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Barbara Westbrook – A Designer to Love

Lake Keowee Barbara Westbrooksource

Over the last couple of years, I have included several photos of Barbara Westbrook’s spaces in a number of different posts, but I have never written one devoted entirely to her work.  That is, until now.:)

Lake Keowee dining  Barbara

I had planned to do one on her brilliant work this month because I seem to be drawn to lake houses in the month of September.  Yes, I know that is strange, and it happens every year. Weird, huh?  I have saved this photo from House Beautiful for a looooooong time.  I love this room she designed in a lake house in South Carolina. Don’t you just love the soft colors, the plank walls, the stone fireplace, and her use of antiques?

lakehouse living room Barbara Westbrook

And even though this photo is from long ago, this room is still one I could live in today.


This foyer is in the same house.


And so is this office…

Lake Keowee office Barbara

and this wonderful porch.

Wouldn’t you like to be sitting out there right now?

lakeside porch Barbara

Now here is what is so uncanny about this.  You won’t believe what I discovered while I was researching this post.  This house, with its classic Barbara Westbrook rooms, was designed by….Keith Summerour – the architect I wrote a post about last Friday!  Isn’t that a strange coincidence??

And there’s more….

This elegant kitchen…

Atlanta kitchen Barbara

and this charming bedroom with its gingham linens and headboards…

Atlanta bedroom Barbara

are both in an Atlanta house (built in 1936) that belongs to…that same architect, Keith Summerour.  Guess who did the interior design…Barbara Westbrook.:)Cue the theme song from The Twilight Zone.

Okay…enough with the strange coincidences.  Let’s look at some more beautiful rooms by Westbrook Interiors.  Here are a kitchen and two bedrooms from another lake house.

lake house kitchen Barbara

lake house bedroom Barbara

traditional bedroom Barbara

I am not sure where the house is in the next photo, but I think you will like this kitchen she designed for it.

white cabinets in kitchen  Barbara

traditional kitchen Barbara

So are you as smitten with her work as I am? Even her studio is a gorgeous space (cat included:))

Barbara Westbrook office

both inside and out.

Westbrook Studio

Her studio is located in Atlanta, so if you are in need of a designer who can help you with elegant and classic spaces that are comfortable at the same time, Barbara Westbrook can handle your project. Or if you are more of a do-it-yourself decorator, then I hope these photos have given you some inspiration.

porch Barbara

Until next time…

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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - September 24, 2014 - 1:06 am

Kelly, Oh my goodness…I have that photo of the foyer with the fishing creels pinned as the cover photo on one of my Pinterest boards! I love Barbara Westbrook’s interior designs…the use of antiques and classic styling that is timeless. I covet her one of her kitchens :). Thanks for sharing this post and for the research you do on your favorite designers! I so enjoy them.
I am so delighted that you enjoyed it Gracia! I had saved the foyer photo too..for a very long time. I can’t remember when that issue came out, but I know it has been years and years. She is one talented designer!

Vicki - September 24, 2014 - 7:35 am

Thank you Kelly for such a great post. I read lots of blogs and I can truly say that there is not another one out in web land like yours. Your niche is your research , details, connection, and writing skills. And don’t let me forget the beautiful photos! I love this type of design and your post today was just the inspiration I needed to jump start a remodeling project. Thanks again!
What a sweet sweet comment Vicki! Thank you for being so appreciative. :) I am glad the pictures could give you a spark of inspiration. Good luck with your project!

Barbara Hinske - September 24, 2014 - 8:32 am

Oh my….thank you for such a wonderful post! I’m going to be late for work–I stared at that last kitchen for far too long. And enjoyed every minute of it. The monochromatic color schemes are so soothing. Thank you!
Oh dear..don’t be late for work! Yes, that last kitchen is gorgeous, isn’t it Barbara? Soothing is a good word for those rooms.

Garden, Home and Party - September 24, 2014 - 9:05 am

How do you do it? You find rooms that speak to my heart…and probably the heart of everyone of your readers! I have 3 of the images you’ve shared that are in a file called “Absolute Favorites” Sometimes when I’ve saved pictures of rooms, I don’t have the related article and the name of the designer eludes me. I loved each and every inspiring image you shared and will never lose the name of this designer again. :-)
Thank you for always providing a bright spot in the day with your posts.
Gosh thank you Karen! Good rooms are good rooms, and there are so many rooms today that are downright strange that these classic ones are even more beautiful by comparison. I hope Barbara Westbrook will continue to do these gorgeous spaces for us to enjoy and that her work will continue to be published. Hope you are having a good week.

Sue - September 24, 2014 - 10:21 am

I love your lake house posts Kelly. We are in the midst of designing a new lake house {albeit a modest one} and I find so much inspiration in your posts. I just wish I could do half of the things I see, but, still will have so much fun in the process. Thanks for all the legwork!
Oh I am jealous of you and your lake house!! (But I am glad you can find ideas for it in the posts here, Sue. :) )

Jayne - September 24, 2014 - 10:28 am

I love her use of neutral walls and dark wood. I thinks it gives it a charming, rustic feel. That foyer! So simple, yet elegant! I love that feel. I think that’s what I liked about every picture you showed. Simple, yet elegant! Thanks for the inspiration.
I like the contrast too, Jayne. Simple but elegant…good words to describe her work. I am happy you stopped by and enjoyed the photos. :)

Terri - September 24, 2014 - 12:58 pm

That house at the top of your post is absolutely a classic!! Looks like it was designed yesterday… not several years ago.. Love love that studio!!
It is most definitely a classic in my mind too. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to work in a studio like that??? I know I would accomplish so much. :)

Vicki - September 24, 2014 - 1:01 pm

What a great post. Barbara Westbrook and Keith Summerour are a design dream team, for sure. I get the lake house in September appeal. Makes me think of On Golden Pond. Watching the leaves change and hearing the loons call from a cozy screened porch sounds pretty perfect.
Maybe that IS why I have the longing to be at a lake every September. Great psychoanalysis Vicki! A screened porch overlooking the water would be great right now. :)

Dawn - September 24, 2014 - 9:53 pm


You already know which room is my favorite…the green office has me written all over it! I just love the use of in homes! My second favorite space is that cozy screened in porch. I could sit there and read all day. Thanks for sharing these photos with us. I do like being at the lake house in September. The temperatures are cooler and their are different animals to watch. Then their are all of the pretty colors to see. I am with you on liking lake homes in September.
Yes, that green office certainly does have you written all over it Dawn! That is one green room. You are so lucky to have a lake house to enjoy. :)

Charlene - September 25, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Loved that post! That designer is just my style! If you can – I’d like to see more of her rooms. You are such a terrific researcher! Thanks for scoping out all the best designers for us.
I am so glad you enjoyed seeing her work Charlene. She has such a talent for creating timeless rooms that so many of us love. I will be sure to include more of her rooms in future posts.

Julia - September 25, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Kelly – thanks for these photos. They are beautiful to look at and get some really great ideas.
Thank you for reading and leaving a comment Julia! I am happy you liked Barbara Westbrook’s work.

cindy hattersley - September 26, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Well you are “preaching to the choir” here. She is one of my all time favorite designers. LOVE everything she does. It was so fun to revisit many of her older designs. She is wonderful!
Perhaps we should start a fan club (and urge her to write a book!)

Peggy - September 27, 2014 - 10:20 am

I enjoy my Saturday morning cup of coffe with you! I have pinned myself happy with these scrumptiously designed rooms by Barbara Westbrook. I had just pinned the living room from from the House Beautiful pagesthis past week without knowing the designer’s name. Thank you for all the research you do. I would love to have any one of these rooms.
Barbara Westbrook’s rooms are certainly pinworthy! I could move in any of them too, Peggy. Enjoy your Saturday!

Trisha Troutz - September 27, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Kelly, I love her laid back traditional style. Very livable but intentional. So great to see her work in one place and study her style. Thank you for pulling this together to share
Laid back and traditional…I had not thought of it like that, but that does describe a lot of her spaces, Trisha. So happy you enjoyed seeing her work!

Cathy Kepley - March 3, 2015 - 10:54 pm

Personality plus layers of interest! She’s one of my favorite inspirations. Thanks for sharing.

What Became of Henderson Village?

tenant house 8In the summer of 2012, I shared a post with you about Henderson Village .  It was a beautiful resort with restored homes used as bed and breakfast accommodations, gorgeous grounds, and a nice restaurant. At the time of my post, the resort was for sale, and I left you hanging with that information. So what has become of the place?

Southern Bridle Farms guest reception areaWell happily a buyer was found…actually two buyers- Jim Marshall and Mike Whiddon. They purchased the buildings, the grounds, and the restaurant.  The name has been changed from Henderson Village to The Retreat of Southern Bridle Farms, but it is not being operated as a bed and breakfast resort anymore.  The men were already co-owners in a wedding venue, Southern Bridle Farms, and they wanted to have another place available for other weddings and events.  So the restored homes and tenant cottages are being used when clients need them for large events.  tenant cottagesThe restaurant has reopened under a new name – The Carriage House Restaurant, and a little over a month ago we took all of our children plus three of their close friends for dinner there. (They are open only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.)

Carriage House Restaurant

Here are a few shots I took of the dining areas. I love the antiques and the old fireplaces with their gorgeous mantels!

dining room and fireplace

 dining room fireplace
dining room

Our daughter probably would not want me to put this photo of her in the post, but I wanted you to see the beautiful wood in the door.


It was a very busy Saturday night with a big party in one of the dining rooms and half of their staff at another event, so service was slow for our large group, and they were out of their chicken dish that had been highly recommended to us. (Three of the eight of us were going to order it.:( ) But we did find other things on the menu to devour…fried green tomatoes, salmon, steak, fried shrimp, and pork chops (which won out for our group’s favorite.)

dinner at Carriage House RestaurantI had their beet salad, and it was really good.

beet saladThis dinner was a major celebration and good-bye dinner…all the August birthdays (daughter’s, son’s, and mine).  Daughter was leaving for college; both sons were moving to Seattle; one of the friends was home for a few weeks from a year in Taiwan and was heading back for another year, and another friend with us was home for a week from working in New Hampshire for a year but was headed back there a few days later. So of course we had desserts.:) The restaurant treated our daughter with the banana pudding trifle for her birthday (and I think she would have licked the glass if we would have let her!)  I can’t remember who had the cheesecake, but I know our son had strawberry shortcake.  Unfortunately my photo of it turned out very blurry.  :(


Here is part of their menu.

Carriage House Restaurant menu

Menu from Carriage House Restaurant

After dinner our children and their friends left to play board games, but my husband and I took a walk around the buildings.  The tenant cottages are still my favorite. Maybe one day I can stay in the one with the blue buffalo check linens.:)

a tenant house

They are currently running a special at the restaurant on Thursday nights – all the fried catfish you can eat, plus fries, hushpuppies, and coleslaw, for $8.99.  We made the drive there again this past week to try the special (but I forgot the battery for my camera.)  My husband said the catfish was good, but he wants to get the whole catfish instead of filets next time.  I finally had the chicken cordon bleu and enjoyed it – especially the cheese.  (The service was much faster last week.)

the tenant houses

And now you know what has become of Henderson Village.  I forgot to mention that they are currently building a very large pavilion adjacent to the restaurant for another choice of event venue.So if you need a place in central Georgia for a wedding, family reunion, conference, or …whatever, you might want to check out The Retreat at Southern Bridle Farms. (And if you need a nice dinner, you might want to check out The Carriage House Restaurant.)  I’ll be sure to put the battery in my camera the next time we go, so that I can take more photos for you!:)

Until next time.

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Louvina - September 22, 2014 - 12:42 am

I’m up late taking a sneak peak at your blog!! This is a wonderful place! Was wondering how far away it is from your home? What a wonderful place to celebrate any special occasion!! I bet your house is rather quiet with all the kiddos off and about? Will they make it back for the holidays? Or will you go to them on the west coast? I love when you include the menus — I study them and get ideas of nice entrees to try. I’m gearing up for our NC mountain trip in the next few weeks — looks like it will be peak season for the leaves!! Ya! I hope so– haven’t seen the fall colors for many years now and am so excited!! You know — time flies this time of year– I wish it could linger longer– happy fall ya all!!
Good grief you were up late! We can get there within a half hour, so it is not a far drive. It is a beautiful place for any celebration, and I was glad to see that they were very busy Thursday night. So it looks like a lot of people are making the drive there. Yes, our house is very quiet with everyone away. We have not made plans for the holidays yet, but I do know my sons will have more money than we will at that point so it may be up to them to fly here. LOL Lucky lucky you to get to go the mountains in the fall! Jealous here.

Jane - September 22, 2014 - 8:27 am

I’m glad to see that new owners have rescued this beautiful place. My husband and I stayed there in Feb. of 2013 it was awful, I posted a review and called the health department. The woman who took our reservation and handled hostess duties was unfriendly and not the least concerned over issues such as a rat that gnawed by my head, no heat, bathroom dirty. when I tried to reach her supervisor I was strongly discouraged from doing that. Many in the community were aware of the problems. Our evening meal was very disappointing. When one spends $75.00 on a meal for two you would think the food would be exceptional it wasn’t. service was poor and performed by a teenage boy who knew very little about the menu. Breakfast was the same bland fare. Again I am glad new owners have taken this sanctuary into the future. I am not alone in my opinion.
How sad that it had gotten to that point. When we were there in 2012, I was beginning to see little details that were lacking. I guess by 2013, they really should not have been trying to keep it in operation. The new owners are local, so I know they have been putting their heart and soul (and all their family members!) into the business. They are in it for the long haul, so I believe it will do well. They are a talented bunch! When we visited for the first time a month ago, the restaurant had only been open a few weeks. As is the case in any new restaurant, it takes a while to work out all the kinks. I just wish the cottages would be available as a bed and breakfast operation and not used only for events. Oh well. I AM thankful that someone rescued the place. :)

Gail - September 22, 2014 - 8:34 am

Hi Kelly: Loved your post. This looks like a wonderful place to stay if the occasion arises. The restaurant menu sounds yummy and I too love it when you post the menus because it gives me ideas as well. The fried green tomato and pimento cheese stack makes my mouth water:-) I didn’t realize that both your sons are moving to Seattle! Can’t wait for your posts from there when you and hubby go to visit them! Your daughter is beautiful. She should never object to her picture being taken. Looks like her mother! Thanks again for a great post! Blessings…Gail
Glad the menu could inspire! Yes, BOTH sons moved to Seattle. It will be a while before I go out there, but I know they think the West coast is the most beautiful area of our country. Thank you for the sweet compliments on our daughter. :)
Happy Monday!

Arlene@Nanaland - September 22, 2014 - 10:15 am

So glad to see that such a lovely place is not left to deteriorate. I liked the name Hendersonville as my mother’s maiden name is Henderson. Will have to put it on my list of restaurants I want to visit! Hope you and your husband are enjoying your empty nest….we have enjoyed ours!
Yes, it would have been soooooo sad if no one had rescued it. I was happy to see someone take it on and continue with the restaurant. We are enjoying being empty nesters, but it is very quiet around here!

Garden, Home and Party - September 22, 2014 - 1:35 pm

That looks like it would be a beautiful venue for a wedding. It’s great that they have a wonderful restaurant that outside people are able to visit as well.
The setting looks so peaceful and serene. Just what you need when you’re in the hurry of getting the final details down for a wedding!
It is the perfect setting for a wedding- especially if you are wanting a Southern feel to the celebration. There are several choices there for both a ceremony and a reception both inside and outside.

classic • casual • home - September 22, 2014 - 3:05 pm

How fun and your daughter is so pretty!
Thank you. It was a fun and lively evening!

Dawn - September 22, 2014 - 10:26 pm


The grounds look very inviting but the restaurant stole my heart. It looks so cozy. The menu has many yummy looking foods on it too. Make sure you keep us posted on your return trips! I love fried catfish. Thanks for sharing.
It is cozy, Dawn! And I will keep you posted on future trips. I promise not to leave the camera battery in the charger next time. :)

Summerour and Associates

Blackberry Farm kitchensource

Why in the world I haven’t done a post devoted to the work of Keith Summerour and his associates is beyond me.  Everywhere I turn it seems that something beautiful in a location I love, has been designed by his firm. Take for example, the kitchen above and the bedroom below.

Blackberry Farm

Guess where the house is located that has these wonderful rooms?  Blackberry Farm in Tennessee!  I’ve featured posts on Blackberry Farm here and here and never even connected it with Keith Summerour.  Hanging my head in shame here.:(

And then there is this house:

St. Simons Island Coastal Living Idea

Do you remember it?  This was the Coastal Living Idea House located on St. Simons Island that I wrote about last summer here. Guess who designed this home? You’re right. Summerour and Associates, and they also designed these stables on St. Simons Island that were in a post here.

Frederica Stables St. Simons

Remember The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC that was in this post?  Yes, Summerour and Associates did the design for its renovation.

Old Edwards Inn Highlands

Yes, I have really been blind when it comes to recognizing their work. So let’s remedy that today by looking at a few other spaces from them.   The first one I would like to share with you is in Georgia at the Currahee Club on Lake Hartwell.  I love the walls and beautiful cabinets in this kitchen.

Currahee Club kitchensource

Here is the living room that opens to that kitchen (and a screened porch too!)

Currahee Club great roomsource

Take a look at this space from another Georgia home they designed.  This one is named Towerhouse Farm, and it is located in Meriwether County.  I like that it has such a great mix of rustic and refined.

Towerhouse Farm

One of my favorites out of their work is McIlvain Farm on St. Simons Island.  This is definitely not your typical beach house.:)

Mcilvain farm

McIlvain farm

mcilvain farm

Now take a look at just a few of the kitchens in the residences Summerour and Associates have designed.  I think you will love them.:)



Valley Road kitchen  Summerour and

Their Atlanta offices are housed in an old warehouse that Keith Summerour renovated.  The building is rustic, refined, and has an industrial edge as well, and it is available for rent for events.  What an imaginative idea! You can see photos of the interior here.

Summerour Studio

Much of the work from this design firm has an “old world” atmosphere to me, but this last home that I want to close with has a purely American farmhouse feel.

Beechwood farm

Beechwood Farm


I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the wonderful work from the truly talented Keith Summerour and his team.  Be sure you click on the links to see more.:)

Beechwood Farm

Have a great weekend!

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Gracia @ Gracious Offering - September 19, 2014 - 9:47 pm

Kelly, I love his work too! Love that he uses a lot of wood…natural and painted…and often mixes them together in the same room. Thanks for sharing his work with us!
Glad you liked all the eye candy Gracia. It is the use of all that wood that draws me in as well, and they certainly do mix it beautifully.
Hope you are having a super weekend!

Kathy - September 19, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Very pretty! Makes me want to head up to Highlands but we are headed to a wedding in Vail, NC. We are looking forward to it because we didn’t plan it! LOL! (Our daughter and new son-in-law are honeymooning in Ireland but we are headed to her high school friend’s wedding. We joke that this friend is the reason we have rules at our house. It should be fun!) Have a great weekend!
Me too! I really thought about going up to Highlands this weekend, but we (daughter and I) had a baby shower to attend today. I know you are enjoying a wedding that you didn’t have to plan! :) That is too funny about the “reason you have rules.” I laughed out loud at that! Ireland…how fun that would be!

Marianne in Mo. - September 20, 2014 - 11:45 am

Fantastic! Love the last place especially, and the closing pic of the dog!
Celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary today with an outing to local wine country. Should be a beautiful day!
The last one was great, wasn’t it Marianne?! Congratulations on your 39th wedding anniversary! That is really something to celebrate!! :) (And it sounds like you are celebrating in a wonderful place.)

Dawn - September 20, 2014 - 6:53 pm

OK, Kelly,

You have redeemed yourself for this designer! I love their style. The last picture is my favorite! That awesome red door and dog is sweet! My two exterior back doors are red also. I have two boxers that love looking out through the inset glass in them. Thanks for sharing the eye candy.
Dawn, I tried painting our door red once, but it just didn’t look good here. So glad you like this firm’s work. I bet your dogs are cute looking out your red doors!

Garden, Home and Party - September 20, 2014 - 7:17 pm

I love the work of this team. The last house is my favorite, love the dutch door and the dog. That’s really not like you to miss a detail. You’re entitled to make one tiny error now and then, especially since you made up for it by sharing some of the prettiest houses ever. :-)
Wasn’t that dog in the door sooo cute?! I couldn’t pass that one up. I can’t believe I missed doing a post on them since they seem to be everywhere I am! So glad you liked their work. Their quality and attention to detail is wonderful.
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Martha - September 20, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Kelly, my computer crashed and I have been without internet for over 24 hours… soon as I was back up I checked your blog and this wonderful post was the first thing I read. I love everything!!!! Summerour & Associates are amazing! If only I had a few million and could rip out half my house. Oh well, I can dream.
Hi Martha! So sorry your computer crashed, but I am glad you were able to bring it back to life. :) Yes, Summerour and Associates ARE amazing. I know exactly what you mean about ripping out half your house and spending the big bucks.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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