Atlanta Schedules Fall Design Week Events & Seminars

AmericasMart® Atlanta’s all-new buying, design discoveries and networking experience – the Fall Design Week featuring Atlanta Gourmet and Gift – offers newly imaged events and services, all timed within the business week for the greater convenience of retailers and designers.

The design-driven events and seminars – sponsored by Olliix – explore a variety of topics ranging from trend forecasts to mobile photography best practices to entertaining in style. Programming kicks off with New York designer Young Huh, Vice President of Design and Product Development for Bunny Williams Home Audrey Margarite, producer, photo stylist and author of “Picture Perfect Parties” Annette Joseph and lifestyle expert and author of “Soiree Entertaining with Style”; Danielle Rollins dishing out advice for being a masterful host—from setting the right environment, to designing the menu and table, and even styling tips to capture the moment for social media in “;Impress The Guest! The Insider’s Playbook on Masterful Hosting and Entertaining with Style” on Tuesday, September 20. Later, designers Tami Ramsay, Steve McKenzie and Melanie Davis discuss their arts-minded approach to design and nature as showcased in their work at the 2016 Serenbe Showhouse in panel discussion moderated by Editor-in-Chief of “Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles” Elizabeth Ralls.

Joseph returns on Wednesday, September 21 for a 90-minute workshop “;Strictly Styling Workshop: Prop, Style and Photograph Like a Pro and Improve Your Social Brand” where she teaches the basics of styling, and talks composition and must-know tricks for using an iPhone camera. The same day, the Southern region’s most celebrated design tastemakers –; Lisa Mende (Charlotte, N.C.), Meredith Ellis (Austin, Texas), Traci Zeller (Charlotte, N.C.), Paige Sumblin Schnell (Rosemary Beach, Fla.) and Jennifer Boles (Atlanta, Ga.) – muse on the definitive styles and influences that continue to capture a well-lived Southern lifestyle in a panel discussion “;A Salute to Southern Style: The Essence of Southern Design & Hospitality.” Finally, Editor-in-Chief of “The Atlantan,” “Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta,” “Men’s Book Atlanta” and “Modern Luxury Weddings Atlanta” Phebe Wahl leads a panel discussion “;What’s in? Going Out! Trends for the Ultimate Outdoor Living Spaces” with Rollins, leading luxury landscape architect John Howard and founder of Thrasher Pool & Spa Chris Fogleman.

Thursday, September 22 begins with a fun session “;Weddings-ish: Connecting with Millennials and Capturing the New Bridal Market” featuring uber-stylish and popular Brooklyn-based wedding planner, designer and podcaster, Jove Meyer sharing event planning tips and trends, and dishing on all things wedding-ish with special guest, Los Angeles-based event planner Jesi Haack. Next, Senior Trend Consultant for WGSN Ali Lind leads one-hour tour of the hottest looks, colors, patterns and trends for women’s and menswear from the Spring/Summer 2017 runway shows, and discusses how they will influence home décor trends in “2017 Trend Forecast – A Tour of Lifestyle, Interiors and Fashion Influences To Know in the Year Ahead.”; “Home Accents Today” Editor-in-Chief Jenny Heinzen York closes out the designer programming on Thursday with a discussion of the new directions innovative retailers are taking with marketing and technology, all with an eye toward the new consumer and their buying behaviors in “Top Trends in Retail.”;

All events take place in the Building 1, Floor 1, Event Hall. Designers will earn 0.1 CEU credit for each event attended. Other amenities at Market include 15-minute Designer Portrait Day sessions and expanded valet parking.

The designer-focused programming is part of the re-envisioned Fall Design Week concept, which celebrates and showcases AmericasMart’s design-driven year-round permanent showrooms. The showrooms – located throughout Buildings 1 and 2 – represent leading lines in case goods and upholstery, accessories, casual furnishings, lighting, area rugs, gift, gourmet, housewares, tabletop, outdoor living, holiday, floral and more.

For more information about AmericasMart’s Fall Design Week featuring Atlanta Gourmet and Gift including gourmet events and celebrations, visit www.AmericasMart.com/FallDesignWeek.

 

FALL DESIGN WEEK PROGRAMMING

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Designer Portrait Day

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Back-to-school picture day isn’t just for the kids this year!  It’s almost fall, there’s business to capture, and time to present your fabulous self with a visual as striking (and current) as your design work. AmericasMart presents Designer Portrait Day and invites you to get a professionally taken headshot to use in social media, your website, and maybe your next magazine cover! The package includes a 15-minute portrait session with professional photographer Heather Fulbright, a selection of proofs and one retouched image, delivered as both a high-res image and web-ready version.  Reservations required; $125 per session.

Tuesday, Sept 20

Impress The Guest! The Insider’s Playbook on Masterful Hosting and Entertaining with Style

Panel discussion featuring Young Huh, New York Interior Designer; Audrey Margarite, VP of Design & Product Development, Bunny Williams Home; Annette Joseph, producer and photo stylist and author of Picture Perfect Parties; Danielle Rollins, lifestyle expert and author of Soiree Entertaining with Style

Noon: Lunch  | 12:30 p.m.: Seminar

 Foodie culture and entertaining have risen to an artform. Weekend warriors are effortlessly whipping up gourmet spreads, swoon-worthy scenes and decorative tablescapes to fill our Instagram feeds. So, what’s the secret sauce? Take a cue from Bunny Williams’ playbook, who believes there’s nothing more rewarding than having friends and family gather in your home, and makes entertaining seem effortless. Top interior designers, lifestyle experts and photo stylists dish out advice you need to know to be a masterful host—from setting the right environment, designing the menu and table, and even styling tips to capture the moment for social media. Learn some of their favorite go-to resources and advice on everything entertaining, dining and tabletop.

Enjoy lunch and a panel discussion with New York-based interior designer Young Huh, whose work has been featured in “Vogue,” “Wall Street Journal,” “In Style” and countless national interior magazines, Audrey Margarite, vice president of Design and Product Development for Bunny Williams Home, who helps create fabrics, decorative accessories, and furniture for the company’s private and licensed collections, Annette Joseph, author of “Picture Perfect Parties,” and an entertaining expert, editor, producer, and magazine photo stylist for “Architectural Digest,” “The Today Show,” “Goop” and others, and designer and lifestyle expert, Danielle Rollins, author of best seller “Soiree Entertaining with Style.”;

Naturally Inspired: How Art, Design & Nature Collide at Serenbe – and the 2016 Serenbe Showhouse

Panel discussion featuring designers Tami Ramsay, Steve McKenzie and Melanie Davis. Moderated by Elizabeth Ralls, editor-in-chief of “Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.” Sponsored by “Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.”;

3:00 p.m.

Imagine a community where nature, the arts and well-being take center stage. Enter Serenbe, a pioneering sustainable community on the edge of Atlanta. Here, a nature-first lifestyle influences everything from farm-to-table restaurants and artist-in-residence cottages to homes surrounded by walking, hiking and biking trails.

This September, “Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles” magazine presents its 3rd annual Serenbe Designer Showhouse on the property’s newest addition, a turn-of-the-19th-century inspired Textile Lofts building. On the Penthouse level, which overlooks Serenbe’s treeptops, 10 Atlanta-area designers have transformed both its indoor and outdoor spaces into a naturally inspired paradise. In a conversation led by “Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles” Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Ralls, our panelists will discuss their arts-minded approach to design and nature. After the panel we will be giving away five (5) complimentary tickets to the Serenbe Showhouse as well as fresh from Serenbe Farms goodies.

Wednesday, Sept 21

Strictly Styling Workshop: Prop, Style & Photograph Like Pro & Improve Your Social Brand with Annette Joseph

10 a.m.

Dive into this 90-minute workshop where you will get busy styling and photographing with mobile ease, led by renowned entertaining expert, editor, and producer Annette Joseph. Annette will teach you the basics of styling, and talk composition and must-know tricks—right from your iPhone! Whether you want to enhance your Instagram feed to gain more followers, or snap a stylized photo of new merchandise in your store to use online, Annette will share tips she has gained as a nationally recognized photo stylist specializing in lifestyle editorial images for magazines.

Author of “Picture Perfect Parties” (Rizzoli, NY), Annette holds styling workshops all over the world and regularly appears on “The Today Show” and “Martha Stewart Sirius Radio.” She’s designed and styled for Gwyneth Paltrow, and her recipes and party ideas have been featured in “Better Homes and Gardens,” “Epicurious,” “DesignSponge,” MSN, “The Huffington Post,” “Southern Living,” “Architectural Digest,” and “Goop.” Reservations required

A Salute to Southern Style: The Essence of Southern Design & Hospitality 

Panel discussion featuring the region’s most celebrated design tastemakers: Lisa Mende (Charlotte, NC), Meredith Ellis (Austin, TX), Traci Zeller (Charlotte, NC), Paige Sumblin Schnell (Rosemary Beach, FL) and Jennifer Boles of Peak of Chic (Atlanta, GA).

Noon: Lunch  | 12:30 p.m.: Seminar

Southerners are partial to traditions and have an almost intuitive appreciation for fine living, gracious comfort and collected, generational things. Five nationally recognized talents who individually embody the best of the region’s design sensibility—and collectively, all-star arbiters of good taste—will share the definitive styles and influences that continue to capture a well-lived Southern lifestyle. See what inspires these celebrated design tastemakers, along with their favorite new twists in interiors, entertaining and true Southern hospitality. Perhaps what’s been considered the most traditional design genre could be seen as the boldest of all.

Enjoy lunch followed by a dynamic conversation with these talents: nationally acclaimed designer Lisa Mende of Charlotte-based Lisa Mende Designs, inspiring and recently named New Trad designer Meredith Ellis and owner Austin-based James Showroom, Paige Sumblin Sumblin, owner of The Tracery in Rosemary Beach and author of “The Art of Southern Design,” the talented and often published Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs based in Charlotte, and Atlanta-based lifestyle author, Jennifer Boles, popular blogger of “The Peak of Chic” and contributing editor to “House Beautiful” and “Veranda.”;

Immediately following the panel will be a book signing for “The Art of Southern Design,” with panelist and author Paige Sumblin Schnell.

What’s in? Going Out! Trends for the Ultimate Outdoor Living Spaces, Presented by Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta

Panel discussion featuring designer and entertaining lifestyle expert Danielle Rollins; leading luxury landscape architect, John Howard; Chris Fogleman, founder of Thrasher Pool & Spa; and a premier real estate professional. Moderated by Phebe Wahl, editor-in-chief “The Atlantan,” “Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta,” “Men’s Book Atlanta” and “Modern Luxury Weddings Atlanta.”

3 p.m.

 Today’s savvy homeowners are not limited by walls, ceilings or imagination. Clients are spending more dollars on exterior design, raising the bar on stunning sanctuaries where they can relax, dine and entertain. These luxurious spaces are seamless extensions of their home—complete with beautiful furnishings and lighting designs, outdoor kitchens, grand pools, decks, gardens and more. Hear from a panel of experts—ranging from lifestyle and landscape designers to luxury builders and market pros—on today’s hottest trends in outdoor spaces and see jaw-dropping transformations.  You will leave inspired to step outside of your design zone and capture new value from the brightest room in the house.

Moderated by Phebe Wahl, editor-in-chief of “The Atlantan,” “Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta,” “Men’s Book Atlanta” and “Modern Luxury Weddings Atlanta.” As a former Masters of Architecture graduate student at The Savannah College of Art & Design, Wahl has a special passion for interiors. Danielle Rollins is a Gracious Living & Stylish Entertaining™ multimedia lifestyle expert, author of best seller “Soirée Entertaining with Style” (Rizzoli), contributing editor for “Veranda,” and partner in Rollins Ingram, a full-service interior and architectural firm. John Howard, ASLA, is the creative director of Howard Design Studio in Atlanta, a landscape architecture firm known for its timeless sophisticated garden designs that are carefully

conceived and edited. The firm collaborates with some of the most highly regarded architects, interior designers, builders and craftsmen to create opulent, highly detailed outdoor environments throughout the United States. Chris Fogleman, the founder of Thrasher Pool & Spa, is a gold level member and student of the Genesis 3 Design Group, an international forum for the establishment of higher standards in watershape, swimming pool, and water feature design and construction.

Thursday, September 22

Weddings-ish: Connecting with Millenials and Capturing the New Bridal Market, with Jove Meyer & Jesi Haack

10 a.m.

Passion, product, price, and personality are the new filters to grasp when connecting with today’s bridal customers. In this fun session, uber stylish and popular-Brooklyn based wedding planner, designer and podcaster, Jove Meyer, will share event planning tips and trends and dish on all things wedding-ish with special guest, Los Angeles-based event planner Jesi Haack.

They will share the transformative hallmarks of today’s weddings and Pinterest-worthy designs that speak to millennials—including tips on personalization, signature installations, and fresh décor. You will laugh, learn and fall in love with wedding planning all over again. 

2017 Trend Forecast – A Tour of Lifestyle, Interiors and Fashion Influences To Know in the Year Ahead

Presented by Ali Lind, Senior Trend Consultant, WGSN

Noon: Lunch  | 12:30 p.m.: Seminar

Fresh off the heels of Fall New York Fashion Week, get a one-hour tour of the hottest looks, colors, patterns and trends for women’s and menswear from the Summer/Spring 2017 runway shows. Straight from WGSN—the world’s top trend authority—designers and retailers in the home, gift, apparel and bridal markets won’t want to miss the seasonal trends, consumer drivers and cultural context pulled from a mix of lifestyle, interiors and fashion worlds. Get a front row seat to see how high fashion will inspire and translate into home interiors and accessories, with a special bonus section on what’s ahead in the bridal market.

WGSN is a global foresight business with experts who provide deep insight and analysis of consumer, fashion and design trends.

Top Trends in Retail

Presented by Jenny Heinzen York, Editor in Chief, “Home Accents Today.” Sponsored by “Home Accents Today.”;

3:00 p.m.

Retail continues to evolve and to stay on top, retailers need to up their game. This session will focus on new directions that innovative retailers are taking with marketing and technology, all with an eye toward the new consumer and their buying behaviors. Jenny Heinzen York, editor in chief of “Home Accents Today,” will share fresh and exclusive store and consumer research data, backed up by case studies from the stores who are making these tools work.

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