June 2014 Posts

The Atlanta Makers Movement.

By: Danielle Cornely

What is the Makers Movement? It stems from a growing desire to reclaim a mastery of craftsmanship that has started to fade away. Many people take an economic stance to promote the movement, stating that with a practical application of science, technology, and art, our future generations will have a competitive advantage in the global market. Others enjoy the integration of the human element that has long been absent in many of the products we purchase. So who are the movers and shakers in the Atlanta Makers Movement?

atlantamade.us

atlantamade.us

Atlanta MADE was started by a husband and wife who wanted to sustain and promote local makers in Atlanta. Located in the West Midtown Design District, their showroom includes locally made furniture, jewelry, accessories, art, and lighting. This lamp by Atlanta artist Gregor Turk, made of hundreds of layers of clay, is just one of the many functional but beautiful pieces that can be found at Atlanta MADE.

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amy.roberson.co

Ellijay, GA native Amy Roberson is a self-proclaimed lover of electronic dance music and candy. She finds inspiration in the bright, bold colors of candy and in the repetitive soundwaves of her favorite music, and incorporates these elements into her ceramic art. Beautiful ceramics inspired by candy and dancing? How can we resist!

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Italian-born Marco Bogazzi is a custom furniture maker stationed in Peachtree City, GA. He makes gorgeous, hand-crafted chairs, tables, and beds, like this beautiful wooden console table. The best thing about Marco? He loves making custom pieces!

pennytreese.com

pennytreese.com

A graphic design graduate turned fine art encaustic artist, Penny Treese is an Atlanta artist exploring an intuitive approach to creating art. Beeswax, paint, photographs, and a hot iron combine to make breathtaking, abstracted portraits. In her figurative works, like “No Apologies – Fallen I” above, she explores the relationship between beauty and aging.

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claymclaurin.com/textiles

Clay McLaurin Studio in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta is truly inspirational. Only one year old, they already have fabric in ADAC’s Ainsworth-Noah showroom and Bungalow Classic, among others. Clay, who hand paints each design, draws inspiration from the natural world and his travels. What we really love about the studio is that while they hope to branch out into the New York design centers, keeping their work hand-made and high quality is firmly at the heart of their business.

There are so many skilled artists and crafters right in our backyard. Whether you’re in the heart of the city or out in the suburbs, there are local makers near you. Support them! Not only will you find beautiful and unique, handcrafted pieces for your life and home, you’ll also be supporting local makers and their families.

Travel: My Favorite Design Inspiration.

By: Stephanie Andrews

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When I think about my favorite thing to do-it has to be traveling around the world. The people, the food, the culture and the landscape thrill and inspire me in design and in adventures.  I thought I would share one of my favorite places so far: Nepal.  Nepal is a southeastern Asian country situated between China and India.  My love for this country does not come from wanting to climb Mt.Everest,  it is that my brother in law is from Nepal, so I wanted to learn more about this beautiful country and the way people live there.

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The Himalayan mountain range, where it is hard to tell if you are looking at clouds or snow peaked mountains.

I admit to an amazing sense of culture shock when I got to Nepal. People stared at me, they ate differently, dressed differently and seemed to approach life differently.  I was in awe of the kindness, the landscape and the spirituality (mainly Hindu and Buddhist) of Nepal.  I was also shocked by the pollution, the poverty, and the frenetic pace of Kathmandu.

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As a designer,  I was thrilled when my brother in law said his friend owned a rug factory and that I could tour it.  The rug manufacturer practiced the Tibetan art of rug making, but this man was one of the first to introduce wool and silk together back in the 80’s to Europe and NYC.  He managed to build his business to over 6 factories in Nepal.  The artistry was breathtaking and the rugs I covet.

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I love the colors of India and Nepal!  Here is a beautiful chair made from a patchwork of sari fabrics. I am hoping to make one of these with saris and a vintage chair.

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One of my favorite designers, Madeline Weinrib, has become famous for her designs using block prints from India and Nepal.  I was fascinated as I walked down the road and saw dozens of these beautiful fabrics hanging out to dry after they had been made.

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The stupas in Nepal are incredible!  These Buddhist temples draw people from around the world to visit and meditate.  This temple is called Boudhanath, and it is the largest stupa in the world. I loved the friendly people and peacefulness that I found there.

Vignette: Bathspiration!

By: Kate Donnelly

Looking to elevate your bathroom from a pit stop to a relaxing retreat? This week we’re showcasing three different themes you can use as complete looks for a total bathroom makeover, or take bits and pieces from all three if you’re the eclectic type!

Spa Luxe

1. Use accessories to add a pop of color! This bird soap dish by Maria White Mebane adds some punch to this spa-inspired bathroom.
2. Keep it classic: This herringbone tile by Ann Sacks is a timeless staple.
3. How much do we love the clean lines and exposed pipes in this vanity? A lot!
4. Vinyl wallpaper is water and mildew proof, and is a great way to add some fun to your walls. This Graham and Brown wallpaper is aptly named “spa.”
5. Floor-mounted fixtures pair beautifully with free-standing tubs, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Chrome or polished nickel floor-mounted tub faucets complete the look.
6. A fun basket is a stylish way to stay organized and keep necessities within reach.
7. No spa is complete without a sleek, free-standing, deep soaking tub!
8. Carry pattern throughout your room: the subtle pattern of these towels play perfectly off the herringbone floor tile.

Industrial Design Option 2

1. Mix up materials! This Jacques Adnet mirror combines leather, metal, and mirror in a unique and distinguished way.
2. Timeless style: This basket weave tile can integrate flawlessly into many different looks, so the sky is the limit!
3. The play between the rustic wood and sleek marble of this vanity is pure vintage industrial.
5. This “Dixie” vinyl wallpaper by Graham Brown is a great example of funky vintage prints adding a touch of whimsy.
6. The geometric pattern of these towels by Amara play off the patterns in the floor and wallpaper, pulling the room together.
7. Contrasting textures in this lighting fixture really set it apart. Combine rustic metal with sleek glass for high style.
8. Does it get more relaxing than this exposed metal rain shower head? We think not!
9. Let your tub be the showpiece of your bathroom! We love this copper tub by Signature Hardware.

Globally Inspired option 2

1. This elephant jar by Jonathan Adler is a fun and stylish way to store small bath items like cotton balls.
2.  Ann Sacks’ Marrakech tile adds a subtle Moroccan flair to this global-themed bathroom.
3. On a budget? Use what you’ve got! Refurbish an old dresser into a bathroom vanity.
4. Don’t forget tub-side seating! A small stool by the tub not only adds convenient seating, but can be used to hold candles or that novel you’ve been meaning to finish.
5. Wall sconces add ambiance and free up valuable counter space.
6. A persian rug in the bathroom? You betcha! We love the unexpected color and texture this rug adds.
7. This Travertine tub is beckoning us to take a nice, relaxing soak.
8. Don’t be afraid to have fun with mirrors! With so many shapes, sizes, and finishes, the possibilities are endless.

It’s easy to forget that your bathroom can be more than just a place to brush your teeth, it can be your own personal escape after a long day. Don’t neglect it! Add your own style to make it truly your retreat.

The Art of the Shelfie. (How to Create Eye-Catching Arrangements.)

By: Danielle Cornely

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Is your mantle a mess? Console table cluttered? Even in the afterglow of spring cleaning, a room can still look disheveled without careful and intentional placement of items. This kind of project can be overwhelming despite its small scale, but we’ve got some tips to help you style your treasures into beautiful arrangements.

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Collect your items.
Your still life can have a unifying theme, coordinating colors, or be as eclectic as you desire, but it all has to start with the individual items. Choose pieces that are visually interesting in shape, color, texture, and/or important to you. For example, for this display we collected an amazing terrarium and glass feather ornaments to adorn a rustic wooden desk. Display things you love!

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Consider space.
This goes for the actual physical surface you’re arranging your still life on as well as the negative space between and around the objects. This absence is important too, as the eye sees it as a shape as much as the items themselves.

Tracy Cox Photography

Tracy Cox Photography for Balance Design

Proportions and scale.
The height and visual weight of an item plays a big role in the presence of your arrangement. Tall items are more dramatic, while short pieces are a little more subtle. On this console table, the treasured terra cotta soldier’s heft is offset by the delicate glass spheres and bright greenery of the palm frond. Mix it up! Include large elements alongside small ones for maximum impact.

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“Set it up, then mess it up.”
Stylist Hilary Robertson’s mantra is sage advice for anyone creating an arrangement. It’s very easy to overwork a still life, and the end result is a grouping of items that lacks authenticity. Get to a stopping point, take a step back, then scoot/nudge/completely dismantle your still life to create a more carefree feel. The arrangement pictured above shows that sometimes imperfection is key.

Displaying your favorite treasures is a great way to make your house feel like a home. It shows anyone who enters what makes you unique, and what you find important. It makes your space truly yours and one of a kind.