Double the Design

Perched over the community’s Mado Hamlet, two connected homes played host to the 2023 SERENBE DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE

Soft & Serene

Home 1, Living Room Emily Dunn, Emily Dunn Interior Design

Earthy tones and rich textures create an inviting yet sophisticated feeling in the living room of Showhouse 1, designed by Emily Dunn. “I opted for shades of caramel and cinnamon, as well as pottery and warm wood,” says Dunn. “They form the foundation, making the space feel serene and cozy.” A reclaimed-wood coffee table, sisal rug, faux-fur chair, and preserved botanicals nod to the nature visible from the room’s large-scale windows while adding dimension. A dramatic 15-foot plaster fireplace—which Dunn adorned with a bucolic photograph by Atlanta photographer Merrell Thompson—serves as a striking centerpiece. “I went for a celebration of nature and a deep connection to the earth,” says Dunn. “I firmly believe that a well-designed space should not only be visually pleasing but also inherently tactile and warmly inviting.”

WINDOWS Windsor Windows & Doors FAUX MONGOLIAN FUR CHAIR Verellen SOFA, SWIVEL CLUB CHAIRS, TUFTED LEATHER OTTOMAN, MOHAIR PILLOWS Lee Industries VINTAGE PILLOWS Parviz Oriental Rugs SISAL RUG Fibreworks through Hazels Flooring PERSIAN RUG Fine Rugs of Charleston through Hazels Flooring SHEER DRAPERY PANELS Romo, fabricated by The Drapery Room ARTWORK ABOVE FIREPLACE Merrell Thompson PRESERVED BOTANICALS Le Jardin Français 

Verdant Views

Home 1, Upper Covered Porch June Chamberlain and Lisa Uihlein, June Chamberlain Interiors

For the covered porch of Showhouse 1, June Chamberlain, owner and principal designer of June Chamberlain Interiors, worked with senior designer Lisa Uihlein to create an eclectic, comfortable space by layering textures and warm hues. Her jumping-off point for the room was an antique Turkish kilim rug, which she repurposed as a table skirt on the room’s center table. “We decided to create a strong focal point and drop a large chandelier over it so you would have a glimpse of the space when you walked into the home,” says Chamberlain. Adding to the room’s collected feel are 1970s-inspired rattan chairs and antique details, including a pair of antlers, weathered shutters—used as wall decor—a console, and a worn portrait. Says Chamberlain, “We wanted to create a warm, casual, and inviting space to gather outside.”

ANTIQUE TURKISH KILIM RUG Parviz Oriental Rugs CHANDELIER Palecek CHAIRS Four Hands SHUTTERS, CONSOLE Scott Antique Markets PLANTERS Benton, Hayden & Associates OUTDOOR RUG Hazels Flooring LAMPS, PORTRAIT Antiques & Beyond DRAPERY FABRIC Lewis & Sheron Textiles POTTERY ON CONSOLE The Nicholson Gallery 

Charm to Table

Home 1, Kitchen, Dining Room, & Garden Room Melody Richardson & Marlee Vlassis, Balance Design

Designers Melody Richardson and Marlee Vlassis outfitted the open-concept kitchen, dining room, and garden room to function and flow together. To complement the light and bright energy of the kitchen’s white cabinetry—designed by Bell Cabinetry & Design—and the lofty ceilings and windows of the dining room and living room, the designers kept things airy, layering in rich textures and strategic pops of color through artwork and rugs. “We combined pieces that were special enough to have a presence in the grandeur of the tall ceilings and windows, but used natural finishes and local artwork to keep it relatable and comfortable,” says Vlassis. In contrast, they selected a moody blue paint (Benjamin Moore Hamilton Blue) for the garden room, which also features an herb wall and a flowing water fixture. “The intention for this space was to create an experience that envelops you and activates all of your senses for a perfect little respite from the rest of the world,” says Richardson. “We envisioned easy flow between the spaces, making this a garden-to-table home.”

Easygoing Elegance

Home 1, Lounge, Bathroom, & Laundry Room Loren Taylor, Loren Taylor Designs

On her first site visit to the Serenbe Showhouse, designer Loren Taylor was struck by the textures and colors of the surrounding pine trees and Georgia clay. “I was inspired to add those elements and ground the suite through rhythm and repetition,” says Taylor, who set out to create a comfortable, versatile guest retreat. In the bedroom, she pulled in the Georgia clay with purposeful pops of orange found in a painting by Kim Goldstein. Comfortable textures—such as the velvet on the custom daybed and Persian rug underfoot—add interest to a calming color scheme of white and cream, as does a large antique Italian tramp art mirror. In the bathroom, Taylor complemented the lounge’s textures with a silver-and-gold cork wallcovering, which “reflects the gold plumbing fittings and lighting fixtures.” Likewise, Thibaut’s La Palma Bark grasscloth in the laundry room calls upon Serenbe’s pine trees. “I wanted there to be a sense of calmness as you enter the space. We wanted it to strike a balance of having just the right amount of items,” says the designer.

Lounge DAYBED FABRIC Thibaut CREDENZA, COCKTAIL TABLE Modern History MILANESE ARMCHAIRS, GILT IRON SCONCES, ITALIAN TRAMP ART MIRROR Foxglove Antiques & Galleries PERSIAN RUG Moattar TRELLIS WALL BRACKETS Mainly Baskets CHANDELIER Julian Chichester ARTWORK Through dk Gallery Powder Room & Laundry Room CABINETRY Bell Cabinetry & Design COUNTERTOP MSI, fabricated by CR Home WALLCOVERING Thibaut

Modern Classic

Home 1, Primary Bedroom & Bathroom Buffy Ferguson, Elizabeth Ferguson Design

Designer Buffy Ferguson anchored the primary bedroom and bath with English design sensibilities, adding a modern twist with her choice in colors and materials. “We wanted this room to feel at home in Serenbe,” says Ferguson. “A warm and inviting space with uniquely curated pieces that feel elevated but timeworn and lived-in.” Fine antiques—such as the four-poster bed, Louis XIII chair, and Persian rug—play off luxe textures in the form of tweed shams and a faux-fur blanket. When it came to the color scheme, Newton Paisley’s Theobroma Tree of Life fabric, which is used on the bed’s lumbar pillow, “became our North Star,” says Ferguson. “The walls were kept a soft, warm white, and we brought in various hues that all have their moment but don’t compete. It makes the eye dance around the space.” The primary bathroom is anchored by a curvaceous tub and artwork from Southern artists Jordan Wright Patterson, Judy Walker, and Kathryn Keller. Says Ferguson, “Mixing their artistic creations with classic English charm and our own modern touch resulted in a space that feels sophisticated and personal.”

Bedroom CUSTOM KING BED, CHANDELIER Holland MacRae LUMBAR PILLOW FABRIC Newton Paisley Theobroma Tree of Life through Holland MacRae DRAPERY PANELS Colefax and Fowler EURO SHAMS Elizabeth Eakins GILT HORN LEG BENCHES William Word Fine Antiques PLASTER BUST, CONSOLE LAMP Townhouse by Robert Brown ANTIQUE OLIVE JARS Foxglove Antiques & Galleries PERSIAN RUG Persian Point Rugs BEDSIDE TABLE LAMPS Bungalow Classic COVERLET, PILLOW CASES Peacock Alley Bathroom CABINETRY Bell Cabinetry & Design FAUCETRY Ferguson

Bejeweled Balance

Home 1, Lower Lounge Ashley Miller, Ashley Miller Design 

For the lower lounge, designer Ashley Miller created a sleek retreat that took advantage of the room’s elongated shape, bar area, and abundance of natural light. To maximize space, the designer created two distinct seating areas. On one end, a coffee table and four slipper chairs (which are armless to allow for “easy in, easy out,” says the designer) create an inviting gathering space by the bar. On the other end, Miller positioned a more casual seating arrangement, opting for two skirted chairs and a backless sofa, which provided plenty of room to lounge without obstructing the views outside. Miller also played off the bar’s eye-catching backsplash—a reflective mix of charcoal mosaic tiles—by incorporating metallic shades of gold and silver throughout, perhaps most notably in a champagne hand-painted Gracie Studio wallpaper, which is framed and used as an art piece. “It was a way to create a large-scale artwork to help draw you in but balance the scale of the bar,” explains Miller, who selected light fabrics to contrast with the bar area’s darker tones, sprinkling in strategic shades of ochre for variation. “Having a balance of fabrics, soft textures, and clean lines mixed with traditional elements makes the room inviting,” she says. “It’s what draws you in and allows you to use the space in different ways.”

CABINETRY Bell Cabinetry & Design WINDOWS Windsor Windows & Doors SLIPPER CHAIRS, ROUND COCKTAIL TABLE Arteriors SLIPPER CHAIRS FABRIC Cowtan & Tout BACKLESS SOFA CR Laine SKIRTED CHAIR Lee Industries with Schumacher fabric OCHRE VELVET CHAIR FABRIC Rose Uniacke through Wareco ANTIQUE FRENCH CONSOLE, SILVER COCKTAIL SHAKERS, TRUMPET VASES Foxglove Antiques & Galleries AGED BRASS SIDE TABLE Bernhardt WALLPAPER PANELS Gracie Studio, custom framed by Brooks and Black

Natural Talent

Home 1, Bedroom & Bathroom Steve Mckenzie, McKenzie Design 

In the lower-level bedroom, designer Steve McKenzie looked to the natural beauty visible from the room’s large windows. “The first time I walked in the room—early summer—the green of the oak trees and the big strong tree trunks informed my design,” says McKenzie. “I knew instantly I wanted the green of the trees for the walls and the bed to reflect the oak tree trunks.” The designer enveloped the room in Sherwin-Williams Saguaro, “the perfect yellow-green to reflect the outdoors—specifically the early summer leaves,” he says. A stately oak bed frame grounds the space in nature, as does a natural cowhide chaise and painterly works of art. An antique-inspired desk is positioned in front of the window to take advantage of Serenbe’s enchanting landscape. “As an artist myself, I love the desk in front of the window, where I could sit and paint while enjoying the natural view,” says McKenzie. “I wanted to create a place of rest and inspiration that celebrated the natural beauty of Serenbe.”

Bedroom OAK BED FRAME Modern History FRENCH COMMODE WITH MARBLE TOP, VINTAGE BRASS-AND-LACQUER TABLE, RUSTIC FRENCH BENCH Huff Harrington Home BLACK DESK Verde Home DRAPERIES Romo Fabrics, fabricated by The Drapery Room DRAPERY TRIM Kirkby Design LIGHT FIXTURE Visual Comfort & Co. ARTWORK Steve McKenzie, Stephen Shon, and through Huff Harrington Fine Art Bathroom CABINETRY Bell Cabinetry & Design TUB Hydro Systems FAUCETRY Ferguson ANTIQUE OAK FOOTSTOOL Huff Harrington Home SHOWER GARDEN STOOL Emissary

Moment of Zen

Home 1, Lower Covered Porch Lanada Chanel Duncan, B.E. Decors Interiors

Seeking to create a serene, biophilic sanctuary, designer Lanada Chanel Duncan focused on appealing to the senses and representing nature when designing the terrace porch of Showhouse 1. “I wanted the space to have a tranquil, Afro-boho-chic vibe to it,” says the designer, who anchored the room with a large artwork by James Lewis of Noire3000 | N3k Photo Studios framed in ruched fabric. A persimmon tree console table, a 7-foot-tall water fountain, and live plants (majesty palm trees and crotons) create a sense of indoor-outdoor living, as do woven palm leaf pillows, a rattan lantern, and wicker chairs. An outdoor sofa and four occasional chairs, upholstered in all-weather fabrics, provide a comfortable place to soak it all in. “All of this was meant to play well with the beautiful treetop views of the Mado Hamlet,” she says. “Everything was meant to support our effort to stimulate the senses and inspire wellness living through biophilic design.”

BIRDS OF PARADISE ARTWORK James Lewis of Noire3000 | N3k Photo Studios, framed through Frameworks Gallery SOFA, OCCASIONAL CHAIRS, CONCRETE END TABLES Four Hands through Hawthorne House PERSIMMON TREE CONSOLE Atlantic Fine Woods RUG Jaipur Living WOVEN PALM PILLOWS, RATTAN LANTERN ATL Designs PALM TREES, CROTON PLANTS The Plant Peddler 

In Good Taste

Home 2, Kitchen & Powder Room Pamela Stakemann, South Haven Builders

Modern touches and natural elements create harmony in the Showhouse 2 kitchen by Pamela Stakemann, who also served as the 2023 Serenbe Designer Showhouse lead designer. “In an effort to stay true to the naturalist theme of Serenbe, we incorporated natural, organic design elements into the space to bring some life to the kitchen,” says Stakemann. Tall, white oak cabinetry—custom made by Bell Cabinetry & Design—features a warm, custom-blended stain and provides visual balance to the room’s lofty 15-foot ceilings. Honed quartzite countertops “incorporate a range of nature-inspired colors, from sky blue to dark blue, as well as earthy gold and rust,” notes Stakemann. Painted ceiling beams extend into the dining and living areas, unifying all three spaces. “We wanted to make the space feel warm and inviting, playing off of the cottage theme but incorporating some modern touches with natural elements,” says Stakemann. In the powder room, she worked with Construction Resources to create a custom Avenza marble sink that maximizes space with a wall-mounted faucet and backsplash shelf for soaps and toiletries. Says Stakemann, “The powder room is a small space, so the design challenge was how to make it feel special and unique while still being efficient.”

Playful Panache

Home 2, Living Room & Dining room Hope Austin, Hope Austin Interiors

A pair of photographs by artist Thomas Jackson depicting Serenbe’s natural landscape served as the jumping-off point for designer Hope Austin when designing the living room and dining room. “It’s very sophisticated work, but it has a festive vibe—it’s completely unique and without pretense,” says Austin, who brought shades of teal and gold into both spaces. In place of a traditional sofa and chairs, the designer grounded the living room with four custom swivel chairs upholstered in a teal mohair fabric. And rather than dining chairs, Austin selected a custom banquette and three stools—upholstered in performance fabrics “so everyone can eat, drink, and be merry without worrying about spills”—to maintain an open flow of space between each room. “The idea is that these stools can easily be moved to accommodate more seating in the living room.” To define each distinct space, Austin grounded each room with a rug from Keivan Woven Arts. “In an open plan, it’s important to find a way to delineate different areas and functions,” explains Austin.

Living Room WINDOWS Windsor Windows & Doors SWIVEL CHAIRS Thibaut fabric, fabricated by Century Upholstery RUGS Keivan Woven Arts ARTWORK Through Jackson Fine Art DRAPERY FABRIC Thibaut COFFEE TABLE, CONSOLE Hawthorne House FLORAL DESIGN Sidney Fish from Morgan County Career Academy Dining Room BANQUETTE Thibaut fabric, fabricated by Century Upholstery HEXAGON STOOLS Hawthorne House upholstered in Thibaut fabric, fabricated by Century Upholstery OVAL DINING TABLE Made Goods DINNERWARE Replacements, Ltd.

Rest Intentions

Home 2, Primary Bedroom & Bathroom Calvin Watt, The C’VION Company

Designer Calvin Watt had a sophisticated bachelor suite in mind when designing the primary bedroom and bath of Showhouse 2. He anchored the bedroom with an upholstered bed from Arhaus and a striking canvas artwork by Bella Lane positioned overhead. “There are multiple centerpieces in the room, but nothing overpowered the main center of the room, which was the bed and artwork,” explains Watt. Adding softness are organic materials and light textures, which include a jute rug, jute chandelier, velvet pillows, and velour and vinyl bedding. In the primary bath, Watt packed a punch by mixing pops of gold—abstract gold sculptures and a gold sconce—with the silver hardware. “I like to design every room so you can stay in it for hours,” says Watt. “You turn your music on, dim the lights, and enjoy what life has given you.”


Lasting Looks

Home 2, upper Covered Porch Beverly Baribault, Beverly Baribault Design Group

Panoramic views of Serenbe’s landscape informed Beverly Baribault’s design of the covered porch. “I carefully chose colors that wouldn’t distract from the beautiful vista but instead enhance its natural beauty,” explains Baribault, who custom-designed nearly every detail. “I selected an exquisite rust-colored velvet from the French fabric house Métaphores as the foundation color and then built the fabric scheme around it.” To accentuate the room’s lofty ceilings, Baribault swathed one wall in Kravet fabric and Lee Jofa trim, which also appears on the love seat’s velvet throw pillows. A scalloped valance and drapery fabric frame the room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. “By framing the exterior opening with exquisite fabrics, the view takes on a personalized, almost integral role within the space,” says Baribault.

SCREENS Screens of Georgia TABLE Hand-crafted by Windsor Pine OTTOMAN, PILLOWS, DRAPERY Métaphores fabric, fabricated by Custom Creations TRIM, SCALLOPED VALANCE, THROW Lee Jofa fabric, fabricated by Custom Creations WALL UPHOLSTERY, SOFA CUSHIONS Kravet fabric, fabricated by Custom Creations CLAY POTS Etsy ARTWORK Amy Cobb through dk Gallery

Quiet Luxury

Home 2, Bedroom, Bathroom, & Laundry Room Chaz Easterly, Linen & Flax Co.

Neutral hues and natural elements create a sense of calm in the bedroom, bath, and utility rooms, designed by Chaz Easterly. “Linen & Flax is big on keeping everything neutral and natural with lots of material in our design,” says Easterly. “I envisioned empty nesters using this space. They have left the hustle and bustle of Atlanta for a more quiet and serene space to unwind and live in a natural and beautiful setting.” A mix of tactile materials—including linen, velvet, marble, and wood—adds texture and interest to the room’s overall neutral scheme. Likewise, a linen wallcovering in the utility room adds subtle dimension and pattern. “We chose a wallcovering with lots of texture and subtle flowers, bringing the serenity and natural palette of Serenbe inside,” says Easterly.

Bedroom FURNITURE, BEDDING, ARTWORK, ACCESSORIES, DECOR Linen & Flax Co. WINDOW TREATMENTS The Shade Store Bathroom & Laundry Room CABINETRY Bell Cabinetry & Design FAUCETRY Ferguson WALLCOVERING Phillip Jeffries

La Dolce Vita

Home 2, Bedroom, Bathroom, & Lower Covered Porch Beth Kooby, Beth Kooby Design 

When designing the terrace-level bedroom, bathroom, and covered porch, designer Beth Kooby set out to create a dreamy, Italian-inspired sanctuary. “I definitely saw the terrace level as being somewhat of an escape from the rest of the house, whether that’s for teenagers or the in-laws,” says Kooby. A recent trip to Milan and Lake Como in Italy informed her design choices in the bedroom, including striped walls, a 1960s vintage Italian Murano glass light fixture, and a Calacatta Viola Extra marble bedside table. A showstopping custom mohair headboard serves as a subtle nod to the gentle waves of Lake Como. Kooby carried its striking plum color into the bathroom with an ornate Kit Miles wallpaper. Meanwhile, the covered porch is “still in Italy, but more Mediterranean,” says Kooby. A vintage Italian marble table and a twin daybed provide the perfect place to lounge or gather. Says Kooby, “I wanted each space to have a fantastic feel to it.”

Bedroom SCALLOPED HEADBOARD FABRIC Rosemary Hallgarten through Holland & Sherry CALACATTA VIOLA EXTRA MARBLE BEDSIDE TABLE Marmi DESK CHAIR Upholstered in Christian Lacroix through Ainsworth-Noah DESK LAMP Through Jerry Pair ARTWORK Rebecca Jack CUSTOM SHELL MIRROR Dawn Nakamura Bathroom CABINETRY Bell Cabinetry & Design WALLPAPER Kit Miles through Atlanta Textile Club SCONCES The Urban Electric Co. SHOWER CURTAIN FABRIC Schumacher ARTWORK Through dk Gallery Lower Covered Porch DAYBED Doorman Designs MATTRESS COVER FABRIC Rosemary Hallgarten through Holland & Sherry PILLOW FABRIC Jennifer Shorto through Holland & Sherry

Nourished by Nature

Design-Build Serenbe Planning + Design, South Haven Builders, Floralis

Inspired by the scale and warmth of Italian hillside architecture, architectural designer Steve Dray and South Haven Builders embraced natural materials such as cedar wood, stacked fieldstone, and stucco masonry for the 2023 Serenbe Designer Showhouses. To complement this exterior, Lucinda Bray of Floralis designed a low-maintenance landscape that would look beautiful throughout the seasons. “We used a mixture of evergreen shrub plantings and groundcover to create a plant palette for year-round interest,” says Bray, who also mixed in seasonal plantings in stone planters outside each residence. Keeping all the bedrooms of each townhouse to one side allowed the living spaces to have dramatic ceiling heights and open-concept layouts, as well as double back porches offering views of Serenbe’s Mado Hamlet. Notes Dray, “The concept for these townhomes is to maximize the use of space while taking full advantage of the incredible rear views afforded by the steep topography on Lupo Loop.”

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER Serenbe Planning & Design BUILDER South Haven Builders LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Floralis