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Welcome to November: What's the Status of Your Design Projects?

I put “to write welcome post” on my “to-do list” and then I thought I should just write it and maybe not add another thing to my to do list. To-do lists have been consuming my life lately as we are busier than ever with design projects at Kimberly and Cameron Interiors and with the personal commitments I’ve made to you here at Pinkeggshell. Not to mention the annual conference we're putting together in Atlanta. 

The Shade Store at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center 

The Shade Store at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center 

There have been a lot of amazing new changes at our office. I have a full-time assistant who has been helping me sort through everything and to organize my life. She started in September and in just a few short weeks, has traveled with me to our clients in Houston, Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta. She accompanied me to High Point Market on the Design Bloggers Tour and even took a day trip with me to Memphis to look for bedding. It’s been a whirlwind, but I’m happy to have someone on the journey who loves design as much as I do and who wants to see Kimberly and Cameron Interiors and the Pinkeggshell brand succeed as much as I do.

Taqueria Del Sol Atlanta

Taqueria Del Sol Atlanta

In full disclosure, I have to tell you, that I am writing this from my bed. DeJanae is at the office
and I am working from home. Why throw this in? Well, I figured out a while ago, that I’m best
when I’m not sitting behind a desk. I’ve always known this about myself, but when
you’ve had to wear all the hats for so long, you kind of forget what to do when you’re given a
moment to breathe.

Justina Blakeney and I at Design Bloggers Conference 

Justina Blakeney and I at Design Bloggers Conference 

Now, that we have a moment to catch up, tell me: How are things coming with your home
decorating projects?


Come on. Stay on track. The holidays are fast approaching and we want to do more than just
pin good ideas this year. We want to have people over!!!!


Ok! Just know we’re here. We’re working and we’re ready to hear from you. If you haven’t
already done so, please sign up for our newsletter. We’re rolling out new home features and
downloadable decorating tips right to your inbox. There are still lots of things for us to do, but
stick with us family!


The best is yet to come!

Kimberly

New Store Alert: William Sonoma Opens New Retail Space at Ponce City Market in Atlanta

New Store Alert: William Sonoma Opens New Retail Space at Ponce City Market in Atlanta

I was just in Nashville! Kimberly and Cameron Interiors has a commercial project in its early stages, and I can't wait to get back to visit Peacock Alley's newest location. My sister was just lamenting about how there are 4,000 people a month moving into the city.

The AATOP20 Celebration Was Epic... Here's Why

We had some amazing sponsors who believed in me and this project, and who took a chance on the dynamic group of designers who make up the African American Top 20  

Thank you!
ADAC Atlanta, Hansgrohe, Zinc Door, Baker Furniture, Robert Allen, Kravet, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Robin Wison Home, The voice That is, Nest 301, The Tile Bar, Bjork Studio, Abbey Carpet & Floor, Hines Furniture, Lights Online, Faux Decor, Peacock Alley, Catania Silks, Verde Home,  W Hotel Downtown, Uptown Magazine and KBG Multimedia.

We were at the "whatever, whenever" W Atlanta Downtown.  It was the perfect place for the Welcome to Atlanta Mixer,  to get a late night drink,  talk design and walk to great restaurants with new friends.  Loved the W team who went above and beyond to make our stay flawless.

African American Top 20 Interior Designers Presented By Kimberly Ward of Pink Eggshell

African American Top 20 Interior Designers Presented By Kimberly Ward of Pink Eggshell

There were so many design students, bloggers and young designers who were elated to be in the presence of so many talented designers as well as design legends Sheila Bridges, Ron Woodson, and Roderick Shade.   They took pictures with HGTV Design Star winners, Danielle Colding (Season 7 winner) and Tiffany Brooks (Season 8 winner) and got a first hand glimpse at what's possible for their design careers.



Our panel discussion was fun and insightful.  The designers really opened up about their design careers, their high profile clients and the business behind what they do as a designer.  I was inspired by the candid nature of the panelist and appreciate their openness about the wins and loses that come with this industry.

Bake Furniture went above and beyond with the lunch reception for the panel.  The showroom was beautiful and the food delicious!  Hope Deer at Baker, made the experience even more personal by included a DJ playing hip music that keep everyone moving and grooving. It was the perfect place for the lunch and I hope they sign on for next year.
African American Top 20 Interior Designers Presented By Kimberly Ward of Pink Eggshell
Loran Gross-Bryant, Ron Woodson, Lisa Turner and Michel Boyd on the Panel at ADAC
My one on one with Sheila Bridges was an out of body moment for me.  I have followed Sheila's career since 2002.  I had to contain my enthusiasm and ask the questions that the audience wanted to hear, but all I really wanted to do was hold her hand and talk design like we were old friend.  Sheila was a gem! Even though the friendship only exist in my head, the conversation was everything I expected.   She was very transparent and just an over all amazing spirit.  It was refreshing to hear about her life  and her journey from her perspective. The crowd loved her as well and gave her a standing ovation at the conclusion of the talk.  We sold out of her book "The Bald Mermaid, soon after arriving at the Robert Allen showroom. It seemed everyone wanted to take a piece of Sheila home with them.

There are times when the stars align and everything is just perfect.  The Blogger Loft Party at Atlanta Designer Michel Boyd's home was one of those times.  First of all the decor was AMAZING.  Michel is such a force when it comes to Style and his home is no exception.  I was in awe of the space from the moment I walked in the door.  Everything was perfect!  As the night progressed and the guest arrived, we enjoyed drinks and food and laughed into the night. Some naughty guest found their way upstairs to Michel Boyd's closet where an impromptu fashion show and photo shoot broke out.  This is the same closet that was a finalist for the Architectural Digest best closet contest, so you know it was fashion fun to be had.
The party fell on the eve of Michel's birthday and we all raised a glass to him as a spontaneous round of Happy Birthday broke out in the crowd.  Some party goers who were not use to how things go in our community,  didn't know what to do when at the end of the traditional version, we went right into the Stevie wonder version of Happy Birthday.  Pictures were taken and friendships were forged.  Wendy Estes of Zinc Door sponsored the HashTag printing which allowed guest to take home memories from the event and serve as proof that they were indeed at the hottest party in town.

African American Top 20 Interior Designers Presented By Kimberly Ward of Pink Eggshell

After touring the Atlanta Symphony Show house and relaxing in the spaces created by Smith Boyd Interiors and Palmer Design Group, we met up for brunch at Del Frisco's Grill in Buckhead.  Both Janice's and Michel's spaces were the topic of conversation at brunch, prompting the group of designers to toss around the idea of pulling together their resources to do a show house at an upcoming #AATOP20 celebration.

The brunch was the last event planned for the weekend, but no one wanted the party to end.  The socializing and hanging out continued well into the night.  After noticing  that a large amount of people where still in town, Janice opened up her home for Sunday evening Dinner by up and coming Caribbean chef Carlington Brown.

African American Top 20 Interior Designers Presented By Kimberly Ward of Pink Eggshell

The weekend concluded with the launch of our new magazine "Iconic Home" Stay tuned for ways to get your hands on a copy. It has some great articles and features a special profile of the designers on this year's list.
African American Top 20 Interior Designers Presented By Kimberly Ward of Pink Eggshell

I hope you'll want to join us next year as we join together to celebrate the best of African American Interior Design.

All Photos by R Ashford Photography

UPDATED!!!! The Top 20 Revealed And You're Invited!

There are rarely times when I am speechless, but today, I found myself at a loss for words.  I am overjoyed by the outpouring of support for the 2014 African American Top 20 Event.  My team and I have been working around the clock to bring you a first-class event that celebrates black designers and our future in this industry.

Many of you have the same story as I did starting out; you love design, but lack the knowledge on how to enter the industry or, better yet, how to find mentors.  I get your emails and read your Facebook posts.  You are on the hunt and are looking for people in the industry that look like you and who share your worldview.

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When I was the president of the Home Economics Club in high school, I wasn't sure what an interior designer did.  Education and access is what kept me from pursuing a degree in design earlier in life.  I, like many of the designers on the list,started designing only after pursuing a different field.

 Now, here I am. Twelve years and more than 80,000 square feet of decorated space later, I've finally found my way. It has taken lots of trial and error and a never-ending dedication for furthering my education.  I've had some lucky breaks, but if others are going to grow and prosper in this industry,  they are going to need a little more than luck.

Hopefully, having the a reference of African American designers will be an important step in maximizing their efforts.  I knew that talented black designers were out there, but the question remained: Where are they?  I realized that I had to take the initiative to create a platform to showcase the African American presence in design.  When I started the African American Top 20 List in 2011, I simply wanted to provide a resource for any one looking to work for or with a designer of color.

 I want to thank you for supporting my efforts to expand opportunities and exposure for Black designers.  I've given my all to bringing you a mix of professionals whose style and approach to design are as diverse as you all are.

 It has been a labor of love. I have truly enjoyed getting to know each of the designers on the list and doing what I can to support and uplift them.

I want to include you in this celebration and so I'm extending a special invitation to you.

Please mark your calendars, and book your flights! This year's events are taking place in Atlanta, May 8 - 10.
Join us as we roll out the red carpet for the best and brightest our community has to offer!

If you attended the event in New York, you know we really had a wonderful time.  Designer and bloggers mixed and mingled with celebrities and media executives who all reveled in the opportunity to talk design all evening long.

This years' events will be a great follow-up to the New York event.  Although we won't have Jay-Z's 40/40 club as a backdrop, we will have the ever stylish W Hotel Downtown as our milieu. Join us there on Thursday evening, as we raise a glass and congratulate the 2014 recipients.  
Then, wake up Friday morning and make your way to the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) for a panel discussion with renowned designer Ron Woodson, Lisa Turner, Michel Boyd and Alicia Lamar.  This group has a stellar client roster and will share behind-the-scene tips and strategies for growing a business in this highly competitive industry.
After the panel discussion, come mingle and take pictures with your favorite designers from the Top 20 list during a reception in the Baker Showroom.Following the reception, Baker Furniture will welcome Sheila Bridges for a fun Q + A and book signing.
Then take a break or nap or both and get ready for an intimate social loft party hosted at the mid town loft of Michel Boyd of Smith Boyd Interiors.  This is going to be a high-energy event with lots of music and fun giveaways.  We have some really cool partners and can't wait to shower you with all kinds of design novelties.
On Saturday morning at 10:30a.m., we will meet in Buckhead for a guided tour of the Atlanta Symphony Show House.  Join Michel Boyd and Janice Palmer as they lead you though the space they have created. Please follow this link to get your tickets.

Space is filling up fast; so please RSVP today! I'll see you in May.

I can hardly wait!

Inside Atlanta's Hot New Home Boutique - Jackson Charles Home

Jackson Charles Home

I was super excited to stop by Atlanta's new design boutique Jackson-Charles Home while in Atlanta a few weeks ago.  I love a good boutique.  Don't you?  When done right, the boutique represents the spirit and persona of its owner to perfection.  This was definitely the case with Jackson Charles Home.  
I was instantly taken in by the vibrant colors and the glamour of the space. 


Jackson Charles Home 14 

With price points starting at $15 dollars and going up to $8,000 there's something for every kind of shopper.  The boutique is the baby of Interior Designer Eddie Ammons.  Eddie is like a cool girlfriend who knows all the things you need before you know you need them.  She's talented, creative, and has stocked her West Midtown store with
some of her favorite decorating staples.

Jackson Charles Home 13

I love that she doesn't mind pushing the envelope with design.  How cool is the gold and cream animal hide draped over this table?  It's exactly this type of inspiration you'll find when visiting the Jackson Charles showroom.  I found lots of great treats, but it was the art that stole my heart.  It was over-sized and absolutely everywhere!  I've been obsessing over the pink abstracts at the front of the store since seeing them.  Keep in mind though, it's not just the art that will blow you away.  It's the  McClendon scented powder for your sheets, the golden saber's tooth, and the
charming hostess gifts sprinkled throughout the store.

It's all so perfect for trendsetting Atlantans and the Atlanta design market.

Jackson Charles Home 2

Love the channel sofa in cognac. It's so Blue Satin Male
Jackson Charles Home 5
Eddie Ammons at her West Midtown Showroom
 All images were taken by yours truly at the Jackson Charles Home showroom.  You can visit the store at
1465 Chattahoochee Ave., NW Suite 150-200 Atlanta, GA 30318
or online at JacksonCharlesHome.com