Design Crush: Furlow Gatewood

I posted this picture on Monday regarding what I think will be “in” for this year.  But I wanted to go beyond this picture into the designer behind it and my new obsession (probably so late to the game on this one) Furlow Gatewood.  I received the new book by the staff of Veranda for Xmas (get it) and I fell madly in love with it- particularly Mr. Gatewood’s home, which I had seen before but never really paused to examine.  But when I did– my mind was blown and I had to know more. So I ordered his book (coming any day now!) and dug into the interwebs to see more.

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Mr. Gatewood is besties with Bunny Williams and has worked with her antiques dealer husband John Rosselli for decades.  You may recognize this shot of the entrance to his home from Bunny’s last book– this image stopped me in my tracks (he also raises peacocks, because he is THAT cool.)

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He has four homes on his land in Georgia, many of which were moved there from other locations.  The one below was sawed in HALF and put back together on his property.  I adore that he saves old, beautiful architecture and makes it new again. A man after my own heart.

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His look is HIS, and he is not one to stray from what he loves.  His spaces are a testament to the golden rule of decorating “if you absolutely LOVE it, you will find a place for it in your home”.  No apologies, no careful editing.  A very personal way to decorate in a way that tells visitors all about your life.

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From what I’ve read, over the last few decades the only thing that has really changed in his homes are the paint colors on the walls– from yellows and reds to grey and white.  A simple change such as that can give new life to well loved pieces and update a space without trashing everything you have a starting over.

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Just OBSESSED with this carved wood brick detail he had made for the interior of his Gothic home.

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He loooooves his doggies. Which makes me love him even more.  Each home on his property is a little different– as you can see in the image below, this one has a warmer, more casual, cozy feel.

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I mean, how of the moment does this space look and yet i bet he’s had most everything here for as long as I’ve been alive?  A little John Robshaw ikat added to all these antiques brings such life and modern edge to a sunny screened in porch!

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More proof that classic good looks are ALWAYS in style.

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I love his compositions- busy but not cluttered. Imperfect in symmetry and yet perfectly wonderful.

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The architectural detail is beyond words.

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These walls, those old doors. Such beauty.

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I find it interesting how his spaces are a mix of ornate and casual and it just works.

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More proof that big windows are everything.

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And again– look at the fabulous woodworking. Bananas.

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While Furlow’s a staunch proponent of collecting over time and not tossing the old for the sake of something new– there are ways to start adding this look to your home. A mix of antique pieces found on Etsy and OKL with new items that are clean and simple (or antique inspired!)

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34 comments

      1. You will love the book!!! I fell in love with the wooden porch shades he used in many of his windows, discovered the source is local to me, and ordered some for my master screened porch for privacy. Love love love his style. Makes me want to run out and shop antiques every time I browse through the book.

  1. Wouldn’t that be a dream come true to have multiple houses you can decorate different ways? I definitely envy that!

  2. Gothic homes are my absolute favorite…that one he had moved to his property… amazing! It reminds me of one I loved on Cottage Living about ten years ago. Whyyyy don’t they make that magazine anymore??

  3. I absolutely have a design crush too now! Gorgeous!!! Just my liking! I’ll definitely be doing my research on him!

    ~ Rieka :-) {livinglifestyledblog.com}

    1. Me too! I tore that picture out of a magazine years ago! I cannot yet figure out how to stop the deer from eating the flowers though :)

  4. Erin,
    Your blog posts are like master classes! I love how you explain why something works in a room. You convey so much knowledge and you do it in such an easy, fun manner. Thanks for your generosity

  5. I LOVE this post. You reminded me to look deeper into the design and story of a well decorated room/home.. I still find it a struggle as a designer to bring that feeling to life with some clients. The owners STORY… Not everyone gets that. Thanks for the reminder and for appreciating it. It was infectious for me. Love your blog and your adorable baby :)

  6. Just ordered this book. Sucker for blue and white. And decorating multiple homes with different styles, my dream.

  7. What beautiful homes & great design. Thank you for this post & a reminder that classic style is always ” in style”. Ordering his book now!

  8. Isn’t he the best? Love me some Furlow. You will love the book – it is so my look…..whimsy and busy but gracious and lovely……I could sit and look at that book for hours….wait….I have.

  9. Who needs to get on a plane and travel when one can “house hop!!” His book should be in my mailbox today…ordered the beginning of December!! franki

  10. I know Furlow Gatewood. He and my mother grew up together. My mother’s sister married his first cousin. We visited him last Spring at his home(s) and I have to tell you it is sensory overload! Difficult to take it all in. There is not one corner of any of the rooms of any of his houses that I didn’t love!! I could not believe my good fortune in being turned loose to wander through the property and each building while he and Mama sat on his porch (smothered by Italian greyhounds!) and “caught up”. And yes, he’s the epitome of a Southern gentleman.

  11. The truly great stylists/designers don’t follow any rules-they make their own! I saw the magazine layout of his fabulous home years ago and couldn’t get over all the many details that made every room fabulous yet, there is never a feeling of clutter or too much. The best part is, you just know he loves his home, and that comes through with all those wonderful details. The tiny Gothic details on the outside, the potted hydrangeas, the colors inside and out. Every single thing is perfect.

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