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The Experience of a Lifetime: Cashiers Showhouse 2018

By: Stephanie Andrews

As you know, we were selected to design the dining room for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles annual Cashiers showhouse. At first we thought, “There’s no way we can pull this off in such a short timeframe!” This was completely new territory for us, and to be honest we were nervous about how we could transform this room in less than six weeks!

With not a moment to lose, the Shelby Adamson/Stephanie Andrews dream team headed up this massive project and discussed (with vigor) the use of the room, aesthetic inspiration, and ultimately the stylistic direction. Both were instantly inspired by the tile serpent on the floor that the homeowner had taken over a year to lay by hand herself. We chose Farrow & Ball Studio Green for the walls as the base of the dramatic atmosphere that only a dining room of this caliber can manage with ease. We also wanted to celebrate the beautiful acreage surrounding the home, so we set to finding the perfect set of trees to make an impact in the room (with 15 foot ceilings, this was no simple task).

We sought the help of incredibly talented artist and designer Steve McKenzie to create a massive, dramatic painting for the main wall. This giant triptych measured nine feet tall by six feet wide, and we could not have been more thrilled to work with Steve on it. And the result? We think it speaks for itself.

So what did we learn from this entire experience?
1. Sometimes you just gotta do something risky and outside your comfort zone — it’ll work out!
2. The other designers in the showhouse were not only extremely talented, they were also a lot of fun and super supportive.
3. Our favorite vendors really went out of their way to help us, graciously providing the furnishings to make our room sparkle. We cannot thank you enough! (Special shoutout to Steve McKenzie, Verde Home, Direct Furniture, and Trinity Mercantile.)
4. The Balance Design team cleans up beautifully at a black tie gala!

The entire home is awe inspiring, so if you want to get away from the heat, head to the cool mountain paradise of Cashiers, NC. Tickets are available through the Cashiers Historical Society website (https://www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org/showhouse) but hurry! This is the last weekend!

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle’s Cashiers Showhouse

By: Shelby Adamson

We are incredibly honored to be chosen to design the dining room at this year’s Cashiers designer show house by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Magazine! The Cashiers Historical Society hosts this event each year as its largest annual fundraiser. This year’s home is a Mediterranean style villa situated on 42 acres, graciously donated by Terry and Brenda Beye.

The dining room boasts 15 feet high ceilings and an Ouroboros inlaid into the stone floor by the homeowner herself. We embraced these serpents and gave the room a dramatic feel while incorporating the beautiful scenic landscape. We almost immediately decided to paint the walls Studio Green by Farrow & Ball (kindly donated by Verde Home), a sultry and moody black-green that makes the room feel cozy and comfortable. We really took advantage of the high ceilings (and brought the outdoors in) by flanking Steve McKenzie’s gorgeous black and white triptych painting with a pair of sculptural Japanese snowbell trees.

To complement the inlaid stone serpents and give a nod to the mosaic’s eastern feel, we adorned the grand table with coral and white ginger jars (loaned to us by our friends at Trinity Mercantile & Design) and flanked them with two jade foo dogs. The result is a dining experience that embodies a Mediterranean courtyard, where one feels that they are enjoying a meal alfresco in a dramatic space that tantalizes all of the senses.

Color Palette: Summer in the City

By: Danielle Clockel

Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Beaches are great, and lakes are cool, and tropical getaways are chill and everything, but can we take a moment to appreciate city summers? Sherbet tones in the late evening sky and blue shadows on the ground framed by the silhouettes of trees and buildings create a dreamy color palette that often goes overlooked.

From top to bottom:
1. Sherwin Williams Soar 6799
2. Farrow & Ball Railings No. 31
3. Sherwin Williams Romance 6323
4. Farrow & Ball Babouche No. 223
5. Sherwin Williams Inspired Lilac 6820
6. Benjamin Moore Adriatic Sea CSP-660

Color Obsession: Whites That Aren’t White

By: Danielle Clockel

As much as we love a bold statement color, there’s still something to be said for clean white walls. The lightness creates a calm, open atmosphere and lets art/furnishings/plants/etc. be the focal point of the space. But that doesn’t mean all white tones are the same! Let’s dig into the subtle array…

Photo courtesy of Farrow & Ball.

Pointing (Farrow & Ball). Now this is how you do a warm, golden white without it looking sickly.

Photo courtesy of Tag and Tibby.

Intimate White (Sherwin Williams). The lightest blush, shown here in a nursery, but sophisticated enough for any room that wants a touch of whimsy.

Photo courtesy of Sherwin Williams.

Spinach White (Sherwin Williams). Who knew a touch of pale green could create such a soothing tone? (You do, now.)

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

Feathered Violet (Benjamin Moore). White with the faintest breath of purple undertone that pulls out cool tones without looking blue.

Whether you’re into monochromatic neutrals or just want to add your color elsewhere, there’s an almost endless variety of subtly hued white tones available for your walls.

Color Palette: Summer Lake

By: Danielle Clockel

Photo courtesy of Erin McCown.

Is there anything more nostalgic of childhood summers than a lake? Cool waters, lush trees, and maybe a canoe or two. Where’s the tire swing? We wanna jump in!

From left to right:
1. Farrow & Ball Vardo No.228
2. Sherwin Williams Pineapple Cream 1668
3. Benjamin Moore Dunmore Green
4. Farrow & Ball London Clay No. 244
5. Sherwin Williams Dignity Blue 6804