Inspiration, business strategies, beautiful venues that cater to design industry leaders in Atlanta … Design Bloggers Conference has it all.The event presents an opportunity for interior design bloggers, decorators, and ASID interior designers to network with others from the furniture, fabrics, and accessories industries. Attendees receive tips from industry experts on building a personal brand and using multiple social media platforms to build and engage their audience.It was introduced in 2011 and is now in its sixth year. Atlanta has hosted the conference since 2014 and AEP has been honored to capture it each year. We enjoy being on-hand to capture Atlanta at its best with beautiful businesses, excited attendees, and amazing food and cocktails from popular restaurants and caterers. Keynote speakers for the event includes some heavy hitters in the world of interior design. This year was no exception, India Hicks, Cynthia Rowley, Nathan Turner, Mary McDonald, and Justina Blakeney were just a few of the speakers in attendance. They gave the audience insightful tips on the current state of the design industry, trends, and the industry’s future.A wide spectrum of topics were presented, from Instagram Marketing to Blogger and Brand Collaborations. The intent of the conference was to help bloggers not only grow their blogs, but also grow their businesses. The conference is organized to give attendees a lot of time to connect with potential resources for future collaborations and projects.This year, the Container Store and Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting hosted attendees. In the past, Atlanta Station Lofts, Bjork Studio, and Ethan Allen have generously held the conference. During its first year in Atlanta, KR SteakBar hosted a sit-down meal which is appropriate since impeccable restaurant interiors have become the standard.Gorgeous lighting, furniture, appliances, and accessories were Instagram-worthy. Event-goers had a beautiful backdrop for their social media platforms. In 2015, Bjork Studio recreated the vignettes using all Sunbrella material they made for a luxury space in New York City. Next year, the conference will be held on March 5-7th, in Los Angeles. Check out the highlights from the 2016 conference if you have any interest in attending.
Special thanks to the many sponsors of this great event and Sara Rossi of Meredith Corporation for allowing AEP to be a part of this inspiring affair.
The Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta Village hosted a launch party for Baron Samedi, a brand of rum inspired by the Haitian Vodou spirit.Believed to be a spirit of the dead in Haitian lore, Baron Samedi is well known for his disruptive behavior and fondness of rum and folly.The dark, amber colored libation is made with high-quality rums from the Caribbean and natural spices. Then, blended with vanilla, nutmeg and hazelnut.The rum is designed to be mixed with cola or ginger beer, or stand alone as a shot.The venue’s atmosphere was a dash of mystique with elements of gothic, burlesque and nautical style.
In addition to lively music, patrons were served shots by beguiling women wearing dramatic make-up of skulls – resembling how Baron Samedi is often depicted in film and culture.AEP sends a special thank you to Peter van Schoick, Campari America, for allowing us the opportunity to capture this awesome moment.
Atlanta is a city bustling with creative individuals. They create art, music, culinary delights and much, much more. In keeping with the spirit of exploring the city, AEP has decided to highlight a few local designers we’ve had the pleasure of photographing over the years.Nothing compliments an outfit like a beautifully, handcrafted accessory. Malene Davis, designer at iram-inal designs, successfully turned a leisurely hobby and modest dream into a successful fashion design business. Her creations can be found online or at the Beehive, a local boutique featuring local entrepreneurs.Atlanta Made features furniture, home accessories, jewelry, and other items made by local artists. The showroom is owned by Michelle Larrabee-Martin and is located in the Westside Provisions District. The store partners with local talent to sell goods made and designed in the Atlanta metro area.For many women, beautiful skin is a must, add the organic stamp, and you’ve probably made a sale. HollyBeth Anderson, the creator of HollyBeth Organics, sells a wide range of organic skin care products. Her products are USDA Certified Organic, promoting not only beautiful skin, but reducing her company’s carbon footprint.Surprisingly, men’s skin care won’t take a back seat in this post. We’ve found a company that caters to men and their skin. Dream Beard sells products and apparel for men and was founded by Ryan and Brittany Lane. Check out their website to learn more about their company and the awesome story behind Dream Beard’s creation.Glassblowing is a fascinating art form. Nate Nardi, of Decatur Glass Blowing, sells custom glass pieces on the east side of Decatur. His shop features a showroom, a space to work and teach classes. His mood dictates his creations.Leather bag sales are on the rise for men. These bags are used for work, travel, etc., the ones featured above can be purchased locally from Jay Gray Brand. Jason Carter, Jared Reeder, and Simon Gray created the bags when they couldn’t find a leather bag that represented their style.Barbecue is considered a staple of Southern American culture, so it’s no surprise that one of the most popular restaurants in Atlanta is Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. The restaurant has been featured on many television programs and in many print publications. The restaurant is owned by identical twins, Jonathan and Justin Fox. The spot is in a central location near Little Five Points and is always packed.Old Fourth Distillery is the first legal distillery built in the city limits since 1906. The distillery was started by Jeff and Craig Moore and Gabe Pilato. It is located in the Old Fourth Ward. Tours of the distillery are available and its spirits can be found in approximately 250 bars and restaurants.As stated before, Atlanta is a diverse city with lots of things to see and do. We hope you have the opportunity to support the local businesses and artists we’ve featured.
Nothing signals the start of summer like Memorial Day and a good burger! The James Beard Foundation (JBF) has partnered with the Mushroom Council once again to kick off the second annual Blended Burger Project, starting on Memorial Day.The Blended Burger Project challenges chefs, nationwide, to create healthier versions of the classic burger by blending chopped mushrooms and ground meat. The participants will create their own unique blended burger, using at least twenty-five percent fresh, chopped mushrooms.We had the pleasure of attending the Blended Burger Project kickoff at Empire State South, where Chef Hugh Acheson pledged his participation. Chef Hugh is an award-winning chef, author, and Top Chef judge.Fellow chefs were asked to participate in the Blended Burger Project and create their own custom blended burgers. The burgers will be added to their menus, starting on Memorial Day and going until July 31st.Customers can cast their vote here for their favorite blended burger. In October, the five chefs with the most votes will win an opportunity to travel to the historic James Beard House and prepare their blended burger for the Foundation’s annual Food Conference.In addition to Empire State South, check out James Beard Foundation to find other blended burger project participants located near you.
Thank you, Eric Davis, for allowing AEP to capture this amazing event.
A tour through Atlanta will quickly reveal its diverse art scene. The city is home to the High Museum of Art, various statues and sculptures, as well as, a booming collection of unique street and public art pieces.It has been my pleasure to capture many of these pieces. The vibrant colors and shape used in creating the art has been a photographer’s delight.Whether capturing a close up or wide shot, it’s been an awesome experience to witness the growing and thriving art scene in Atlanta.My projects have taken me into the heart of Atlanta to capture beautiful statues, sculptures, and tall buildings. It’s fascinating to see raw elements manufactured and crafted into pieces that add beauty to the surrounding environment.Not all of the sculptures are downtown, a few can be found along the Beltline. The Beltline is littered with beautiful pieces of visual art in the form of sculptures, nature, and murals.Eclectic colors, symbols and shapes create some of the most stimulating pieces imaginable.The use of blues, yellows, and purples can leave the mind in a euphoric state. It’s a treat to capture this art through the lens of my camera. I try to bring the art to life and represent it in a way that would make the artists proud.I’ve been honored to capture pieces by artists such as: Molly Rose Freeman, Kyle Brooks, and William Massey. Each artist has made a contribution to the Atlanta Beltline. Molly’s work entitled, The Pigeon, can be found on the Northeast interim hiking trail under Piedmont Avenue.Kyle’s work entitled, Where the Bears Come From, is located on a tin shack next to Park Tavern right off of the Northeast hiking trail. Object of Wo(Man), created by Massey, can be found on the Eastside trail under Freedom Parkway.The first picture of this post states, “Everything is art”. It’s true! Art can be found in simple every day things. Visit the Office of Cultural Affairs’ website to find out more about the city’s public art collection, as well as, events that are happening around town.I urge you to get out and see the art explosion in the city. Find art in everything!