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The Color of Cool

By Kate Abney | March 7, 2016 | Articles

The country’s first, biggest and most important home furnishings market of the year took place right here in ATL (Jan. 12 to 19), and besides rocking the retail circuit with all the pretty new things we’ll soon see in stores, AmericasMart was also the site of the world design premiere (yes, world!) of Pantone’s much talked-about 2016 Color of the Year.

Rose Quartz and Serenity provided plenty of inspiration to the designers of the downstairs lobbies—including Atlanta’s own Michel Boyd—but the Portman White gallery on the 14th floor was a veritable showcase of the home and interiors trend palettes that will be filling our apartments in the months to come. Vignettes by local faves included Heather Hogan Roberts, Cloth & Kind and, of course, the modern maestro himself, Michael Habachy. His firm’s glamorous lady’s lounge was dressed to the nines in Pantone’s Ephemera palette, featuring ethereal pastels like pale coral, blush, lavender and cloudy white.

“We’re known for dark, dramatic and masculine spaces,” the Habachy Designs principal notes. “But we wanted to challenge ourselves with something more delicate, more feminine.” His team reached for luxurious, translucent pieces—a Baccarat chandelier, a bamboo silk JAIPUR rug, an Yves Delorme pillow, a Rene Cazares sofa, even a rose quartz-slab cocktail table from RabLabs by Anna New York—that you can also pick up during a Mart visit with your designer. Ready, set, decorate! @americasmartatl



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