Wednesday, March 4, 2015

StyleBlueprint Blog Feature

Two weeks ago, Melanie was featured in StyleBlueprint's blog post "Designer Details: Shop ADAC with a Designer." Melanie, along with Clary Bosbyshell Froeba, spent the afternoon showing how ADAC is an incredible resource.

Melanie with Clary Bosbyshell Froeba

Both Clary and Melanie share how frequently they visit ADAC, events they attend, and their strategies for navigating ADAC for their frequent trips. They also describe the importance of an interior designer, something that's very near to our hearts!

Melanie at Jerry Pair

ADAC is such a amazing resource for us to use. As an interior design firm, we can go to one centralized location to pull fabrics, wallcoverings, furniture, and lighting. It serves as a wonderful design community and we've developed amazing friendships with representatives at showrooms throughout ADAC.

Looking through lighting books at Grizzel & Mann

Here at The Design Atelier, we love ADAC for all of these reasons, and also because it will be our new home starting in May! We will be in the Design Studios at the Offices of ADAC. We hate to leave the Westside Provisions District, but we know that moving to ADAC will enrich our resource base and allow us to better utilize the showrooms. We are eager to start this new chapter in this new location!

Melanie comparing rug samples at Grizzel & Mann

 Check out the StyleBlueprint's post! You can find it in the link here.



*Photos from the StyleBlueprint blogpost

Friday, February 20, 2015

Meet the Ladies of The Design Atelier :: Melanie Millner

Here is the final installment of our series "Meet the Ladies of The Design Atelier." We've saved the best for last, Melanie is the founder and principal of The Design Atelier!


Melanie at her drafting table in the TDA office
Name: Melanie Millner

Hometown: Schenectady, New York


I knew I wanted to be a designer when… I was in high school.

If I wasn't a designer, I’d be… I can't imagine being anything else!

Random thing I’m good at… Deer hunting

Favorite meal to cook (or enjoy!)… Grilled salmon, quinoa, and steamed veggies

One thing I always buy even if I already own a dozen… Flowers, tulips are my favorite!

Every home needs… love.


Favorite restaurant... Restaurant Eugene on Peachtree.

You couldn't pay me to... do interior painting.


Melanie's children: Wyatt, Megan, and Wesley
Also, Cocoa, the family dog



My perfect day… any summer day in Northeast Harbor, Maine with my kids.

Guilty of spending too much money on… groceries from Whole Foods.

Favorite quote… "Peace, it does not mean to be in a please where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart."

If I could travel anywhere, it would be… Maine, Paris, and Italy

My biggest pet peeve is… lack of motivation.

Best motherly advice… Nothing worthwhile comes easy.

My latest addiction is... a daily latte from Enrico, the Italian barista at Star Provisions.






We hope you enjoyed getting to know Melanie and the other ladies of The Design Atelier. It's been fun to show you our team and to let you know more about each of us! We've been up to some pretty exciting things the past couple of weeks, and we can't wait to tell y'all about them. Be on the lookout for another post coming soon!

We wish you a great weekend, and stay warm!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Meet the Ladies of The Design Atelier :: Sarah Margaret Lyons

We hope you have had a great week so far! Here is the next member of our team, meet our Design Assistant Sarah Margaret!

Sarah Margaret with her family commemorating
her graduation from Auburn University in August.
Name: Sarah Margaret Lyons

Hometown: Auburn, Alabama

I knew I wanted to be a designer when… When I was younger, I would rearrange my doll house every week and rearrange/redecorate my room about once a month. My mom also gave me the responsibility of decorating the house for Christmas, rearranging the furniture, or styling bookshelves, mantels, etc. I (officially) knew I wanted to go into interior design when my parents bought and renovated a 1920's bungalow when I was in high school. I had so much fun visualizing the final result!

If I wasn't a designer, I’d be… maybe an elementary art teacher or working for a non-profit charitable organization.

Random thing I’m good at… Cooking! I love it. I got 2 new cookbooks for Christmas and I love scouring through them!

Favorite meal to cook (or enjoy!)… I really enjoy being adventurous with cooking. I get inspired from shows on the Food Network (Ina Garten and Giada de Laurentiis are my personal favorites) and try to replicate meals from memory. Usually I toss ingredients together and see how it turns out! Sometimes, it's delicious and other times... you surrender and order pizza.

One thing I always buy even if I already own a dozen… Haagen Dazs pints of ice cream. I can’t help it.

Every home needs… organization and at least one antique piece. (Emi and I agree on this!)

My perfect day… Sleeping in, having a nice quiet morning with a good book and a cup of coffee, and then spending the rest of the day with family and friends out on the lake.
Sarah Margaret with her boyfriend, Jeffrey, in the Devon Tower
overlooking Oklahoma City.

Guilty of spending too much money on… plane tickets to see my boyfriend in Oklahoma.

Favorite quote… “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” -Mother Theresa

If I could travel anywhere, it would be… The southern coast of Italy! The pictures I've seen look lovely and it sounds so luxurious to lay in the sun and eat scrumptious Italian food all day.

My biggest pet peeve is… nail biting or knuckles popping. I hate the sound!

Best motherly advice… Always act like a lady.



We hope you enjoyed getting to know Sarah Margaret. Look forward to meeting another team member next week!! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Meet the Ladies of The Design Atelier :: Emi Price

For the next month or so, we will be doing a little series called "Meet the Ladies of The Design Atelier." We want to give you the opportunity to get to know each team member of The Design Atelier! Usually, our blog posts consist of what we are currently working on or inspiration images for upcoming projects. Why not give you a peek inside our world and see who makes up The Design Atelier?!

Without any further ado, meet Emi, our Design Associate!

Emi and her fiance, Matt, cheering on their Auburn Tigers!
Name – Emily Kathryn “Emi K.” Price… but you can call me Emi K. Mason in about two months!

Hometown – I grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee but my parents moved to Auburn, Alabama about 2 years ago and I could not be more happy to call Auburn home.

I knew I wanted to be a designer when… As a little girl, my favorite thing to do was rearrange the house. I would convince my little sister that we should take her bunk beds down and make them into twin beds (or vice-versa) about once a week. Considering the fact that we were under the age 10 when this trend started, it was quite a feat for little girls… but I absolutely loved how furniture placement made a room feel like an entirely new space. I even arranged furniture in my doll house and then taped it to the floor so that my sister wouldn’t mess it up. Let’s just say my type-A, furniture loving personality was destined for interior design from a very young age.

If I wasn’t a designer I’d be… A high school math teacher and cheerleading coach.

Emi with her little sister, Melanie


Random thing I’m good at… Backflips

Favorite meal to cook (or enjoy!)… This doesn’t really count as a meal but my favorite thing to make in the kitchen is any kind of cookie or cake. I started baking with my mom when I was very young and I have always loved it.

Every home needs… Organization and at least one or two antiques.

Favorite furniture store in Atlanta… Bungalow Classic

Favorite restaurant… Acre in Auburn, Alabama – I’m partial for a lot of special reasons but you should definitely try it if you ever get a chance to visit the Plains.

You couldn’t pay me to… Swim with sharks. Never will I ever.

My perfect day… Put me on the beach or on a boat in the middle of the lake with my friends and family and I’m the happiest girl in the world.

Guilty of spending too much money on… My wedding…….

If I could travel anwhere, it would be… Bora Bora and I would stay in one of those huts with a thatch roof in the middle of the ocean and drink strawberry daiquiris all day!

My biggest pet peeve is… Messiness. I’m a neat freak.

My latest addicition is… Embossing anything that will fit into my new embosser including about 1,000 cocktail napkins for my wedding.

How cute is this engagement picture?! 

We love having Emi as a part of our team. She keeps everything running smoothly and always with a smile on her face! We hope you enjoyed getting to know her a little better. Look forward to meeting the rest of the team in the weeks to come!

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Project :: Penthouse

Happy Friday!

We wanted to update you on a fun new project we have. We are helping renovate and decorate this beautiful penthouse right on Peachtree. Our clients are moving here from their beautiful Henri Jova home in Ansley Park. After a quick walk through, we are eager to get started!

Look at that view!
Kitchen renovation in progress, Melanie is sketching some quick ideas.
What a beautiful fireplace

How incredible is this space?! And this is just a sneak peek of more to come! We'll keep you updated as we progress. Be on the lookout!

Friday, January 9, 2015

St. Phillip's Cathedral Antiques Show Inspiration Avenue 2015

Happy New Year! We hope y'all had a great holiday season! 

This new year has already brought us several exciting projects and we are thrilled to announce that we were invited to participate in the 2015 St. Phillip's Cathedral Antiques Show Inspiration Avenue. We enjoyed being a part of last year's show and can't wait to get started!


The Cathedral Antiques Show is a festival of great antiques and the decorative arts held annually to benefit a designated charity. With the help of hundreds of volunteers and support from the church, antiques dealers, corporate sponsors, patrons, and the community, the Antiques Show has raised more than $4 million for Atlanta-area non-profits since its inception in 1969. The Cathedral receives no funding from the Show: all of each year's net proceeds are given to the beneficiary organization. The 2015 Cathedral Antiques Show beneficiary is Covenant House Georgia.

Covenant House is a residential crisis shelter serving homeless, runaway, and trafficked youth ages 18 to 21. By offering housing, crisis care, educational and vocational services, and mental health resources, Covenant House helps this vulnerable population transition to a life of safety and self-sufficiency. Covenant House's mission is to provide absolute respect and unconditional love to the youth who seek its refuge.

For last year's Inspiration Avenue, we designed a room inspired by Annie Oakley. 




This year, the spaces featured in Inspiration Avenue will be decorated to reflect the styles, traditions, and cultures of a different country or region around the world. We have chosen our space to be inspired by the beautiful country Brasil. Here are some inspiration images we have pulled to start designing our space:





We'll keep you updated as we design our space. We're looking forward to the final product! If you would like more information about the antiques show, please click on the following link: www.cathedralantiques.org.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Greetings

Hello from The Design Atelier! We hope that this holiday season has not been too crazy. Here at The Design Atelier, this holiday season has been busy busy busy! The season is always hustling and bustling with things to do, people to meet, places to be, gifts to buy, food to prepare... there is little time for what this Christmas season is about.

peace. joy. hope. love.

This time of year brings about a time of reflection of the past year and we have a favorite little spot that is perfect for such quiet moments...

The Barbara Johnson Prickett Chapel at Westminster.




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The architecture makes the building seem like it was built hundreds of years ago, when it was actually commissioned by Terry Lamphere in 2010. The chapel consists of eight arches made from Adirondack granite and a twenty-seven foot granite tower located at the rear of the building. The stone was primarily carved by Alan M. Webster, Jr. and Curt vonSchilgen. All of the stone used for the building is granite from the Adirondack region in upstate New York. The chapel was built in New York and then shipped to Atlanta for reassembly.



Mies van der Rohe once said, "Simplicity is the outcome of technical subtlety." Such simplicity can be found in the details of this chapel. The stone work is absolutely incredible, contributing to the timelessness of the architecture. It reminds Melanie of growing up in New England and fond childhood memories shared. The chapel proves that something small and simple can have significant meaning if you care about the details and quality of the craftsmanship.


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It is a favorite place to sit, reflect and be intimately surrounded by a structure that silently speaks of greatness.




Whether at the Prickett Chapel or in your home, we hope that you are able to find peaceful moments in such a hectic time of year. We wish that everyone has a joyous holiday season with loved ones. 

Merry Christmas from The Design Atelier!