I have a great new project to tell you about today. I have been asked to design the porch of the 2013 Inspiration House which is part of the annual Cathedral Antiques Show & Tour of Homes here in Atlanta. The show is in its 42nd year and has been benefiting Atlanta-area non-profits since it was founded in 1969. This year’s show opens on January 26th (yikes!) and will benefit Refugee Family Services whose mission is to support the efforts of refugee women and children to achieve self-sufficiency. This is a cause I’m passionate about so I’m especially happy to participating.

So the house. Pretty stunning, right? Formerly a private home, the Lanier House is owned by St. Phillips Cathedral in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta and is one of the oldest homes in the city. This is the front of the house but the side is used as the main entrance and that is where the porch I am designing is:

Since it will be the first thing visitors to the home will see, my goal is to create a welcoming and beautiful first impression.

As you can see, the space is W-I-D-E but not too deep and one side is open to a walkway. Because it’s an historic property, no alterations can be made to the exterior so I am working with what you see here. We’ll have to see what we can do with this big concrete bump in the middle!

I plan on several seating areas, lots of greenery, interesting lighting and some pretty bold colors. I have to do some serious hustling over the next couple of weeks to get it all done!

I’ll keep you posted on my progress and in the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about the show, house, and related special events, please visit here. You may remember I blogged about last year’s Inspiration House here and here.

(Photos: FROM THE RIGHT BANK except the first.)




What amazing news! Congratulations!! Can’t wait to see what you do.

Kim @ See Kim Decorate

Congrats! That’s great! It sounds like it would be a fun project no matter the cause, but the fact that it’s for women and children refugees makes it that much better. Good luck with it and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Heather in Arles

Yay pour ma copine! Whoohoo!! I know you will be awesome and the space will be so warm and welcoming because that is what you do best!
And if you can’t cover up the concrete, I say draw a carpet on it with chalk. :)


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