Eddie Ross’ Modern Mix – coming to Atlanta!

We are thrilled for our upcoming Modern Mix book signing with Eddie Ross and partner Jaithan Kochar, in celebration of their recently released book – taking place at the steve mckenzie’s showroom on Thursday, October 8th from 5-8PM. Mark your calendars now… This fabulous event is not to be missed!

We shared in an earlier blog post, the history we have with Eddie and Jaithan, and we truly couldn’t be more excited for this book signing… Not only is it going to be super fun, but Steve and Eddie will be reunited, thanks to this whirlwind of events surrounding this new book release!

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Eddie and Jaithan are such wonderful people, with an absolute talent for creating warm and welcoming spaces that are sure to take your breath away!

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And, if Eddie is behind an event, you know it’s guaranteed to be unforgettable!

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The couple’s unique aesthetic and genuine sense of humor are evident throughout the pages of Modern Mix, and will certainly be evidenced at our upcoming book signing event!

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Don’t allow yourself to miss this fun evening full of friends, fabulous finds and amazing designs – not to mention the cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres!

RSVP to this fun event via e-mail to shop@stevemckenzies.com.

Earn CEUs while having fun with Sherwin Williams & steve mckenzie’s!

Designers – are you looking to up your GA ASID Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the year?! Have we got an opportunity for you!

The team here at steve mckenzie’s has partnered with the folks at Sherwin Williams to host their fantastic 2016 Colormix CEU on Monday, October 5th.

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This will be our second time working with Sherwin Williams to host their Colormix workshop, the first was such a blast (see the recap here), we knew we’d continue with more of these in the future… Here’s the course description for the upcoming event in our showroom:

This course will take the participant on a visual journey with stimulating images, factual statistics and perceptive research that supports the 2016 forecast for color and design trends. This course explores the drivers influencing future color and design trends that include global, technological, historic, psychological and economic factors with specific information on four dominant color stories for Pura Vida, Mas Amor Por Favor, Nouveau Narrative and Trajectory. 

Not only does this sounds super interesting, but it’s guaranteed to be extremely educational!

To learn about this upcoming event, and how you can join the limited number of participants, please contact the steve mckenzie’s team today!

 

Preview Verde Home Rugs by Steve McKenzie at WNWN in New York!

We’re thrilled to share that in partnership with our neighbors, Verde Home, Steve McKenzie will be launching a new rug collection, to be previewed at the upcoming “What’s New What’s Next” event at the New York Design Center!

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In addition to Steve’s fine artwork, textile collections and the steve mckenzie’s showroom, he’s now taken his design prowess to the ground level, by designing a collection of fine quality, handmade area rugs for Verde Home.

Steve’s distinctive aesthetic translates beautifully from his art and textiles to what we consider “art for the floor.” Verde Home’s philosophy of style and sustainability fits seamlessly with his stylistic attitude, an attribute apparent in the beautiful designs featured in this inaugural rug collection.

In addition to previewing his new rug collection for Verde Home, Steve will also be attending “What’s New What’s Next” as a panelist for New York Spaces “Progressive Design Panel,” in part with Grange Furniture, taking place Thursday, September 17th at 3:45PM in suite 201 at the New York Design Center.

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Other panelists include Stacy Garcia and Kimberly Lewis. Jason Kontos, Editor-in-Chief, New York Spaces, will lead the discussion.

If you’ll be attending WNWN, we hope you’ll visit Verde Home and catch a glimpse of this new collection by Steve McKenzie, and join in on his panel discussion Thursday afternoon!

Create Magic this Holiday Season – Effortlessly!

This year, steve mckenzie’s is pleased to offer clients their signature holiday design services! From garlands and wreaths to Christmas trees, we will custom tailor your holiday plan, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day celebrations.

Although it may seem early to being thinking about your holiday decor…

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Ready to update your traditional holiday colors?  steve mckenzie‘s has just the look you’re going for…Wait until you see the new products and designs we found that will make holiday life brighter and easier!

Sparkling black, red, white and silver ornaments give this narrow tree new life and pizazz!
Sparkling black, red, white and silver ornaments give this narrow tree new life and pizazz!

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Did you know Atlanta magazine voted steve mckenzie‘s “Best Tabletop in Atlanta 2014”?  Let us bring that expertise into your home this holiday season, with fresh holiday table settings, luxurious linens, sparkling drink ware and a wide array of china.

We’re looking forward to creating holiday magic in your home this season, and hope you’ll reach out to the steve mckenzie’s team soon, so we can get started on planning your perfect holiday right away!

Painting Out Loud with Ruth Franklin

Ruth Franklin is interested in painting, or to be more specific, the process of painting. “Paint is such a lovely medium, it’s a shame to ignore the possibilities that pushing it around can create. Recognizing the possibilities is the trick,” she says.

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Ruth Franklin, working in her Decatur studio.

Steve and Jill were immediately taken with Ruth’s work – and soon after, Ruth herself – the first time they laid eyes on one of her pieces, years ago. Now, the friendship has come full circle, and we’re thrilled to share, steve mckenzie’s will be hosting “Painting Out Loud,” a show featuring Ruth’s works, in store, launching Friday, September 18th!

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“Untitled” (#4049), 48×48 – by Ruth Franklin

A reception, taking place in the steve mckenzie’s showroom that evening, from 5-8pm, will be the kickoff to this fantastic show and you’re invited!

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“Untitled” (#4344), 12×12 – by Ruth Franklin

Based out of Decatur, Ruth Franklin is a contemporary British artist, whose expressive paintings and drawings are exhibited and collected internationally.

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“Untitled” (#4071), 48×48 – by Ruth Franklin

Ruth was born in Kent, England in 1964 and grew up in the picturesque and quintessentially English countryside of East Anglia. She studied at the Lowestoft College of Art before attending Brighton Art School, where she earned her BFA (Honours) in Painting. Ruth started showing & selling her work in the US a few years later.

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“Untitled” (#4345), 12×12 – by Ruth Franklin

Ruth lived briefly in Barcelona and was duly inspired, creating a striking body of work in soft pastels which were exhibited in New York to enthusiastic collectors.

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“Untitled” (#4041), 48×60 – by Ruth Franklin

Shortly thereafter, Ruth emigrated to the US and set up a home base and studio in Decatur, where she continues to live & work.

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Ruth’s Decatur-based art studio

Her studio is a cave of cut out images, large art books, and photographs, piled amongst the giant coffee tins that she uses to hold her brushes and water. Sketches and drawings are push-pinned to the walls and lie on the tables – a constant reminder of possible paintings.

Works in progress in Ruth Franklin's studio.
Works in progress in Ruth Franklin’s studio.

Last year, she was voted ‘Best Established Visual Artist’ in Atlanta, by the readers of Creative Loafing. Her work was most recently shown at the Harlem Fine Arts Show, RAW Art Fair in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and in the 2013 MoCA GA show: ‘Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists’.

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Ruth’s work on display.

When asked how she envisions people living with her art, she says “good art matches the sofa better than bad art.”

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Ruth Franklin, at work.

Ha, we appreciate that last tidbit for sure! We’re so excited to celebrate this fabulous show featuring works by Ruth Franklin, with an art show reception Friday, September 18th from 5-8pm – we look forward to seeing you there! Please reach out to the team at steve mckenzie’s for additional information.

Westside Design District Sidewalk Sale!

Starting this Saturday – for one week only – we’re joining some of our neighbors here in Atlanta’s Westside Design District for a fabulous Sidewalk Sale!!

We’re in great company with Redefined Home Boutique and Verde Home. Shop early for the best selection of items at up to 75% off!

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Here’s a bit of location information for Sidewalk Sale shoppers…

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Please contact the team here at steve mckenzie’s with any questions. We hope to see you on our sidewalk soon!

Now available at steve mckenzie’s… The most versatile towel ever!

Introducing the Fouta:

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Originally used as a towel in the ancient Hammam spa or Turkish bath, a Fouta can be used as a bath towel, beach towel, a wrap, a throw, a runner on a table, a tablecloth, a picnic blanket, a scarf and so much more.

steve mckenzie’s is excited to carry this stunning, high quality line of Fouta towels. These generously sized (38″ x 78″) fashion Fouta towels are all handwoven using 100% natural cotton. It is a wonderful luxurious, absorbent, and soft bath towel, which can be matched with their coordinating guest towels to create a beautifully cohesive and practical pairing.  Being softer and thinner than terry towels, Fouta towels dry quickly which is a big plus in the bathroom.

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In addition to the original Fouta towel, we’ll also be offering an array of guest towels, which make fantastic gifts! Consider them an ideal host(ess) gift, wrap around the neck of a nice wine to bring to a dinner party, or even decorate your tabletops with them and create an especially memorable tablescape.

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In addition to the traditional Fouta towels, we’re thrilled to also offer a fabulous collection of throws and pillow covers, offering our customers and clients an opportunity to bring this luxurious textile into their homes in unique ways.  They can even be worn as a wrap on a chilly evening!

 

Visit the steve mckenzie’s showroom soon to experience these fantastic textiles for yourself – it’s all in the details, and we assure you these won’t disappoint.

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As a fun aside, these products are a favorite of Stacy Kunstel, the gal behind another fabulous new home decor brand available at steve mckenzie’s, Dunes and Duchess!

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We’re so excited to know – how do you see these new textiles being used in your home/lifestyle?!?