Over spring break I had the chance to get to know Atlanta’s new Bon Ton restaurant, a “NOLA-style spot with a Vietnamese twist” in Midtown. The restaurant is a collaboration between Darren Carr, who previously operated Top Flr in the same building, Eric Simpkins of The Lawrence, and Hieu Pham of Crawfish Shack on Buford Highway. Inspired by the influx of Vietnamese immigrants to New Orleans during the 70’s, the restaurant marries Pham’s Vietnamese flavors with Cajun seafood dishes for a modern twist. This narrative also inspired a fictional backstory for the restaurant, which in turn shaped the eclectic design of the space. Wanting to bring a sense of history and a layered design to the space inspired by the old, storied buildings in New Orleans, Carr brought designers Christopher Knowles and Jacob Anderson onto the team, who brought the backstory to life. Knowles describes the restaurant’s aesthetic as “layered, nuanced, and bizarre.” Take a tour and learn more about this new restaurant after the jump.
Two weeks ago I stopped by Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) for their annual Spring Preview, an event that features the best new collections from their top showrooms at the center. Although most products at ADAC are to-the-trade, they represent the “runway” design that has a major influence on ready-to-ship pieces from national retailers and often showcases the highest levels of detail and craftsmanship. I spotted some exciting new releases from some of my favorite showrooms, including Bradley, Janus et Cie, Jerry Pair, and Peacock Alley. Check out the preview event booklet, and see my product picks below. Read More
In Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood, designer Minhnuyet Hardy brings an edgy, modern look to her downtown loft. With raw wood warming her greyscale palette, she brought a bold mix to the home, with statement light fixtures, sophisticated textures, and custom details, like a sliding barn door to the master bathroom. In the living room above, she mixed a settee from west elm with original artwork from Lindsay Cowles and Restoration Hardware’s shell pendant light. The “contemporary cool” space will be featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ February issue – make sure you’re subscribed here. To find out more about the rise of modern design in Atlanta, I spoke to AH&L editor Elizabeth Ralls. Read what she said about Atlanta’s dynamic design scene below.
If you’re not already familiar with Honeycomb Studio, there’s a good chance you’ll recognize the work of ceramicist Courtney Hamill – her cream and gold vessels are incredibly popular on Etsy and sell in many Atlanta stores (including west elm). Her signature 22-karat gold luster motifs, simple glazes, and straightforward shapes define the Honeycomb aesthetic, and her growing collection is about to include tableware. “Tableware has always been something I’ve wanted to do … for a ceramicist, it’s kind of like your bread and butter,” she told me from her studio in Midtown. The pieces have been in production for a full year, and the collection includes three designs, including classic white, metallic black, and white and gold stripe. The pieces launch at the end of the month, but they can be pre-ordered on the Honeycomb Studio website. If you live in Atlanta, you’ll also see the new pieces at The Lawrence, which will match the restaurant’s modern decor perfectly. While I love the whole collection, there’s a subtle gold reflection in the glaze of the metallic black pieces that’s just killer! Click through to see all three sets of tableware, plus get a peek into Courtney’s studio through my lens.
Unless you’re super strong and can bike anywhere in the city (like my dad), Atlanta’s a hard city to get around in without a car, partly due to our urban sprawl and partly due to an underdeveloped public transportation system. But needless to say, cars and car insurance are a pretty important part of living in Atlanta. Luckily, it’s easy to have peace of mind on the road with car insurance coverage you can count on – like the 24/7 customer service, mobile app, and money-saving features from Esurance. It’s nice to know that your auto insurance isn’t a hassle and that you can afford it too while spending so much time behind the wheel. My little sister Grace and I took some time this week to explore some of our favorite places in Atlanta to visit, eat, and shop during the holiday season. We stopped by Shops of Buckhead for a walk with Milou and a visit to Cacao and Corso Coffee, then swung by Westside Provisions for a peek into Le Jardin Francais. Inspired by the holiday spirit in the air, I pulled together some of the top activities, restaurants, cafés, and shops to explore this season in Atlanta. Although the holiday traffic may be bad, it’s reassuring to know that Esurance has your back with coverage you can rely on. Get a free quote for auto insurance here, and enjoy my holiday city guide after the jump! Read More