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In northern Alabama, Red Land Cotton produces homegrown, heirloom-inspired linens that are both luxe and laid back.

The company: Red Land Cotton, was founded in 2016, in Moulton, Ala., by the father daughter team of Anna Yeager Brakefield and her father Mark Yeager, whose family has been growing cotton for three generations. The company, which grows and custom gins its cotton, offers the only farm-to-fabric linens on the market today.

What’s popular: Red Land Classic sheet sets, ranging from twin ($230) to California King ($260).

Other favorites: The new Lawrence Ticking Stripe sheet sets ($185 to $225); also the Madeline Gray sheet sets ($230 to $260); and Southern tea towels ($15).

What’s next: Leighton bath collection ($10 to $50).

Where to buy: In Atlanta, at the two-day Made South event (Sept. 29-30, at the Monday Night Brewing Garage and the Country Living Fair (Oct. 27-29) in Stone Mountain Park.




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From drum shades to wood and metal pendants, Texas-based Moon Shine Lamp and Shade offers shades and lighting with mid-century modern styling.

The company: Moon Shine Lamp and Shade started in 1998 in Memphis, Tenn. The company, now located in Dripping Springs near Austin, designs and manufactures custom lamp shades and innovative lighting for homes and commercial spaces.

The designer & owner: D’Lana Bailey, grew up in Denton, Texas. While traveling around the country, she took college classes in fine arts and interior design but wasn’t interested in a degree. Instead, she rode motorcycles and worked as a booking agent for bands, on film projects and music videos and produced her own burlesque show in Memphis before starting her studio and business.

Getting started: While working as a bartender at the Hi-Tone in Memphis, she and her ex-husband (Robert Bailey) bought one roll of shade material, a box of lamp shade rings, about five shade designs, and a roll of lanyard from a friend who owned a vintage store. Before long, D’Lana had created more than 80 shade designs. She left the Hi-Tone to travel to trade shows and advertise her work before returning to Texas in 2000. The Baileys remarried in 2014 and moved to Austin. Robert meets with clients and does the welding and fabrication that is key to the business.

What’s popular: Corina and Gloria style shades ($103 to $118). Also the Rosie and Lulu.

Other favorites: Drum pendants in any color and size ($100 and up).

Name that shade: Shade styles are named after family members. Also D’Lana’s dogs: Claire, Mabel, Rosie, and Lulu.

Fun (or unusual) requests: Seven-foot-long shades, shaped like a pinball flipper, for an Indian restaurant in Fort Worth. Also a four-foot diameter steel shade with a cutout of the Houston skyline.

Where to buy:



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Inspired by their sunny Florida surroundings, a mother-daughter team created a line of hand-painted whimsical paper goods and gifts.

The company: Giddy Paperie started in 2013 in Winter Park.

The owners: Leslie Chalfont and Laurent Yochum, both Florida natives. Chalfont, a graduate of Auburn University, has a background in business, but is a longtime painter, mostly working in watercolor. Yochum, a UGA graduate, manages the company’s marketing and public relations.

What’s popular: Oddly enough, tea towels ($20), followed by desk calendars ($22) and notecards ($16 to $22).

Other favorites: Unframed art prints ($24), notepads ($7 to $24) and stationery sets ($22).

Big break: In December 2014, Southern Living featured two of the company’s Christmas card designs in its holiday issue.

Claim to fame: Chalfont was named “10 Designers to Watch in 2017” by Stationery Trends magazine, the lead industry publication.

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In a second, unplanned career, Sandy Whitaker turned her lifetime love of plants and flowers into a business.

The artist: After thirty-two years in the dental field in Mississippi, Whitaker and her husband, both avid hikers who love to canoe, moved to Georgia in 2006. While visiting Chattanooga in 2011, she saw a beautiful pressed botanical and thought she would try it.

The company: Botanicals by Sandy started in Canton in 2011. It offers a variety of sizes and species of framed botanicals (custom pieces too). Whitaker uses unique recycled frames as well as new mouldings.

What’s popular: Hydrangeas.  Also horizontal and vertical vines, like confederate jasmine and kudzu (original botanical are $125 and up).

Other favorites: Prints ($25 to $40) and notecards (six cards for $20).

The process: Each piece is collected and then, with large wooden pressers, pressed using the heat and pressure method. The piece is then artfully arranged and adhered to acid-free mat board. Whitaker identifies each piece with the common and scientific name in handwritten calligraphy before treating it with two coats of a UV protectant.

Claim to fame: Meeting the late Ryan Gainey, the internationally known Atlanta-area gardener and designer, at Scott Antique Market. He became a friend and a mentor.

Where to buy: In Atlanta, at Scott Antique Market, South Building: Sept. 7-10 and Oct. 12-15.


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Atlanta wood master Michael Courts designs unique custom furniture to suit any style. And space.

The company: Mcmeubel started in 1996 in the Netherlands, where the self-taught craftsman grew up. In 2005, Courts moved to Atlanta, where he had family, and restarted his company a few years later. Meubel, Dutch for furniture.

What’s popular: Custom tables and vanities ($3,500 to $8,000), plus floating cabinets ($2,500 to $5,000).

Other favorites: Floating shelving units ($1,000 to $4,000) and desks (starting at $1,500).

Big break: Meeting and designing custom work for Cara Cummins, an Atlanta architect and partner in TaC studios.

Work seen in: Several Atlanta restaurants, including Upbeet, Yeah! Burger, Minora, and the original El Taco.

Where to buy: Contact Courts at, 404-218-5939 or on facebook: mcmeubel Michael Courts.

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 In his blown work, North Carolina artist Hayden Wilson takes a contemporary twist on traditional Italian glassblowing techniques.

The artist: Wilson, who lives and works in Asheville, grew up in nearby Yancey County, where his father is a glass artist. In 2007, he earned a degree in sculpture from the University of North Carolina in Asheville.

After graduation, he began working for glass sculptor Alex Bernstein, whose father Billy Bernstein taught Wilson’s father glass blowing in the early 1980s. Wilson then began creating his own blown pieces and working as studio manager at the North Carolina Glass Center in Asheville’s River Arts District. The center hosts about 20 glass artists who teach classes and display their work in the center’s gallery.

The goods: Blown glass work ranging from drinking glasses to decorative vessels and lighting. Also one-of-a-kind glass sculptures in cast and fused glass.

What’s popular: Thumb-notch stemless and tipsy glasses ($36 for one, pictured above) and the larger or Murrine work ($475 to $1,200), including colorful bottle (pictured below), vases and bowls.

Fun (or unusual) requests: To remake lights for an antique chandelier in Asheville’s City Hall.

Where to buy:

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Instead of collecting the Italian pottery she loved, Alpharetta’s Lisa Rae Palmer set out to make her own.

The artist: As an art history major at San Diego State University, Palmer fell in love with Italian artwork and pottery, especially after a visit to Italy. She earned a teaching credential in art education and is in her 15th year as an elementary school art teacher in Alpharetta, GA.

The company: Alpharetta-based Lisa Rae Designs started in 2015 when Palmer started experimenting with platters and bowls for a version of the Empty Bowls Project ( at her school. Outside of school, she started experimenting with other ceramic platters and dishes with an old-world look.

What’s popular: Platters ($59 to $79) and trinket bowls and dishes ($15 to $30). During the holidays, bakeware and bowls ($45 to $75) and tree ornaments ($16 to $18).

Other favorites: Large, personalized wedding platters ($99). Also rolled-handled bowls and platters ($110 to $150) and scalloped platters and bowls ($49 to $79).

Where to buy: In area stores, including All Inspired Boutique in Johns Creek and Sis & Moon’s in Alpharetta.