Magnolia Designer Show House Maintains Tradition and Introduces New Style
When people walk into the Magnolia Designer Show House in Cartersville presented by Atlanta magazine, Atlanta Magazine HOME, and Beverly Baribault Design Group, there is a sense of walking through the past into the future. The Philip Shutze inspired home is about 60 miles from where most of the famed architect’s work sits, and is open to the public for tours for a limited time.
Proceeds from the Magnolia Designer Show House, which is open Wednesdays-Sundays until Nov. 13, go to benefit Advocates for Children and its mission to prevent and treat child abuse in all its forms. Designers involved in the project said that it was that cause and the challenge updating of a historical home that led them to the project.
Those reasons were named specifically by Steve McKenzie of steve mckenzie’s, who designed the outdoor porch space off the master bedroom. “It was three factors for me,” he said. “First was the group of esteemed designers and sponsors. Second, I loved the intimacy of the house. And third the benefactor, Advocates for Children, is a very needed agency doing great work.”
For Vandi White of Vandi White Interiors, who worked alongside her niece Julie Edwards, the historical charm of the home was a selling point. “We both live in historic homes and have enjoyed our own historical renovations,” said White, who designed the screened porch space. “We are pleased to have incorporated several local artisans’ design talents in our selections.”
Trends of homes like this one from the 1940s included wall to wall carpeting and bright florals. As these homes were small, interiors were kept simple and uncluttered to maximize the space available. That size is in direct contrast to the more popular open styles recently. In no space was that more of a challenge than the kitchen and bar/keeping room areas that were taken on by Jane Hollman of Studio Entourage and Jennifer Healey of J. Healey Interiors.
“With today’s trend focusing on large open spaces with high ceilings, it was difficult for us to achieve this feel without the available ceiling height in the space,” said Hollman. “We also had to make the bold decision to close up two of the exterior openings. This cut out a lot of natural light, but was crucial to enhancing the functionality of the home and achieving one of the homeowners’ main design goals – to be able to accommodate large groups for entertaining.”
The family room just off the kitchen and bar area was also a challenge for melding a more modern style with the original features of the home. Michel Smith Boyd kept the fireplace and built in shelving and storage, but modernized the space with bold art, comfortable furniture, and a Thibaut Eastwood wallcovering that he said frames the wooded views beautifully.
“I am most proud that we were able to create a space that feels like an end of day destination for the homeowners,” said Boyd. “For us the most important aspect of designing the space was to add contemporary value while still paying homage the historical integrity of the home.”
Upstairs a luxurious bedroom is flanked by his and her bathrooms/dressing areas, a sitting room and two porches. According to Jenny Rothman of Rothman + Rothman Design, who serves as one of the design chairs, the biggest challenge of the lady’s bath was that it did not exist in the house’s original floorplan.
“Eric [Rothman] and I redesigned the upstairs space to accept the Lady’s bath,” said Rothman. “We had to make a small space feel welcoming and inviting.”
The gentleman’s bath was also configured in a cozy space, necessitating the removal of a window to allow room for a gracious vanity, mirror and sconces. The room’s designers Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole of Kandrac and Kole, utilized Mitch Mitton to help repurpose the original closet doors with custom molding and vintage doorknobs from the 1800s.
“The space was inspired by the homeowner’s military career thus the navy color palette, the metal trim in the shower and the solid brass valet which displays his uniform,” said Kole.
Kandrac and Kole were not the only designers inspired by the homeowner’s military service. Rick Anthony Bonner of Insidesign and Lindsey Coral Harper of LCHInteriors both used paint colors that drew on his dress uniform. The colors can also be seen in the master porch.
“The color palette is in response to the owner’s military background,” said McKenzie. “Yet I think it is the perfect blend of traditional respecting the house yet very modern, like the owners.”
Staffed each day during the time it is open to the public by volunteers, there are varying opinions about what are some of the most striking or favorite spaces and features of the house. According to House Manager Emily Burgess, everyone is eager to learn more and share an opinion.
“The first thing is the magnificent pixelated portrait wall in the foyer created by talented artist Michael Matascik,” said Burgess of visitors’ favorites. “The library designed by Cartersville native, New York based, Lindsey Coral Harper; the beautiful powder room by Cartersville native, Savannah based Victoria Bishop Holmes and her business partner Lana Salter; the relaxing screened porch by Cartersville designers Vandi White and Julie White Edwards, and the fabulous master bedroom by Cartersville designer Beverly Baribault of BBDG. The kitchen is another very popular room. Designed by Jane Hollman and Jennifer Healey of Atlanta with cabinetry by Howe Enterprises of Adairsville, the kitchen is a favorite area as guests enjoy discovering the many creative storage areas. The outdoor terraces and gardens are also very popular spots. The show house has something for everyone.”
Sponsors for the event include Fleetwood Security and Electronic Services Inc., James Hardie, ADAC, AmericasMart Atlanta, Barnsley Resort, Floor & Décor, AT&T, Cobb EMC, Collins Enterprises, Tonsmeire Studios, Cartersville-Bartow County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Anheuser Busch and Georgia Power Plant Bowen.
Tickets for self-guided tours are still available at AtlantaMagazine.com/Magnolia. The house will be open Wednesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 13.