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One Man's Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood (Anglais) Relié – 22 avril 2014

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Garden Book Pick from HGTV.
"Whether you’re looking for homesteading wisdom or design-inspiration…” –HGTV Gardens

“The multi-structured estae has been meticulously restpored and decorated to the nines…we know this will be a design book for the decades.” –Domaine

“The book tours each of Gatewood’s four homes and beautiful gardens, his collections of pagoda figurines and blue-and-white porcelain, and lessons on antiquing. There is so much to see and learn from this self-taught designer. The book bursts with pictures and fondly recalled memoires.” –Romantic Homes
“…a glorious compendium…a glimpse into the private and enchanted world of Furlow Gatewood…a must-have for designers and dreamers alike!” –What is James Wearing?
One Man’s Folly is a fascinating look at how the nonagenarian had deployed his vast trove…the rooms are held together by Gatewood’s masterful approach to texture, color, and scale, and by his abiding principle that he only buys what he loves.” –Elle Décor
“…One Man’s Folly is as much a visual treat as it is a lesson in southern hospitality. All I could think as I read it was that I was equally eager to read it again…One Man’s Folly will dazzle your senses and make you reconsider how you entertain, what possessions you accumulate and how you spend your days.” –Life in a Venti Cup

“European elan and southern charm define a Georgia cottage. Plants don’t normally have enchanting Gothic houses designed for them, nor do peacocks. But both certainly are treated to this service in Furlow Gatewood’s universe—an unlikely compound of five houses and an array of outbuildings…” –Veranda

“You will want to move into the incredibly charming home of Furlow Gatewood. With evocative text by follower southerner Julia Reed, there are few more irresistible volumes around…staying true to one’s vision never looked so good.” –Quintessence
“Julia Reed showcases Furlow Gatewood’s exceptional houses in all their architectural and detailed splendor.” –Flower Magazine
“Inveterate collector Furlow Gatewood rescues not just objects but entire houses and has conjured his own magical world in rural Georgia.” –House Beautiful
“In this hardcover beauty, for the first time, well known antiques expert Furlow Gatewood takes readers on an intimate tour of his personal estate…” –Serendipity

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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. Antiques 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. The structures exemplify various architectural traditions-from mid-nineteenth-century Gothic to Palladian. He 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. A gifted designer and longtime associate of antiques dealer John Rosselli, Gatewood has a talent for discovering singular pieces with a poetic patina, composing custom paint finishes and subtle palettes, and knowing how to incorporate distinctive architectural elements. To accompany the book's atmospheric images, close friend Bunny Williams writes about the lessons she has learned from this master of discernment. Gatewood's seductive and hospitable Arcadian oasis, with its exquisite and timeless design, will have an enduring impact on the design community.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Furlow's Fanciful Follies 10 mai 2014
Par L. M. Keefer - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Furlow Gatewood - Genius Exposed !! 26 avril 2014
Par Tom Sawyer - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Where has this gentleman been hiding ? His homes are the most inspiring exteriors and interiors I have ever seen . His style is relaxed & innovative , while evoking a very sophisticated country feel . If it was one structure , you might assume his style got lucky on that one project . Yet , with the numerous homes featured , his genius is undeniable . This book gives the reader so many lessons in style and correctness of scale and correct material use . A million words could not convey the schooling that these pictures will give you . I have a huge library on architecture and design and this one is my favorite . It would be a bargain at twice the price . Thank you Mr. Gatewood , for letting us into your world. With the current hideous trends in design , this is a real treat .
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't miss out on this gem! 14 mai 2014
Par A Book Collector - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
That Furlow Gatewood is not the equivalent of a household name in the design world is soon likely to change with the publication of his new book. Of course, having the likes of Bunny Williams, Julia Reed, and John Rosselli behind him doesn't hurt either.

I first became aware of Furlow Gatewood, a now-ninety-something year-old non-designer, former antiques dealer, and native Georgian, two decades ago when the historic Savannah house he co-owned with John Rosselli was published. It was memorable enough to grab my attention a year ago when the Cuthbert House, one of the "follies" on his Americus, Georgia property hit Veranda magazine. And then along came this book, the story of how a compound of buildings, each exquisitely built and furnished as an antidote to both over-buying and boredom, came to exist on his family farm.

In touring the four houses and gardens presented, a portrait of Gatewood emerges: humble (the book is not about him, it's about his houses), plain-spoken with a droll and direct sense of humor, passionate for and about beautiful objects, and possessed of a wicked collecting streak. He confesses that once finished, his houses don't get much use because "the fun is in the doing."

His style, intuitive and self-guided, has produced stunning results. Here are marvelous photographs of rooms filled with incredible and lust-worthy furnishings and objects, all put together with an unerring sense of scale, that never feel cluttered. These are elaborate arrangements that mix the rare, the antique, and the unusual with the everyday and charming, and yet always feel fresh, light, and livable.

A tension exists in Gatewood's rooms that makes them sing: the elegant and polished contents against architectural envelopes sheathed in wide rough boards painted in a limited palette (mostly white or gray); with floors of old brick, dark-stained or painted wood, and the occasional sisal or striped dhurrie rug. Envy-inducing paintings hang between windows that are left bare except for shutters or wood-slat roll-up porch blinds, when the expected finish would likely include yards of linen or taffeta. Simple white cotton duck is the upholstery fabric of choice here, and it is layered with throw cushions of everything from antique Fortuny to blocked cottons from India to linen tea towels, all counterpointing the lines and profiles of the pieces they cover. It is all really quite brilliant.

If there really is an afterlife, I'll choose to spend mine at Furlow's. But for now, his book will suffice. Don't miss out on it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Delightful, I recommend this book. 24 juin 2014
Par ann's sublime abode - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The only downside is AMAZON not packaging properly and goods arriving damaged. Let's face it, returning goods is a pest that nobody wants to have to handle.
HOWEVER, the book itself is a delight. The photos are beautiful and I am enjoying the text, but have only just started. There is a lot to look at in this book of wonderfully decorated and detailed houses. Furlow Gatewood's style reminds me of the chateaus my husband and stayed in while travelling in France. Plenty of beautifully curated collections adore tables, books at every turn and a feast of fabrics. If you are after a guide for a relaxed and comfortable home that hints of French country side, I recommend this book. Someone else mention the print quality being poor - I am not finding that an issue.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful and inspiring 27 mai 2014
Par MTK - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I stumbled upon this book while browsing here on Amazon and while I usually do not buy this kind of book without first seeing it in the store I went ahead and ordered it just by virtue of the online sample and the fact that Gatewood was a friend of Bunny Williams and am I ever glad I did. The book is beautiful and the photos are inspiring, but I loved the story of Furlow Gatewood, the charming world he has created for himself over the years, and his Southern Gentleman persona. What I found especially inspiring was that he is in his 90s and still does not stop creating. I really felt I was there, tucked away off some country road in Georgia, exploring his houses with him.
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