There are certain individuals that you can tell by their fashion choices that you will absolutely adore how they decorate their home. PR maven Christina Juarez is one of those fashionistas that I always look forward to see what she is wearing at design industry events. Her aesthetic is always impossibly chic perfectly adorned with accessorizes that seem like she has acquired on her travels around the world. I could not wait to see her home featured in this month’s Elle Decor. I love her fearless use of color and pattern along with her incredible art choices and total originality.
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with an encore exhibition of the works of internationally acclaimed artist, Dale Chihuly. The American artist has mastered the “alluring, translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon to create works of art that transform the viewer experience. He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific architectural installations in public spaces and in exhibitions presented in more than 250 museums and gardens worldwide.” Since his blockbuster show here in 2004, the gardens have doubled in size.
Chihuly in the Garden includes 19 installation sites all set among the Garden’s natural beauty. The artist worked with the Garden’s horticultural team to choose plant color schemes. His studio shipped six 53 foot containers delivering thousands of pieces to be assembled on site by his team of eleven over a two week period.“You have to imagine the engineering it takes to bring this in and install it without damage,” said Britt Cornett, Chihuly’s installation manager.Chihuly’s team manages to transport new installations with an “unbelievably low breakage rate,” she said.
Some of the exhibits are a mix of older works paired with entirely new designs. There are also installations created specifically for the Atlanta Botanical Garden exhibit, including Fern Dell Paintbrushes near the Southern Season Garden and Indigo Blue Icicle Tower near the Hardin Visitor Center.
“I think there’s a quality to Dale’s exhibitions that you don’t see in a lot of art,” ABG CEO and President Mary Pat Matheson said, attempting to explain the public’s attraction to it. “It’s almost magnetizing. It’s charismatic. It’s spectacularly beautiful, particularly in an outdoor setting. He understands scale and color and the juxtaposition of glass and nature in a way that few artists do.”
The exhibit opened on April 30th and runs through Oct. 30th. Chihuly’s first exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2004 was the third time he’d done a garden installation. The 2004 exhibit was estimated by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau to have had a $50 million to $60 million economic impact.
The kaleidoscopic colors of the art for which the artist has become so famous may also be experienced in a different light – at night when the Garden offers extended hours. One of the more stunning works this year is Saffron Tower, a 30-foot neon glass sculpture near the garden’s water mirror. Twenty-eight transformers power the neon sculpture.
There is even an installation at the Children’s Garden, which reopens later this summer.
Thanks to my trusty sidekick William who endured the heat and made me giggle throughout the day. Click HERE to get tickets to this spectacular exhibition which is on view through October 30, 2016.
Peacock Alley has always been a favorite resource when designing bedrooms for my clients. The quality of the products along with the versatility of design options is extraordinary. Founder Mary Ella Gabler created a collection that appeals to clients looking to dress their bedroom in the same way they dressed themselves: in natural fibers, classic silhouettes and pleasing colors. Since 1973, Peacock Alley has been an ode to the founder’s sense of personal classic style.
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Mix Adagio embroidered sheeting with Pique Tailored Eloise Shams and bed skirt for a vibrant, customized look. Add another pop of color with Rio boudoir pillows.
Vienna embroidered duvet and shams mixed with Lyric sheeting and a crisp Rio bed skirt creates a serene, sophisticated and timeless look for the neutralist.
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Cathy Austin, ASID is best known for her curated and colorful style that blends her love of art with a playful approach to design. She specializes in high end residential design working with clients to design their interiors around their collections. In addition to her training at Sotheby’s, Cathy has worked with some of the country’s most talented designers including Dan Carithers, Jackye Lanham, Cindy Smith and Jane Schwab of Circa Interiors and Antiques. With more than 20 years of experience in decorative arts and design, Cathy is a well-respected voice in the design community, serving as the Interiors Editor for Peachy Magazine and author of the popular design blog Bespoke Banter.