Ready to find out what happens when six leading lifestyle influencers descend on AmericasMart Atlanta for their first to-the-trade market experience? Design tastemakers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit, Julia & Chris Marcum of Chris Loves Julia, Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built, and designer-turned-author Orlando Soria were invited to Atlanta this July for the inaugural Shop the Show program at AmericasMart, and the results were nothing short of magic! As always, the REstyle team had an insider’s VIP pass to this summer’s events; read on for a sneak peek behind the scenes of all things #ShoptheShowATL!
Festivities kicked off Friday, July 13th at the Shop the Show Soiree, where guests were invited to mix and mingle with the influencers at a floor-wide cocktail party. The evening included music, giveaways, cocktails and light bites at all participating showrooms, plus interactive experiences led by the special guests throughout the etúHOME by Europe2You showroom. Clea & Joanna hosted a champagne toast, while Orlando offered signed copies of his recent book Get It Together! as well as a giveaway of five of his pieces of original artwork. Chris & Julia treated guests to a help-yourself candy bar, and Brittany hosted a book signing as well as a fun “House That Lars Built”-style DIY paper craft--brooches shaped like summery lemons and cheerful rainbows adorned every lapel in the house that evening!
On Saturday, July 14th, the Shop the Show influencers took to the AmericasMart Main Stage for a lively conversation moderated by Dennis Scully, Business of Home (formerly Editor at Large) contributing editor. Pulling back the curtain on their business inspiration, social media strategy, and feelings on their first-time market experiences, the influencers gave guests the inside scoop on how they planned to zero in on fabulous finds, killer products and hot trends for the next season and beyond.
MEET THE INFLUENCERS
SHOP THE SHOW PRODUCT PICKS
Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin described their first trip to market as positively overwhelming, as the two self-described minimalists came with a plan in mind but were soon “roaming every floor, trying to get everything!” The Home Edit duo scouted out looks for their personal projects as well as their celebrity clients, making stops at etúHOME by Europe2You, Karen Alweil Studio, Jaipur Living, Cat Studio and more. Clea loved the modern reclaimed log stools and cutting boards from etúHOME, while Joanna cozied up to a snuggly cotton/linen throw from Hamamlique at Karen Alweil and the uniquely embroidered pillows at Cat Studio.
“If you don’t enjoy or use it, get rid of it, and you’ll find yourself with the things that you love in your home. Just edit it out—it’s magic how it’ll make you feel!” — Clea & Joanna on organizing
Chris and Julia Marcum were on the hunt for furnishings with a sleek, modern Western vibe; a few of their favorite finds in this “updated cabin” style included a rustic dining table at etúHOME, leather and steel rocking chair from BIDK Home, fur accents, animal pillows and a tripod lamp from Accents De Ville. A few standout accessory finds included handmade ceramic dishes at Montes Doggett, a canvas and leather ottoman from North American Country Home, and forest-inspired candles from Rosy Rings.
“It’s endless. You turn the corner, there’s something for everyone...even something that someone is making by hand right in front of you. It’s amazing!” — Chris Marcum, on the C&J team’s first trip to market
Brittany Watson Jepsen fell in love with the natural finishes and farmhouse-inspired style at etúHOME by Europe2You, including one antique wooden pendulum clock in particular. She also scouted the sweetest luxury baby items from Nella Pima and petite pastel children’s suitcases from Olli Ella at Karen Alweil Studio.
“I believe if you live with beautiful things you’ll live a more thoughtful and intentional life.” — Brittany
Orlando Soria described his first trade market experience as both “eye-opening” and “life-changing,” having found so many things he never knew his projects needed. The seasoned designer has an especially keen eye for the unique artwork needed to pull a design project together; some of his standout finds at market included large scale black geometric artwork at Leftbank, as well as gestural brushstroke portraits at etúHOME by Europe2You, all guaranteed to make walls pop with monochromatic style.
“Quality over quantity. If I don’t have something I am super passionate about, I don’t want to share it.” — Orlando on what he shares via social media
Preview the Pop-Ups
Experience shopping at the country’s leading home, gift and lifestyle marketplace like never before! Introducing Shop the Show for July Market, your Style Guide of favorite finds expertly curated by leading lifestyle influencers. Retailers, designers and home décor lovers can shop the show like an expert with this fresh twist on the Market experience—zeroing in on fabulous finds, products and the hottest trends for next season and beyond!