Part of the Savannah College of Art and Design's revitalization of downtown Savannah began with the school's founding in 1978 under the direction of president Paula Wallace (learn more about SCAD's history and Wallace's role in founding the arts college at SCADstory, the new interactive exhibition that debuted in spring 2019) has been reclaiming historic buildings. The meticulously restored 1888 Victorian mansion in the Queen Ann style Smithfield Cottage in downtown Savannah is a guest house for SCAD guests (Salma Hayek and Derek Lam have stopped in while in town), and is a billboard for SCAD's creative side. The home is filled with artwork by SCAD alums and Paula Wallace's designer husband and SCAD grad Glenn Wallace has integrated Asian elements and historic touches at Smithfield to create a sublime blend of the contemporary and the timeless in this beautiful home.
Inviting Contemporary Kitchen With Hardwood Decorative Finishes, Crystal Fringed Chandelier And Island Dining
A large box chandelier with crystal fringe hangs over the white island in this bright, contemporary kitchen. A wood ceiling compliments the chevron hardwood floor and contemporary bar stools match the wood decor. White ceiling beams elongate the look of the room leading toward a tile backsplash.
An arched nook cut into a light blue wall has been painted coral orange. The bright wall displays six framed actual cameras. A round, white dining table and its four cushioned wire chairs create a fun and cozy breakfast nook.
This small gallery wall in Tin's living room offers a kind of Cliff Notes to her personal style, combining floral and moss elements; shades of white; salvaged, vintage materials and a romantic, feminine theme that continues throughout her Georgia home.
By sticking to a minimal, white color palette Tin creates not just a feeling of continuity from room to room, but a restful quality. "My life is so chaotic," says the graphic artist and owner of two product lines, Sushi Style and BeLOVED Life, "I wanted a place where I could relax." Says Tin of her home in the Pinewood development outside Atlanta, "you feel peaceful here."
A lamp base made from a metal gear and a burlap throw pillow accented with a vintage phone along with an exposed brick on the wall demonstrates Tin's characteristic mix of modern and old fashioned in this guest bedroom.
Chandeliers are a constant throughout Tin's home and give the space its airy, French, feminine feel. But the one in her master is especially eye-catching and modern. Windows on two sides of the room add to the room's open, opulent feel.
An open staircase with metal banister lend modern sophistication to this home. Though it's located in rural Georgia, outside Atlanta, the mixed-use Pinewood community attracts a fair number of creatives, including designers, actors and film industry types.
Mimi Tin has a view of Pinewood Studio's backlot where Avengers: Endgame and Ant Man have been shot, and can often see film shoots from her rooftop perch. "There would be some mild explosions throughout the week," says Mimi, matter of factly of the Avengers: Endgame shoot.
Tin has created a private garden sanctuary on the roof of her home featuring two daybeds and an array of trees and plants including lemon trees, tea olive, potato vine, creeping Jenny and gardenias, many of which lend fragrance to her rooftop garden.
Homeowner Mimi Tin created this "living" wall using dried moss affixed to canvas which occupies the landing between her master and guest bedroom. "I love bringing the outdoors in" says Tin. "It makes the space more ethereal."