ASA Decorators Showhouse Spotlight: The Master Terrace

Besides magazines, searching the Internet or touring stores & showrooms, another option to source for interior design inspiration is to visit Designer Showhouses - especially in the Spring.  Most designer showhouses are non-profit fund raising events held in historical dwellings across the country. Some of them include Kips Bay Showhouse in New York City, Hamptons Showhouse, and San Fransisco Decorators Showhouse. I even learned from my Godmother when we spoke on Mother's Day, she volunteered at the Mansion in May Designer Showhouse in her hometown of Spring Lake New Jersey. And this week, if you're in the Atlanta area, you can tour the 44th Annual Atlanta Symphony Decorators Showhouse. I learned of the ASA Decorators Showhouse from fellow blogger Sherry Hart of Design Indulgence who had attended when the showhouse opened in late April, and ends on May 18. Of the many beautifully designed spaces in the Atlanta showhouse, one really caught my attention: The Master Terrace, designed by Lance Jackson and David Ecton, the Co-Founders of Parker Kennedy Living . While you can visit Sherry's blog to see the two-part tour of the showhouse (links listed at end of post), I found a few "behind the scenes" photos Lance had shared to see how this magical outdoor living space came to be. The incredible transformation can also become inspiration for your own backyard retreat...

This is TRULY a spectacular 'outdoor living space' - once really gets the sense of this being an entire room added onto the exterior of a house - and it basically was, thanks to Lance's vision. It's the perfect space for relaxing with coffee and a book on Sunday morning or gather with friends & cocktails on a Saturday evening. From the ground up, here's a look at how the space came to be...


Just love the use of lattice panels and the construction of the hip roof, they later cover along with including a square scalloped edge valance...


Besides the crispness of the color scheme, strong sense of balance and harmony this space has, I LOVE the repeating elements such as the brass mirror and how their shape relates to the brass inset on the coffee table - Brilliant!

If you're as inspired as I am to re-create this look for your outdoor living space, some of the items are actually available at Parker Kennedy Living, Charish, Home Depot and even Target - pulled together in a "get the look" statement at Kelly Market...

I must admit: I have a HUGE crush on the Vintage Ficks Reed & Co Rattan Love-seat from Parker Kennedy, and it's actually been reduced on Charish

As I mentioned in my post last week about the Inside-Out Design Challenge on Olioboard, I created and enter a design board inspired by this outdoor living space - By no means is it meant to be a copy - but just shows how you can see something, from fashion to decor, be inspired, put your spin own it and make it your own. And although the designers have some restrictions to consider when creating their spaces at these design showhouses, their design style still shines through.

 Master Terrace - designed by Lance Jackson and David Ecton, for the Atlanta Symphony Associates Decorators Showhouse, a fundraising event benefiting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its Education and Community Engagement Programs.

 Lance Jackson and David Ecton - Co-Founders of Parker Kennedy Living

 Photo by: Jeff Roffman

The Italian style home, called the Palazzo Rosa, was designed by architects Neel Reid, Hal Hentz, and Philip Schutze in the 1920's. It has been called the "Pink Palace" because of the previous stucco color and classic pink dogwoods lining its driveway. This year the historic Palazzo Rosa with its 5 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms in a 16,000 sq ft space was chosen to showcase 30 of the Southeast's Top Designers. If you're not able to attend, be sure to visit bloggers who have: 

Sherry Hart - Design Indulgence
Erika Ward of Blulabel Bungalow

 Founded in 1971, the Decorators’ Show House & Gardens is a fundraising cornerstone of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. All proceeds benefit the Orchestra’s education and community engagement programs and initiatives, which touch the lives of countless children and adults throughout greater Atlanta each year.Leading interior designers from across Atlanta grace one of the city’s storied estates with a collective aesthetic vision and the “one of a kind” open house attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Decorators’ Show House & Gardens is presented annually by the Atlanta Symphony Associates, the largest all-volunteer guild among American orchestras.

 Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House & Gardens – Palazzo Rosa
541 West Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305
Now – May 18, 2014
Tickets can be purchased for $30 at the door or online at
Learn more about the 2014 designers and their room creations at:

 Thanks for stopping by,


  1. I had the opportunity to visit this show house last week or the week before and didn't. I had seen the photos online, and didn't see a lot I really liked. I do, however, like your take on that outdoor terrace room. I have that coffee table on my back porch. I found it at an estate sale and painted the base "Lagoon". It is a great addition to my screen porch, and since I bought it last year, I have seen it all over, including in a lobby of a hotel in some exotic location in Asia. You do great work.

  2. Thank you for your new ideas. Here I got some of outdoor living space design ideas for my friends house and hope I will contact you soon. Thanks again.
    Beautiful Modern Living Room Design Idea



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