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.
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