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Casual outdoor living expands at summer Atlanta Market

When Americasmart hosts the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, July 13-20, the "Living. Outdoor/Indoor. The Gardens" display area will boast an expanded spectrum of casual living product innovations.

Located in Americasmart Building 2 WestWing, Floors 9 and 10, Living. Outdoor/Indoor. The Gardens is an open-space environment filled with product born of design innovations and inspirations. Linked by a two-story waterfall, the two floors will capture the natural spirit its product mix embraces. Many of the industry's leading gardens and casual lifestyle companies will showcase their product throughout the open-air setting aimed at inspiring retailers and designers alike.

Additionally, Americasmart, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary year, will offer a full range of seminars, presentations and events all designed to provide insight on the latest trends and products including:

+ HD Home preview party, Thursday, July 14, 2-6 p.m. Preview an anticipated addition to Americasmart and get a first look at some of the leading design-driven home furnishings while enjoying hors d'oeuvres, drinks and music. Building 1, Floor 1, Center Hall.

+ Everlasting arrangements, Thursday, July 14, 3-4 p.m. A decorating demonstration by Alvin Moore, who will explore the power and versatility of decorating with permanent flora in both your home and retail shop. Building 1, Floor 19, Seminar Room 19 A 23.

+ Eco-chic decorating and entertaining, Saturday, July 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Decorating demonstration by Serenbe Co-Founder Marie Nygren and Keith Robinson of Gloriosa Event Design. Join the Serenbe design duo for a presentation on decorating for everyday events and special occasions. Building 1, Floor 19, Seminar Room 19 A 23.

+ Outdoor living, Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Join a presentation by English ex-pat Kathryn Ireland who transplanted herself in California in the 1980s and is an advocate of outdoor living as well as a widely recognized expert in creating outdoor spaces. Named one of Elle Décor's Top 25 Designers and the host of Bravo's new television series Million Dollar Decorators, Kathryn will host a book sale and signing following the presentation. Building 2 WestWing, Floor 10, Seminar Room 10 A 7.

+ Home, garden and holiday living, Saturday, July 16, 2-3 p.m. Sponsored by Melrose Showroom, Ken Fetgatter, AIFD, will discuss the latest trends in design for inside and outside the home. Fetgatter will also spend some time on the holidays with a focus on economics and profitability. Building 1, Floor 19, Seminar Room 19 A 23.

+ Four seasons of design with Mar Jennings, Sunday, July 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mar Jennings shares the insights and creative design solutions he uses to create his nationally recognized homes and gardens where he blurs the lines between indoor design concepts and outdoor living spaces by his use of design elements, colors, textures and placements. Following his presentation, Jennings will have a book sale and signing of his latest book, "Life on Mar's: A Four Season Garden." Building 2 WestWing, Floor 10, Seminar Room 10 A 7.

Living. Outdoor/ Indoor. The Gardens also announces the following new tenants, expansions and relocations:

+ Designer Stone, Inc., which offers granites, marbles and other stones, will open a new permanent 290-sq.-ft. showroom located in Building 2 WestWing, Floor 9 at showroom 9-B-58.

+ Exhart Environmental Systems has expanded its showroom of decorative home and garden accessories to 1,404 square feet and will be located in Building 2 WestWing, Floor 9 at showroom 9-B-82, 83.

+ Ibis & Orchid Design Inc. has expanded its showroom of hand-painted, botanically inspired designs for the gift and home décor industry. Its 651 square feet of space will be located in Building 2 WestWing, Floor 9 at showroom 9-B-55, 63, 64.

+ Premier Kites & Designs, which offers innovative products for the specialty kite, toy, gift, flag, and lawn and garden markets, relocated its 130-sq.-ft. showroom to Building 2 WestWing, Floor 10, 10-B-61.

+ The Pottery Patch International, Inc., suppliers of imported Mexican, Thai and Malaysian pottery as well as other garden products, relocated its 1,186-sq.-ft. showroom to Building 2 WestWing, Floor 10, 10-B-74.

+ Toland Home & Garden, which offers flags and other decorative garden items, relocated to showroom 10-A-11, 12 on Floor 10 of Building 2 WestWing.

+ Viducci's Garden USA expanded its space to 1,749 square feet to better display its collection of pottery, terra cotta planters, glazed pottery, fiber-glass planters and stoneware planters. The showroom is located at 10-B-85, 86, 87 on Floor 10 of Building 2 WestWing.

For more information, visit americasmart.com.

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