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AmericasMart grows Home center for winter market

ATLANTA -- AmericasMart is highlighting some changes to the Home center in Building 1 as it prepares for the next Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, happening Jan. 9-16.

Encompassing 15 floors of permanent showrooms - and enhanced by a large and growing temporary home furnishings product mix - the Home center at AmericasMart features an array of high-end, design-driven home furnishings, home accessories, fine linens and textiles, wall decor, lighting, holiday and floral décor and area rugs.

New for January 2013, furniture and rug manufacturer Four Hands moves to a 12,000-sq.-ft. showroom on Floor 4 as part of an evolution to create an integrated lifestyle Home buying experience reflective of the way consumers shop and live. As part of the same integration, Surya moves its collection of area rugs and home décor to Floor 11.

January continues as a touchstone market for the Holiday & Floral/Home Décor center on Floors 16-20 of Building 1. These five floors showcase innovative ideas, fresh lines and new product for the year from manufacturers and designers. The Artisan Showcase offers a platform for retailers to see the old-world handcraftsmanship intrinsic in valued holiday products.

Supporting the permanent HOME showrooms are 10 home categories in the market temporaries - several of which are housed in multiple floors of the Home building (Floors 1, 2 and 7). These categories cover home furnishings and accessories to fine linens including HD Home, a juried collection of exclusive high-design home furnishings and décor showcased in vignette settings in the Center Hall of Floor 1.

The January market will once again feature several special guests, including celebrated tastemakers and renowned designers. Stacey Bewkes, author of the Quintessence Blog, will discuss how she uses online sources to develop her style. Nathan Turner, of Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorators," will explore a traditional American style that involves little effort and produces high design. And interior design icon Stan Topol will bring his signature style to Floor 14 of Building 1 with a custom room installation capturing the essence of his 2012 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Decorators Show House room created in the landmark residence Knollwood, where his living room used furniture and accessories sourced from AmericasMart showrooms.

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