Our Market Editor, Victoria de la Camara, is sharing a two part account of team Rue’s time at AmericasMart in Atlanta. Be sure to check out part two next week!

While we normally have just a couple of us at these market events, this time we had almost the whole team. I landed in Atlanta around 6 pm, coming from Madrid, weary but excited to see the rest of team Rue. A cocktail was definitely on my mind after 13 hours traveling! I met Kelli Lamb, our Managing Editor and Kat McEachern, our Contributing Editor at Ponce City Market (such a cool space!) for dinner and drinks. All of us were pretty tired so drinks (plural) ended up just being drink (singular).

The next day, our first day at AmericasMart, we were sure to check out the Diamonds of Design exhibit that showcased vignettes of some of our favorite designers. We loved them all but Jenny Wolf’s space with blue marbled wallpaper was an group favorite. By the time we went to a few showrooms and got ourselves settled in the press room, it was already getting close to lunch time which meant that we’d head over to the Fiesta Demonstration Kitchen to see Cajun Creations. There we were introduced to the process of smoking our meats and how to properly prepare grits.

After scarfing down cheddar grits and learning how to make lemongrass vodka, we then headed up to the 14th floor to attend a discussion moderated by our own Kelli Lamb with the Novogratz on how to create a boutique experience in your own home. Let’s just say that after the discussion, we were even more impressed by the Novogratz’ achievements: they make having 7 children and a renowned design business seem easy. We took notes of their tips for renting out your home, including learning how to select your clientele carefully.

The next day was chock full of touring showrooms–including Palecek, Bliss Studio, Noir and Four Hands. All, filled with gorgeous pieces that each of us wanted to bring home! By the time the evening rolled in, we headed over to the Diamonds of Design party which was rockin’. A great dj, several glasses of prosecco and chatting with some familiar faces, it was hard to peel ourselves away for a team dinner at Max’s Coal Over Pizzeria. Probably the best pizza I have had in my life, so take note!