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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Preparing for the Holidays - Christmas at Callanwolde

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On this beautiful (but cold for the South) day, my husband I traveled to Callanwolde Fine Arts Center to view the decorated mansion and seek inspiration for our own home's decor. Actually, I'm not too sure that this was my husband's intention but it certainly was mine!

First a little about Callanwolde. The Gothic-Tutor style mansion was built in 1920 by Charles Howard Candler, eldest son of the Coca-Cola founder, Asa Candler. It is located in Atlanta's historic Druid Hills neighborhood and is 27,000 square feet. It was saved from demolition in 1971 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The estate consists of 12 acres with several other buildings including a retreat, gardener's cottage and conservatory. It also has beautiful formal gardens.

Approaching the main house from the front gate
Every year, the Center hosts "Christmas At Callanwolde" for about two weeks (thru 12/16).  Some of the main rooms are decorated by local designers and there are several Christmas markets with items available for purchase.

Here are some of my favorites!

Tree in Great Hall
This lively room provided great examples of "working with ribbon" -  the tree was magical!
I loved this fireplace and the beautiful wallpaper in this room - naturally I was attracted to all the great chairs! 
My FAVORITE space in the whole mansion! I loved the colors and think that a blue and green combo is always great. It was very sunny in the space and I did not get a good photo of the big tree with its colorful green and blue ribbons (too much backlighting) but the details are shown above.
I will want to come back when the gardens are in bloom - what a lovely setting!

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