Monday, February 23, 2009

Atlanta aka Design Heaven: Part 1

Atlanta = Design Heaven. My very first visit to this city did not disappoint and how could it when my first stop was Max & Co, the sister store of Mrs. Howard. The first picture is of my favorite room - an oval shaped library located in the center of the second floor of this 3-story store. This photo doesn't do this room justice - below are a few pictures from the store's website (slightly different decor) that give you a better sense of the room.


Isnt' the detailing of this mantle incredible? Do you think I could convince my husband to spend his summer vacation whittling me a replica of this??



The image above is via the store's site. Notice the change to the current decor below. I prefer the brown sofa, the striped pillows and the white, non-patterned chairs.
Here's a close-up of the wall treatment. When you first walk in it looks like they are ceramic tiles. Instead they are painted on what appears to be a faux tile panelled fiberboard - something that is akin to sheets of bead board panelling and probably available at a Lowes or Home Depot. Ingenious idea!

This room is on the first floor to the right of the stair well. Very lovely. (images from the store's site) I bought something on the blue end table - will plan to photograph it in my house and post it.
Lastly, here is a striking bedroom w/the dark ink walls and terrific fabrics. I also visited Mrs. Howard, a gorgeous store in its own right, but for me Max & Co was the real show stealer. As you probably have read on other blogs, the stores now have their own blog so we can all virtually visit what's new and changing - Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper. Looking forward to going back in May!

Part 2 of my Atlanta posts will be on the incredible Interiors Market - my camera behaved much better there and I have a ton of pics to post.

20 comments:

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Fabulous pics! Thanks for sharing them with us. I am dying to visit Pieces and Max & Co. in Atlanta. Can't wait to see part 2!

Colour Me Happy said...

This is so great, I love all the photos you took!

columnist said...

Wow! I agree that oval (?) room is stunning, and the chimneypiece very unusual, and extremely pretty. It's almost like the Chinese sign that was adopted by the Nazis and which has given it it's unwelcome connotation, but I suppose there's something "Greek key" about it too. I'm usually averse to panelled rooms, but this honey-coloured hue is very warm and inviting.

vicki archer said...

This looks like one gorgeous shop, xv.

pve design said...

I hurried to scroll down to see the photos and even with out reading your post title I said, oh, design heaven! That mantle is stunning.
pve

Things That Inspire said...

I used to visit Mrs. Howard all the time, and did not even know that Max & Company existed until last summer!!!! It was such a treat to make that discovery. I do love Max & Company, but Mrs. Howard is still my favorite. They are both great stores, and we are lucky to have them in Atlanta!

michelle said...

Nice to see brown...it is my favorite colour! I am loving it with grey right now. My hudson's bay blanket has that yummy combo.

Thanks for sharing these great images!

So Haute said...

These are great! Thanks for sharing. Love that room with the rich brown velvet sofa. Can't wait to see the next round of photos!

Fifi Flowers said...

Lovely post... great interiors! I LOVE the wine bottles on the mantle.... NOW I know what I can do with all my empty bottles!
ENJOY!
Fifi

Brilliant Asylum said...

I probably go to this shop once a month just to admire the rooms. It is a great addition to the Atlanta shopping scene.

Renae said...

Beautiful...I NEED to get over to Max & CO soon, will be at the ADAC next week...beautiful post....I do think if you sweet talk your husband and promise him all kinds of treats he just may carve that mantel for you...it is stunning!
Blessings.....

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Yay you are back and you have pictures!!! Omg completely jealous. So beautiful. I love those bottles on the fireplace mantle and oh my those black glossy walls. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! True love there.

More please!!!

Annie, bossy color said...

LOVE all of that wainscoting (esp. the light wood) and tile wall treatment! So elegant. Thank you so much - can't wait to see more!

Renee Finberg said...

the mantle !
omg. i am in love with the finish and the detail.

xx

DesignTies said...

OMG, I'm in love with everything!!! You're making me want to move to Atlanta just so I can shop here!! ;-)

I love the large grid-style wainscoting -- we did the same wainscoting in our living room and dining room. And the mini version of it in the bedroom picture is so cute!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

Lauren said...

Evrything is just gorgeous!!!! So beautiful-- those Howards are incredible!!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

I don't suppose I could stay for awhile? You know, just during off-hours?

simply seleta said...

Pardon my drool all over your Atlanta posts. Amazing. You got right down to business on your trip sista!

Breath-taking.

wecouldgrowup2gether said...

all of the above --
jaw dropping

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