2013 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse Marketplace Announced

Even though the fall season has just started, before you know it the holiday season will be upon us in all of its hectic and celebratory glory. If you are not yet ready to "deck the halls" and "jingle all the way," perhaps a peak at some inspired design from some of the city's best will ignite your holiday spirit. The Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse & Marketplace has just been announced, so mark your calendars for a chance to bask in the beauty of the Atlanta holiday season. The 2013 Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse & Marketplace presented by Dovetail Homes is bringing holiday cheer to the Atlanta area beginning Friday, November 15 th , and running through Sunday, December 8 th . An unparalleled experience, the featured home, located at 58 Blackland Road NW in Atlanta's prestigious Buckhead neighborhood, will play host to tours, weekend workshops and seasonal activities with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Southeastern Horticultural Society.

The Home for the Holidays' newly constructed, LEED-certified designer home will feature environmentally friendly elements as well as the work of acclaimed local designers carefully selected to add their lavish touches to every room from the grand entryway and family room to the master bedroom suite and custom home-office. This year's roster includes Courtney Giles of Courtney Giles Interior Design, Kelly Wolf Anthony of Anthony | Wolf, Peace Design's Bill Peace, Alison Womack Jowers of Womack Interiors, Barbara Westbrook of Westbrook Interiors, Will Huff and Heather Dewberry of Huff-Dewberry, Rick Bonner of Insidesign and Allison Hennessy of Allison Hennessy Interior Design, among others. The nearly month-long open house event will also include a gourmet cafe presented by Savi Provisions and a specialty gift shop featuring Georgia-based designers and vendors. The cafe will offer a relaxing spot to sit and enjoy bites and sandwiches, while the adjacent marketplace will serve as a one-stop-shop for everyone on your list showcasing holiday and home decor and gourmet goodies, as well as children's and pet items and live garland, wreaths and trees.

Local chef demonstrations, weekend workshops, mini seminars, a working garden kitchen and child-friendly holiday arts and crafts will also add to the experience. A portion of the funds raised from the event will benefit the Southeastern Horticultural Society (SHS), a membership organization dedicated to furthering the knowledge of the horticultural industry throughout the region. SHS is committed to creating sustainable yet beautiful communities through key partnerships with area businesses and corporations while sharing its passion for horticulture through educational ventures. Beginning Friday, November 15 th , and running through Sunday, December 8 th , the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse and Marketplace will be open to the public for tours Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Advance tickets purchased before Thursday, November 14 th are $20 per person, and $25 at the door or online after Thursday, November 14 th . Groups of 10 or more are $15 per person, and children 10 and under are free. For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.