I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Working for an interior design magazine means spending a lot of time looking at gorgeous furniture and home goods... on a screen. Occasionally we are on set for a home tour photo-shoot or styling one of our entertaining stories, but those times are in no way the bulk of our work.
That's why our team at Rue Magazine loves market season, and this year we were thrilled to add AmericasMart to our itinerary. As our first market of the year, we arrived excited to see what is new from our favorite showrooms and hopefully discover some new favorites as well.
For us, seeing items styled in the showrooms really shows off their possibilities. Case in point? This collection of mirrors in the Emporium Home showroom. I'm usually drawn to mirrors purely for their functional benefits of bouncing light and making a room appear larger, but at AmericasMart I kept being stopped by mirrors that were sculptural works of art, like the Giselle Petrified Wood Mirror at Palecek, whose frame is really the highlight of the piece, and the Shield Mirror by Studio A Home. I predict many of the homes we'll be seeing in our favorite magazines will be featuring mirrors with bold frames that make you almost forget to peek at your reflection.
We were delight to be co-hosts for the Pantone Color of the Year Party. Pantone hit it out of the park with Serenity and Rose Quartz, so it was no surprise to see many interpretations of pale pinks and blues around. The perfect complement to add a bit of depth to either in our opinion is a rich blue. Many of the showrooms continued the hand-dyed indigo trend, from the entrance of Codarus to the abstract artwork encased in resin that serves as the base for Couture Lamps' Carmel Table Lamp. (On that note, from the looks of Market, shibori isn't going anywhere but for 2016 we expect to see it used in homes that are less La Vie Bohème and more classic in style.) Other showrooms chose solid navy and midnight blue tones accented with contrasting materials. We can just imagine Zestt's Franklin Pillow cozied up to a powder pink tufted sofa for the perfect edgy-sofa contrast.
As for those new favorites? We fell in love with many new showrooms during our time in Atlanta, especially those featuring organic-shaped ceramics in neutral tones. The white-on-white serving pieces from Montes Dogget had us dreaming of dinner parties served family style around a farmhouse table. Of course, we'd layer in some gray place-settings from Canvas Home or the speckled Isla plates from Blue Pheasant to add warmth to the table. Then we'd scatter in an assortment of coral and succulents ceramics from Chive to round out the decor. The neutral organic trend was not limited just to dining. It showed up in the pottery from Serax and Chive's miniature vases as well. Perhaps that's what we liked most about AmericasMart – ubtle nuances and surprising textures that resulted in unique takes that we hadn't seen before.
Kat McEachern is the Contributing Editor at Rue Magazine and a freelance design strategist. Kat credits her love of interior design to her father, a math teacher who she still feels should have a second career in decorating. She started with Rue as an intern three years ago, shortly after moving to the Bay Area. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and their pup, Gracie.