The rural but now very chic southern home below was slated for demolition, but the partner and associate of John Rosselli Interiors of New York City , could not stand by and let that happen. The associates name is Furlow Gatewood…..wonderful name…and for fifty years he worked as Mr. Rosselli’s antiques buyer, purchasing throughout the south. He is considered a bona fide expert in antiques and vernacular architecture, and happened to be 90 years old when he saved this home. Mr. Gatewood is constantly checking out houses and found the home below ready to be demolished. This mid nineteenth century Gothic home was sawn in half, shipped to his property across the state in Americus, Georgia. Did I mention Mr. Furlow Gatewood was 90 years old at the time???? Inspiring! The ceilings are 16 feet, amazing moldings, and are just a couple of what made this home so appealing to Mr. Gatewood. He was able to furnish the home with selections from his associate Mr. Rosselli’s vast inventory. What is also inspiring is that the renovation was completed in 18 months! And he is 90 years old.
I am still taken aback that a gentleman in his 90’s would tackle such a restoration, and the gardens as well. The soft gray and white color palette allows the furniture and antiques to shine, resulting in a beautiful, warm, serene and welcoming home. I bet Mr. Gatewood is a true southern gentleman as well.
photos Veranda Magazine. additional source