Story by Meghan Jackson
Like a cookie-cutter hotel chain, a house without décor is simply just that, a house. The interior, even of two identical rooms, can be so differently altered by the addition of that memorable piece. A gold mine of interior treasures — from intricate accessories to furniture of the highest grandeur — can be found in the South, and we’ve put together some of the most notable makers and their storytelling pieces that can turn a house into a home.
Southern Lights Electric
$10 - $1,610
It was more than just flipping the switch that compelled Adam Gatchel to pursue South- ern Lights Electric. The musician-turned-lighting-designer creates custom commercial lighting, as well as a series of pendants and lamps perfect for anything from kitchens to bedside tables. Set to open a brick-and-mortar store this year, his unique products, like the Bell Jar Table Lamp ($135), will capture the spotlight in any room.
Brighten up the room with flowers in a statement vase or do so literally with an intricate handmade lamp. Either way, Honeycomb Studio has you covered. Owner Courtney Hamill composes each porcelain piece herself from an Atlanta studio. Her small-batch designs, like The Vessel Series ($37-$65), are available in boutiques and museums in more than 20 states in addition to multiple international retailers. Hamill’s work plays on natural colors with gold accents, crisp details and deliberate shapes.
$1 - $5,000
Literary lovers and treasure hunters alike enthusiastically follow Sugarboo Designs. Owner Rebecca Puig juxtaposes contrasting themes, like old and new or serious and silly, to create interesting conversation pieces. It’s easy to get lost for hours browsing the rustic décor, hand-crafted ceramics, unique paper goods and wall hangings in either their retail location in Atlanta or their showroom at AmericasMart. One of our favorites is the Book Collection ($400-$600), featuring quotes from memorable books and icons like E.E. Cummings, Maya Angelou and Roald Dahl.
$60 - $4,300
A family hardware and appliance business sparked Kaminer Haislip’s interest in design as a teenager. Now, she works full time as a designer and silversmith out of her downtown Charleston, S.C. studio creating pieces like this Teapot II, Corresponding to an Echo as it Travels ($4,300). In addition to intricately crafted jewelry and commissioned work, she focuses on making exquisite functional objects to inspire and enhance the actual processes of everyday life.
Moran Woodworked Furniture
$300 and up
Michael James Moran and Celia Gibson craft furniture with a commitment to honor the natural beauty of the materials. Their company, Moran Woodworked Furniture, features functional yet elegant wooden pieces that recognize the intertwining of natural and man-made worlds. They use primarily domestic hardwoods in their collections to create furniture like this set of Peruvian Walnut Ottomans ($800 each/$1,400 pair) available online.
$43.95 - $595
Artist Megan Adams Brooks designs patterns that add a contemporary touch to any interior. Her products, including throw pillows ($150-$265), feature a primarily neutral palate with an understated pop of color or unique abstract twist on an otherwise classic design. Brooks’ work has appeared in Neiman Marcus, and is available in a range of home goods from wallpaper to dinnerware, and can even be purchased as fabric by the yard for DIY projects. Plus, a percentage of all profits Brooks receives are used to sponsor orphaned children in Zambia through Family Legacy Missions International’s Father’s Heart program.
Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design
$850 - $9,750
Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design is responsible for the interiors of some of Atlanta’s most popular restaurants. Known for pushing the envelope of perception to create contemporary pieces, Morgan specializes in custom works of furniture for his clients. He also has items available for purchase through his website, classified into two collections: “SMFD,” the sturdy, livable, architecturally advanced line, and “doc.” which features more playful furniture, like the doc. 75 chair ($1,275), that blurs the lines of form and function.