A new season calls for new design, and these businesses are bringing plenty of exciting updates this summer.
Cortney Bishop of Harwood House poses with the new Kalos collection; photo by Katie Charlotte Photography
The collection celebrates the earthy and warm tones of the Mediterranean landscape; photo by Katie Charlotte Photography
When Cortney Bishop’s Harwood House partnered with textile design firm Holland & Sherry, the results were so nice, they had to do it twice. The duo is now back with their second collaboration, an textile collection drawing inspiration from Greece, thanks to Charleston-based Bishop’s Mediterranean background. “The new Kalos collection weaves together a design story that honors my Greek roots and praises the art of craft-made, woven textiles,” shares Bishop. The textiles are designed to effortlessly layer and offer modern interpretations of classic patterns, brought to life with a departure from traditional Grecian hues and a turn toward the Mediterranean’s golden sunsets and earthy landscapes through olives, terra cottas and slates. Available in multiple colorways, the Quilted Folklore textile brings playfulness and bold texture to any room, while the Atlas linen grounds through its subtle nuances. Our recommendation? Layer the fabrics and colors to create the cohesive yet stimulating room of Grecian design dreams. harwood-house.com
The Prism print; photo by Katie Charlotte Photography
When Atlanta native and UGA grad Marcia Miller founded her lifestyle brand, Mud Pie (mudpie.com), she had no idea it would reach global audiences. Founded in 1988 with just 10 items, the brand has since expanded to offer thousands of new products for children, women and the home each season. Having built the business from the ground up, Miller still owns and operates the company, which has truly remained a family affair, as Miller’s husband serves as the CFO and her children are all VPs or EVPs across various departments. Here, Miller shares her top five tips and tricks for creating gorgeous decor moments when entertaining outdoors.
Gorgeous ceramics with bold prints, such as the Blue Indigo collection from Mud Pie, are great for entertaining outside; photo courtesy of Mud Pie
1. Elevate outdoor entertaining with classic yet contemporary pieces, like white beaded ceramics, tiered servers and touches of water hyacinth. Try displaying crisp, white serveware with florals and greenery for a pop of spring freshness. For maximum impact with florals, limit flowering plants to one color and repeat it throughout the space.
2. Play with height, especially if you’re hosting buffet-style outdoors. Use a tiered server for canapes or cupcakes, and style it with cake stands and Lazy Susans for maximum reachability. At home, we often use our tall, beaded lanterns as a centerpiece and add fl oral arrangements or glass hurricanes with candles, depending on the season.
3. Texture is one of the most important elements when styling an outdoor tablescape. Layering different hard and soft goods instantly enhances the overall feel, while keeping things simple for the host. Mud Pie’s waffle weave textiles, arranged with wooden and ceramic serveware and water hyacinth accents, makes for the perfect put-together look.
4. For an added touch of Southern hospitality, equip each chair with a large pillow and drape a throw blanket over the back. Not only does it make your outdoor setting look charming and inviting, but it makes your guests more comfortable when it gets breezy.
5. For added ambiance and to keep pesky mosquitoes at bay in the summer months, look for oversize wooden-wick citronella candles. Wooden wicks disperse more fragrance, which masks other scents that mosquitoes are attracted to. For the spring/summer season, Mud Pie designed stunning paulownia wood candles that range in size up to 20 inches for maximum effectiveness.
Artistic Tile’s Euclid designed by New York interior and products designer Alison Rose; photo by Christopher Stark
Kelly Finley of Joy Street Design (joystreetdesign.com) was originally tasked to create one fabulous bedroom for Kips Bay Decorator Show House Palm Beach. But during a site visit, Finley and her team noticed the bathroom off the room was going largely unnoticed and would be left untouched. Finley couldn’t stay away and ended up creating a whole Joy Street Design suite encompassing both the bedroom and bathroom. Finley chose to utilize Artistic Tile’s Euclid pattern in collaboration with designer Alison Rose. The rest of the room was inspired by our modern day realities. Titled In Real Life, Finley aimed to bridge the spaces we inhabit physically and the spaces we inhabit virtually, utilizing a combination of smart home technologies, digital art, an NFT and more. After many years on the West Coast, Finley just moved back to Georgia and is integrating herself into Atlanta’s design community.
Celebrating Home is full of gorgeous gatherings, such as this colorful and chic tablescape; photo by Emily Followill
Celebrating Home’s beautiful cover; photo by Emily Followill
Coffee-table books are always in style, and the latest we’re lusting after comes from beloved Southern author and interior designer James Farmer of James Farmer Designs (jamesfarmer.com). The 10th book under Farmer’s name, Celebrating Home: A Time for Every Season (Gibbs Smith), combines Farmer’s love of nature and gardens with his gift for entertaining. Alongside the book’s stunning imagery, Farmer shares tales of his life and family, creating a compelling read that is as captivating as it is beautiful. The book is chock-full of gorgeous gatherings, ranging from floral-filled garden soirees to elegant yet comfortable dinner parties. Much of the book was photographed just over 100 miles from Atlanta in Perry, Ga., home to both James Farmer Designs, known for its luxe fabrics, traditional furnishings and welcoming color palette, and Farmdale, Farmer’s personal home. A lovely foreword from antiques expert and decorator Furlow Gatewood rounds out the book, creating a welcome addition to any home.
The Amherst cabinet, available at the end of June, features built-in refrigeration and Cambria’s worldclass quartz surfaces; photo courtesy of Room & Board
Room & Board’s stunning wood craftsmanship and Cambria’s world-class quartz surfaces truly are a match made in heaven, so it comes as no surprise that the collaboration between the two is a resounding success. The industry-leading duo are expanding upon their original Pren Collection with new offerings, including bathroom vanities, available now, and the Amherst storage collection, available at the end of June. With seven modern vanity collections to choose from, such as the light and airy Emerson and the dark and moody Berkeley, the selection includes the perfect fit for any bathroom. The Amherst collection will include built-in refrigeration in partnership with True Residential for a swoonworthy wine fridge. Many of Cambria’s most-beloved surfaces, such as Mammoth Cave and Brittanicca Gold, will be available on all the new offerings. To top your stunning new vanity or wine cabinet? Cambria’s collection of specialty tabletop accessories exclusive to Room & Board, ranging from trays and bookends to coasters and more. 1170 Howell Mill Road NW, roomandboard.com