When I opened my store last year I never thought that I would be visiting Atlanta to find home furnishing resources.
I asked myself “What could AmericasMart possibly have that I couldn’t find here in Los Angeles?”
The answer to that question turned out to be “A lot!”
Here are my top 10 things that I discovered/enjoyed during my latest trip to AmericasMart:
Blue Ocean Traders Showroom was filled with a wonderful combination of antiques and amazing reproductions.
I found furniture maker Tritter Feefer during my first visit to Atlanta last July. I was really impressed with their beautiful finishes and their reasonable prices. When I stopped into their showroom this time I fell in love with their new designs, including these two new dining tables.
No other showroom is as inspiring as Bobo. Owner Mark Sage has no fear and is willing to go all out for his designs.
Owner Robert True Ogden’s passion for vintage industrial is apparent throughout his showroom. I loved everything!
I’m always search for new lighting resources. I was thrilled to find Solaria. They’re designs and finishes are fantastic!
6. Aidan Gray
I knew of Aidan Gray before my trips to AmericasMart, but I never had the opportunity to see all of their products in person. Being able to touch their products convinced me to carry their lighting and furniture pieces in my store.
7. The AmericasMart Rug Market.
I found some fantastic rugs for the shop!
8. Thom Filicia
Yes, I got to meet Thom Filicia and attend his talk about his new book! It was such a treat to get some insight into his design process.
I also enjoyed hearing designer Kathryn M. Ireland speak. Her latest book is about her love affair with a gorgeous Wallace Neff house that she beautifully restored. While listening to Kathryn, I could feel her passion for design and this home. Just stunning!
Me, Kathryn M. Ireland, and our mutual friend Veranda Fine Arts Editor Leslie Newsom Roscoe.
10. Meeting other design obsessed people!
It was so much fun bumping into other design bloggers (like my friend Rachel from the blog Nest Egg) as well as other designers and store owners.