This January, AmericasMart invited five top designers and lifestyle influencers to bring their practiced eye for design to market for season four of our renowned Shop the Show program, each creating a curated collection of their favorite product picks in the process! Our design superstars experienced everything AmericasMart had to offer, scouting the hottest home décor, gift, tabletop and seasonal merchandise of the moment, and sharing all their favorite finds through social media, videos, workshops and live pop-up events. We recently caught up with Paloma Contreras, award-winning interior designer and blogger, for her thoughts on all things Atlanta Market. As part of this season’s group of Shop the Show influencers, Paloma zeroed in on dozens of tomorrow's hottest trends, and as always, had plenty of behind the scenes info and advice to share!
Paloma’s Shop the Show collection: Pretty, Fresh, Classic
Favorite Market Trends? “The thing I love most about this market is that whether you are a fan of the classics or are more trend-driven, you are still going to find so much at Atlanta Market. There is something for everyone here!”
Favorite Market Find? “We found some really beautiful vases and decorative accessories for our store, Paloma & Co, that we are very excited about. I also found a really fun wallpaper line at Thicket Design in the CODARUS showroom that sort of takes the idea of traditional chinoiserie wallpaper and turns it on its head!”
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Paloma’s Favorite Ways to Shop the Show Like a Pro!
Top 3 Market Must-Haves An Open Mind: While having a list of categories that you want to see at market is helpful, I prefer not to shop with a specific list of items. Doing so allows me to keep my eyes wide open for new discoveries rather than having tunnel vision and looking for something super specific. A Map: The market is huge and the three buildings are organized by category, so knowing the lay of the land is a huge time saver! A Schedule of Events: Atlanta Market always has amazing programming, whether it's interesting panel discussions or cooking demonstrations, which are part of creating a fun market experience.
Top 3 Survival Strategies Take Some Fresh Kicks: Make sure you have a comfortable pair of shoes Bring a Thirst Beater: A big bottle of water, or even better, something you can refill like an insulated travel mug from Corkcicle Hold Everything: A canvas tote that you can easily tuck into your purse should you need an extra bag for brochures, marketing collateral, or swag
Keep an eye out for even more market finds, tips & takeaways from our talented group of Shop the Show tastemakers, coming soon!