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L. M. Keefer
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Four houses, fourteen acres and forty peacocks, along with a sweet menagerie of cats and dogs, gardens, and outbuildings (including a peacock hospital) compose Furlow Gatewood's compound in Americus, Georgia. Furlow bought his first antique treasures, milk glass chickens, from his paper route earnings eight decades ago and hasn't stopped collecting since. This book features the splendor of his collections. His homes have been built to house his treasures including antique furniture, salvaged doors, mantels, windows and shutters. Furlow's four "follies" which we visually tour in this book include:
* The Barn or Carriage House ~ on the property initially and first renovated by Furlow beginning in 1950 when he was home from NYC visiting his mother, and foraging for antiques, and noted her carriage house was disintegrating. Original layout was a large center room with two wings. Furlow added porches, bedrooms and a dining room. This is Furlow's home base where he sleeps and dines with a view of dogs and peacocks.
* The Peacock House ~ started out as a house built around a fabulous door with Gothic window Furlow had found. So, obviously to accompany the door, you need a house. Furlow's carpenter Joe added a bedroom, bath, kitchen and back porch. Makes sense.
* The Cuthbert House ~ a mid-nineteenth century Gothic Revival dwelling formerly located in Cuthbert, Georgia. It was going to be demolished to make way for a church parking lot. Furlow moved it in two pieces to this property and added a kitchen, bath for first floor bedroom and back porch. We have seen some of the rooms in this home in magazines. Enchanting.
* The Lumpkin House ~ found in 2010. Furlow says he bought it for the front door and gingerbread trim. It was a one story cottage with center hall and two rooms on each side. Furlow created a kitchen on the left, and a bed and bath on the right side of the center hallway.
Bunny Williams who is a great friend of Furlow's - Furlow was her husband's business partner and they all go around the world antiquing and foraging for beauty - deconstructs Furlow's design style for us at the end of the book in the "Lessons Learned" section. She notes what she believes makes his style beautiful and original. His "grand sense of scale" is one element of his style says Bunny. Large frame sofas with an array of diversely framed chairs around them is another feature of his style. Fascinating to read the many things Bunny believes we can learn from Furlow's original style.
Some of what I noted regarding design ideas perusing this book: have a painter paint a painting based on antique wallpaper panel, use the backsides of fabrics for more muted colors, put mirrors in French door frames to reflect light and add sparkle to a room, paint old furniture white if the wood isn't in good condition, if you have a carpenter friend copy antique tables, and ask a painter to paint floor designs from antique estates on simple wood floors.
If you like classic salvaged architectural pieces, antique furniture from around the world, blue and white china, a mix of global fabrics, canopy beds, painted floors, delft tiles, dhurrie rugs, stripes and checks, gilt frames, and dogs, cats and peacocks, you will be enchanted by this book. Everyone wants to know how to combine eclectic elements gracefully - this book demonstrates how. There's a little narration at the beginning of each chapter by Julia Reed, and then the glorious images by photographer Paul Costello dominate. The pages are thick, the colors are true ~ it is one of my favorite design books of all time. You can study Furlow's rooms for hours.