Outside the Lines

The modern American backyard is better than ever

Intro section image A-2Between staycations and everyday hustle and bustle, people are savoring the time they get to spend at home. The idea of entertaining friends and enjoying family time extends from bigger kitchens to home theaters to outdoor rooms.

A broader array of products and materials that are more durable – and more stylish – in a wide range of price points, makes it possible for anyone to extend living space into the backyard and do more than just sit in a lawn chair or nap in a hammock.

Outdoor kitchens rival inside counterparts with built-in grills and side burners, refrigerators and large stone countertops. Dining areas can be casual or sophisticated, depending the style of the home and the homeowners. Start with some basic questions to help guide the best options to create the ideal outdoor living space.

  1. How will the space be used? Dining, playing, relaxing or something else. Determining your top priority drives the initial emphasis, especially if the project is done in phases.
  2. How much sun? This dictates the need for umbrellas, gazebos, sunshades, etc. Should they be portable or permanent structures?
  3. Do you have adequate power resources? All the weather proof lamps are fabulous, but you still need power. Same for most water features. But, there are always lots of solar powered options too.
  4. Do you need weatherproof or weather resistant? Learn how fabrics are constructed so you have realistic expectations. The same goes for other products. Withstanding 10 hours of sun and 100 degree temps or eight months of freezing ice and snow will do a number on almost any outdoor product.
  5. A family with small children will obviously have different priorities than empty nesters reviving a love of gardening. Finding the right furniture and accessories to suit their needs will bring smiles year around when they find they’d prefer spending their leisure time at home, in their own backyard.

tab section image A-2 A fire pit provides a comfortable place to dry off after a summer swim or stay warm and roast a few marshmallows in the fall.


intro section image B-2 A round dining set with a built-in Lazy Susan and a neutral umbrella provides an elegant, stylish outdoor eating area.



tab section image C-2Everyone can’t have a backyard pool, but anyone can create a cozy seating area with comfortable chairs.

Find all the outdoor living products you need for any season in The Gardens, Building 2, Floors 9 & 10, during Markets and weekdays between Markets. There’s always a helpful staff member ready to help you find the perfect pieces for your casual living project.



Photo credits: Kipp Burgoyne Photography

Interior Design: Michelle Troxell, Grace Thomas Designs


Editorial credit: Casual Living

A Horse of Course

The equestrian trend was going strong at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market with showrooms across the home furnishings collections showing horse-inspired items. Designers updated the trend by experimenting with size, materials and styling.


Life-size leather horse statue at Bobo Intriguing Objects

Art Addiction

Over-sized horse photo print at Art Addiction


Horse bust at Zentique

Barbara Cosgrove at Codarus

Wild Horses by Barbara Cosgrove at Codarus

Jamie Young

Large horse head busts at Jamie Young


Driftwood horse head at Palecek

Equine elements like saddle leather, stirrups and reins were also spotted as decorative elements.

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Saddle Leather and Stirrups at Go Home




Rock Solid Home Accents

As consumers look to balance an aspiration for contemporary design and a yearning to Nate Ricketts Designmaintain organic roots, one of the primary emerging elements is crystal. True to form, pieces were spotted throughout the January 2015 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market across the category spectrum.

While quality resin creations fulfill specific needs in the marketplace, the use of natural materials including agate, quartz and gemstones still prevails as the optimum choice. This Market, products extended beyond simple, yet stunning, basic accents pieces to a range of lighting and furniture pieces as well as creative interpretations in fabrics.

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Because colorations range from subtle, iced whites to deep, luxuriant hues the pieces enhance almost any environment. Best used as statement pieces, placement is key to ensure the optimum play of light on the faceted surfaces.

From polished slices and slabs to spiky chunks, the depth of texture adds a sense of natural beauty to the space. Consider fireplace spaces as well use as basic decorative accents and lighting. Whatever the choice, myriad exhibitors at AmericasMart offer an array of options at multiple price points.

Global Views Emporium Home Kathryn McCoy lampsDesign Legacy pillows

On Display in January 2015



Lenny & Eva display at AmericasMart Atlanta

Lenny & Eva

One of the best aspects of personally attending The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishing Market is simply looking around. There’s creativity everywhere! From the products to the showrooms, it’s a wonderland of ideas. Here’s a first peek at just a few of the innovative, creative, quirky, fun displays we’ve seen so far.



Peacock Park showroom display at AmericasMart Atlanta

Peacock Park

From re-envisioning packing materials and paper bags to transforming vintage safety deposit boxes to bringing the outdoors in, showroom designers used ingenuity and thought to create stunning windowscapes and floor displays.

Everyone is busy rushing to appointments, but take time to look around as you traverse the halls and aisles. Whether it’s a singing reindeer or a magic carpet, there’s no telling

Hester & Cook display at AmericasMart Atlanta

Hester & Cook



what you might see that will inspire you. We’d love to see your favorites – please share on our social media outlets: Facebook/AmericasMart Atlanta; Twitter and Instagram. And stay tuned for more of our favorite looks!

Demdaco display at AmericasMart Atlanta


Homart showroom display at AmericasMart Atlanta


Kalalou display at AmericasMart Atlanta


Interior Design Camp is coming to AmericasMart, January 10 – 11, 2015!

Kelli and Lori Design Camp Orange CountyWe are happy to announce Interior Design Camp will partner with AmericasMart Atlanta and hold its next camp during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market!  After hearing your feedback and repeated requests seeking a conference on the East Coast or in the Southeast, Design Camp delivered by bringing a two day Camp compliments of AmericasMart.  The Camp will be held in the Penthouse Theater at AmericasMart, January 10 – 11, 2015.

 We will once again start our Camp with a self-guided showroom tour, giving you the opportunity to view some of the leading companies in the home & gift industry.  Keeping you active on social media, there will be an Instagram scavenger hunt at each showroom which will enter you for a chance to win some amazing prizes!  The last day of Camp will feature four new presentations from some of the most respected professionals in the interior design industry.  You will walk away with all the skills, knowledge and resources to improve, grow and succeed in your business!

At Design Camp we are all about learning, connecting and of course designing but we like to have a little fun too.   Our welcome cocktail party, which commences after the showroom tour day, will give you the chance to network with other designers, meet us and win wonderful giveaways over some cocktails and hors d’oeuvres!  Breakfast is on us too!

Seating is limited so register today!  Visit www.designcamp.com for more details.  We look forward to seeing you at Design Camp Atlanta!


Essential Tips for IDS

AmericasMart Buyers 6AmericasMart’s famous semi-annual Immediate Delivery Show takes place October 28-30, 2014. This cash and carry event is the year’s last buying opportunity where you’ll discover unique products across all price points perfect for stocking up for the holidays or the next season, all ready to take with you!

The October 2014 is the largest cash and carry event of the year, so we have prepared some tips for making it your best IDS experience yet:

PLAN YOUR PARKING: The AmericasMart decks in Buildings 2 and 3 will be open for the Market. If they are full, there are other parking garages around AmericasMart that are a short walk to the Marketplace. A list of garages around AmericasMart can be available via this link: http://www.americasmart.com/market-info/travel/directions/parking#/

KNOW WHERE TO LOOK FOR SAMPLES: In addition to those showrooms that choose to offer samples, an expansive cash and carry temporary Market takes place on Building 3 Floor 1. The temps are open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursday. A full list of temporary exhibitors can be viewed via this link: http://www.americasmart.com/gift/oct-ids#/

BRING CASH: Some showrooms will take credit or debit cards, but most prefer cash during IDS. If you need more cash, ATMs are located in the Building 1 lobby, on Building 2 Floor 2 and on Building 3 Floor 1 outside of the Market Café.

BRING A CART: Samples purchased at IDS are cash and carry meaning you’ll need to take them with you when you leave. Avoid returning to your car over and over by bringing a small cart for all of your finds. With so much traffic on the floors, please be careful and courteous of others when navigating your cart.

LOCATE THE DOCKS: Larger items such as furniture that cannot be carried out by hand or on a cart will need to be picked up at the loading docks. When you’re ready to pick up your items, take your car to the loading dock associated with the building where you bought the piece and an AmericasMart staff member will help you load it into your car.

The Building 1 and Building 2 loading docks are on John Portman Blvd. An additional Building 2 and Building 3 loading docks are on Williams Street.

WRITE ORDERS: Many showrooms offering samples are still writing orders for non-sample merchandise. Use IDS as another opportunity to order for your store or projects.

MAINTAIN CALM: Please remember that there’s a lot of activity and a lot of people on campus. Please be patient and courteous with both other buyers and showroom personnel.

What tips do you have for an ideal IDS experience?


Gift & Home: On the Map

SouthernLinkAs the world becomes smaller and Google Earth can show you almost any place instantly, people are increasingly more interested in locations. Not just where am I, but where do I want to go? Maps and charts have the unique ability to both be a comforting reminder of home as well as a spark to dream of faraway lands.


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Exhibitors at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® in July 2014 showcase myriad ways to incorporate cartography into home décor as well as gifts and even fashion. Whether you want to create a display of hometown pride or inspire travel or simply create an eclectic display, there’s a wealth of product available across categories.

Antique, unique, whimsical or abstract, there’s an interpretation to suit any retailer. Help your customers travel while staying put or bring a touch of home to a faraway place.

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