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Rozanne Jackson – The Iron Gate Franklin, TN

Interview with Rozanne Jackson of The Iron Gate

Introducing the second in our summer series of Designer Spotlights focusing on the group of top design experts who will be featured this July at AmericasMart’s Vignette Exhibition…Rozanne Jackson! Rozanne, voted ADAC Designer of the Year, leads one of the Southeast’s preeminent full-service design firms, and owns and operates The Iron Gate in Nashville-area Franklin, TN, a favorite spot for home furnishings and gifts among local Nashvillians and celebrities alike. REstyleSOURCE recently chatted with Rozanne, in a brief Q&A which will not only give our readers some background on her “retail meets design” philosophy, but also what they can expect to see from her Designer Vignette at AmericasMart Atlanta in July 2016…


What does the phrase “retail meets design” mean to you? Having a retail space allows us to show products that we use in our design projects. Clients are able to touch and feel. Also we’re able to give them strong visuals of who we are.

Which came first for you, retail or design? Design came first. My mom taught me at an early age how important a beautiful and loving home was. I was inspired to follow her footsteps. I am fortunate to do this for a living.


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Rozanne’s Favorite Quote…”Live what you love.”

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What inspires your work? Great design! I love it when something makes my heart pound.  The work of designer Pamela Pierce has always been an inspiration to me.

What is the inspiration behind your “Retail Meets Design” vignette? Which pieces are your favorites, and why? Actually, a fabulous wall covering from Ashley Woodson Bailey served as the inspiration. It’s high drama. Other brands we used to furnish the space were LEE Industries, Arteriors, Jamie Dietrich (see LEE fringed ottoman, Arteriors Norman floor lamp and Tito Chair by Jamie Dietrich, at left), and OlyI especially love the dining table we used…it makes such a strong statement!

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Rozanne’s Must-See AmericasMart Showrooms?

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jdouglas  |  Jamie Dietrich  |  Oly  |  Bliss Studio

Designer Tips On Shopping The Market?

“Market can be a lot to take in. To ensure good buying decisions you need to be prepared, pace yourself and use your time wisely.”

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SoMAREstyleSOURCE Loves Local

We are all about ‘loving local’—from designers and manufacturers right down to local brick & mortar shops and eateries! What are some of your favorite local shops and restaurants to visit when you’re in Atlanta?

A few of the shops we like to visit: South of Market (shown at left), Switch Modern, Angie Tyner Antiques.

Some favorite restaurants: Seven Lamps, Bistro Niko and The Optimist.

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Rozanne’s Favorite Entertaining Tip? “Set the mood for your guests. We all look beautiful in candlelight.”

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Up Close & Personal With the Designer

Night Owl or Early Riser? Night Owl  /  Coffee or Tea? Coffee  / Salty or Sweet? Salty  / Beach or Mountains? Beach   / Read the Book or See the Movie? See the movie  /  Kindle or Hardcover? Hardcover


Dogs or Cats? Dogs  /  City or Country? Love them both / Luxury Hotel or Camping Trip?  Luxury hotel  /  Text or Phone Call? Phone call  /  Home Cooked Meal or Fancy Restaurant? Fancy restaurant

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