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Take Five: August Design Inspiration

August 16, 2023 - Written by Kevin O'Gara

Kevin Francis O'Gara, Atlanta style and design blogger, top Atlanta influencer

(From an evening at Buckhead Village District)

1. Dinner with OMEGA at Summerour Studio

I had the pleasure of attending a dinner with OMEGA to celebrate the opening of their new boutique at Phipps Plaza, hosted by JMF Communications and Sheyda Mehrada, artist and founder of Mehr Creative.

2. Inside the new coastal restaurant Carmel in Buckhead

There have been many new restaurant openings in Atlant this summer, but none have delighted me quite as much as Carmel, a new coastally-inspired restaurant with a stunning California-inspired interior. The menu was full of interesting flavors with seafood-focused fare that was well worth the visit.

3. My campaign with Southern menswear designer Billy Reid

I was thrilled to style pieces from Billy Reid's new Icons Collection, a curated assortment of the label's most popular and essential items from their 1-pocket buttown down to lightweight, everyday blazers. 

4. Follow me on an afternoon through Portofino

I shared many Reels of my summer adventures in Italy, including the best afternoon traveling to Portofino from Florence and finding a secret beach to swim and read by the Ligurian Sea.

5. Imaginative powder room inspiration from 1818 Collective

This subtly playful powder room has imprinted on my brain, with its blown glass mirrored bubbles and ruffled marble-print vanity skirt. Designed by 1818 Collective and captured by Nicole Franzen.


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