Every designer in the Southeast would be lost if it were not for the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. In addition to providing the design community with extraordinary showrooms and resources, the center also had an incredible lineup of programming that covers just about any topic a designer could imagine. Whether you need inspiration from one of industry icons, or need advice on how to run your design practice, there is always an event to address your needs.
In the ever changing world of design, ADAC’s Digital Day has become one of their most popular events. It is annual event that teaches designers how to define their brands, maximize their presence, and achieve greater creative success in a digital economy. Learn how technology is permanently changing the entire design industry, discover how widely-respected designers are harnessing the power of technology to grow their brands and execute luxury design projects around the world, and finally gain invaluable advice every creative person needs to cultivate a successful and sustainable business model that will carry them into the future.
I am delighted to be participating in Digtial Day next week with Elizebth Brown, CEO of Viyet, and two of my favorite designers…Beth Webb and Tami Ramsay of Cloth and Kind. We will be sharing our tips and tricks of the trade on how we use technology to broaden our practices and work more efficiently. Space is limited so be sure to click HERE to register if you would like to attend.
I am thrilled to head back to my hometown this month to attend the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market as a part of the #StyleYourSeason project sponsored by Americas Mart. I look forward to sharing my finds and scouting for trends for Spring 2016 along with some of my other favorite design bloggers and taste makers.
In addition to orchestrating an amazing gift and design show, AmericasMart coordinates an extraordinary program of educational and highly entertaining programming during the week of market. A major highlight will be the PANTONE Color of the Year vignette exhibition, the PANTONEVIEW Home + Interiors color forecast, and the Launch Party celebrating “Rose Quartz” and “Serendipity” as the 2016 Colors of the Year. Click here to read my previous post on my fascination with these colors.
For all design addicts coming to town, you will NOT want to miss this fabulous lineup…
Moderated by Robert Leleux, Author of Southern Style Now | Featuring Gerrie Bremermann, Michelle Nussbaumer, Shaun Smith, Beth Webb and Brian Patrick Flynn | These acclaimed taste makers embody the “Spirit of the South” while also making their mark on the national design scene. They collectively represent extraordinary talent as well as the humor and humility required to educate, nurture and enlighten clients and fans across generations. In this entertaining panel discussion, five of the region’s most prolific interior designers will share the defining moments that helped shape their careers, salient advice for designers developing their own unique brand, and the importance of finding a mentor in an industry that’s always changing but where collaboration is universal.
Presented by Laurie Pressman, VP, Pantone Color Institute | With tastes consistently evolving, the old color rules have changed. Color stories for 2016 highlight a more spontaneous approach with new harmonies in both color and design. Join Laurie Pressman, VP of the Pantone Color Institute, as she reveals the key color trends for 2016 and enjoy an inside glimpse into the selection of Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year. Plus, see these trends realized firsthand while in the Pantone® Design Exhibition––featuring curated vignettes from top designers all showcasing the latest colors from the PANTONEVIEW® home + interiors 2016 color forecast.
Moderated by Arlyn Hernandez, Executive Editor of Luxe Interiors + Design | Featuring Barclay Butera, Young Huh, Krista Nye Schwartz and Tami Ramsay | Fresh faces are changing the game in the design field. They pull together amazing interiors that manage to check all of our dream-design boxes. These designers are defining themselves by their malleable approach to decorating that adapts personal instincts to individual projects. This same philosophy holds true in how they run their businesses. Behind the bright spotlight are the behind-the-scenes challenges of growing their own firm, handling today’s savvy clients, and navigating the demanding media and publishing landscape. Join an insightful conversation that will inspire designers with new ways to think about their business behind the design
Join us in the Pantone® Vignette Gallery as we celebrate the launch of Pantone® Colors of the Year and toast our participating vignette designers. Presented by AmericasMart Atlanta, REstyleSOURCE, VERANDA and Rue Magazine. Sponsored by Pantone Color Institute, CODARUS, Currey & Co, Up Country, Castelle and Vietri.
Stacey Bewkes is the voice behind Quintessence design blog, a trusted source for original lifestyle content ranging from interiors, fashion, art, architecture and more. Susanna Salk is a popular design author and stylist, and host of the At Home With video series. This dynamic design duo has been guests at some of the most extraordinary homes of design icons, rising A-listers and international tastemakers as part of their popular program, At Home With. They’ll share how their video series took off, and take us with them on an adventure through the gorgeous places and spaces they’ve visited around the world—from Lake Como to Brooklyn to Los Angeles to Paris. Journey through the lifestyles of the world’s most celebrated designers, their process, and their most cherished pieces at home. You will leave inspired and have notes on how these magnificent design moments can be translated into your business.
Meet the authors of Modern Mix, Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar, and get your signed copy of the year’s most sought-after design book. In this richly illustrated style guide from an unabashed hoarder of all things beautiful, design editor and entertaining expert Eddie Ross reveals his insider secrets to creating exciting interiors, table settings and parties with chic and accessible finds that celebrate who you are and what you love.
The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) has created their most sensational design series yet with DISCOVER ADAC from September 28- October 1. Be sure to click here to register for all events. They are filling up fast and you do not want to miss this incredible line up of engaging, entertaining and enlightening speakers!
On September 28th, in conjunction with DISCOVER ADAC, Dering Hall will be launching their online virtual showhouse Wired & Inspired. I am excited to be participating along with nine other designers from the southeast to create rooms inspired by our favorite cities. SIx of these rooms will come to life at ADAC and be on view until early spring. See below for the full lineup and more information about ADAC: Behind the Windows and Dering Hall’s Wired & Inspired showhouse.
The reviews for the 2014 Atlanta Holiday House have been outstanding…I was thrilled to mix a bit of pleasure with work on this Atlanta trip to see this spectacular showhouse! Please click here to read about the background of the house and the first floor tour featured in my last post. Today, I am going to provide a glimpse of the second floor along with some spaces I wanted to highlight like this gorgeous lady’s retreat by Barbara Heath of The Mercantile…
The room felt like a cashmere cocoon where the lady of the house could escape the madness of the holiday season. The pink, cream and gray palette was sophisticated and chic with luxurious finishes including mongolian fur, shagreen, and lucite. The pink touches found in the art, lamps, glass accessories and fabrics provided a feminine touch.
A hallway by Michel Boyd lined with stunning marbleized paper is a perfect prelude for the magic that lies ahead. The designer’s suite of rooms included a bedroom, bathroom, sitting area, gallery and hallway. Each space had a distinctive feel, yet they all blended beautifully under his artistic touch.
The bedroom is a study is the nuances of neutrals and the mix of patterns and materials is soothing and modern. The brass touches seen in the vintage desk, wall sculpture, and accent tables add a bit of glitz to the space.
The graphic wallpaper and dark ceiling in the sitting room provided a great backdrop for modern art and black and white photography. Books line the fireplace.
The cobalt blue high gloss walls of Margaret Kirtkland’s charming bedroom were one of the few doses of color in this year’s showhouse. Traditionally appointed in floral fabrics and embroidered Leontine Linens, it was a lovely reminder to never underestimate the power of pretty.
Brian Patrick Flynn did not just one, but THREE spaces this year. Not surprisingly, his charisma shined through in all of his spaces. My favorite was his eclectically curated gallery hall filled with images of supermodels, super heroes and a delightful assortment of random works that work together beautifully. This is just a detail seen here, but so much better in person, so get the showhouse if you can!
A charming powder room by Brian Patrick Flynn upholstered in Tilton Fenwick’s iconic peacock from Duralee.
Brian’s laundry room features an overscaled light fixture, graphic wallpaper and tailored window treatment.
And now for the grand finale….I was so excited to see our friends Tami Ramsay and Krista Nye Schwartz of Cloth & Kind participate in their first holiday house. These design darlings never disappoint and they worked their magic once again! An irregularly shaped bonus room with eaves galore became a modern day “speak-easy.”
Known for their curated interiors with story and substance, Tami and Krista vetted every fabric, accessory, artwork, and surface for this space. The result was a take your breath away moment when guests entered the last space in the house. Upholstered walls by Zak & Fox, ceramics and art by Sally King Benedict, custom banquettes to fill the eaves, and a showstopping chandelier resembling illuminated quills hovered in the dramatic space.
Do not miss out on this beloved Atlanta tradition!
Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11am-5pm
Sundays – 1pm-5pm
November 19 – December 7
Wednesdays through Sundays.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Thanksgiving Day.
2865 Habersham Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Please park at ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center)
351 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Parking has been generously donated by ADAC and complimentary Santa’s Shuttles will run continuously from the main entrance of ADAC during showhouse hours. On many days, Santa’s Shuttles will be staffed with volunteer elves, who will be on hand to give guests an overview of the house and ensure that check-in is as smooth as possible.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online or at the door
Liz Williams Interiors; McAlpine Booth & Ferrier; Amy Morris Interiors; Parker Kennedy Living; Mark Williams Design Associates; Flynnsideout; Beth Webb Interiors; Bill Ingram and Danielle Rollins; SmithBoyd Interiors; B.D. Jeffries; Carter Kay Interiors; Margaret Kirkland Interiors; Barbara Heath; Cloth & Kind; Boxwoods Garden & Gifts
Please contact the studio if you are interested in any of our design services.
The most highly anticipated attractions of the LCDQ LEGENDS event are the showroom windows that are decorated by 40 top designers from around the world. I am in constant awe and delight of the creativity of the design community and these windows were beyond extraordinary! This year’s theme was “Novel Interiors: Storytelling By Design.”
Now in its sixth consecutive year, the LCDQ LEGENDS event has attracted over 12,000 guests and all funds raised go towards Habitat for Humanity and the La Cienega Design Quarter Beautification Fund. The LCDQ was established in 2008 to promote the flourishing antiques and design community in one of Los Angeles’ oldest thoroughfares. Since the 1950s, it has been a shopping hot spot for designers such as William Haines, Else de Wolfe, Tony Duquette and Frances Elkins.
All of the windows created for the event were spectacular. Below are a few of my favorites in which the designers truly outdid themselves in terms of originality, execution of the novel idea, and aesthetics. Enjoy!
|Detail via Mark Sikes|
|Detail via Mark Sikes|
|Remains Lighting Window|
|MK Collection Window|
|Dragonette Window Detail
Once I read the incredible post by Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence I fully appreciated the effort that went into Doug Meyer’s imaginary dreamworld for his window. Instead of featuring Howard Roark from The Fountainhead as originally planned, Meyer created a fictitious universe at The Enright House, the famed building on which the book is based. In Stacey’s interview with Meyer, he elaborates on the project, “Over its storied 49 year history, the Enright House has been home to some of the world’s richest people. It’s owner self made millionaire Roger Enright, was the seventh richest man when he passed away in 1969. Notable residents included members of America’s first families, European nobility and Hollywood and Broadway royalty.”
His imaginary world includes stories that may have occurred in the building and depicted in his dioramas as seen in the ballroom diarama above.“One night…regular Willem de Kooning taught Julia (an Enright resident) a new dance called the Cha Cha. She was ecstatic and in less than 24 hours had commissioned Gio Ponti to design a ballroom she would name the Cha Cha Room. Many nights the residents of Enright House would start off their evening at Bar Alfred and end dancing the night away at Julia’s glamorous duplex apartment.”
Be sure to read the full story on Quintessence here. The fabulous story would make an incredible screenplay!
|George Smith Window|
|Nathan Turner Window|
|Woven Accents Window|
|Three Quintains (Hello Girls), 1964
Sculpture by Alexander Calder
Installation by Frank Gehry
Sheet metal, paint, motor
|Penetrable in Neon Lime by Jesus Raphael Soto|
Before the official festivities commenced, we had some time to explore the LA art scene…First stop, The Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA) that holds over 120,000 works covering the expanse of art history and the globe. The museum is situated on 20 acres in Hancock Park and is comprised of several buildings devoted to different aspects of the collection which are each unique in architectural style.
|Eli Broad Contemporary Art Museum
designed by Renzo Piano
|The Sheaf by Henri Matisse, 1953|
|The Sheaf at the home of Frances Lasker Brody|
It is always a thrill to see something first hand that you have admired or studied in the past. I was very pleasantly surprised to see so many favorite works of art at LACMA that I was not aware resided there. The Matisse mural above is one example. The Brodys had commissioned the artist to do the mural when he was 83 years old. This prospect cheered the ailing artist. He used his cut out techniques that he had mastered in paper and applied the same skills to the ceramic mural. He created a paper maquette before he began working with the ceramics. He heard no feedback from the Brodys and was so inspired that he created two other murals that now reside at the Musee Matisse in Nice and Moderna Museet in Stockholm. When he finally met with the Brodys to show them the maquette, they rejected it and asked the master of modern art to try again. The result was “The Sheaf”which was made by ceramic artist Partigas from Matisse’s designs. The mural measures 12′ by 11′ and is the largest work that LACMA holds by a classic modernist.
|The Five Sculptures of Jeanette by Matisse, 1910-13|
|The Disks by Fernand Leger|
|Oldenburg cueing up in front of Warhol|
|East 9th Street by Joan Mitchell, 1956
Oil on canvas
|Phoenix by Alexander Lieberman|
|Trace by Nancy Stevenson Graves, 1981
Steel and aluminum
|The Ivy’s Colorful Champagne Bar|
Next stop, The Ivy in West Hollywood for a ladies’ lunch with Holly Phillips and the dynamic duo of Cloth & Kind. We were so proud of Tami Ramsay and Krista Schwartz who had designed their first window for the Legends event, a huge honor for these two talented designers. Each year LCDQ selects a theme and invites designers from around the world to participate in designing one of the store windows in the design quarter. This year was “Novel Interiors” and each window was based on a different book.
The Cloth & Kind crew chose Goldfinger and their window was beyond chic with its modern take on blue and white with a gilded touch. A stunning Sally King Benedict painting provided a vibrant focal point for the window at the Sydney Harbour Paint showroom.
Our home away from home was the legendary Sunset Tower Hotel. Designed in 1922 by Leland Bryant, this Art Deco gem quickly became a hotspot because of its location on the Sunset Strip and proximity to the hottest nightclubs and restaurants of the 1930s and 40s. Its list of residents reads like of “Who’s Who” of Old Hollywood…Howard Hughes, John Wayne (who kept a cow on his patio for fresh milk), Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and gangster Bugsy Siegel. Today, it still remains a celebrity destination due to the discretion of its staff and a no camera policy in the dining rooms and bar.
|A Warm Welcome|
|Art Deco Details|
|Chateau Marmont View|
Finally, a lovely dinner at Bouchon with childhood friend Benton Weinstock of SetSipServe, a fabulous entertaining site and new friend Lizzie Wibbelman of Holland & Sherry sold through Harbinger, my new favorite LA showroom.