Preview Verde Home Rugs by Steve McKenzie at WNWN in New York!

We’re thrilled to share that in partnership with our neighbors, Verde Home, Steve McKenzie will be launching a new rug collection, to be previewed at the upcoming “What’s New What’s Next” event at the New York Design Center!

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In addition to Steve’s fine artwork, textile collections and the steve mckenzie’s showroom, he’s now taken his design prowess to the ground level, by designing a collection of fine quality, handmade area rugs for Verde Home.

Steve’s distinctive aesthetic translates beautifully from his art and textiles to what we consider “art for the floor.” Verde Home’s philosophy of style and sustainability fits seamlessly with his stylistic attitude, an attribute apparent in the beautiful designs featured in this inaugural rug collection.

In addition to previewing his new rug collection for Verde Home, Steve will also be attending “What’s New What’s Next” as a panelist for New York Spaces “Progressive Design Panel,” in part with Grange Furniture, taking place Thursday, September 17th at 3:45PM in suite 201 at the New York Design Center.

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Other panelists include Stacy Garcia and Kimberly Lewis. Jason Kontos, Editor-in-Chief, New York Spaces, will lead the discussion.

If you’ll be attending WNWN, we hope you’ll visit Verde Home and catch a glimpse of this new collection by Steve McKenzie, and join in on his panel discussion Thursday afternoon!

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Westside Design District Sidewalk Sale!

Starting this Saturday – for one week only – we’re joining some of our neighbors here in Atlanta’s Westside Design District for a fabulous Sidewalk Sale!!

We’re in great company with Redefined Home Boutique and Verde Home. Shop early for the best selection of items at up to 75% off!

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Here’s a bit of location information for Sidewalk Sale shoppers…

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Please contact the team here at steve mckenzie’s with any questions. We hope to see you on our sidewalk soon!

Get to Know the Neighbors – Verde Home

As you know now, we’re finally in our new space and loving it! While we’ll miss the space where steve mckenzie’s first set up shop, our new showroom offers so much more opportunity for our brand to continue to expand!

Not only are we growing the business, we’re so happy to share that we’ve gained some wonderful new neighbors along the way. Included in this group are our friends at Verde Home. They’ve truly opened their arms in welcome to us and we couldn’t be more excited to have them right next door!

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Verde Home not only offers a fabulous showroom, which is truly a feast for the eyes – but, their custom rug process is absolutely extraordinary! We’ve asked our friends at Verde Home to share a little about themselves and what they do, and thought you’d like to get the inside scoop too:

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What is Verde Home?

Verde Home is a boutique home furnishings studio specializing in an exclusive assortment of custom handmade rugs, upholstery, hardwood furniture, and antique finds.

Who is it that makes Verde Home so special?

Verde Home was created by a partnership between interior designer Laura Walker Baird, Paul Baird (her husband), and Kent Schneider.  Both Paul and Kent previously worked as wholesale importers and distributors of fine rugs.  Laura has been an interior designer for over 20 years and has practiced the craft both domestically and while living abroad in Italy and England.

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What are Verde Home’s specialties?

As Paul and Kent were experienced in the wholesale rug trade, where they produced and imported rugs from Iran, India, Turkey, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Portugal, and China, they acquired a tremendous in depth knowledge of the capabilities and strengths of each weaving region and well as the economic realities of each. Currently, their focus is on productions in both India and Nepal.  Verde Home can create complete custom rugs, starting from initial sketch concept all the way through to final installation.

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At Verde Home, the custom rug creation process usually goes like this:

  • Initial idea – a client needs something custom.  Sometimes it is just a custom color, other times it is a special size or unique shape.
  • Render – the team takes the concept and begins rendering ideas.  This process always ends up digital but Verde Home employs pencil and paper, as required.
  • Sample – Once they have the design and colors selected they go to sampling.  Most samples are about 2×2 and will show the exact colors and texture that will be featured in the final piece.
  • Production – Once the sample is approved they’re set to go to loom.  All of Verde Home’s rugs are handmade.  They do both hand knotting and hand tufting, which each have their own strengths.  Most pieces are completed in 10-16 weeks.
  • Delivery – 95% of the completed rugs are shipped to Atlanta where they’re inspected and  and required stain treatments may be applied.  After this is done, the custom rug is ready to go to the client.

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 “We started Verde in 2006.  We spent our first 5.5 years at the Brickworks.  We relocated to our current showroom about 2 years ago and just completed an expansion to make more room for rugs.

This neighborhood has seen great progress over the last few years and I believe is becoming the new design district for Atlanta.  We are excited about our current location and plan to be here for some time.” – Kent Schneider

We agree with Kent and are excited to be a part of Atlanta’s new design district. Many thanks to Kent and the Verde Home team for allowing us to feature them on the blog for steve mckenzie’s and for being such wonderful neighbors!

Making it Official… The NEW steve mckenzie’s!

Many of you have probably heard the news, but we want to make it blog-official… steve mckenzie’s has MOVED to a new, larger space at:

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And we’re in fabulous company with our new neighbors, Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory, Verde Home and Miller Union restaurant, whom we’ll be sharing with you in more detail in an upcoming “Getting to Know the Neighbors” blog series!

In addition to the bigger showroom, our space will also house the NEW McKenzie Interior Design Center and Steve’s art studio on the second floor.

Here’s a little peek behind the scenes while we were moving in…

 

We invite you to come check out the new space for yourself, you may even get to see shop dogs Bisi and Duke if you’re lucky!

 

The pups lounging on their fabulous new beds (thanks Laurie Bell!) at the store.
The pups lounging on their new beds at the store.

 

A BIG thank you to Laurie Bell for the fabulous pet beds, mentioned above – her outdoor fabrics are perfection!

And mark your calendars for our Grand Re-Opening and 2nd Anniversary Party on September 25th!

steve mckenzie’s regular store hours:

Monday – Friday – 10am-5pm

Saturday – 10am – 4pm

A Color Story… Why the 2014 ASA Showhouse won’t be soon forgotten.

You know we love color here at steve mckenzie’s… And after visiting the 2014 Atlanta Symphony Associates (ASA) Showhouse, we’re tickled pink (pun intended!) to see some other folks do too!

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Designer Traci Rhoads in her inspiring bedroom space at the ASA Showhouse

Designer Tracy Rhoads took bedroom design to another level with this stunning “House on the Klong” collection wallpaper from Jim Thompson!

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And the branch light fixture she so artfully curated – stunning against that aqua metallic ikat backdrop… Seriously we’re still dreaming about it.

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Stormy colors (and not to mention artwork) abound in the home’s grand hall, designed by Laura Walker, of Verde Home and Laura Walker Ltd.
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A vibrant green palette – and whimsical textiles – set the stage for the home’s master terrace by the team at Parker Kennedy. How perfect is this spot for a cup of tea in the morning?!?
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Speaking of a lovely am ritual, at steve mckenzie’s we love a good morning room. And John Oetgen‘s space didn’t disappoint! His thoughtfully curated collection of colorfully patterened throw pillows were a welcome sight.
If the colors showcased throughout this fabulous home don’t inspire you to bring some new hues into your space, we don’t know what will! But, if you’ve been bitten by the spring color bug, reach out to us today to see how we can create the perfect palette for your space.