Another whirlwind trip to AmericasMart Atlanta has passed and I am eager to share my favorite finds and trends in the design world. Looking for common threads through seven MILLION square feet of exhibition space can be somewhat daunting. We had an amazing group of #StyleYour Season designers and bloggers covering trends which will be shared in a comprehensive trend report through AmericasMart Atlanta coming soon.
Many of the motifs I incorporate into my own aesthetic kept popping up not only in the design showrooms, but also in the fashion, jewelry and tabletop showrooms as well. Here is a peak of the trends and items that caught my eye…
I adore any shade of pink….from Blush to Coral to Schiaparelli. With Rose Quartz being one of PANTONE’s Colors of the Year, the soft shade was showcased throughout every building. Starting clockwise from the top left….A gorgeous vignette by Kristin Alber featured the “Lily” Chandelier by Ro Sham Beaux, a rose Mongolian lamp pillow by SARO, a “Pretty in Pink” lamp by Regina Andrew all set against a Serenity blue backdrop (PANTONE’s other Color of the Year, “Everett” Studs in Rose Quartz by Addison Weeks, and “Paris” vases from Oly Studio.
Evocative of the paintings of Jackson Pollack and Helen Frankenthaler, abstract expressionism was also well represented throughout several showrooms. The lamps of Liz Marsh Designs were one of my most unique finds. The reverse painted glass lamps can be done in any color, background and brushstroke style from drippy to splattered. New introductions from The Blush Label are inspired by the colorful decor of Puerto Rico. At Design Legacy, the works of Kelly O’Neal mixed metallics with a modern sensibility and old world techniques. A detail of his original “Personality Traits Magenta” is seen here.
Feathers were also abundant everywhere whether they were painted, gilded, or naturally shed. An ingenious layout of prints from Mitchell Black would provide an incredible focal point for any large blank space. A white feather chandelier from Grace & Blake adds a touch of whimsy to any interior. The ostrich handbags from MooMoo would do the same for any outfit.
The variety of large statement mirrors in Atlanta was incredible. The sculptural works in gold, rock crystal, oyster shell, vellum, barnacles, and other materials were amazing. Any of these works could hold their own in an interior with other large scale works of art. From top left, the “Acquarius” mirror by Emporium Home, “Round Crystal” mirror by Modern History and “Venus” mirror in champagne oyster shell by Made Goods.
Gold accents continued to shine and were bolder than ever. From top left, artisan crafted lamps and accessories made exclusively for Couture Lamps in Vietnam, Gilt metal chandelier from Currey & Company available in a variety of sizes, and contemporary “Kopara” pillow by Pyar & Company.
I always love bring back in my hometown but there is so much to see and so little time! A sprint through the Atlanta Home and Gift Show last week yielded these fabulous finds. Here are my highlights from the show…
The large scaled stunning agate lamps by Laura Renfrow would make a statement in any interior.
Available in 24 different colors and 14 different patterns, the designs from R. Lusk are painstakingly gilded and antiqued, mounted on linen wrapped boxes and framed in acrylic. The variety of sizes, shapes, colors and patterns makes them easily adaptable for any space.
Every piece by Ashley Childers is a work of art…her agate burst sconce in brass is glamorous, modern and sculptural. More to come on the new introductions in an upcoming post!
The new introductions by Mitchell Black featured all of my favorite things…zebras, pagodas, and shells. Mitchell Black is a nod to the past with a focus on the present. The antique etchings can be re-sized and printed in 17 designer colors and mounted in a modern acrylic format.
The dynamic sisterly duo at Taylor Burke Home outdo themselves every market! Their new bar cart was a collaboration with Emily McCarthy. The pierced brass was customized with Emily’s logo creating a unique piece with a vintage vibe. Be sure to check back for more on Taylor Burke!
Gal pals Kat Mulford and Lee Lesley had everyone swooning with their latest eye candy. The Bendall Cuff in pink opal gemstones was a show-shopper! Their new Graham bangles are perfect to mix with Hermes enamel and Cartier love bracelets.
At High Point, artist Tommy Mitchell crafted these delicate sconces after brussel sprouts. Now he has added an abundance of other gorgeous vegetables to his collection. The subtlety of color and texture in his tole creations is breathtaking! All of his sculptures can also be customized in a variety of finishes and background colors.
The brand was born out of the desire to create fun decorative works of art that appeal to the canine lover. The Swiss design force creates paintings as well as sculptures of their favorite four legged friends.
Another favorite for the dog lovers was this new introduction by Chelsea Textiles. Known for their exquisite embroidery, their latest creation features a menagerie of pups, capturing the personality of each perfectly….from a poodle to a dalmatian to a dachshund.
The colorful collection of napkins,placemats and napkin rings at Julian Mejia Design had something for everyone…from the traditionalist to the modernist.
The hand embroidered creations from Cat Studio capture the essence of favorite destinations from Napa Valley to the Hamptons.
A fusion of nature’s beauty and casual elegance, MooMoo’s collection brings the exoticism of African wild to the urban lifestyle. DEveloped by Columbian- born Juan Hernandez, the line was created out of a lifelong passion for the uniqueness and beauty of the African, Asian, and Latin American continents, including their cultures, colors, materials and peoples.
The luxurious hair on hide rugs from Madisons are made from cow hides and no two are alike. Each artisan rug is handcrafted and the work created sustains the livelihood for many villages in India that produce them.
Instantly recognizable, the work of legendary Waylande Gregory is refined and highly stylized. One of the early creators of the American Bauhaus movement, he worked alongside the great minds of the 20th century at Cranbrook Academy including Frank Lloyd Wright, Florence Knoll, Ray and Charles Eames and the Saarinens. The black, white and gold decorative items introduced at Codarus looks just as fresh today and when they were first created.
Just because every bird deserves a pagoda shaped cage…bells and all!
I can never resist a great design panel and I was thrilled to hear so many great talents at market. Industry expert Marisa Marcantonio of Stylebeat presented a lively panel discussion on creating and building a successful brand image by harnessing the power of the new digital age in design. Other Panelists included Elizabeth Blitzer of Blitzer & Company, Lindsay Coral Harper of LCH Interiors, and Mac Hoak of Mecox Gardens. Humor and camaraderie between the panelists made this a definite highlight of market!
|Bendall Box, Clutch and Cuff in Moonstone|
I have a serious weakness for any kind of stone….chalcedony, moonstone, malachite, rose quartz, turquoise, laboradite, and the list goes on…The new market introductions from my friends at Addison Weeks had me swooning! I thought I already had one of every style in their collection, but now it is time to add a few more…
I love seeing my creative friends take an already successful idea and then find new ways to showcase their talent. Kat Mulford and Lee Lesley have certainly done that with their expansion into decorative tabletop wares. In addition to introducing new items into their jewelry line, they have also created bud vases, napkins rings, and boxes to showcase yet another way to show off their brilliant stones. I am so proud of these hardworking girls and cannot what to see what they dream up next!
These works truly are “jewelry” for your table. They could transform any ordinary vanity, dining table, or cocktail table into an extraordinary tablescape.
|Allison Cuffs in Laboradite|
|Jenkins Clutch in Multi
Bendall Cluch in Green Turquoise
|Cuthcins Bracelet in Moonstone|
|Finley Pendant in Laboradite|
|Kat Weeks Mulford and Lee Addison Lesley|
Lee Addison Lesley and Katherine Weeks Mulford are two Southern designers whose love of gemstones and shiny baubles prompted them to launch ADDISON WEEKS in 2012. With ten years in the jewelry business under their belt (turq jewelry), the duo saw a need for versatile, high quality fashion jewelry. The pair is a perfect match, complimenting and melding each others personal style. The evolving collection is both classic and modern with an emphasis on color. The semi-precious gemstones are set in double dipped 24kt gold.
Lee Addison Lesley grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As a child she would have jewelry stands, selling pieces made from her mother’s vintage jewelry. Lee went on to study Art History at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia and followed that with a degree in Graphic Design at Portfolio Center in Atlanta.
Katherine Weeks Mulford grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kat was always interested in creating, whether it was producing backyard plays or styling her little brother. She received an undergraduate degree in Art History from Davidson College, followed by a Graphic Design degree from Portfolio Center in Atlanta.
Lee and Kat met one fateful day while working for Sapient Corporation in Atlanta. After two years of designing websites together for large clients like American Cancer Society, Mirant, and UPS, Lee and Kat joined forces and started Turq Jewelry. The jewelry line had a successful ten years, worn by celebrities such as Oprah, Meredith Viera and Alyssa Milano, it was carried in over 100 boutiques. In 2012 they launched ADDISON WEEKS and are happy to be designing and working together again. Lee resides in Virginia Beach, Va with her husband and three children. Kat resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband and three children.
Be sure to check out their website and be prepared to see more of their fabulous jewelry, belts, boxes and more!