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Luxe Linear Drains were specified by Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath for the custom shower in the master bath of the historic “Pink Palace” in Atlanta, host of the 44th Annual Decorators Show House and Gardens event.

Luxe Linear Drains' 100% stainless steel linear and square tile insert drains were specified by Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath for the custom shower in the master bath of the historic “Pink Palace” in Atlanta, host of the 44th Annual Decorators Show House and Gardens event presented by Atlanta Symphony Associates.

The event was open to the public, with all proceeds going directly to benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s education and community outreach initiatives, according to the company.

This year’s show house, the Palazzo Rosa (Pink Palace), was originally built in 1926 by Atlanta architecture firm, Hentz, Reid and Adler, in collaboration with future partner Philip Schultze. After more than 90 years on the corner of West Paces Ferry and Tuxedo Road in the heart of Buckhead, the Pink Palace hosted an elite cast of architects and designers selected for the Decorators Show House and Gardens program. Given the historic value of the Pink Palace there was no intention of a massive renovation. Firms that were selected, including Michael Quinn’s Design Galleria, were hoping to infuse just enough touches of modern appeal to every room in the Old World home. All the architectural and design firms for the 44th annual event agreed they would go about the redesign very carefully, this in a concerted effort to maintain the Italian-style Baroque villa’s original charm and appeal.

For the custom shower in the master bath, Design Galleria was able to enhance the space and bring in the look and feel of natural Italian marble courtesy of Crossville’s new collection of Stone Porcelain tiles that were used to surface the custom shower in the Pink Palace. The specification of Luxe Linear Drains by Design Galleria in two different shapes and sizes is one example of how modern materials can blend in with even the intricate, ornate and elaborate features that define the Baroque movement.

For the large, 8’ x 4’ open design glass-encased shower in the master bath, Design Galleria’s specification of Luxe Linear Drains made it possible to quickly and easily create a barrier-free, zero-threshold custom entry shower, according to the company.

For this project at the Pink Palace, the Design Galleria team specified three different 100% stainless steel tile insert drains in two different styles from the modern, stylish shower drains produced by Luxe. Along the showers 8-foot front facing wall below the premium ROHL fixtures, Design Galleria specified the largest standard option available from the collection of LUXE Linear Shower Drains – Tile Insert. And then in a creative twist, Design Galleria also flanked the 60” linear tile insert drain with a pair of 5” x 5” LUXE Stainless Steel Square Tile Insert Drains.

The ability to place all three tile insert drains anywhere in the shower floor layout and slope the mortar bed in just that one direction provided flexibility and freedom for Design Galleria to achieve an uninterrupted herringbone pattern for the shower floor using large-format, 12” x 24” Italian natural marble-look Porcelain Stone® tiles manufactured in Tennessee by Crossville. The same Italian marble-look porcelain tile created using Crossville’s HD, digital inkjet printing technology was used to fill all three tile insert trays from LUXE Linear Drains in the custom shower for the master bath at the 2014 Decorators Show House and Gardens fundraiser event to benefit the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. 

Design Galleria continued putting together a beautiful new custom shower and master bath program that doubles as a wetroom with an old-fashioned style soaking tub on the other side of the back glass panel wall that’s directly behind the LUXE Linear Shower Drains installation. The vintage pattern porcelain tile mural covers the majority of the front facing wall in a pair of vertical columns. The classic pattern features the same Italian marble-look Porcelain Stone tiles inset in more traditional porcelain tile manufactured by Crossville. For the ceiling and all exposed walls around the mural art was surfaced with Crossville’s elegant 3” x 6” Savoy White tiles with a high-gloss finish. 

The two-story, L-shaped home features 16,000 square feet of living space including six bedrooms, five full baths and two half bathrooms. The historic Atlanta landmark also boasts a full wine cellar in the basement, an exercise room, sun room, library and a three-car garage behind the main house. The Pink Palace still boasts incredibly ornate details in every corner, but during its 90-plus years the parcel of land it once occupied has been whittled down to the current 3.5 acres it sits on in 2014. The still magical Pink Palace on the corner of West Paces Ferry and the heart of Buckhead is currently on the market for a cool $7 million.

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