A preview of Discover ADAC Sept. 20-22

The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center has announced the lineup for its fall Discover ADAC market Sept. 20-22, and registration is now open.

During the three-day event, design enthusiasts from across the Southeast and beyond are invited to experience “business and product launches, state-of-the-art showrooms, fresh perspectives from notables in the collective, and a look at the essential elements of luxury that form the foundation of fine design,” organizers say. In addition, attendees can view installations from Behind the Windows exhibit. ADAC and AmericasMart Fall Design Week, set for Sept. 19-22, overlap.

“With our two markets happening simultaneously, Atlanta really is the place to be for design this fall,” said Katie Miller, ADAC general manager. “We also have three incredibly notable grand openings during this year’s market. Pierre Frey’s first showroom in the Southeast has arrived. WARECO is a new independent showroom joining our campus and Paul+ is doubling its size and bringing in new offerings never seen at ADAC. The best part for us is that guests will have product experiences and now they are getting showroom experiences designed by top designers, too. It truly is the evolution of design and a testament to the strength of design in the Southeast.”

During the three-day event, attendees will get a behind-the-scenes of Flower magazine’s first multi-designer showhouse with editor-in-chief Margot Shaw, and designers Lisa Mende, Suzanne Kasler and Elaine Griffin; the grand openings of notable showrooms including Paul +, Pierre Frey and WARECO; a book signing from local influential designer Melanie Turner, along with NYC-based firm Drake/Anderson; a panel with Tyler Whitman from Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listings New York” panel; the return of Behind the Windows, installations available for viewing at select locations in ADAC and AmericasMart; and a handful of other events all curated to showcase the evolution of design.

Here are details of just a few of the events:

Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. FROM THE GROUND UP: A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT FLOWER’S MAGAZINE’S ATLANTA SHOWHOUSE with Margot Shaw, Lisa Mende, Suzanne Kasler and Elaine Griffin
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Flower magazine’s first multidesigner showhouse. Flower‘s founder and Editor-in-Chief Margot Shaw, along with seasoned designers Lisa Mende, Suzanne Kasler and Elaine Griffin, will share the ins and outs of the showhouse process – from selecting and sourcing products from leading furniture, fabric, wallcovering, lighting and decorative accessory brands to navigating the nuts and bolts of installation. The panelists will share the inspiration behind their designs and the magic that went into the making of the rooms they designed for this marquee showhouse.

Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. BOLD: DEFINING THE INTERIORS OF DRAKE/ANDERSON | Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson
Witty. Confident. Sexy. Bold. When describing the interiors of renowned design firm Drake/Anderson, all these words are in their design dictionary. Join the firm’s co-founders and esteemed designers Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson for an intimate conversation at the STARK showroom in celebration of their debut book, “BOLD: The Interiors of Drake/Anderson.” Drake and Anderson will share untold anecdotes about the projects featured in BOLD, reveal their favorite spaces and offer practical advice on how to create interiors that are as unique and expressive as they are inviting and livable. Book signing to immediately follow. 

Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. RULES & TOOLS FOR CREATING MEMORABLE SPACES | Lynn Terry, Ashley Gilbreath, Kelly Finley and Tim Adams
While every project should be a unique reflection of the client, it is no secret that designers and architects have a cache of proven go-to products and approaches that work in a variety of settings. Listen in as Southern Home’s Editor Lynn Terry is joined by designers Ashley Gilbreath of Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design, Kelly Finley of Joy Street Design and architect Tim Adams of T.S. Adams Studio to share their insights into the key elements they incorporate, as well as the rules they may often break, to craft their successful projects.

Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. THE PAGES OF MILIEU COME TO LIFE | Leslie Newsom, Jackye Lanham and Stan Dixon
Join MILIEU for a conversation with acclaimed interior designer Jackye Lanham and award-winning architect Stan Dixon to learn about the ground-up design of Lanham’s own Kiawah Island home – from the architectural influences to the finishing interior design details – that is featured in MILIEU’s fall 2022 edition. The fall issue also chronicles the art of slipcovers and how designers and their own editors use them in homes. Leslie Newsom Rascoe, MILIEU’s design director, shares intriguing photos from the magazine of the finished Kiawah Island home while talking with Lanham and Dixon about their close collaboration. In so doing, learn about the details that made for such a winning result, including Lanham’s unique philosophy about slipcovers and how to best use them in any home.     

Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. PSYCHOLOGY OF COLOR AND ITS EMOTIONAL IMPACT | Kate Abney, Stephen Westland, Melanie Turner, Tish Mills and Claire Vallis
Have you ever wondered how the color choices you make in your interiors affect how you feel? Research shows that different colors evoke various psychological effects on the human mind, which can significantly impact our emotional and physical state within any environment. Today, the concept of color psychology has become very popular in art, design and other areas of our lives that you may not have even realized. Join Luxe Interiors + Design Southeast Homes Editor Kate Abney as she sits down with color scientist professor Stephen Westland, interior designers Melanie Turner of Melanie Turner Interiors and Tish Mills of Tish Mills Interiors and Sanderson Design Group Creative Director Claire Vallis to explore the psychology of color, how the color-choices we make shape and express who we are. 

Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. THE EVOLUTION OF LEGENDARY DESIGN | Ellen McGauley and Patrick Frey
Veranda dives into the iconic Maison Pierre Frey in an inspiring conversation between Executive Editor Ellen McGauley and Honorary President and Creative Director Patrick Frey on the brand’s generational voyage in luxury textiles and staying true to your roots while embracing evolution. Enjoy this exploration into global fabrics, rugs, wallpaper and furniture from invaluable insights into the Maison’s 1930s beginnings, to the next wave of innovation and inspiration in the modern design landscape. Celebrate the opening of the first showroom in the Southeast as you take advantage of the rare opportunity to hear the story of Maison Pierre Frey directly from a member of the Frey family.

Thursday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. SHINE BRIGHTER: ALIGNING LUXURY REAL ESTATE WITH LUXURY LIVING | Caroline Perrott, Glennda Baker, Tyler Whitman and Michel Boyd
When working on luxury real estate as a designer, it is paramount to have ample knowledge in the business of home to guide your homeowner in the right direction. This can be everything from what to put your money into and what sells and what hinders. Join Modern Luxury’s Caroline Perrott, editor-in-chief of The Atlantan and Interiors Atlanta, as she sits down with a panel of speakers to give the inside scoop on what the market is looking for from a real estate and design perspective. Joining Perrott are Atlanta realtor Glennda Baker of Glennda Baker & Associates, and Baker’s podcast partner-in-crime Tyler Whitman of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing New York,” fame as well as interior designer and HGTV star Michel Boyd of SmithBoyd Interiors. The group will discuss the dos and don’ts of making your home shine just a little brighter than the rest.

Thursday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. THE ART OF LAYERING | Lauren Iverson, Lauren Davenport, Jason Mitchell and James Wheeler
How do today’s top talents achieve that perfectly layered, Instagrammable look? Join Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Editor-in-Chief Lauren Iverson as she sits down with Atlanta design authorities Lauren Davenport of Davenport Designs, Jason Mitchell of J Ansel Designs and James Wheeler of J. Wheeler Designs to discuss the ins and outs of a carefully curated interior. From storied antiques and playful patterns to engaging artwork, charming accessories and more, these respected designers share how to craft a tailored space with intentional layering. Usher in the cooler season using their expert tips on achieving the perfectly layered look.

Thursday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m.  DESIGN FOR SMALL SPACES | Betsy Riley, Cate Dunning, Perry Walter, and Jordache Avery
Small spaces can still be big on style—whether you are designing a high-rise unit, a cottage, or a townhouse. However, when you are sourcing fewer materials and arranging fewer square feet, each decision becomes ever more critical. Can you use big patterns and bright colors? What built-ins or multipurpose furnishings provide extra storage? Atlanta Magazine’s HOME and Atlanta Magazine Editor-in-Chief Betsy Riley and a panel of design experts, Cate Dunning of GordonDunning Interior Design, Perry Walter of Walter Studio Interior Design, and Jordache Avery of XMETRICAL, will share their favorite tricks for arranging floor plans, selecting furniture, organizing spaces, installing lighting, and, of course, decorating.

This year, Behind the Windows featured designers will reflect ADAC’s growth and expansion, and, with their own design offices located on campus, they exemplify the core of the community. The vignettes will highlight how top design talent use the center’s products, with one designer also incorporating product from AmericasMart, ADAC’s sister property, in two vignettes, one on each campus, reminding us that you do not have to go far to find the essential elements of luxury that have always been the foundation of fine design. To learn more, click here.

Event seating is limited. Check-in begins 10 minutes prior to each event and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for DISCOVER ADAC is now open. Visit www.adacatlanta.com/discover-adac for more details.

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