Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Designers just want to have fun! (and learn)

I do believe that things happen for a reason. During
the holiday season of 2002, I attended a lovely designer luncheon
at the Madison Gallery in the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center.  
I was by myself and started to look around for a place to sit. 
I saw one empty seat at a table and decided to approach the group 
and ask if I could join them. I sat down next to a very 
lovely lady named Gail. In listening to their conversation, I realized that 
all these designers seemed to be part of a group. Gail leaned over 
to explain that they belong to an organization called
the Atlanta Designers' Network. She asked me if I would
like to visit a meeting. Business cards were exchange. After the holidays,
I wondered if she would follow through with the invitation.
About the middle of January 2003, I heard from Gail and in February 
I attended my first ADN membership meeting. Little did I know what 
a wonderful adventure I was starting. This fabulous group of designers
has offered me rewarding friendships and excellent networking
opportunities. We meet every month, except July, and have had some 
excellent programs. Over the years I have served on the board 
of this group as Marketing chairman, President and this
year I am the Program Chairman. I would love to take credit for 
our November program, but many hands were involved in 
putting it together. We had such a great experience, 
that I want to share it with you.

We went to Pirch! What/Where you ask? 
Pirch is located in the heart of Buckhead, across from Phipps Plaza, 
at 3535 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Georgia.
It offers a carefully-vetted array of premium lifestyle products for the home, 
from indoor- and outdoor-kitchens and laundry appliances, 
to personal wellness systems, bath fixtures and decorative plumbing.

We entered from the upper parking deck. To your left is
a beautiful LaCornue stove in turquoise. Straight ahead is the
welcome area, where you can get fruit infused water or coffee.

What a beauty!

Our tour guide was the lovely Michelle McGuire, 
the Director of Marketing and Development for Pirch.
She walked us around the showroom and answered 
our numerous questions. 

To our right was a group of lovely bath accessories.

We saw groups of washer and driers. Along with a...

a steam closet! 

Most of the sinks, tubs and showers 
are actually plumbed. 

We were like little kids, 
turning the water off and on! 

You even get a chance to meet the Stones! 

Don't you just love this tub!

We then turned a corner and there was the Sanctuary. 

The Sanctuary is in a separate room 
that has draperies that draw across the door (no windows).

The reason for the privacy is because you can schedule
a time to go into the Sanctuary in your bathing suit or 
birthday suit! to try out the showers!

These are some of the shower heads that are available in the Sanctuary.

Here are some of the many faucets you can choose from.
These can be lifted off the display and moved to your choice of sinks.

They have a large selection of unusual vanities. 

and toilets.

This style you just wave your hand across the top 

and voila, it opens and shuts all by itself!

Beautiful vessel bowls of all shapes, sizes and materials.

Scattered around the showroom are quotes that 
speak to you... 

and detail information about their products.

This kitchen had a wine refrigerator and to the right 
of it is a wine dispenser. 

A number of brands of appliances are shown with a 
knowledgeable team to answer your questions.

I am sure there are some Tennessee fans that would love
a big orange range! 

With all of these kitchens we saw, we were starting 
to get a little hungry! 

As we neared the outdoor kitchens, we started to 
smell something good! 

One thing the ADN members love to do is eat! 
We were treated to a magnificent meal. Rumor has it
that if you visit Pirch around lunchtime, you will 
be invited to sit and have a plate. 

It would have been wonderful to sit and stay for awhile. But
business calls, so as hugs are exchange and goodbyes said,
the designers scatter to find new fabrics, furniture or search for that
perfect something for their clients!
We know we will get together again next month! 

Source: Debbie Jacobs Designs

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