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August 20, 2011

Lotus House Shines on Opening Night

The ASO Decorators’ Show House 2011 Delivers the Elegant and Exotic

<p>Patricia McLean, Jimmy Adams, Brooke Merrill, Amy Mussara</p>

Patricia McLean, Jimmy Adams, Brooke Merrill, Amy Mussara

  • Photos by Colby Blount

With an exotic East-Meets-West theme, the opening night of the Anglo-Indian Lotus House brought out local design talents in droves.

The VIPs

Co-chairs Ruth and Paul Marston; New York designer/author and honoree Duane Hampton (wife of the late designer Mark Hampton), Honorary Chairs Adair and Dick White, Architect of Lotus House William T. Baker, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) VP of Development Sandy Smith, and President of Atlanta Symphony Associates Belinda Massafra

Bill Musso (left) Bill Musso (left)

The Scene Makers

Designers and design lovers came out in droves for the opening night of Lotus House. Among the designers who loaned their talents to the estate: Barrry Dixon, Barbara Heath, Bill Musso, Todd Falconbury, Brooke Merrill, Christy Dillard, Dan Belman and Randy Korando, Melanie Turner, Patricia McLean, Raymond Goins and Meg Adams.

The Highlights

More than 300 guests enjoyed a champagne reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony and a lavish feast in an Indian-inspired tent by Soiree Catering. Afterwards, they explored the gracious estate, which was inspired by both English Regency architecture and Mughal palaces. Among the unique features of the house: an interior courtyard lotus pond, an octagonal lounge with octagonal skylight and a rooftop terrace. The evening concluded with dinner, dancing and dessert. A series of Connoisseur design lectures sponsored by Suzy Wasserman and Spalding Nix and featuring celeb guests such as Charlotte Moss and Barry Dixon accompanied this year’s show house program. The opening weekend with Duane Hampton was sponsored by Wilmington Trust.

The Cause

The show house and related events/lectures benefitted  the Education and Community Engagement Initiatives of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The Patrons

Gold sponsors:  Benvil Photography, Jewelry Artisans and Soiree Catering and Events. Silver Sponsors:  Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Wilmington Trust, Flora by John Grady Burns, Benjamin Moore Pai

Melanie and Stan Benecki in the dining room she designed Melanie and Stan Benecki in the dining room she designed

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