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Atlanta Show House

A Symphony of Great Design:
The 2014 Atlanta Decorators’ Show House & Gardens

Provence Urn, Kingsley Lantern, Magnolia Wreath

When Joseph and Frances Rhodes, of the furniture store fame, wanted to build a family home in the 1920s, they turned to noted Atlanta architects Neel Reid and Philip Shutze, who designed a 16,000-square-foot manse inspired by an 18th-century Venetian chapel.

Situated on 3.5 acres in Atlanta’s tony Buckhead neighborhood, the home was designed for lavish entertaining. In the 88 years since its completion, it has been the scene for many grand affairs, from charity functions to children’s birthday parties.

This year, 30 of the Southeast’s top designers converged on this baroque mansion, transforming the historic estate into the 2014 Decorators’ Show House & Gardens. This annual benefit for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is a dazzling spectacle of design and detail that never ceases to impress.

Frontgate was there, proud to be a sponsor of the opening gala along with Traditional Home magazine. It was a night of notables from Atlanta and beyond – all joined together to support this renowned orchestra. We also appreciated seeing how two designers furnished their areas with Frontgate collections.

In outfitting the Guest Retreat Terrace, Janice Palmer of Palmer Design Group wanted to convey the essence and warmth of an Italian terrace. Drawing on her travels to Italy and details in the home’s architecture, she created restful and refined space for guests to lounge, converse and engage. “What I want is for people to walk into the space and be inspired to redesign their own outdoor area,” she says.

Janice Palmer

For seating, she chose our generously scaled Sorrento Collection for its rich, timeless look. Then she refined the concept with elegant accents: handpainted pillows, sun-drenched rugs, vibrantly colored planters. “It’s all in the details,” she reflects. For her, the key to achieving the relaxed feel is to find pieces that complement one another, rather than be perfectly matched.

As the final nod to fine alfresco living, she arranged several Verona Fire Tables to impart warm ambience on cool evenings.

Campaign Collection, Market Umbrella, Lion Umbrella Table, Bordeaux Linen Cobalt Pillow, Provence Urn

Down by the pool, Frontgate bedecked the Pool & Gardens with the Campaign Collection. The collection’s linear form and gracious ornamentation harmonize with the home’s baroque exterior. Chaise lounges facing the pool and numerous furniture groupings are suited to relaxing with family as well as hosting elegant dinner parties.

As the setting for many of those parties, the Rhodes’ home is one of the most recognized historic family homes in Atlanta. Early on, it earned the moniker “The Pink Palace” because of its distinctive original pink stucco and pink dogwood trees that lined the driveway. The home features six bedrooms, a library, a sunroom, a ballroom and a pool, as well as seven bathrooms.

Despite – or perhaps because of – numerous renovations over the years, the home has maintained its original charm and patina. As cutting-edge today as it was back in 1926, it is now outfitted with modern amenities such as a geothermal heating and cooling system.

The Pink Palace

The Show House will be open through May 18. All proceeds benefit the Orchestra’s education and community engagement programs and initiatives. If you can’t make it to the venue, the home will be featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles in its September 2014 edition and Traditional Home’s April 2015 edition.