Oh my gosh, what a time I had in Atlanta! I think I will be on visual overdrive for some time as I make sense of everything I saw. My first incredible find was Carson & Co., exhibiting near the entrance to High Design.

This North Carolina-based textile range encompasses silk scarves, handbags, pillows and lamps, all inspired by the natural world — and all incredibly mesmerizing. The designs, infused with colorful flora & fauna, are meticulously created by Susan Carson. It was nice to start the show off with a big swoon and a big hint of the photorealism trend that was in full force.carson_5 carson_2 carson_1 carson_3 carson_4Right next door was Mitchell Black, who has introduced wallpaper — and what patterns! I find it hard to commit to a favorite — the Mid-Century Modern (AKA MidMod) patterns are amazing, but so too are their Art Nouveau designs. mitchell_2 mitchell_blackThe final swoon of today is the Oliver Gal Artist Co. The South Florida lifestyle brand is spearheaded by sister artists Lola Sánchez & Ana Sánchez Gal. Their enchanting art collections do exactly as they promise — transform blank walls into grand-scale, high-style canvases. In the piece below, you can just make out that the surface is the frame is white with the woman’s silhouette — the fabulous florals peek through from behind.

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I’ll be showcasing more of what I found at AmericasMart Atlanta in upcoming posts, and of course in the pages of upcoming issues of Stationery Trends & Gift Shop!

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