April has been such a fun month… cra cra crazy month but oh, so exciting filled with art, move-ins and reveals.
We are introducing a new art line built around the textile line. The look of this will grow and change as we do but here is a sampling of what you will be invited to see next week at the premier at Art In The Courtyard in Montgomery, Alabama. We think you will be very pleased at the price points.
Invitation to follow but save the date for April 26 from 5-7.
Jeff and I have been in Atlanta all week setting up the display for Behind The Windows at ADAC. If you missed us talking about that you can read about it here. The big reveal is next Monday but here is a sneak peek at some of the puzzle pieces.
This is “Glory”, the latest fabric design (and one of my favorites) fabricated as a lamp shade.
You will have to wait and see what this is. Let’s just say I call this picture “putting feet to art”.
This bad boy just might be my favorite. I will be doing this again Team so get ready.
We have a huge full house move-in starting tomorrow and then we will ready to show the reveal. Fun stuff coming your way! Prayers appreciated.
Have a great, hopefully sun-shiney week.
I am so behind in posting that I might never get you caught up, but this fun you have to see. I recently returned from The Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta. Nathan Turner was one of the hilarious key note speakers. You might know him from Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators from a few years back.
One of the greatest and most refreshing surprises of the entire week was the down to earth, “we could be friends” personalities of the speakers. More on that later as I have a real treat for you in the next post.
Nathan started out his presentation with a walk back in time to his very first store in NYC which he was soooo proud of. He just found this image recently as was appalled by what he saw. As he roared with laughter he screamed, “Where is the stuff? I mean seriously one 8 x 10 hanging on the wall, one bust, one table with 3 things on it and LOOK AT THAT WINDOW DISPLAY!”
He was adorable and I could so relate. It looks exactly like my first store. Unlike him, I would only make 1 other attempt at retail. I hate it. He lives for it.
But he was smart. He is a professional entertainer and he knows how to create a buzz. He added a long dining table to the center of that little shop and whenever the mood struck him he would host a dinner party and invite “the right guests”. Word began to spread.
He found himself on the front page of The LA Times and suddenly celebs were calling wanting to make a reservation for the hottest ticket in town. Only problem was… it didn’t work like that. Each time Nathan would respond, “NO! You can’t make a reservation. I never know when the mood is going to strike and when it does I just call a table full of people that I think would be interesting and I start cooking.” They were sure they could call someone who knew someone who could get them on the list. LOL
As guests enjoyed dinner they would often glance around and inquire about the price of this or that. His response was always the same. “Tonight is just about enjoying each other. Call me in the morning and I will look up the price for you.”
Next thing you know he is chumming it up with Kathie Lee and Rhoda talking all things dinner party and the rest is history.
Nathan spoke with great fondness of his grandfather and the times that he spent with him growing up. I still have a hard time wrapping by brain around Nathan dirty and on a big game hunt somewhere on another continent dragging home the bloody trophy but he assured me that he did it on numerous occasions.
Granddaddy had a huge trophy room in his home that Nathan used to delight in taking friends into just to scare the bajeebies out of them as they turned directly into the face of some larger than life critter. I can just hear his contagious laugh. The room below was created for a client and was inspired by that room. The “trophies” here are in the form of beautiful photography.
This is his shop today in Malibu. It has plenty of stuff.
You will see lots of Americana. Nathan loves our country and sources from her as often as possible.
This print is the reflection of the American flag in a swimming pool.
I especially enjoyed seeing pictures of his al fresco events: So fresh, so colorful, so inviting.
This was recently staged for a photo shoot. Don’t you love his grill?
He said you can tell this was for a shoot… unless your friends always wear matching outfits when they come over. haha
How pretty is this??? Down side (as you can see if you read his tweet) is that after this particular party Nathan, who cannot stand to waste food, worked all day long on Saturday juicing tons of citrus and freezing the juice or making relishes. I doubt he will use that much fruit next time.
If you ever get a chance to hear him, go! He is a cutie.
Thank you to Nathan Turner for all photographs.
Super excited to turn on the computer this morning and see that my work is the featured image for Design ADAC 2016.
I was waiting for them to make the announcement before I said anything but I was chosen as 1 of 7 designers from the Southeast to create a window display for the kick off of Design ADAC this year. They call it Behind The Windows. I have a corner window similar to the ones shown here.
This year the designers selected design product for other designers and have their work featured at showrooms at ADAC (The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center). I can’t wait to spend a week hanging out with these incredibly talented colleagues, getting to know them and gleaning from their collective minds. I am just back from an event with Julianne and know what a sweetheart she is.
The print here is very small but if you would like to read about the event or register to attend just click on the link. The speakers this year are wonderful. You would enjoy it.
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