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The Next Cool Thing

Written by Patti on January 25th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Last weekend was such fun. Eric and I got all dolled up to attend “The Next Cool Thing” here in Atlanta. The event brought together designers with furnishing vendors to create the most amazing spaces based on movies. It truly was the most!

My beloved friend Kerry Howard of KMH Interiors teamed up with Mitchell Gold and our dear friends at Larson-Juhl to furnish an alcove centered around the film, “Mommie Dearest”. It was not the biggest space, but it packed a punch. The chic sitting room boasted not only room dividers made of wooden hangers but the showpiece was an enormous chandelier made entirely of wire hangers. It was one of the most exciting ideas I have ever seen. Kerry is full of wonderful surprises and this might have been the best to date.

Panels made of wooden hangers in Kerry's space

And the piece de resistance…

Kerry's Wire Hanger Chandelier

IMG 3042 682x1024 Sneak peek into The Next Cool Thing with Kerry Howard

Photo courtesy of Tammie Reed of "Talking With Tami"

It was such a delight catching up with Kerry’s oh-so-fab assistant, Erin, too. Love her!

Erin and Me

Eric and I settled in for a bit at the James Bond lounge, done up in high style by our lovely friends at The Foundry. With a working casino, I had a tough time dragging my adorable husband away from the tables. But we stopped playing the dice long enough to visit with Stuart Spencer, our friend and Marketing Director of The Foundry.

Playing Craps in the James Bond Lounge

Saying hello to our friend Stuart.

Huge James Bond inspired panels divided the space.

This was the see and be seen spot of the event. With ultra chic furnishings and dozens of crystal chandeliers, we spent a good part of the night enjoying ourselves here.

More of the James Bond space.

This was the perfect setting for meeting up with some other friends, too.

Christy, Me, Kathy

But there was so much more to see. Take a gander at this fabulous space created by Tracy and her staff at Redefined Home, modeled after “The Birds”.

Tracy and her many origami birds.

Tracy told me she and her staff spent many evenings after work folding this flock of paper peeps. It was a stunning display.

The birds roost in a one of a kind bird coop.

Ok, just one more peek. I can’t wait to visit David’s store. I have a feeling it could become a problem for me…lol.

The air was full of paper feathered friends (or foes...)

Other exhibits we enjoyed were “Dr. Who” with its police booth rising from the floor.

Eric and the Dr. Who Police Box

And check out the art deco “Psycho” space.

Much swankier than the original.

“Marie Antoinette” made me hungry for cupcakes. Luckily, there were some close by.

Let them eat... Krispy Kreme?

Barry and Christy loved the “Gone With The Wind” tribute.

Hamming it up at Twelve Oaks.

While Kathy loved the “Auntie Mame” spot.

Barry and Kathy visit Auntie Mame.

I loved peeking behind dark curtains and meeting the chef from RSB Catering, who was so sweet to allow me to tuck in their tiny space to take photos.

Putting the final touches on some tasty tidbits.

Eric really liked the cars provided by Special Day Limos over at “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”.

Jack and Lisa, owners of Special Day Limos

Who were so sweet to let Eric take a look inside their fabulous Rolls Royce.

Eric, you look like you belong in that ride, Honey!

Eric = My own Mr. Big.

Which reminds me, there was also a reimagining of Carrie Bradshaw’s closet from “Sex and The City” which was to die for.

A portion of Carrie's closet.

I loved the vanity.

It was a wonderful evening of fantastic surprises. A million thanks to my darling friend, Tyler, who gifted me with the tickets to the gala. Smooches, Tyler!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Henry Mancini – The James Bond Theme


11 Comments so far ↓

  1. Dana says:

    I used to call my Mom Joan – I love the wire hangers:-) Miss you g-friend!

  2. Patti says:

    @Barry – wasn’t it fun? xxoo

    @Dana – I was just thinking of you yesterday! I miss you,too. And of course, my good friend Pork Chop. xxoox

  3. Christy says:

    Such a fun night! I still can’t stop gushing over Kerry’s fabulous chandelier. I may have to commission one of those ……

    So great to see you and Eric again!

    As always, thanks for such a lovely recap of the evening.

    P&P, Christy

  4. Kerry says:

    Thank you so much Patti for attending the event! I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to attend the event myself. Maybe next year! I look forward to seeing you on Friday night for our lamb dinner.

    Big Ole Hug!!!

  5. Patti says:

    Kerry – it was the most fun, but you were missed! I can’t wait for our lamb dinner Friday night! xoox

  6. Lauren T says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful and cinema-tastic time Patti! Thanks for sharing pictures from the evening.

  7. Patti,

    Thanks so much for the terrific mention. It was great catching you at the party.

    It is funny that you are listening to the Bond Theme today; it has been in my head ever since the event!

    Have a great week,

  8. Patti says:

    Hi Stuart – My husband did not want to leave your lounge. It was the most fabulous lounge ever. And with all the men in tuxedos, it just added to the allure! Everything The Foundry does impresses in a big way! xoxo, Patti

  9. Patti says:

    Christy, I loved getting a chance to catch up! xoxo

    Lauren- It was cinema-tastic. I love your new word! xxoo

    Arlynn – Larson-Juhl always that high class to everything. The framing was divine! xoxo (did you get my email?)

  10. Cool Dr Who TARDIS (police booth) exhibit … but what does it do exactly?

  11. Patti says:

    Not sure, Colin. But it sure looks cool, doesn’t it? P