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death of a showroom...

2 weeks ago i received a horrific email!!  i had sent my rep at ann sacks an email asking about a particular order and got back a blanket response that the atlanta showroom was closed as of feb 29th and if i needed any further assistance to please contact the miami showroom.  what????!!!!!  noooooooo!!!!!!!  while the thought of a really good excuse to road trip to miami briefly crossed my mind, i was more overcome with sadness at the loss of the showroom i have spent countless hours in over the past 10+ years!!!  and it was so sudden, so unexpected, so unnecessary!!!  why!!!  

 

whenever someone died in my family, my aunt mary was always the one who would pull together a photo collage of that person for display at the wake (chicago catholics = big families, lots of parties, and embarrassing photos).  as i stared at the email, i couldn't help but take my own photographic trip down memory lane of my beloved showroom...  my son literally "hung out" in one of their display tubs when he was a baby and crawling all over the place!  we called it a porcelain playpen, and a fancy one at that!  i have spent numerous hours staring at the shelves of tile sample boards, dreaming about the spaces those tiles might inhabit.  truly a love affair.  i had the same rep for years, susan cronin, and our kids have crossed into double digits together!  then came julie, christina, and lashae and there's always been lots of laughing, idea sharing, and hey, come in and see the fabulous new things!!!  seriously, i have tears.  sure, miami's fab and all, but it's just not the same as glorious tile and people who know me 15 minutes from my house!!!  big sniff.

so in aunt mary fashion, i give you my photo collage of the ann sacks atlanta showroom at adac...

we'll start with me pressing my nose on their window blubbering like an idiot :(  the lights were off, but there was one guy inside eyeing me like i was some kind of crying, creepy freak.

now on to a good number of shots i've taken through the years of favorite tiles, tiles that needed to go somewhere, one day, or tiles that had a very specific destination.  

and now a few of some extra special tiles...

next, i figured i'd throw in some finished projects where i used ann sacks tile...

 the picture that's been saved over 10k times on houzz!!!!!  this blows me away!!   wall tiles lucian in oxygen. photo credit emily followill jenkins

the picture that's been saved over 10k times on houzz!!!!!  this blows me away!!   wall tiles lucian in oxygen. photo credit emily followill jenkins

 beau monde custom color marble floor in marilyn pattern.  crazy love!  the walls are in lume, white glass.  photo credit jeff herr photography

beau monde custom color marble floor in marilyn pattern.  crazy love!  the walls are in lume, white glass.  photo credit jeff herr photography

 kids bath.  bronze, savoy penny rounds on the floor!  photo credit jeff herr photography

kids bath.  bronze, savoy penny rounds on the floor!  photo credit jeff herr photography

 2015 atlanta symphony orchestras decorators show house and gardens, the bad girl bath ;)  lucian metallic in pewter, so damn sexy!!  photo credit emily jenkins followill

2015 atlanta symphony orchestras decorators show house and gardens, the bad girl bath ;)  lucian metallic in pewter, so damn sexy!!  photo credit emily jenkins followill

 work in progress at maison zen glam, which is done now, but i haven't taken professional photos, yet.  foundation brick in a herringbone pattern in the kitchen and idris moroccan style tile in the master shower!!!

work in progress at maison zen glam, which is done now, but i haven't taken professional photos, yet.  foundation brick in a herringbone pattern in the kitchen and idris moroccan style tile in the master shower!!!

 another current work in progress, coolest house in decatur!!  and that super sick profile ridge in bondi non-iridescent!!!  omg, it's so yummy!!!

another current work in progress, coolest house in decatur!!  and that super sick profile ridge in bondi non-iridescent!!!  omg, it's so yummy!!!

so, dearly beloved, we read this blog post, to commemorate and celebrate a treasured showroom via pictures.  i will always remember the time spent fantasizing, researching, loitering...  occasionally partaking in the free mini candies they kept out in a bowl on the main work table...

beijos,

beth