Thursday, April 3, 2014

One Man's Folly : GIVE AWAY


It has long been a dream of mine to have a place to put all of the things I collect. It is a dream, and yet perhaps it is best left a dream. As I get older, I find I just want to get rid of things. They seem to become less pleasing and entail more work....now I dream of picking up and starting over with less....less of my own things, but more in the way of seeing everyone else's. Because every thing worth having contains a story.....and I have always loved a good story. Perhaps that is why I am drawn to countries a bit older than ours. There is more "story" there....and after all, other places are where many of the stories of our own "melting pot" country began.

After that little digression.....I must say I do have great appreciation for those who collect lots of things, and do it well with love, interest and curiosity.
 I grew up in a house with a mother who had that indefinable knack to put things with stories from all eras together, and in the process, creating our own story. Perhaps that is why Furlow Gatewood's story appeals to me so much. Enter the new book, ONE MAN'S FOLLY: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood by Julia Reed, Rizzoli New York, 2014.


Furlow Gatewood is a man who loves good things and loves the hunt. It seems he has always done so. A true sountern gent, Mr. Gatwood has been building enchantingly charming structures on his property located in Americus Georgia for decades. Some of the buildings were already on the property but on death's door until Furlow administered a bit of CPR to bring them back to life, along with the help of the many craftsmen who collaborated with him over the years. Others of the structures began with a window or door that Furlow brought home during his forays into the adventures of antique hunting, often in the company of John Rosselli, legendary antiques dealer,  and/or Bunny Williams, iconic Interior Designer. Speaking of Bunny Williams, she describes her long friendship with Mr. Gatewood in the book's forward, and also in the last chapter of the book.


ONE MAN'S FOLLY is divided into chapters based on each of the buildings....or "follies".... and described with great passion by the author, Julia Reed. She describes her first foray into Furlow's world, even as to finding the address as being "Peacock Alley" which did not show up on her iPhone's GPS. She describes Furlow's background and family as he grew up in Georgia and his move to NYC in his thirties. This is where he met and became partners with John Rosselli.....and where they became lifelong friends. This is also the time where he developed his passion for collecting antiques for the antique shop he and John owned, and for himself. He has been doing so ever since, and at 94 is still going strong back where his story began....in Georgia.


So here are some of my favorite images from the book. They come from all of the outbuildings known as The Barn (the previous carriage house and Furlow's main residence), The Peacock House (which started as a winter plant house with dirt floors, but became a proper house built around a set of French Doors) , The Cuthbert House ( a house scheduled for demolition on a church grounds in Cuthbert, Georgis, and so transported to Furlow's property to be reborn), The Lumpkin House (which was owned by a cousin and moved to Furlow's property from Lumpkin, Georgia, providing ample opportunity to house more of Furlows abundant collections), and then there is a chapter all about other various outbuildings and the beautiful gardens. But one cannot forget a chapter about all of the collections Furlow has amassed over a lifetime of hunting and gathering.



For anyone who loves a good story, there are page after page of visual fairytale adventures captured at every turn.  There are Peacocks and secret gardens, fabrics from around the globe but never too precious for dogs and cats to feel right at home, gingerbread trim and hydrangeas spilling out from enormous terra cotta pots lining the lane, walking sticks and pagodas, fountains and boxwood topiary. One might never see such splendor that shouts so loudly of "home". Fortunately, we now have this book, this lovely book to inspire us all to make our own little wonderland in whatever way that might be.

So....on to the "good stuff".......


GIVE AWAY....

And for one of you it would be so very easy a thing to do! For, you see, in the tradition of acquisition, I am lucky to have found myself with an extra copy.....thanks to the kindness of the wonderful folks at Rizzoli. And I am saving it for one of you. For what good is collecting beautiful stuff if not to share it?

So.....here is what you must do:

1) Click on the "comment" link at the bottom of this post and leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts about ONE MAN'S FOLLY .
2) Make sure I can contact you by including an email address, or make sure your username has a link to a contact email.
3) The Cut Off date to enter is April 26th 2014 ,  at 5:00PM PST. (Tim's birthday! Presents for him, presents for you!) I will announce the winner the next day,April 27th, life permitting!


GOOD LUCK!


Stunning images by photographers extraordinaire: Rodney Collins and Paul Costello


36 comments:

Karena Albert said...

Dear Katie.
Thank you so much for this wonderful introduction to "One Man's Folly". I do have a book on its way and am so very excited (even more so now) to receive it; so do not enter me in the drawing.

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Anonymous said...

Your intro to this is exactly the way I've been feeling lately. I used to think I wanted a bigger house so I could collect more things but after having lived here for many years I am now ready to downsize and simplify! Thank you for introducing me to a new designer (for me). I love the toile and blue and white porcelains and know I would enjoy adding this book to my collection (I'll never get rid of my design books)!Stacey,rsbauer9592@hotmail.com rsbauer9592@hotmail.com

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I always want to simplify but find myself finding wonderful things -so I simply have to GATHER them -haha. Everytime I try to cut back which of my precious things do I part with? I would LOVE a copy of this book -great giveaway! Thanks!

cindy hattersley design said...

I too feel the need to edit rather thsn gather ...what to do when you find something wonderful?
I would love a copy of this book!

A Perfect Gray said...

wonderful. thanks so much for the chance. donna

Carlotta Lacy said...

Would love to win, looks like an interesting book

Kaity said...

Love, love this book!! I am embarking on a remodel of our main living area and am looking for cozy inspirations! This book has the perfect vibe that I'm looking for!! Good timing...

MJH DesignArts said...

Hi Katie, Thank you for this beautifully written post. I have been salivating over this book since it's publication was first announced. Beautiful collections from a well-lived life.
xoxox Mary8136 2882545

Bonnie said...

I live in Florida, but I am always scouring the internet for houses in Georgia. I went to school at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia, so I would dearly love to see his Cuthbert house. Such beauty, such good taste! What fabulous photos. I can only imagine what the homes look like in real life. Thank you for the chance to win. Bonnie
Bonnieeschmidt@aol.com

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

I have posted on his work several times and adore everything he creates. Would love to add his book to my collection!
Happy Friday.
Teresa
xoxo

Merlin said...

Oooh, I'd like to make this "franki's folly!" This sounds right down my ally and would love to add to my reading collection!! franki fmparde@gmail.com

poindextr said...

what a lovely tribute to Mr. Gateman's curations. hou07grl@hotmail.com

janet Rose said...

Looks like a very interesting book. Love the title!
I'm always interested in design books.

Annie said...

What wonderful peeks into Mr. Gatewood's life! How wonderful is it that people of his talent like to share their passion with the public! We are all lucky and I hope I'm the luckiest - I'd love to have the book!

Paul Baker said...

Folly's are always a fascination in design. I even live at Folly Cottage near Bath UK. Lovely book with sumptuous interiors!

paul@rudloe-stone.com

penelopebianchi said...

This is going to be my favorite book EVER!!!

Betty said...

Love what I've seen so far of this book, and Julia Reed is a favorite of mine. Wonderful giveaway!

Msamuels said...

Oh me oh my, if those pictures are not the prettiest images I have seen. I am not only in love with Furlow but with John and Bunny too. Here's to many more years of decorating and beautiful living.

Love to all,
moiraesamuels@gmail.com

Decorina said...

After years and years in design I'm getting to cozy. And lovely, too.

Please enter me in the drawing.

Decorina

laura Madalene said...

That looks great - I would have loved to win it!! I am always looking for new home decor ideas. I'll be back to read more in the future.
Design For Small Apartment

cj said...

yes, yes, I love books about people who carry out their passions. Thank you.

Sheena Elaine Magdaraog said...

I really like it! I also own books and magazines about interior designing and I am really interested in simple and clean designs that is also budget-friendly. I am glad I found one in one of your images posted here!

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Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Looks like a fabulous book! I am getting further and further away from decorating. Just did a post on a beautiful un-decorated beach house. THAT is where I wanna head!

Sharon said...

I love looking at creative spaces and this book appears to have a unique perspective on design. Thank you for the chance to win.

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Heavy Petal said...

What a lush look into a persons passion , a persons life. Thank you for posting this and I am glad that I am not the only person enjoying this personal glimps.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, Katie. Feel free to implement any of those ideas into our current design.

In the spirit of your commentary, I don't exactly need to acquire a new book, but that would be a memorable one.

Alberta

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

What exquisite images and Im so glad I found you in time to enter your fantastic giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity, and the review of this gorgeous book.
xo Nancy
Powellbrower.com

Virginia said...

What a wonderful expression of the gift of design and a passion for home and all things beautiful.

Liz said...

Oh what I would give to turn the pages of that book!
lizsilva11@gmail.com

Kim said...

What a generous giveaway! This book is dreamy. The colors, collections, and comfort of these pages make me happy. Thank you for the great pics!

Anonymous said...

Ninety four! Mr. Gatewood must have stories to tell. What you've shown us is exceptional and inspiring.
lindswood1@gmail.com

sandy mccune said...

I have been trying to get this book at the library. His use of blue and white( my favorites) drew me in. I would really like this book.Has he written any others?

penelopebianchi said...

I checked my Amazon account! I have ordered 3 "pre-orders" starting in February! Whew!!!

I will need at least 30 more! Such an exquisite and quirky and divine book!

I remember him in the "back of John Rosselli 30 years ago (or something!) with the best "southern accent"!

(I sought him out....and I told him my mother was from Alabama......and was he?)

Well, yes.....I adored him then! He wouldn't remember me!

The first time I went to John Rosselli's store.....where Furlough was in the back......

I missed my plane! Oh dear lord....the things on the four floors of that store! aND THE DOGS! I HAD TO SPEND at least 5 minutes with each dog! Who were lounging on sofas and daybeds on each floor!

MAGIC!! That it what it is! And the only explanation! Thank the Lord Bunny encouraged this complete genius to write this book!

And I even tried to have peacocks!! 20 years ago!

What a divine inspiration!!!

Penelope

baby boomers said...

Well, This is going to be my favorite book ever..

Janet said...

Looks like a great book! I'm so glad I discovered your blog. Thanks for the review and gorgeous images from the book. I would love to win your giveaway! trellisgrl@aol.com