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Yesterday was San Francisco designer Jay Jeffers’s first formal presentation at ADAC, but it was certainly not his first visit to Atlanta. Named multiple times to both Elle Décor’s and House Beautiful’s lists of top talents, Jeffers and his husband Michael Purdy, creative director of their retail store Cavalier, have often sourced products at ADAC and local antique galleries. In fact, they’re big fans of Scott Antique Market.
Once each year, the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) hosts Design ADAC—a four-day conference of seminars, product introductions, and presentations by internationally known design experts. For years, this has been the Southeast's top networking event for trade professionals, and now the public is also invited to hear industry leaders for free.
The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center is the design profession’s best-kept secret, a world-class design center with furniture, antiques, fabrics, wallcoverings, art, fixtures, and accessories gathered from around the globe. Even without a five-figure decorating budget, anyone can come here to find one fabulous fabric or a unique chair to create that all-important focal point.
ADAC is not only a top resource for home furnishings, but it’s a great place to get an education on design. They offer many tours and lectures which are FREE and open to the public (shhh—don’t tell anyone, because I don't want sessions to “sell out”). Today, I took a tour of rug showrooms with designer Maria McLaurin.