Monday, August 30, 2010

T2: Canvas Stand - A Perfect Palette

This week on Tips and Tricks, Hitomi Gilliam describes some practical and creative ways to incorporate accessories and flowers into our new Ca
Canvas Stand
Kuwa Sticks
Moss Garland

*Check out our homepage for an exciting brand-new feature on our website. Click on "Design Center" at the top of the page to visit the newly re-designed Gallery and Showcase. I'd love to hear what you think about it too - send me an email ( or leave a comment. And you'll notice too that our home page now has a quick and easy link to visit our blog as well.

*Don't forget to RSVP for Design Days and sign up for Festoons!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Hint: BIG wedding plans ahead!

I don't know how much y'all know about Accent Decor's history as a company, so let me fill you in a little bit: We are a family-owned company and have been in Atlanta for over 10 years. Because we're a family business, we do things a little differently sometimes. Next month, we have an exciting event coming up. This event is exciting for two reasons 1-My little sister (Sarah) is getting married (our parents are the owners of Accent Decor) and 2-Hitomi is her florist, and the entire thing is going to be done with amazing Accent Decor products. And y'all are going to see all of it! Behind the scenes, in front of the scenes, the befores/afters, the finished product . . . I can't wait for you to see the unique, beautiful event we have planned!

Last week, we had a shower for Sarah at our house. Because Els had just finished her fabulous photo shoot, we had plenty of beautiful fresh flowers to decorate with. . .

And here's a quick peek at their reception venue in downtown Atlanta. I can't wait to see what Hitomi's going to do with the space - I'm sure it's going to be perfectly fabulous!
One last shot of the happy couple that I took when they first got engaged. In less than a month, they will be married!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What Inspires You?

I can literally spend hours cruising the web, finding inspiration for my photography, for my home, for events and design work . . . the possibilities, the information available - it's mind-boggling really. Here are a few of my favorites this week; and after the pictures, a few of my favorite links too. I'll be back soon with some sneak peeks at what's ahead for Accent Decor too - so don't miss it!
Retrospect Vase
From Elizabeth Anne Designs
Monet Vase
From DrewB Photography
Try the Reclaimed Stump or Bark Vase
From Stephanie Williams Photography
Water Drop Tealight and Vase, Reindeer Moss
From Event Decorator
Grant Pedestal & Bowl
From Elizabeth Anne Designs

I love using the internet to find inspiration, ideas, and just to look at beautiful design . . . Here are a few of my favorite places to visit for my daily dose of inspiration. What about you? Where do you go to get inspired?
Design Sponge
Apartment Therapy
Nonpareil Magazine
Nesting Place
Decor Pad

ps-Want a handy, online 'pinboard' to keep all your inspiration in one place? Try - and check out HGTV blogger's pinboard - I love it!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Design Days - Update and Info

We thought it might make things easier to have ALL the information, registration etc for our Design Days in one place. Mark your calendars and make your travel plans now. And stay tuned to the blog for some recommendations for places to eat and things to do while you're in Atlanta!

Design Days - November 1-2

An exclusive open-houses, featuring growers, flowers and food and the world’s top designers and the full Accent Decor collection. Including a sneak peak at the 2011 line. Network with friends and industry partners over lunch and refreshments, watch a couple of shows, and go home ready and inspired for the Holiday Season. We look forward to meeting you!

We have a block of rooms waiting for you.
Hyatt Place Norcross
Peachtree Corners
5600 Peachtree Parkway
Norcross, Georgia 30092
Call: 770-416-7655 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 770-416-7655 end_of_the_skype_highlighting for reservations.
Be sure to mention Accent Decor to get the special rate of only $69.00 a night for single or double. Add $10.00 / person triple or quad.
Includes continental breakfast and a shuttle service to Accent Decor and nearby sahopping and dining.
(Cut off date for reservations October 1, 2010)
Airport shuttle approx. $40.00
*If you're interested in attending a comprehensive two-day workshop with Hitomi and Kevin before the Open House, be sure to register now as space is limited and spots are filling up fast. Spots are $595 each and include two days of classes, personal time with the instructors, and lunches courtesy of Accent Decor.

Need to download and print registration forms?
Design Days

AD in the World Cup

Accent Decor sponsored the American contender, Keith White, for this year's Floral World Cup, which is the olympics of floral design. Here are a few images of his amazing work this year - it was an honor to be a part of such an amazing event.
Want to know more about World Cup? Watch this video . . .

Monday, August 16, 2010

T2: Solaball Chain - An Easy Lei

Perfect for event work, the Solaball chain is lightweight and elegant all at once. Especially perfect when draped or hanging, the Solball chain is a versatile choice for your designs. In this week's video, Hitomi demonstrates how to use the Solaball for events and to create a quick and easy flower lei.

Products from this week's T2:
Sola Ball Chain
Nikki Candleholder

Don't forget to sign up for the Festoons workshop with Hitomi and Keith - and to RSVP for our Design Days . . . . coming up soon!
- You can see all the details about these exciting events here.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Els in Action

The talented Els Teunnisen is in our studio this week, working her magic and creating beautiful designs using our products and flowers from our generous partners. We can't wait to show you the end results - you're going to love it!