Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Decorators’ Show House & Gardens

Here’s your chance to see behind the walls of Atlanta’s famed Pink Palace and inside the minds of some of the design world’s most creative talents.

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra The loggia/living room was executed by one of Atlanta's top interior designers, Michael Habachy of Habachy Designs.

The 44 th annual Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Decorators’ Show House & Gardens is being staged at one of Atlanta’s most historic and beloved homes. Known to Old Schoolers as the “Pink Palace” for its exterior color, the 16,000-square-foot Italian Baroque-style home was designed by Neel Reid, Hal Hentz and Philip Shutze with completion in the 1920s. The designers took their inspiration from a small building in Venice, Italy, named the Scuola dei Tiraoro e Battiloro.

“It is one of the most beautifully crafted homes in Atlanta. The proportions, the architecture and the grounds are a haven for any creative soul to build a masterpiece,” said Brooke Brantley Merrill, the 2014 Decorators’ Show House Chair.

Over the years, Atlantans peered down the home’s long driveway and wondered what the mansion looked like on the inside. Now comes your chance to find out.

The Decorators’ Show House will be open to the public from April 26–May 18, 2014; all profits benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its education and community engagement initiatives.

The home has gone through many lives over the past few years as we told you in our previous coverage of the home, and it is for sale should you have a cool $7 million – well under what we estimate the home to be worth especially now that is has been outfitted with geo-thermal heating and cooling.

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra The master bedroom was designed by Traci Rhoads of Traci Rhoads Interiors in Atlanta.

Now nicknamed Palazzo Rosa, the home was sitting empty waiting for the right buyer to come along making it the perfect setting for this year’s event. It’s not the mansion’s first time to the dance, however.

“The public loves to see how the modern family would use this home today, which helped myself and others involved with the selection make a unanimous decision to bring Palazzo Rosa back for the third time,” said Merrill.

Traci Rhoads of T R I Traci Rhoads Interiors, LLC said that the home’s abundance of sunlight inspired her design in the master bedroom.

“The one element that I feel is most important in a space has to be light,” said Rhoads. “Light brings warmth and life as it moves across the walls during the course of the day.”

Other designers found themselves charmed by the home’s Old World and European feel. For example, the majestic resort town of Cap Ferrat provided inspiration for Timothy Corrigan of Timothy Corrigan, Inc. This inspiration can be seen in the family living room, which is just off the swimming pool.

You can see all the participating designers here.

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra The guest retreat terrace was designed by Janice Palmer of Palmer Design Group. For her designs Palmer marries California elegance with sophisticated Southern style.

Be aware that there is no parking available at the House, on the street, or in the surrounding neighborhood. Free parking and shuttles are available at the Medici and Forum buildings. See the web site for full details, ticket prices and a list of upcoming lectures and events, like a wine tasting. You have until May 18, 2014 and then the doors will be closed once again. If you win the lottery and buy the home, please invite us over for limoncello.

**Insider tip: See the before photos here!



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