Well, some of you may have. Show of hands please.
How many of you have ever heard of interior designer Furlow Gatewood?
Don’t worry if you haven’t. He should be a household name, because he is just that fabulous.
In fact, nobody except for a very precious few had ever heard of him until he was about 90.
Yes, that’s right, until he was 90.
And that was just about four years ago.
So, who is Furlow Gatewood and why all the mystery?
Alright. I did research this post. Extensively, however what I do is read many, many articles and then write what I remember, for the most part. I figure that the parts that stand out, are the ones worth telling y’all about.
Furlow has been an interior designer all of his life, but he is also an antiques dealer and has as his best buds the likes of decorating power duo, John Rosselli and Bunny Williams.
As an aside. Bunny Williams is going to be at the blogger’s conference at the end of next month in Atlanta. And I’m going again. And you better by golly be sure that I’m going to make it my mission to meet her and probably make a total ass out of myself. That’s how much I LOVE her!
Back to Furlow. He inherited a gorgeous 11 acre piece of property in Americus, Georgia.
Then, at the tender age of 82 decided to put several homes on it. No architect necessary. Some of the dwellings were picked up and moved and some evolved or were transformed. Still others were built around gorgeous antique doors and mouldings.
In addition to the homes, live the most exquisite gardens God ever created and enough adorable animals to fill an ark; most notably an exquisite assortment of Peacocks both blue and white. As you can see, potted blue hydrangeas line the driveway.
That my friends is the road to paradise.
This is the main home named Cuthbert. This gothic revival cottage also has elements of neo-classical, Chinoiserie and antiques from all over the world. It’s a lifetime of collecting. I’m getting chills as I write that.
Interesting fact: Furlow had this home picked up in two pieces and added a kitchen!
Before I go on, I’m going to try and steer clear of the images that were published in Veranda and House Beautiful. There may be a couple images from his book, but most I found online and were taken by the wonderful photographer Rod Collins. Unless otherwise specified, they are his photos. Some, I cropped so that you could see the incredible detailing better.
Furlow has a passion for blue and white Chinoiserie porcelain. It is sprinkled liberally throughout all of his homes.
The architectural detailing is not to be believed. The impossibly high ceilings with windows that reach to the heavens are my fantasy.
The styling is relaxed and “cluttered.” I hate the word clutter. His homes are filled with the things he loves. That is not clutter.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better. He pushed me over the edge with this room. All of it.
That painted floor! Folks, this is an “old man” who did this! haha! Maybe in chronological years, but that’s it!
I know. Everyone plotzes over these French doors.
The hurricane sconce is one that I’ve long admired and available through John Rosselli and Assoc.
Mr. Gatewood’s bedroom. Love the switch of palette.
Old world art. Simple linen. Gingham and marble. It all just goes.
Lucky doggie is right!
Mr. Gatewood looking dapper in his lovely garden. I hear that he refers to the 11 acres as his yard. Enchanting!