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September 30, 2012

ADAC’s Bespoke Showrooms Now Open to the General Public

What was once the playground of designers, is now part of your style-safari, but you must have a designer on speed-dial to buy!

By Nancy Staab

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) has long been a chic go-to for regional and national designers as the premiere designer resource of the Southeast. Now its labryinth of showrooms and their scintillating products are open to the general public, beginning in October. ADAC will kick off its new open-door policy with a series of stylish lecture, panels, cocktails and book-signings—and you are invited!

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That mysterious John Portman designed and owned building with the art installation out front, in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood, will be a bit less mysterious beginning Oct. 1. After more than 50-years as a designer-only resource, Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) is throwing open its Ali Baba showrooms of abundant decorative treasures to the general public. And the exciting open-door policy, which comes with dynamic new management at ADAC by General Manager Katie Belveal and Director of Marketing Kristine Turner, is permanent! Style-hunters will now have 550,000 square feet of luxe interior goods-- furniture, accessories, lighting, fabrics, carpets and rugs, art and antiques--- not to mention designers, architects and kitchen and bath materials at their fingertips.


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Whether you are looking for a Regency bureau plat , a Japanese screen, a Mid-Century Modern coffee-table, glamorous crystal chandelier or hand-painted wallpapers, objet-lovers will find their prize pieces amidst these multi-level galleries with over 1,200 product lines from Ann Saks to Scalamandré. You can pick out décor items to your heart’s content, however you will still need a commissioned designer to actually purchase the pieces for your nest. ADAC’s new policy walks a diplomatic tightrope between outreach to the general public and loyalty to its core audience of professional designers. In fact, several of Atlanta’s top designers actually keep a studio at ADAC such as Robert Brown, Bill Peace, Tish Mills, McAlpine Booth & Ferrier, Carole Weaks, William Stewart and many more. American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) even has an on-site office to help match prospective clients with the perfect interior designer.


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To further underline the value and services of designers, ADAC will host two weeks of events October 1-14 called “Discover ADAC,” which are designed to educate the general public about design, the showrooms and the desirability of a professional designer to add just the right panache to your pad. See schedule of events below, which include lifestyle panel discussions with Atlanta tastemakers, designer presentations and book signings. Further events and partnerships will be announced in November. And when Kevin Rathbun’s ADAC-housed new Italian resto, KR SteakBar, opens this winter at ADAC West, expect the foot traffic to go through the roof.


ADAC, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. N.E, Atlanta, GA, 30305. Phone:  404.231.1720For list of showrooms, products and upcoming events visit:  Hours: Monday-Friday, 9AM to 5PM.


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Thurs. October 4 – 10:00 a.m.

“Living a Beautiful Life” moderated by Atlanta magazine editor Betsy Riley
True luxury is not conspicuous consumption, it’s seeking quality over quantity, savoring simple pleasures, and learning to recognize the finer things.  You don’t have to be wealthy to live richly. Our panel featuring Interior Designer William Peace of Peace Design; Chef/Restaurateur and Iron Chef Winner Kevin Rathbun; Ansley Fetz, Marketing Consultant representing The Ritz Carlton Residences; and Itay Shimony of Tiffany & Co. will discuss ways to create abundance and beauty in your daily living.

Thurs. October 4,  – 2:00 p.m.

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“Gracious Living and Stylish Entertaining”
Hostess, tastemaker and author, Danielle Rollins, will introduce her new book, "Soiree:  Entertaining with Style", an idea-filled resource with dozens of suggestions for setting festive tables and more than 80 mouth-watering recipes. Danielle will share her strategies from inventive invitations to signature cocktails to creative linens and locally sourced menus that make any fete unforgettable. There will be a book signing to follow at Travis & Company.

Fri. October 5 – 10:00 a.m.

“Success in Failure: Secrets of a Self-Taught Designer” 
Learn how Brian Patrick Flynn, of HGTV’s and popular design blog, Décor Demon, has quickly become one of the industry’s most fearless, celebrated and well respected Interior Designers by breaking all the rules and asking all the right questions.

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Fri. October 5 – 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“Design Top to Bottom”  
Spend the day with five of Atlanta’s most influential designers as they share their insights on five key elements of Design. The designers featured include: Courtney Giles Decker, John Oetgen, Marcia Weber, John Fernandez & Jennifer True and Susan Ferrier.

Tues. October 9 – 11:00 a.m.

“Why a Designer?”
Open the possibilities for your home. Get more than you imagined, tailored just for you, with less hassle, and more buying power to do wonders for your look. Join Steve Nobel, author on interior design, faculty at New York School of Interior Design, Executive Director of Decorative Furnishings Association and Distinguished Speaker for American Society of Interior Design as he helps you understand “Why a Designer?”

Wed. October 10 – 10:00 a.m.

“Trend Spotting with Atlanta’s Top Design Bloggers”
Join five of Atlanta’s top design bloggers to discuss what is in, what is out and what is hot in the blogging world. We will talk design and blogging trends, as well as the effect the Internet has had on the design industry. Blogs represented include BluLabel Bungalow, Charm Home, Design Indulgence, High Gloss Blue, With a Southern Twist and Whitehaven.


Thurs. October 11 – 10:00 a.m.

“Designing Interiors in Today’s Economy”
Atlanta based Interior Designer, Kerry M. Howard, gives you a step-by-step guide on designing timeless interiors by equipping you with the tools to navigate the showrooms of ADAC and most importantly, why you should work with a professional designer. Kerry is sure to educate and entertain, so you will not want to miss this exciting event!


Thurs. Nov. 1 --10:30 AM

Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful will discuss the legacy of authentic American design. Later that day, at 1:30PM, editor Amy Preiser will present "Making the Web Your Best Design Tool" and will be sharing the stage with designers Susan Ferrier and Capella Kincheloe


Fri. Nov. 2 -10:30 AM

ADAC welcomes Veranda editor-in-cheif Dara Caponigro for a talk with special guest designers Alexa Hampton and Brian McCarthy

A full calendar of events, including all showroom events and receptions, is available at, and a complete list of November events will be available soon. All events free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

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