A Symphony of Great Design

TITLE: Frontgate, Outfitting America’s Finest Homes

TITLE: Inspired Spaces

Janice: “My name is Janice Palmer. I’m the owner of the Palmer Design group.” “We’re here at the Atlanta Symphony Showhouse.” “This event is the Oscars of design.” “My design I feel, it’s all in the details.” “Most people think they should coordinate and match things, but I think you should compliment things. And that’s what you want people to do, start thinking, thinking outside the box.” “Working with Frontgate has been a wonderful experience.” “I wanted to have an Italian feel and their Sorrento collection I thought worked perfectly for what I was doing.” “It looked elegant, rich, timeless.” “They just can’t even imagine it, this is outdoor fabrics.”

Stanley: “I’m really inspired to see so many facets of our community coming together to support the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.” “We really celebrate these incredible artists who are transforming this place into a Decorator Showhouse and Gardens that all of us will be able to enjoy.”

Janice: “I feel like I’m in a tree house to be honest with you, out there when I first saw it.“ “Fashion blends in with design. Incorporating all that together. The style of the pillow, it may be a flower in a vase.” “You know, having that “Aha! Oh, Why didn’t I think of that?” “I want when people walk into the space, they’re like, “Now I want to do my outdoors!”

TITLE: Frontgate, Outfitting America’s Finest Homes

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.

Janice Palmer

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.

“Fashion blends in with design, incorporating all the details together.”

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 home will be featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles in its September 2014 edition and Traditional Home’s April 2015 edition.

August 7, 2014