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.


Open the following two weekends, July 30-31 and August 6-7

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.

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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.


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.


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.

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Hope Austin

Hope Austin Interiors

Atlanta, GA

Erin Cossey


Erin Cossey

Erin Cossey Interiors

Decatur, AL



Christy Dillard

CDK Interior Designer

Atlanta, GA

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Amanda Hickam

Harper Harris Design Studio

Birmingham, AL



Evan Millard, Lauren Moore & Betsy Trabue

Modern Remains

Nashville, TN

Courtney Shearer


Courtney Shearer

The Designery

Ringgold, GA

Rodney Simmons


Rodney Simmons

Revival Interiors

Chattanooga, TN

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Kim Winkler

Kim Winkler Interiors

Atlanta, GA

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Alison Womack

Womack Interiors

Atlanta, GA

About the Event

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Opening Weekend: July 23 - 24

Friday 4-7pm and Saturday 12-7pm

Opening Weekend will feature a market with local purveyors from Chattanooga, North Georgia, and the surrounding region. There will be outdoor games, BBQ for sale, and Ruth Pearl, a member of Cloudland Station, will be painting live and featuring her artwork available for sale.

July 30-31 and August 6-7

Fridays 4-7pm and Saturdays 12-7pm

The remaining weekends of tours will continue to include our local market with outdoor games and live painting from Ruth Pearl. Sophie's Shoppe will also be joining us for a pop up event! Shop this woman-owned and Chattanooga local home, art and gift boutique. They will be on site 4-7p on Fridays and 12-5p on Saturdays. Light refreshments will be included.



The Cloudland Station Showcottage is presented by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine and will be featured with the tour program in the June 2021 issue!


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.

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