Saturday, February 11, 2012

Inspired Design!

Sometimes all it takes is a bit of inspiration to get me moving in the right direction. Last week I attended the Cathedral Antiques Show Inspiration House and found that inspiration in a few rooms designed by great talents of the Atlanta design community.

The deanery of St Philip's Cathedral is the location, twenty designers did rooms, and divine design is the result. This is the final weekend of the show house at 2799 Andrews Drive. It is open today and tomorrow from 11 to 5. 

There are several very well done rooms but hands down the biggest, brightest gold star goes to my brilliant friend Lindsey Harper. A Georgia native, Lindsey worked for Richard Keith Langham before striking out on her own by launching Lindsey Coral Harper Interiors (website is LCH). The beautiful red head is a spitfire both in personality and in her design work. Lindsey is well deserving of all of the press she has recently received (a project is the cover story of this month's House Beautiful) because of rooms like this:

Vintage furniture is mixed with new lighting and modern art is hung from the pilasters of the bookcases. 
Window treatments show off Lindsey Harper's tailored and fun, yet elegant, design sensibility.

Lindsey Harper commissioned New York artist Jay Lohmann to do a series of Rorschach test watercolors.
Lindsey took the small library to a level that is just fab-u-lous! A room with no walls (literally...the entire room is either built-ins or windows) is now a jewel box study for the imagined lady of the of house to catch up on correspondence and reading, host an intimate gathering of friends, or to simply relax and unwind. Swathed in Benjamin Moore's "Mulberry" and bookcases lined in paper by Twigs that looks like old fashioned book paper, the room was born after Lindsey found this rug from Doris Leslie Blau in New York:

Madagascar Rug by Doris Leslie Blau, New York

and this incredible Tony Duquette inspired fixture from Remains Lighting in New York:

California Sunburst Chandelier by Remains Lighting

and this incredible painting from Atlanta's Emily Amy Gallery is a major focal point in the room. 

Go Rimbaud
Jen Bradley, Massachusetts artist
Mixed Media on Canvas
36" x 48"
from Emily Amy Gallery, Atlanta

Throughout the house are really good pieces of art and furniture. I will share some of my favorites and the other top ranking rooms in my next blog post. More information on the show house, go to:


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