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#AATOP20 Atlanta 2015 Recap

This year, the African American Top 20 Interior Designers Conference welcomed some hundred interior designers, design students, and creatives to Atlanta for a weekend that was filled with design knowledge, an enchanting show house tour at the Chateau Soleil and, what became, an Art Institute of Atlanta reunion. If a picture is worth a thousand words a hash tag is worth a million.

The AATop20 upheld its initiative—paring creatives with the tools and inspiration to get started on their own interior design projects and get their businesses off the ground. This weekend was also dedicated to celebrating interior designers of color who have been the 2014 trailblazers of the interior design community.

The weekend kicked off, per usual, with a meet-and-greet between designers and attendees. Kimberly Ward hosted the reception at Twelve Atlantic Station, publicly introduced the 2015 honorees and encouraged all to grab a cocktail and get acquainted.

The following morning, guests arrived for a breakfast sponsored by Robert Allen at ADAC where registration and check-in took place. The day was filled with inspirational and practical keepsakes shared by keynote speakers Tiffany Brooks and Michel Boyd along with a powerful panel of women. The panelist: Robin Wilson of Robin Wilson Home, Joan Goodwin of Verandah Interiors, Lorna Gross- Bryant of Savant Interiors, and Linda Allen of Linda Allen Designs and Live Anywhere, chimed in on unconventional marketing strategies, branding and mastering the trade of viva voce.

The conference room wasn’t the only place where an exchange was taking place. Throughout the day speakers and attendees gathered to eat hors doeuvres and chat about the day as it happened.

A special thank you is owed to Holland & Company for the charming brunch social and to Ainsworth-Noah for the lovely networking lunch.

Also, many thanks to Martin Nash for hosting an exceptional reception. It truly brought an amazing close to an amazing day.   

Roche Bobois loft party was grand, as the bloggers loft party always aims to be. This exclusive event made for plenty of social mementos thanks to the #omgbooth. Designers showed of their dancing skills well into the night and the cupid’s shuffle defended its title as an all-around crowd pleaser.

The weekend closed with a tour of the Atlanta Symphony Show House & Gardens. Artist's featured at the Chateau Soleil included our own AATop20 designer Michel Boyd of Smith Boyd Interiors along with Kirkland & King Design Associates, Vern Yip and Randy Karando—just to name a few.

The Passion to Profit Seminar also made it’s debut at the 2015 conference as a parting and encouraging reminder to entrepreneurs on how to make this year a successful one. The four-hour seminar prepped brand builders to access their strengths and not only giving business owners  the secrets of interior design commerce, but ways to apply them.

It was yet another successful #AATop20.  If you were there then you would agree and if you weren't hashtag #AATop20 #InteriorDesign #ADACAtlanta or any of proud sponsors. 

Until next year!

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