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Joni Loves : April 2013

I went to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta with my family last week. There were so many fabulous exhibits.  These were some of my favorites!

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1 - Gogo Jewelry

There is a Gogo Ferguson exhibit there now. I have a few pieces of her jewelry and have always loved her work. Gogo uses natural elements she finds around her home on Cumberland Island, GA to create beautiful jewelry. The necklace above is composed of beads and silver pieces that are made from the mold of an armadillo scapula. The other necklace and earrings are made of pearls and silver cast from the mold of a rattlesnake jawbone.

2 - Drawers

This was a cool piece made of maple, various preexisting drawers, jute furniture mover’s strap and metal.

3 - Little Door

Loved this little door.  My daughter, Sarah, stepped in as model to demonstrate scale.

4 - Lichenstein House

The Lichenstein house in front of the museum! It was such a treat to go exploring through the museum with my husband Rick and daughter Sarah!

5 - African Embroidery

These skirts were part of an African textile exhibit that we LOVED. The skirt on the right is from Tanzania!

If you are in the Atlanta area I highly recommend a visit to this fabulous museum!


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Atlanta Market – Smitten By Bespoke

“This little designer went to market… this little designer cried “Awesome! Awesome!” all the way home….”

We were so excited to pour over the pictures that designer Deb Van Plew took on her recent trip to Atlanta Market. Since the market is To-The-Trade we are excited to share some of the finds with you…

After we looked through all her photos (which included shots of the designer wearing an enormous Atlanta Braves #1 foam hand at the weekend game) we picked our favorites, and a theme emerged! Bespoke accessories with a quirky uniqueness that would make a space feel eclectic, well-traveled, and personal.

These baskets from Silk Route caught our eye with their intricate patterns, and careful craftsmanship. They are like little works of art.

Check out this cool find… these needle point pillows from August Morgan. You have never seen a range of one-of-a-kind pillows like this before… at least, we hadn’t. Check out the needle work, the amazing colors, and the detailed pattern play.

Deb snatched up this wild horse pillow for her own home… but there are plenty more fabulous finds for the rest of us that will soon be hitting the J Banks retail store!

Another highly unique line of accessories that we discovered originally at the New York Market is Waylande Gregory. Waylande Gregory was a prolific artist in the Art Deco period. He was a careful ceramic craftsman who ground and mixed all of his own glazes. His innovation and uniqueness made design history. In recent months revivals of his work have been appearing in magazines (such as House Beautiful), on retail floors (such as ours at J Banks), and on designer’s wish lists (such as this one.) His designs also come in seductive shades of red, luxurious hues of green, and royal tints of blue.  We loved the new patterns!

Once again, the Atlanta Market does not disappoint. We hope you enjoyed this little peek into these high design finds.

Did you go to market? Share links to your own photos with us! We’d love to see what caught your eye.

Happy Market Day,


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