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 six 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.
OPENING TOURS SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 12-7pm
Open three consecutive weekends: July 3 - 17
Fridays 4-7pm and Saturdays 12-7pm
Benefiting Make-A-Wish Georgia
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interior Designer Collaboration
Nine interior designers from across the Southeast will combine their talents to design the Cloudland Station Showcottage. To learn more about each designer, click their name to visit their website.
About the Event
Saturday, June 26, 12-7p: Opening Weekend
Join us for the opening weekend of tours of the Designer Showcottage! The event will feature a market with local purveyors from Chattanooga, North Georgia, and the surrounding region. There will also be outdoor games and BBQ available for purchase. Ruth Pearl, a member of Cloudland Station, will be painting live and featuring her artwork available for sale.
July 3 - July 17
Fridays 4-7pm and Saturdays 12-7pm
Sophie's Shoppe will join us in July for a pop up event! Shop this woman-owned and Chattanooga local home, art and gift boutique. The local market will continue for the remaining three weekends of the tour, with outdoor games and live painting from Ruth Pearl.
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 six 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.
time for the simple things
Monday - Saturday: 9a-5p
9862 GA-193, Chickamauga, GA 30707