Friday, June 22, 2018

Showroom Details: Fall / Winter 2018

Our showrooms are newly filled with our Fall / Winter 2018 Collection! We took a walk around our headquarters' showroom in Norcross, Georgia with our Visual Merchandising Director, Becky, to learn more about the merchandising components featured throughout our showrooms.

Our Voltage trend is filled with our large glass event pieces along with a vast majority of our gold products. This area of the showroom is flanked with aquamarine and electric orange brushstrokes glistening on plexiglass - this detail is easy to emulate with various colors of acrylic paint. Hanging from the ceiling are our Global Wire Spheres which are available for purchase on our website and are easy to assemble! We added the element of light into this section by welding steel rods and mounting Edison lightbulbs on the ends to create the ultimate industrial effect.

Walking through the showroom into our Ombra series, customers will experience many of our handmade pieces, ceramics, pottery, and woven baskets -- earthier elements. Our visuals team created different hanging aspects throughout the trend story with an assortment of baskets [Simona, Yaya, Pintado] from our collection. Some baskets are merely laced and draped among an array of nautical ropes while others have been hung with a light kit allowing for them to become light fixtures! An extra layer of art was added by creating two types of artwork: hand-painted rope art in various shades as well as broken pot art [Hammond, Demi, Whisker, London] allowing for additional texture. Shoppers will be excited to see installations constructed with cedar shims - over 3,000 per showroom! - designed to mimic brushstrokes.


Further exploring the showroom - our Musée AD story is filled with our extensive garden and outdoor pieces peeking between foliage art and playful museum sketches. All of the plants and 'statues' are original watercolors by our concept artist Jessica Hiemstra. These designs were then hi-res scanned and printed onto ultraboard which allowed them to stand up among the showroom. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sarah's Favorites: Fall / Winter 2018

As we launch new collections, we always like to take a moment to pick our Creative Director, Sarah's, brain to find out which items are among her favorites. She is one of the few who sees the product development process from start to finish. She is also among the team of individuals who handpicks what makes it into our catalogs / showrooms / website and ultimately into our customer's hands!

Unicorn: That iridescent finish is so on-trend right now. The Unicorn vase would add just the right amount of sheen as an unexpected compliment to a textured floral arrangement.

Biltmore: The Biltmore Stand provides the structure for an elevated table runner, a statement piece at any wedding.

Cheyenne: Plant stands are everywhere as we all strive to bring the outdoors in. I love the handmade terracotta pots that sit in these stylish stands.

Grand Vela: These stonecast planters are lightweight but do heavy-lifting on design. The textured finish and muted white color would sit as the perfect addition to an outdoor living space.

Tasse: The pattern on the Tasse bowl is added by the hands of potters in Portugal. That added detail brings texture and leaves me with a craving to plant a succulent garden for my coffee table.

Shop all of our 2018 Fall / Winter new arrivals online now.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Meet Our New Visual Merchandising Director: Becky Hillis

Tell us a little bit about your role at AD.
I help create immersive experiences in each of our showrooms through visual displays and merchandising. Storytelling plays a big part in our seasonal concepts – as a creative team, we strive for each concept to have a clear point of view told through our merchandising and artful displays.

Where do you look for inspiration?
Nature – whether it is a walk through the woods or going to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, I always leave feeling inspired and energized. I also love the High Museum; it’s hard to not be inspired when you’re surrounded by priceless works of art. If I’m looking for a more instant source of inspiration, Instagram is my go-to. Some of my favorite pages are @savoygardens, @ebth, @landofbelle, @irisvanherpen, and @abstractsunday – all for very different reasons!

Roaming around the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Current favorite design trends?
Bringing the outdoors in! Plants have so many benefits when used indoors. Not only do they make spaces more beautiful, but they have an incredible number of health benefits, purify the air, and are proven to increase productivity. Bonus points when they’re potted in one of AD’s containers!

Current favorite AD product?
I love the Domino Vase for multiple reasons: it is clean, modern, and slightly playful with its' asymmetrical gold leafing. This vase would be a great accent piece for any home and can stand alone without needing a floral arrangement.

What are you the most excited for customers to see in our summer showrooms?
Everything! I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished – I believe our customers will be incredibly inspired and delighted with what they see and experience. I’m especially excited for our customers to see our expanded Atlanta showroom – it is gorgeous! 

What are your hobbies / things you enjoy outside of work?
I love spending time outdoors; I am attempting my hand at gardening – both the floral kind and the vegetable kind. It’s incredibly rewarding to see hours of hard work pay off in the form of baby tomatoes or a weed-less flower bed (although it doesn’t last long…) I also enjoy antique shopping and am a regular at Scott Antique Market – so many treasures, so little time! 

Snapshot from one of Becky's Italian travel adventures

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
This is a tough one! I love to travel – I don’t think I’ve met a place I haven’t liked. However, if I have to choose one favorite, it would be Italy. I studied in Tuscany in college and now my brother and his family live outside of Venice, so Italy will always hold a special place in my heart. The plethora of art, architecture, history, food, wine…what more could you ask for? 

What’s the first thing you do in the mornings?
Hit snooze. Make coffee. 

What’s your favorite part about working at AD, so far?
Again, tough question! Can I say my two favorite parts? The first would be the people: Accent Decor truly does feel like a family. Everyone is kind, supportive, and I’m constantly inspired and motivated by my team. We spend a lot of time together in the set-up process, and I can honestly say we have fun together every single day. Secondly, I love my actual job! Being able to work with beautiful product and create displays that make it even more beautiful…what a dream. I can’t help but think how lucky I am to be a part of the AD family.