRROR Designed by Betty Burgess, framed by Fred Reed Picture Framing COFFEE TABLE Flea market find GARAGE DRAPERIES Sunbrella TABLE Designed by Betty Burgess, fabricated by Frank White DRIVE-THRU SIGN Flea market find PAGES 84-89 (25 Years of Spitzmiller & Norris) RESIDENTIAL DESIGN Spitzmiller & Norris, Inc., 5825 Glenridge Drive NE No. 206, Atlanta 30328. (404) 843-3874; spitzmillerandnorris.com PAGES 90-93 (secret garden) GARDEN DESIGN Alex Smith, Alex Smith Garden Design Ltd., 5392 Peachtree Rd., Chamblee 30341. (770) 455-8878; alexsmithgardendesign.com POOL DESIGN Superior Pools & Maintenance Inc., 5339 New Peachtree Rd., Chamblee 30341. (770) 458-6499; superiorpoolsinc.com STONE MASONRY Historic Stone & Construction Inc., 2190 Misty Lane SE, Smyrna 30080. (404) 259-3372

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For those of us who’ve opted to have babies later in life, the teenage years confronted by an advanced middleage parent is not the stuΩ of dreams. My own child—the very picture of innocence in pre-Raphaelite ringlets and patent leather Mary Janes, delighting New Yorkers with her quaint (to their ears) “ya’lls” and “yes ma’ams”—was a wonderful child until the onset of hormones, no doubt brought on early by our estrogen-rich diets and too many Reese’s Pieces. She transformed before our very eyes, her eyes wide with terror. Given I was following in my mamma’s path of earning the title of Mrs. Permissive, her truculent behaviors came as quite a shock. What? I am the popular mom! Children love me! Make that strangers’ children. My own has spent the last two years denying any blood relation with me and is even looking for her biological parents. She is not adopted, and I have the C-section scar to prove it. (My daughter claims that scar is from an appendectomy. She wishes.) A producer has been shopping around a reality TV show about me called “The Nine Lives of Marcia Sherrill,” and she is counting on a viewing public enjoying my various eccentricities—all in glorious high definition. I may be a teeny bit diΩerent but so was my mother, and I don’t remember a time when I was embarrassed of Jojo or a time when she was not my closest confidante. She is quite simply perfect. My child doesn’t seem to be following in my footsteps. In fact, I can hardly find her unless I am waving a credit card in the air and screaming “Apple store,” “Anthropologie” or “WalMart!” Then she is Johnnyon-the-Spot. Unless there is a financial transaction in the oΩing, my child is closeted with her best friends—all 18 of them in a cyber-cocoon of iPhones, BlackBerrys, computers and iPods. They do not seem to come up for air. When

they do, they are oΩ to shop, go to spin class or race to the beauty shop. (Since when does anyone under the age of 20 actually need a blow-out and a mani/pedi?) What we are witnessing with this generation is the failure of Western civilization and nothing less. A recent concert found me with six teens in tow, headed for an asphalt parking lot with blaring hip-hop and rap—and wilting cotton candy—only to be left at the entrance with the admonishment, “You had better lie low!” Lie low? I was the one with the money! Now, I’ve decided to turn the tables and not only refuse to be a walking ATM but have turned myself into a one-woman police state. Yes, I have a breathalyzer, I have a stop-watch for curfews and drug-sniΩing dogs lurking menacingly about the house. OK, so the dog in question is a French bulldog puppy named Turtle Pie, but they believe she has been to police academy training. I am now well-rested and have cash in my pocket. And guess what? I am back to being the most popular mother at school and several girls each weekend willingly choose to hang with me instead of the mosh-pit that is my daughter’s room. The girls have decided they like my brand of listening to their boyfriend problems, loaning out designer duds and a willingness to go anywhere they like. I’d rather be with them than without them, and the hot flashes can be passed oΩ as sweat as we dance the night way. I am on my tenth life and loving it!

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