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One Man's Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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"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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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.
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!
This a delight to see. I reference it all the time. It is a beauty of a volume, as well. Thanks to the other decorators who have encouraged Furlow Gatgewood to photograph and share with us.