What I loved about the 44th Annual Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House & Garden is that it allowed me into a home that I’ve driven passed for years longing to see the inside. This Italian Baroque-styled home was built in 1926 for Frances and Joseph Rhodes of the famed Rhodes furniture family and named The Pink Palace from its original stucco color, inspired by the pink dogwoods lining the grand driveway. I loved this house so much from afar that my husband affectionately called it “Casa Wendy.” But with new owners it’s been renamed Palazzo Rosa.

Through the years it was inherited by their adopted daughter and then sold to several families, became a special events facility, used for a music video, as well as a backdrop for an album cover and fashion photo shoots, and countless magazine articles. In 2013 it was listed for a cool $7 million dollars. Its history includes being use for numerous fundraising events including its third time as an Atlanta Symphony Show House. See Behind the Scenes of The Pink Palace.

So when I was invited for a media preview on Friday, I jumped at the opportunity to see the home. I heard it had beautiful hand-painted walls from that time frame and the media coverage from its media partner Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles showcased 25 area decorators teased me to the fact that this would, of course, be a very expansive home with lots and lots of rooms to see. It did not disappoint me.

There is so much to take in that you’ll have to experience it for yourself. It’s is all so beautiful with the addition of modern comforts but the history of the home isn’t diminished. My personal favorites this year were the master bathroom, the loggia living with small kitchen (the old pool house area), the guest retreat bath and dressing area, the guest retreat terrace, solarium garden and kitchen. The pool area called the loggia and terrace was a very busy work in progress on Friday but it looked like it was shaping up nicely and quickly for the preview event on Friday night. But the real standout throughout the house was the lighting. It was the home’s eye candy.

I’d allow two to two and a half hours for parking, the shuttle and a slow-paced tour of this large home. Open April 26 – May 18, 2014, Tuesday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (last entry); Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (last entry); Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (last entry); Sunday: 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (last entry) and closed on Monday. The house is located at 541 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta with free parking at The Piazza at Paces, The Medici Building at 3290 Northside Parkway, Atlanta. Admission: $30 at the door or at participating retail outlets. For more information go to DecoratorsShowHouse.org.

The solarium garden by Lila Pryor Frank Interiors, Huntsville, Ala. and AllysonK Designs, Atlanta, Ga., adds a very soft and feminine touch while inviting space to the garden area that flanks the right side of the home. They were inspired by classic Italian gardens with their design.


The loggia living area designed by Michael Habachy, Habachy Designs, Atlanta, Ga. is reminiscent of a luxurious lounging area of the 1920s. You can envision Hollywood movie stars at the pool and at the loggia bar mixing drinks. Loggia kitchen and bath by Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio, ADAC, Atlanta, Ga.


Loggia living room with handmade screen by Michael Habachy, Habachy Designs, Atlanta, Ga. Michael calls it “Palm Beach with a modern twist.”


The new chandelier that hangs in the loggia living area has a very 1920s’ Art Deco-style.


The modern kitchen by Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio at ADAC in Atlanta, Ga. features a quartz-leathered countertops, state-of-the-art appliances including a matte black-and-brass CornuFé range which resembled ranges from when the house was built. The island cabinetry even has an integrated water and food bowl for pets (not pictured). Homeowners are assured not to trip on a pet bowl again.


The guest retreat bath and dressing room by Bryan Alan Kirkland, Bryan Alan Kirkland Designs, Atlanta, Ga., with Michael Grant Jones is pretty in purply-pink and white. The glamorous bathroom features a claw tub with built-in fireplace with purple flames. This is a bathroom that guests would never leave.


The breakfast room by McLaurin Studio, Marietta, Ga. and Clay McLaurin Studio, Atlanta, Ga., features this beautiful and airy chandelier that might be reminiscent of candles used during the home’s original time frame.  For this room, the designers focused on the warmth and beauty of nature using bright corals and deep yellows.


A branch-lite chandelier in the master bedroom designed by Traci Rhodes Interiors, Atlanta, Ga. Traci says, “The one element that I feel is most important in a space is light. Light brings warmth and life as it moves across the walls during the course of the day.”


The romantic dining room with original wall murals is the home’s centerpiece and Melanie Turner Interiors, Atlanta, Ga., drapes organza around the chandelier to represent how a chandelier during the home’s original time frame might have been treated when closing up the home for long periods of time. The dining room chairs are a combination of fabric and pleater.


The grand hall by Laura Walker, Verde Home by Laura Walker, Atlanta, Ga., features this architectural-industrial chandelier.



The upper hallway by Michel Smith Boyd, SmithBoyd Interiors, Atlanta, Ga., features this sculpture that’s the perfect inviting touch to the master bath.


The large master bath by Design Galleria and Studio at ADAC, and interior design by Clay Snider Interior, both in Atlanta, Ga., used a clean monochromatic color palette.


The master bath’s reproduction chandelier, fireplace, mirror and impressive art collection makes this modern bath feel like you’ve step back in time. The bath was designed so that both occupants could view the fireplace.

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With a Southern Twist is all about good living in today's South. A true Southerner, the author's passions include food, home design, travel, restaurants, shopping, and entertaining. It is a fun blog about one of her most beloved regions of the country, shared through personal experiences.