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Imagine how much furniture and décor it would take to fill 15,000 square feet of living space. Now imagine completing the planning, shopping, designing and staging of the space in a two month period. Whew! It makes you tired just thinking about it right? Recently, Barbara Heil-Sonneck and the Design2Sell team did just that. Wilson Parker Homes, an Atlanta home builder, hired the designer and her staff to furnish each and every room within three separate model homes. Each model home was different in architecture style, size, and location. The first model home that Barbara and the team staged was (4 comments)
That Red Chair - 01/28/11 08:17 AM
Frequently during THE NEXT COOL THING I was asked this question: Where did you find that red chair? Guests were mesmerized by its stature and unconventional design. There were so many amazing pieces of furniture in the modern space I designed for the "Gone With the Wind" exhibit, but this beauty stole the show. I can only be credited for the selection of the chair as it is the creation of Huff Furniture and Design.
The curved back of the chair was tufted with Swarovski Crystals peaking out of each tuft. The piece was certainly something that one might find (9 comments)
Mod Design at THE NEXT COOL THING - 01/26/11 11:52 PM
Thank you to everyone that supported Design2Sell and visited the "Gone With the Wind" exhibit at THE NEXT COOL THING. The GWTW exhibit attracted tons of visitors and we were extremely pleased with all of the positive feedback about the space. We would also like to thank Huff Furniture and Cort Furniture for allowing our team to fill the modern side of the exhibit with their extraordinary furnishings. For those of you that were not able to visit the GWTW exhibit we will be posting photos for the next few days so that you can see the fruit of our labor. (6 comments)
Atlanta Home Radio Talks Shop with Barbara Heil-Sonneck - 01/24/11 11:20 PM
Listeners of Atlanta Home Radio recently received an education in home staging and design when Barbara Heil-Sonneck appeared as a guest on the radio program. The show, which airs live every Tuesday, interviews local home experts and informs listeners about all aspects of home ownership. Co-hosts Alan Dubrinsky and Stone Payton asked the designer to explain the idea behind staging and why it is beneficial to homeowners. Barbara was happy to explain that staging is the physical act of preparing a home for sale by de-cluttering and designing each space within the home to appeal to the largest number of people. (0 comments)
THE NEXT COOL THING- VIP Gala - 01/22/11 01:56 PM
Last night THE NEXT COOL THING opened its doors and guests were dazzled with the set design and performances of Atlanta's top creative talent. Design2Sell owner, Barbara Heil-Sonneck, was proud to unveil her modern interpretation of "Gone With the Wind"and in the next few days we will post pictures of the ultra-modern space. This evening is the invitation only VIP Gala for professionals in the film & TV, entertainment, design(interiors, graphics, design/build), performing arts and event industries. This black tie optional event is expressly for the purpose of business networking and Design2Sell is excited to be a part of the excitement. (2 comments)
Today is the day. The day that the “Gone With the Wind” exhibit at THE NEXT COOL THING will be unveiled. Today is the day that all the hard work pays off. Today, "Gone With the Wind" past meets the present and I get to reveal my modern interpretation of the antebellum home. The event will kick off this evening at 7 p.m. with red carpet cocktails and tonight’s guests will be the first to witness the Twelve Oaks Plantation inspired exhibit. Sample food and beverages from dozens of the top Atlanta catering, restaurant and libations experts will be at (5 comments)
What is Modern Design? - 01/19/11 10:29 PM
The “Gone With the Wind” exhibit at THE NEXT COOL THING challenged me to carefully consider how the decor of Twelve Oaks Plantation would translate into an interior space today. As you already know I felt that the antebellum home’s interior would translate well into a “modern” design. But before I could create a “modern” space I was forced to ponder this question: What exactly IS modern design? The word doesn’t mean the same thing to every person and most of us have different interpretations of this type of design. Modern design, as most of us know it, dates (2 comments)
Scarlett O'Hara Inspired Color Pallette at THE NEXT COOL THING - 01/18/11 10:42 PM
Many of the scenes in "Gone With the Wind" are memorable and what seems to define those scenes is Scarlett O'Hara's wardrobe. It was not only the furnishings and lavish décor that littered the set of the movie that moved us. The costumes that Scarlett wore also inspired us in designing our modern space within the "Gone With the Wind" exhibit at THE NEXT COOL THING. What specifically motivated us was the infamous "inappropriate" garnet gown. You know the one. The garnet gown with its feathers, rhinestones, and low cut neck line inspired me to choose bold red accents for the room in honor of the (0 comments)
THE NEXT COOL THING-Choosing the Furnishings - 01/18/11 07:23 AM
As the industry event, THE NEXT COOL THING, draws near many have asked how I decided on the furnishings and décor for the modern space within the "Gone With the Wind" exhibit. The film will always be remembered for its spectacular color schemes and set design. It will always be remembered as one of the greatest and most elaborately made movies of all time. For that reason it was a daunting task to try and create a space inspired by such a grand film. As you know, our side of the exhibit will be a 2011 version of the interior (4 comments)
The NExt Cool Thing: Gone With the Wind Set - Preparation - 01/16/11 10:20 PM
Only 6 more days until launch. Design2Sell - Interiors & Homestaging is excited to be part of the GONE WITH THE WIND team at the Next Cool Thing. We talked about how everything started, the "Gone with the Wind team" and today about how we teamed up to make this collaboration work. 'Eighty percent of success is showing up', says Woody Allan, and I agree, this is the first step to allow opportunities to happen, followed by planning , commitment, dedication and follow-through. After weeks of planning and weekly meetings at Kathy Antar's "Sewing Studio" just around the Corner of the (0 comments)
The Next Cool Thing Part 2: The "Gone with the Wind" Team - 01/15/11 09:09 PM
This week Design2Sell - Interiors & Homestaging will blog about all happenings around the Next Cool Thing. We talked about how everything started, and today about our "Gone with the Wind" Team and what we are planning to accomplish. You will get an up-close look at how Scarlett O’Hara’s home appeared in the classic movie, “Gone with the Wind”, and how it might appear today. A historical and modern interpretation "How Scarlett might live today" of the famous house will be revealed at the special event. Researching a Modern Take on "Gone with the Wind", I found this Video on UTube (2 comments)
The Next Cool Thing Part 1: How everything started - 01/14/11 11:07 AM
The next couple of days I will blog about the process and progress of the Set "Gone with the Wind" we are creating for the event. All began last October when a creative team around Barbara English announced that the "Next Cool Thing" a creative showcase of local designers, film industry art department professionals and vendors will take place in January. A three day event featuring exhibits based on film or television themes to showcase local talent and resources for the purpose of building the infrastructure for the growing film and television industry in Georgia. Followed by a networking meeting (12 comments)
Design "Then and Now" at THE NEXT COOL THING - 01/12/11 09:23 AM
As you may or may not know the industry event, THE NEXT COOL THING, has been postponed until Friday, January 21, and will continue until Sunday, January 23. Among the exhibits of the delayed event is the "Gone with the Wind" space that will feature both a historical and modern interpretation of the antebellum home from the from the film. As guests anticipate the opening of the exhibit many have asked what decor from each time period will be used in the Twelve Oaks Plantation inspired environment. Interior design trends during the 1860s, the time when the movie "Gone with the Wind" was set, were much different than they are now. In honor (4 comments)
Would Scarlett O'Hara would feel right at home at THE NEXT COOL THING? - 01/10/11 12:44 PM
Scarlett O'Hara would feel right at home in the space that will be designed by Barbara Heil-Sonneck at THE NEXT COOL THING. On Friday, January 14, the Design2Sell owner will reveal a modern interpretation of the set design of the classic film, "Gone with the Wind". Guests of the exhibit will have the unique opportunity to see how Scarlett might live in 2011. Antique furniture will be replaced by stainless steel, glass, and decor that will honor the grand style of the southern diva. The contemporary space will be featured within a larger Twelve Oaks Plantation inspired exhibit that will also contain a historical take on the (11 comments)
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