Last month, Christina had the privilege of traveling to beautiful New Orleans for the Southern Style Now Showhouse to shoot several rooms for some of our favorite designers who created gorgeous and unique spaces in this stunner of a Southern house. It's dripping with Southern charm before you even set foot in the front door.
If you're a design lover, a showhouse visit is a must! Designers get a chance to really stretch and turn an already beautiful home into an awe inspiring pin-worthy experience.
Photo by Christina Wedge
This room by Lisa Mende is a preppy, Palm Beach style wonderland! I mean, this ceiling!! What a fun space and a great way to really play with color, pattern, and drapery. I am loving the pattern play on those chairs in the foreground!
While we're on the topic of bright, bold colors, take a look at this lovely dining room by William McClure.
This bathroom by Laura Burelson! Gimme! That shower is everything.
Michel Boyd's spaces are also so very luxe and full of rich texture. This space in the Southern Style Now Showhouse is no different. Also, he once complimented my hair at an Atlanta Showhouse shoot, so I'm a fan ;)
Ware M. Porter is timeless and classic. A little playful, a lot of soft, Southern textures. Check out that photo of the statue and the little boy--pretty much sums things up!
I'm bookending this post with Palm Beach style and tons of color. That can only mean one thing...up next, Parker Kennedy! Their style is unmistakable, bold, colorful, and fun. Each space designed by Parker Kennedy has a feeling of history and family, a perfect fit for an old New Orleans home.
We hope you enjoyed this tour of only a small portion of the Southern Style Now Showhouse from New Orleans, LA. Are you feeling inspired? Which space is your favorite?
Have you been to Ponce City Market yet? If you haven't, YOU NEED TO GO NOW! It's a gorgeous selection of shops and restaurants and beautiful things. Take a moment this weekend to wander the hallways and stroll through the shops. It's really an inspiring location.
Citizen Supply is one of the awesome shops located at Ponce City Market. They're a unique store featuring all artisan goods. Here's what they're all about:
"Citizen Supply is an artisan marketplace that brings quality handmade and small-batch goods to Atlanta’s urban shopper in a truly unique retail experience."
Pretty cool, right?! they feature many of our favorite vendors like East Atlanta's own Brother Moto which is a super cool shop with a unique take on the motorcycle experience.
"Our goal has always been to provide those with a DIY spirit like ourselves the necessary tools, environment and knowledge to work on their motorbikes themselves. We believe in empowering riders with a space to learn how to fabricate, experiment and repair within a community of really really good people."
Remember the post about the drapey cardigan and the super-soft-really-want-one-t-shirt? Welllll, the love affair continues! So Worth Loving is a vendor at Citizen Supply! Go on and feel the shirts. I dare you to even try to resist their siren's call!
Whether you're looking for housewares, decor, clothing, or gifts, you'll find beautiful, unique, and handmade pieces lovingly created by artisans and brought to you at Citizen Supply.
So stop by, shop, and enjoy the beautiful pieces available at Citizen Supply. You'll love it, we're sure of it!
As a photographer and a photo stylist, we are obviously pretty big fans of pictures. It's an art that is close to our hearts, and is one that can so clearly capture love, pain, joy, and the full breadth of human emotions and creations.
Photos are such an important part of our culture. After all, when someone gets married, they have photos taken, when someone completes a work of art or design, they have it photographed for their portfolio. And when we see images of people in need or of historical events, we are moved and connected to the story.
If you love photography like we do, you're in luck! Atlanta Celebrates Photography has hit the scene. Our city's heartbeat is our thriving art scene thanks to the Art Institute and SCAD, along with other colleges and universities drawing creative minds to Atlanta. In addition to the local art schools, Atlanta's culture draws people from near and far who are art enthusiasts or artists themselves.
Atlanta Celebrates Photography is happening throughout the city this month. You can find works of art, attend lectures, check out some films, and enjoy all that this festival has to offer no matter which area of the city you live in. Check out the festival guide here to find out where and when to be for all of the best of Photography in Atlanta.
Just being in West Elm is inspirational. I love shopping with them because they have such a great mix of mid-century style (my FAVORITE!) with lots of color and texture! If you're looking for a dash of modernity in your home, West Elm is a great source for just that. From bedding to lighting, to dining and accessories, they have just about anything you could want to update your home.
While you're shopping, stop by the West Elm Market for coffee and pastries! There's even a great spot for sitting while you sip your coffee and pull together a plan for your next project. Also, shout out to their barista for graciously modeling for us!
The people of West Elm Ponce City Market actually made this light fixture from Coca Cola bottles--how very Atlanta!
Couldn't you see yourself sitting at this desk and being productive all day? It's important to have a beautiful office space to get creative and be inspired as you work the day away! This is our kind of workspace!
We are excited to share these gorgeous photos of the store with you and encourage you to stop by and shop with West Elm. Also, stayed tuned for the photos of the Style Workshop with Annette Joseph this weekend! Christina will be teaching some photography basics to help turn your styling photos up a notch while Annette gives tips and tricks for bettering your styling skills.
We love that West Elm puts roots down into the local community wherever they are. Check out the beauitul artwork below that is made by local artisans. West Elm supports local makers and helps consumers to become connected with artists in their area. Prints by Britt Bass Taylor and cards by Yes Ma'am Paper Goods pictured below.
A big thank you to West Elm for letting us shoot your beautiful store! We love every bit of it!
Each week, a team of hundreds of carpenters, laborers, designers, and experts in many other renovation related fields descended onto a home somewhere outside of Atlanta to begin a major renovation that would be completed in just five days along with the help of two teams of contestants competing to win a home!
Week four was our last week on set, and though I know we could have gone much further and that we have the talent and drive to have continued for many weeks, we were dismayed to be eliminated. Victor and I are both extremely competitive, and me being a designer, and Victor being an engineer, I am very confident we had much more to offer! I was so proud of Victor who proved himself to be a creative and talented guy with leadership skills that inspired great teamwork. Thankfully, in the real world no one else can end one's journey. We decide our own fate through hard work and a drive for success. This is just what Victor and I will continue to do as we grow in our careers and show what we’re made of.
Many reality shows leave eliminated contestants heartbroken and viewers feeling sorry for them. On Home Free, things are different. Whenever contestants are eliminated, they are given the home they just completed. I can tell you it is the most confusing feeling to be so shocked and confused to have been eliminated and then be handed the keys to a newly renovated home. Talk about an emotional roller coaster!
Here are the photos of the before and after of the house we won. It is in Stockbridge, GA, which is about an hour and a half from Atlanta.
This house was supposedly a hoarder or squatter situation when we arrived, FILLED with junk outside and inside, smelly, and just filthy. During our drill down challenge this week, I could barely breathe! With allergies and asthma, inhaling dust and animal urine scent was ROUGH. Look at the transformation! Would you have ever guessed looking at this house that it started out in such a condition? The design and build teams, along with the landscape team did an outstanding job making this house into a Victorian beauty.
This kitchen was a total disaster before but is really beautiful now! I'm not really a Victorian style fan at all. I prefer clean lines and modern architecture, but the design team did a great job of making their spaces Victorian-inspired while still maintaining a modern twist that makes sense for a family in this day and age.
I LOVE this light fixture and the media console! Very sleek and modern and a great contrast to the deep teal walls. This room is just off the kitchen and the deep tones are a great contrast to the pale wallpaper throughout the kitchen.
I love the bar cart and the light fixtures in here! Another room that is a good mix of modern and ornate and lots of houseplants which I always appreciate! Also, the color of this dining room reminds me of the gorgeous blue green that I loved in episode three.
Our competition, the green team, was responsible for converting the master bedroom/bathroom/closet into a master suite. The design plan included removing the closet and absorbing one of the small bedrooms into the room to create a GIANT bathroom! Seriously, the bathroom is giganitc! The green team stuck with a much more traditional Victorian style in the bedroom.
Didn't I tell you it was huge?! And what you can't see here is there is a glass shower and water closet, too!
The kids retreat was our team's responsibility this week. In addition to designing this room and making a bed or fort, we each had to repurpose an item. Victor and I had books and we did two different projects. Unfortunately, only one of them made it to TV. We created a custom wall paper out of story books for the art area of the room and out of encyclopedia pages for the reading nook. In addition to that, I used a jig saw to cut books into letter shapes to create little sculptures spelling out words and put them on the bookshelves.
This structure in the room was designed by Victor and me and built by our entire team. We wanted to create something ambitious that was Victorian in style. It's a bit of a challenge to make a space kid-friendly and also true to Victorian aesthetics which are ornate and decorative. So, we designed a little Victorian house/bed/fort! It has a queen sized bed on top with all sorts of fun, soft pillows and underneath is a FORT! A trunk door (Ben and Kasey's repurposed item were trunks) leads into a hidden fort with a chalkboard wall, a TV, bean bags, and even a little octagonal window with tiny curtains I made to match the fabric on our pillows and stool cover.
Here is a view of the art section of the room. Kasey made an easel from a trunk and we recovered a piano stool with the same fabric used on the pillows and the fort curtains! I love the bright colors of this room and the twist on Victorian style that we achieved by mixing fun elements together and building a fort that looks like an ornate house but is appealing and safe for kids!
Here is a view of the reading nook, slightly rearranged. When we came back to look at the house a few weeks after our elimination, we met Dave Bohler, the lead of the build team, along with his wife and kids at the house. The kids LOVED our space and did a little rearranging and playing. They did not want to leave and had to be practically peeled out of the room. I consider that a SUCCESS!
The reading nook features encyclopedia pages in the custom wallpaper. We sorted through many pages and made sure to use the most illustrated pages with specifically Victorian elements' descriptions. We even used a page featuring fish scale tiles like those we used on the playhouse!
Victor and I are so thankful for this opportunity to be on Home Free. We met so many wonderful people and made great friends. It's so much fun to design within the challenging constraints of the limited time and resources that we had and see that, espeically when we combine our talents and skills, we create beautiful work we can be proud of. Being eliminated was very upsetting because I knew we were not done and could go further. I was not ready to stop and did not want to stop making these homes more beautiful along with our new friends. Even after we discovered that we had won a home, I still wanted to get back on that truck so that I could make the homes of each of our friends better and better and be a part of the transformations.
Being on this show gave Victor and me the opportunity to test our relationship in a situation that hardly any couple gets to experience and see that we did not fight ONCE the entire time we were on the show. And lastly, walking away from this experience with the keys to a house is an asset that will put us in a great position to build our lives together and eventually renovate or build a modern style home in the city. And now we know we can do it without breaking the relationship!
We are so thankful to the generous network and to the production company, to the design team and to the build team! I hope we will have an opportunity to work together again in the future.
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If you've been watching Home Free on Fox, then you know the gold team has been on top for two weeks in a row! We're all on that bus and heading to our third build challenge with a lot of beautiful spaces left for a deserving family behind us.
Each house that gets renovated on Home Free is totally remodeled from top to bottom, any water leaks or other big issues are repaired, and everything cosmetic you can imagine is addressed and well-dressed.
Here are the images of the BEFORE/AFTER. The before is pretty rough, huh? This week's challenge was to convert this home from its current horrifying state to a beautiful cottage retreat. Since we were sequestered, I didn't have a camera, and therefore, only have images from FOX.com. There are many things I wish I could show you, but these will have to do for now!
Most of the exterior of the house, including the picket fence and walkway was the responsibility of the green team. They used reclaimed bricks on a walkway closer to the house, gravel down the middle walkway, Ricky, Heather, Ben and Kasey installed a picket fence, and Ore and Tiffany built shutters and planter boxes for the windows.
The living room and kitchen were also the duty of the green team. They chose a sort of Carolina Blue for the walls, Andi and Kate designed and installed a wallpaper based on a rubbing of a metal backsplash tile in their design kit, Ben and Kasey, built a coffee table with storage (top lifts up as pictured), Ricky and Heather installed a tile backsplash, and the whole green team furnished the space and styled it.
Our team (gold team) was also tasked with designing and hanging a wallpaper for one of our spaces. Lauren and Josh did a BEAUTIFUL job! The judges said the wallpaper is too modern but I think it's just right. The metallic detail on the quilt-inspired octagonal shapes is a nod to traditional cottage, but with a more updated, urban feel. The house is somewhat near Atlanta, after all, so urban inspiration is perfect. We picked out the furniture as a team, and Victor suggested we pick a deep blue trim to match the velvet chair and bench we selected. I picked a color that I thought most closely matched the image of the chair we had and I LOVE IT! The color is a great compliment to the deeper blue hues in the room and really amps up the drama of this cool and calming cottage master bedroom.
Lauren and Josh styled this room while I was busy downstairs styling the media room. It's a really great thing to be on a team that trusts one another. We knew that even with our team divided into three spaces during the final stages, that we would come away with designs we were extremely proud of and that we could all stand behind.
Just look at that wallpaper and that velvet chair! LOVE!
The basement of this house had so much unused space! However, it was very damp and gross. A problem with a crack in the foundation meant a pretty big undertaking for the average homeowner. Thankfully, the Home Free Team brought in the experts and after Victor and I ground down the paint off of the cinder blocks, they showed us how to apply strips of carbon fiber supports that act like steel beams. The wall was reinforced with the carbon fiber, and a weeping system was installed to prevent any future water damage. The basement is now comfortable and dry!
After we got the big problems resolved, we got to work on creating a media room. This room was a labor of love. Victor and I painted the mural of the trees you see in the background (would love a closer picture of that!). It's multi-layered. Victor loves science and fractal patterns. I love fractal patterns as well--but really just because of aesthetics. Together, we made this mural with layers of colors from lightest/least detailed in the background (think how the mist makes the woods look lighter in the distance), mid tones and medium detail in the middle, and darkest and most detailed colors in the foreground. I am in love with this mural. It took us a long time because the entire thing was freehanded, but it was totally worth it!
I would love to have an image of the other side of this room, but I don't have that yet. What's just to the right in this shot is a 70 inch TV! It's absolutely massive and perfect for watching a movie. We chose a nice medium blue/gray for the walls and a slightly lighter shade of blue for the ceiling. In a media room, you want the walls to not bounce off too much light so that the movie watching experience is more like a theater. We didn't want to go too dark on the walls, however, since the space has no windows and would be very dark and feel smaller with darker walls.
To the left of this image is a set of beautiful sconces with a mirrored back that reflected Edison bulbs really nicely and added to the movie theater feeling. We selected a comfy sectional and brought in plenty of comfy pillows in grays, blues, and golden rod yellow to add a complimenting pop of color (which is also in the mural!).
We wanted to use reclaimed and cottage materials as often as possible in our spaces. Josh had a great idea to make a handrail out of the discarded pieces of wood siding from the outside of the house. Victor and I sanded them down to be smooth to the touch and applied plenty of coats of furniture wax to bring out all of the beautiful, natural wood tones. I love how they turned out!
Josh and Lauren made a game table out of an electrical spool and a light fixture out of reclaimed metal tubing (I think from duct work?) and rope. They used Edison bulbs here to compliment the ones on the wall sconces, and there were touches of rope throughout the room that the light fixture picked up on as well. My only regret about this area is that there were no rugs that fit the space--I recommend that Heather and Ricky find a nice 6 foot round rug for that area! :)
The basement had two large areas that were not being used before, so we utilized both. We actually found a discarded toilet and sink in good condition we wanted to use to add a bathroom to the other side of the stairs, but that wasn't possible in the timeframe, unfortunately. What we were able to do was make a huge gym!
Kathy used to be a fitness instructor so this was definitely in her wheelhouse. We deferred to her on what equipment we should get, how we should lay everything out, and if we needed ceiling fans (and duh, we did!). The ceiling was tricky in this space because of codes in Georgia that require ductwork to be fully accessible from the basement. We had to change our approach and as a group, we decided on a board and batten ceiling to make it look more cottage style (as cottage as a gym can look, anyway), and cut around the duct work. Kathy and Brian did a great job and even handled the styling on their own! I came by and moved like two things around, per Kathy's request--but she didn't need me, she had already done an amazing job!
I would love to have an image of this room from the other angle as well. As a group, we all worked on a ladder from a reclaimed pile that holds gym towels, painted the darker blue of the theater room walls, and just slightly roughed up to look a little more weather-worn. We also built a table out of kitchen cabinet doors and reclaimed wood. MJ and the design team couldn't even believe it was built with found pieces! That was truly a piece of team work--everyone touched it at one point or the other to make a great stand for storage and to hold a mini-fridge for smoothies, bottled water, and protein shakes for post-workout refreshment.
The spaces not designed by the contestants were designed by the amazing design team, The Design Hunters. They also supported all of us contestants, giving us design packets with all of our furniture choices, took orders for things we needed, and shopped for all of the styling pieces after getting an idea for what we needed in our spaces. I'm in awe of their composure! They worked many, many long hours with pure grace. Truly and incredible and talented team!
I think this house turned out beautifully! What do you think?
Be sure to tune in to Home Free on Fox, tomorrow night at 9/8c!
Mark Wentz is a renaissance man. He can do the following, in no particular order:
- Blow Glass
- Be a cool dad
The last one was a curve ball, but it's serious. Mark went to Kent State University on a wrestling scholarship and approaches life with the same competitive, can-do spirit of a trained athlete. Mark and I worked together on Season 4 of HGTV's Elbow Room where we joked that he was every episode's MVP. Need a sculpture? Call Mark! Need something 3D printed? Call Mark! Need something built? Call Mark! He can do it all and does without complaint. He's a laid back dude with talent for days.
If you need public art made or someone to teach you how to do basically anything, Mark is the guy. He's patient and kind and just an all around great guy. Let's get to know him!
How did you get your start?
I got my start by moving to Georgia and attending Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta.
Was there one job or contact that set the course of your career?
Being awarded the Blooming Hill project in Midtown Atlanta has set the tone for my public art career.
What is your favorite/most successful way to advertise?
The most successful way for me to advertise is word of mouth.
If there was one thing you could change about your career, what would it be?
I would have started it sooner.
What is your favorite stress reliever?
My favorite stress reliever is kayaking and creating something in the studio.
What is your favorite destination?
My favorite place is Interlacken, Switzerland.
To contact Mark for fabrication and/or design, go to his website Americo Glass Fabrication and Design.
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In the world of design, there are many crossovers from graphic design to interiors to architecture. The mid century modern movement is a perfect example of that! Watch one episode of Mad Men from the first season, then one from the most recent season and you will see styles change and become the beautiful and simple mid century modern that so many of us love.
Following the European Bauhaus movement which was a paring down and simplification of lines, keeping things utilitarian and clean, the mid century movement came into America with those same themes. You see these same reactions in fine art. Think Mondrian, Henry Moore and Barnett Newman with simple lines and no fuss.
The Bauhaus movement influenced many graphic, architectural, and furniture designers to change their styles from more ornate early 20th century decoration to clean lines and functional pieces that had a totally new look. Art and design became more geometric while the mix of natural and man made materials added layers of organic over synthetic. The American response to Bauhaus was mid century modern.
Where Bauhaus focused on removing ornament, mid century adds geometric decoration in a new way, changing art, design, and architecture for the better. In mid century buildings you'll often find very long windows, rows of intricately laid stonework with a simple geometric pattern, repeated style elements in linear forms, and unexpected uses of space.
In Palm Springs, modern architecture is abundant! We are currently looking for a house with this sort of charm here in Atlanta. How I wish these homes were in Georgia, too! This area of Palm Springs is known as "Modern Palm Springs" because of its many excellent examples of midcentury architecture, specifically desert modern. Desert modern uses material and landscaping choices to marry the building with its surroundings.
One of my favorite things about mid century style is the use of bold colors. Why have a grey front door when you can have orange or chartreuse?! Bold colors used in small doses pack a punch when the style is simple and clean.
If you are ever visiting Palm Springs, California, go tour the Desert Modern area and soak in all of the beautifully thought out homes nestled among cacti, mountains, and palm trees.
There are so many things to love about Atlanta; the southern charm, the history, the food! But did you know there is a thriving art community in our fair city? Atlanta is home to SCAD Atlanta and The Art Institute of Atlanta, and the Portfolio Center as well as a number of museums and galleries dedicated to showcasing art.
In previous posts, we've told you about art walks and festivals you can attend, but today we want to introduce you to three local artists you want to follow. Please welcome Alison Tallman, Ted Freeman, and Wanda Frey! I asked each of them to tell us a little about themselves and their work.
I met Alison in 2010 when we worked in an office together. I distinctly remember when we met and she said "What are you doing here?" I knew she was going to be someone to keep me on on my toes! She was meaning to ask me what job I had accepted and explained that she is a native New Yorker, so sometimes things come out differently than your typical southern girl may say them. Alison is a good friend, motivating those she cares about to do what they love, work hard, and be their best. I appreciate her direct nature and admire her talent!
"I've been making art since play doh. I was one of those kids with paint in my hair and crayon all over the walls in my bedroom. My mom, who is creative, naturally told me to latch on to that and ride the wave till college- where I went for a Fine Art degree.
I love mixed media. I love art that thinks outside the box and creates un-expected beauty. Maybe even trick us or blows our minds through materials. I guess thats why I find it amusing that I use craft glue to create fine art."
"My inspiration [for my collage pieces] comes from my bad vision and memory actually. I remember light or a feeling more than what things looked like exactly. Im not interested in realism but how life makes us feel or how we perceive it."
Ted is one of the more interesting guys you might ever want to meet. He is the life of the party (and also usually the host!), welcoming, always buzzing with what to do next and has a contagious enthusiasm for the city and art. Do you recognize the Atlas Robot from anywhere? He is featured on The Big Bang Theory! Pay close attention when they are in the comic book store for a cameo.
"Since childhood, I’ve had a fascination with space exploration; on car trips I began drawing rockets, but once I experienced Star Wars I was constantly drawing that imagery all over my homework. As I got older, love of music with its many graphic components was another focus of my inspiration and output. At Auburn, I studied Industrial Design, Art and Architecture while also immersed in music and cultural groups outside of class. Since graduation, I’ve worked in various capacities in the built environment and graphic design, and held leadership positions in design groups across Atlanta. I currently do package design work at Home Depot and consult as Creatometry Design Lab; a part of this is FunnerThan Furniture and the Atomic Playrooms furniture line. I love taking planar media and creating 3D solutions to defy the sense of flatness inherent in that material."
"For inspiration I visit a mix of design blogs and sites, and love to travel for added new experiences. I have always appreciated mid-century and cold war era ads and styling for authenticity and ideas. And - to keep current on Atlanta creative trends, I organize events for two meetup groups; Art Openings Atlanta for fine art galleries, and The Dayglow Technicolor Actionpack for anything else exciting, right-brain, and artistic. Join us anytime!
Along with industry recognized Point of Purchase and Tradeshow Exhibit design, my furniture and sculpture has appeared in major media outlets and blogs, with favorites being the MoMA, the NYT, and the set of The Big Bang Theory. Locally, my designs have been seen in the 5 Points MARTA station, along Peachtree Street, at the Museum of Design Atlanta, and the Botanical Gardens.
Interested in Ted's work? Check out his website and contact him to find out where he will be next and how you can join in on some of the art events he hosts!
Wanda is a true lady. She is gentle, kind, loving, and an absolute role model. She is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, active member of the community in both outreach programs to help those less fortunate, and within Christ Church Presbyterian where she is a member. Her art represents life--it is realism with feeling and it moves the viewer. I am happily the owner of one of her pieces. It's proudly displayed at the entrance of my home and it brings a smile to my face each day when I walk in and see that beautiful scene on my wall.
"I have been making art since I could hold a pencil, so, over 50 years. My Mom's books were all colored in at the front and back where the blank pages are, I was so desperate to draw. I like to do some water color botanicals, but my favorite mediums are graphite and oils. I have been known to color in my 5-year-old granddaughter's coloring books in crayon with her though.....STILL fun."
"I find inspiration in all that I love. Nature provides lovely landscapes, (in England, Montana and GA.) and pinecones, flowers and wildlife. Children, dogs and loved ones get corralled to become models, though our dog is camera shy and the children want to make monkey faces. Photography by stealth ensues. Better still, I'll draw from life. Inspiration is like an energy that must find expression. God made people that way, I think.
I hope to display my art at the Genema Gallery at the new Christ Church PCA building that opens in a couple of weeks on Peachtree Street conveniently across from Sam Flax. I work mostly by commission from home."
Interested in Wanda's work? We can make sure you get connected! Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.