The 6th annual Serenbe Home Tour on Sunday, October 13th, 2019 provides an insider look into the unique designs of select private Serenbe homes PLUS tablescapes designed by incredible amazing creatives which includes interior designers, events designers, store owners and artists. Not only will you enjoy the homes, but the stunning tablescapes that will be meticulously laid out by each of the designers throughout the homes!
Meet the tablescape designers participating in the 6th Annual Serenbe Home Tour!
Julie Genda McKinney
Julie Genda McKinney is an artist in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. After receiving her degree in Communication Arts at Florida State University she then went on to work in the field of graphic design and owned her own design firm for twenty years.
More recently, Julie has been oil painting and exploring the use of transparent oils mixed with other mediums to capture light and depth, often crossing over and then back again between abstract and realism.
Always considering herself a student of the arts, she enjoys painting with other artists and sharing new techniques in and out of her Serenbe studio. You can find Julie’s work at The Chatt Hills Gallery at Serenbe or contact her directly at 770.301.1906.
A long-time flower lover & Atlanta native, Kathryn Drennan honed her floral design skills working as a premier event floral designer in both Charleston and Sea Island before returning to her Georgia roots in 2016. After opening and operating a successful Forage & Flower retail location in the Serenbe community for 3 years, she opened an additional location in Newnan, GA in the Spring of 2019. With over 20 years of experience in the wedding and event industry, Forage & Flower specializes in premium floral design for special events as well as designing unique/premium blooms. They source from local and national wholesalers and local growers to give clients the best of the best! Their style sets them apart from traditional florists because each fresh design includes multiple layers of texture, seasonal florals and customizable containers.
Kristin Genet was born in a small village in former East Germany. At a very young age she was exposed to finding creative ways to make the most out of living in a socialist state. Since early childhood she showed an interest in designing by spending most of her time outside in the woods building forts. During her high school years she fell in love with both the performing and fine arts. She was one of the school theaters founding members who self produced every aspect of each play. All the way from writing the script, composing the music, designing the sets to acting.
Later on she studied Architecture in Dresden, one of Germany’s most history-laden cities. With the opportunity to travel, after the wall came down she followed her love of adventure and lived in Granada, Spain for one year. During that time her passion for set design grew and she enrolled into film school in Berlin Potsdam Babelsberg, Germany. A movie project brought her to Los Angeles, California. Now she lives with her three children South of Atlanta in a progressive community where she started her own event business. Her work is deeply inspired by her love of nature, her European background and her desire for creating transformative experiences.
Lori Duncan, co-owner and interior designer of Blue Fern Merchant and Design Studio has been making things more beautiful through the discipline of design for over 20 years. She has been married to her husband, Jay, for 24 years and is the mother of three, two grown boys, Trae and Gillson and daughter Marli, 12 years old and live on a farm in Newnan. Lori and her sister, Staci, realized their dream of opening a storefront in October 2015 and it’s all about family. Blue Fern, named after their grandmothers, Fern Isabelle and Evelyn Blue, the uniquely styled storefront in historic downtown Newnan is home to an interior design studio with an eclectic mix of vintage and one of kind furnishings, home decor and gifts. With Lori’s craft for creativity and passion for all things unique, Blue Fern Merchant and Design Studio is meeting the needs of homeowners who have an eye for style. They offer everything from interior design services, and remodeling, to project management services. Lori and Blue Fern are committed to bringing inspiration to life in homes across the Southside of Atlanta.
Lori Rourk has been designing beautiful and innovative custom homes and luxury residences as well as commercial spaces for over 20 years. With a degree in Interior Design from the University of Georgia, Lori is able to create a multitude of distinctive and elegant designs that offer comfort, function, and livability.
Lori originated her design firm in Georgia, took her flourishing business to Florida, then brought Lori Rourk Interiors to the great state of Texas. She currently designs exquisite spaces in Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth, as well as northern Texas, Houston and Austin.
Lori Rourk Interiors is a full service design firm that works diligently to determine, enhance, and bring to life every client’s personal aesthetic and vision. Lori creates dedicated, custom plans to ensure both inspired interiors and complete client satisfaction.
As a designer, Lori enjoys mixing old and new to create a visually interesting and “elegantly chic” style. Her simple yet versatile approach to design as well as exceptional service and attention to detail make her one of Texas’ most successful interior designers.
Lori has been married to her husband, Lee, for 21 years and they have a daughter named Olivia. The Rourk’s reside in Atlanta, GA where, as tribute to Lori’s southern roots, they designed a classic Antebellum home.
Steve McKenzie is an award-winning designer whose interiors and product designs have been featured in magazines from Elle Décor and Traditional Home to House Beautiful and Atlanta Magazine.
His passion for art, architecture and design have fueled his career, and he is at his best when the three intersect. Steve’s journey started in color with Sherwin Williams, a role that eventually led him to Chief Designer and CEO for Larson-Juhl, a global consumer brand in custom frames. Most recently, Steve channeled his talents into his namesake, home décor retail shop and now, full-service interior design business. His art is creative inspiration for several fabric, rug and stationery collections.
Steve’s design firm focuses primarily on clients who are entering a new season of life. He helps clients envision and define this new chapter, working with them to create a dialogue between old and new – now and next. A juxtaposition where great design sets the backdrop for a home that is inviting, visually interesting and reflects a life well lived.
Steve approaches every home as a fresh canvas – looking for opportunities to tell his client’s unique story through authentic design that paints a portrait of its residents.
The Serenbe Home Tour is a fundraiser for the non-profit artist-in-residency program AIR Serenbe.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://serenbehometour.com/.