Cloudland Station Designer Showcottage


We are pleased to announce the first Cloudland Station Designer Showcottage, presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine. The Mountain Laurel is the first of five homes planned in this newest neighborhood - The Courtyards at Mill Creek. The design is a collaboration between Cloudland Station developer John Tatum and architectural designer Coleman Mills with Harrison Design.

The Mountain Laurel has recently sold, however additional lots in The Courtyards at Mill Creek neighborhood remain available.

Contact us at or 800-631-6747 ext. 4 for more information and to schedule a tour!

The Mountain Laurel cottage features 1620 sq. ft. of indoor living space, and an additional 695 sq. ft. of outdoor living space. The home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with a lofted room for additional sleeping space. 

Architectural highlights include a loft space that takes advantage of the tall ceilings; an outdoor courtyard with a kitchen, shower, and gathering area; and a front porch that opens to the greenway and creek.

Follow our video series to learn more about the process of creating The Courtyards at Mill Creek - from the historical inspiration that birthed the Mountain Laurel name - to the unique design elements and storied development that has been poured into this project.


About Harrison Design

Harrison Design is a global architecture firm specializing in high-end architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. Under the leadership of William H. Harrison, the firm has garnered a reputation for design excellence, unparalleled project execution, and unrivaled client experience. We are thrilled to partner with a firm of this quality to bring the Mountain Laurel show cottage to life at The Courtyards at Mill Creek.

John Tatum


John Tatum is the CEO of Firefly Communities, LLC, the development company of Cloudland Station. John has served as CEO for 15 years and is passionate about authentic communities grounded in beautiful, healthy, and connected living.

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Coleman Mills

Architectural Designer

Coleman Mills joined Harrison Design in 2019 as a senior designer. Prior to Harrison Design, Mills was principal of the design atelier WmCM Studio in Fairhope, Alabama, for 12 years. A Fairhope native, Mills received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from Auburn, Cornell and Harvard and has studied and trained under AIA Gold Medalists Samuel Mockbee and Michael Graves. Mills’ architecture and interior design work has been featured in national publications, including Coastal Living and Southern Living. He is adjunct faculty for both the architecture and interior design programs at Auburn University.

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Christy Dillard

Interior Specifications

With a fresh design perspective and keen knowledge of the marketplace, Christy Dillard Kratzer has been creating award-winning interiors for more than 20 years. Employing a customized approach that reflects her residential and commercial clients’ needs and interests. Dillard Kratzer’s look translates into a variety of signature styles that are timeless and classic. Her wide range of design aesthetics spans from traditional to modern, and stems from her ability to combine classical details with contemporary and comfortable elements. Regardless of the size and scope of the project, Dillard Kratzer’s fresh approach, attention to detail and creative design solutions result in beautiful and elegant interiors.

Dillard Kratzer’s office is in Atlanta, and she works on projects throughout the Southeast, including residences, show houses and commercial spaces. She has designed many second homes for her clients and considers it a great compliment when she’s called to work with her clients on additional projects. Her work has been featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, LUXE Interiors + Design, Modern Luxury and Southern Home.


About the Community


Generations have called the picturesque Chattanooga Valley, home. Streams teeming with trout drew early settlers to this land. Woodlands and wildflowers invited discovery; shady coves extended respite. This land of bucolic abundance both fostered community and sustained it.

Today, Cloudland Station continues this legacy. This 500-acre development features home sites nestled among the valleys and rolling hills of Northwest Georgia. Seventy percent of Cloudland Station’s acreage has been placed in conservation and will never be developed. Enhancements include an infinity-edge pool, outdoor amphitheater, community gardens, orchards, a farm stand and multiple pavilions with communal fire pits for gathering and miles of hiking and walking trails. The recreation barn invites simple times, unplugged activities while the ¼-acre Lake Angela beckons the young and young-at-heart with canoe, stand-up paddle and fishing.

The Courtyards at Mill Creek is the community’s newest neighborhood and location of the 2021 Cloudland Station Designer Showcottage. The first of five cottages planned is appropriately named The Mountain Laurel for the indigenous flowering evergreen that adorns the valley. “Cloudland Station grew out of my personal passion to create a place where my children could experience the simple joys of a bygone era. Here, the beauty of the land teaches us how to connect,” explains developer John Tatum. Cloudland Station enables families to take time for the simple things-simple pleasures that beautify our lives, ground us in the things that matter, and connect us with the ones who matter most. Cloudland Station is located two hours from Atlanta and just 17 minutes from Chattanooga, TN.

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From Atlanta:

Take I-75 North to Exit 320, GA-136 (Resaca). Follow GA-136W to GA-193N in Walker County. Cloudland Station is about 3 miles down on GA-193N on your left.


From Chattanooga: 

Start on Broad Street headed South. Turn left onto Tennessee Ave. Continue onto TN-17S/St. Elmo Ave. Continue onto GA-193. Cloudland Station is about 10 miles from the Georgia/Tennessee border on your right.

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