Shop the Show Q&A with Paloma Contreras

This summer, we’re partnering with several of our Shop the Show alumni from past seasons to discuss essential finds for today’s new, home-oriented lifestyles from brands you can shop at Atlanta Market. Over the coming weeks, join us for useful tips from fellow retailers and designers on how to adjust in these challenging times, inspirational creative projects, and strategies designed to move the home industry ahead to the future.



Paloma has been hosting The Style Files, a podcast series with leading designers that dives into their businesses during this unique and unprecedented time. What has she been hearing on their outlook for the future? 
“Thank you for tuning in! The general consensus is that everyone has been surprised by how well their teams have adapted to working remotely. Many of us take on design projects in cities other than our home base, so it is common to have systems in place that allow a team to work remotely with little to no interruption. 

Overall, everyone I have interviewed has a pretty optimistic perspective. People are spending an unprecedented amount of time at home, and are realizing just how important it is for their houses to be comfortable, functional, and beautiful. Who wants to spend day after day in a depressing, anxiety-inducing space?! Everyone seems hopeful that the design and home furnishings industries will come back stronger as a result.” 


Where Are We Headed, Design-Wise?
“My hope is that there will be a return to more traditional floor plans. For years now, new construction has focused on large, open floor plans. Not only do they pose a challenge in creating intimacy, but the lack of walls means fewer places to display art, and more importantly in light of the pandemic, less privacy and more opportunity for clutter to be on display! I think people will want spaces designated for certain activities such as studies and libraries. If you are in a home where the children are home all day and both spouses are working from home and conducting Zoom meetings, then you surely know the value of having a private space where you can close the door and take your call in peace!”


What Will Be Our New Home Essentials?  
- Overall quality
- Upholstery — “They need comfortable, durable fabrics that stand up to this amount of use.”
- Multi-functional pieces — “I think storage pieces will also increase in popularity with spaces such as dining rooms doing double or even triple duty, functioning as places to eat, work, and learn. People will need a place to store everything!”



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