Hi All . .
It's that time of year, when we at Lucy and Company head further south to see all the latest in design from our existing vendors as well as search for new introductions by new vendors. Atlanta Market is a time for us to get inspired with new ideas, colors, shapes, textures and styles and bring those ideas back to our clients so we can offer something special and unique!
Take a look at all the fun that transpired over our weekend . . .
First stop . . . the W Midtown Atlanta. Jena, Lindsey, Ashley . . and myself are all about a pretty hotel !
If you haven't stayed at a W, you should. The pampering is great, the visuals even better !
The inside and outside bar area will always give you an idea or two (or if you are Jena, you will stick around people watching to catch a glimpse of Vanessa Williams, a lobby full of bridesmaids catering to the bride, and the HGTV auditions for the "Next Great American Handyman!"
the design of the W Midtown Atlanta is that of the Manhattan based design firm I Crave and two of these images are from their site, the rest just compliments of moi!
We headed out to one of three America's Mart buildings - our first stop High Design and found all sorts of unique accessories full of whimsy, texture and color, so take a look inside Market . .
a great faux "tree" stump table and checkout the new chandelier . . very "willow" inspired.
Stumbled upon a new vendor . . . the (real) doves drew me in their showroom . . with a great line of furniture . . sofas, sideboards, occasional tables.
See something you like . . we will be more than happy to source for you !
My favorite new items were these chairs, one swivel chair (available in 12 fabrics) and another side chair with amazing arms !
We also came across several new (to us) artists . . take a look
Met Michael Timsit of Galerie Joseph . He displayed an amazing series of kinetic art
and is quoted to say. .
"Uncover the concept of an object in motion through the human eye in pictures." His art is not fueled by an artificial energy source, but by the person observing it, pulling them into an intense creative universe that is both sophisticated and playful.
We found accessories galore . . . mirrors, side tables, vessels, bowls, lamps . .
Market is also a great time to see a few of the faces your read about. While we missed Mary McDonald, we did get a chance to listen in to a Q & A by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan (of Apartment Therapy), Heather Clawson (Habitually Chic) and Christiane Lemieux (Dwell Studio). Loved hearing about how they got their start, their vision, their way of "branding" and overall outlook on the business, blogging and philosophy on life as a whole.
Book signing to follow . . . (and after pouring both books later that night (while Jena was out there "people watching") decided both were great reads ! Heather Clawson is currently working on one as well . . cannot wait to get that read!
Our trip also included a side stop at ADAC (Atlanta Design Arts Center)
Several of our fabric (and furniture) vendors have year-round showrooms. It was nice to see some of the new fabric introductions, furniture and accessory pieces . . take a look, and of course sourcing for you is not a problem !!
Great new vendor . . . Beau Holland, 4th generation of the Holland family to serve the interior design trade. A great mix of classic traditional, with a nice infusion of modern edge. Any man who works with his dog on a daily basis is a man I want to do business with !!!
Stopped by Oly and Ainsworth Noah, both "To the Trade," but again, happy to source ! Take a look at the great chair and side as well as this unique table top desk !
So it was a great getaway. Plenty of sights ... great food - Uncle Julio's on Peachtree is one great Mexican stop. Could not get my hand out of the chip bowl. And cannot say enough about the brunch on Sunday - if you haven't been to The Buckhead Diner, on Piedmont Road it's a must. We all ordered seconds of the grits !
So head to Atlanta . . stay at the W Midtown, and ask for Ruth when you get those nails done.. she will fill you with insight.
The Ruth-ism of our trip . . .
"if you are trying to buy me . . . i am worth a dollar more than you will ever make"
words to remember when telling that man you know is no good for you . . to hit the road.
Ha ha... we loved that one !!!