Glamorous Gray ~ Furlow Gatewood~

Glamorous Gray ~ Furlow Gatewood~

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.


You can kind of get a hint of the high ceilings by looking at the height of the windows along the front porch. I love the cupola on the roof.

Such an interesting vignette.

The statue of Diana is plaster, and was found in Mr. Rosselli’s basement. You will notice that about every room has some blue and white porcelain.

I like the soothing gray and white palette. I also love the green pagoda with the flowers inside.

Here the gray on the walls compliments the beautiful hand painted gray squares on the floor. Also notice that the mirrored doors are painted gray, and the heavy trim around the doors together makes them seem much larger.

I adore this room…..bright, totally not stuffy, full of antiques and books Mr. Gatewood collected on his trips. The mix using Indian batik, blue and white porcelain, as well as Swedish, English and some French furnishing results in a wonderfully eclectic mix. The sisal carpet adds texture but also restraint.

Mr. Gatewood is not only a fan of antiquing, which shows in many of his framed art pieces and furniture, but he also loves dogs and peacocks! Notice the dog bust and small dog plate on the chest. The pulls on the chest also seem to be animal as well.

Masterful mix of color and pattern. The moldings and architectural details are fantastic.

Again, pattern and color seem to mix effortlessly. How could you not feel happy when entering this room?

Another of the bedrooms. It is playful and comfortably inviting.

Such an eloquence in the repetition of the hydrangea in pots along the drive. Southern to the core.


Such a compliment to the landscape and the home, this Gothic garden house has loads of character. I like that he painted it green, instead of the white of the house.

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


  1. Anyone know the name of the Benjamin Moore paint color used on the walls? The “soothing” gray paint. It’s gorgeous.

    • I apologize for the long delay in answering your question. I wish I knew the exact color, but in all my research for the post, I was not able to determine Mr. Gatewoods color choices. Thanks for reading the post. laters, charisse

  2. judy biebesheimer

    How can I contact him directly? My 96 year old MIL has written him a letter and I don’t have an address.

    • Hi Judy, I wish I had his address to share. Veranda magazine has featured him a few times and I would suggest going to Veranda magazine website and contact their editor and ask if they might share it with you or forward a letter to him. Good luck and let me know if it works. Sorry I was not able to help. C.

  3. What a lovely place! Is it available for editorial photo shoots for Bridal fashion?

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