Houzz = THE Social Media Site for the Design Minded

We recently joined the rest of our friends in the design community and opened an account on Houzz for steve mckenzie’s. And, let us tell you – we are having so much fun sharing our projects and communicating with other design-lovers through this fantastic site!


For those of you who may not know as much about Houzz, it’s an online community for all things related to interior design architecture and decorating. If this is your first time visiting the site, heed our advice and carve out a bit of time in your day for perusing the site. It can become addictive.

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steve mckenzie’s on Houzz

For designers, it’s a wonderful place to share products and resources and connect with others in our tight-knit community. For consumers, it’s a great place to get inspired and find information on spaces they wouldn’t have been able to access before there was a social media site geared toward decorating. We can all ask and answer questions and have conversations about the spaces we see on Houzz all with a simple click of the mouse.

But beware… Houzz can become a serious instigator of interior design want. The projects featured on the site are just dreamy and there’s so much to motivate you to get going with your own home projects.

In addition to sharing projects and inspirations, Houzz also offers folks an opportunity to rate and review providers they’ve utilized for their own home projects and businesses they’ve worked with before, offering consumers looking for companies to work with a bit of assurance when researching.

Are you on Houzz?!? If so, we’d love to connect with you – just leave a comment letting us know! And, if you’re not already on Houzz, check it out and see what all the buzz is about…

Please Join Us at the Opening Reception of Urban Abstractions, an Atlanta Celebrates Photography Show, Featuring Steve McKenzie & Linda Omelianchuk


Take a moment.

Look around.

In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, how often do you just stop what you’re doing and survey your surroundings? If you’re like most people, probably not often. But, if you’re like Steve McKenzie and Linda Omelianchuk, those moments of peace – even in the midst of a hectic day in the city – provide the most clarity.


In an upcoming show, Urban Abstractionsfeaturing the collaborative photographic works of Steve and Linda, you’ll be able to experience those moments, captured in stunning images, usually in places one doesn’t always notice.


Urban graffiti found on boxcars, winding their way through Atlanta – turned into fine art.

Abstract photos taken by simply looking UP in a busy metropolis.


It’s all there, right under our noses. Or, in some cases, above our heads, and all we need to do is take notice, as Steve and Linda do so beautifully in their images, on show through Urban Abstractions in the steve mckenzie’s showroom from October 2 – November 5.

Help us kickoff this fantastic show at the opening reception, this Thursday, October 2, from 5 – 8PM, taking place at steve mckenzie’s. At this event, guests will be invited to become artists themselves, and contribute to a new piece of urban art!


As part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography‘s 2014 Festival, Urban Abstractions reunites Steve and Linda in the form of photography, a new medium in their creative relationship, which spans more than 25 years.


We look forward to celebrating Atlanta’s photographic arts and the Urban Abstractions show with you this Thursday evening!

steve mckenzie’s Featured at The Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2014 Designer Showhouse at Serenbe!

Earlier this week, we gave you a head’s up about the first ever Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse at Serenbe – and hopefully enticed you to visit. Well, if you haven’t set the date yet, hopefully you will after seeing some of the steve mckenzie’s items featured throughout the home!

As Steve shares, “The Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Decorator Showhome at Serenbe is unique to most showhouses, as it’s design’s cohesiveness is so obvious. The home flows seamlessly through each space; it’s as if a family really lives there.”

The team here at steve mckenzie’s was thrilled to either loan or provide products, which are highlighted throughout this spectacular home, not the least of which, a fabulous custom charcoal pinstripe textile, used as the drapery fabric in Yvonne McFadden’s, of Y. McFadden LLC Interiors, master bedroom space.

Y. McFadden LLC Interiors’ Master Bedroom at the AH&L Serenbe Designer Showhouse

It was actually these paintings, on showcase in the home’s master bedroom closet, also designed by Yvonne, that inspired this unique fabric.

Paintings by Steve McKenzie, which inspired the charcoal pinstripe fabric featured in the AH&L Serenbe Showhouse master bedroom.

This stunning vignette in Yvonne’s master bedroom space offers a more detailed look at this custom fabric…


Moving to the other side of the bedroom, a reading nook welcomes weary visitors with just about anything they’d require for a peaceful moment. Steve’s ready to move in right now!


On another wall in the master bedroom space hangs a collection of antique frames Yvonne discovered throughout her trips to Europe. Collections like these, found over time and with a passion, are what make a space something truly special!


Although we hate to tear ourselves away from this enveloping master bedroom space – thank you Yvonne – we had to give you a glimpse at some of our other favorite spaces in the home.

We are truly in awe of the home’s chic, modern office space, designed by Julie Witzel of J. Witzel Interior Design.

Yes, you spy a steve mckenzie’s exclusive thick leather satchel, gracing the side of the desk in the showhome’s stunning gentleman’s office.

In addition to the leather satchel accessory, other key elements in this space include the overall art selection and custom light fixture by Sarah Atkinson of Grey Furniture – wowzas!


Oh, and we cannot forget about the handbags on show in the office bookcase – they’re handmade in Bali and just fantastic – visit the steve mckenzie’s showroom today and see them for yourself!


Oh, and on the way to our next space, why don’t we take a glimpse into the powder room…


Wow – the wallpaper in James Wheeler’s, of J. Wheeler Designs, is seriously such a showstopper! We love it so much, we had to ask James about it, so we could share the details with you. It’s de Gournay ‘Fishes’ Blue Pearl design colors on realsilver gilded paper with De’sargenter Pearlescent antique finish and hand painted fish motif. Now, who wouldn’t want to powder their nose with these fishes???

If you visit the showhouse, one area you’re sure not to miss is Kerry Howard’s, of KMH Interiors, stairwell, where you’ll see this funky grouping of art pieces by Rebecca Wood, who’s currently on show in the steve mckenzie’s showroom.


The view from the top of Kerry’s beautifully designed stairwell…


And these Mitchell Black pieces, also available at steve mckenzie’s, are on display in the Serenbe showhome’s stairwell:


The last space we’ll share with you is the terrace level artist retreat designed by Niki Papadopoulos of Mark Williams Design Associates. This is where it got especially real for Steve. It was almost as if this room was designed around him…. If only we needed to be closer to Serenbe.


This would make a phenomenal artist’s escape – take it from Steve. From the small accent pieces, to the gallery wall grouping, this room is perfection. Niki even utilized art books and brushes from her father’s collection to emphasize the room’s unique personality.


Doesn’t it look as if some great artist just stepped away from their workspace for a moment?!?

Phew! If you’ve made it all the way to the end of the post with us – thank you. Now, get to that showhouse and see it for yourself!

If you require even more convincing, you’ll be happy to know that proceeds from the showhouse go to support Serenbe’s Art Farm, which is a collaborative project between Serenbe and Auburn University’s Rural Studio, whose goal is to raise the funds to create affordable artists’ housing on-site at Serenbe. Now your visit will not only provide you with unlimited visual inspiration, you’ll also be giving back to the Serenbe community.

2nd Anniversary Party Details – We’ll See YOU There!

As you know, we’ve got our second anniversary party coming up this Thursday evening and we are in the midst of party prepping. But, we thought we’d take a moment and share a few details about the upcoming soiree…

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First and foremost, we need to give our friends at Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles a BIG shout out, as they’re sponsoring our event – and we’re looking forward to celebrating with many of our community’s design tastemakers, thanks to them!


In addition to yummy southern-themed bites, we’ll be offering guests our party’s signature cocktail, the “Buckhead Betty,” thanks to the folks at American Spirit Whisky.

ASWWe’re almost as excited for this cocktail, as we are that Amercian Spirit Whisky will be relocating their distillery to Atlanta! Welcome to our new neighbors!

Although the company, food and drinks are sure to provide a lot of fun, we’ll also be previewing several new lines steve mckenzie’s is now carrying. This includes a fantastic brand of modern outdoor furnishings, Kannoa


And a line of stunning nature-inspired accessories, by RabLabs, which includes unique photo frames, like this one:

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The team here at steve mckenzie’s has also recently acquired some stunning antique French mirrors and objets you just have to come in to see!

Finally, Steve’s new art studio and the new McKenzie Design Services studio will be on preview as well!


We’re so thrilled for our big event coming up, and look forward to celebrating with you Thursday!



Not To Be Missed – Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse at Serenbe

The steve mckenzie’s team is so happy to be a part of the first ever Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse at Serenbe! The showhouse opened it’s doors last week to visitors of the picturesque Serenbe community, located just south of Atlanta, and will offer tours through the 28th of this month.

A rendering of the inaugural Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Designer Showhouse at Serenbe

At the Showhouse Preview Party Friday, September 12, Steve and Jill were able to glimpse the spectacular spaces making up this amazing designer showhouse – they assure us it’s worth the short drive for the inspiration and eye candy alone!

steve mckenzie’s is proud to have been able to either loan or provide products to these fantastic showhouse designers: KMH Interiors, J. Hirsch Interiors, j witzel interior design and Y. McFadden LLC Interiors. But, we’ll have more to share about this in another blog post coming up soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Jerry & Yvonne McFadden (of Y. McFadden LLC Interiors) with Steve and Jill at the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2014 Designer Showhouse Kickoff Party

As longtime fans of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine, we’re not surprised at the surefire popularity of this fabulous designer showhouse – and the partnership between the magazine and Serenbe community comes as a natural pairing.

If you’ve never visited Serenbe before, take this opportunity to experience some amazing designer spaces and enjoy the community while there. It’s an easy place to make a weekend vacation out of – or at least a wonderful visit and meal at one of Serenbe’s restaurants, which feature fresh, local ingredients. A treat for all of your senses indeed!

If you’re able to make it out to the showhouse (or, if you’re lucky enough to have already visited), please share what your favorite spaces are – we’d love to hear from you!

And, if you’re interested in taking your home from nothing special to showhouse spectacular, consider contacting the McKenzie Interior Design team today!

Coming Up: Rebecca Wood Art Show

We’ve been fans of Rebecca Wood’s work for many years now. And certainly, you’ve heard us mention our favorite pottery from R. Wood Studio. Located right up the road in Athens, GA, R. Wood Studios brings us some of our most popular dinnerware pieces.

In addition to her pottery, Rebecca has also agreed to share some of her beautiful art pieces at a show in our new space! Going September 18-20th, the Rebecca Wood Art Show at steve mckenzie’s will feature some of her most mesmerizing botanicals.




What may appear so simple in nature is anything but. And we invite to you to take a look for yourself. Just read Rebecca’s artist statement below and you’ll learn just a little about how she comes to create such wonderful works of art:

growing up, i spent all my days in the woods around my home. i was always exploring creeks and observing nature and all its variety. i grew up ‘looking’,and that has informed all my art. i still take long walks in the woods observing the beautiful patterns and colors in nature,and derive most of my inspiration from the abundant southern flora. ideas for shapes, textures and colors are everywhere in nature.
thus, it was natural to be drawn to red clay and reproducing the varied colors in our southern landscape with my pottery. drawing and photography are my ways to study the forms and colors in nature. but nothing is as primal as drawing from life, really looking and really studying a flower or a branch is a learning experience that is very satisfying. i hope through my work that people will gain their own understanding and appreciation of the beauty that exists all around us here in the south.

~ rebecca wood

We hope we’ve inspired you to stop in soon and experience Rebecca’s art in person!

And, please share – what space in your home could you see a Rebecca Wood original fitting in?