Atlanta Market is right around the corner, so Atlanta designer, Mallory Mathison Glenn to pick some of her favorite spots for everyone headed to Atlanta for Americasmart. From great restaurants to great shopping––and even some places to relax––she narrowed down some of the best things to do in town. Her award-winning designs have the same delightful quality. Toeing the line between classic European design and sophisticated southern style, Glenn creates resplendent spaces for her Atlanta-based design firm, Mallory Mathison Inc.
One recent winter morning, we caught up with Mathison Glenn to discuss Atlanta’s hottest shopping destinations, expert tips for celebrating “life’s best moments,” and why 2018 is bound to be the most colorful year yet.
Inspired by the opulence of Victorian England—Downton Abbey, Young Victoria, and Pride & Prejudice are sources of inspiration—Mathison Glenn draws classical elements into her work, layering timeless antiques with bold textiles and the occasional animal print accent. Her 2018 color predictions? Bold is best. Not one to shy away from vivid hues, Mathison Glenn is especially drawn to saturated shades of celadon, emerald green, cerulean, coral, and scarlet. Black adds depth and balance to a colorful palette, while glimmers of mixed metals impart sleek modernity.
With years of buying under her belt, Mallory has an excellent shortlist of trusted shops. The designer was eager to share six fantastic brick & mortar sources in the Atlanta area:
6 Designer-Approved Sources for Shopping in Atlanta:
1. ADAC – Trade-only design center with a wealth of options for every style & budget. Mallory suggests visiting local multi-line showrooms—begin with
Travis and Company, Grizzel & Mann, and Jerry Pair.
2. Antiques & Beyond – A “treasure trove” for antiques and collectables, Antiques & Beyond has been a designer favorite since opening in 1992.
3. Scott Antique Market – Hosted once a month at the Atlanta Expo Center, Scott Antique Market is always brimming with unique discoveries.
4. Parc Monceau – Curated by owner Barry Hutner, Parc Monceau houses a priceless collection of antiques and reproductions.
5. Miami Circle – Over 60 different showrooms comprise Miami Circle, a design destination for furniture, artwork, lighting, and more.
6. Summer Classics – The entire Summer Classics collection sits on display inside an impressive 20,000 square-foot showroom in historic Roswell. Mathison Glenn visits with clients hoping to test-drive elegant outdoor pieces.
Southern hospitality is more than a stereotype for Mallory Mathison Glenn—it’s a manifesto. Known for gracious entertaining, she hosts frequent fêtes for friends, colleagues, and neighbors. With gatherings on a “weekly basis” Mathison Glenn has les soirées down to a science.
Mallory Mathison Glenn’s 3 Steps to Party Perfection:
- Party procrastination is a major no-no. Complete all preparations the day before the event, and watch your stress levels shrink.
- Catering is key. Mallory admits that food preparation is “off the radar”, which allows her more freedom to mix & mingle with guests.
- Relax and have fun! “Guests take cues from the hostess, so it sets a comfortable tone if you’re confident and prepared.” All guests really need is a great cocktail and warm conversation—that’s the simple truth.
Modern hospitality is all about easy elegance and enjoying the company of your guests. When asked about the Atlanta “staycation” of her dreams, Mathison Glenn answered with surprising simplicity. No, she wouldn’t indulge in spa treatments and room service at the swanky Midtown Ritz, she would rather recline poolside at the home of dear friends. Enjoying outdoor spaces—“a wonderful salt water pool, cabana, and bocce ball court…full of Summer Classics”—is a top priority. “A little rosé” completes this late-spring fantasy scene.