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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

About the Author

Writer Julia Reed is a contributing editor to Garden & Gun and has authored several books. Bunny Williams is an acclaimed designer and author. Lifestyle photographer Paul Costello's work appears in many publications. Rodney Collins is a regional architectural photographer.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847842525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847842520
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.1 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. M. Keefer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2014
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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.
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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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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.
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Furlow Gatewood is definitely a collector...of everything, but clearly of architectural pieces, small to house-sized. He has created several unique, but elegant and beautiful dwellings on family land in Americus, Georgia, chronicled in this new book written by journalist Julia Reed. Several of the houses were moved from other locations and others, already on site, added on room by room, to accommodate purchases of large quantities of furniture.

Although Mr. Gatewood has a lot of "stuff," I thought the interiors were open and inviting. The bare floors and simply trimmed windows added a coolness, which is no doubt welcome in warm Georgia. I also appreciated that the four dogs and two cats were welcome on the furniture, and in the case of one kitty, the dining room table.

If I could have a summer house, any one of Mr. Gatewood's follies would be ideal!
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