Meet The Twelve 2021 Showhouse Designers At Serenbe
Every year, Serenbe partners with Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine to create the Serenbe Designer Showhouse, featuring the work of some fabulous Atlanta-based interior designers. Each showhouse features new trends, colors and aesthetics from different designers, presenting a plethora of design ideas for the public to tour. If you appreciate stellar architecture or have an eye for interiors, this showhouse is the place for you. Opening to the public for self-guided tours on October 15, the 2021 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Designer Showhouse will be a sight to see until November 7, 2021. Purchase tickets today.
Built high in the woods of the Grange neighborhood is perhaps the most dramatic Serenbe Showhouse to date. Designed by Serenbe Planning & Design and build by South Haven Builders, this contemporary custom home has three stories with 14.5-foot ceilings and wall-to-wall windows, creating the most gorgeous birds-eye views of the trees of Rausch Ridge. The 3,500-square-foot home has 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, with a bonus room on the terrace level perfect for another bed and bath, a work-from-home oasis, or create a recreation room. Round it all out with a two-car (plus golf cart) garage.
This year’s Showhouse features 12 of Atlanta’s top interior designers, with lead designer Lorraine Enwright of Intuitive Dwellings working with the builders to select the home’s finishes. The Showhouse certainly wouldn’t be anything without the incredibly talented designers involved, so we thought we’d highlight each designer so you can get to know their craft before seeing their work in the home. Keep reading to learn all about this year’s Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Serenbe Showhouse interior designers.
Mudroom: Abbi Williams Company: Red Door Design Studio
Abbi Williams is a graduate of the FIDER-accredited Interior Design program at the University of Georgia. She brings over 13 years combined construction and design experience to her clients.
In 2006, after teaching in Italy and publishing research in Germany, Abbi opened a full-service design studio specializing in custom home design and blueprints, project management for out-of-state clients, as well as commercial design for medical and dental offices.
Downstairs Lounge: Tara Dennis Company: Archie Bolden
Tara Dennis is the USA Director of Archie Bolden. With a background in residential property development, commercial real estate and a side hustle in high end furniture manufacturing, she boasts one hearty repertoire of design related skills and experience. (We could list the range of creative project’s she’s been involved in, but the fact of the matter is, the list of projects she hasn't touched would likely be shorter).
Tara’s relaxed management style, deep understanding of property and passion for interior design enables her to combine the creative with the business and provide an all-encompassing solution that is not just good looking, but practical and well-planned. She believes in purposeful design intentions that are a true reflection of her clients personalities and values, and has no fear when entering uncharted design-related waters... nothing memorable ever came out of playing it safe!
She rarely sits still for long, so if you're USA based you best be jumping on that contact button - STAT! Who knows, she could be in your city right this moment!? (We’ve given up trying to keep tabs on her!)
Living Room: Jeffrey Bruce Baker
Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs (JBB) was founded in 2009 and is a licensed Architecture and Interior Design firm. Before launching the firm, lead Architect and Interior Designer Jeffrey Baker trained in Atlanta and Italy. Later he quickly achieved the role of Lead Designer and Project Manager at Smallwood Reynolds Stewart Stewart where he designed and coordinated large luxury projects such as Streets of Buckhead, Mandarin Orientals Hotels, Sovereign, Ritz Carlton Residences, and Reynolds Plantation. Jeffrey created JBB to offer a one-stop studio, offering full architectural, interior, custom furnishings, and construction administration services that you can only find at substantial firms.
The firm produces preeminent design solutions for luxury residential, restaurant, small business, and hospitality markets. The majority of our architectural work has been designing luxury custom homes (renovation and new), multiple unit residential communities, and restaurants.
We are a small, entrepreneurial group of boutique-minded professionals with a passion for architecture, interior design, and experience design. We’re designers and strategists who craft unique environments that keep people coming back for more. As artists, inventors, tastemakers and savvy business entrepreneurs, we have an endless curiosity and mindful approach to design. Our clients seek our expertise for collaborative efforts that require smart, lifestyle-driven solutions.
Kitchen/Stairs/Breakfast room: Lorraine Enwright Company: Intuitive Dwellings (Spec Designer)
I created my first dwelling at age 8 using table cloths quickly snatched from my mother's linen closet, a broom handle for the "teepee mast", string, electrician's tape, and cabinets made from some cardboard boxes from our basement, with the intent of hosting elaborate tea parties there with my sister. In my middle school years, I often made 'rounds' after school with my father visiting his residential construction sites, loving all the sensory experiences of fresh cut lumber, and saws and hammers creating a couple's, or families', new dwelling. Entering college I set on a course to pursue holistic design at Auburn University with a dual major in architecture and interior design. I wanted to help people create personal environments from the outside to the inside, that reflected the way they wanted to live and play. With this focus on the personal environment, I formed my thesis on the psychology of design and color to demonstrate how we can create a built environment, drawing from the elements in nature that speak to us, and help us feel healthier and "right".
And so after over 22 years of helping people create places and spaces that FEEL RIGHT to them, shaping their environment to fit their personalities and lifestyle, I 've come to believe that deep within us is a desire to thrive where we dwell. Ultimately, we are seeking that sense of place that feels right to us, where we can live, play and enhance our personal relationships seamlessly. In this pursuit, our intuition, or 'gut' gives us a thumbs-up or thumbs-down in response to the world around us. However, it is through discovering our unique intuitive nature -- the composite of our heart's intentions – that we begin to understand WHY some things feel right to us and other things don’t.
So, whether you seek to create a modern farmhouse with clean lines, a historically inspired home with a family focus, a summer retreat that immerses you into nature, a one of a kind artful structure or interior, renovate a suburban home with good bones or update an urban townhouse with a hip vibe, it is about YOU in every way. Together we will help you discover and foster a deeper connection with your personal environment, bringing together those elements in life and nature that define YOU in your world, creating that unique dwelling that helps you FEEL RIGHT WHERE YOU LIVE.
Let's begin together.
Master Bedroom/Laundry Room: Beth Kooby Company: Beth Kooby Design
Since moving into interior design full time in 2014, Beth Kooby was one of the 2014 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles bath of the year winners, designed two powder baths for the 2015 Atlanta Symphony Orchestras show house and gardens, and designed the tasting area for chef Digby Stridiron for the 2016 Kevin Rathbun's ones to watch party for the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. In 2017, she was named as one of Modern Luxury's the Atlantan Magazine "women of power and influence". In 2018, she designed a master suite for Atlanta Magazine’s HOME modern showhouse (Atlanta’s first modern showhouse). In 2019, she designed a bedroom, bath, and the upstairs porch for Atlanta Magazine’s modern style showhouse. She is also a designer in the 2019 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles “Home for the Holidays” showhouse. In 2020, she created a themed vignette for St Philip Cathedral Antiques Show.
She has been published in Traditional Home, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Atlanta Magazine's HOME, Atlanta Magazine “room envy”, Styleblueprint.com, and Kitchen and Bath Makeovers.
She has contributed to articles in House Beautiful, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, 17 South Magazine, krownlab.com's blog, and Atlanta Home Improvement.
Her design work is featured in 2 books, 150 best new bathroom ideas and happy design, as well as numerous articles on houzz.com, nationally and internationally.
Master Bath & Bath Porch: Stephanie Andrews & Jennifer Carter Company: Balance Design
Stephanie Andrews founded Balance Design in 2002 after being encouraged by her family to pursue her dream of starting her own design firm. Since then, she and her team have created hundreds of curated interiors ranging from single rooms to entire homes.
Stephanie is an intuitive listener who is especially attentive to the needs and aesthetic preferences of individual clients. Her discerning eye for color, furniture, rugs, and art has become a hallmark of her design aesthetic, allowing her to incorporate clients’ own furniture with new pieces. The result is beautiful, authentic spaces that leave a lasting impression.
Bedroom 2 Susan Currie Company: Susan Currie Design
Big pictures are made of little details, and that’s what Susan Currie is all about. She brings her unique, detail-oriented expertise to your design project and creates truly fabulous interiors. But, don’t let this attention to detail fool you, Susan also brings a lot of fun and funk to her projects to ensure each one is unique to her clients, their lifestyle and personality.
Color is a passion of Susan’s and working brilliant hues into a space is a fun challenge for her. Introducing pops of color through artwork and accessories can absolutely make a space and are Susan’s trademark to creating luxury interiors. Lucky for her clients, Susan has the ability to blend her personality and design style with a polished professionalism that will make working with her not only an easy decision at the start of a project, but one you’ll thank yourself for over and over through the project’s completion. She is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and one of only 25 Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) in the greater New Orleans area. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University, Susan chose to follow her desires and do what she always wanted to, become a designer. At that point, she worked to earn her associates degree in Interior Design from Delgado Community College.
Susan has lived and worked in the Southeast and Southwest. During her time in Atlanta, she served as Director for the Georgia Chapter of the ASID and currently enjoys residing in The Big Easy, where the people, architecture and food are almost equally inspirational to designing New Orleans’ high-end interiors! It’s through her travels, places she’s lived, artwork and gardening that Susan draws inspiration. A shopping trip with her to a favorite antique store or art gallery can lead the way for a new, luxury New Orleans interior, as well as a quite a few laughs.If you’re looking for a fresh and fabulous space, reflective of your family’s personality and lifestyle, Susan Currie Design is it! Her eye for detail will leave you feeling totally satisfied with the end product at the culmination of a project, but her playful spirit and overwhelming talent may leave you looking for new spaces to work on together.
With Susan Currie Design, you’ll create interiors that are just as lovely to look at as they are to live within.
Bedroom 3 Jessica Davis Company: Jordan Hilton Interiors
With an Art History degree from Princeton University and a Master’s in Interior Design from The New England School of Art and Design, Jessica Davis finds herself especially influenced by the texture and dimension found in historic and contemporary art and architecture. Jessica is half Chinese and half Texan and draws inspiration from her childhood years in Sydney, Australia, Hong Kong and Dallas as well as her travels throughout Asia and Europe. Prior to founding her own businesses, Jessica worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for the TV show Bob Vila’s Home Again and then spent close to 10 years on Wilson Associates’ New York and LA teams where she designed many international hotel and resort projects. She prides herself in being able to enhance the original bones of an interior with period specific finishes, while also modernizing the space with an eclectic mix of furniture and soft goods – always with a touch of the unexpected. She has worked on new-builds, restored Victorian gems, and taken mid-century modern homes into the present day. Atelier Davis is staffed by a dedicated team of working mothers. Jessica always seeks to lift-up women in her work and to further her company mission of mothers helping mothers.
Bedroom 4 Kit Castaldo Company: Kit Castaldo Design
With degrees in both Fashion Merchandising & Textiles and Interior Design, Kit Castaldo's education coupled with years of experience create a refined expertise in designing homes. Drawing inspiration from architecture, light and scale, Kit strives to make a statement in each space by blending the comfort of traditional styles and classic elements with clean lines and a hint of contemporary sleekness. While Kit has a fondness for a neutral palette, warm materials and natural elements, her work is very client dependent. Whether the job calls for a formal space or a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere, she works closely with each client to elevate their style while adding value to their home. The final result is a beautiful setting that exudes warmth and comfort while reflecting the client’s personality through layers of texture and the perfect touch of color.
Kit’s work has been featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, the 2021 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse and StyleBlueprint.
Loft & Main Level Front Patio Patrick and Megan Sharp Company: Mister and Mrs Sharp
Patrick and Meghan Sharp are a husband and wife design team wwith a focus on modern, well edited residential and commercial spaces. When the couple were first married they quickly discovered their mutual passion for design. The design duo began renovating homes, from San Francisco to Serenbe. One renovation landed them on the cover of a design magazine and the Sharps started their eponymous design studio in 2015. Mister + Mrs Sharp offer full service design to clients in Serenbe and Atlanta. Their work has been featured in multiple shelter magazines and media outlets including Rue, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, Naturally Danny Seo and HGTV.
Landscape Design Company: Floralis Design
The goal of Floralis will always be to create environments representing creative, fresh ideas, recognized for their quality and unparalleled attention to detail.
At Floralis, our passion for detailed execution is reflected in a wide range of garden installation and project management services. Specimen plant and site furnishing selection, container compositions, and seasonal color coupled with transparent communication ensure each project achieves the highest quality standard.