Friday, May 19, 2017

How It's Made: Nepal Gift Wrap

Back in October, Accent Decor's creative team traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal where they observed the process and lives behind the creation of our gift wrapping products. Watch as the group learns about the steps, techniques and overall operation the people in Nepal use to produce these intricate designs. We can promise, you will never look at a wrapped gift quite the same. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Behind the Design: Jared Hughes from Mathews Furniture + Design

The art of setting a table: One part practical, one part ornate and in the best cases, a dash of glam. The tables at the yearly Lenox Hill Neighborhood House event featured dozens of distinct styles each telling their own story.  The foundation, which provides resources to New Yorkers in need, produces a fĂȘte where the hosts invite numerous designers to create their own visions for each table based on that year's theme. With only hours to create their designs, concepts came to life at New York's infamous Cipriani 42nd Street keeping with the night's ode to: All That Glitters.

We chatted with Jared Hughes from Mathews Furniture + Design to find out more about the story behind his featured creation in Architectural Digest. Hughes, with assistance from fellow Interior Designer Nina Nash, felt greatly inspired and immediately drawn to the color gold and knew that blush and cobalt blue (which happens to be his favorite color) would lend themselves well to furthering the color palette. With those colors in mind the duo reached out to Kristen Giorgi of NG Collective to turn the table's linens into artwork. Hughes requested that she paint the fabric as if it were one of her paintings, buying the same kind of linen she's accustomed to brushing on, and working with Designs by Sudi to sew the tablecloth to make "canvas" for Kristen's painting.

The tablecloth was merely the first layer. Hughes says he's been obsessing over L'objet China for some time now and knew that they had a charger with a Greek key border and plaster in their collection that fulfilled his love for Chinoiserie. This charger set the stage for finding the rest of the china for the table,"We chose a simple gold band plate topped with an hand painted pottery plate curated in small collections for Anthropologie - the artisanal feel and cobalt paired well with Kristen's table cloth. We chose a contemporary gold flatware with Vera Wang in addition to Sferra cobalt napkins from Gramercy Home, to continue with the mix of classic, artisan and contemporary elements."

In regards to show space design, Hughes always tries to infuse something 'a little weird or controversial' to keep things interesting. "I had seen these gold cannabis plants from Tommy Mitchell and knew from the beginning I wanted those represented on the table. I then had Tommy make individual pot leaves to accompany each place setting for the guests to take home as a gift."
As the former head floral designer for Bold American Events, his innate love for flowers took the drama of the centerpiece to another level. The morning of the event, Hughes and his team headed to Dutch Flower Line in Chelsea where they selected a variety of peonies, garden roses, astilbe, stock, jasmine, ranunculus and hydrangeas in various shades of pinks and blushes.

The show piece that best personified his overall vision was Accent Decor's Milan vase to mirror the gold accents while creating dramatic height and volume for the focal point of the table. Our vase produced an illusion of flowers bursting out of them - conveying Hughes concept of a literal flower explosion! What a spectacular way to see our product among such an extraordinary array of elements!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

In Our Community: Blueprint 58 + Cut Flower

Philanthropy and giving back to the community is part of the core values of Accent Decor. Whether we are running a 5k for the Atlanta Children's Shelter, or sponsoring an event for the International Women's House, we aim to be a part of both our local and world communities.

Most recently, we partnered with local organization Blueprint 58 to curate a special evening for an exceptional group of girls. Blueprint 58's mission is to restore communities through relationships. With that notion in mind, Accent Decor and Cut Flower sponsored a class filled with mentors and students from the Adair Park/Pittsburgh Atlanta neighborhoods lead by floral designer Catherine Wayman. The fun filled evening was overflowing with girl time, Celfie vases and of course flowers! The girls were able to express their creativity by composing various arrangements with hydrangeas and roses. We loved seeing their sweet creations as they were exposed to new things and introduced to new skills! We have some serious little florists on our hands! 
Catherine Wayman from C. Wayman Floral & Events - doing what she does best! 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Q&A with Christy Hulsey: Mayesh Design Star

Once Christy Hulsey completed her #mdsflowerworkshop instruction at Accent Decor headquarters, we took a few minutes to sit down with the Mayesh Design Star to get her thoughts on all things flowers, family, Mayesh & a little Accent Decor.

It’s been really eye opening and I’ve met a lot of people who I not only teach but been able to learn from as well… which I think is the beauty of floral design!
I’ve always said this: My grandmother may be 90.. the lady who started this shop may be 70.. my daughter is 10 – but women from all generations can bond and relate to flower design and a love for flowers and this workshop series reiterates that notion.
If you look at the people just in this class for instance: Steve (McKenzie), has been on blogs, in magazines, has his own shop but then the lady next to him had never done much with flowers before. It’s as if flowers are a universal language.

I think that there’s a recipe for the brand that they are committed to helping their florists and I believe that they are kind and have a great understanding for where I come from. The original family who founded Mayesh, much like [Accent Decor] and Margaret – the brands and what they represent aligns with me… it speaks to me because they are able to provide the things that we need. They are very technology driven, very visual: text and pictures that are really modern and I love that they provide workshops. Much like AD, I just think they’re amazing!

Yes!! I am!! I believe in 3 factors for every arrangement: 1. Meaning 2. Vessel 3. Flower recipe – then to me it doesn’t really matter how people put it together – I think it will be beautiful if you have those 3 things in sync.
So, that’s how I’ve always started my process. I look at my container and then sort of match my flowers to it. Accent Decor has kind of a modern and high-end look to their products and most of them have a story. Even the girls in our shop – they’re 19 – you won’t believe this, but they’ll tell the people who walk in our store that the Celfie vase’s eyelashes are hand painted! They’re proud to tell our customers! Which makes it exciting for me to see them excited about the product.

Oh gosh! I have so many! I really like the Benoit that we used out in LA. I also love the Tegan both in gold and white. We can design flowers in them or just drop an orchid in them or even in the smaller ones we can throw a succulent in them – they’re very versatile! We ship so much Accent Decor! Celfie vases too! They’re so popular!

Hmmm… depends on the season but I love all flowers! I really have to think about this one! Definitely anything that my grandmother sends me. I always love them and I always use them – whether they match or not! I am really drawn to ranunculus. I love things that are unusual. I love a blushing bride… or proteas, those are always really neat. I just love them all! As far as greenery, I like elaeagnus and olive.

I’ve always designed the same way: I like a lot natural movement and looseness. It looks more realistic and less contrived which allows more people to design flowers and feel confident while doing so. That way it doesn’t have to be all measured and with triangles and all of that. In return it allows people to have more flowers in their life because they don’t feel like they have to follow any rules! There’s definitely a movement in the industry away from all of the rules which encourages people to come pick something up from our shop and do their own thing or even as a floral designer.

Well, we had a wedding this past weekend and I had to clean out my car from all of the leftover flowers. I gave my 10 year old daughter the same elevated compote we used today and let her create her own arrangement! It’s filled with David Austin roses and it’s just this beautiful design!

The one thing about the tour that I’ve really loved is the way that Mayesh has embraced not just me but my entire family. This tour was a big commitment for me for where I am in both my personal life and career. I was a little nervous to share that with them initially but they have completely allowed me to have the best of both worlds. I took my whole little family out to LA: my husband, kids and my sister! I didn’t realize in the beginning that they’re [Mayesh] all related too - a family business! My sister will be my assistant at several workshops, my husband will do some and my children are going to Carlsbad! It’s been a neat way for them to see parts of the country that we may not have seen otherwise! I love to travel so this has been an amazing excuse to do so!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Behind the Scenes: Accent Decor Showrooms

Every market season, our showroom team starts off brainstorming the trends that will inspire our showroom spaces, moves into assembly week, and then finally, builds out the showroom looks to bring their ideas to life. 

Sarah, Accent Decor's creative director, merchandises all the displays in the showrooms each year. It's her vision that makes the shelves shoppable and inspirational. The display she's working on below is part of our Wanderlust Story. You can read about the inspiration behind this look and shop it here.

Showroom set up is more than placing items on a shelf. Sometimes, the shelves have to be created from scratch. Below, Chris, our studio photographer, helps get these holiday display boxes picture perfect with paint. (Shop Holiday Decor here)

While the tasks that come with showroom set up can be tedious, it's often the tedious ones that lead to the most impactful displays. Karla, our PR planner, adds washer after washer to tall rows of our Terra Pots to create a room divider feature for the Wanderlust section of the showroom.

Jessica, Accent Decor's resident artist, adds botanical-inspired script to showroom walls and shelving to add a personal touch to our dark and moody trend, Botanist's Parlor.

On the Eco Chic side of the showroom, Karla and Jessica tied jute string to our rio planters to create this modern and minimal chandelier feature complete with tiny air plants.

Did you enjoy this peek behind the scenes at how our showrooms come to life? Have a favorite look or display? Let us known in the comments below!

Friday, February 24, 2017

2017 Top 10 (Everyday) Bestsellers

Accent Decor Showroom at AmericasMart in Atlanta Bldg 1, 18-E-20
At the end of every market, our management team squirrels away to run numbers and generate reports to get you a clean list of our top 10 products from the market season.

This season, it was clear that customers were drawn to glass with brassy details, natural materials, and planters.

So, without further ado, here's our Top 10. Let us know in the comments which one is your absolute favorite!

Top 10 Bestsellers (For Everyday)

Accent Decor Bestseller: The Wildwood Votive Branch

Ranking in the #1 spot is our Wildwood votive branch. The smaller size is perfect for small spaces that need just a little something to bring the look together. Also available in silver.

Shop Wildwood >>

Accent Decor Bestseller: Tower Planters

These planters look heavy and bulky, but the secret to their popularity is their inserts which make planting and transporting easy. Their exterior is also light weight, making these a hit for events and outdoor spaces.

Accent Decor Bestseller: Marble Pots

Who doesn't love natural marble? Great for interiors, events, or gifts.

Accent Decor Bestseller: Berlin Planters

The wood accents give these industrial concrete pieces a warm, natural look that's very on trend.

Shop Berlin Planters >> 

Accent Decor Bestseller: Maxwell Lantern

We hung Maxwell Lanterns in mass in our showrooms and they were a hit! Fill the lanterns with votives, orchids, and leafy greens for a botanical twist.

Accent Decor Bestseller: Kingdom Columns

Beveled glass columns with brass details add a little refined elegance to our collection of columns. 

Accent Decor Bestseller: Galveston Planters

From outdoor spaces to industrial chic weddings, these rich, rust-colored planters are perfect for a variety of uses.

Accent Decor Bestseller: Newport Trays

Our Newport collection is always a hit at market, but the addition of these trays work as a shallow alternative to our heavier concrete planters. 

Accent Decor Bestseller: Ethereal Candleholder

This beautiful centerpiece is incredibly versatile. Whether you use candles, florals, or both, it's sure to be a showstopper at any event.

Accent Decor Bestseller: Birch Boxes

It's no secret our birch line is a favorite. Their versatility makes them popular choices all year round. New to the line are our square boxes with zinc lining which climbed to the top and close out our list at #10 for best selling products from market!

Shop the Birch Box >>

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Shop the Story: Eco Chic

Twice a year, Accent Decor releases trends that revolve around various collections in their product line. This winter, one of those trend stories, Eco Chic, celebrates organic details and handmade shapes. From photo shoots to showroom merchandising, this look's cohesive product selections, plants, and color palette speak to an emerging trend in American decor and design.

Eco Chic is an urbanite's oasis. It's a refuge from our bustling world with its clean whites and concrete details paired with the soft greens of tillandsia, muted pastel vases, and organic shapes of reclaimed wood and cork.

Restful and clean, this is nature in harmony with design.

Shop the Look: Zane Bowl | Anemone Vase | Seaside Vase

Choosing Colors

For this look, we stuck with natural tones you would find in arid plants and natural materials like reclaimed wood and clay. We complemented these colors with a neutral foundation of white and gray.

The Flowers

For photo shoots and showroom displays, our floral director, Joyce Mason-Monheim AIFD, had fun mixing textures and types of plants for a truly unique and unconventional look. She loved the idea of taking plants that you wouldn't normally find in nature together and creating a mash up of beautiful,  one-of-a-kind arrangements.

Joyce took romantic, soft florals like tulips and ranunculus and paired them with Spanish moss, air plants, and succulents.

Display Ideas

Spanish Moss

To create a canopy feel, we hung Spanish Moss from the ceiling in our showroom. Not only did it envelop our customers into the story, but it provided an additional backdrop for texture.

Woodland Boxes

Our woodland boxes were an easy solution to our need for a dimensional shelving. The rustic warm tones and geometric shapes definitely added an earthy/modern element to this story.

Hanging Rio's

Rio's hung in mass from jute string make for an easy "living chandelier" feature. Stuff with tillandsia or succulents and you're good to go!

Cork + Wood SlicesThroughout our showrooms, we added feature walls with cork and dotted them with wood slices and airplants - an easy way to add texture and life to any blank wall!