The Southeastern Designer Showhouse

DC-area designers are preparing for their first walk-through of the DC Design House today and tomorrow to start bidding for rooms that will open to the public this fall. But if you absolutely must see a showhouse this spring, go to Atlanta!


Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine is sponsoring The Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens, its inaugural spring showcase of the region’s top designers. This newly built, 22,000-square-foot house on 3.5 acres will be listed for $12.5 million when it’s all over.

Many of us design bloggers got to tour the house last month when we were at the annual Design Bloggers Conference. It was still under construction—WAY under construction. At the time, I couldn’t believe they’d get it done by late April.


I’m only sorry I can’t get down there myself to see the finished result, but if any of you are heading south in the next couple weeks—go! Here are some before and after pictures to entice you:


The foyer by Melanie Turner looked like this:


Now it looks like this:


Interior photography by David Christensen


Here’s the lonely living room, before Barbara Westbrook got her hands on it:


And after:



Some of our group posed in the space that would become Lauren DeLoach’s kitchen:

Lauren's in the center with the boots, looking gorgeous.

Lauren’s in the center with the boots, looking gorgeous. Bill Preston of Paradise Builders is on the left—he built the house.

And here’s what Lauren did in there:



Suzanne Kasler, the design chair of the showhouse, took the dining room—this is the space we saw just off the foyer:


And Suzanne’s glorious work now, especially with that lacquered ceiling!



The master bedroom is on the first floor—a soaring space that I thought could never feel comfortable or cozy:


Enter, Phoebe Howard:



Upstairs, Ginger Brewton had this attic-like space to work with:


And the game room she turned it into:



There’s a balcony off one of the bedrooms that looks out toward the rear pool, gardens and guest house:


This is what the grounds looked like at last week’s opening party. You can see the small balcony where I was standing, up and to the left. Barbara Westbrook’s living room is that huge wall of glass:


I hope there are some of you who are able to get down to Atlanta before this house closes on May 15. If not? Here’s a peek at the DC Design House—formerly the temporary home of the French Ambassador while the official residence was being renovated, and next door to the 2013 showhouse on Foxhall Road! You can follow its progress on the Facebook page, linked above.


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  1. Great post Jennifer, that fireplace is breathtaking, kudos to Barbara Westbrook. Thank you for sharing these before and after photos Jennifer.

  2. Jennifer Sergent says:

    Me too, Lauren, but it was great meeting you — so impressed with what you did in that kitchen!

  3. Jennifer- I love this post with the contrasting before and after views! Wish you could take a tour in person. Loved meeting you a few months ago!
    ~Lauren DeLoach