Get Trend Tips From the 9 Designers Who Transformed This Rural Home

The Serenbe Designer Showhouse presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles in Georgia's sustainable Serenbe community mixes high style and rural life.

January 09, 2020

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

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A Rural-Chic Showhouse

Situated in the new Mado section of the sustainable Serenbe community south of Atlanta, the Serenbe Showhouse focuses on clean, sustainable design inside and out. Inspired by a Scandinavian twist on a classic farmhouse design, the showhouse has a fresh, peaceful quality that speaks to current design trends. Read on for some great designer tips for how to incorporate new trends into your home design.

Fresh Farmhouse

Modern, bright white containers planted with succulents immediately signal that this farmhouse, once you are inside, is going to bring the chic.

Tuxedo Kitchen

A sophisticated take on the most utilitarian of spaces, this black and white kitchen uses black subway tiles for a fresh take on the usual white tile and open shelving to give this small space a sense of expansiveness.

The Power of a Pantry

The secret sauce of every minimalist and organized kitchen? A pantry and workspace area to hide the mess away.

Hidden Treasures

Atlanta's A. Wooten Interiors designed this strikingly contemporary open kitchen where a side-by-side refrigerator and freezer are hidden behind wooden doors and a pantry with staging counter is accessed via the black glass-paned door.

Looking Up

An iron chandelier (which nicely echoes the metal banister on the stairs) in the dining room designed by Anna-Wooten Loggins at A.Wooten Interiors helps to set off this space in the open plan kitchen/living room/dining configuration.

When You Run Out of Wall Space

The living room from designers Angela Means and Danielle Carney of Means & Carney Interiors demonstrates the latest trend of hanging artwork in front of windows as a dramatic new way to display art.

A Stage Set for Two

Living Room designers Means & Carney Interiors create an artful tableau in a fireplace further defined by a striking tile design.

Whimsical Flourishes

Designers are injecting more whimsy and personality-infused touches into home decor, as seen in Means & Carney Interiors' use of the Konekt "Thing" stool in horsehair and velvet in this stylish living room.

Framed!

An awkward nook between the kitchen and master bedroom becomes an impromptu gallery where visual harmony is created with similar black matte frames.

Bed Goals

Designer Kim Regas' master bedroom illustrates the trend for sumptuous fabric treatments and art ornamenting beds to create a feeling of ultimate comfort, escape and retreat not just in the bedroom, but in the bed itself.

Master Class

Cool colors and the rich wood of this antique dresser create a harmonious whole in the master bedroom from designer Kim Regas of Atlanta's Regas Interiors.

Room With Two Views

A subtle nature theme plays out in this master bedroom where an antique birdcage, faux fur throw and a landscape painting reference the outdoors beyond.

Master Suite

A highly functional and also peaceful master suite on the Serenbe Showhouse ground level creates a hotel or spa-like retreat at home. This suite features a master bath in restful tones, a dressing room and beyond, a laundry room which opens to the home's foyer. Hang curtains to the ceiling, as shown here, to bring height and drama to your room.

Well-Outfitted Bath

Provided it's treated to resist moisture, a decorative ladder and a garden stool bring style to this master bathroom.

Dress Up

A dressing room and closet area off the master bath with plenty of storage space and open shoe and clothing racks to keep items visible makes getting dressed easier.

Contrasting Wallpaper

With their contrasting patterns but similar color, the wallpapers in this laundry room create a cozy and chic effect.

Work and Play

Atlanta designer Michele Gratch of Michele Gratch Interiors elevates this laundry room with design elements like the wallpaper, mirror and accessories that make you almost forget there is real household work being done here. The laundry is strategically placed next to the master bedroom dressing room, a thoughtful detail from architects Steve Dray and Cecilia Winston of Winston-Dray Designs.

Art Everywhere

For those running out of wall space or just looking for a novel way to hang artwork, Michele Gratch Interiors displayed paintings on a sliding barn door leading from the home's foyer into the laundry room.

Nature and Nurture

A porch overlooking a forest of pines features a driftwood chandelier cool enough to do double duty as a piece of sculpture. On-trend bamboo furniture and plenty of greenery blend with the interior design and well-placed floor-to-ceiling curtains and help divide the space into a shaded and a sunny spot.

Texture Interplay

The backyard porch directly off the living room employs a variety of textures in the driftwood light fixtures, bamboo chairs, rug and leafy plants that make the outdoor space inviting.

Charm Assault

Designer Pebbles Nix turned the terrace-level room into a fun, preppy retreat loaded with color and inspired details, and perfect for kids and pets.

Bright Idea

A ribbon-like painted crown molding and baseboard lend whimsy to this children's play and activity room where vintage and new elements work in delicious harmony to bestow a sense of fun.

Scale Makes a Statement

A statuesque hutch in an upstairs bedroom gets even more "lift" from the three potted topiaries on top.

Big Drama

Yes, the color palette is neutral and the overall look of this upstairs bedroom is clean and pared back. But this grand, statement canopy brings all the drama this bedroom needs. These kinds of lush, enveloping treatments including bed canopies, artwork hung above headboards and other cozy, room-like details surrounding the bed are a new trend. Those details help create a feeling of sanctuary in the bedroom.

A Novel Approach

An unstretched canvas is hung in an unconventional but striking way from clamps on a metal rod in this upstairs bedroom.

Peaceful Color Palette

Neutrals in bedroom design keep visual and mental distractions to a minimum so you can really relax, rest and unplug from a long day.

Grab Some You Time

This nook in the upstairs guest room is ideal for cozying up with a good book or catching up on some work. A modern chair and large painting behind keep the room feeling hip and on-trend.

A True Refuge

Wall-to-wall carpeting and luxurious canopies on these twin beds add refinement to this guest room. Twin or two double beds are often a great choice in a guest room because they make the room more adaptable to different configurations of guests, from friends to siblings to couples. The canopies also create a sense of privacy for guests.

Why Wallpaper? This!

A statement graphic wallpaper lends attitude to this powder room outfitted in shades of black and white.

Book House

Atlanta designer Virginia Cheek created a unique "resting space" on the Serenbe showhouse's second floor: an office/loft at the top of the stairs that is ideal for cozying up with a good book without feeling cut off from the life of the house. Want a clever idea to create cohesion in a room? Turn books (without dust jackets) with pages facing out and spines in on a bookcase for a chic designer look. The stunning marbled wallpaper on the ceiling mimics the end papers in hardbound books and adds impact without making the room too busy.

Barn Doors for a New Age

An unexpected detail, these exterior barn doors are a fun and different break from ordinary shutters.

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