To Market! To Market! Inspiration at AmericasMart Atlanta

Long before W Road Collection opened,  I tagged along with my designer sister, Barbara Dalton, to ADAC, High Point Market and AmericasMart Atlanta. This year was even more exciting as I found inspiration at every turn. The beautiful showrooms  blended  different styles, creating new inspiring designs. Here are some of my favorites.

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Squatty Rocker Inheritance

Do you remember the very first storied piece you were given, rich with the history of the person who so generously gave it to you? Or would it be the first piece you actually found and bought for yourself that conjures memories of a certain time or place in your life?

For me the first piece was my Granddaddy’s old oak rocking chair that was left to me in his will. Actually, he had three or four rockers and instructed for me to choose one. As a teenager I knew immediately which one I wanted. It was the oak “squatty” fellow with the split down the middle of the seat being held together with a metal brace underneath.

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The Inspiration of Paris

Paris. The City of Light. The City of Love. The Center of Style and Design. The place for excellent cuisine and wine, where dining is an art form and afternoon strolls delight the senses.

The moment you walk out into the streets of Paris you are struck by the beauty of the city itself. There is a fusion of design from the simplistic beauty in the center door knobs on old entryways weathered through hundreds of years of passage to the intricate ironwork on gates and bridges. Different styles and periods merge.  The stately buildings of the Louvre and houses built centuries ago compliment the modern sleekness of Parisian shops along Rue Saint Honore. An antique shop rubbing shoulders with a minimalist furniture showroom with the latest designs  is representative of the juxtaposition of the old and the new that, in part, is what makes Paris timeless.

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