You’re Invited: “Florify” your world with the NEW Florence Broadhurst collection!

We invite you to experience the innovative furniture, accessories and textiles of one of the world’s most creative tastemakers, Florence Broadhurst, at the Atlanta premier of Selamat’s new Florence Broadhurst collection!

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steve mckenzie’s – Selamat‘s exclusive Southeastern showroom – is thrilled to host this event, which will take place on Wednesday, September 7 from 6-9pm.

The Florence Broadhurst Collection by Selamat
The Florence Broadhurst Collection by Selamat

We’ll be celebrating this exciting launch with signature cocktails and invite all guests to come dressed in homage to a favorite Florence Broadhurst incarnation – it’ll be a night to remember!

Florence Broadhurst Floral Wire Bowl - available in red, blue and verbena.
Florence Broadhurst Floral Wire Bowl – available in red, blue and verbena.
Florence Broadhurst Pomogranite Cocktail Table in Nautral Hand Carved.
Florence Broadhurst Pomegranates  Cocktail Table in Nautral Hand Carved.

As you can see from the sneak peek images above, this collection is dynamite! It’s even better in person, so we hope you can attend the official Atlanta unveiling of the amazing Florence Broadhurst collection for Selamat!

RSVP here or reach out to steve mckenzie’s for additional details.

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Library Friday – Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives

In honor of the launch of the new Florence Broadhurst collection by Selamat, this Library Friday is about the fantastical life – or lives – of the Australian handprint wallpaper designer, Florence Broadhurst.

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Florence Broadhurst

Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives is a dazzling portrait of one woman’s flair for the theatrics in life and her mysterious unsolved death.

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Throughout history, our society has been drawn to the idea of transformation.  Whether it is a peasant girl becoming a princes with glass slippers, or a man who is wrongfully imprisoned turning himself into the Count of Monte Cristo.  Even in today’s society we are consumed with hiding our true identity. We all know the phrase ”what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”  Florence Broadhurst was a woman way before her years.  By the early 1920’s, she was touring with a performance group in South East Asia and China.  Eventually she established a finishing school in Shanghai.  After that venture she moved to England as a French fashion designer.

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By the early 1950’s she moved back to Australia with her husband and son.  There she re-imagined herself as a high society aristocratic English lady.  Through a love and hobby of art she became a well know painter and eventually a hand drawn/ hand printed wallpaper designer.  She created bright, bold patterns inspired by her worldly travels. Her death in 1977 is still an unsolved case.

This publication is a must for anyone who has a deep love for life, intrigue, reinventing of identities, and a passion for stunning, bright, bold patterns.

As an exciting aside, steve mckenzie’s is thrilled to be carrying the new Florence Broadhurst collection by Selamat and we’ll be celebrating our new offering at a launch party on Wednesday, September 7th. Reach out to the team at steve mckenzie’s for more info!

Here’s to Library Friday!!

Tastemaker Tuesday – Thatcher & Shannon Davis of Selamat Designs

They’re the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Selamat Designs, a fantastic, all natural product line new to the steve mckenzie’s showroom – Thatcher and Shannon Davis. After reading their interview for this blog feature we believe you’ll be as wowed by them as we are. And, because the guiding force behind our brand is also a husband-wife team, we felt there was some synergy here for sure. Not to mention this team creates some amazing, and truly responsible and sustainable products – they’re Tastemakers for sure!

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Thatcher & Shannon Davis

We are a husband and wife owned natural materials company based in San Francisco.  We design everything in house and manufacture where the materials and expertise are grown.  We are artisnal, interested in the craft of furniture making as much as the design of attractive, inventive, useful and unique products.  We care about the growth of the materials, harvesting, manufacturing, finishing, packaging, and product life.   We work hard on our own brand and on others, we are small and nimble, boutique, and forward looking. 

1. Three words that describe your aesthetic?

Eclectic, colorful, and individual

2. Would you please share a little about your favorite space/project to date?

We have been working with an Australian Design Archive, Florence Broadhurst, for the last year interpreting fabulous patterns from the 1960’s and 70’s into furniture and accessories.  It has pushed us in ways that we as a team have loved.   

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3. What’s the source(s) of your inspiration?

Not to sound cheesy but for us, it’s nature and the life of our family.  We live in a place where we interact nature on a daily basis and it influences our materials, our shapes and our finishes.  We are also inspired by the practical nature of living with products in a family setting.  We don’t want anything too precious and always have sand on our floor….

4. Name three people (alive or dead) you’d invite to your dream dinner party…

Florence Broadhurst, Bono, and Georgia O’Keefe

5. A piece of/type of furniture you couldn’t live without?

A basket to keep our shoes in by the front door.

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6. Do you follow a particular set of rules when mixing textures, finishes, etc. – how do they work for you?

No rules, that is my rule.  Showing your personality is essential.  Take risks, surround yourself with things that mean something to you personally.  You can always create a story in a space that incorporates things that seem disparate. 

7. Trending… What is something you are currently “into” and something you are “over?”

I am always into rattan, it is the perfect material, hand-made, sustainably grown, endlessly useful.  I love it outside, go ahead and let it biodegrade. 

I am a little over the gray in Restoration Hardware…

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8. How does artwork fit into your designs?

Like all great inspiration, art from the basic to the masterful is the best fodder.

9. What would be the one thing you would have if you were stranded on a deserted island?

My family… husband, three kiddos.

10. Please share a piece of advice you’d offer to someone looking to break into the interior design industry.

Be honest, be professional, and work hard to earn the respect of your clients, your vendors and your community of peers.  Don’t be afraid to try something different, people will hire you to give them permission to do something in their space that they would never have the nerve to do on their own. 

We love that last bit – it’s amazing how courageous clients can be with a professional at the helm!

Thanks so much to Shannon Davis of Selamat for offering a bit about herself and her business to our readers. There’s so much to love about the Davis’ and their unique brand of products. We’re proud to carry the Selamat Designs line at steve mckenzie’s and invite you to pop in and take a look at all they offer.