JUNE 7th

Tastemaker Series on Ace Of Space Blog

Hello Friends!  I am honored and flattered to be included in Vicki Bolick’s Tastemaker Series on her award winning Ace of Space Blog.  Vicki’s blog is beautiful, insightful and a must read for those of us design junkies.  She brings an interesting background to her writing and designing–not too many designers can claim a past career handling personal correspondence for a President or Assistant Press Secretary to a NY Senator!  Published and awarded, Vicki has a discerning eye and is certainly a tastemaker herself.

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Ace of Space Blog- Amy Vermillion Interiors

Wanna read the rest of my interview and see some client projects?  Jump over to Ace of Space!  And if you aren’t already a regular reader of Vicki’s blog, you will want to be.

Thank you again Vicki for including me in your series!

**Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Savannah trip on my next blog post.

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MAY 28th

Traveling This Summer? Consider Savannah –Part One

Savannah.  She’s akin to the older and slightly more wild sister of Charleston.  Don’t get me wrong-anyone who reads this blog knows my great love affair with Charleston.  I love working there and visiting.  But there’s something about Savannah.  It has beautiful homes, crazy interesting history, its lion share of ghosts, characters aplenty and yet I can’t quite put my finger on it.  It just is Savannah.

Savannah Ga- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

You may have been to Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day, (the biggest celebration outside of Chicago) or come down for a romantic weekend.  But have you ever taken your kiddos?  Mr. V and I took the Beans and we had an awesome adventure.  I’m not saying that all kids will patiently tour the historic homes or rifle through the stacks of books at neat shops like mine did but there’s plenty to do for all ages.

Mansion on Forsyth Park - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

We stayed at The Mansion on Forsyth Park, a luxury hotel across the street from the famed Forsyth Park.  It is part of the Autograph Collection of hotels so it has a super funky vibe inside which contrasts greatly from the 1888 Victorian Romanesque exterior.  Truth be told it was used as a funeral parlor at some point and we ate dinner in the room where they used to view the bodies.  Yikes!

Mansion on Forsyth Park- Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

The food is delicious at 700 Drayton and the lounge upstairs is worth the elevator ride.

Mansion on Forsyth Park- Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

The rooms are decorated in a Mad Hatter Baroque style which is fun and totally unexpected.  The walls are graced with contemporary art by Richard Kessler and almost everything is for sale.  A Lalique chandelier greets you at the entry and the lobby is filled with Versace furniture.  If you are looking for a quaint bed and breakfast this isn’t your place.  But if you love a spacious room, beautiful views of the park, a great bathroom with soaking tub and comfy bed away from the hustle and bustle of the Riverfront, this is it.

Mansion on Forsyth Park- Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

Weddings and events are routinely held here–they were setting up for one as we left.  And the outdoor pool is beyond the wall.

Mansion on Forsyth Park- Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

I loved getting in the elevator every day to see what the flower arrangement was!  It’s touches like these that really endear me to a place.

 

 

 

Mansion on Forsyth Park- Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

Haunted?  Maybe.  But I really enjoyed my stay here.

Forsyth Park- Savannah- Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

The hotel is right across the street from Forsyth Park and the famous fountain.  Savannah is known for its lovely parks and squares but this one is the most famous.  Everyone is in this park from musicians, to marrying couples to moms in fit bootcamps.  They have a farmers market on Saturdays and there are playgrounds for the little ones.  Built in 1858, the fountain got its design from a model in the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

Mercer House- Savannah Amy vermillion Interiors Blog

Ghosts?  Probably.  Here is the Mercer House- famous for a lot of reasons including that the famed singer, Johnny Mercer lived here.  But what makes it even more intriguing is the shooting that took place here in 1981 when antique dealer and preservationist Jim Williams shot Danny Hansford, his troubled house man and reputed lover.  The story was told in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil  by John Berendt and later made into a movie starring Kevin Spacey and Jude Law.  Interestingly, two people had died previously in the house- a former owner after falling over the staircase and a young boy who fell off the roof chasing pigeons.

You can take the tour–and the house itself is nice–but don’t expect a lot of information on “the tragic act of self defense” (as our guide put it) as they seem rather tight lipped about the whole affair.  Whatever you believe about the events of that fateful evening, it cannot diminish Williams’ efforts to save the beautiful homes that were being razed for parking lots and his undeniable exquisite taste.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room- Savannah Ga:  Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

On to brighter subjects–FOOD!  This is the line for Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room.  And it is very typical.  A must stop for anyone who loves Southern food and I have to say it was worth the wait.  That’s kind of a lie since the Beans and I scooted around the block ducking into various shops while Mr. V patiently held our spots but still….

The dining is family style and the food is non stop. Piles of fried chicken and biscuits. Ham and collards, beans and potatoes.  Yum.  There’s plenty to eat for vegetarians too.  Go with an appetite and a book for the line.  You never know who you might meet standing and waiting.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

Another great place to eat is The Public.  Casual and hip (sorry the picture is terrible), you can sit outside and watch the world go by while munching on shrimp and grits.  And trust me, the people watching on this busy corner is phenomenal.  The bar got busy with pretty people around 8 pm so if you are into that, put your cute clothes on and head over.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

Make sure to take one of the many trolley tours.  It’s a great way to see the city, get some history in and snap pictures of the incredible variety of architecture.  This is a Queen Anne beauty with double circular porches, scalloped metal roofs, gingerbread and stained glass transoms.  Be still my little heart.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

The architectural details are astounding.  Including this fish downspout on the back corner of a building.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

This is a doorway to a map shop.  I mean….I about passed out from the sheer fabulousness.  It was closed much to my disappointment-because there is little I love more than poking around a dark, old map and book shop.  The gate is amazing- there are small owls on the shield and acorns below.  I wanted in so badly….

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Another gem!  I took this as we were whizzing by on the trolley and meant to go back to take a better picture.  Rounded double verandas complete with creeping fig covered stairs and palmettos.  I’m surprised I didn’t have to breathe into a bag for most of the trip–the homes are that gorgeous.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

I could so live here.  I would spend my days drinking herbal teas, reading poetry and learning the harpsichord in the alcove room above the entry.  Not really. But it’s pretty wonderful.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

Double staircases.  Wanna know why?  Because a lady always walked in front of a gentleman and a lady couldn’t show her ankles and such as she ascended before the man.  Pretty close to our societal norms, huh?  Hard to imagine that but there it is.  Think about how stringent the customs were at that time to build one’s home to preserve the privacy of one’s ankles.

Savannah - Amy Vermillion Interiors Blog

I will end Part One of my Savannah blog with this picture of the Six Pence Pub.  It was packed as always when we were there and I had a Reuben Sandwich that was delicious.  Julia Roberts stood in her nightgown and pounded on the window at her philandering husband played by Dennis Quaid in the movie “Something To Talk About.”  Hard to believe that movie is almost ten years old!

Stay tuned for Part Two—Dolphins, the best ice cream on the planet and more mouth watering homes to chomp on.

 

 

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MAY 13th

Atlanta Decorators’ Show House & Gardens

It’s been awhile since I blogged…I’ve been traveling and working like crazy all while balancing a little thing called my personal life.  Thank you for the nice emails and texts telling me that you missed the blog and hoping everything was okay with me.  Yes everything is cuckoo but all good and I so appreciate your thinking of me.

Palazzo Rosa Atlanta- Amy Vermillion Blog

So let’s get to it!  I was happy to go to a wonderful cocktail party at the Palazzo Rosa in Atlanta which is the site of the 2014 Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House & Gardens while I was working in Atlanta two weeks ago.  It is always a whirlwind when I work out of town so I relished an evening of fun, friends and gorgeous rooms.

The Palazzo Rosa was built in 1926 in the Italian Baroque style and designed for lavish entertaining but serve as a comfortable family home for Joseph and Frances Rhodes.  It was known locally as “the Pink Palace” since it’s original stucco color was pink and the drive was flanked by pink dogwoods.  The architecture and design was actually the result of three Georgia architects–Neel Reid, Hal Hentz and Philip Shutze who spent three years in Italy studying classical Italian architecture.

Palazzo Rosa Atlanta- Amy Vermillion Blog

Palazzo Rosa is the perfect backdrop for the designers who showcase their talents until May 18th and it was a beautiful place to enjoy an outdoor cocktail party.

Palazzo Rosa Atlanta- Amy Vermillion Blog

Palazzo Rosa Atlanta- Amy Vermillion Blog

Palazzo Rosa Atlanta- Amy Vermillion Blog Loggia Terrace & Gardens- Ed Castro Landscape

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Loggia Living Room- Michael Habachy

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Solarium- Robert Brown

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Morning Room- John Oetgen

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Grand Hall- Verde Home

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Guest Retreat- The Mercantile

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Guest Retreat- Janice Palmer- Palmer Design Group

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Guest Bath & Dressing Room- Bryan Kirkland

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Chambre Tranquille de la Mademoiselle (Resting room for the lady of the house)- Tish Mills of Harmonious Living

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

I died 17 times over this bathroom.

Master Bathroom- Clay Snider Interiors & Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Dressing Room- Clay Snider Interiors & Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

The fun and fabulous Master Terrace designed by my adorable friends- Parker Kennedy Living

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Kitchen- Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio.  I LOVED the detail and the finishes.  Everything was perfect.  The hood!

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

The quartzite edge on the island!

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Such a smart idea to include the dog’s bowls set in quartzite at the end of the island!

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

The coffee and beverage station is amazing.  The middle (wood) drawers have room for silverware and the side pullouts were fitted with individual coffee cups (think K cups).

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Lovely “hutch” for china and dish storage.

Atlanta Decorators Showhouse- Amy Vermillion Blog

Beautiful!  I was very impressed with all of the spaces.

Get there quickly my friends–this is the last week of the Show House!

Hope your week is wonderful.

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