People would be surprised to learn: Nandina publishes "N Home," its lifestyle magazine, twice a year. The publication offers color trends, before and after projects and entertaining tips. For a free subscription, visit nandinahome.com and sign up.
Popular gifts: Nest candles ($40 to $75); coffee table books ($35 to $175); bar accessories and home bar carts and cabinets ($40 to $3,500); custom pillows ($100 to $250) made in the company's workroom; and jewelry ($150 to $350), some by Atlanta jewelry artist Mark Edge.
- Blogs or websites: StyleBlueprint; RestyleSource; and Ace of Space.
- Instagram: Parker Kennedy Living; Melanie Turner Interiors; James Farmer; and Mecox Gardens.
- Atlanta area home/design stores (other than our own): Huff Harrington Home; Dixon Rye; and Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts.
- Places unexpected finds: 1stdibs.com and Chairish.com. In Atlanta, Scott Antique Market and Gramma B's home and garden shop in Sandy Springs.
- Movie or TV interiors: The New York apartment in the rebooted series "Will & Grace."
Design pet peeves: Following design rules too closely, such as "metals need to match" and jumping onto design trends versus choosing a style or colors you love.
Current design obsession(s): Mixing materials like acrylic and metal, or marble and wood. Using bold patterns in unexpected places like on a sofa or wallpaper on a ceiling.
New (or re-emerging) looks/colors we like: Wallpaper; Deep greens, like hunter and forest, especially in velvet; and smaller-scale rooms and more intimate areas in the home. Also a return to craftsmanship in architecture, finishes and furnishings.
… and looks we are glad to see go: Monochromatic, one-dimensional rooms.
Most unusual request: Design a small boutique-type hotel in South Carolina that had studio living spaces connected to private stalls and turnouts for the client's horses. The equestrian center and its accommodations are popular with horse owners in the area.
Up next: Starting a "Design 101" lunch-and-learn series once a quarter.
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