March 18, 2014

One Man’s Folly

There’s a book that I am waiting for with great anticipation – along with everyone else in the design and blog worlds, I think! It’s Julia Reed’s newest book, One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood. The photography are by Paul Costello and Rodney Collins and Bunny Williams wrote the foreword and the afterword.image

Rizzoli describes the book much better than I can (especially since I’ve not gotten my copy yet!):

When it comes to interiors style, antiques, and Southern vernacular architecture, Furlow Gatewood is a one-of-a-kind classic-this book presents his magical private enclave for the first time. gatewood 1Antiques expert Furlow Gatewood's highly personal property in bucolic Americus, Georgia, where he has meticulously restored his family's carriage house and added intimate dwellings and outbuildings-several rescued from demolition, has evolved over decades to become a sublime expression of stylish living.ver-georgia-gothic-1 The structures exemplify various architectural traditions-from mid-nineteenth-century Gothic to Palladian. ver-georgia-gothic-12He has collaborated with local craftsmen to create these follies and takes delight in designing the picturesque grounds and plantings and in devising comfortable areas for his beloved dogs and peacocks. imageA gifted designer and longtime associate of antiques dealer John Rosselli, Gatewood has a talent for discovering singular pieces with a poetic patina, ver-georgia-gothic-10composing custom paint finishes and subtle palettes, and knowing how to incorporate distinctive architectural elements. ver-georgia-gothic-8To accompany the book's atmospheric images, close friend Bunny Williams writes about the lessons she has learned from this master of discernment. VER-SOUTHERN-GOTHIC-COTTAGEGatewood's seductive and hospitable Arcadian oasis, with its exquisite and timeless design, will have an enduring impact on the design community.ver-georgia-gothic-18

I’ve been invited to the book launch party in a few weeks and can’t wait to study each and every page of the book!

All images from Veranda, except the first one, which I took!


  1. What pretty, pretty rooms and landscaping. A must. Lucky you for going to the launch. I know you'll be writing about it.

  2. Americus Georgia bucolic? It is not a sleepy little village. It is down the road from Plains, Ga and the headquarters for Habitat for Humanity is located in Americus, Ga. How about that! OK if you don't remember-- Jimmy Carter is from Plains, Ga.-- Georgia ONE of the 13 Original Colonies!! Those images from Veranda are stunning. Mr. Gatewood is in his 90's!! Thank you for the heads up Meg, now everyone will drool over the grey interiors!!

  3. What a magical place this looks to be. Only one thing for it, I must get this book! Thank you for making me aware of it.

  4. Oh my, this looks like a book I need to add to my collection!


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