Mollie Palmer, Atlanta Symphony Showhouse

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Now in its 40th year, the Atlanta Symphony Associates Decorators’ Showhouse and Gardens is the showplace for the city’s top interior and landscape designers.  Held this year at “”Giverny””- a 7,000+ sf Buckhead masterpiece, the show house is the perfect place to pick up a design tip, bask in the glow of unrequited luxury, and support our classic music in Atlanta.  And with that, let’s meet Mollie Palmer, the Chairperson for the event…

Q. What does it take to transform a home in to a “show house”?

A.  Patience, nerves of steel…but seriously, it takes fabulous volunteers -people who are willing and looking forward to working on a fundraising project.

It takes vision, talent, flexibility, cooperation – designers working together creating a beautiful show place, and in this case a beautiful transformation.

Q. You’re asked to plan an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra “Brahms Blowout”, a free concert designed to engage as large a crowd as possible with classical music.  Where will it be, and what will make it special?

A. To find a location for a free concert that’s suitable for a large crowd requires research and time (something the Chair has very little of). Off the top of my head, I would select the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre because it is a spectacular venue and one of my favorites.

Q. An international delegation of decorators and designers is on their way to view the Show House- what else should they see while they’re in town?

A. Of course, if there’s anything going on with the Atlanta Symphony I would point them in that direction. There’s always a fantastic event held by the Atlanta Symphony. I would check with the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau to see what’s going on in Atlanta that a group can participate in. There is so much that Atlanta has to offer: for decorators/designers there’s ADAC-Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, and of course, the High Museum, World of Coca-Cola, Aquarium, Olympic Park, Sweet Auburn, and there’s plenty of fine dining.

Q. Favorite Atlanta neighborhood(s)?

A. Historic Tuxedo Park is my favorite because it’s a beautiful area with a plethora of gorgeous homes and estates.

Q. Last meal in Atlanta- where are you going, and what are you eating?

A. There are so many great restaurants in Atlanta that it’s really hard to choose.  But to tell you the truth, I love seafood, and being from the South, Spondivits is one of my favorites! Whole Foods is the best for grabbing a quick bite.

Bonus Question: What is the Decorators’ Show House and Gardens, and why is it a can’t miss event?

A. The Decorators’ Show House and Gardens is a fundraiser for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Learning Community.  Volunteers with the Symphony’s Association organize this fundraiser every year by selecting a home, usually for sale and usually in the Buckhead area, and convert it into a grandiose show place opened to the public for three weeks.  Top notch designers are selected to come in and display their talent by transforming their space and the home into a must see work of art. Their work is exquisite and once you see it, it becomes the talk of the town, so you tell everyone that they must see the Show House.

The Relevant Linkage

Homes for sale in Tuxedo Park

2010 Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre Schedule

The “”other”” Giverny

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Jon Effron is widely regarded as one of the leading Realtors in Atlanta, working with both buyers and sellers throughout the metro area to maximize their real estate investments. In 2014, Jon was the #1 individual agent at Keller Williams Intown, one of the largest brokerages in Intown Atlanta. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Jon was the Vice President of Development at Tujay Group, an Atlanta real estate development firm. His career pre-real estate included stints at, eGroups (now Yahoo! Groups) and Elite Traveler magazine, where he served as the Vice President of Marketing.