The Newnan Conference Center finally opened Tuesday night at a gala to showcase all the hard work that has gone into making this project a success. Approximately 200 people were in attendance at the unveiling of the center which has been 14 years in the making. Panoply was brought into the project three years ago and our scope of work for the job was to come up with all the finishes which included carpet, wallcovering, paint, granite, tile, tile patterns, decorative lighting, furniture layout and designing the millwork in the lobby space. After looking over the architectural plans with Bob Rasche of Rabun Rasche Rector and Reece Architects, and discussing concepts and themes, we began to put together the concept that became the reality that those in attendance saw Tuesday evening. We settled on a nature theme and decided that we wanted the colors to be as natural as possible. Our thinking was that if brides wanted to be married there they would want their chosen colors to work with our "back ground". Everything that was chosen revolved around this theme and thought process. The property is surrounded by oak trees and pines and is a very natural setting. Panoply chose decorative lighting, wallpapers, carpet and even the copper reveals in the feature wall that took the theme of trees and leaves. Mostly it is pretty subtle but if you look closely you begin to see leaves everywhere. The color scheme is of course shades of green, brown, tan and white. Entering into the foyer space and looking up, one sees oaks leaves cascading from the ceiling and to draw you in, a beautiful original painting of pine trees by Newnan's own David Boyd. The furniture that was specified was traditional but the artwork through-out the space is contemporary giving the whole look a bit of an edge. I invite you to go see the Newnan Conference Center for yourself and see if you agree that Panoply and Rasche did well with their collaboration. Pictured to the left are Bob Rasche of Rabun Rasche Rector and Reece Architects and Martha Ann Parks of Panoply Interior Design.