Home for the Holidays Show House by Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Tis the season for the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse & Marketplace presented by Dovetail Homes. Beginning Friday, November 15, and running through Sunday, December 8, this designer showhouse, located at 58 Blackland Road NW in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, will be transformed into a holiday oasis. With proceeds benefiting the Southeastern Horticultural Society, the newly constructed home will play host to tours, seasonally inspired workshops and a café and marketplace for guests to enjoy.

The Home for the Holidays’ designer home built by Dovetail Homes pays tribute to American colonial times while remaining true to the charm of the South. At approximately 7,000 square feet, the LEED-certified home is equipped with energy-efficient appliances and repurposed materials to ensure an environmentally friendly project. An acclaimed group of more than 16 local designers have been selected to put their lavish touches on each room of the house from the main living room and powder room to the custom library and lady’s retreat. In addition to tours of the elaborate home, this nearly month-long event will offer a truly interactive experience. Every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. there will be themed workshops inviting guests to listen, learn, craft, wrap and more as well as various specialty events. The full event schedule includes:

Saturday, November 23 It’s a Family Holiday

This weekend is devoted to celebrating the season with family. A children’s fashion show hosted by McCall Wilder Designs, storytelling sessions featuring local celebrity guests including Atlanta & Co.’s Christine Pullara and WSB-TV anchor Jovita Moore, a gift wrapping seminar for the adults hosted by Nicholas Kniel Fine Ribbons & Embellishments and a Stress-Free Yuletide Entertaining workshop by tastemaker Steve McKenzie are all slated for this family-friendly day.

Saturday, November 30Atlanta Style Now

The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) plays host to this style-centric weekend complete with interactive seminars and workshops. Programming will include a keynote by celebrity designer, producer and blogger Brian Patrick Flynn, a panel discussion on hiring a design professional moderated by Hillary Mancini of Peace Designs and the Design Collective, and a group discussion with Home for the Holidays designers on how the worlds of interior design and fashion co-exist and collide.

Thursday, December 5 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Sip ‘n Sign

Raise your glass of fine wine as we toast some of Atlanta’s finest authors while they sign copies of their latest books. Grab a copy for yourself and everyone on your holiday gift list. Chef-owner Anne Quatrano, The Peak of Chic’s Jennifer Boles, interiors photo stylist Annette Joseph, cookbook author Carolyn O’Neil, as well as design writers Kimberly Grigg, Elizabeth Dowling and Kathryn C. Greeley will be present. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at www.atlantaholidayhome.com.

Saturday, December 7 Kitchen Confidential

Home for the Holidays’ final weekend concludes on a gourmet note with chef demonstrations in the home’s outdoor kitchen garden. Guests are invited sample seasonal dishes presented and prepared by F&H Food Trading Group’s culinary director Bob McDonough, F&B’s chef Phillipe Haddad and chef Mimmo Alboumeh of Red Pepper Taqueria.

Showhouse Hours and Costs

Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse and Marketplace is open to the public for tours Friday, November 15, through Sunday, December 8, Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday workshops are free and included with general admission. Advance tickets purchased before Thursday, November 14, are $20 per person, and $25 at the door or online after Thursday, November 14. Groups of 10 or more are $15 per person, and children 10 and under are free. Tickets for Moonlight & Mistletoe and Sip ‘n Sign must be purchased separately at www.atlantaholidayhome.com.

About the Southern Horticultural Society:

The Southeastern Horticultural Society (SHS) formed in 2008, growing out of the annual Southeastern Flower Show, a truly premier event. We connect children, teens and adults in Metro Atlanta and throughout the Southeast with nature and educate them about the environment, healthy living and sustainability. Realizing the powerful impact of working in partnerships, SHS teams up with locally based organizations to bring educational resources to develop the Wellness component in neighborhoods where people live. Overall, SHS provides a platform for communities to learn about, experience and sustain healthy environments.


Grand Slam Baseball Package at Ritz Carlton Downtown Atlanta

Okay baseball fans, I have to tell you about the coolest summer travel idea. Check out the the Grand Slam package at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. If you’re an Atlanta Braves fan, even better. The overnight package includes a game ball with an authentication code so guests may learn the date the ball was used in play in the 2012 season, as well as extra touches for an exciting baseball experience. I want to take my two boys!  Read on for more information:

Grand Slam Package, starting at $269*

  • Deluxe accommodations for one night
  • Authentic MLB game ball used in an Atlanta Braves game
  • Official 2013 Atlanta Brave Souvenir Program
  • Peanuts, Cracker Jacks and Coca-Cola placed in the guestroom
  • American Breakfast for two in Atlanta Grill
  • $25 in stadium dollars to spend at the game
  • Overnight valet parking

This package is offered through October 31, 2013, subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations are required; rates do not apply to groups. Rates listed are per room, per night, single or double occupancy, and exclusive of taxes, gratuities and other charges unless otherwise noted. Tickets to an Atlanta Braves game are not included. Find out more at Ritz-Carlton Downtown Atlanta.

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House 2012: Travel Tuesday

Mark your calendars for November 16 through December 9. That’s when the 2012 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House will be open to visitors. Here’s the scoop:

As you meander through the hilly and sometimes hidden streets of Atlanta’s prestigious Chastain Park, you pass by stables, cyclists, runners, both modern and classic homes, and sometimes a treasure that causes you to pull over and just look. This year, on Dudley Lane, you have such a moment. With exteriors of stone and brick, multiple entrances, peaked rooflines and graceful columns, this home has the feeling of an updated New England farmhouse, welcoming and comfortable while still elegant and inspiring. French doors lead to a tiered pool area, visible from the kitchen and breakfast room. The first-floor rooms, designed for both entertaining and intimacy, are showered in light, with custom floors and ceilings.

The Christmas House by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles will be open to the public for tours Thursday through Sunday, beginning Friday, November 16, and ending December 9. Traditional highlights of the annual Christmas House include the Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts Holiday Boutique, the Holiday Tabletop display, Product Showcase and ongoing programs and seminars. A Champagne and Candlelight Opening Night Party will be held Thursday, November 15, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Opening Night tickets are available for $125 per person at AtlantaChristmasHouse.com. Here’s more information:


The home is located at 4775 Dudley Lane NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 (just south of the Dudley Lane/Powers Ferry Road split). Please note: There is absolutely NO PARKING at the Christmas House.
parking & Shuttle
Complimentary parking and continuous shuttle service are available nearby at Chastain Horse Park, 4371 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 (near the intersection of West Wieuca Road NW). Detailed directions can be found at AtlantaChristmasHouse.com. Here’s more information:


From Buckhead  Powers Ferry Road forks off of Roswell Road, just north of the Piedmont Road intersection. Chastain Horse Park is approximately two miles on the right, just past West Wieuca Road.
From I-285, North Perimeter  Take the Roswell Road exit, heading south. In approximately 2.5 miles, turn right on West Wieuca Road. Continue on West Wieuca until it dead ends into Powers Ferry Road. Turn right. Chastain Horse Park will be on your right.


Opening Night Party—Thursday, November 15

Opens to the public—Friday, November 16

Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sundays, Noon-5 p.m.

Closed—Sunday, December 9

Closed Mondays through Wednesdays, and Thanksgiving Day


Advance tickets $18 each; $20 each after November 15th and at the door
Groups of 10 or more: $15 each
Children 12 and under are admitted free


Southern Inspired Culinary Classes at the Ritz Carlton Atlanta (Downtown)

If your are in or near Atlanta this week, check this out at the Ritz Carlton Atlanta! Explore regional southern cooking in all its diversity and eccentricity with Brian Jones, chef de cuisine of Atlanta Grill, as he presents a series of demonstration-style culinary classes this fall at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. Chef Jones will sprinkle an entertaining dose of southern lore with the preparation of regional specialties in a casual setting beginning September 20th with “Low Country Deconstructed”.  I want to go!

“History, culture and foods from low-elevation land and the seacoast are the cornerstones of Low Country cuisine,” said Chef Jones. “We’ll think about the origins of the ingredients and flavors, the revival of heritage grains today, then bring it all together in great regional dishes that guests can easily make at home for friends and family.”

Guests will taste small plates from a three-course menu paired with traditional cocktails and selections from regional wineries and breweries.  The Downtown hotel Sommelier Brian White hosts special guest Brian “Spike” Buckowski, brewmaster and co-founder of Athens, GA-based Terrapin Beer Company, who will bring six craft beers to sample with Chef Jones’ menu. Yum!!

Low Country Deconstructed


St. Cecelia Punch or Plantation Punch


Pâté of the South: Pimento Cheese Three Ways, Cheese Straws, Pickled Shrimp

Terrapin Golden Ale, Rye Pale Ale and All American Pilsner

Main Course

Savannah-style Purloo, Carolina Gold Rice and Coastal Seafood  (pictured above)

Cracklin’ Cornbread

Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Monk’s Revenge and Pumpkin Fest


Muscadine and Port Syllabub, Benne Seed Cookies

Classes are $75 per person inclusive of taxes and gratuities (what a deal!).
“Low Country Deconstructed” is presented on September 20 followed by Foraging through the Great Smoky Mountains on October 18 and Holiday Dining at Chef Brian’s House on November 15. All classes start at 6 p.m. and are limited to 16 guests. Early reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling Atlanta Grill at (404) 221-6550 or visiting www.opentable.com and typing “Cooking Class” in the comments section of the reservation form.


About Chef Brian Jones

Chef Brian Jones’ obsession for regional ingredients and their origins is based in strong Southern roots. A native of Chamblee, GA, Chef Jones grew up cooking alongside his grandmother and aunts, appreciating authentic Southern dishes made from daily harvests of the family gardens. He brings that wonderful heritage to his menus at Atlanta Grill, which brim with plentiful varieties of local and regional produce.