Friday, May 14, 2010

More Atlanta Excitement

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center

In my last post, I wrote about my experience at Design ADAC 2010 last week and the thrill of seeing and hearing design icon John Saladino speak about his work.  I felt privileged to be in attendance.  But the trip proved exciting for me in other ways, as well.
First off, while sitting and waiting for a session by business coach David Shepherd to begin,  I thought I spotted the author of the popular blog "Things That Inspire".  After the session I went up to her and introduced myself.  Holly was as charming in person as she is on her blog.  I regret that I didn't get a photo with her, but I was very happy to meet her.

After the talk by John Saladino, I purchased his book, "Villa", and proceeded to an upstairs showroom to to meet him and get my book signed.  Here is a photo of  the book signing.

 While in line, I turned around to see none other than Suzanne Kasler waiting in line behind me!  I was excited about my good fortune and introduced myself.  Suzanne is so warm and friendly.  I admire designers such as these who have reached the pinnacle of success and yet retain such a grounded and real persona.  My husband Steve snapped this photo:

Later that day we drove over to Buckhead to tour the Atlanta Symphony Decorator's Showhouse.  I always try to visit when I can.  The house was great and we lingered in every room taking it all in.  I was impressed with how many designers were present to meet and greet in their respective rooms.  When we reached the Master Bedroom, we were greeted by the designer, Patricia McLean. I have followed her Showhouse rooms for many years.  I found her Southern charm so engaging and her room was fabulous.  Here is a photo of Patricia and me in front of a 17th century Venetian secretary worth a mere $700,000!  She was so sweet and gracious.

I always enjoy my trips to Atlanta and I love the design energy and vibe I get from being there, but this trip was even more special as a result of meeting such design greats who are such warm and wonderful people as well.


TSL said...

I am sooooo glad you met some of our finest! Atlanta is wonderful, you should come more often!

Southern Chateau said...

I try to come several times a year for events and markets, as well as shopping for projects. Maybe next time I can meet YOU, Tina, and see your fine work!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

From your words to heaven's eyes!

Jojo said...

She is a lovely person and her rooms are so gracious and lovely. I loved this year's Show House and couldn't believe the price tag of that piece! Meg Adams is one of my favorite designers.