Thursday, June 19, 2008

Recent Lake House Project

Many of you have heard about the lake house that we recently furnished for Draper Realty. This is a great house at Tilly Bend on Lake Blue Ridge. The setting is wonderful! There is National Forest beside and across from the house so the views are unbelievable. The seller and agent knew that a furnished and staged house would show better and sell more quickly in a competitive market (Smart people! Even smarter because they came to us!!) This project has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a sleeping loft, gathering / game-room area on the terrace level and it is being sold fully furnished!! The owner paid us to do it all...and we did! He wanted it turn key and his only typical bear, moose or deer theme. We used Pine Cone Hill & Peacock Alley bedding, great linens, towels, dishes, even a stainless barbecue grill- really everything you need! Just bring your toothbrush to closing and you are set to stay in your new retreat that night. Many of you have asked to see photos so I included a couple but, the owner recently hired a local professional photographer, Tom Harper to shoot the property. If you need professional photography give Tom a call! Enjoy!!

Old Tilly Rd Lake Cabin - Tom Harper Photography, Inc

The sleeping loft features Saranac Stripe by Pine Cone Hill and rug by Dash & Albert.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Getting Started

Well here we go, ready to get started on our new Gatewood Hall Gracious Home Journal. While we have made progress on our website we decided that we need to go ahead and create an immediate method to reach our customers and prospective customers. We envision this location to be a place to chat about new arrivals, design trends and events at our store. We welcome those who have never been to our store and while we do not intend to use this journal as an e-commerce site most all of the items that you will see in the photos are typically available for sale at our store. Currently it is really tough for us to ship large items, or art work however our wonderful soaps, candles, bedding and some accessories are easy to ship and we are happy to send them. Give us a call at 706-946-6246 to check availability...or better yet come in and see us!
If you have never been into our store let me tell you a little about us. Gatewood Hall Gracious Home (or GH as many of our regular customers refer to us) opened about two years ago. The owners are myself, Corky Gatewood and Shawn Hall (Gatewood-Hall...get it? Our last names!) While we had been working together doing interior design projects for several years we bought a second home in the beautiful north Georgia mountains and fell in love with quaint downtown Blue Ridge. We both have a passion for good design and good living and thought a retail store would be a lot of fun. We felt with all of the growth in the area, Blue Ridge would be ready for the store that we'd been creating in our minds for the last several years. I am currently working a corporate job that I continue to love in Atlanta, but you will usually find me in the store weekends, holidays or when I'm on vacation... while Shawn, Kelli and Sharon hold down the fort in Blue Ridge the rest of the time. While both Shawn and I love the "people" aspect of the store I love the details, decorating, shopping, merchandising and marketing part of the business while Shawn loves the creating, designing, architecture, and construction aspects of the business (he can do just about anything) together we make a great team.
We condsider GH to be a lifestyle store. We love wonderful and unique finds for the home, clever gifts, beautiful linens, gourmet goodies, great art, books- both old and new, luxurious soaps, bath products and candles. We also offer wonderful Italian pewter and ceramic dishware from Match, Arte Italica and Vagabond House. Other dishes include Juliska, Mariposa, Spode and Potluck Studio. We are a stocking dealer for Lee Industries which is wonderful American, bench made furniture from North Carolina. Our services include gift registry, full-service interior design, real estate staging, custom window draperies and blinds.
Shawn and I feel so lucky to have had such positive feedback while meeting so many wonderful people over the last two years. We are really fortunate to be able to do something that we love and are passionate about. Please come in and see us! If you can't make it to Blue Ridge check in with us here, we'll keep you posted on what is happening in our little corner of the world.
Remember- "Live Well And Treat Yourself To A Gracious Home!"