Furlow Gatewood, is a man with an eye for interesting antiques and beautiful treasures. Gatewood’s current home crossed his path when it was set for demolition. The home was featured in the May – June 2011 issue of Veranda Magazine
Gatewood was a partner and associate of John Rosselli Interiors of New York City. For fifty years he worked as Mr. Rosselli’s antiques buyer, purchasing throughout the southern part of the United States. Considered an expert in antiques and architecture, Gatewood happened to be 90 years old when he saved this home. It so happens to be that the love for antiques, interiors and architecture kept Gatewood very busy in his old age. He frequently saved many houses ready to be demolished. This mid nineteenth century Gothic home was sawn in half, shipped to his property across the state in Americus, Georgia. The ceilings are 16 feet with spectacular moldings. He was able to furnish the home with selections from Mr. Rosselli’s vast inventory, and complete the entire renovation in 18 months! Perhaps his adventures is what has kept him young at heart!
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When it comes to interiors style, antiques, and Southern vernacular architecture, Furlow Gatewood is a one-of-a-kind classic-this book presents his magical private enclave for the first time.
Antiques expert Furlow Gatewood’s highly personal property in bucolic Americus, Georgia, where he has meticulously restored his family’s carriage house and added intimate dwellings and outbuildings-several rescued from demolition-has evolved over decades to become a sublime expression of stylish living. The structures exemplify various architectural traditions-from mid-nineteenth-century Gothic to Palladian.
He has collaborated with local craftsmen to create these follies and takes delight in designing the picturesque grounds and plantings and in devising comfortable areas for his beloved dogs and peacocks. A gifted designer and longtime associate of antiques dealer John Rosselli, Gatewood has a talent for discovering singular pieces with a poetic patina, composing custom paint finishes and subtle palettes, and knowing how to incorporate distinctive architectural elements.
To accompany the book’s atmospheric images, close friend Bunny Williams writes about the lessons she has learned from this master of discernment. Gatewood’s seductive and hospitable Arcadian oasis, with its exquisite and timeless design, will have an enduring impact on the design community.