Don’t hate me for saying this, but I’m about 90% done with my Christmas shopping (and I wrote this post before Thanksgiving…). I didn’t want to feel stressed this year upon returning home from a relaxing Thanksgiving, realizing it is December 1st, and not having bought a single present. Gift giving should be fun and put you in the holiday spirit, but in the past it hasn’t been all tinsel and sparkles with me. I usually wait too long, end up getting overwhelmed, and then spend too much money on last minute shipping and gift wrapping.
This year, I promised myself I would enjoy the holiday season from the start, and cross off the majority of my list before December 1st. I am almost there and I can’t tell you the feeling of relief I have going into Thanksgiving week. (Why don’t I do this every year?!) Anyways, now that I don’t have to spend every waking moment shopping in early December, I am putting together my list of holiday activities around town and at home.
On a rainy Sunday before Thanksgiving, I got to cross the first event off of my list – the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays. Each year, Atlanta’s leading design experts showcase their talents in a single showhouse. This year’s showhouse, located on top of a hill on Habersham Road, is inspired by the 1890s-1920s English Arts and Crafts style of Sir Edwin Lutyens. (If you’ve seen this house being built over the last year on Habersham, you must go inside to see it in all its glory!) The house was designed by Harrison Design Associates and built by Sheehan Built homes.
I have no words for the home, except, when can I move in?! (It is currently for sale!) I loved walking through all the different designers’ rooms and seeing how their styles complemented one another, but were still very distinct. My favorites were probably the outdoor terrace on the first floor, and the blue bedroom on the second floor. The ceiling in the formal dining room was beyond, and I liked each light fixture more than the last. The ceilings were giant-size, so the light fixtures were bold and oversized to fit the spaces perfectly. I will let the pictures do the talking though 🙂
It didn’t take long to get in the holiday spirit after walking through the house with Christmas decorations at every turn. I can’t wait to make this an annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition!
If you already have tickets to go, don’t worry, there is MUCH and MORE to see aside from my pics 🙂 The house is only open Wednesdays through Sundays until December 7th, so act fast if you want to see it this holiday season! Ticket sales benefit the Southeastern Horticultural Society’s Children’s Learning Gardens and Farms. Tickets are $25 and you can get them here.
**The lovely ladies of The Reynolds Group hooked us up with a special preview of the house, but all reviews are always our own – I mean, the house speaks for itself really!!**