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PHG 2/06Phoenix Home & Garden, Feb. 2006

“I wanted a happy house,” the client said. “The idea was to have a more formal space where children are welcome. Nothing in our house is off-limits.” Armed with that concept, Bates collaborated with the clients to create a space hailed as “inviting and comfortable, yet hip and stylish.” Hot pink sofas, a collage of family photos in a crude Mexican antique frame, and Chinese, French, Italian, and Mexican antiques worked in concert to orchestrate a Paradise Valley home elegant yet comfortable for everyone from the client to their terrier Fast Eddie.

 

PHG 2/07Phoenix Home & Garden, Feb. 2007

Clients with a spectacular collection of Western paintings and sculpture hunting for a Mexican Colonial feel came to Bates Interiors without a stick of furniture. She designed the interior around their collection, bringing in antiques that complemented the art without overpowering it. Rich faux-painted walls and chunky furniture played off spotlit art and resawn ash floors. The result was an elegant and sophisticated, yet welcoming, home.

 

PHG 10/05Phoenix Home & Garden, Oct. 2005

These clients wanted a Southwest architectural style from the 1920s and 1930s reminiscent of the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Bates blended Spanish Colonial and Mexican styles with subtle European and Old World Mediterranean influences. Carved beams and corbels support stenciled ceilings. Window seats lined with handmade tiles complement the family room, a former garage. Bates gave the Phoenix home a romantic ambience and outdoor spaces which merge with interiors, yet also made it a success for the clients’ three children and two pets.

 

PHG 2/07Phoenix Home & Garden, Sept. 2002

Bates turned her talents toward her own kitchen, featured in a special issue. A breakfast nook and family room flanked the cooking area, creating a functional and attractive multipurpose space. She used a 300 year-old Spanish Colonial armoire as a pantry and retrofitted an old apothecary chest as a wet bar. Antique shutters enclosed front shelves in the kitchen’s center island. Contemporary stainless steel appliances modernized the space and united past and present.

 

Southwest StyleSouthwest Style 2008

This annual resource guide featured a Bates room on the cover. “Cacti with daisies and green apples for foliage – a burst of sensory fireworks,” the guide praised Bates’ aesthetic. “Work that seems deliberately poised... yet remarkably relaxed and always magnificently woven with history and memories of years layered upon years... At the end of the day, Georgia’s designs smile at you.”

 

Western Interiors 11/03Other Publications

Bates’ work has also been featured in Western Interiors And Design, Design & Architecture, Arizona Lifestyle, Phoenix Home & Garden Resource Directory, and the East Valley Tribune.

 

 

Books

Desert Dream, Desert RomanceDesert Dream, Desert Romance: The History, Style, & Food of the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Robert Chew, 2002

This narrative of the historic four-star property’s renovation and recreation applauded Bates as a “masterful antiquarian” and “a key contributor to the restoration, traveling to remote Mexico to locate many elements used in the Old World charm.” Involved with the renovation since the inception, she guided the owner and architect down muddy back roads on buying trips. She sourced architectural elements such as fountains, doors, pavers, columns, furniture, ironwork, and shutters, bringing in 20 semi-trailers. Among the public spaces she designed at the hotel are patios, entrance rooms, an outdoor living room, and suites. Her work is featured on eight pages of the book.

 

Southwest StyleSouthwest Style: A Home-Lover’s Guide to Architecture and Design, Linda Mason Hunter, Northland Publishing, 2000

Bates’ private home was one of four chosen to represent the entire Southwest from Texas to Arizona in a seven-page layout in this acclaimed source book. “You enter a unique realm, a one-of-a-kind creation that smacks of Georgia’s impressive personal style,” author Mason Hunter wrote of Bates’ home. “Though her decorating style is flawless, and her knack for contrast exquisite, it’s the juxtaposition of refined Southwestern living with rustic Mexican and Guatemalan architectural antiques that sets the house apart from any others. It makes for a humorous, intriguing, and totally inventive interior.”

 

Television Programs

Good Morning Arizona

Home and Garden Television with Mary Emerling

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