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A Preview of the 2013 Decorator's Show House

The last week has gone by so quickly.  With everything that has happened in Boston, it has been difficult to focus on the blog.  I decided to focus instead on my girls and their mental well being after another tragedy that I can’t control, much less explain.  Today felt like we were back on track and my mind was able to get back to normal.  While my thoughts and prayers are with those who are still hurting, today we’re going to distract ourselves with absolute beauty.

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Not too shabby, huh?  This is the 2013 Decorator’s Show House.  If you live in the Atlanta area, you know that there are many show houses throughout the year.  The Decorator’s Show House which is sponsored by the Atlanta Symphony each year is one of the best.  It is a must see.  For those of you who can’t get to Atlanta, I’ve got a treat for you today.  A sneak peek!  I was lucky enough to be sent professional photos of this beautiful home.

 

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Even empty this room would be amazing.  The subtle, elegant design feels warm and inviting.  But, my favorite thing about this space is all the seating areas.  It reminds me of what Windsor Smith says about bringing the family back to the center of the home.  There is a place for everyone.

 

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Love the simple styling on the coffee table and that fabulous round pillow.

 

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Hate that this photo is so dark, but a room by Jimmy Stanton is always worth seeing.  Neutral and full of texture.  The light fixture and the gorgeous sea fans are so beautiful.

 

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I’m drawn to neutrals, that is no surprise, but this space with the orange walls and chairs really make me smile.  The graphic rug plays nicely with the amazing windows.

 

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What is this you ask?  Apparently, the man room is giving way to the coffee bar!  Not so sure about this one, but way to think outside the box!

 

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Look familiar?  This room is completely designed from Ikea merchandise.  Ikea is a sponsor of the show house this year.  Would you have known if I hadn’t told you?

 

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Love this kitchen, but it’s the light fixtures that make it amazing.  Yes, they are cut crystal.  Gorgeous!

 

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Proof that a room does not have to be huge to be fabulous.  The tub alone is a work of art, but add in an exquisite painting by Holly Irwin of dk Gallery and the bar is raised.  I could spend a good deal of time in this bathroom.

 

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I saved my favorite space for last.  The master bedroom by Melanie Turner is just lovely.  The casual, yet elegant touches are classic Melanie Turner.  It is always so impressive to me that a designer can pull off these kinds of rooms every time.  If you don’t believe me, head over to her site and take a look at her portfolio.  It is worth your time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the sneak peek.  There’s more to see, but I’ll save a few for after I see the show house myself!  Can’t wait!

Thank you to Jeff Roffman photography.  The show house is open through May 12th.

Be safe friends, and hug your family.  My thoughts are with you all.

 

 

 

Guess where we went?

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If you follow me on instagram or facebook, this will not be a surprise at all.  Last week was spring break and we took the girls to…

 

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…the Grand Canyon!  What an amazing place.  It is truly awe inspiring to stand there and look over the edge at something that has been there for millions of years.  We joked about the first explorer who came upon it.  Can you imagine?  No cell phones, no mail, no way to share this phenomenal discovery!

 

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It is so hard to describe the massiveness of what you see there standing at the edge.  I love this picture of Eric.  Not only does it show you how cute my hubby is, but it also helps you see the vastness of the Grand Canyon.  Amazing!

 

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After our visit to the Grand Canyon, we made our way to Sedona.  While I enjoyed the Grand Canyon, Sedona was my favorite.  It was a perfect day and our first stop was a ride on the Pink Jeep Tour.  Eric made these reservations and I’ll be honest, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into.

 

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This is the “hill” that we had just driven (slid) down right before the jeep behind us.  We were actually sitting at a 45 degree angle while the driver told us a few interesting facts.  My oldest loved it, my youngest covered her eyes for most of the ride.

 

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This view at the top was well worth the rough ride, though.

 

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This is right before we left to go home.  We were all tired, but so happy that we came.  If you haven’t had the chance to visit the Grand Canyon or Sedona, AZ, be sure to add them to your bucket list.  You will not be disappointed.

I’ll be back to the business of design this week, so stay tuned to instagram and facebook at Lori May Interiors for a sneak peek into my week!  I’m thrilled to be the keynote speaker at the Designer’s Workroom Council annual meeting this Thursday.  It’s sure to be a fun day!  If you’re in the Atlanta area, I’d love to see you!

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