A good trade show is an exercise in managing visual overstimulation; there is so much amazing product to take in, and each and every line should be approached with as clean a visual palate as possible. Atlanta is three (or four, if you count 2 West) huge buildings chock full of showrooms and temporary booths filled with gorgeous product. Not only is a lot to take in, but the best sights tend to linger in the mind, like a thought-provoking book or film. Here are but a few images from my meanderings around the mammoth show.

First, I am mad for gorgeous and clever displays, and this wall, created by hand at Daniel Richards to replicate a Rifle Paper Co. design, is something I just cannot get out of my mind. I have an old overhead projector and have been since contemplating trying something like this out at home. I’ve never been brave enough to take on a wall, only canvases.

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Next up is a owl made of sticky notes from the Two’s Company showroom, wow! Talk about texture.

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But there were many more wonders to behold at Daniel Richards, here is the sugar paper los angeles display. A neon heart is an inspired addition to the mix!

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Here is my new motto, shown on an iPad sleeve from Lifeguard Press’ newest line, ban.do. That gem to the sleeve’s left is a speaker!

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Sideshow Press — selected as one of Stationery Trends’ 10 Designers to Watch in 2014 — looked particularly fetching in the Aesthetic Movement showroom.

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I also love Aunt Sadie’s, both the product and the amazing displays that obviously were crafted with a lot of thought and TLC. This mailbox was alongside several others filled with coal! You’ve got to love the winter shows, where it’s never too early to think about Christmas.

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Aunt Sadie’s was also selling vintage props — check out their very distinguished Wall of Men.

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In Appelman & Schauben — celebrating its 20th year in business — Fringe Studio was even more enchanting when lit from behind..

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And I would love Scout, also in Appelman & Schauben, even if it weren’t my dog’s name. There is nothing to not love about this line — the product is super-durable (I speak from experience, as I use one for grocery shopping and press kits) and the colors and patterns are so, so beguiling.

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Finally, I discovered Natural Curiosities in the High Design temporaries. This Los Angeles art house describes itself as a modern Warholian factory located  in a refurbished bowling alley. This wall assemblage is called “Cooking The Books” — and contains just that — old romance novels that have literally been cooked. Each book has been dipped in an aging elixir and left to bake in the lovely Los Angeles sun. This is just a tiny portion of the whole piece.

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I saw countless warming thoughts, here is one of my favorites, also from Natural Curiosities. True, that!

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