Drama, fantasy, matinee idol looks, and design solutions dazzle at the country’s leading showhouses.
Written by Krissa Rossbund
In design, the grass is always greener. Diminutive rooms leave designers wishing for larger proportions to let them spread their creative wings. And when a room clocks in at a whopping 17x30 feet—like the dining room that Melanie Turner designed for the Atlanta Symphony Showhouse—it can lack the intimacy that is ideal for social gatherings.
“The space was too large for one table and one chandelier,” explains Turner. “It needed heft that would offset the spacious dimensions.”
To create that “heft,” she placed two square Regency-style tables at one end of
the room and a sitting area at the opposite end. The twin tables can be pushed together or pulled apart, making room for four additional guests. Around the white-topped tables Turner mixed two seating styles: contemporary white frames covered in leather and settees with slim, modern profiles that are softened by theatrical mauve-colored velvet. Matching crystal chandeliers from France hang above the tables.
See more of this room on the following slides.
Interior designer: Melanie Turner, Turner Davis Interiors, 130 W. Wieuca Road, Suite 209, Atlanta, GA 30342; 404/250-0134, turnerdavisinteriors.com.
Tables (“Regis”); skirted settees (“Ana Marie”): Bradley, 404/814-9595, bradley-usa.com.
Settee fabric (“Aurora”/Aubergine #3406-12): Jim Thompson Fabrics, 800/262-0336, jimthompsonfabrics.com.
Side chairs (“Cyril Side Chair”/Enamel); chair fabric (white cobblestone leather): Oly, 775/336-2111, olystudio.com.
Chandelier (“Granada”): Currey & Co., 877/768-6428,
Dinnerware (“Mosaique au 24”): Hermès, usa.hermes.com.
Console; chairs flanking console: designer’s collection.
Sculpture on console: designer’s collection.
Sea urchin on console: Oly, 775/336-2111, olystudio.com.
Draperies (“Appollon”/Beige #3408/01): Jim Thompson Fabrics, 800/262-0336, jimthompsonfabrics.com.
Gold pedestals by window: antique.
Urns: designer’s collection.
Area rug (Turkish Oushak): Keivan Woven Arts, 404/266-3336, keivanwovenarts.com.
Wall paint (“North Hampton Beige” #AC-38): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Large wall art of birds (Migration, by Thomas Swanston): Bill Lowe Gallery, 404/352-8114, lowegallery.com.