Industrial in Atlanta

Being from Atlanta, I was super excited when I came across this loft apartment in the King Plow Art Center on Design*Sponge! King Plow Arts is a former plow and agricultural equipment factory and warehouse that is now home to the Atlanta Actors Express theater, an event space, and other artsy companies. It’s located in the super hip East Side neighborhood, and I’ve been intrigued by the space ever since I went to a Bat Mitzvah there when I was twelve!

But I had no idea you could live there! The industrial heritage-meets-residential is so up my alley, and though I am absolutely in love with San Francisco, I found myself immediately checking if lofts* were available and how much they cost. I think there’s a possibility that I will live in about twenty different houses/apartments in my life because I can see myself in anything from an industrial loft to traditional Tudor style. But I digress.

Here, I present to you, the home of photographer Rob Brinson and his wife Jill Brinson, who is creative director for Ballard Home.  You can read more about them and their home in the interview at D*S. Also, I fell in love with their pug, Ricky Bobby, who has his own website. He doesn’t have use of his back legs due to a spinal injury, and he has his own foundation to give wheels to disabled dogs!  The website is hilarious/awesome.

*In case you were wondering, you can get 2,300 square feet at King Plow for $475k.

Style Crush: Billy Reid

Billy Reid, winner of the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, has an aesthetic at once so warm, authentic, classic, tailored, and rustic that I wish I could bottle it.

His clothes are so well-designed that they don’t seem new– they’re just so right that you assume they must be vintage classics from another era. It’s just as if they always were, they’ve always existed, and you just happened to find them now.  It’s like when you can say about a decorator that their houses don’t seem “decorated”– it means they feel lived in, that they tell a story and have a past, and that someone didn’t just come in and buy everything at once– and it’s a feat to accomplish.

That’s they way both his clothes and his interior spaces feel. Nothing strikes the eye as trying too hard, they’re just perfectly executed classics with personality.  They’re inspired by a rich history, but not stuck in the past.

And to make you love him even more, he lives and works in Florence, Alabama, where he also opened his flagship store (he’s a native Southerner– born in Amite, LA).  Above and in the gallery, images from his Florence store, as well as the Bond St. store, his office/design space in Florence, and his wares.

Photos from Robbie Caponetto, nyt, selectism.

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