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COLLAGE An Athens Technical College Interior Design Publication


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COLLAGE An Athens Technical College Interior Design Publication Volume 2, Spring 2015 PRESIDENT Dr. Flora Tydings EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER Dr. Daniel Smith DEAN, TECHNICAL & INDUSTRIAL DIVISION Susan Larson PROGRAM CHAIR, INTERIOR DESIGN Phillip C. Myer ADJUNCT, INTERIOR DESIGN Brandy Martin ADJUNCT, INTERIOR DESIGN Brian Winters INTERIOR DESIGN CONTRIBUTORS Amanda Archambault Mary Susan Chapman Amanda Gober Deborah Kight Katelyn Stephens As set forth in its student catalog, Athens Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: • Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX (Employees) – Becky Burton, Director of Human Resources, (706) 583-2818,, Room K-514 • Title IX (Students) – Dr. Leslie Crickenberger, Vice President for Student Affairs, (706) 355-5124,, Room H-774 • Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Keli Fewox, Director of Student Support Services and Career Development, (706) 355-5081,, Room K-614A Inquiries concerning non-discrimination policies may be addressed to the persons listed above: Athens Technical College 800 US Highway 29 North Athens, Georgia 30601 Athens Technical College is a Unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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Steve Job’s said “design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works” I completely agree with Steve Jobs. In pulling together this year’s edition of Collage Magazine, we have truly focused on the design of each layout , how articles flow from one to another much like we, as designers, do every day with client spaces. We explore interiors from a fresh and exciting perspective to bring you, our dear reader, on target trends, color schemes and even cost conscience design ideas. As you pour through it’s pages you will be immersed in interiors as well as fashion, photography, arts and architecture. This is one of those publications that you will surely want to keep on hand. Replete with recipes from inside Peter Dale’s kitchen at Athens’ very own National to the go to pieces from acclaimed designers such as Brian Patrick Flynn and Jo Rabaut. We have focused on many local and regional artisans keeping this issue, and our readers, in a Georgia state of mind. We hope that you will take as much pleasure in reading this magazine as we certainly have in putting it together for you. Share this Collage issue with others online at inds/docs/collage_9b8018e64e47f8. The first issue of Collage can be viewed online at

Brandy Martin is an adjunct instructor in the Interior Design Department at Athens Technical College as well as the owner of Brandy Martin Interior Design, a full service design firm.


You are viewing the second issue of Collage magazine, an Athens Technical College Interior Design Publication. The first issue of Collage evolved out of our 2014 spring semester INDS 2240 Business Practices for Design Professionals course. The magazine was the brainchild of Mrs. Brandy Martin, interior design adjunct and her students. The response from their efforts was very positive from the magazine readership. Athens Technical College interior design program is still in it’s infancy stages. We continue to assess the curriculum through self-evaluation and a review by our Advisory Committee. We are very fortunate to have working professionals reviewing our program to ensure we are meeting industry standards and preparing our students to become interior designers. Our Advisory Committee is comprised of a diverse range of practicing professionals from the building arts community. We invite you to get to know them better on pages 122-125. Our program follows the mission of our college to educate the students to become workforce ready. Our courses feature a combination of classroom lectures, hands-on projects, labs and field trip exposure to practicing professionals, manufacturers and interior design trade. The career path options for this field are quite diverse from becoming an interior designer in commercial and /or residential arena, architecture and design sales representative, to a design consultant (sustainability, color, furniture & finishes) and so much more. Please sit back and enjoy the efforts of our interior design students through the pages of the second edition of collage magazine. We are proud of their accomplishments and enjoy sharing this with you.


Amanda Gober


Student Editor Amanda Gober is a senior interior design student at Athens Technical College. After graduation she plans to pursue a career in residential design in the Athens area. Amanda's design tastes range from mid-century modern, to shabby chic, to eclectic. Her hobbies include photography, hiking, and searching for her next great thrifting find. Amanda currently resides in Athens with her fiance and dog/fur-child.

Amanda Archambault Student Editor Amanda Archambault was raised in rural Social Circle, where artistic family members inspiring her creative side surrounded her. She studied business at Georgia Perimeter College before attending Athens Technical for Interior Design. She is currently interning at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center while anticipating graduation this May. After graduating, she hopes to work for a firm doing residential design and small commercial jobs. On the side, Amanda wants to renovate homes in her neighborhood to keep challenging her ability to grow in interior design.

Deborah Kight Student Writer

Mary Susan Chapman Student Writer

Deborah Kight has a Bachelors of Science Degree from Northern Michigan University, in Marquette, Michigan, where she minored in architecture and studied advanced art courses. She will complete an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Interior Design at Athens Technical College in May of 2015. Deborah moved from Florida in 2006, to the Athens area. She lives in Watkinsville with her husband, son and daughter. She plans to specialize in green design and residential re-modeling. Deborah’s goal is to provide quality design services to her community.

Katelyn Stephens Student Writer Katelyn Stephens has a passion for creating environments of peace, joy and life. Her inspiration almost always comes from the abounding beauty of nature and she enjoys infusing interior spaces with the same strength and peace, yet wildness that the great outdoors gives to us. Katelyn calls Jefferson, Georgia home, but she eagerly awaits her time to travel the world and collect inspiration from across this lovely globe.

Susan started her career working with display design for an antiques gallery, and realized she really enjoyed creating comfortable living spaces using beautiful furniture and accessories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC and is completing her Associate Degree in Interior Design at Athens Technical College. She restored a house built in 1870, and learned the importance of understanding the original structure and how to update where possible. She enjoys designing both traditional and contemporary space, for residential as well as commercial projects. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC and is completing her Associate Degree in Interior Design at Athens Technical College.

SPRING 2015 10 Fashion to Interiors How to translate your signature style into signature interiors. 26 Beth Hodges A glimpse inside a world class workroom 32 Shop Local Athens stylish storefronts 40 The White Room Challenge A look inside a fast paced student design competition 62 Blacksmithing With Elite Iron Works

70 Behind the Microphone With Wrenn 78 Mad About Mad Men 84 GNO @ The Drybar 92 Stan Topol Honor the Relationships 100 Designer’s Showhouse 106 Erin Shafer Interior Designer 112 Ritzy Retreat Sennowitz Lake House

122 ATC Advisory Committee



By Amanda Gober If you have beautiful natural light streaming into a room or windows with extra architectural detail, then there is no reason to hide them behind a window treatment.


Wood accents have always been trendy in one way or another. While the past few years have seen lots of rustic, reclaimed wood with gray, unfinished undertones, our favorite look for wood right now is warm and rich.


Marsala may be Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year, but bold blue is having its moment. There is nothing sad about this shade; it's rich and royal.

Painting window trim black allows the windows to pop and frame the outside view. Pattern

If you like the idea of chevron but are ready to try something different, look to honeycomb and other geometric shapes.

Homeowners who were once after rain showerheads and wall sprayers are now installing freestanding tubs.

Today’s most popular floor coverings come from Morocco, Turkey and other Asian countries, home of some of the most skilled textile makers in the world. Add visual interest and a pop of color to your space with a beautiful rug.


ave you ever been stumped when it comes to your personal approach to interior design? The answer is closer than you might think, just look to your closet for inspiration. Often the clothes we choose to wear have the colors, characteristics and certain style that we would enjoy in an interior setting as well. We have taken the hassle out for you by translating fresh and fun looks into stunning arrangements for your home.

By Amanda Archambault

Get The Look: Guys Top left: Sid Mashburn doublesided leather belt. Top right: Men’s Warehouse Charcoal modern fit suit. Sunglasses, coral shirt & Dollar Bill Wallet: Onward Reserve. Masada

Get The Look: Girls Pant Suit: Fabrik. Shoes: Vince Brand at Heery’s. Ridge Cuffs: Laural Hill. Ring: Banana Republic. Clutch. Vintage Bottega Veneta from Agora. Classes: Adam’s Optics


Cucumber Gazpacho We've found that it's best to blend the gazpacho at a very high speed for at least a minute or two. It helps emulsify the oil and creates a silkier end product. -6 cups cucumbers, peeled, seeded & chopped (we use the longer European variety) -1 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil (this is important, use the best oil you can, it really makes a difference) -3/4 cups ice water -1 clove garlic, minced -1/4 cup white wine vinegar -1 T lemon juice -1 1/2 t kosher salt -1/4 t ground black pepper pinch ground cayenne pepper

Combine ingredients and then puree in a blender in batches until very smooth. Allow the blender to run for at least one minute for each batch. This will help create an emulsion and provide the creamy appearance. Serve well chilled. Each batch of cucumbers will be slightly different. As a result, you will probably need to tweak the soup with either more oil, more salt, more vinegar and/or lemon juice, etc, until it's just the way you want it. At the restaurant we garnish with radishes and croutons, but would also be great with chopped cooked shrimp.

Fideos with Georgia Shrimp 4 oz fideos or angel hair pasta, broken into ½-1” pieces 1 T olive oil 1 red onion, 1” dice 1 fennel bulb, 1” dice 2 red bell peppers, 1” dice 1 green bell pepper, 1” dice 4 garlic cloves, sliced 1 c dry white wine 1 c tomato, seeded, diced 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 c shrimp stock (alternately use clam juice or fish stock) 1 t smoked paprika 1 pinch chili flake salt and pepper ¼ c saffron aioli (optional) Heat oven to 350 . Place pasta on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until the pasta turns golden brown. Cool.

In a large sauce pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, fennel, peppers, and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes, until onion becomes translucent and vegetables begin to caramelize. Add white wine. Cook for one minute. Add tomato, smoked paprika, and chili flake. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Add the toasted pasta, stirring frequently for until the pasta begins to soften. Add shrimp and stock. Continue cooking until the pasta is al dente and the shrimp are fully cooked. Check for seasoning, serve immediately. Garnish with a dollop of aioli on top of the pasta.


By Susan Chapman Beth Hodges, founder and CEO of Beth Hodges Soft Furnishings, 405 Edwards Street, Elberton, Georgia discusses important points about window furnishings, and her road to establishing a business with international clientele. When we dream of being a part of a successful business, we often see ourselves in a hub of industry and commerce, surrounded by traffic and walking down streets crowded with people hurrying to get somewhere. Somehow the expectation of leaving our small town roots behind in order to find our pathway to financial success has become the accepted belief. But it does not have to be so. In today’s business world, one really can have her cake and eat it too. And if you doubt it, you need to meet Beth Hodges. A whirlwind of energy, talent and experience, Beth has built a window treatment design and workroom business in her small-town Georgia neighborhood that serves clients in Europe as well as in all parts of the United States. Whether she is working with designers to finish window treatments in Monaco or shipping patio and pool chair cushions to a resort in Bermuda, Beth is creating picture perfect interior and exterior fabric accessories for the designers who trust her with their clients’ happiness. Her success story is the American dream, which we often forget comes only with hard work and dedication, and survives only with sharp attention to business detail and strong business ethics. As a young mother in the early 1980s, she started her business in her home basement and was happy to serve just her local community. Her small town of Elberton already had a drapery business operated by a local woman, and Beth approached her to ask about working with her. This person looked right at her and said “Buy me out. You can have the whole thing.” And so for $800, Beth bought that business. Determined to succeed, she learned her lessons by trial and error and by reading every issue of the two trade journals in print at that time.


She attended every trade show and took part in every class she could afford. After just two years of hard work, she boarded a plane to fly home from a trade show and had the good fortune to sit with her mentor Cheryl Strickland, a major contributor at the trade shows. Cheryl had started a newsletter for the industry, and asked Beth to write articles for it, thus launching Beth’s career as an expert in her field. Now her time is filled with a booming business, and she travels all over the U.S. to give seminars about the art of creating soft furnishings. She sees the designer as her client and believes communication is key to a successful relationship. There are certain aspects of soft furnishings that she wants all designers to consider when working with their clients. In her experience, designers look at color and pattern more than the hand and drapability of a fabric. Some fabrics are not suited for certain window treatments, and will never give the finished look the designer wants. Certain patterns may be lovely when applied to a chair or sofa, but do not function well if folded or pleated. The pattern itself may become obscure, or one color may unexpectedly dominate the draperies and another color may be lost in the box pleats of the draperies or the folds of the shades. When combining fabrics, or using trims with fabrics, it is imperative to match the weights of each piece. A heavy trim on a lightweight fabric will cause sagging, and a lightweight fabric combined with a heavier fabric may buckle when hung. With just a little forethought, these problems can be avoided, and the finished product will be perfectly beautiful. Beth is always willing to look at the fabric to help the designer determine if it is suitable.

Although many designers prefer natural fibers, it is important to remember that certain fabrics have unavoidable characteristics. Linen fibers will break if folded, and thus will always have that wrinkled look even if starched and pressed. Silks are always lovely, but do not hold up to constant sunlight and will fade easily.

Always remember your client’s personality when choosing fabrics. For some, eternally wrinkled linen is lovely, while others see it as messy looking. And always opt for 100% cotton linings. The linings of the window treatments should be a consistent color when seen from the outside of the house. She prefers linings of soft off-white or khaki color. Beth stands behind all of her work, and supports her designers completely. She often does quotes and measures at no cost, and executes the installment process of the finished products. Her expertise is unbeatable. Many designers call her the fabric whisperer because she just has that 6th sense about what works and what doesn’t. She truly believes there are no impossible jobs. According to her, “There’s always a way to get a window treated.”

By: Amanda Gober Stella & Dot designs an irresistible line of fashion jewelry and fashion accessories that can be purchased exclusively at home jewelry parties or Rebel Cluster online. Their pieces are not only DĂŠjĂ Vu Necklace $79 affordable, but most are versatile and Double-sided Studs $39 can be worn in multiple styles.

Our favorite Stella & Dot pieces for Spring!

Havana Cuff $59

Trellis Necklace $98 Union Square Scarf $59

Waverly Petite Crossbody $98

Havana Chandeliers $49 Zinnia Split Ring $39

Becker Cuff $79

By Brian Winters, Adjunct Interior Design The repurposing and reusing of design elements from the past has been popular in interior design for as long as there have been interior designers and a past to pull from. We are told that everything old is new again. Mark Twain once wrote, “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.” Creating interesting and lasting spaces is very much about how well you select and utilize elements from the past as well as how you blend or juxtapose them with the present. When looking for classics from any time period, whether in interiors or for your own personal fashion style, it is often hard to find the real deal and not just a knock off. Downtown Athens, specifically where Broad Street meets North Jackson Avenue, has cornered the market on making vintage and midcentury design accessible to us as designers, artists and consumers. I invite you to take a walk around this corner with me to visit some of my favorite local shops and old friends. Let’s start at the second hand shop Agora Vintage located at 233 E. Broad Street. Opened by Airee Edwards about four years ago, Agora Vintage offers a more curated collection of vintage fashion, accessories and furnishings than the original Agora on West Clayton. The first Agora was an incubator for many successful resale cosigners over its fourteen years and has spawned more than a dozen independent vintage shops. She recently sold Agora to focus on Agora Vintage and her new son Teddy. At Agora Vintage you can purchase a vintage dress for twenty dollars, a Jonathan Adler vase or consigned designer shoes and handbags that garner much higher prices. Think Christian Louboutin shoes and Hermes Birkin bag. Even though her store offers a lot of fashion options, Airee’s first love is furniture. She recently sold an authentic Meis van der Rohe Barcelona chair and coffee table from her front window. Last year I passed by the shop and a pair of Philippe Starck Louis Ghost chairs caught my eye but to my disappointment they had disappeared by the next time I was Downtown. Perhaps they sold as quickly as they had been displayed, or

was it a figment of my imagination? Airee has access to much more furniture than her shop will hold. Stop in and look around and let Airee know what you are interested in, she will often find a way to get it for you. Walk to the left of Agora Vintage toward the corner and then turn left at the Jittery Joe’s coffee shop. Look ahead to the grey and white entrance to Community on North Jackson. Make the effort to climb the stairs to see a new perspective on creative design and a different view of Downtown Athens. Community was opened back in 2010 by Sanni Baumgartner as a boutique focusing on sustainability without sacrificing style. There is a wide variety of handmade items created by super talented local artisans from one of a kind fashions to home décor including furniture, l ighting and decorative accessories. Sanni is quoted saying, “Our items are special because they have a story. It’s about where they come from, how and by whom they were made.” Community has been voted Athens Favorite Boutique three years in a row by Flagpole Magazine. Have a visit and you will see why. Another second story shop on North Jackson is also the new kid on the block. The Artist Shop opened in in late November last year by Kristen Ashley. It is an allinclusive art space with a curated collection of quality art materials at reasonable prices. The gallery at the top of the stairs greets visitors with local artwork in a clean sophisticated space. Many customers tell Kristen that they do not feel like they are in Athens, Georgia. Her focus has been on design and supplies that are readily available everywhere else in America, why not in Downtown Athens? The Artist Shop can provide you with the classic tools to create in whatever medium you prefer and a photo studio to capture and share your results. Perhaps there is an opportunity to show your work in the gallery one day? If you are looking to try something new then look into the classes offered, such as watercolor and calligraphy. The bright, clean space is a fresh and welcome perspective on creative retail space. Kristen has many talents and interior design is certainly one of them.

Back on street level, though at a slight uphill incline, check out Dynamite Clothing. Owner Lori Pollock has been keeping on point with and sometimes setting the trends within the vintage market for over twenty years here in Athens. Dynamite is a mix of vintage and new merchandise and Lori has a knack at making old seem fresh and new while at the same time making new items appear vintage. Since she is renting the space Lori told me that she works with what she has concerning the shop interior. One thing she does

have is her husband Dan who helped transform the space dramatically. They installed unique flooring in the upper section from squares of plywood laid in a diamond checkerboard pattern and built walls along the back of the shop to create dressing rooms. The retro displays, chrome clothing racks and mod furniture are not for sale but Dan has recently opened up a new shop at 750 W. Broad called Starlight Showroom where you can purchase some great midcentury pieces. The last stop on this little tour of Downtown Athens is Adams Optics at 163 N. Jackson. In the front window a poured concrete table displays just a few pairs of black-framed glasses setting the tone for the minimal modern space within. This is the one and only place where I buy glasses and its owner Jim Adams and I talk more about interior design and architecture than eyewear during my visits. Originally opened in 1975, around the corner on Clayton Street, the previous shop made Jim feel like he was working in a 1980's mall with its mauve laminate and glass shelving. It would have cost too much to renovate the space to suit his design esthetic so after many years he changed locations and the new space fits like a glove.

Exposed brick walls were painted matt white and the hexagonal terra cotta tiles a glossy black. Sleek white floating shelves from Ikea line the walls to display eyewear with a simple long table in the center to sit at and try them on. A black leather and chrome armchair from the 1950’s and black and white photographs further set the tone for the minimal yet well-designed space. Jim lives in a loft style apartment in a former parking deck just a minute and a half walk down Broad Street. You can see him walking to and from work with his black and white Italian Greyhound Maddie who defiantly adds to the design of Adams Optics new and improved shop. Stop in and say hello, mention this article and talk design. I hope you take the time to explore the many design treasures on this two-block area of Downtown town Athens. Have a coffee, soak in the sights and do a little shopping!





By Susan Chapman

Imagine watching a room being built right in front of your eyes, not in weeks but in hours – a space defined by 3 white walls and a concrete floor being transformed with Cinderella magic into a room of beauty and original design. Sounds impossible to believe, doesn’t it? But that is exactly what happened at the 2015 Athens Home & Garden Show, and the action was fairy tale fun to watch! Once again the interior design students of Athens Technical College were challenged to create rooms that were functional, livable and beautiful, using paint donated from Ryan Lord from Custom Color Center, flooring from Dalton Carpets and furniture from Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store in Athens, GA. Three teams competed for several design awards, and the rooms were deliciously different. As the spectators gathered and commented, the teams chose their colors and painted walls, laid temporary flooring over the cement and created art on a budget to provide interest and color for the rooms. As the drab white walls of each vignette took on new life with vibrant colors, visitors pulled up chairs to watch the transformations, determined not to miss a single moment of the production.

Amanda Archambault and Katie O’Kelly transform chairs for their game room.

Paula Hein works on block print curtains for the guest bedroom.

Sarah McGahee, Kellie Burden and Jaleesa Smith create artwork for their dining room.

Athens Technical College students and faculty pose with awards presented to the designers.

The Dining Room Designers: Kellie Burden, Sunny LaCavera, Sarah McGahee and Jaleesa Smith Awards: Best Space Planning

Our first team of 4 freshmen classmates chose to create a dining room, and painted rich slate -gray semi-gloss on the walls with accents of deep maroon. They created four large maroon and white geometric designs on canvas to add color and interest to the back wall. A cabinet missing its base was “repurposed� for use as a buffet, and freshened with the gray and maroon semi gloss paint. Brushed pewter lamps reflected beautifully against the gray walls. The cement floor was covered with sheet vinyl patterned to look like wood and a pale geometric rug under the table and chairs. The room was crisp and contemporary and fresh green terrariums added a touch of nature.

The Guest Bedroom Designers: Amanda Gober, Paula Hein, Deborah Kight and Marguerite Wolford Awards: Best Room Color Palette, Best Use of Lighting and Best Overall

The second team designed a bedroom using a vibrant mustard gold semi gloss paint on the walls, and accenting with navy, maroon and sand. Their wall color choice was inspired by a leather handbag. The floor was a neutral sheet vinyl wood plank design, and in the center a very soft geometric rug tied the colors together. Spectators enjoyed watching the designers standing on furniture to drill holes in the ceiling’s cross beams to hang a group of lampshades to create a ceiling light. A wooden headboard was transformed with an upholstered, padded textile finished with bronze nail heads. A custom window treatment features the popular Ikat design which was hand block printed on the neutral textile. The finished result showcases an eclectic environment.

The Game Room Designers: Amanda Archambault, Katie O’Kelly, Katelyn Stephens and Candace Taylor Awards: Best Transformation of Furnishings and Best Application of Accessories

The third team designed a game room using very pale gray walls, neutral cream rug on wood-patterned vinyl flooring and wonderful original artwork painted directly on the walls and then framed with empty gold frames. Home show visitors were fascinated as these designers effortlessly painted intricate patterns of playing cards on the walls and hung giant scrabble words that they had made from wood blocks. A large screen, finished in geometric patterns of black, rust, yellow and white, stretched across the back wall. The originality of this group did not stop there! They painted a parson’s sofa table yellow with a white top, fitted it with casters and “re-purposed” it as a rolling bar. As the room came together, admirers began to walk through the space to get an up-close look at the décor.

Each room won admirable awards, and each one celebrated design on a budget, using available second hand furniture and transforming it with paint and finishes. These are our designers of the future, and with their influence, the future in design will balance originality with practicality and color. Designing on a budget has never been so much fun! The Athens Home & Garden Show was an exciting, energy-packed weekend event, with crowds of visitors milling through the bright vendor displays, registering for contests and collecting pamphlets and small gifts from each vendor. The hi-light of the show, and everyone’s favorite, was the White Room Challenge.

“ My favorite part about this challenge was being able to use our creativity in a way that helped a charity as wonderful as Habitat for Humanity. I’ve always loved transforming old furniture into art and being able to make it functional.” –Amanda Archambault “The hardest part that was also the most fun for me were the wall paintings. They took many hours to complete but they were very necessary to convey the game room message. But it was fun to have creative freedom with the paintings.” –Katelyn Stephens “The most challenging part was combining the thoughts and ideas of four different people into one room. It was a great lesson in working with others.” –Amanda Gober “My favorite part of the White Room Challenge was at the final moments when it came down to the last hours. When everything needed to be finished and perfected and tensions began running high, we all were able to put our own design tastes aside and bring our room together.” –Jaleesa Smith “It is always challenging in life working with other people. We all have different tastes in designing, so it was interesting seeing what we would come up with. We spent a lot of time working together and came up with a beautiful, traditional dining room with a modern twist.” –Sarah McGahee

Photograph: Beth Kirby

Article: Amanda Archambault

DIARY OF A COFFEE ADDICT, A cold floor in the morning, fresh out of a warm bed is usually our initial wake up jolt. Second, coffee. For most days, coffee is the blood stimulant needed to get our brains storming. Coffee isn’t just a drink, it’s a culture. A culture that is different in other cultures. But in American culture, we drink coffee when we wake up, when we catch up with friends, we sip on it when we drive, on work breaks and even for dessert. It’s an art form and a necessity. For many of us, coffee is as valuable as our fingers and toes. Though there’s more to coffee than just your morning mug and afternoon pick-me-up. Coffee can also be used for home remedy projects. You can stain wood, scrub pots, pans and surprisingly, makes a great exfoliator for your skin. Put a few moistened tablespoons of leftover coffee grains in your lotion to indulge in a glorious stimulating coffee massage therapy treatment. The antioxidants from the grains are beneficial to your skins enzymes. Also, your garden can benefit from composted coffee as well. It will rebalance the soils acidity and will even turn your hydrangeas from white to blue! When we look back at the end of the day, coffee is such a big part of our lives. It’s helps us work, play and just simply relax.

Chemex Coffeemaker: A sleek one piece vessel made of heat resistant glass. It’s a simple, reliable source for making full-bodied coffee

Dripper Coffeemaker: A manual brewing method offers full control over temperature and brewing time. This allows you to have the perfect cup of coffee just the way you like!

We personally love the Chemex and the Dripper. There are many ways to brew coffee besides using the standard coffee pot or espresso machine. Coffee pots are made for a quick and easy cup of joe. These types of brews take longer, but the wait results in better quality and satisfaction.

Hendershot’s Barista, Alex Blankenship, share with us a classic cold spring/ summer drink, the Shakerato.

Shakerato -2 shots espresso

-1 shot half n’ half -1/2 shot vanilla syrup -Shaken vigorously with ice -Strain into a highball glass


40 years ago, Lee Epting started catering out of a train car. Today, Lee and his two sons, Ashley and Daniel are proprietors at the popular Epting Events. The Hill is what Lee call an orphanage for antebellum and early 20th century homes. The properties historical charm and natural scenery make it one of Athens most captivating places and event locations. The hill is a collection of homes: The Armstrong-Hobbs House, the Donald-Epting House, the Quinn House, and the Rock House. Each house is artfully preserved and decorated to match the time period in which they were originally constructed.

-The history homes on the The Hill are all numbered by their address according to the year they were built. -The brick columns in the back yard of the DonaldEpting House were salvaged from UGA’s Phi Delta Theta House in the 1970’s. -The boxwoods planted in front of the Donald-Epting are from seedlings from colonial Williamsburg. -Lee’s backyard contains a rare three-seated “luxury” out house that was used by Sherman at a stop on his march to the sea during the Civil War!


A glimpse at the talented work of Halie Johnson, an Athens local photographer

“I am involved in a group called The Heavy Hearted Photographers. I watch this group of people interact and share their work with each other daily. I am constantly inspired by them and pushing myself because of that.”

Halie Johnson has quickly grown into a well known South Eastern artist after studying photography in school and traveling across country taking workshops with some of the most humbly-talented photographers. Skilled in capturing the essence of peoples spirits, her photography has life and energy. She thrives in creativity by never being hesitant to trying new Ideas. As a free spirit, it’s in Halie’s nature to explore new scenic locations even if it means climbing through broken fences to get to abandon warehouses or getting shoved by people in a crowded music theatre to get that perfect shot of the lead singer. She’s truly passionate about her work from start to finish. The moment she presses the capture button, to late nights editing photos in front of a bright computer screen, the detail oriented artist takes pride in creating beauty without a need for perfect. Every person and every place is perfect in it’s corky way, and Halie always seems to find that hidden beauty through her lens. See more of her work and prices on her website

Top Right: Flower Girls; Top Left: Senior Portraits; Bottom Right: UGA Graduation Portraits; Bottom Left: Wedding at Toccoa Falls

Top: Stranger met in a coffee shop; Bottom: Judah and the Lion Concert

Couple portraits: Travel Series, California

Collage recently caught up with Athens Technical College graduate, Dawn Land. Dawn graduated in 2012 from the INDS program with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Interior Design. She is a Georgia native and has lived in the Athens area with her family since 2001. Dawn is employed with Traditions in Tile as a Showroom Designer. She assists homeowners, contractors, builders, architects and other designers with selecting tile and stone for their projects. Some examples of projects include: kitchen and bathroom tile design and layout, outdoor areas, feature walls, backsplashes, and fireplaces. Dawn was recently recognized at Traditions in Tile as a ‘Rising Star’ with the company for her hard work and her dedication. She also does some interior design work on the side as well as creating window treatments and faux finishing furniture.

Some of these images are from a house at the Georgia Club in which Dawn helped to design all the bathrooms.

Bianco Venato marble for the floors and field tile in the shower. The accent is Jet Set – Globetrotter from Walker Zanger.

Examples of the rich selections of tile designs from Traditions in Tile can be seen in these projects Dawn Land has worked on for her clients. Homeowner, Teri Strickland Interior Designer, Phil Wilson



I choose my purses like I design a room. I love a classis bag that is timeless and add fun pops of color through accessories!

I never carry a purse with me when I shop, which is why I love a good wallet Turner

A souvenir Melanie keeps in her bag from a memory filled trip to Machu Picchu!

This keychain is such a fun fresh pop, simply add it to a classic purse and voila!


Everyday is a fashion show, and the world is your runway.


- Coco Chanel

Oakley Aviators: Caveat PRADA Green Camouflage Nylon Cosmetic Pouch

I currently have two books I’m reading that I can’t put down. Yes, I keep them in my purse.

An inspirational interview with a local Blacksmith, Jim Archambault.

Left: Nicholas Archambault (son), Right: Jim Archambault

About the Artist Jim Archambault started his career by taking welding in a tech school in St. Pete, Florida, were he was raised. His first job out of college was working for a National Safe Corporation, welding bank safes. He quickly realized the job opportunities this field had for him. With now 30 years of experience, Jim is skilled in all areas of iron fabrication. From composing fences and balconies to designing custom pieces for Interior Designers, he’s always found blacksmithing intriguing. The lost culture of iron has found a new interest again in North America through the past few decades. Jim has helped restore the values and traditions of blacksmithing by leading a well-known Georgia Blacksmithing guild and helping people learn more about the history and trade. Today, Jim and his son Nicholas, collaborate on cutting-edge designs for clients all over the South East!

What exactly is Blacksmithing? Dating back to 1250 A.D., blacksmiths have been simply artisans that forge iron using fire, anvils and hammers. Through history, every village had a blacksmith to forge and fix objects. When machines were invented, blacksmiths were replaced. The appreciation for hand crafted pieces have grown tremendously and the desire to acquire personally designed craftsmanship is becoming a trend for our design economy.

What struggles and positive aspects do you find when working? I struggle with finding the right clientele. The majority of people are looking for a bargain. They want the look but not the price. They’re not only paying for an object, they’re paying for an art piece handcrafted by a single individual. My clients are people who appreciate the craftsmanship and acknowledge the hard work it takes. The positive aspects are getting to work with other influential people. Also, watching a customer appreciate everything you’ve done for them because your work is a piece of you and them combined. How difficult was it to learn? Developing a skill takes time; learning the craft is a lot of self taught education through seminars, demonstrations and script. The physical education comes with learning from trial and error during practice. Blacksmithing isn’t a skill you can learn over night and is hard work but is highly rewarding when you’ve mastered it. Do you have any book recommendations for artist interested in iron education? It’s almost impossible to narrow down just one, but my personal favorite author would have to be Mark Aspery. I can’t specify one book because I appreciate his collection as a whole. Also, Blue Moon publishers have a series of blacksmithing books I suggest. What are some trends you are seeing in design when it comes to iron? Hardware, Fireplace sets, lighting and interior custom made pieces.

How would you explain the culture of this art? Blacksmithing is a very unique culture because of it’s firm history. The culture varies into different levels. Artistic blacksmithing: The ones who like to create organic or modern art and sculpture. The utilitarian blacksmiths: Essentially the artist who forge tooling, hinges, construct railings and gates. While they may also design fixtures for commercial and residential applications. Last, there are blacksmiths who recreate historical pieces. The culture has started growing tremendously since the 1980’s because of organizations trying to advertise this lost art.

What have you not done that you’d like to try? I’d love to be able to study the old world blacksmithing art of Europe. Their culture of blacksmithing is much different than here. They view is as more of a need than a luxury and incorporate blacksmithing into their every day lives. What are some of your proudest accomplishments? Being able to create a profession for myself that allows me to be family oriented. Being a smith, gives me the opportunity to create my own calendar and leave time for important events in my life. Learn more about Blacksmithing by going to your local blacksmiths guild. Ocmulgee Blacksmithing Guild travels to different locations in Georgia and meets the 1st Saturday of every month. Whether you’ve been a blacksmith for 30 years or 30 minutes, everyone is welcome to join and learn. Also the Madison Blacksmith Conference this year on May 14-17, 2015 and is the largest conference in the southeast.

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Super White aPM1: Benjamin Moore

Ocean Air 2123-50 : Benjamin Moore

A beautiful foyer kissed with sea salt air. Naturally elegant beach inspired elements fill this space with soft tones of blues, greens and creams. High-end finishes can be tastefully refashioned for a fraction of the price. We’ve chosen a mix of traditional, refurbished furnishings and edgy accessories at your fingertips to re-create this look! Room by Studio M Designs BY DEBORAH KIGHT AND AMANDA ARCHAMBAULT

Home DĂŠcor | Lux for Less

Safavieh Matilde Vintage Inspired Rug, Target, $180-200

Wale art from Joanna Goddard Natures Lace Art Framed Prints, Ballard Designs, $200 each

Aqua Fish Pate,, $34 each

Beaudry Wall Mirror, Ballard Designs, $300

Wedgewood Plates, Set of Four, $140

Coral Sculpture, Pier One, $40 Crestview 6-draw Cabinet,, $490

Regal Lamp, Jessica McClintock Collection, $160

By Amanda Gober Since the first episode aired on AMC in 2007, Mad Men has been a cultural phenomenon, inspiring everything from fashion, lifestyle and interior design. The mid-century modern home furnishings that comprise the set are a designer’s dream, offering an abundance of teak, tweed and earthy tones. Scandinavian design ruled the period and is reflected within the now classic works of designers like Eero Saarinen, Hans Wegner, and Charles and Ray Eames that show up in each episode of the show. Set in the early 1960s, nearly every shot of Mad Men is filled with objects from an era rich with new ideas, a time when modernism was still fresh. It’s the era of the three martini lunch, nonstop cigarette smoking, the rise of TV commercials and the growth of a political-cultural awareness surrounding the John F. Kennedy assassination and the civil rights movement. Mad Men, which is currently airing its final episodes, is a time capsule from the world of 1960s advertising in Manhattan. Show creator Matthew Weiner’s dense story line is told through protagonist Donald Draper, the creative director at Sterling Cooper & Partners. Handsome, debonair and talented, Draper is also a tortured soul. His life interweaves with subplots provided by his ad agency team, his wives and children, his affairs and his drinking. Mad Men's award winning set design is often considered one of the silent characters of the show, along with the fashion. Production designer, Dan Bishop and set decorator, Amy Wells conceived and executed the sets down to the most intricate details. Matt Weiner is adamant that the sets should look and feel real, insisting on placing wads of old gum under office desks and not having the carpets cleaned between seasons. Each episode takes around seven days to shoot, and from the moment Amy Wells gets the script for that week’s episode she is off to hunt down period pieces that will provide authenticity to the scenes. Wells scours thrift shops and garage sales looking for decorations from the early 1960s. One of her best references is the Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogs from that era.

She also has every decorating book from the late '40s through the mid-'60s at her disposal. You may be wondering how much a production like this costs; Amy Wells has a budget of roughly $25,000 per episode. The popularity of the show has created a desire amongst consumers to achieve the “Mad Men look”. The frenzy for furniture and fashion from the 1960s is at a high. For the start of its third season, Banana Republic partnered with Mad Men by putting images from the show in it’s store windows and selling clothing inspired by the shows costumes. Modern interpretations of mid-century furniture are easier to find than ever, with stores like Crate & Barrel, Room & Board, West Elm, Target, and Ikea offering affordable options to the public. Once Man Men’s final episode airs this May, the public will surely miss that dose of mid-century furniture on their television screen. However, the show has contributed to a significant rise in Scandinavian beauty in today’s real life surroundings – and many mid-century fans are thankful for Mad Men.

Below are just a few of our favorite set designs.

Don and Megan Draper’s Penthouse Apartment

Paul Williams’s Los Angeles Office

Megan Draper’s Los Angeles Bungalow

Sterling Cooper & Partners Reception Area

Create your own home office that rivals Mr. Draper’s. P.S. It’s affordable!

$930 Target

The wow factor that this fixture will bring to your space is more than worth the slightly higher price tag. $76 Target

$30 Ikea $238 Target

$153 Target $379 Target

Roger’s office is much more mod than Don’s, but what’s in it? Let’s break it down.

Poul Volther was inspired by the strength and flexibility of the human spine.

Eero Saarinen Table and Stools Circa 1953-58

Nesso Table Lamp Circa 1967

Eames Executive Chair Circa 1960

Poul Volther Corona Chair Circa 1958

Eames Sofa Compact Circa 1954


By Brandy Martin

| Photography Chelsea Hobson


Poppy La’Rue Photography |

The latest in high fashion beauty trends is the blow out. Salons across the country are offering this quick styling option. However, the Drybar, located in the heart of Buckhead on posh West Paces Ferry Road , is dedicated to just that. Their motto states it clearly, “No cuts. No Color. Just Blow Outs”. The Drybar has evolved into more than just a salon but a destination. Bridal parties, birthdays and a variety of girls night outs can be found filling the chairs on any given day. Collage tagged along for a recent GNO to get a dose of all the glitz and glam that goes hand in hand with the Drybar esthetic.

Tufted walls and upholstered seating create a cozy vignette.

Guests are welcomed by their personal stylist who goes over the Drybar look book helping them to select the perfect style. The client is then escorted to the back where they receive undoubtedly the best hair washing ever. It becomes clear early that this is no ordinary salon. Upon arriving back in the stylish white leather salon chair guests are feted with a cool beverage and even a snack before the stylist commences. It is now time to simply sit back and enjoy. Fun movies are playing on cleverly tucked away televisions, docking stations are conveniently located at each chair so that phones can recharge while their owners do the same.

Fabulous Drybar products created to maximize the desired look and experience are lathered into the hair. Throughout the salon bright yellow styling tools are in use. From large rollers, to hair clips, to the Drybar’s signature item, Buttercup, the hair dryer. It is the salon’s unmistakable logo and has even been incorporated into the salon’s lighting. Once the stylist is finished they spin the, now super relaxed, client around to get a glimpse of their stunning new do. With names like Mai Tai, Southern Comfort and Dirty Martini, to name a few, the looks range from big bouncy curls to loose sexy tresses. There really is no bad choice. It clearly is the perfect start to what will certainly be a rockin’ GNO. If more private service is sought, no problem, Drybar makes house calls. And for the do-it-yourselfer, we have included Drybar’s own step by step guide on page 90 to dry it yourself.

Floater $10

Uptini $80

10-minute scalp massage during your shampoo.

AKA an updo!

Add a braid $10

Ten and under. How cute is that?

Mudslide Treatment $20 Includes reparative hair mask, Floater and a little Mudslide to go!

Hair Shot $20 Hydrate dry, weak or color-treated hair.

Shirley Temple $28

Barfly Membership $75/Month 2 blowouts a month + Free birthday blowout. 10% off products. (in-shop only).

Dry-on-the-Fly $95

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Don’t want to leave the house? We’ll come to you!

Day rate available upon request. We’re available for on-set hairstyling for film or photo shoots.

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PRODUCTS Hot Toddy Heat Protector Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse 100 Proof Treatment Oil Money Maker Flexible Hold Hairspray

TOOLS The 3-Day Bender Curling Iron Full Pint Round Brush Lemon Drop Flat Brush Hold Me Hair Clips Buttercup Blow Dryer


Prep towel dried hair with Hot Toddy Heat Protector & FizzFighter and Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse. Apply to midshaft and ends of hair.


Brush through and detangle with the Lemon Drop Flat Brush.


Start blow drying from the front and work in small 1” - 2” sections.


Hold curling iron vertically, and curl away from your face. Work in 1”-2” sections.


Let curls set and cool. Lock them in with Money Maker Flexible Hold Hairspray.


Seal your ends and add shine with 100 Proof Treatment Oil.



tan Topol is a man who loves his work, and it shows. He is passionate about creating the most beautiful and functional living spaces for his clients, and revels in the title of Decorator. He takes pride in decorating spaces to bring beauty into his clients’ daily experiences. He lives and breathes his motto “We build dreams.” This is true. While the easy approach to interior design is to create a space that is beautiful, quite often the function of that space and the personalities of its inhabitants are secondary to the look and polish of the finished product. But the heartbeat of Stan’s work is the individual for whom he is designing and decorating. He feels that the personal needs and lifestyles of his clients should be the starting point for the design of their living and working spaces. He draws his creative inspiration from the personalities of his clients and their relationships and applies that inspiration to his concepts for their spaces. And he gets it right, every time, because he is listening to his clients and designing specifically for them. The newest trends are not the important driving factors to activate his creative momentum. Personalities – who people are and what their dreams are and how they function in their everyday lives – these are the things that matter to Stan. He pays close attention to how his clients choose to live and work in these spaces, and he designs accordingly. From his early years working alongside the famous interior decorator, Billy Baldwin, he learned the art of combining the classic and the modern to create his own very individual look. Because he seeks is to incorporate comfort and everyday livability into his client’s environment, he specifically arranges the seating to naturally encourage interaction and conversation. Chairs should be no more than 8 feet apart so that people can comfortably converse, and that creates a feeling of comfort and this enhances life.

He successfully breaks the rules with color, using dark walls and light floors in small rooms. Instead of defining and limiting the space, the dark walls seem to disappear, become less finite, and the space feels more open. There is an implied drama from the fading dark wall that enhances the mood of the room An artist by training and education, Stan incorporates visual art in his design plans at every opportunity. Art is much more than an element of design. It has a life of its own and brings its personality into the space, creating nuances of interest and energy that enrich the entire mood and ambience of the space. Katelyn Stephens, Amanda Gober, Mary Susan Chapman and Amanda Archambault interior design students at Athens Technical College had the pleasure of learning first hand from Stan Topol. In their afternoon of visiting and spending time, Stan emphasized that, for him, personalities and relationships are most important. He chooses to work with individuals whose personalities are complimentary to his. He feels that one should recognize how important compatible personalities are to success and happiness. The art of his space designs really reflects this intimate sense of personal interaction. Stan has an immense respect for every day living, understanding that the only way to experience beauty and grace in life is to seek them out on a daily basis. Imbue even the most mundane moments of life with grace. And he does just that , with grace, of course. I I


These brothers are carrying on the legacy of their grandfather. They build custom furniture from reclaimed wood. From their studio in Watkinsville, Georgia they have built pieces that have shipped to California, Florida, and Washington, DC. Matt and Ben find the character and beauty of each piece of wood and highlight it in the best possible way. Not only is their craftsmanship incredible, but they are the kind of people you want to work with because they are honest, creative, and hardworking.

Is there a difference between reclaimed and salvaged wood? Absolutely! Reclaimed wood is wood that is repurposed from its original intended use. For instance, roof rafters or floor joists pulled from and old house or barn is considered ‘reclaimed’ when it is used in a new setting. It could be cut up, re-shaped or used to build furniture, but the simple act of repurposing it makes it “reclaimed”. Salvaged wood comes from trees that are being cut down or removed for non-commercial purposes. For instance, trees being removed for a highway, new building or trees that were struck by lightning or blown down during a storm. These are then processed into new products such as lumber, siding and/or furniture. This is different from harvesting trees on a commercial basis for resale.

As an addition to furniture


7. What’s for Breakfast? A. Granola & Greek Yogurt B. Crepes C. Egg’s Benedict D. Red eye grits and gravy

8. How do you like to get social? A. Vine B. Instagram C. Facebook D. Front Porch

9. How do you take your coffee? A. Tall, decaf, skinny caramel macchiato with light foam and extra caramel drizzle B. I do not like it C. Cream & Sugar D. Black

10. Everyone has a designated seat in their home. What chair would you love to call yours? A. Barcelona Daybed B. Frank Gehry Power Play Chair C. Bergere D. Windsor Rocker

You are Modern Rooted in minimalization, modern design is characterized by true use of material and the absence of decoration.

You are Transitional

You are Traditional

Transitional design offers a deep rooted sense of history in some pieces, while furniture often gets an update with cleaner lines.

Traditional design reflects classic European décor and uses classic styling and symmetry to create a calm, orderly décor.

You are Rustic Rustic design creates an eclectic look that emphasizes nature: homespun, timeworn, handcrafted, and distressed items.


HISTORY OF CHATEAU SOLEIL Seventeen years ago, Soleil was built on two lavishly landscaped acres. The home was given it’s name after the golden façade. The façade and interiors are a classic example of the finest European-style craftsmanship in Atlanta. It exerts French flares throughout the millwork and architectural details. Chateau Soleil was recently featured in Baker’s gorgeous book, New Classicist: American Architecture and has made an appearance in many films and photo-shoots. The grand 14,000 square foot Chateau is impeccably graceful in it’s appearance. The atmosphere feels so welcoming as it’s perfect for gracious living and entertaining.

An awe effect captures you in the clean, crisp formal terraced garden designed by Ed Castro Landscape, Inc. The crisp gardens guide visitors through flowing walkways leading to intimate seating areas and a breath-taking pool side. It’s the perfect in-home vacation conveniently absorbed into this estate. Featuring six spacious bedrooms, seven baths, a wine cellar, two dining areas, a study, and several shared spaces, the endless exciting abode also provides cozy nooks suitable for reading and peaceful encounters with nature. WHY VISIT A SHOW HOUSE Chateau Soleil is on the market for over $5 million not including furnishings. With a large canvas, designers and decorators can truly express their individual statements of what they love in design excluding the guidance of a client. When working with clients, the rooms are designed for them, not for the designer. But with a show house, the public can see the true colors of a designer’s interest and tasteful expertise. Researching projects by designers is a great way to understand their concepts. Though when people see a 14,000 square foot home decorated by over 20 designers, one can really compare the difference between their likes and dislikes in the designer’s style. Each room at Chateau Soleil was designed so well and so diverse. If not Soleil, any show house is a wonderfully inspiring experience available for individuals to find an inner desire for a certain style.

Check out some of our favorite rooms.

Stoll’s Studios, located at 240 Collins Industrial Blvd. in Athens, GA dedicates their time to refinishing antiques and repairing furniture. Stoll’s is a family run business with three generations of experience. They can do small repairs or a complete restoration of your furniture, regardless of age or condition. For almost four decades, Stoll’s Studios has been the leader in furniture repair and refinishing in the Athens area. Owner Kevin Stoll, and his son Travis, continue to create quality craftsmanship. Stoll’s will do an in-home consultation to help guide you through the decision for restoration. They will pick up furniture and deliver for free. Stoll’s will assess the viability of the furniture before they progress to the next step. Stoll’s will do a thorough inspection for their customer, for a minimal fee. They review if the furniture can be repaired and if it is worth the investment of restoration. Kevin Stolls philosophy is, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Restoration is a more time consuming and involved process. It is reserved for preserving fine antiques, and exposing its original character. An antique is something one hundred years of age, or older. “Restoration of Duncan Phyfe pedestal tables is quite common. The majority of them were not structurally sound,” says Travis Stoll. “ Furniture made prior to the 1960’s was better made than today’s wood furniture with particle board pieces,” stated Kevin Stoll.

Refinishing furniture is mainly cosmetic, yet involves some structural repair, such as nailing and gluing. The exterior finish can deteriorate over time, especially if lacquer or varnish were used in antique furniture. Stoll’s can add a new finish and disguise signs of wear. They can restore the natural patina to a piece, as well. Stoll’s has expanded their services to include re-caning of chairs including, rush, woven 7-step, pressed cane, porch rocker cane and split reed styles. They have expanded their business nationwide.

Pressed cane

Split reed

Restored Piece

Woven 7 step

How can the interior designer be more savvy when discussing furniture restoration with their client? Kevin Stolls explained that the function of the piece is of most importance. Interior designers should look inside the casegood to see the structural components. For example, look at how the corners of a drawer are constructed. Mortise and tendon or dove- tail joints, typically indicate better construction. Wooden and flat- tipped nails, are a sign of antique pieces. When in doubt, you can refer your client to Stoll’s Studios, since they are the experts!

Original Wood

Sanded Wood Refinished Cabinet

Maggie Kathleen Garrell. Is a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. Confetti Press is her studio collection of photographs, paper goods, lettering, and other creative whimsies. She enjoys creating wedding paper goods and details, as well as custom prints. Incorporating a custom calligraphy print into your home or space is a special way to personalize it. Choose a favorite verse or quote and be reminded of it every day with this beautiful form of art.


place to relax and unwind was what the Sennowitz family desired when they began dreaming of a lake home. In 2002, Dr. Karl and Mrs. Missy Sennowitz purchased a property in Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. The selection of the lot was inspired by location, situated directly on the Lake Oconee with convenient access to the Oconee Golf course and the Ritz Carlton property. The Sennowitz family knew this dream home would be a major building project. The design process began with the selection of Atlanta architect, William Baker of William T. Baker & Associates, Ltd. Dr. Karl and Mrs. Sennowitz were impressed with Baker’s residential architecture and soon found the architect always had a solution to every design problem presented before them. The design process and building plans of the home required about five months to bring to fruition. A comfortable home was a major focus to the design to allow family and friends to come and enjoy all the benefits that a lake and golf course community provides to its’ residents. The building process was time consuming to achieve all the desires attributes and required two years to build from the foundation to completion. The design of the home was inspired by the architectural style of a French chateau. The home incorporates hand crafted oak

millwork throughout establishing the look and feel of French interiors. The architect and family selected Pat Quinn, owner of Design Woodwork & Lamination, Ltd. in Hull, Georgia to hand craft the millwork. Quinn’s artistic eye and attention to detail was just what the Sennowitz family was searching for in the execution of these important interior architectural elements. Mrs. Sennowitz was active in the selection of the home’s finishes and fixtures. She desired an eclectic feeling of old meets new in the home’s interior design. An example of this mix can be seen in the powder room with its’ vanity crafted from an old French chest adorned with a modern round onyx vessel sink and deep bronze faucet by Waterworks. The use of lighting and selection of fixtures was another major concern for Mrs. Sennowitz. The lighting source of the Big Chandelier in Atlanta, Georgia presented antique chandeliers from Europe that fit perfectly into the design scheme. New life was breathed into two matching chandeliers with the addition of a new finish, updated working and the addition of large crystal drops. The interiors were finished with the collaboration of Mrs. Sennowitz design ideas and directions along with interior designers Brandy Martin of Brandy Martin Interiors and Meg Adams. The learning process and success of this lake home inspired Mrs. Sennowitz to form her business High M Interiors and she plans to begin on the family’s new home in Milledge Circle in Athens, Georgia.

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We would like to introduce you to our Advisory Committee for the Athens Technical College Interior Design Program. We are very fortunate to have working professionals reviewing our program to ensure we are meeting industry standards and preparing our students to become work-force ready in the interior design field.

Jo Rabaut, ASID, IIDA is the owner and principal of the Atlanta based firm, Rabaut Design Associates, Inc. In the past 25 years of business, Rabaut has developed an award-winning portfolio in commercial and residential interiors. The firm’s main focus is on Corporate Office, Higher Education and Retail/Showroom design work. Jo holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Central Michigan University. Prior to starting her own business she was an Associate with the Atlanta based, Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart Interiors and before that the Smith Group in Detroit. She is NCIDQ certified and is registered as an interior designer in Alabama and Georgia. In addition to her body of work, Jo’s professional contributions include an ASID Georgia Chapter presidency and two years in the same role for IIDA. She has received six ASID Presidential Citations for service and sat on the ASID Education Training Advisory Council (ETAC) for two years. Currently she sits on the ASID National Board as a Director at Large. She has received the ADAC and Veranda Magazine’s Southeast Designer of the Year Award for Commercial interiors twice. She has also received the ASID Design Achievement Award as well as numerous ASID and IIDA Design Excellence awards. Her work has been published in many local and regional magazines as well as a range of coffee table and interior design reference books. She has made time for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Task Force for the Homeless, Boys & Girls Clubs in Atlanta, Chastain Park Athletic Club, Children’s Wish Foundation as well as being a founding member of the Chairish the Future event for the Metro Atlanta Furniture Bank and the ASID Grace Jordan Howard Scholarship Foundation. She lives in the Chastain Park area with husband, 2 children and chocolate lab.

Jennifer Lovejoy

is a Sr. Interior Designer & Account

Executive at Fowler Office Interiors in Athens, Georgia. Fowler Office Interiors is a full service dealership representing contract manufacturers, providing design consultation, project management, and installation. She focuses on finding innovative solutions to enhance the work environments in businesses, schools, and healthcare. She supports clients in the selection, specification, procurement and installation of contract furniture. She has over 10 years of experience in the contract furnishings industry specializing in interior design. Jennifer attended the University of Georgia and Gwinnett Technical College where she received a degree in Interior Design, Interior Design & Faux Finishes.

As an interior design professional, Bonnie

Casamassima is passion-

ate about the built environment's ability to impact its end-user. She believe all great designs must be rooted in sustainability and strive for regeneration. Furthermore, design solutions must be based on research supported evidence, and should enhance the overall well-being of its users while providing a deep connection between our natural and built environments. As a project manager at Southface, she provides research, technical and administrative assistance for various Commercial Sustainability Services programs such as LEED consulting and cross-team projects. Bonnie also serves as an Interior Design expert contributing to Southface’s holistic sustainability approach and supporting continued portfolio program development. Previously she worked as an environmental behavioral consultant with Steelcase working with educational and workplace clients. Additionally, she has worked in architecture and design firms focusing on workplace and healthcare design. Bonnie received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design from University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Savannah College of Art and Design, respectively. Her research was based in environmental psychology and Biophilic Design. Her thesis investigated the decreased communication and increased stress caused by multiple generations in the American office environment. Through this investigation, Bonnie developed a prescriptive set of interior design guidelines using Biophilic design applications as a catalyst for improved communication and decreased stress in the multi-generational workplace.

Frankie Ware has a Bachelor of Interior Design from Auburn University's College of Architecture and a Master's of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta campus. With more than 30 years of experience in the field, she has experience in hospitality, corporate, education and ecclesiastical design. Recently she has been teaching part-time at The Art Institute of Atlanta and Georgia State University. “One of my main objectives as an educator is to give the students a basis of design that incorporates history, theory and hand drawing. One thing I noticed when I was a teaching assistant was the eagerness of the students to get right to the computer. They were under the impression that the computer would make them a better designer. I applauded my professor who insisted that they have a sketch book. And that they sketch everything. Whatever they observed. Every day.�

Kris Pittard has a great passion for and a degree in Residential Design. She is currently working as a Selections Coordinator for J.W. York Homes, where they build beautiful houses from start to finish. As project coordinator with J.W. York Homes, she guides clients through the selections process of finding the perfect finishes for their home while making sure those selections are made on time and on budget. “It is my goal to ensure that all the pieces of the puzzle come together in such a way that the house we build becomes your dream home.” Since working in the design field, Kris has been involved in numerous commercial projects ranging from creating individual booth designs at conventions; creating, planning, and implementing entire conventions; designing stages for events and churches; to furnishing entire schools. Kris attended the University of Georgia where she received her Bachelors in Family and Consumer Sciences, Furnishings and Interiors.

Kristin Norris Butler is the sole proprietor of Kristin Butler LLC. She has worked with residential homes, retail, offices, and modern churches across the country-- many of which are located in the Athens and Atlanta areas including: Athens Church, North Point Community Church, Browns Bridge Community Church and Gwinnett Church. Kristin helps direct space planning, floor plans, way-finding signage, selection of furniture and décor, paint colors and more. “Sometimes the most valuable addition to your space is just a fresh perspective. Design often feels like solving a puzzle-- finding the best pieces to fit within the parameters. I love improving spaces - infusing them with new life and meaning - and helping each client solve their puzzle in a way that feels unique and fitting for them.”

Mallory Cash is a Merchandising Assistant and Interior Designer at Dalton Carpet One in Athens. She specializes in areas such as: project management, FF&E Selection, AutoCAD, 20-20, hand rendering and sketching. Mallory has also been an Interior Designer for Chastain’s Office Furnishing & Supplies located in Bogart. Mallory attended Gainesville State College and Athens Technical College where she earned her Associates Degree in Interior Design. She also has a background in Media Studies.

Lanie Lessard, certified interior designer and principal of Lessard Design Associates, opened the firm in 1998. Lanie holds a BFA from the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art and has provided lighting and interior design solutions for many private homes as well as numerous public and commercial spaces in the Athens and North Georgia areas. Lanie's philosophy of design is to produce final results that meet the clients' goals and to have the clients participate as much as possible in the development, selection, and finishing touches of each project. Her clients have a strong sense of ownership in the completed project. She enjoys working with clients and their architects, contractors, and subcontractors from the initial spark of the dream to the reality of the project! “Sometimes when I explain an idea or aspect of the design to a contractor, he’ll tell me, ‘That can’t be done…’ Well, if this is something the client wants which will enhance the project, I’ll keep looking for ways to get it done. That might mean searching for craftsmen, designing a custom piece, or just using ordinary materials in extraordinary ways.”

Jackie Naylor attended the University of Georgia and the Art Institute of Atlanta. Establishing Jackie Naylor Interiors in 1985, she has been recognized by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles for Best Kitchen of the Year and Best Bath of the Year several times. Through her involvement with American Society of Interior Designer (ASID), she won several Design Excellent Awards for her kitchen and bath designs. Georgia Chapter of NKBA awarded her with the Calla Award for bath design two consecutive years. As an National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) member, she was selected one of five designers in the nation to design a vignette for the National Kitchen and Bath Show in Chicago 2007. Jackie is a certified Kitchen & Bath Designer and an active member of ASID. She has served as President of the Georgia Chapter ASID. An award she will always cherish is the Designer of Distinction presented to her in 2010 from her ASID peers. She has participated in the Atlanta Symphony Showhouse for 10 years, the Christmas House for 4 years, and the American Craft Council vignettes. Her work has been published in the following publications; Stone, Showhouse, Dream Kitchens, Atlanta, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Ultimate Bath, Log Home Design, Trend, Kitchen & Bath, European Design and several more. Jackie is a big dog lover and volunteers with the Canine Assistance working with pups. Her artistic talents are not only shared with her clients but are practiced on the potter’s wheel. "Design is serious, fun and passionate - it is creating. It is creating something special for another person - your client. Having a satisfied client at the end of a job is the best!"


Spring 2015


Spring 2015